June 15, 2004  (STAR) The city of Calamba will host hundreds of tourists and visitors from all over the country during the three-day celebration of the 143rd birth anniversary of one of the greatest Filipino who have ever lived – writer, patriot and national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal.

Calamba kicks off the three-day festivities on June 17 with a street dancing competition at the poblacion and the staging of Teatro Gantimpala Foundation’s twin plays "Parting at Calamba" and "Wanted: A Chaperon."

A highly anticipated event on June 18 is the "Traysiklaban," Calamba’s tribute to the city’s most popular mode of transportation, the tricycle. Other activities lined up for the event include the search for the flashiest trike and the tricycle that can fit the most number of passengers.

A fun-filled sports fest dubbed "Palarong Calambeño" will feature Philippine traditional games mixed with parlor games derived from Filipino pop culture, which is expected to be participated in by people from Calamba’s 54 barangays.

Meanwhile, a thematic poster making and photo competition will showcase Lagunenses artistry. In the evening, a battle of the bands and street party are slated while shopaholics can troop to Calamba’s shopping mall for the midnight sale.

The third and last day of festivities, coinciding with Rizal’s birth anniversary, promises to be both solemn and spectacular. The day begins with a flag ceremony in Calamba’s old city hall and flower offering rites will be held in various parts of the city.The traditional float parade and exhibition will also be held on this day.

The three-day affair also marks the transfer of the Calamba City government to the newly constructed city hall in a five-hectare property in Barangay Real.

The day ends with a dinner show featuring timeless divas Dulce and Vernie Varga, as well as a spectacular fireworks display.

"Rizal personifies the soul of Calamba. The memory of his hometown shaped his motives and passion, and he later on proclaimed to the world that a place he loved so much is worth his own life. This is the essence of all these activities," Calamba City Mayor Severino "Binoy" Lajara said.

Supercat 10 is now in Puerto Galera By Joe Leuterio   The Philippine Star 06/15/2004

CALAPAN CITY — The Supercat Fast Ferry Corp. (SFFC), a subsidiary of the Aboitiz Group of Companies and operator of Supercat 10, is now serving the transport needs of some 712 resorts and other tourism related establishments, this city included.

Puerto Galera Mayor Aristeo Atienza, who graced the simple maiden voyage ceremonies of Supercat 10 at the Balatero Port, said that its entry in Calapan will boost the tourism potential of Puerto Galera.

Supercat 10 also serves other popular tourist destinations all over the country like Bacolod, Iloilo, Ormoc, Tagbilaran, Dumaguete, Larena, Dapitan and this city.

The idea of requesting Supercat 10 to service the Puerto Galera route was broached by former Tourism Secretary and now Senator Richard Gordon after his visit to the province.

Local officials, in expressing sincere appreciation for the effort, pledged their full support to SFFC.

Gov. Bart Marasigan, for his part, said in a statement that this kind of tourist-related developments will greatly enhance the development of Oriental Mindoro.

The SFFC announced that before the month ends, it will also sart serving the Abra de Ilog Port in Occidental Mindoro, as requested by Gov. Jose Villarosa and Rep. Josephine Ramirez-Sato.

Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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