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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~ by gerryruiz on 13 May 2009.

14 Responses to “Sec. Ace Durano launches Sohoton Eco-Adventures & Basey Golden River Cruise”

  1. gosh papa ger. great pics talaga. i’ll text sec ace to view them. thanks mucho for helping promote our basey eco-tours

  2. Mano Gerry, thanks for the nice pix and detailed information on the river cruise.

  3. Thanks for the great coverage, Gerry. And congratulations to Ludette and the DOT 8 for this new tourist attraction. It seems that the past two years have brought forth a quantum leap in the number of tourist attractions in the region. More power to all!!!

  4. Hi Sir,

    I’d just like to ask how we can get in touch with the tour operators of this. Thank you.

  5. I have been to Bohol and seen the aura of the Loboc. I am from Sta. Fe in Leyte, and when I get home soon (am Manila-based), will find ways to get the Sohoton Aura. Pictures show that more is in store in the Golden River. I hope the LGU will find sustainable strategies to boast the river’s appeal. It’s in the packaging. Loboc is about packaging and objectively my sensitive eyes perceive Golder River is even better (sorry) than Loboc. We have the one of the biggest cave systems in the world at its footsteps. Hope to see more of the caves even if only through the internet.

  6. Wow super amazing! You truly deserve a pat on the back Sir Gerry. Thank you for this entry of my beloved hometown, nakakamis tuloy.

  7. Mano Gerry, I am just curious why your calle zaragosa website has a link to the Upsilon Sigma Phi website. Are you an Upsilonian? I am a fellow Taclobanon who visits your site very often, and a Sigma Deltan. So if you are an Upsilonian, I would love to make your acquaintance! Best, Cecile

    • Hi Cecile!
      You obviously missed my “about” page here in my photoblog. 🙂 Yep, am a proud member of Batch ’73 of UP Diliman Upsilon Sigma Phi.
      Glad to make your acquaintance, sis!

  8. Wow, i’m amazed sa mga pictures. Sana e develop nila ang place and make something like a floating restaurant, parehas sa lobok river sa bohol. Para more tourists will go there.

  9. Tourism Chief Durano urged to run for Cebu governor

  10. i was there with my aunt, uncle and cousins today. we enjoyed the river cruise, cave exploration and diving in the river. a really great experience…

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