When every places in the country has their own It’s More Fun In The Philippines campaign, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) is of couse, not to be left. Today we found out that It’s More Fun-tastic in Subic too! That tagline made even more exciting when Subic Tourism presents Subic Pascha 2013 spearheaded by restaurateur Raymund Magdaluyo.
According to Raul Marcelo, Deputy Administrator for Business Group, SBMA, “Raymund, one day, came up to me with an idea of putting up a food festival, which I told him that he could do on our peak season, that is summer and during the Holy Week period. Not only to cater with tourists and visitors of SBMA, Raymund front-in named restaurants to be held at the Boardwalk.”
“Last year, we had a total of 165,000 visitors from Palm Sunday to Holy Saturday. We are so glad that Raymund will put up an event which will start on the Holy Tuesday and will end on the Easter Sunday and will be named Subic Pascha. Pascha, I think, is a Greek terminology for Easter celebration, life and rebirth,“ Raul added.
True to what Raul mentioned, Subic Pascha 2013 will happen from March 26-31 also dubbed as Food & Fun Festival at the Subic Bay Boardwalk. This will also feature local homegrown bands and 90s new wave pop icon band, True Faith, who will be performing on Saturday.
Aside from the food and live entertainment, the said event will include certain activities which are new to the people and those who are visiting in Subic Bay like the Inflatable Playground for Kids, Car Show, Beach Football, and many more which are also Raymund’s idea.
Good Friday will be reserved for the traditional “Five Wounds of Jesus.” “Being a major tourism destination, we have to cater to people from different sectors, from different religious organizations, especially those who will see Good Friday,” explained Raul. He also shared with us during the press conference of Subic Pascha 2013, held earlier at New Orleans Harbor Point, that the spiritual tradition will feature young singer and actress Karylle and other well-known personalities.
“I am looking at the Subic Pascha 2013 being another successful Holy Week celebration.”
Showcasing Subic Bay Tourism
Raul is also proud to announce that they have 3 major themed parks and 82 restaurants, not counting those found in Harbor Point. These and a lot more are what Subic Tourism can and will offer to Subic Bay Freeport or simply Subic Bay visitors.
And we are proud to say that we did experience a great day in Subic Bay today because we were given a chance to take part on a day tour, courtesy of the SBMA Tourism Department, as we get a glimpse of and little background of what Subic Bay is all about. Our tour guide, Philip Junio, took care of us, members of the media and showed us around, from the commercial and business area of Subic Bay. Philip mentioned that Subic Bay is known to have the largest convention center in Central Luzon, which is the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center.
“We are so excited, together with Courage Asia – an organizing group specializing on food-related events, of starting a tradition built around Holy Week, ” says Raymund when he spoke in front of the media during the press-con. “Holy Week is one of the several peak season in Subic and we thought of coming up with not just another food festival but we called it the Subic Pascha. We wanted the Easter celebration more energetic. We know that aside from it’s a period to pray, but also a period for rebirth and regeneration,” he added.
“During our first talk with DA (Raul), we would put up a Fitness Expo sometime in November and then we had the idea of why not put up a food festival during the Holy Week. For us, we think it’s the same, because we are pushing Subic to be the Fitness Capital of the country. For me, it’s the ideal place for fitness and training. a lot of people come here to jog, bike, swim, or do yoga.”
Raymund shared with us that they called the event Subic Pascha 2013 because they are already looking forward to Subic Pascha 2014. “We have 20-25 locator, mostly food, and half of our food partners are Subic based.”
To know more about this event, visit www.facebook.com/subic.pascha and Follow on Twitter and Instagram at @subicpascha2013.
Photos by iShootPh.
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