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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Billiard Tournament 

One of the 101 Activities at Coco Beach Island Resort is a Billiard Tournament. A few days back, an Eight-Ball Billiard Tournament was held at the Barracuda Bar. Seven guests participated in the tournament refereed by Barracuda Bartended and Billiard Shark Willy Caguete. The players were Danish nationals Hans, Peter, Tommy, Rasmus, Anders, Mads and Alex Bailey from Spain.



Hans, Mads and Alex making their moves during the Billiard Tournament

The tournament started at 9:00 in the evening where the first round was an elimination. After two hours of a very tight elimination game. Two cue artists Mads of Denmark and Alex from Spain advanced in the finals.

In the final round, the best of the 2 players must win twice to claim the title. Alex took the first game as he easily cleaned-up the table after Mads missed the number 4 ball. Then on the second game Mads fought back and successfully shot the eight ball in the corner pocket.



Mads receiving his 2nd place prize, a very happy Alex winning the tournament and Alex with his wife Maria

The third and final round was even more exciting. Mads had the chance to win the game when Alex missed the no. 7 ball. Then on his turn apparently he missed it too giving Alex the opportunity and luckily cleaned-up the table. Alex received a new billiard cue stick, a Coco t-shirt while Mads got Coco t-shirt and for the non winners a glass of rhum coke.

Congratulation Alex! Until the next Billiard Tournament.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 10:46:00 AM
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Coco Beach’s 3rd New Moon Party 

Previously this event was held at the beach but due to not so cooperative weather we opted to hold it at the Carabao Restaurant’s Garden. Around 50 guests joined to party. Even though it rained some the day before, not a drop was seen during the New Moon Party! Maybe next time we’ll hold it in the beach and see if that scares away the rain.

For March’s New Moon Party, the crowd was entertained by Iraya Band, Pirates Band, Octopus Garden Band and the highly flammable Silab Fire Dancers.

The Pirates Band was formed during the Coco Explorer I and originally composed of the guides, crew and doctor of the said cruise ship. The remade Pirates Band are the Axalan siblings - Odi (one of the original pirates), Mariel and Jojo. The group sang Coco Beach’s famous song “Paradise Song”. This song is an original by Odi who used to be one of the guides in Coco Beach - and a famous one at that.

Octopus Garden Band is made up of seasonal artists. Leading the band and on drums/percussions is Jing Masilungan with Kulot Marquez on guitar and vocals, Japoy Shrimpy on percussions and DJ, the only woman and French in the band - Lorenza Kitrin on guitar and vocals. The band was formed less than a year ago. Why the strange band name? As they were forming the group, they were in one of the beaches of Puerto Galera and thought that this place (Puerto Galera) is a very tropical place with great dive sites and snorkeling areas...thus the name Octopus Garden Band.

It was pretty obvious that the party-goers had another New Moon Party blast. Next New Moon Party is on April 21 (Saturday). See you then!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 1:00:00 PM
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