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Trained govt workers on ICT and discovered Pinamungajan’s beauty

The UP Cebu Department of Computer Science, a CHED Center of Excellence grantee, went to Pinamungajan, Cebu last April 24-26 to conduct an ICT skills enhancement training for government workers and teachers of the 3rd congressional district.

The ICT training covered topics in office productivity applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, slide presentations, and basic computer operations and troubleshooting.

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I was designated to discuss effective slide presentations. To provide a “local feel” to my talk, I made a quick research on Pinamungajan and Toledo City since most of our audience came from the two places.

While scouring the net, I got amazed that Pinamungajan actually has a lot of destinations to please different types of tourists. From their local government website, http://www.pinamungajan.gov.ph, here are the town’s top attractions:

1. Hidden Valley Mountain Resort

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Hidden Valley Mountain Resort – a rather secluded mountain resort which offer cold spring pools, photo friendly dinosaur fixtures, and overnight accommodations. (Photo taken from Pinamungajan local government website.)

We were fortunately given a free tour by the staff of the local government after our Friday session and got to experience what the town website says as: “an adventure in itself as the road winds its way up over scenic rice fields and mountains.” The night time ride allowed us to view the field of stars usually hidden by Cebu City’s lights.

We skipped swimming in their cold pools and instead sang a videoke song or two.

2. Twin falls: Udlom and Sinungkulan Falls

Udlom and Sinungkulan Falls (Photo taken from Pinamungajan local government website.)
Udlom and Sinungkulan Falls (Photo taken from Pinamungajan local government website.)

Would have wanted to take a view and a dip into these beauty but we didn’t have time to spare. Sinungkulan is said to be visible when you’re at Hidden Valley Mountain Resort, as both are located in Barangay Lamac, but the night’s darkness also prevented us a view.

3. Tajao Public Beach

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We were billeted at Park Place Resort and had Tajao’s public beach as our backyard. The beach has black sand and sports very clean waters. Morning strolls give you a glimpse of the fishing community.

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Cottages of Park Place Resort. The resort is one of the few resorts lining the Tajao public beach.
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Trying out a selfeet featuring the sands of Tajao.

4. Sunsets

Pinamungajan, being a midwest town, has a spectacular view of the sunset. Their local website describes the sunset experience as: Whether from a bench in the municipal plaza or from the beaches in Tajao, the spectacular view never fails to refresh a weary soul.”

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Sunset as seen from our room terrace.

5. Mangroves

Photo taken from the Pinamungajan local website.

On our way to the training venue from our accommodation, we get to pass by the ever growing mangroves of Pinamungajan. Would have wanted to ride a banca to cruise along the river which is lined by a mangrove forest quite similar to Bojo River of Aloguinsan town.

Felt fulfilled by the three-day ICT skills training as I can clearly see the participants’ keen interest to our discussions. Hopefully, the training would help them in delivering better public service and that they will be able to pass on the knowledge to others.

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The best island for your peso… Olango

For those wanting a relaxed beach experience this summer, you should try Olango Island, Cebu. An island just about 30 minutes away from Mactan, Lapu-Lapu City. Olango offers adventurers an inexpensive vacation different from the crowded beaches of Mactan.

Armed with ready-to-grill meat, drinks and snacks, we ventured to this small island in the summer of 2009. We rented a kayak for just 100 pesos good for the whole day. The unli-kayak allowed us to see and paddle through mangroves and off to deeper waters relying mainly on our instincts to go left, right, forward and against the strong currents.

For those who want to mingle with the fishes and spy on the migratory birds, there are also boats which service island-hopping trips for around 1700 pesos.

Olango Island
Giving up on paddling and resorting to pulling.

Surfing with our multi-purpose kayak

The obligatory ‘jump shot’

Motorized boat to ferry us to Olango

The birds enjoy the still waters of early morning

Eating time! Don’t disturb the birdie

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Island co-habitants

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