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Katahum Tibiao Tours – Lambaklad Fishing, Bugtong-Bato Falls, Kayak Adventures & Hot Bath

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It looks like the sea would not favor our chance to witness the Lambaklad fish haul.

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Later, Flord sent Joan a message that they will proceed as planned. The G-Force cheered.

Sporadic heavy rains marked the whole night until early morning, which dampened the G-Force’s schedule to move out at 5:00 in the morning.

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The G-Force was supposed to ride the bamboo raft with the fishermen but the big waves were too much for them.

They were set to go to Brgy. Malabor, two kilometers from Tibiao town, to witness the fishermen bring in their fish harvest.

About 12 fishermen riding on a wide bamboo raft braved the heavy waves, pulled the nets, and gathered the catch. Despite stormy weather, the Lambaklad nets yield 44 kilos of Bayang and several kilos of Bulaw.

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G-Force bought two Bayangs; Flord gifted them with one. Each Bayang weighs 2.5 Kgm.

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Proudly, showing their spoils. The banana is courtesy of Flord, a token from their family orchard. G-Force gave Flord some CPU tokens, their way of promoting CPU wherever they go.

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The G-Force just marveled at Tibiao's verdant hills and vales. They had no idea what surprises awaited them at Bugtong Bato.

Bugtong-Bato Falls

From Brgy. Malabor, G-Force went back to town to have breakfast. They ate at Vbot’s Restaurant where they enjoyed sinabawan nga Tangigue, among other food.

They also requested Nang Vbot to fry the Bulaw that they bought from Malabor fisher folks. The G-Force brought packed lunch to Bugtong-Bato.

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Taking a brief pause after climbing the first slope. The site is way up the mountains with Che (rightmost) and Crista (taking the photo) as their local guides.

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Enjoying the best of times at Bugtong-Bato Falls.

Next…G-Force’s Kayak Adventure…hang on!

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Katahum Tibiao Experience – Surf Watching, Spelunking & Tibiao Fish Spa

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Taking a pose with the Tibiao Mayor, Hon. Walden M. Lim (center) during the G-Force's courtesy call.

The rain had stopped but the skies remained cloudy. It was already past 3:00 in the afternoon of May 26, 2011. Being Centralians, the G-Force took time to visit Mayor Walden Lim in his office upon arrival at Tibiao town.

Besides doing the customary courtesy call to the town leader of every place that the G-Force visits, it is also their pride and honor to meet a fellow-Centralian who is leading the progressive town of Tibiao.

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We are here! Taking a photo with GM Flord at his Tibiao Fish Spa sign.

For them, it is great opportunity to hear and learn from Mayor Lim his vision and plans for his constituents. Thus, when Jones asked him what his priority project for the Tibiao people is, Mayor Lim replied quickly and without hesitation, “farm-to-market roads”.

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They thought their day tour would start the following day but Flord lost no time in inviting the group to visit some sites nearby. Thus, Flord guided the G-Force to Tiguis Beach.

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Appreciating the panorama that Tiguis Beach gives

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We negotiated steep slopes to reach Tibiao's popular seaside scene.

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Tiguis Beach is not your typical swim and dive beach.

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Tiguis Beach is one place to find peace by listening to the surf and learning from it.

Tibiao is definitely on her way to progress because Mayor Lim, Flord, and her constituents are listening and learning from nature. Thus, they reap nature’s bountiful gifts.

It is quite sad that there are leaders who neglect to listen to what nature and society are crying out because they are immersed with their pride and pretensions; leading themselves and their constituents towards self-destruction and hubris.

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Don't leave Tiguis Beach without getting a picture with the 100-year-old Balete Tree.

Let’s go to Tiguis Beach and listen to the surf and get the message!

Spelunking at Manlamon Cave

Although it’s only about 5:00 PM, the dark cloudy sky and the scattered rain showers made it look like it was already dusk. This did not deter the G-Force to follow Flord to Manlamon Cave for some short spelunking adventure.

Flord shared that according to folklore, one could travel through Manlamon cave and be transported to a nearby island by saying a magic word. Along the way, the traveler will be served with good food, fruits, and everything that would make your travel so memorable and comfortable. What the magic word is, no one knows nor not one of the G-Force would like to know.

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Life's challenges become light when we carry one another's burden.

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Doing a pose that is fitted for billboard promotion at the mouth of Manlamon Cave.

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Inside Manlamon's cavern

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Jonan was glad to exit without a hitch.

The Taste of Tibiao Fish Spa

No, the G-Force did not eat fish but instead they let those special kind of fishes eat their dead skin, leaving the soft and smooth dermis of their feet. At the Tibiao Fish Spa, the client undergoes three stages of treatment. You start with stage one with those little fish doing some kind of “micro-ex-foliation” of your skin.

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The G-Force at the Tibiao Fish SPA

Then you progress to stages 2 and 3 with the spa being managed by medium to large fishes. Oh boy, the G-Force cannot give an exact description of what they went through at the fish spa. You better come to Tibiao Fish Spa and experience it yourself.

Flord invited the G-Force to try the total Roman bath, a full-body fish treatment but nobody dared. For now, foot treatment was just enough.

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The G-Force at Stage 1

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Getting used to the fish nibbles, the G-Force relaxed a bit at Stage 2.

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Stage 3 gives a smooth finishing 'touch' to our skin.

Watch out for more Katahum Tibiao adventures…next blog post!

Central Philippine University G-FORCE DISCOVERY 2011

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A pose after a walk along the beaches of Tibiao

Central Philippine University‘s summer seasons (April to May) is a time for employees to spend great vacation time bonding with family and friends.

While there are university funded trips for some selected offices, the rest of the employees are just grouping themselves, planning and spending on their own for their regular summer (or semester break) getaways. G-Force is one of these employee groups at CPU that had been staging successfully several trips in many local places to unwind, enjoy, and take time off from the rigors and pressures of office life.

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With no one around, Jones took the shot this time with Cyrus (left) in the photo

On May 26-27, the G-Force went to Tibiao, Antique for yet another summer getaway trip. Their theme, “G-Force Discovery 2011”, was just appropriate for the many things that they discovered and experienced in Tibiao.

Besides knowing that the mayor of Tibiao is a Centralian, Hon. Walden M. Lim (HS ’83), what attracted the G-Force to Tibiao was the Katahum Tibiao video about the many adventures that Tibiao is offering that the G-Force watched via Internet.

Katahum Tibiao boasts of “the perfect mix of nature and adventure to get your adrenaline pumping and take your breath away with awe-inspiring sites.” G-Force gives a “triple A” or “XX” (extra-excellent) rating for all the activities that they went through. Among the many treks that they made, they all see the trip to the falls and kayaking adventure as the most adrenalin pumping adventure that they had.

To arrange the trip, they contacted Flord Nicson J. Calawag who is the 23-year-old General Manager of Katahum Tours and the now famous, Tibiao Fish Spa



For the G-Force, it is not just the opportunity for adventure and fun that they are aiming at. They see their trip as a way of meeting Centralians and promoting Central Philippine University to whomever they meet along the way.

Thus on their way to Tibiao, they met the Rev. Matias Arib, pastor of San Jose Evangelical Church, as they stopped at the parsonage for some necessities. A brief acquaintance and Cyrus and Pastor Matias recalled that they were classmates in one or two subjects during college. Pastor Matias was also May Guillem’s “kasimanwa” (townmate) in Sagay, Negros Occidental.

Jonan, owner and founder of Online Writing Niche, led them there because he once stayed at Antique Christian Center for eight months while working as process documentation researcher of the Institute of Philippine Culture, Ateneo de Manila in 1992. Together with several research assistants, he was documenting the implementation of the agrarian reform program in remote villages of Sibalom, Patnongon, Valderrama, Bugasong and Hamtic at that time.

Their next stopover was at Laua-an, Antique the town that Mayor Aser Baladjay, a graduate of CPU Civil Engineering in 1987 leads. Before going to Mayor Baladjay’s office, the G-Force met former CBYFP President, Ms. Mayden Acero. She is the Municipal COMELEC Head of Laua-an.

After having snacks courtesy of Nang Mayden and several songs at the videoke, the G-Force proceeded to Tibiao amidst heavy rains along the way. It was already 3:00 PM of May 26, when the group arrived at Tibiao town.

Learn more of the G-FORCE’s great Tibiao discoveries on the next post…

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Saying his prayers before the cooking began

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Jonan is being cooked in his own fat

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Giving dead skin treat to our fish spa friends

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Beholding the majestic Bugtong Bato Falls

More G-Force Discovery 2011 photos coming your way next time…

Central Philippine University G-FORCE DISCOVERY 2011 at Tibiao, Antique

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A pose after a walk along the beaches of Tibiao

Central Philippine University‘s summer seasons (April to May) is a time for employees to spend great vacation time bonding with family and friends.

While there are university funded trips for some selected offices, the rest of the employees are just grouping themselves, planning and spending on their own for their regular summer (or semester break) getaways. G-Force is one of these employee groups at CPU that had been staging successfully several trips in many local places to unwind, enjoy, and take time off from the rigors and pressures of office life.

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With no one around, Jones took the shot this time with Cyrus (left) in the photo

On May 26-27, the G-Force went to Tibiao, Antique for yet another summer getaway trip. Their theme, “G-Force Discovery 2011”, was just appropriate for the many things that they discovered and experienced in Tibiao.

Besides knowing that the mayor of Tibiao is a Centralian, Hon. Walden M. Lim (HS ’83), what attracted the G-Force to Tibiao was the Katahum Tibiao video about the many adventures that Tibiao is offering that the G-Force watched via Internet.

Katahum Tibiao boasts of “the perfect mix of nature and adventure to get your adrenaline pumping and take your breath away with awe-inspiring sites.” G-Force gives a “triple A” or “XX” (extra-excellent) rating for all the activities that they went through. Among the many treks that they made, they all see the trip to the falls and kayaking adventure as the most adrenalin pumping adventure that they had.

To arrange the trip, they contacted Flord Nicson J. Calawag who is the 23-year-old General Manager of Katahum Tours and the now famous, Tibiao Fish Spa



For the G-Force, it is not just the opportunity for adventure and fun that they are aiming at. They see their trip as a way of meeting Centralians and promoting Central Philippine University to whomever they meet along the way.

Thus on their way to Tibiao, they met the Rev. Matias Arib, pastor of San Jose Evangelical Church, as they stopped at the parsonage for some necessities. A brief acquaintance and Cyrus and Pastor Matias recalled that they were classmates in one or two subjects during college. Pastor Matias was also May Guillem’s “kasimanwa” (townmate) in Sagay, Negros Occidental.

Jonan, owner and founder of Online Writing Niche, led them there because he once stayed at Antique Christian Center for eight months while working as process documentation researcher of the Institute of Philippine Culture, Ateneo de Manila in 1992. Together with several research assistants, he was documenting the implementation of the agrarian reform program in remote villages of Sibalom, Patnongon, Valderrama, Bugasong and Hamtic at that time.

Their next stopover was at Laua-an, Antique the town that Mayor Aser Baladjay, a graduate of CPU Civil Engineering in 1987 leads. Before going to Mayor Baladjay’s office, the G-Force met former CBYFP President, Ms. Mayden Acero. She is the Municipal COMELEC Head of Laua-an.

After having snacks courtesy of Nang Mayden and several songs at the videoke, the G-Force proceeded to Tibiao amidst heavy rains along the way. It was already 3:00 PM of May 26, when the group arrived at Tibiao town.

Learn more of the G-FORCE’s great Tibiao discoveries on the next post…

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Saying his prayers before the cooking began

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Jonan is being cooked in his own fat

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Giving dead skin treat to our fish spa friends

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Beholding the majestic Bugtong Bato Falls

More G-Force Discovery 2011 photos coming your way next time…

Central Philippine University TV – EXCEL to the World


Background Story

“EXCEL to the World” was the vision that the Office of the Communications adopted under the leadership of its first director, Jonan Castillon.

The vision statement “EXCEL to the World” captures the portion of Dr. Teodoro Robles’ inaugural speech on March 26, 2008 when he said something about Central Philippine University being no. 1 in Western Visayas and the Philippines, why not “no. 1 in the whole world”.

After several nights of contemplation, the phrase “EXCEL to the World” was composed finally to encompass and echo what Dr. Robles had expressed in his inaugural speech.

To promote it, Jonan conceptualized a video clip that illustrates CPU going out into the world to establish her vision of EXCEL. Pastor Kim de la Cruz provided the poster, which is shown towards the end of the video clip. Donald Lebrilla did well in interpreting Jonan’s idea of the “EXCEL to the World” vision.

The “EXCEL to the World” video clip was adopted as the CPU TV Channel ID to further promote the Office of Communications vision for Dr. Robles’ leadership.

Meaning and Symbolism

The “ball of fire” coming from the dark depths of time and space represents the Holy Sprit, the Word of God, the Gospel Mission that the American Baptist Missionaries proclaimed throughout the whole world until it reached the Philippine Islands, specifically in Panay Island, more specifically the foundation and beginning of Central Philippine University in 1905.

The “explosion” that faded and metamorphosed into the CPU seal illustrates the establishment and development of Central Philippine University into a world-class university with the vision of “EXCEL to the World”.

Afterthoughts

Actually, the “EXCEL to the World” video clip is unfinished work.

In the original concept, a numerical counter representing the years from the birth of Christ to AD 1905 is supposed to be there. The centennial seal or logo of CPU should have been added too to signify that the university had reach 100 years. Alas, seven months after leading the Office of Communications, the CPU TV Channel was taken away from Jonan’s charge and was placed directly under the Executive Assistant of the Office of the President.

With this blog post, it is hoped that viewers of the CPU TV Channel ID get an enriched perspective each time the “EXCEL to the World” video clip is played in between TV programs.

Central Philippine University – EXCEL to the World



Background Story

“EXCEL to the World” was the vision that the Office of the Communications adopted under the leadership of its first director, Jonan Castillon.

The vision statement “EXCEL to the World” captures the portion of Dr. Teodoro Robles’ inaugural speech on March 26, 2008 when he said something about Central Philippine University being no. 1 in Western Visayas and the Philippines, why not “no. 1 in the whole world”.

After several nights of contemplation, the phrase “EXCEL to the World” was composed finally to encompass and echo what Dr. Robles had expressed in his inaugural speech.

To promote it, Jonan conceptualized a video clip that illustrates CPU going out into the world to establish her vision of EXCEL. Pastor Kim de la Cruz provided the poster, which is shown towards the end of the video clip. Donald Lebrilla did well in interpreting Jonan’s idea of the “EXCEL to the World” vision.

The “EXCEL to the World” video clip was adopted as the CPU TV Channel ID to further promote the Office of Communications vision for Dr. Robles’ leadership.

Meaning and Symbolism

The “ball of fire” coming from the dark depths of time and space represents the Holy Sprit, the Word of God, the Gospel Mission that the American Baptist Missionaries proclaimed throughout the whole world until it reached the Philippine Islands, specifically in Panay Island, more specifically the foundation and beginning of Central Philippine University in 1905.

The “explosion” that faded and metamorphosed into the CPU seal illustrates the establishment and development of Central Philippine University into a world-class university with the vision of “EXCEL to the World”.

Afterthoughts

Actually, the “EXCEL to the World” video clip is unfinished work.

In the original concept, a numerical counter representing the years from the birth of Christ to AD 1905 is supposed to be there. The centennial seal or logo of CPU should have been added too to signify that the university had reach 100 years. Alas, seven months after leading the Office of Communications, the CPU TV Channel was taken away from Jonan’s charge and was placed directly under the Executive Assistant of the Office of the President.

With this blog post, it is hoped that viewers of the CPU TV Channel ID get an enriched perspective each time the “EXCEL to the World” video clip is played in between TV programs.

Welcome to the CPU Blog!

A CENTRALIAN’S QUOTE:

“A leader without the Godly vision would resort to tyranny to do his aim. He pretends to lead and garnishes his precepts with lies, intrigues, and mistrust. In the end, he gives disgrace not only to himself but to the institution that he is trying to lead”

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Welcome to the Central Philippine University Blog, the virtual campus of knowledge and faith!

After you graduated and left the campus of our beloved Alma Mater, Central Philippine University, you launched yourself into the world to pursue your dreams. By the grace of God and through your hard work, you achieved well in the career that you have chosen.

We have created the Central Philippine University Blog as the virtual campus for CPU alumni to congregate and share with fellow alumni the many lessons and successes that they have achieved in their lifetime.

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"CPU Jogging Lane" by Joven Baloyo

Let the Central Philippine University Blog be your venue for your unpublished lectures, untold success stories, articles and researches, reflections, and other written works. 

We have learned much from our beautiful sprawling 24-hectare campus, maybe during our school days in Kindergarten, Elementary, High School, College, and Graduate School.

Now, let us learn more and further through the Central Philippine University Blog.

Welcome to CPU Blog!

A CENTRALIAN’S QUOTE:

“A leader without the Godly vision would resort to tyranny to do his aim. He pretends to lead and garnishes his precepts with lies, intrigues, and mistrust. In the end, he gives disgrace not only to himself but to the institution that he is trying to lead”

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CPU Football Field

Welcome to the Central Philippine University Blog, the virtual campus of knowledge and faith!

After you graduated and left the campus of our beloved Alma Mater, Central Philippine University, you launched yourself into the world to pursue your dreams.  By the grace of God and through your hard work, you achieved well in the career that you have chosen.

We have created the Central Philippine University Blog as the virtual campus for CPU alumni to congregate and share with fellow alumni the many lessons and successes that they have achieved in their lifetime.

Central Philippine University Blog

"CPU Jogging Lane" by Joven Baloyo

Let the Central Philippine University Blog be your venue for your unpublished lectures, untold success stories, articles and researches, reflections, and other written works. 

We have learned much from our beautiful sprawling 24-hectare campus, maybe during our school days in Kindergarten, Elementary, High School, College, and Graduate School.

Now, let us learn more and further through the Central Philippine University Blog.