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The Manila Times
Saturday, 03 July 2010 00:00
LEGAZPI CITY: For the first time, a multi-awarded Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio is set to visit Albay province next month to spearhead an environmental-awareness project in cooperation with the provincial government of Albay led by Gov. Joey Salceda and Bicolano business tycoon Elizaldy “Zaldy” Co of the Sunwest Group of Companies here.
The lead actor of phenomenal Titanic movie will be staying in Albay for one-week where he chose to stay at the Misibis Bay, an ultra luxurious resort in Misibis, Cagraray Island in Bacacay, Albay, owned by Co who is also chairman of the board of homegrown Bicolano political party, Ako Bicol, which ranked number one in the concluded May 10 elections.
Salceda told The Manila Times that in a statement made by Joyce Ramirez, director for International Publicity at PR Asis Worldwide, who invited DiCaprio, the Hollywood actor is coming to Albay province not to promote his new Movie, Inception but solely to spearhead an environmental-awareness project in cooperation with a huge conglomerate in Albay.
DiCaprio’s visit is expected to boost the robust development of Albay province in terms of tourism and economic industry with the strong and healthy partnership by private stakeholders in cooperation with local and provincial government officials.
The provincial government of Albay was declared by the United Nation officials as champion of Climate Change steward who pioneered programs that would lessen the worst impact of global warming through mitigation programs as well as educating the community specifically the children to take care of the environment being the heirs of the next generation.
Salceda said it’s Ramirez’ brainchild to bring DiCaprio to the Philippines to help boost our tourism industry especially in Albay, with Legazpi City as a world-class eco-tourism destination following the establishment of the multibillion Embarcadero de Legazpi located at the seaside area of Albay Gulf constructed by Co after the occurrence of super Typhoon Reming in 2006 .
The island of Cagraray in Bacacay, Albay is believed to be the place where the Bicol civilization began.
Sacred burial jars were found in two of at least 28 caves in the island. Local historians suggest that these archeological evidences could prove that Cagraray Island was the cradle of Bicolano civilization about 200,000 to 300,000 years ago.
Paradise on earth
The island is oftenly described by the visiting tourists as the paradise on earth due to its uniqueness and bountiful agricultural products. The Misibis Bay resort boasts of exclusive residences with five-star amenities nestled on a 20-hectare property of powdery white sand.
The resort, according to Co, adheres to the principle of creating a balance between development and the concern and care for the environment. The place offers a panoramic view of Mayon volcano and Sula Channel, which used to be the sanctuary of galleons in time of typhoons during the Spanish era and now refuge of big sea crafts whenever there is weather disturbances.
Adjoining the resort are several caves and captivating limestone formations. Misibis Bay resort could be reached or take the route of Sula Channel in Bacacay wherein a motorized boat can ferry the tourist across the channel and can take a 15-minute jeepney ride or a 25-minute boat ride to the resort.
Other options to reach Misibis is through exclusive Island Hopper Yacht from the multibillion Embarcadero de Legazpi which could only take for 25-to-30-minute ride where the tourists could relax, dine and sing while passing through the Albay Gulf.
Rhaydz B. Barcia
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