Sec. Ace Durano launches Sohoton Eco-Adventures & Basey Golden River Cruise
“We cannot beat the modern infrastructures and theme parks of the 1st World countries to lure tourists; but what they don’t have – which we have in abundance – are a wealth of natural wonders.”
With words along these lines, Tourism Secretary Ace Durano led DOT and local officials in launching the Sohoton Caves and Natural Bridge Eco-Adventures and the Basey Golden River Cruise last Monday, May 11, 2009 at Brgy. Inuntan, Basey, Samar.
Among the guests aside from Sec. Durano were DOT USec Eduardo Jarque, Jr., Presidential Asst. for Eastern Visayas Cynthia Nierras, DOT Dir. Karen Tiopes, Basey Mayor Wilfredo Estorninos and a host of other DOT and local government officials including those from the military as well as reporters and crew from the national media.
From left: Presidential Assistant Cynthia Nierras, Basey Mayor Wilfredo Estorninos, Sec. Ace Durano, DOT-8 Dir. Karen Tiopes and RDC Tourism Private Sector Rep. Ludette Ruiz.
Highlights of the affair were the blessing of the Basey Golden River Cruise vessel and the Visitor Center located at Brgy. Inuntan, Basey; a tour of Sohoton Caves and a first-hand experience of the river cruise aboard the brand-new river cruise boat.
Sec. Durano likewise signed and turned-over the Certificate of Entitlement to the officers and members of the Basey Tourism Services Association as well as other caving equipment and gear to the Sohoton Services Association for the Sohoton Caves & Natural Bridge Eco-Adventures. These associations composed of local residents shall provide tourism-related services to guests visiting the Sohoton Caves and Natural Bridge area.
Sec. Durano and party proceeded and went to tour the Sohoton Caves and later on experienced for themselves the river cruise along the Golden River.
The Basey River Cruise would provide guests with a pleasant river cruise along Basey’s Golden River – complete with food and local entertainment – while en route to Sohoton Caves. The river cruise vessel can accommodate some 40-odd passengers.
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