Bikini open ‘strange to Bantayan’

by Maria Eleanor E. Valeros, #newmedia specialist

BANTAYAN ISLAND, CEBU, PHILIPPINES — Out of sight.Out of mind.

Bantayan Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Arthur Despi pointed out that because some beach resorts here rent out their spaces to private event organizers, the latter think they already have the freedom to stage any show they want even if such collides with local sensibilities.

“As for BCCI, the staging of a bikini open is out of sight and out of mind. I mean, it is not the Bantayanons’ spirit, therefore it is strange to us,” he said in reply to a concern that such an event may happen again now that the island has already risen after being ravaged by Yolanda.

The influx of tourists is expected already weeks to the observance of Lent. Bantayan Island has always been a favorite destination of domestic and international tourists alike because it has fine sandy beaches, 14 islets suitable for hopping, distinct fishing practices having the sea as a natural resource heritage, and interesting religious practices like feasting on meat on supposed fasting season. This is in relation to a past Papal Bull exempting the island from fasting because of oversupply of food stock in the old days.

The anxiety over staging of bikini opens stems from a past event that obviously scandalized the locals and brought the organizer, including celebrity guests from Manila, apologizing to former Governor Gwen Garcia for hurting local sensibility, emphasizing stomping on women’s dignity here. ###

‘Unli’ suitors for Carla, but…

by Maria Eleanor E. Valeros, #newmedia specialist

CEBU CITY, PHILIPPINES (Jan. 17, 2015) — Kapuso star Carla Abellana has implied that it could be a boon and a bane to have fellow Kapuso talent Tom Rodriguez as a suitor because while it has boosted their screen partnership and friendship, it has also stopped other prospective dates.

“Oo nga eh, unlimited sana ang suitors kaya lang associated na kasi ako kay Tom,” Carla shared in a Meet and Greet session sponsored by Sun Cellular of which the “My Husband’s Lover” lead is an ambassador of.

“Pero wala pa talaga. We’re still trying to get to know each other well. He meets my family, I get to meet his family. Hindi pa talaga kami, so wala pa talagang commitment. Na-scare tuloy ang ibang suitors,” an amiable Carla revealed this in a press briefing.

When asked on her reaction to her dad’s reunion with former loveteam Leni Santos, she shared a Joey de Leon jest, coaxing her to “get to know her real mom.”

“Biniro talaga ako ni Tito Joey (de Leon) na dapat daw kilalanin ko na totoong nanay ko, si Miss Leni. Pero honest talaga, nitong November ko lang siya na-meet. She was out of the country for quite a time. So wala talaga akong idea how she looks like. Napakabait din pala niya. I’m so happy na my dad is able to work with her again,” she disclosed further.

And if there’s a chance for them to act as a family onscreen, Carla replied: “Oo nga. Why not? I should work with the best actors of my dad’s time.”

Carla was here for the Sinulog festivity in line with Sun Cellular’s promos. Powering the #SunSinulog2015 experience is the unrivaled network infrastructure of the PLDT Group, which is backed by the Philippines’ most extensive Fiber Optic Cable (FOC) network. The PLDT Group has thus far rolled out about 90,000 kilometers of fiber optic cables all over the country, which provides the transmission facilities needed to support internet services. It has also the most extensive international cable systems needed to connect the Philippines to the rest of the world.

“With expanded network coverage and an exciting line-up of Good Choices, Sun Cellular truly enhances the festival experience at the #SunSinulog2015,” Carla further shared.

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