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Bared... Actors who paid Caingget Beach a visit

Tagbilaran, Sunday, 13 December 2009

  • Food for the soul: People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway. If you are successful you will win some false friends and true enemies; Succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; Be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you've got anyway You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God; It was never between you and them anyway. - Mother Theresa
  • On one of her shopping sprees in Tagbilaran City, the wife of a big politician was busy shopping and had a difficult time choosing her wants that it took her for almost an hour. When the sales lady felt the lady could not decide what to buy, she politely volunteered to help. The lady turned a bit snooty, bracing into some kind of a don't-you-know-who-I-am? stance, and said, "Ikaw ha sales lady ra ka diri, you don't have the right to ask me!" The lady's voice was so loud (louder than the speaker) that other compulsive shopaholics were so intrigued. What a winning answer. Tagam!
  • The story of the politician-couple spreads like fire that everyone wants to know more about it. According to Bared Very Reliable Source (VRS), the person who is related to "beauty" personally gave the copies of his "revelations" to the people especially at the couple's baluarte. In fact, according to VRS, he personally gave copies to the office of beauty's "beast." The papers had supporting photos of "beauty and the beast" in the past. "It's a battle, I know it's politics or so," says VRS. The issue is so hot, hot, hot like a pancake! In one of the pages, it's written: "The rise and fall of the ‘beauty and the beast;' The real story??? Coming soon!!!"
  • Who will be the top Newsmakers of the Year 2009? Erico Aumentado? Judith Cajes? Dan Lim? What is the top event of the year? As the year ends, Bared retells the stories, events and people that shaped 2009. Send us your feedback to

I got so hook up listening dyRD's Rampa Showbiz (3:30 - 4:30 in the afternoon on weekdays) hosted by veteran broadcaster Pedy Bolaño and Glee Orcullo (who co-anchors veteran broadcaster Fred Araneta's BGY Servitek News, 7:15 - 7:30 on weekdays). A topnotch commentator, Pedy proves his versatility as a host narrating showbiz happenings. He gives intelligent and sensible showbiz news and he is very articulate. On the other hand, Glee is there to share her expertise in a natural way.

I'm sure Rampa Showbiz is dominating the afternoon ratings. It also helps me to travel down memory lane in my own place that in the nineteen forgotten was so popular, as in, next to Bohol's Chocolate Hills…Caingget Beach in Tagbilaran City.

Mention the name Caingget Beach and it conjures images of sinugba (isda sa bato, sunghan ketong), kamote, saging, kinilaw and tuba. Also, as a prelude to Tagbilaran's resort's exciting day, its visitors are treated to a breathtaking sunset, and of course, our favorite koja (a coral clam) which is an aphrodisiac.

Fr. Jose Roel "Fro" Lungay, currently the pastor of St. Genevieve Church in Slidell, Louisiana, U.S. missed the place for 25 years. When he had the chance of visiting the country in July 2009, he went directly to Caingget. Fro, who is a songwriter, arranger and producer immortalized Caingget in his poem "Caingget Sunset" and is given life by Romeo Mascariñas (the song can be accessed at

Like other Boholanos, Caingget Beach is so memorable for this priest. "The very nook where we used to take off our clothes and gone bananas. We must have been some exhibitionists!"

But did you know that before the island of Panglao discovered in 1980's, Caingget Beach was famous as the Chocolate Hills that people from all walks of life would bring their visitors to take a glimpse of Caingget Beach?

For a bit of nostalgia, I made a list of actors and famous personalities told to me by the people of Caingget (others slipped out of my mind) who visited Caingget Beach:

  • Nora Aunor: Ate Guy is a multi-awarded Filipino actress, singer and producer. Nora had several leading-role performances in stage plays, television shows, and concerts. She is also known as the Philippines' one and only "Superstar." Considered by the public, critics and her own contemporaries as Filipino cinema's greatest thespian, and major icon of the century. She is also the only actress to receive the prestigious "Centennial Honor for the Arts" given by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (1999).
  • Fernando Poe Jr. The King is a leading Philippine action star and a former presidential candidate. He was an icon admired by millions of Filipinos. His bid for presidency in the 2004 presidential elections against the popular and incumbent Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was unsuccessful. He was commonly known as "FPJ" and "Da King." He died at the age of 65 on December 14, 2004 after suffering a stroke.
  • Eddie Perigrina: My Pa's favorite singer. Eddie was a leading matinee idol of the 1970s. Dubbed as "the Original Jukebox King," he was most famous for hit songs such as What Am I Living For, Together Again, Two Lovely Flowers, I Do Love You and Mardy, among others. He died at the age of 32 in a freak car accident in EDSA. Eddie conquered other national singing contests like the "Tawag ng Tanghalan," worked as a singer in Japan for five years with The Blinkers band, and became the first Jukebox King of his homeland. During the early 60's, a singer's popularity was practically determined by the jukebox, a coin-operated machine that can play specially selected songs from self-contained media. It was a period when fans dropped 20 centavos in a jukebox to listen to Timi Yuro's Crazy or Matt Monro's Walk Away and Before You Go. Of course, Eddie's songs were such national anthems and outdid their foreign counterparts not only in the jukebox market but also on the airwaves, in restaurants and well….. the local cabarets.
  • Victor Wood: He was popular for 'covering' songs such as Mr. Lonely, Wooden Heart, I'm Sorry My Love and Sincerely, among others. He ran for senator during the 2007 Philippine general election but lost.
  • Yoyoy Villame: A Filipino composer, singer and comedian. He was known for his novelty songs, such as Mag-exercise Tayo and Butse Kik which became classic Filipino novelty songs.
  • Amay Bisaya: A former actor.
  • Max Alvarado: An actor known mostly by his realistic portrayals as villains. Alvarado sometimes played gay roles. He is also a successful comedian, dancer and a singer. His career spanned almost 6 decades
  • Bernard Bonin: The original "Palos" in the 1960s. He was also the father of beauty queen-TV host Charlene Gonzalez and character actor Richard Bonnin. He was a contract artist of LVN Pictures. He was also seen in movies like Casa Grande, Ay Pepita, Wala Kang Paki and Limang Dalangin.
  • Stella Strada: actress whose real name is Suzette Bishop. She launched her career in Kirot (1983) also that she starts Inside Job (1983), and Kriminal (1984). She was arrested for drugs and committed suicide on December 28, 1984.
  • TonTon Gutierrez: The son of Liza Lorena to Eddie Gutierrez which makes him the half brother of Ramon Christopher, son of Pilita Corrales and the Gutierrez children of Annabelle Rama; Ruffa Gutierrez, Raymond, Richard, Paul and Elvis. He is married to Glydel Mercado another Filipina actress.
  • Cesar Montano: Buboy was intrigued of koja when he saw it on TV in 2007. When he visited Caingget together with his brother Rommel and wife Sunshine, he liked the koja.. and the rest is history.

I don't know who sent me the following short inspirational message but I thank him/her anyway. Read on and see life is beautiful.

A Lesson in Life

Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of good or bad luck. Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul. Without these small tests, if they be events, illnesses or relationships, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere. 

If someone hurts you, betrays you , or breaks you heart, forgive them. For they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious to who you open your heart to.

If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because they are teaching you to love and opening your heart and eyes to things you would have never seen or felt without them.

Make every day count. Appreciate every moment and take from it everything that you possibly can, for you may never be able to experience it again.

Talk to people you have never talked to before, and actually listen. Hold your head up because you have every right to. Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself, for if you don't believe in yourself, no one else will believe in you either.

You can make of your life anything you wish. Create your own life and then go out and live it.


Leo P. Udtohan

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