Heavy rains didnâ€™t dampen the spirits of an estimated 1,300 supporters who gathered at Trinidad Gymnasium in Bohol province on Wednesday to meet and greet Liberal Party (LP) presidentiable bet Mar Roxas.
According to the event host, there were at least 200 local officials who are running in 2016 under LP from all over Bohol attended the event dubbed â€œDaghang Salamat Mar Roxas; Padayon Boholâ€ (Thank you Mar Roxas; Continue Bohol).
The venue was literally filled with people, mostly students from Trinidad Municipal College, wearing yellow shirts, the official color of LP.
Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto said Roxasâ€™ was instrumental for helping Boholâ€™s rehabilitation and recovery after a strong earthquake in 2013 that devastated the province. Â A total of P2.3 billion check was given to Bohol through the Bohol Earthquake Assistance (BEA) when he was interior secretary.
In his message, Roxas told the crowd that Bohol is special to his heart.
He said Trinidad town (with a population of at least 30,000) was named after Roxasâ€™ grandmother Trinidad de Leon-Roxas.
Trinidad Mayor Judith Cajes said that Roxasâ€™ visit was â€œIndeed a historical and unforgettable happening that is taking place in the town. Historic that in aÂ sense, for the first time, the grandson of the late Pres. Manuel Roxas the very place which hisÂ loloÂ was founded 68 years ago thru his Exec. No. 18 signed on Aug. 14, 1947.â€ Trinidad was formerly known barangay Ipil of Talibon town, birthplaceÂ of the late Pres. Carlos P. Garcia, before it became independent.
Roxas also told the crowd about his Bohol connection which he said was his secret.
â€œNakalimutan mo sabihin na si Mar Roxas,Â anak ng Bohol. Kaya ganun nalang ang aking pagtingin sa Bohol, sa Bol-anon, sa inyong lahat, ang liderato, at mga kababayan natin dito dahil sikreto sa inyo, feel kausa ako sa inyo.. dahil dito ko niligawan ang aking misis na si Korina,â€ he said. Although he didnâ€™t elaborate when he courted the veteran broadcaster but it elicited applause and yells from the crowd.
Roxas also added that his visit was to know more of the local candidates.
â€œKumbinsido na ba kayo? Sa palakpak ninyo kumbinsido na kayo. Gusto ko kilalanin ang mga kandidto,â€ he said.
A member of the LP Party, who asked for anonymity, said that Roxasâ€™ visit to Bohol was a â€œloyalty check.â€
An LP official said that a â€œclose- in meetingâ€ was conducted by Roxas with local LP key players prior to his departure to Cebu City.
Roxas challenged the local candidates to support the â€œDaang matuwidâ€ campaign of the Aquino administration.
â€œMagiging kasangkapan tayo sa pag-unlad ng ating pamayanan…. para sa ating mahal na Bohol,â€ Roxas said.
Cancelled flights due to Apec
Rudyard Japhet Josol, 28, of Calape town has changed the date of his trip to Manila . Instead on Nov. 17, he decided to reschedule his trip last week of this month.
Josol and other Boholano travelers, including incoming tourists will be affected once theÂ Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec)Â Summit opens in Manila on Monday, Nov. 16.
VariousÂ airlines have announced the cancellation of domestic and international flights.
Josol should be in Manila for a job interview at Abojeb Manpower Solutions, Inc.
â€œI just informed the agency that I canâ€™t come because of no flight,â€ said Josol.
â€œHasol gyud kay daghan importante lakaw ma pending tungod ana pero unsaon wala tay mahimo kita nalang ang mo-adjust (The flight disruption is inconvenient, most especially that you have an important thing to do. But we canâ€™t do anything so we just adjust our trip), â€ he said.
Ludine Dano of IJea Travel and Tours in Tagbilaran told her clients two weeks ago about the cancellation of flights due to Apec.
â€œI told my clients about the unavailability of flights on the said dates,â€ said Dano.
Miraflor Lawangon of Wow Bohol Travel and Tours also said that some of her clients had rescheduled their trips to Bohol last week of November. â€œOthers have moved their tours in December,â€ she said.
The closure of runways to give time to the arrival and departure of world leaders have Philippine Airlines (PAL), Cebu Pacific, Cebu Pacific-Tiger Air (CebGo), and Air Asia Philippines canceled flights from Nov. 15 to 20.
PAL said passengers with confirmed flights can rebook prior to or within 30 days from their original flight date, with rebooking and penalty charges waived.
Affected Cebu Pacific and Air Asia passengers also have the options to either rebook their flights for travel within 30 days from the original departure date or get a refund.
Twenty flights from Manila and back are confirmed cancelled as of yesterday while more cancellations are expected in the succeeding bulletins coming from Philippine Airlines, Air Asia and Cebu Pacific.
The cancelled flights in the Manila-Tagbilaran-Manila route are:
For PAL, flightÂ PR 2777/2778 isÂ cancelled on Nov. 17.
For Air Asia, fightsÂ Z2 352 and Z2 353, Z2 354 and Z2 355 are cancelled onÂ Nov. 17;Â Â flights Z2 354 and Z2 355, Z2 350 and Z2 351 on Nov. 18; Z2 352 and Z2 353 on Nov. 19.
For Cebu Pacific, flights 5J621/622 is cancelled on Nov. 16; 5J621/622, Nov. 17; 5J621/622, Nov. 19; and 5J617/618, Nov. 20.
â€˜Suicide Squadâ€™ star Margot Robbie visits Bohol
While you and I were sleeping, the star of the highly anticipated DC movie â€œSuicide Squadâ€ Margot Robbie had visited the Philippines, including our Bohol.
She shared a short video of her ziplining across a river. She simply captioned the video with #bohol #philippines. Â Netizens identified the place-Boholâ€™s famed Loboc River (where councilor- to be Tessie Labunog-Sumampong hails from), one of the major tourist destinations in the country.
The Hollywood actress even asked her 1.3 million followers on Instagram to visit the Philippines or donate to the foundation.
â€œSuicide Squadâ€ will be on theaters in August 2016. Robbie will star in the film along other A-list celebrities like Will Smith, Viola Davis, Jared Leto and Cara Delevingne.
In a post on her Instagram account, she said found her â€œheavenâ€ in the country.
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