17th Mudpack Festival at Mambukal Mountain Resort - Municipality of Murcia gathered a large crowd to witness this year’s celebration.* (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)
This year’s Mudpack Festival that marks its 17th year is slated today until tomorrow at the Mambukal Resort, Municipality of Murcia.
Activities for today include Hataw sa Mudpack at 7 a.m. to be followed by poster-making and mixed media contests; a thanksgiving mass is scheduled 9 a.m. of the same day.
The opening ceremony will start at 2 p.m., followed by the tribal dance and drumbeating competitions, respectively; San Miguel Night Dance Party will follow thereafter.
Gov. Alfredo Marañon yesterday laughed off the plan of his political opponent, Vice Gov. Genaro Alvarez Jr., to have Mambukal Resort developed by investors into a Boracay-like project.
"What will he do? Haul white sands to the mountain?" Marañon asked in an interview with radio broadcasters.
The Mambukal Resort stands to lose monthly revenues of P1 million to P2.8 million if the power supply problem in the resort is not immediately ad-dressed, Gov. Alfredo Mara-ñon Jr. yesterday said.
Marañon blamed the disapproval of the proposed 2013 budget of the provincial government as the cause of the losses.
Last December, the governor had requested the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) for the approval of a P3-million allocation for the upgrading of Mambukal Resort’s power supply.
He said additional electrical supply is needed for the resort’s eight new villas, with a total of 28 rooms, and the newly constructed Japanese ofuro (dipping pool).
By George M. De La Cruz
The provincial administration of Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. had been tapping investors for Mambukal Resort, to cater to a wider market for tourists, said Ellen Marie J. Vasquez, resort manager.
"The governor had been inviting investors from the foreign business sectors and from the private companies to bring in new innovations that will improve the entire resort with attractive package and new tourism offers," Vasquez said.
A five-story hotel that will cater to high-end vacationers, picnic groups, both for local and regional clients had long been proposed by the provincial administration, Vasquez added.
The Provincial Capitol is eyeing more big projects to improve the Mambukal Mountain Resort in order to draw more tourists there, Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said.
Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. (3rd from right) and Board Members Salvador Escalante, Jr., Miller Serondo, Mae Javellana and Nehemias Dela Cruz, Sr. (2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th from left) present the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Resolution Commending Kouichi Yamaguchi, Masaki Honda, Teruo Yamaguchi, Shigemi Watanabe, and OISCA-Philippines for their generosity and spirit of volunteerism in giving their technical and creative expertise in the construction of the natural hot springs at Mambukal Resort.*(Capitol photo)
Aside from the P6-million Japanese Ofuro dipping pool and the P27.3-million seven new villas that were inaugurated last Saturday, Marañon said they are expanding the 26.3-hectare Mambukal Resort in order to accommodate more tourists and guests, and generate more income.
The inauguration of the Japanese Ofuro dipping pool worth P6 million, and the seven new villas worth P27.3 million at Mambukal Resort in Murcia will be held tomorrow, Provincial Administrator Enrique Pinongan said yesterday.
Japanese Kouchi Yamagu-chi, who designed the pool situated next to the existing dipping pool, will attend the inauguration, he said.
The 16th Mudpack Festival at Mambukal Resort in Brgy. Minoyan Murcia, Negros Occidental starts today, June 23, until tomorrow.
With the theme "Water: Conserve. Preserve. Protect." the festival opens with "Hataw sa Mambukal" at 7 a.m., and poster-making for kids and mixed media at 8 a.m.
Mass starts at 9 a.m., followed by the opening ceremonies at 2 p.m.
A Negrense Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) along with two other domestic helpers in Kuwait, recently escaped from their employer, after enduring verbal abuse, physical harm and other indignities, including from their son, to the Philippine Embassy and had recently been repatriated to their home province, which, in her case is Negros, an Aksyon Radyo report said.
Negrense OFW Rachel Guzon said, her employer would have allowed her to go had she waited for her replacement but she started to fear for her life, after her woman-employer threatened to harm her "daily" if she did not wake her up at 8:00 a.m. after she began to sleep at 3 a.m.
The Mambukal Resort in Murcia has drawn around 10,000 guests and tourists in the four days of the Holy Week and had generated an income of almost P1 million, Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said.