US embassy warns Americans of terrorist threat in Cebu, Bohol

Terrorist groups may attempt kidnapping in Central Visayas, which includes Cebu and Bohol, according to “unsubstantiated yet credible information,” the US Embassy in the Philippines said in a travel advisory posted on its website.

“US citizens are advised to carefully consider this information as you make your travel plans, and to review personal security plans, avoid large crowds and gatherings, and remain vigilant at all times,” the advisory said.

TRAVEL ADVISORY. The US Embassy has issued a travel advisory on travel to Cebu and Bohol, which are among the country’s top tourism destinations.

“The US Embassy wishes to remind US citizens of the most recent Worldwide Caution, dated March 7, 2017, which indicates there is an ongoing threat of terrorist actions and violence against US citizens and interests abroad, including the Philippines.”

“Extremists have targeted sporting events, theaters, markets, mass transportation systems–including airlines, and other public venues where large crowds gather. Crowded nightclubs, shopping malls, buses and popular restaurants have also been targets.”

“US citizens should be mindful of the importance of taking preventative measures to ensure their safety and security while traveling and residing in the Philippines‎.”
For more information, the advisory asked US citizens to contact the US Embassy at +632 301 2000, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and +632 301 2000 as after-hours emergency number.

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AirAsia offers low fares in seat sale

Travel to amazing destinations with AirAsia’s Red Hot Seat Sale that gives travellers access to over a hundred local and international destinations across 22 countries.

AirAsia, together with its long-haul, low-cost affiliate carrier AirAsia X are offering three million promo seats for travel to popular local destinations like Kalibo, Palawan, Bohol, Cebu, Davao, Tacloban and Manila and international destinations like Korea, Malaysia, China, Macau, and Hong Kong.


The airline’s seat sale starts at P1.00 base fare, excluding applicable taxes and fees. Booking period is from March 7 to 13, 2016 on as well as AirAsia’s mobile site Travel period is from October 1, 2016 to May 22, 2017.

“This time around, we are pleased to offer three million promotional seats. Guests may grab this perfect opportunity to make advance travel plans and enjoy extra value for their money. We have introduced many new and undiscovered routes throughout the region and grabbing a promo seat is the best way to discover new destinations,” said AirAsia Group chief commercial officer Siegtraund Teh.

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“Guests from around the region can take advantage of our Fly-Thru service to connect to many exciting AirAsia X destinations such as Auckland, Sapporo, Tokyo, Gold Coast, Sydney and more. In conjunction with this special promotion, AirAsia X’s Premium Flatbed to all AirAsia X destinations are also on sale,” he added.

AirAsia BIG members and AirAsia BIG Prepaid MasterCard cardholders can earn 1 AirAsia BIG points for every P28 spent while booking the promo seats on Bargain hunters can also save up to 50% and more when they book their hotel with promo seats on

Philippines AirAsia Commercial head Gerard Peñaflor said, ”With AirAsia’s massive network in the whole of ASEAN and extending as far as India, Japan and China, we offer guests the convenience of connecting seamlessly and at the same time ensuring that they enjoy only the best quality service from us. Filipinos traveling from Manila, Cebu and Kalibo to Korea, China, Malaysia, Macau and Hong Kong would be thrilled to know that Red Hot One-Peso seat sale also include these amazing destinations.”

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For added convenience, AirAsia strongly encourages guests to pre-book their baggage allowance at the time of flight booking to enjoy the lowest rate.

Alternatively, guests can use the “Manage My Booking” function to pre-book or add more baggage allowance at up to four hours before the scheduled time of departure.

Keep updated with AirAsia’s latest promotions and activities via Twitter (@AirAsiaPH), Facebook (AirAsiaPhilippines) and Instagram (@AirAsiaPH).

The Red Hot P1 Seat Sale is for base fare only and does not include airport taxes, fees and other optional services.


Be Grand Resort Bohol: luxurious getaway in Bohol

With its clear blue sea and fine sandy beach, luxurious suites and villas, and wide selection of food and drinks, the Be Grand Resort Bohol in Panglao Island has all the ingredients for an enjoyable getaway in the island of Bohol.

The resort has 188 rooms and suites with a view of the pool, garden, or ocean that cater to a range of visitors and plans to open soon its 19 exclusive villas, said Be Grand Resort Bohol front office manager Pearl Lorraine Yang.

Be Grand Resort Bohol wet dining.
BE GRAND RESORT BOHOL. The view from the Food Hall, which offers the option for a fun and one-of-a-kind wet dining experience. (All photos on this page are by Rey Dacalos, unless otherwise indicated, provided by Be Grand Resort Bohol)


Be Grand Resort Bohol pools
The different pools in Be Grand Resort Bohol.

“We’re just waiting for the villas to be completed before we do a full opening. The exterior is done but we still need to put the finishing interior touches,” she added.

Guests will have access to five restaurants with different menu concepts once Be Grand Resort Bohol fully opens, according to executive chef and director of culinary arts and production service Valerio Malucelli.

WATER FUN. The kiddie pool in Be Grand Resort Bohol offers fun water play options.
WATER FUN. The kiddie pool in Be Grand Resort Bohol offers fun water play options.


Be Grand Resort Bohol private villas
PRIVATE VILLAS. Be Grand Bohol’s exclusive villas have their own entryways and facilities including a private, continuous pool that meanders around the property. Only villa guests are allowed to use it.


Be Grand Resort Bohol rates

The Oceana wing has three levels of rooms and suites with a view of the Bohol sea. Deluxe Oceana rooms measure 38 square meters while suites are bigger at 78 square meters and come with a living room, mini office, kitchen, and plush bathroom.

Accommodations in the other wings only differ in the kind of view from their windows. Overnight rates range from P15,500 to 25,500 for the rooms and suites.

Yang said they’re positioning the resort to be a destination where guests, especially families, can relax and have fun.

She added that they’re cultivating both domestic and international visitors, especially those from South Korea, the US and Europe.

GET FIT. Among the enjoyable experiences at Be Grand Resort Bohol is this session of aqua-zumba.
GET FIT. Among the enjoyable experiences at Be Grand Resort Bohol is this session of aqua-zumba.

Dining facilities

When it comes to food, the resort currently has three dining facilities open: the Food Hall, Bridge Bar, and Lune.

Malucelli said the Food Hall is a multi-function resto that serves the day’s main meals and converts into a gastropub at night, adding that a smorgasbord of food choices from Filipino to Western is available in the menu.

The Bridge Bar serves light refreshments such as sandwiches, sodas, and even cocktails. It is primarily intended for guests enjoying a cool dip in the pool.

Paella Cubana
Paella Cubana


Be Grand Resort Monkey Bar
Be Grand Resort Bohol executive sous chef Elmer Patok grills food for guests.


Beachside dining in Monkey Bar
MONKEY BAR. Be Grand Resort Bohol offers a magical dining experience on the beachfront at the Monkey Bar.

Lune, which is aptly named after the moon, is for after-dinner drinks located at the rooftop of the Oceana wing. The cocktail bar serves Spanish canapés or finger food known as tapas and offers panoramic sunset views of the Bohol coastline and sea.

Opening soon, according to Malucelli, are the Monkey Bar for seafood dinners out on the beach and fine dining restaurant Boathouse that is exclusive to villa guests and open for reservation to other resort customers.

Be Grand Resorts Bohol
LUNE. The bar, aptly named after the moon, is for after-dinner drinks located at the rooftop of the Oceana wing. It serves Spanish canapés or finger food known as tapas and offers panoramic sunset views of the Bohol coastline and sea.


Panglao at dusk
PANGLAO AT DUSK. The view of Panglao Island at dusk on the Lune bar, which is located on the rooftop of Be Grand Resort Bohol.

Be Grand Resort exclusive villas

Be Grand Bohol’s exclusive villas have their own entryways and facilities including a private, continuous pool that snakes around the property. Only villa guests are allowed to use it.

According to Malucelli, the menu will change daily for the villa’s exclusive restaurant, the Boathouse, depending on the fresh produce and catch of the day.

Diving lessons
Instructors conduct basic diving lessons at the diving pool.


Be Grand Bohol Diving Lessons
DIVING LESSONS. Instructors conduct lessons at the resort’s diving pool.

There are villas for couples and families, and the honeymooners’ villa sits privately by the beachside.

The resort offers a host of activities for its guests: from fitness routines like aqua-zumba to cooking and swimming lessons, Bohol tours, and such sea activities as parasailing, jetski and banana boat rides, and scuba diving.

(For more information about Be Grand Resort Bohol, you can visit the official website or the Facebook page.


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Cebu, Bohol among foreign cruise destinations in 2014, 2015

Cebu and Bohol will be among the ports of call of international cruise ships in 2014 and 2015, a statement from the Department of Tourism (DOT) in Central Visayas said.

Despite the natural disasters and calamities faced by the Philippines in 2013, the most recent being the earthquake originating from Sagbayan, Bohol and super typhoon Yolanda, more foreign tourists are still expected to visit next year and in 2015, many through international cruise ships, the DOT added.

Bohol will be among the Philippine destinations of 23 cruise lines in 2014, the statement cites Assistant Secretary Benito C. Bengzon, head of the DOT market development group, as saying. The ships will be bringing in over 23,000 tourists to different areas of the Philippines.

Their number is more than the 17 cruise ships that stopped by various points in the country in 2013, including Malapascua Island, Cebu City, and Bohol.

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More cruise ships are expected to stop by the Philippines in 2014 and 2015. Creative Commons photo by Robert Wallace.

Visiting Bohol in January and March, 2014, will be the Hapag-Lloyd operated cruise liner MS Europa II. The ship is slated to make port in Tagbilaran City.

DOT Central Visayas Regional Rowena Lu Y. Montecillo said there couldn’t be more welcome news.

“It is heartening to know that in spite of the calamities we have faced this year, tourists are still coming in to visit our islands, most especially Bohol. After the October 15 earthquake, Bohol tourism struggled to to find its pace as fears of aftershocks still reverberates,” she cited.

According to her, MS Europa’s visit to Bohol would restore tourist confidence in the province.

The DOT said it has identified cruise tourism as one of the country’s strategic products under the National Tourism Development Plan. It will extend welcome reception and farewell activities for all cruise ships arriving in the country to make their visit unique, fun, and memorable.