‘Morong Star’ beach resort wins awards for budget-friendly accommodation, trustworthy service

admin   •   October 23, 2018   •   5030


MANILA, Philippines — Bataan’s “sunniest place”, Morong Star Beach Resort and Hotel received two different awards on Saturday (October 20) from two prestigious award-giving bodies.

Hailed at the Philippine Buyer’s Choice Award 2018 as the number one beach resort and hotel in Bataan, the beach resort was recognized for its excellence in products, services, quality market awareness, innovative marketing prices, and value pricing.


A plaque and certificate of recognition presented to Morong Star Beach Resort and Hotel for winning Recreational Beach Resort and Hotel in Bataan at the Best Choice Awards 2018 gala nite in Quezon City on October 20, 2018

Meanwhile, Best Choice Awards 2018 also acknowledged Morong Star as Recreational Beach Resort and Hotel in Bataan for its excellence in company reputation, experience, integrity, product quality, and customers’ trustworthiness.

Float your stress away in the deep pool, a fresh alternative to the beach

Situated at Sitio Panibatuhan, Poblacion, Morong, Bataan, the award-winning beach resort faces the West Philippine Sea with its clear and calm waters.

City-weary travelers can expect an ultimate getaway experience with enjoyable theme parks and swimming pool facilities set in a picture-perfect sunset.

Experience the thrill of a zip line ride over the clear waters of Morong

An array of adventure including kayaking, banana boat, and flying fish water rides and thrilling zip line rides, await tourists.

Nature lovers will enjoy scuba diving in Morong’s beautiful dive spots with breathtaking underwater sceneries.

Take a deep dive and discover Morong’s underwater wonders

“I think ang edge namin sa iba, pagka pumunta ka, almost lahat ng kailangan mo ay nandoon na para sa isang resort. Para tayong isang theme park; so, kumpleto na,” said Jun Babera, a representative of the beach resort.

With its affordable accommodation packages and excellent service, Morong Star continues to receive high satisfaction ratings from its guests.

Only a few hours from the capital, travelers driving from Manila to Bataan can take the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) to Olongapo City.

From there, ride a yellow jeepney head straight to SM Olongapo Victory Liner terminal. In front of Harbor Point Mall, ride a mini bus or jeepney leading to the Morong town proper. From there, you can ride a tricycle to the venue.

Plan ahead your next great beach break and weekend getaways at a great price.

Come to visit “Bataan’s Sunniest Place”, Morong Star Beach Resort And Hotel, a must-see on every beach lover’s bucket list. — Yssa Jalmasco

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Veterinary quarantine checkpoints set up in Dinalupihan, Bataan

Marje Pelayo   •   September 2, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – In response to the administrative order issued by the Department of Agriculture (DA), the local government of Dinalupihan in Bataan has set up three quarantine checkpoints in Daang Bago, Tucop, and Bangal.

Such move is to prevent entry and spread of a still unknown pig disease that infested sounders of swine in still undisclosed locations in the country.

According to Dr. Paul Foronda, the checkpoints have been set up to safeguard the province’s livestock farmers from imminent threats of swine disease.

“We respectfully ask for the cooperation of all hog raisers and transporters. Please comply with the requirements for inter-provincial transport of animals,” Foronda, the municipal veterinary of Dinalupihan, said.

Foronda advises all transporters to present the following documents at the Veterinary Quarantine Checkpoints:

1) a valid veterinary health certificate issued by a duly licensed veterinarian concurred by a government veterinarian

2) a valid shipping permit issued by the Provincial Veterinary Office of the place of origin

Foronda said failure to present the above mentioned documents, the cargoes will not be allowed entry and will be sent back to the place of origin.

Since the first day of the checkpoints on August 25, the official said they already intercepted several livestock transporters that were denied entry, some because of fake documents.

Over the weekend, Agriculture Secretary William Dar confirmed that the DA is currently monitoring four areas where pig infestation has been reported though he refused to disclose the location as they are still waiting for the result of the test in the infested pig’s sample.

Pig deaths were also reported in an area in Rizal but the DA said the infested pigs had already been culled. – MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

DENR: Manila Bay waters off Bataan now fit for swimming

Robie de Guzman   •   April 9, 2019

FILE PHOTO: Manila Bay sunset (Rogelio Neccessito Jr. / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has identified an area in Manila Bay that is now fit for swimming and other forms of contact recreation activity.

DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda said swimming in the Manila Bay waters off the Mariveles town in Bataan is already possible after its level of coliform bacteria was reduced to the safe levels of 100 to 200 most probable number (MPN) per 100 milliliters, based on a report they received.

Antiporda added that DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu is set to head to Mariveles, Bataan this week to validate the report.

He said the latest development is a proof that government efforts to rehabilitate Manila bay are beginning to bear fruit.

“Matatandaan niyo na nasabi natin dito sa DENR na within 6 months to 1 year eh meron tayong magiging swimmable area ano. Ito na po ‘yun,” he said

(If you can recall, the DENR said that within 6 months to 1 year we will have a ‘swimmable’ area in Manila bay. This is it.)

DENR, however, clarified that swimming in Manila Bay waters along the coast of Roxas Boulevard remains prohibited as the water quality there has yet to improve. Dredging and other clearing operations are also ongoing in the area.

“Ngayon po ay nabubulabog ang dagat. Hinuhukay po siya at kumbaga iyong mga bakal at anuman, salamin man o bote o bubog ngayon po ay nabulabog kaya malaki po iyong posibilidad na maaari kayong mainjure o malagay sa alanganin ang buhay niyo,” Antiporda cautioned.

(The waters and the seabed are being dredged so solid wastes underneath such as metal, shards of glass and other similar materials may have surfaced. This might possibly injure or endanger your lives)

Since January this year, the government has been working to clean up Manila’s most famous body of water to make it fit again for swimming and other water-related recreation activities.

DENR and other agencies have began the dredging operation in parts of Manila bay and its tributaries to remove the layers of trash and silt underwater, as seen in a video taken by UNTV News and Rescue’s underwater drone.

The decades-long flow of solid wastes and untreated discharges have raised the coliform bacteria in Manila Bay to more than 300 million MPN per 100 milliliters before the rehabilitation kicked off, the DENR said.

The presence of coliform bacteria in the water indicates contamination which may cause diseases upon contact. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Mai Bermudez)

Red tide alert raised over Bataan and Pampanga

admin   •   November 28, 2018


QUEZON CITY, Philippines — A red tide warning has been raised over the provinces of Bataan and Pampanga after the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) located red tide toxins in shellfish products last Wednesday, November 21.

According to reports, accumulation of marine toxin, saxitoxin, in mollusks found in said areas has reached up to 500 micrograms per 100 grams of meat.

“Ang required lamang po na limit sa Philippine regulatory limits ay 60, kaya medyo mataas, at inaasahan pa po namin baka tataas pa ito. Kaya minabuti na po ng BFAR na i-maintain at ilabas na ang warning sa lalawigan ng Bataan at Pampanga,” said BFAR OIC division chief, Neil Kenneth Catibog.

The Bureau noted that based on their observations, there is a resurgence of red tide in Bataan and Pampanga every November.

“Nakita namin parang nagigig pattern na nga bakit November. Siguro ho sa panahon. Ito yung panahon na nagiging fertile ang katubigan dahil sa tumataas ang nutrient content. Marami hong factors yung alat ng tubig, init ng panahon yung pag-ulan, yung pag-init,” Catibog explained.

At present, harvest and sale of shellfish such as mussels (tahong), clams (halaan), oysters (talaba) and krill (alamang) are strictly prohibited.

Fish may be consumed as long it is cleaned thoroughly and its entrails and gills are removed

Symptoms of red tide poisoning include nausea, numbness or paralysis which could lead to death.

So far, there have been no incidents of red tide poisoning reported.

Meanwhile, the BFAR will provide assistance to affected fishermen.

“Magbibigay ng ibang kagamitan ng pangisda para hindi lang sila mahinto sa kanilang hanapbuhay dahil ang BFAR po talaga naiintidihan namin ang katayuan ng ating mga nagtatahong at nagtatalaba,” Catibog said.

The BFAR said they will only remove the warning over Bataan and Pampanga if shellfish samples collected from affected areas turn out negative of red tide toxins three times in a row. — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue


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