NEWSFEATURE: Bamboo resort is where a thousand Comval mainlanders went to for Easter

By Cha Monforte, Rural Urban News

april 12

Over a thousand Compostela Valley mainlanders chose to soothe themselves in the cool spring and rushing clear river waters in Andap, New Bataan in celebrating Easter after a sleep-scarce Black Saturday and as the Holy Week culminated.

(photo by Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)
(photo by Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

“At the night of Good Friday, our overnight cottages were fully occupied. On Saturday, our guests were going out as new ones kept on coming in,” said Sheila Cualing-Soriano, management overseer of Bamboo Garden, an inland resort known for its swimming pool with cool spring water tapped from a highland of a nearby hill.

(photo by Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)
(photo by Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)
(photo by Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)
(photo by Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

By the pool’s side, visitors and guests can alternately choose to frolic in the rushing cool, clear riverwaters of Andap splashing at stones and boulders.
“I’m glad what it is turning out now from what my late father had started,” Sheila said knowing the thousands of frolickers that came in during the Lenten Season.
For yesterday’s Easter treat of the resort for her guests, Sheila belted out a live band show, ledge dancing contest and Easter egg hunting.
Sheila is the eldest in the brood of five of former New Bataan Mayor Margarito “Nonoy” Cualing, who started carving out a big pool at the resort’s centre point in November 2005. It had its soft opening May 2006, but three months after, the former mayor died of lung cancer.
The inland resort, developed inside the 12-hectare Cualing property, is just about a 10-minute motorcycle ride from New Bataan poblacion.
It is cut by a rushing Andap river by the frontage of the concrete section of the Andap-Maragusan road, and its developed portion gets a breathtaking view and cool ambience of the rising hills and greeneries nearby.
“We’re still at present working on what technology and how to access Internet and cable TV connections to best serve our guests considering our location,” Soriano said referring the hills and mountains that entrap the place.
“But at best we’re offering what is natural like our spring water in the pool,”she added.
While also tens of thousands of frolickers in yesterday’s Easter celebration usually mobbed the beaches, Comval mainlanders for having no seas have been glad they have been seeing entrepreneuers developing inland resorts in the valley like the Bamboo Garden.
Comval mainland consists of the six towns located in the landlocked fertile valley, which are Mawab, Nabunturan, Montevista, Monkayo, Compostela and New Bataan. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

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