There’s no retreat for Philippines after China’s intimidation using water cannons to Filipino fishermen. It was announced during the recent press conference by the President’s spoke person that China’s actions were not surprising. They have been known to display their aggressiveness all through out the discussions over the claim. Here’s what the Philippine Military has to say:
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines military chief vowed Thursday to defend the country’s fishermen against any Chinese “terror or intimidation” in the South China Sea, the latest sign of sharpening tensions in what is a potential global flash point.
The Philippine forces continued to strengthen not only their capabilities to handle war but also the country’s alliance with other superpowers. The U.S. has been Philippine’s greatest ally and China would not want to intimidate that. However, to go to war is not Philippine’s strategy in settling the problem with China – that’s why all possible channels for communication are open to be able to deal with the dispute peacefully.
China claims 1.35-million-sq-miles waters of the South China Sea which is 90 percent of the disputed area between Philippines and China plus other neighboring countries. The yearly $5 trillion a year fish trade via ship is already 10% of the global harvest. These are just additions to the perceived energy reserves in the claimed territory. Is their aggressiveness part of their strategy to position themselves as the next super power? Here’s the news:
(Reuters) – China on Wednesday accused the Philippines of “deliberate provocations” over an incident in disputed waters in the South China Sea that drew a protest from Manila about what it called Chinese ships’ use of a water cannon on Filipino fishermen.
Back to history particularly during the Roman empire, the Chinese vowed to incur peace in their own terms which is measured by the amount of business trade they can take advantage of. The typical Chinese culture just don’t dictate the positive meaning of peace. How can a tyrant Chinese government capable of imposing peace in its original sense to the world?
By: Elena Grace Flores
Olongapo City is 200 kilometers away from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. This is where the Subic Bay is situated that was once the US Military Air Base. Camayan Beach Resort was the recent venue for the International Ocean Adventures event.
Camayan Beach Resort’s being inside the base signifies that this is not for back packers who are into budget accommodation, food and entertainment outlets. Private transport is recommended because it is located pass the Subic Bay International Airport, mountain area and down to the beach where public transport are not regularly routed. However, it’s a little bit more more than a 100 US dollars rate is worth it!
The limited beach front of the Camayan Beach Resort is not a hindrance for the adventurers because the long stretch of beach is just 5 minutes walk from Camayan. This is also where outdoor activities start after booking from the hotel at reasonable rates. The food is superb and their staff are well-trained, efficient and hospitable. They will go out of their way just to make the stay of their guests very memorable! A good place to be during your next holiday.
The devastation in Bohol after the October 15, 2013 earthquake is massive and let’s face it – with the senatorial glitches going on that resulted to budget cut down, the government cannot immediately restore all the ancient historical churches that went into rubble. Some are even impossible to re-build. Nonetheless, this news feature gives hope to the province – that was one of the major tourism destinations in the Philippines. Read this:
On the island of Bohol in Central Philippines, tourism is big business. There, tourists both foreign and Filipino flock to centuries-old churches, take in the view of hills that turn chocolate-like in the summer months, and eat at floating restaurants while serenaded by locals.
Nature has it’s way of taking care of its inhabitants. Instead of the historical churches, these popular spots are even becoming more valuable as ruins. They do not just represent the history and culture of ancient civilization but also becoming the present sentimental landmark of the people’s struggles who survived because of their faith and love for one another.
While contemplating the disasters happening in the Philippines, I can’t help remembering my previous accidental stay in a neighboring hotel in Makati – during one of the powerful floods that ever hit Luzon just last year. Since our house in San Antonio Village cannot be accessed by my visiting friends from Cebu due to the flooded entrances – as they were scheduled at that time to arrive the next day, I searched over the internet for the best deals I could find. I found this 24h Apartment Hotel in Makati from Agoda. This video does not do justice with regards to my wonderful experience there:
Apart from the 24h arrangement wherein you do not have to worry about check-in and check-out time because the 24 hours stay starts from the time you checked in and expires at the same time the next day – it was no sweat for me to take care of my guests. They were transported from and to the airport at minimal rate, good food were served anytime they need to dine, accommodated in a clean but well-equipped rooms and treated like a family member when safety measures were imposed during the calamity. Will write the details of the experience in my next blog. Try the 24h Apartment Hotel when visiting Makati.
Tourists in the Philippines might have different ideas as far as having fun in the Philippines is concerned. However, if you are interested in nature, culture and of course simple but beautiful luxuries, you may want to learn from this story written by an avid vacationer who is also passionate in writing his experiences. Read this to feel the genuine satisfaction of the author as he savored his every hop towards 3 of the most popular destinations among the Philippine islands:
Sipping fresh calamansi juice one morning, over a breakfast of daing na bangus and garlic rice at the terrace of Rocky’s Café & Bar in Makati’s The Rockwell Club, I thought, I could retire in the Philippines when the time comes. Or at least split my time between here and the U.S. http://balikbayanmag.com/palawan-cebu-bohol/
Philippine visits can be very special when you plan your trips according to your liking. Aside from the exotic, historical and pampering tourism offerings – you’ll find more joy in the company of the people you come across with. They might be passing acquaintances or soon to be friends for life – but there’s no measure for the moments you allowed to happen by just being there at the right place and time. Welcome to the Philippines!
By: Elena Grace Flores It was a nice Friday morning when I received a follow-up call from Genny Puno, the Communications Manager of Seda Hotel at Bonifacio Global City – advising me to arrive a bit earlier than lunch time because the restaurant that she reserved for us was expected to be full due to corporate group arrivals.
Going to BGC from Makati was supposed to be a quick ride – but it still took me 30 minutes for some reasons. Seda BGC is located at 30th Street cor. 11th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. I was greeted by the gentleman at the front desk who hooked me up with the host for that day.
Genny then ushered me to Misto, the restaurant for the lunch gathering along with two other media guests. This is where the hotel serves buffet breakfast daily and an Executive Lunch on weekdays. You can choose to sit indoor or outdoor. Stylized photographs cannot be ignored along with contemporary wall art and decors that enhance the neat look of the place.
It was refreshing to view the familiar selections on the buffet table. The salad greens were definitely chosen from organic botanical suppliers – as per the earthly freshness registering in my senses of sight and smell. Other selections although limited were obviously planned carefully but the steaming beef delicacy took majority of my interests. It was so tender, saucy and so good. Executive Chef Romualdo “Pepe” Castillo really did a good job in designing a well-coordinated package that one can’t refuse.
There was a great need to take a walk after the sumptuous meal – so going up to inspect the hotel rooms was not a bad idea. At this point, there’s no problem selling the Deluxe, Club and Suite rooms at an average rate of 4,500 Pesos. Published rates range from 6,000 to a bit more than 8,000 Pesos. Modern connectivity is an added value of the Deluxe rooms on top of the cozy furnishings and amenities. The Club rooms are more or less the same as the Deluxe rooms but with extended facility called the Executive Club Lounge. Personalized service is being offered here from check-in to refreshments. The kitchenette facilities are the attraction for the Suite rooms. This is where families can stay and enjoy the benefits of home cooked meals.
Further on to the inspection was a short glimpse at the swimming pool area that is equipped with lockers and shower rooms. This was after the visit to the roof deck bar, the Straight Up. It was indeed a cool place for easy listening and cocktails – bur mind you, if you are a health enthusiast – the famous Filipino pork delicacy, Crispy Pata is being served here. It must be a treat while mesmerizing in this elevated magical setup overlooking the cityscape. Just limit your intake and you will be okay.
Seda BGC is indeed another profitable property of Ayala Land – being the first hotel to open in this well-developed Bonifacio Global City project – that caters mainly to travelling business executives and returning Filipino migrants. It was indeed a smooth visit as the name depicts – Seda is silk in the local vernacular. Wondering how it’s like in Seda Abreeza Davao and Seda Centrio CDO.
By: Elena Grace Flores
I was just recently driving through Global City Taguig – and I was amazed with the modernized developments happening there. St. Luke’s Medical Center and SM Aura are just few additions to the existing quality establishments in Global City. It was exciting hearing from a hotelier I used to meet during my stint as Travel writer in Cebu. Genny Puno proudly says that Seda Hotel where she is at now is already up and running. Full details will be narrated in my next article after the scheduled hotel familiarization trip that Genny arranged for me. Here’s the video of that 3-star hotel that will definitely be worth spending your time with during your visit to Manila!