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Catbalogan tops most number of accommodations in Samar island

As Samar island’s cabecera or capital, Catbalogan City tops with the most number of accommodations in the whole island and the third among cities in the whole Eastern Visayas as reported in the 2017 Report on Accommodation Capacity Survey of the Department of Tourism – Regional Office VIII (DOT RO8) and the 2018 Countryside in Figures – Samar Province of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

Tacloban tops the regional standing with 57 accommodations, Ormoc with 43, Catbalogan with 31, Calbayog with 26, Borongan with 24, Maasin with 18, and Baybay with 16.

Accommodations include hotels, resorts, pension houses, tourist inns, apartels, and homestays as categorized under RA 9593 otherwise known as the Tourism Act of 2009.

This good news can be credited to the welcoming business climate that offers tax holidays and incentives to businesses who engages in the city and its thriving economy as observed in the mushrooming of establishments, new buildings and various enterprises. 

It further emphasizes Catbalogan’s stronghold as Samar island’s commercial, trading, educational, financial and political center as enjoyed since 1616 when Jesuit missionaries established Catbalogan as the cabecera or capital and our very own St. Bartholomew Church as the residencia and mission center. 

Catbalogan City’s Tourism, Culture, Arts and Information Office (CTCAIO), which was established only in 2016 oversees the tourism program including culture and arts as well as the information management programs of the city government.

Tourism has been one of the major pillars of development of the local administration and puts sustainable tourism along with other major thrusts in its programming geared towards an equitable economic development while protecting and preserving the city’s natural and cultural assets.

(Article by Ador Hurtado)

#catbalogancity #tourism #captivatingcatbalogan #kauswagkatbalogan#easternvisayas #accommodation #stepforwardcatbalogan #region8#teamtourism

SSU Alumni Homecoming 2019


Samar State University with Host Class 1993 is keen on making this year’s Grand Alumni Homecoming Celebration uniquely memorable as Samar’s Tomorrowland is set to be held on April 8-14, 2019. Highlights to the festival include a Senior’s Night (Class 40s to 90s) & Variety Show with Raffle featuring Eastern Visayas’ Finest Commediennes on April 8 & an April 10 Comedy Night with Band Concert & Raffle – JAYA & Wondergirls will surely rock your world!

But wait, there’s still more!

A fresh breed of Vloggers & YouTubers from this side of the country will also be featured during the ElectroDanceMusic House Party on April 12, 2019 with the special participation of budding artists & performers to include Samar’s Supreme DJs Wen, Raffy B, MJ Vega, Maverick, & Lorna. 
It doesn’t stop there!

Special performances from singers & composers ShanType & Jerico of WestWildStreetMusic; Crypto, CharlesMagne, & Toto-22 of Emperatreze Music Collective; ZGhep & many more.

What’s the catch? These events are OPEN TO PUBLIC! Here’s a glimpse of the line-up. Grab tickets as soon as you can before reservations run out!

(Text and photos by Host Batch 1993)

#tomorrowland #ssu #catbalogancity #alumnimonth #april2019#karisyokatbalogan

SNS Alumni Homecoming 2019

Who doesn’t love promos?

Host Batch 1993 for the 2019 Samar High Grand Alumni Homecoming Music Festival is offering their tickets on promos you can’t miss:

– 10 tickets + 2 free only until March 18, 2019
– 10 tickets + 1 free only from March 19 to April 09, 2019.

Tickets are available at SNS Alumni Center and who knows, you might be the lucky winner of the One Million Pesos “Super Grand Prize” or the Five Hundred Thousand Pesos “Mega Grand Prize” or any of the various cash prizes at stake!

What are you waiting for?

Come home this April 2019 for the Alumni Month because captivating fun can only be found here in Catbalogan.

(Photo provided by SNS Host Batch 1993; Report by Ador Hurtado)

#sns #alumnimonth #april2019 #catbalogancity #samarnationalschool#karisyokatbalogan #captivatingcatbalogan

Rabies Awareness Month 2019

Through Republic Act No. 9482, the whole month of March of every year is observed as Rabies Awareness Month (RAM), which aims to strengthen awareness on the prevention, control and management of rabies.

Be a responsible pet owner, have your pets vaccinated at City Veterinary Office (CVO) located at Pier Uno, Catbalogan City.

For more information, you may contact the CVO at 0928-603-9323 / 0997-584-6750.

#catbalogancity #RAM2019 #rabiesawarenessmonth#rabiesawarenessmonth2019 #kasugbongkatbalogan#captivatingcatbalogan

Girl Power

Girl Power this month of March!
Happy Women’s Month!

#catbalogancity #girlpower #womensmonth #womensmonth2018#womenmakechange #captivatingcatbalogan #kasugbongkatbalogan

Today is International Women’s Day

Today, March 08 is celebrated around the world as Women’s Day!

Proclamation No. 224 series of 1988 officially declares the first week of March of each year as “Women’s Week” and March 8 as “Women’s Rights and International Peace Day” while Republic Act (RA) 6949 series of 1990 officially declares March 8 of every year as “National Women’s Day”.

In history, the United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) during the International Women’s Year in 1975 and in 1977, the United Nations General Assembly invited member states to proclaim March 8 as the UN Day for women’s rights and world peace.

For 2019, the UN theme for IWD is “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change” while in the Philippines, the women’s month theme according to the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) is “We Make Change Work for Women”, which highlights the empowerment of women as active contributors to and claimholders of development.

For all the contributions they have made in our families, companies and communities, a salute to all the women — today and always!

(Article by Ador Hurtado)

#iwd #iwd2019 #womensday #womensday2019 #womensmonth#womensmonth2019 #catbalogancity #kasugbongkatbalogan#captivatingcatbalogan

Mang Inasal opens in Catbalogan City

And Mang Inasal in Catbalogan City has officially opened!

Located at corner Allen Avenue and San Roque Street, a new two-story building rose at the heart of the city and is now ready to fill your unli-rice cravings and that juicy chicken inasal that Mang Inasal is most famous for.

Owned and franchised by Mr. Dev Murjani, the blessing and ribbon-cutting earlier today, March 07, 2019 was graced by corporate officials of Mang Inasal alongside Miss Cebu 2013, Ms. Neesha Murjani, daughter of the branch franchiser along with Acting Barangay Chairman, Sedfrey Uy of Barangay 04 Poblacion where the branch is operating representing on behalf of City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan.

This is the first Mang Inasal branch in the city, which traces its origin in Iloilo City when the first barbecue fast food restaurant opened in 2003 and due to their popularity and profitability, Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC) acquired 70% of Mang Inasal in 2010 and later acquired the remaining 30% of the company in 2016.

With their inclusion as one of the business units of JFC, Mang Inasal has now more than 500 branches all over the country and 90% are franchises.

Mang Inasal’s success is highly attributable to its wide array of Filipino comfort food, especially its famous Chicken Inasal that has this distinct taste that Pinoys have grown and continue to love. 

So head out now to Mang Inasal Catbalogan and don’t forget to bring along your family and friends because great foods are best shared with the people you love, and you’ll definitely love Mang Inasal.

(Photos by Ma Theresa Joyce Nabore and JOm DeLa Cruz; Article by Ador Hurtado)

#manginasal #catbalogancity #nowopen #newestbranch#kauswagkatbalogan #karasakatbalogan #captivatingcatbalogan

Casa Cristina Hotel opens new rooms

Check out the posh new rooms of Casa Cristina Hotel at San Roque Street, this city.

With a new design concept that will be adjusted to all other rooms of the hotel, these new rooms with free breakfast offer a view of the ever-busy streets of Catbalogan City and with a location that is almost at the heart of the city, what else could you ask for in a hotel?

Apart from their spacious venue hall great for meetings, parties and for almost any gatherings, they now offer a chill-out rooftop space ideal for exclusive reservations and get-togethers. 

Indeed the hotel industry in the city is booming as evidenced by the expansion of existing hotels and resorts as well as in the opening of new primary tourism establishments here at Samar island’s historical and commercial capital.

For booking and accommodations, you may inquire at Casa Cristina Hotel at (055) 251-2840 or at or just visit them at San Roque Street, Catbalogan City.

Casa Cristina Hotel, your home away from home!

(Photos by Kathy Tuason; Review by Ador Hurtado, CTCAI Officer)

#casacristina #casacristinahotel #catbalogancity #hotel #venue#captivatingcatbalogan #kauswagkatbalogan

National Fire Prevention Month 2019

It’s okay to be hot, but always keep safe!

The whole month of March is declared as “National Fire Prevention Month” by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 115-A, but why every March of every year?

Simply for the reasons that it is during this month that most number of fires occur according to PSA and March is one of the hottest month in the country according to PAG-ASA signaling the start of the dry season leading to the month of May.

Also, March was also declared as the Burn Prevention Month, as per Proclamation 360 of former president Corazon Aquino in 1989 to “disseminate knowledge in the field of burn prevention and to enhance education in all phases of burn care”.

For year’s theme, it is “Ligtas na Pilipinas Ating Kamtin, Bawat Pamilya ay Sanayin, Kalaaman sa Sunog ay Palawakin”, which calls for a safe community by raising awareness on fire prevention and preparing families in cases of fires because fire safety is everyone’s concern.

Do you know what to do in case of fires?

Contact our local BFP at (055) 534-0481 for inquiries or any related assistance.

(Photos by Bureau of Fire Protection; Report by Ador Hurtado)

#catbalogancity #fireprevention #thinkfiresafetyNOW #NFPM2019#march2019 #kasugbongkatbalogan #captivatingcatbalogan

National Women’s Month 2019

Happy Women’s Month!

For 2017 to 2022, the recurring theme for the annual Women’s Month Celebration (NWMC) is “We Make Change Work for Women” to highlight the empowerment of women as active contributors to and claimholders of development.

By virtue of Proclamation No. 224 series of 1988, the first week of March is declared as “Women’s Week” alongside March 08 as “Women’s Rights and International Peace Day”; while Proclamation No. 227 series of 1988 provides for the observance of the month of March as “Women’s Role in History Month”; and Republic Act No. 6949 series of 1990 has officially declared March 08 of every year as “National Women’s Day”.

These are anchored on the worldwide observance of the International Women’s Day (IWD) putting emphasis on the significant roles that women play in today’s society.

So in your own ways, how will we make change work for women?

(Design provided by Philippine Commission on Women; Report by Ador Hurtado)

#womenmakechange #NWMC #womensmonth #catbalogancity#kasugbongkatbalogan #captivatingcatbalogan #march2019 #iwd2019#womensmonth2019