The pioneers of BS Tourism Management in De La Salle Araneta University had their first educational tour together with the BSHRM students and respected professors held in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro last August 17-19, 2011. Puerto Galera is popularly known for natural tourist spots such as diving sites, falls and White Beach.
On the first day (Aug. 17-Wed.), participants were assisted by the tour guides on their 4 hours travel from Manila to Berberabe Beach-Batangas. Students rode on motor boats for another 1 hour until they finally arrived in “OCEANA Hotel and Beach Resort”, an environmental-friendly hotel which students lodged for three days and two nights. OCEANA warmly welcomed them with a lavish buffet lunch featuring famous Filipino dishes. After having their lunch, students before exploring the beautiful White Beach, were oriented by the Department of Tourism Representative about the tourism in Puerto Galera. Even though OCEANA has a peaceful and relaxing ambiance of the unique sense of nature, students still enjoyed exciting activities like Kayaking, Swimming in Beach or pool, playing other sports and Videoke singing during their leisure time.
On the next day (Aug. 18-Thurs.), students vigorously participated in “The Galera Amazing Race”. They were divided into groups consisting of 10 members each. The fastest team that finished the race won free tickets in Enchanted Kingdom. Students visited “Tamaraw Falls” which was named after the endangered Tamaraws that can only be found in Oriental Mindoro. After visiting Tamaraw Falls, students traveled for 2 hours and took 30 minutes of walking to reach the “Tukuran Falls” also known as “The Hidden Paradise”. It was called Tukuran because of its stones over stones landmark.
On the third day (Aug. 19-Fri), BSTM and BSHRM students prepared for an early departure from Puerto Galera back to Malabon. They make use of their free time in buying souvenirs and taking pictures. Students left the place with good memories hoping that they could visit again.
It was really a treasurable experience for us to have a close encounter with the natural wonders that God has created. The Eco-Adventure opened an opportunity not only for students but also professors to gain more knowledge about the nature as well as build respect and awareness for the environment and cultural practices.