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The historic province of Cavite, situated just south of Metro Manila is home to Island Cove, a sprawling 36-hectare hotel and leisure park. Located in Kawit, this Mediterranean-inspired island is only 45-minutes away from Manila and boast of a wide range of attractions and facilities: Sangrey Point and The Fishing Village offer a variety of food choices; the Oceania Water Park offers several giant water slides, pools and other water activities; the Animal Island is a zoo compose of tigers, ostriches, monkeys, crocodiles, variety of birds, and other animals; accommodations consist of 96 hotel rooms and 17 cottages; other facilities include Island Spa, Gym at the Cove, Island Cove Café, Island Songs (karaoke), Patron (an open-air bar), and a function hall.
Being one of the first eight provinces that sought independence from Spain at the start of the Philippine Revolution in 1896, Cavite is rich both in historic and cultural attractions. Foremost being the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, the home of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, first president of the Philippine Republic and the site of our proclamation of independence on June 12, 1898. Other attractions like the Bonifacio Trial House in Maragondon, the site of Andres Bonifacio’s court martial; the island fortress of Corregidor, where Filipino and American forces fought against Japanese invaders in 1942; and many notable Catholic churches.
Detour is an event of some 30 bloggers gathered from all over Metro Manila to participate in a variety of challenges ala Amazing Race/Fear Factor. The participants were split into 6 teams of 5 persons each; tasked to find clues, race, sing, waterslide, shoot paintballs, interact with monkeys & crocodile, eat from a random selected dishes of either frog legs, kuhol (snail), pig’s brain, etc.
After about 3 hours of fun, the green team emerged as the overall winner; so amidst sumptuous native delicacies of rice cake, puto, banana-q, and bibingka; the awarding ceremony was facilitated by no less than Mr. Gilbert Remulla and other officers of Island Cove; every team gets to toke home a loot bag containing tokens from the sponsors/organizer and a big smile with hopes of returning again next year!
This 1-day event was organized by Yehey! to showcase the many attractions and activities of Island Cove.
Island Cove VRs taken on March 5, 2009; Aguinaldo Shrine VR taken on Oct. 2008; Corregidor VR taken on June 19, 2005. Thanks to Elaine and Kankan of Yehey! for the invitation. The author can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org