Category: diary

Outreach basketball clinic: Bugas, 2 June 2019

#EskapoVerde is keen to build bridges with and within our local community. As another strand to our outreach ideas, one of our Directors, Albert Mariter Alocillo who is a well-known regional basketball coach, ran a short basketball clinic together with two of his players from the US – Stephon Patrick (New York) and Anthony Winningham (Kansas City), thank you guys for your assistance and support. This was a rehersal for a more ambitious effort planned for the end of June involving 60 boys and girls: basketball, volleyball, swimming, sea kayaking, mangrove exploration and environmental education. The tourism operators in Barangay Bugas and the SK are all assisting by providing facilities with the aim of improving the quality of life of our younger brethren.

After the clinic, the participants all helped to clean up the area of the community stage. We collected four sacks of plastic rubbish and the whole area looks much tidier now.

Introduction to the training
Introduction to the training

 

Demonstration . . . .
Demonstration . . . .

 

Clinic attendees
Clinic attendees

The first of our cottages is ready!

After lots and lots of work and thought and sweat, the first of our four cottages are ready to rent :). Until the other cottages are ready, we will be offering a “construction discount” since there will be a small amount of activity in the area of the cottages for a while. However all the heavy stuff on the remaining three is done and the activity will just be a few of our guys doing light work. You can see the detailed photos on booking.com but here are some tasters:

Cost of the cottage is 2,500 per night – double or twin beds, a private balcony and bathroom with hot showers – and of course our normal resort advantages: an excellent restaurant with delicious Filipino dishes and wonderful desserts, happy, cheerful & professional staff, peace and quiet almost all the time, lovely sunrise and sunset views, mangrove exploration, environmentally friendly, sustainable development . . . . What more could you want? 🙂

Mail us, use our online system, go through booking.com or Airbnb to experience the delights of Eskapo for yourself!

Booking.com awards 2018, Eskapo Verde rates 9.5/10

2018 has been the first full year of operation for #EskapoVerde; we didn’t know that booking.com platform gives out certificates for our review rating at the end of the year so we were quite surprised to receive a certificate from them through the post the other day.

Just so that you know, the review score is based on the average score of all guest reviews over the year and is out of 10. We scored 9.5 which ranks us at number 8 of all the properties listed on booking.com in the whole of Cebu province and – particularly pleasing! – number 1 in Badian & Moalboal area. Scored categories are: cleanliness, comfort, staff, location, facilities and value for money.

Well done team and thank you to everyone who submitted a review for us after their stay! We’re happy to have pleased (almost) everyone and we will keep working to improve further in the months and years to come. #GuestsLoveUs.

The Eskapo Verde team: l-r: Raffy, Ging Ging, Jemart, Viamae, Pedong, Aiken (reception), Andres, Fred (restaurant manager), Demar (watersports manager), Clyde & Mildred (housekeeping manager). Missing: Mercy.

Our cottages are close to being ready!

We’ve been working on four cottages, suitable for couples or people who would like a little more privacy than our dormitories can offer, to add to our accommodation options for a while now. We’ve happy to say that we’re close to having two of them ready and hope to have them available for booking around early next year. Of course this depends on a whole raft of other things happening as well but it’s looking good :). We’ll post here and of course you will be able to book and pay for them through our booking.com page when the cottages are available.

We won’t post photos yet but we can promise spacious, airy comfort in the middle of our island, a lovely balcony, plenty of electrical outlets, a ceiling fan, hanging space and shelves for clothes, a security locker, twin beds that can be fixed together or separate, a spacious bathroom with a hot and cold shower . . . and a reasonable price! Plus of course easy access to our restaurant and watersports area :). All the cottages are constructed in our signature style: blending into nature rather than imposed on nature, raised above ground on posts and mostly built of wood and bamboo.

Old clothes donations

It’s been a while since out last update however we have not been sitting still . . . our cottages are progressing well and two should be ready for the New Year. Crossed fingers, pressed thumbs, weather and other factors permitting :).

However we especially wanted to mention that we are now collecting old or unwanted clothes in reasonable condition from guests for donation to deserving cases in the barangay. We are working with the SK in Bugas to identify those in need so please, when you leave if you find you are dragging too many clothes around with you, we will happily relieve you of them, clean them and pass them on to those who would most appreciate them. We have a couple of bags so far and hope that as the tourist season comes around again many more will take the change to update their wardrobe and help others!

Many thanks to those who have contributed already and those who will . . . .

Registered supplier with PhilGEPS

A small milestone achieved . . . we are now registered with PhilGEPS and you can find us under Supplier ID 236630 in the system. This means that for government departments and LGU’s we are now an approved supplier and you can pay us directly. Hopefully this makes it easier for some of you!

Swimming in a fresh water spring

 

We were out exploring the other day and followed the mangroves to Bugas Bridge. It was very interesting to paddle under the road and then follow the stream further up. After about 10 minutes we got to Inburnal Spring, a fresh water pool. Jumping out of the kayaks and swimming around in the cool water was invigorating!

Every new thing we see reminds us how beautiful our world is…especially when we can escape from the influence of man. Sometimes all it takes is 10 minutes….

Looking for a Manager

We did think that we were stabilising our staff . . . however Joelle has decided to return home to pick up the threads of a “normal” life and take advantage of new opportunities! We wish her all the best of course but it does leave us searching for a replacement manager rather earlier than we were expecting!

So if you (or anyone you know) think you might be a good fit in our growing company, please have a look at our advertisment on MyNimo:

https://cebu.mynimo.com/jobs/view/255648

and drop us a line. We look forward to hearing from you :).

Open!

After literally years of hard work, Eskapo Verde is now fully open! We had our test opening last weekend with a small group of family and friends and with the feedback from that we are ready to take bookings and reservations 🙂