ALL EYES ON BULACAN
100 Favorite People, Places & Things
Business BOOM Bulacan:
Vision Bulakenyo…The Next Global City.
“Vision…we will be the next Global City, with world-class hospitals, interstate highways, bridges, the MRT/LRT line connections, call centers and an airport -to rival NAIA! But I say ‘No’ to gaming and casinos. Not for Bulacan… All history begins in Bulacan, and it’s finally time we made history again.”
-Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado, 2018 Gawad Singkaban Awards Gala,
[dropcap]The 2018 Bulacan Singkaban Awards Gala was eye-opening. Held in Malolos City, Philippines, in the Capital Complex, at The Pavilion in Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center. The décor and cuisine was extraordinary; done by President of The Bulacan Suppliers Association, amazing premium quality catering was provided by HAPAG and award-winning special events coordinator, Malolos, Bulakenyo Gilbert De Jesus was also present, representing his Family Events & Affairs Company (FAES).[/dropcap]
Hosted by visionary, Honorable Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado and Honorable Vice Governor Daniel Fernando with Board Member, Lourdes “Baby” Posadas, Author of Gawad Singkaba Ordinance #276 T’17 & Bulacan Tourism, Arts & Culture Committee, Chairwoman, and fellow Board Member Allan Andan. The local star-studded event was a beacon for what’s to come from the Philippines fastest-emerging province, complete with local entertainers: singers, bands, entrepreneurs, festival troops, worship dancers -and the VIP Table Escorts were local Beauty Pageant Kings and Queens. As well as, live performances by Bulacan’s top 3 vocalists; Daniel Briones, Lara Lavinia Bayani and Jhon Harry Rodriguez, along with special guest performers Mary Justine Villanueva; who sang the lovely Bulacan Tourism Jungle, Melbelline Anne Caluag, Trixie Dayrit and the youngest kid singer, John Harry Rodriguez.
Early signs of success and vast potential. The long-awaited potential in Bulacan is mind-boggling. The Governor Sy-Alvarado Vision, Futurists’ ambitious predictions, decade long growth-goals, along with the current expansion projects underway in the province, Bulacan is destined to rival its neighbor city: the high-cost, polluted and over-congested Manila, as well as, Quezon City.
“Gawad Singkaban [Singkaban Awards] is a Bulacan-wide competition designed to encourage, inspire and motivate Local Government Units (LGU’s), as well as, tourism-related businesses and professionals. Its key aim is to preserve, maintain, improve and promote Bulacan’s cultural heritage and practices for the next generation -and beyond. Ultimately, making it [Bulacan tourism and developemnt] a source of livelihood.”
-Board Member, Lourdes “Baby” Posadas, Author of Gawad Singkaba Ordinance #276 T’17 & Bulacan Tourism, Arts & Culture Committee, Chairwoman
As a testament to the global awareness campaign underway by the Bulacan Province at-large, it was the first time The American Press Service (T.A.P.S.) was exclusively invited to attend the gala and; foreign media had the first opportunity to witness, and take notice of the vast-strides by the under-recognized province.
US Media was present; represented by The Philippines Magazine International’s, US Executive Publisher, Kareem J. A. Jackson, accompanied by his Bulacan Lifestyle Magazine Editorial Director, Gabrielle R. Bautista and Assistant Editorial Director, Rosaly S. Ducut; styled by award-winning SWAG Barber Salon & Boutique Malolos City, SWAG PRO, Antonio “Rafa” Dela Cruz and a Trational Filipino Formal Barong Tagalog by Designer Michel Andre.
“What a night to remember…incredibly eye-opening. This event (The 2018 Bulacan Singkaban Awards Gala) was the finale of the Singkaban Festival, and an inspiring way to say thank you to the many, many wonderful entrepreneurs and business-families whom have chosen Bulacan. Some awardees are family legacies, while others are mere start-ups. Nonetheless, it was their time to shine…to be recognized, appreciated for their efforts and see returns from their investments here. By adding new global exposure, the hope is that they will see that the local government and community at-large genuinely care for and appreciate them here in Bulacan.”
Kareem J. A. Jackson, The American Press Service (T.A.P.S.), US Executive Publisher, The Philippines Magazine International, Bulacan Lifestyle Limited Special Edition Magazine
Bulacan: “Publisher’s Choice Best Philippines Province…”
After traveling, touring, showcasing and living in more than 300 cities, provinces and barangay neighborhoods throughout the Philippines on their undercover tours, The Award-Winning Philippines Magazine International deemed Bulacan as “The Best Province…” to live, work, invest and raise a family for expats, OFW’s and upwardly-mobile young Filipino professionals.
Subsequently, The Philippines Magazine International, will be publishing a first-of-its-kind “Bulacan Lifestyle” limited special edition: the Philippines’ first complimentary province lifestyle magazine. The coffee table-style, magazinette is distributed internationally; in-print, on-line and digitally for free and will showcase true-Bulacan lifestyle. As well as, a Bulacan Lifestyle Business Directory; more than 500 Bulacan businesses, entrepreneurs, students, events, athletes, schools and politicians will be listed.
More than 100 of the best businesses, entrepreneurs, media, farms, travel agencies, tour guides, tourism specialists, resorts, farms and agricultural sites were eligible and/or nominated for this year’s Sinkaban Awards. Representing Bulacan Entrepreneurship at its finest, ‘The Best of Bulacan’ and a large part of what fuels the massive-growth happening now in Bulacan. Bulacan-based Eco-Tourism, Festivals, Resorts and cuisine are among some of the most-popular attractions in the country.
“I am accepting this award in behalf of all the people, lahat po ng taga-Guiguinto, na taun-taon ay naghihirap para lamang maging successful ang Halamanan Festival. The people behind all of these festivals ay talaga pong naghihirap para dito, pawis at dugo. Naka-involve ang mga barangay, naka-involve ang mga NGO, naka-involve ang lahat. We will indeed treasure this award na napakalaking bagay para sa amin,”
-Guiguinto Mayor, Ambrosio Cruz, Jr. recognized for the efforts of their town in establishing, The Halaman Festival.
To be part of the next event or to nominate a local business, you may:
Publisher@ThePhilippinesMagazine.com and we will forward you to the proper department.
Did you make the list? Here is our Bulacan Lifestyle Magazine’s Official List:
The 2018 Bulacan Singkaban Awards Nominees and Award-Winners. Congratulations!
Community Development Award Finalists
- Halamanan Festival-Guiguinto
- Bulak Festival-San Ildefonso
- Pagoda sa Wawa ng Krus-Bocaue
- Minasa Festival-Bustos
- Pulilan Kneeling Carabao Festival
Best Restaurant Finalists
- Bistro Maloleno-City of Malolos
- Bahay na Tisa, Taverna Malolena-City of Malolos
- Hapag Events Place and Restaurant-City of Malolos
- Orante’s Floating Restaurant-Calumpit
- La Familia Sizzlers- Baliwag
Best Travel Agency Finalists
- Ainii Travel and Tours
- Manejkom Travel and Tours
Best Agri-Farm Tourism Site Finalists
- Three Lucky Mountains-Angat
- Duran Farm Agribusiness and Training Center Assoc. Inc- San Ildefonso
Best Hotel & Resort Finalists
- Klir Waterpark Resort and Hotels-Guiguinto
- The Greenery-Baliwag
- Los Arcos de Hermano Resort-City of San Jose Del Monte
- DJ Paradise Resort- City of Malolos
- Malolos Resort Club Royale
Best Tourism Officer Finalists
- Renato Villanueva- Guiguinto
- Santi Santos- Pulilan
Best Tour Guide Finalists
- Maria Lynda Tubid
- Erwin Valenzuela
- Ponciano Sillano
- Belinda Regalado
Official List: Award-Winners
Community Development Award-LGU
Halamanan Festival, Guiguinto, Bulacan
Prize P200,000.00 + Trophy & Plaque
Bistro Maloleno- City of Malolos
Best Hotel & Resort
Klir Waterpark Resort and Hotels, Guiguinto, Bulacan
Best Agri-Farm Tourism Site
Three Lucky Mountains Dragon Fruit Farm- Angat, Bulacan
Best Travel Agency
Manejkom Travel and Tours- City of Malolos, Bulacan
Prize: P100,000.00 + Trophy & Plaque
Best Tourism Officer
Renato T. Villanueva
Best Tour Guide
Maria Lynda A. Tubid
Prize: P30,000.00 + Trophy & Plaque
Most Supportive Media Award on Television -plaque and trophy
- Umagang KayGanda- ABS-CBN
- Unang Hirit- GMA Network
- Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (KMJS)-GMA Network
- Biyahe ni Drew (BND)-GMA Network