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#LaBoracay 2015: Drink, Rave, Clean, Repeat

Every year, Boracay Island is threatened with a variety of issues that have taken a heavy toll on its environment.
Based on the records of the Department of Tourism (DOT), about 1.5 million tourists visited the island last year. This suggests that if every person can produce at least one kilo of trash, around 1,500 metric tons of garbage were accumulated last year. If not collected properly, this scenario can result in several environmental problems in the near future.

In a bid to create awareness and preserve the natural wonders of Boracay Island, Cause for a New Coast campaign was launched to encourage tourists and residents to be more responsible in cleaning up and protecting the Boracay coastline. Through this campaign, Cause for a New Coast volunteers will hold a clean-up initiative for this year’s much-anticipated Labor Day (LaBoracay) weekend event.

Cause for a New Coast: #LaBoracay 2015
According to DOT, LaBoracay is the busiest time of the year in the island. DOT estimates that there were about 50,000 tourists arrived from April 28 to May 4 last year. On May 1 alone, 10,431 tourists arrived in the island to celebrate Labor Day.
This year, DOT is anticipating around 80,000 tourists who will take part in non-stop beach partying events consisting of music concerts, sports events, bazaars, rave parties, and a lot more. Tons of garbage will be expected to be left after these events.
“This Cause for a New Coast campaign was initiated with the intent to help clean and restore the island paradise. Every year, thousands of visitors have left undetermined amount of garbage along the white beach, which gradually affect the natural surroundings, especially after LaBoracay,” says Saki Mirabueno, head of marketing for Boracay Newcoast, Global-Estate Resorts, Inc.

The clean-up initiative will take place from May 1 to 4. There will be multiple venues along the white beach, but the highlight of the event is scheduled on May 4 in which a clean-up activity at the beach will be conducted in the morning.

The clean-up drive will be attended by different volunteers from the local government of Malay, Aklan spearheaded by Glenn Sacapaño, Boracay Island Chief Operating Officer (BICOO) and Solid Waste Manager and other environmental groups in the island.

Partners include Sur Bar located in Station 1 and Epic Bar in Station 2, which volunteers will disseminate plastic bags to encourage partygoers to collect their trash in exchange for free drinks sponsored by the Emperador Distillers, Inc., the leading brandy manufacturer and distributor in the Philippines.

“We will be distributing trash bags on May 1 and May 2 starting at 10am to 6pm to partygoers and we will collect them on that same day at the partner bars in exchange for free drinks. We want them (partygoers) to participate in this one small act but significant solution to the littering problem during LaBoracay caused by parties and events,” says Mirabueno.

The Cause for a New Coast campaign was initiated by Megaworld, the country’s leader and pioneer in developing integrated urban townships, through its subsidiary Global-Estate Resorts, Inc. (GERI).

Megaworld’s GERI is the developer of Boracay Newcoast, which is a 150-hectare master-planned development project that is poised to become the next tourism hub in Boracay Island. The township also plans to institute various environmental initiatives to foster sustainable preservation of the island paradise.

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LADY CYCLISTS HIT THE ROADS AND SLOPES OF CEBU.

Cycling has been a growing sport and hobby for many years but it’s popularity has erupted since the Covid pandemic.  People biking to work and for recreation is an everyday sight in Cebu.  More and more are joining the ride.  Many are quite serious about cycling.  I know three ladies who are among those who’ve gone long distances across Cebu.

How did you get into serious cycling?  What was your motivation?

Blinky de Leon.  Event Host, Product Endorser & Influencer

“ I’ve been into cycling since I was a kid. A little backstory, I was around 10 years old when my dad surprised me with my first custom-made mountain bike. I still keep it until now, in fact I had it refurbished. It’s the most sentimental thing I ever received since it was his way/gesture to catch up with me after not seeing each other for almost 6 yrs. My dad is based in Germany and he also loves cycling and makes his own bamboo bike.”

 

“Just a year ago though, my friend Gazini randomly, out of nowhere, picked me up from home to bike with her to the South of Cebu. I felt really excited and motivated to get back on track because it’s very nostalgic and brings back so many great memories. And since then, the rest was history. We’ve been joining different groups, tried different routes and conquered different heights. I’ve met so many cyclists with very inspiring stories in the bike community who kept me feeling motivated too. I also look forward to the sights and the adventure that comes along with it.”

 

Yumz Mariot. Branding & Marketing Consultant

“I used to bike along with rock and wall climbing. I am lousy with ballgames which is why. Our usual route were Talamban and Mactan but one time, managed to ship gears all the way to Dumaguete for a quick ride to Valencia, the next town located at a higher elevation. Those were days when I did it for fun and what bike I was using did not matter.”

“Fast forward to 2021, a year after the pandemic lockdown began, I realized I have been lazy to do any fitness routine. Too caught up on juggling between house chores and Work from Home deliverables (I work as a Branding and Marketing Consultant), I started to feel my body needs to move as much as my brain does. A hysical fitness routine is as important as what I eat, or what I read or watch. So I decided to invest on a decent MTB, just very recently and got myself a much necessary restart. What motivates me even more is the area where I currently reside at. It is vast, fresh, green and safe for solo bikers like me.”

 

Prime Sarino. Digital Media Creative

“I started biking as a young teenager and I got the idea to start it as an adult hobby 3 years ago. I was already into running and I thought it would be great to venture into another outdoor activity to keep me occupied after work hours and weekends. I was set to travel for a year so I had to put aside the idea first but came pandemic. We were all forced to stay put and everything was put on hold. Cycling became my diversion. My cyclists friends invited me to quick and short rides. I enjoyed my first 50km ride and the sceneries and routes most of all. It also helped channel a positive mindset during the hard hit season of the pandemic. Not to mention it’s also another way to stay fit when we were forced into inactivity during the quarantine.”

Next in Part 2, we ask the ladies about their cycling experiences and memorable moments…

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Netflix Original Releases We’re Excited for This August 2021. Part 3

Our selection of Netflix Originals for August Part 3.

The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf

Coming to Netflix: August 23

 

Netflix’s The Witcher series gets an anime prequel film focusing on the origin story of Geralt’s mentor and fellow witcher Vesemir. While we’re still waiting for the second season of the series, we’re sure this film will be more than enough to tide us over.

 

He’s All That

Coming to Netflix: August 27

 

From the director of Mean Girls comes another teen comedy starring TikTok star Addison Rae. He’s All That is a remake of the 1999 film She’s All That, proving Taylor Swift right in her theory of the 90’s coming back stronger than ever.

 

Sparking Joy

Coming to Netflix: August 31

 

We all remember when Marie Kondo helped us declutter our houses and better our lives with her hit show, Tidying Up With Marie Kondo. This August, she’s back with another show called Sparking Joy which follows her helping people struggling to balance work and home life.

 

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Netflix Original Releases We’re Excited for This August 2021. Part 2

Exciting Netflix Original Releases for this August 2021
Here’s the upcoming Netflix Originals we like for mid-August.  Great fun, exciting, and binge-worthy Netflix original releases.

Sweet Girl

Coming to Netflix: August 20

This is another Netflix action thriller film we’re excited for. This film stars Jason Momoa as a devastated husband determined to avenge his wife’s death while protecting his daughter and is sure to put us on the edges of our seats the whole way through.

 

The Chair

Coming to Netflix: August 20

Sandra Oh stars in this upcoming comedy-drama miniseries as the new chair of the English department at a major university, struggling to meet the demands and expectations of her new position. We’re sure this is another great binge-watch from Netflix.

 

The Loud House Movie

Coming to Netflix: August 20

The popular Nickelodeon animated series gets a film which features the characters of the series on a holiday trip to Scotland. This film is perfect if you’re a fan of the series or you’ve got kids who are.

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