Posts From April, 2012

April’s New Moon and Clambake Party 

April’s New Moon Festival was a hit as it also coincided with the Clambake Party and on a Saturday!

This is the 4th New Moon Party turned into a Festival with all the additional activities like Fire Dance Lessons, Tattoo, Piercing, Dread Locks and Bazaar.

As captured by Alistair with the caption "The sun sets as the new moon party's about to start at Coco Beach"


The party started with the waiters serving cocktails and pica pica at the Carabao Garden. Then the Silab Fire Dancers and Bob Apolinar welcomed everyone with another blazing performance at the beach.

Young and talented band of Green Leafy from Barangay Sabang was the first to perform and entertained everyone with some reggae music. Green Leafy Band are Bon, leader and drummer, Jayson as their vocalist, Wesley and Edrich playing the guitar and Les Paul in the bass guitar. They may be young but they know what they sure can play some reggae music.

The band shares that “Green Leafy” was chosen to be their band name because of the green trees surrounding Puerto Galera. They have started playing together since high school.

After the set of Green Leafy the guest helped the cooks and waiters dig out the seafoods baked under the sand which is the main dish for the Clambake dinner.


Iraya Band and Green Leafy


After making sure to seafood is left under the sands, it was time for the Iraya Band to play some more reggae music. Followed by the JJ Leido Dance Troup from Calapan, the capital of Oriental Mindoro. The dance troupe performed some modified traditional dance to fit the beach theme of the party.

Then, it was time for the main act and much awaited Indio I who rocked the party and wowed everyone with their original and cover songs. Most of the guest couldn’t help but sing with them and move their body when they started singing their hit single Diwata.

The main act for April's New Moon Festival - Indio I


Aside from listening to the music, some were getting tattoos with world class Tattoo artist Onat Buenaventura and Chico Sarayba of Needle Juice Tattoo. Bob Apolinar who also showed his fire dancing capabilities was also doing dread locks. Then there was the bazaar put up at the beach early afternoon till past midnight with all sexy dresses, board shorts, bags, sarong, Bikini’s to flaunt your sexy bod, tumblers for a very affordable prices.


Bob Apolinar working on some dreads. The Sliba Fire Dancers



New Moon Party-Goers!

It was indeed another exceptional New Moon Festival for all. Thank you for partying with us and see you in the next New Moon Festival on May 20!


Tuesday, April 24, 2012 11:51:00 AM
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Karin and Tommy’s Adventure 

Fifty years old Karin Thorup and 52 years old Tommy Christensen visited Coco Beach Island Resort for the first time and stayed two weeks at Hilltop Cottage with an overlooking view of the sea from their balcony. According to them they were outside the church when a recruiter came up and showed them different places in Asia where they could spend summer vacation. They have chosen Philippines among other destinations and searched over the internet for a possible place in the Philippines and found Coco Beach.


Prior to their arrival Karin and Tommy has made an itinerary on what to do once they get to Coco Beach. Their first activity was the tour around the resort with Service Mama Jessica to get familiarized with the Coco Beach’s facilities.

On their second day, the couple spent whole day on a Beach Hopping Tour and Fishing Trip. They enjoyed swimming and lazing at the beach under the sun. They also caught some fishes with the help of the boatmen which they had for lunch aside from the hearty food that our cooks prepared for them.

The next day they went on a Biking trip with guide Edwin. The biking gave them a nice feeling of the wind and the sun touches their faces on their way to the famous Tamaraw Falls.

For more adventure the couple went on a Trekking trip to Mount Baclayan with Edwin where the couple stayed for a night. The next day they headed to Bulabod Beach for a relaxing dip in the sea.

Not only that the couple have also rented the glass bottom boat ride to explore the beauty and colorful marine life with out getting wet.
Karin and Tommy shared that they truly enjoyed their stay and would love to come back with the whole family.

Monday, April 23, 2012 1:37:00 PM Categories: Coco Blog
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New Moon Festival - April 21  

The New Moon have transformed into a Festival with tricks up its sleeves.

Move and groove to the beats of Indio I, Green Leafy and Iraya Band.

Indio i is a band that was formed in 1994, to bring reggae music to a different dimension of popularity to those distinctive Filipino ears. They launched their first album, self-titled Indio I, in 1997 under Star Records. Upon penetrating the local music scene, the band was given recognition by award-giving bodies and networks. At the 1997 NUROCK Awards, Indio i garnered 8 nominations, and at the 1998 Katha Awards, the band brought home the Best Reggae Song Trophy for “Di Mo Lang Alam”. This song along with “S on My Chest”, “Earth to Man” and "Diwata" can still be heard over the radio and at beach bars up to this very day and still continues to be crowd favorites on live gigs. In 2005, Indio I came up with a single, Sister Sinister, as part of the compilation album Doobie NIghts which again proved to be another favorite.

Today, Indio I boasts of it's impressive roster of accomplished musicians from Mike Bewer on lead guitars/backup vocals., Byl Cuenca on rhythm guitar/backup vocals, Alvin Arevalo on bass guitar,Gerald locsin on drums to Paw Bondoc on percussions plus the occasional presence of another original member, guitarist Martin Rey Aviles to accompany it's almost forever main man, Vic Facultad on vocals. Having had numerous changes in line-up since 1998, it continues to hope to bring rock reggae music at it's best the Indio i way!

Aside from the beats of these bands, the Silab Fire Dancers will scorch the night with their fiery performance and free lessons at that.

Then, there's the Needle Juice Tattoo Booth by world-class Onat Buenaventura and Chico Sarayba who can make permanent and temporary tattoos. Let's not forget your hair as we're bringing in Bob Apolinar who makes great dreads (dread locks) and fire dance, too! But not at the same time...that would be crazy.

There's also a bazaar for with souvenirs, clothes and more. Plus, a telescope for the kids to observe the moon and stars!

Just Php 1,050 per person for a Clambake Dinner and New Moon Festival or Php 250 per person with two local drinks for the New Moon Festival only.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 11:19:00 AM
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Flemming on his 70th Birthday 

Skouboe Family headed by Flemming arrived at Coco Beach Island Resort for 2 weeks vacation. It was one of their friends who once been here who introduced Coco Beach to them. The family stayed in the Classic Bungalow cottages 2 and 3 near the beach with Gloria as their Service Mama.

Flemming and Glenna Skauboe are now together for 43 years. Flemming was a Handball coach before for 12 years while her wife Glenna was a player. They share that they chose their vacation here because it is good for family and they feel safe.

They celebrated Flemming’s 70th birthday during their stay.  While having breakfast at the Carabao Restaurant Garden he was surprised and so touched when the staff serenaded him with birthday song and gave him a birthday cake. More surprises came Flemming’s way throughout the day.

After breakfast the family took a banca on their way to Puerto Galera where they rode a local jeepney heading to Tukuran and Tamaraw Falls Tour. They enjoyed looking on the scenic view along the way passing the famous Tamaraw Falls.

Celebrating Flemming's 70th Birthday

In the evening, the family had a Special Dinner by the Beach in celebration of Flemming’s 70th Birthday. This was arranged earlier by his wife Glenna to surprise him. The family enjoyed dinner alfresco at the beach with own personal waiter attending to their needs the whole evening.

To Skauboe Family, thank you for sharing with us this special day.

Friday, April 13, 2012 6:16:00 PM
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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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