New Moon Festival - April 21  

The New Moon have transformed into a Festival with tricks up its sleeves.

Move and groove to the beats of Indio I, Green Leafy and Iraya Band.

Indio i is a band that was formed in 1994, to bring reggae music to a different dimension of popularity to those distinctive Filipino ears. They launched their first album, self-titled Indio I, in 1997 under Star Records. Upon penetrating the local music scene, the band was given recognition by award-giving bodies and networks. At the 1997 NUROCK Awards, Indio i garnered 8 nominations, and at the 1998 Katha Awards, the band brought home the Best Reggae Song Trophy for “Di Mo Lang Alam”. This song along with “S on My Chest”, “Earth to Man” and "Diwata" can still be heard over the radio and at beach bars up to this very day and still continues to be crowd favorites on live gigs. In 2005, Indio I came up with a single, Sister Sinister, as part of the compilation album Doobie NIghts which again proved to be another favorite.

Today, Indio I boasts of it's impressive roster of accomplished musicians from Mike Bewer on lead guitars/backup vocals., Byl Cuenca on rhythm guitar/backup vocals, Alvin Arevalo on bass guitar,Gerald locsin on drums to Paw Bondoc on percussions plus the occasional presence of another original member, guitarist Martin Rey Aviles to accompany it's almost forever main man, Vic Facultad on vocals. Having had numerous changes in line-up since 1998, it continues to hope to bring rock reggae music at it's best the Indio i way!

Aside from the beats of these bands, the Silab Fire Dancers will scorch the night with their fiery performance and free lessons at that.

Then, there's the Needle Juice Tattoo Booth by world-class Onat Buenaventura and Chico Sarayba who can make permanent and temporary tattoos. Let's not forget your hair as we're bringing in Bob Apolinar who makes great dreads (dread locks) and fire dance, too! But not at the same time...that would be crazy.

There's also a bazaar for with souvenirs, clothes and more. Plus, a telescope for the kids to observe the moon and stars!

Just Php 1,050 per person for a Clambake Dinner and New Moon Festival or Php 250 per person with two local drinks for the New Moon Festival only.
 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 11:19:00 AM
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Flemming on his 70th Birthday 

Skouboe Family headed by Flemming arrived at Coco Beach Island Resort for 2 weeks vacation. It was one of their friends who once been here who introduced Coco Beach to them. The family stayed in the Classic Bungalow cottages 2 and 3 near the beach with Gloria as their Service Mama.

Flemming and Glenna Skauboe are now together for 43 years. Flemming was a Handball coach before for 12 years while her wife Glenna was a player. They share that they chose their vacation here because it is good for family and they feel safe.

They celebrated Flemming’s 70th birthday during their stay.  While having breakfast at the Carabao Restaurant Garden he was surprised and so touched when the staff serenaded him with birthday song and gave him a birthday cake. More surprises came Flemming’s way throughout the day.

After breakfast the family took a banca on their way to Puerto Galera where they rode a local jeepney heading to Tukuran and Tamaraw Falls Tour. They enjoyed looking on the scenic view along the way passing the famous Tamaraw Falls.

Celebrating Flemming's 70th Birthday


In the evening, the family had a Special Dinner by the Beach in celebration of Flemming’s 70th Birthday. This was arranged earlier by his wife Glenna to surprise him. The family enjoyed dinner alfresco at the beach with own personal waiter attending to their needs the whole evening.

To Skauboe Family, thank you for sharing with us this special day.

Friday, April 13, 2012 6:16:00 PM
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Easter Sunday 

It was an Easter filled of egg-citing activities at Coco Beach Island Resort which included Egg Hunting, Easter Mass, Dress up your Eggs, Egg relay, Easter Brunch, Sand Castle Contest, Children Parlor Games, Beach Volleyball Tournament, Papagayo Making Contest, Hoppy Hour with the Pirates Floating Bar and the Easter Dinner.


Elbert and the three sisters Rebecca, Nicolina and Cecilia happy with their Egg Hunt


Easter morning began with children looking everywhere hunting for the colorful eggs that were hidden a night before by the Security Personnel who acted as Coco Beach’s Easter Bunny. Inside those colorful eggs are corresponding cash prizes.

It was already lunch time and still no one found the Golden Egg yet. Some of the children asked for a hint where it could possibly hidden including eight-year-old Rennay. Rennay and her family come to Coco Beach every year to celebrate Easter with us. And so, Rennay already knew the drill and was very good at finding the Easter Eggs, except for the Golden Egg this year. Before breakfast, she approached Melody and asked for a hint and said she was getting hungry already. Still, she did not stop looking and after lunch, she found the Golden Egg and received a cash prize of Php 1,000.


Rennay and the Golden Egg


After having breakfast by the beach, some of the guest attended the Easter Mass at Puerto Galera.  By 9:00 in the morning, children and their parents as well were ready to bring out their talents in making the most colorful design in Dress up your Egg Contest. Kids who joined the contest were 7 ½ years old Noah Erlichman with his sister  Cecilia, six years old Yzzer, Elbert and Rennay. Winner in this contest is Noah, followed by Elbert and third place was awarded to six years old Yzzer.

 

Noah, Cecilia and Elbert with their colorful Easter Eggs

 

Then by 10:00 am four teams made up of fathers and their child competed in the Egg Relay contest at the pool. The teams were Lars and Oliver, Thomas & Sarah, Bobby & Anabella and the last pair Baste and Leila. The hard task was given to the daddies who have to go under the bridge in the pool and back while balancing a plastic egg on a spoon. The children only had to place the egg on the spoon and cheer on their daddies. And the speediest of them were the team of Lars and Oliver.

 

Oliver and Lars who won the game and Annabela and Bobby


Then a festive Easter Brunch was prepared by Chef Noel and his cooks to give everyone more energy for all the activities.

At 1 pm, three families showcased their talents and creativity in the Sand Castle Contest. Each family had one hour to make a beautiful sand creation. Brinch Family composed of Julie, children Cecilie, Nicoline and Rebecca took home the first prize.

 

Lyrn Family - Bobby, Lena and Annabella on second place and Brinch Family with Lars, Julie, Rebecca and Nikolina


In the afternoon, the Children’s Playground was filled with children and their parents joining the Parlor Games. The games were Pabitin where the cute small children tried to grab the candies, Hitting the Pot where the parents did their best to hit the pot as the children waited on for the candies. The kids and their parents had so much fun playing crazy funny games and winning even more prizes.

Little children reaching for the candies during the Pabitin, Lars breaks the palayok (pot) and daddies' Egg Race

 

While the kids were having fun in the playground, the never ending Beach Volley battle between the Coco Mangyan and Danish Dynamite began at 3 in the afternoon. After an hour of exciting and very tight game once again the Coco Mangyan regained their title and won over the Danish Dynamite.

 


After the Parlor Games, it was another crafty activity with the Papagayo or Kita Making which they flew in the afternoon at the beach.

Then, the most awaited (by the parents) Happy Hour was up. The Pirates Floating Bar invaded yet again the swimming pool while the Coco Band enterntained everyone with their songs. Since everyone was having so much fun, it was such a shame to end the Happy Hour at 5. So, we extended the Happy Hour festivities to 5:30 and the guests took over the band with their singing.

 

Pirates' Floating Bar


It was another fun festive Easter. Happy Easter to all and hope to see you back in Coco Beach!
 

Friday, April 13, 2012 12:14:00 PM
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Coco Beach’s Earth Hour 

Coco Beach eagerly participated again in the world wide celebration of Earth Hour. On March 31, Coco Beach not only switched off the lights but also made extra steps to help protect the environment.

 

All the collected trash from the beaches

David and the rest of the Earth Warriors cleaning up Haligi, Agas and Long Beach

Around 9:30 in the morning guests, staff and boatmen joined in the Beach Clean Up at Haligi, Agas Beach and Long Beach. These are the beaches Coco Beach uses for the daily Free Boat Tour. The group collected lots of plastic and garbage during the cleaning operation. This is our simple way of showing mother earth that we care.

Late in the afternoon, around 50 in-house guests headed by Elian Caganan, Eugene Dizon and Dining Supervisor Rodel Lopez  joined in the Tree planting activity.

 

Mads, Rise and Willy help plant trees

Coco Beach's Earth Hour Tree Planting Team

At 8:30 in the evening during Garden Fiesta Party all lights were switched off for an hour. Children of the Service Families all dressed in white lined up at the garden holding a glass with candles. The children went around with lit candles and placed one at each table. This is not only environment friendly but it also added a little romantic touch and intimacy to the evening.

 

Children of the Service Families during Earth Hour

And to entertain them during the Earth Hour, the Silab Fire Dancers once again gave a fiery performance. Then it was time for the world class dance number rendered by Lahing Batangan Dancers. Around 80 guests joined in the Earth Hour celebration that night.

Coco Beach will continue to support and celebrate Earth Hour.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 1:05:00 PM
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Lene’s 46th Birthday 

Lene Hansen and her family’s first visit to Coco Beach Island Resort was back in 2003. Now, she is on her 6th visit with her two grown sons Mads and Rasmus. Traveling with them are Lene’s parents Rise and Hans Larsen who are both now on their 18th visit to Coco Beach!

Rise and Hans were the first to arrive in Coco Beach. It was Lene’s idea to surprise her parents with a trip to Coco Beach with her sons. Lene and her sons arrived a few days after Rise and Hans. Her plan was to surprise them at their usual spot at the beach. Much to Lene’s surprise, Rise and Hans were not in their usual spot! So they ended up looking for them instead for a bit before making the big surprise.
 

  

The staff serenading Lene with a birthday song and Melody with Lene and her family

On April 1, Lene celebrated her 46th birthday (not an April Fool’s joke). Early in the morning, she was serenaded at her room’s balcony by Service Papa Mario and his wife Angie. After a very pleasant wake up call by her Service Family, she was again serenaded by the waiters and waitresses while having a breakfast. Lene got a chocolate cake - one of her favorite flavors.

After breakfast, Lene and her family together with her parents Hans and Rise, friends Willy and Nancy, Peter and Lis Juhl went on a whole day trip at Tukuran Water Falls with guide Darwin.

According to her she loves the place and the people who are always warm and friendly and go beyond their duty to make sure they have a nice holiday. One thing is certain they would come back again as long as they can.

Happy birthday, Lene. See you all back in Coco Beach!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 11:27:00 AM
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