Bien Unido News
People say that the youth is the future. For this small but up-and-coming town in Bohol, the future is bright, thanks to its youthful leader. Jigs Arquiza gets to know the man behind the vision.
"My family's love for the people has always been present. We have always had a desire to serve," explains Nino Rey Boniel, of his decision to run for Mayor of Bien Unido in Bohol in 2007. He then goes on to elaborate that while his dad Cosme "Boy" Boniel was mayor of Bien Unido from 1986 to 1995, his family was not really what most people would consider a dynastic political family. He comments, "If ...
Devotees of the Virgin Mary here, as well as divers, commemorated her birthday yesterday with a solemn prayer at an area in Danajon Bank where her 14-foot statue lies about 80 feet underwater.
There was a brief fluvial parade attended by Bien Unido residents, mostly coming from the neighboring small islands. Flowers were offered to the Virgin Mary while the "Happy Birthday" was sung. The divers, meanwhile, went underwater to clean the Virgin Mary's statue from algae.
This was the second time the town held a similar event. During last year's celebration, divers from all over the country p ...
It might not be as popular as the islands of Panglao or Pamilacan, or the towns of Sagbayan or Carmen where the famed Chocolate Hills are spread across, but for would-be visitors, it would be difficult to ignore the quiet charm of the municipality of Bien Unido in the northeastern part of Bohol province.
Bien Unido's local government unit is currently working on its tourism portfolio, building a mini-hotel set for launching come December during its Hagwa Festival. Prepping up the accommodations makes a good invitation to future tourists, particularly diving enthusiasts, because unknown to m ...
To celebrate the birthday of Mama Mary, at least 30 divers joined the 1st Underwater Pilgrimage to her image, set two years ago at 80 feet under the waters of the Danajon Bank at Bien Unido town in Bohol.
The project was aimed at inviting more divers in the area with hopes of shooing away illegal fishers.
Mayor Niño Rey Boniel of Bien Unido said that, since they installed the image of Mama Mary (and one of the Sto. Niño) in 2010, they heard fewer dynamite bombing in the area. He said the locals are by nature faithful to the Virgin Mary and the Holy Child, but considering the vastness o ...
Mayors and vice mayors of 14 towns of the province's 2nd district have joined forces by recently launching the North Eastern Alliance for Tourism (NEAT) during a meeting held at the Dive Camp in Puerto San Pedro of this town with Department of Tourism-Region 7 director Rowena Montecillo.
The NEAT project, conceptualized by Rep. Erico Aumentado (2nd dist., Bohol), has been based on a one-town-one-tourism product concept with the support of the DOT-7, DILG, Provincial Board Members Josephine Socorro Jumamoy, Gerry Garcia and Romulo Cepedoza, DOT-Bohol director Rustica Mascariñas, Provincial ...
A local farmers' group has expressed bright prospects for the seaweed industry in Bohol province which continues to be an economic driver in various coastal towns.
The Central Visayas Seaweeds Growers Association said seaweed farming has provided good income to many local fishermen in coastal towns.
"Naka-contribute gyod ni og dakong kaayuhan sa atong marginal fisher folks kay mao ni ilang gisaligan pagpaeskuyla sa ilang mga anak," said Esteban Payusan, the association's president.
Such livelihood has also discouraged illegal or dynamite fishing because such fishing activity destroys ...