Confidently Beautiful in a Dragon Boat

Some of most beautiful women in the universe were spotted in a dragon boat in the paradise island of Boracay in the Philippines. Sixteen lovely beauties visited Boracay and were warmly welcomed by the officials and locals of Malay in Aklan, the province where the world-famous island is situated. Aside from paddling in the beautiful shores of Boracay, the contestants also got to try fishnet-making and handicraft-weaving using palm leaves.

The island visit is just one segment of the different pre-pageant activities that all 86 contestants must go through. Such activities include photo shoots, swimwear competition, and women empowerment activations–all leading to the 65th Miss Universe Coronation Night scheduled on the 30th January at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila.

This dragon boat training activity organised for the Miss Universe candidates is a great exposure for the sport of dragon boat. Don’t we all want to live to see the day where every time we mention ‘dragon boat’, we’ll hear: “Oh cool!”, instead of “Sorry, dragon what?”

Here are some the photos of them Confidently Beautiful paddlers!

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Thanks to Richelle Louise Singson-Michael and the whole Miss Universe marketing team who made this Dragon Boat segment possible in cooperation with the Department of Tourism, Solar Sports and the Province of Aklan. Watch it air LIVE on 29th January on FOX from The Philippines.

Photos: Department of Tourism, CNN Philippines, Rappler, Inquirer Lifestyle, InterAksyon, Sunstar, Netpinas, Manila Bulletin


Keeping it real in Boracay

Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan, in the Philippines is famous all over the world for its powdery white and ultra fine sands and its crystal clear waters. The holiday island paradise has also been, for a number of times, voted as one of the TOP 10 World’s Best Beaches by Travel + Leisure (an international travel magazine and guide).

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Last April, I had the opportunity to visit Boracay once again because of the annual dragon boat race being held there. I got to see many old friends and former team mates from my dragon boat team back in Manila. It was also a mini family reunion for us as some of my brothers, cousins, nephews and nieces came to spend their vacation at the same time, and of course, to watch and support me and my team.


According to the Department of Tourism, their records show that from January to April of this year, more than half a million tourists have visited the island. Even during the time of the races, I noticed that majority of foreign visitors, including race participants, were from Korea, China, Taiwan, USA, Australia, Hong Kong, Canada, Germany and Singapore.


Many used the hashtag LaBoracay (#LaBoracay) in social media for the Labour Day weekend. While it made to populate trend for Boracay, the netizens used the mentioned hashtag for several purposes like: holiday breaks, beach parties, and other competitions held in the island for the period of 1st-4th May. The hashtag became so successful and popular that it is still being used, even as I write, but now it’s for the purpose of calling for shore clean-ups and to remind people (locals and foreigners) to help preserve the beauty and cleanliness of Boracay.

This call to “clean-after-your-mess” in Boracay should be practiced everywhere in the world. People should keep and preserve the beauty of nature; be it in one’s own country or otherwise. Such campaign will only succeed when people will continue to genuinely pay respect for nature (and for the planet) wherever they may be.

So, having a REAL holiday also means CARING for the place you’re vacationing, or, as some would call, staycation-ing.


Real Coffee & Tea Café

Owned by the very congenial Ms. Lee Rosaia and daughter Nadine, “Real Coffee & Tea Café” turned 17 this year. This Boracay star and pioneer was formerly located in one of the alleys in Station 1, but have now moved to Station 2 (above Seaworld dive shop).

As they claim, “We have moved to Station 2 but our Calamansi Muffins are still the same.” I can surely attest to this claim because when I had it last month, that’s only when I remembered that I already had it several years back, and, yes it tasted the same. You can now have your Real Coffee for dine in or takeaway, just like what me and my brother Edmund did.

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You may pre-order your Calamansi Muffins (320Php for a box of 6) at least one day before you pick them up.  That means you can now bring and share the fresh box (or boxes) of Boracay REALness to your loved ones.

Other popular Real Coffee & Tea Café goodies: Muffins – Peanut Butter Brownies, Banana Walnut, Carrot and Raisin, Ultimate Muffin; Cookies – Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, Oatmeal Raisin.

Photos by @iammsmunda