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

Posted in bamboo garden, comval hotels resorts, new bataan, sheila cualing-soriano with tags , , , on April 25, 2009 by cha monforte
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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NEWS: 300 New Bataan evacuees return home

Posted in comval military, comval npa, new bataan with tags , , on November 1, 2008 by cha monforte

oct 29

COMPOSTELA VALLEY- Some 300 evacuees from faraway highland barangay of Manurigao in New Bataan started returning home by 3:00 yesterday afternoon since Sunday’s start of skirmishes between government troopers and communist New People’s Army (NPA) rebels.

Municipal information officer Marvin Ilajas said in text message that the evacuees who sought temporary refuge at the municipal gym have been returning home after the municipal disaster coordinating council in town declared the Manurigao area as already safe for the evacuees to return.

The evacuees since Monday trickled in to the town poblacion after eight government soldiers were killed in an ambush staged by the NPA rebels.

Ilajas said that during the evacuees’ temporary stay at the municipal gym Mayor Lorenzo Balbin Sr had to shell out funds from their limited resources for the rice, canned goods and other foodstuffs for the large number of evacuees.

He added that the Dept. of Social Welfare and Development, Cong. Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora and Governor Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy had also chipped in provisions for the evacuees.

The military said Monday that the slain soldiers were on a humanitarian mission in the town when ambushed by the NPA rebels.

In emailed statements to the media, Rigoberto Sanchez, a regional spokesman for the New People’s Army (NPA), claimed that the ambushed soldiers were on a military operation and part of a bigger group deployed to track down NPA rebels in the province.

On Monday, NPA rebels launched separate attack to government soldiers in Monkayo resulting to the wouding of trooper Cpl. Robert Cabadocia of 66th Infantry Battalion.

The separate military report said the soldiers were bringing the body of a dead comrade to Sarangani province who died in Friday’s land mine attack when harassed by undetermined number of NPA rebels communists in Olaycon area in Monkayo.

Cpl. Cabadocia was the driver of the vehicle the soldiers were riding when they were ambushed by the NPAs, a military field report said.

The other soldiers on board the truck fired back, triggering a brief firefight with the rebels. However, there were no reports of rebel casualties during the brief gunbattle as the rebels immediately run away to nearby mountain.

Also on Sunday, undetermined number of communist rebels attacked a patrol base of the Army’s Special Forces Battalion in the village of Canidkid in neighboring Montevista town. The defending troops managed to foil the attack, a military field report said.

Col. Alan R. Luga, commanding officer of the Army’s 1003rd Infantry Brigade, is currently leading the big ground operation in “specified targets” of communist lairs in the province, said EastMincom spokesman Maj. Randolf Cabangbang on Monday.(Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News with reports from PNA)