Fitness buffs hold "Summer Escapade" in Igacos
by Romy Sabaldan
Davao City (20 April) -- SURROUNDED by the neighboring Gulf cities and provinces, the Island Garden City of Samal or Igacos has become the natural idyllic ground for summer adventure vacationers wanting to escape boredom and the scorching sun downtown.
Once called by its own corporate identity as Samal, the island was all alone by itself in the 50's and 60's or even earlier when Davao City had the whole length and breadth of what was once the blue, clean and inviting waters of Times Beach and the nearby Talomo. With all the so-called informal settlers invading our shorelines, city residents had left no choice but to go island-hopping in places where the sand is light and the seas are clear.
Known only as a fishing village before, now the whole island is dotted with beach resorts from the Paradise Island of Babak to the Isla Reta of Kaputian farther away east to Balet near San Agustin.
Even physical fitness buffs need a break from their own routine, the reason why Cathy Astudillo of Metro Lifestyle had to invent something that will give its varied clienteles something new to behold and experience.
Prepare yourself for another experience this summer, Cathy Astudillo told sportswriters at the Sports Communicators Organization of the Philippines (Scoop-Davao) during its regular forum at the Royal Mandaya Hotel, this city.
She said the bodies of summer will be exposed in the "Metro Lifestyle By The Sea" beach outing on Sunday, April 29, 2007.
Astudillo, marketing manager of one of Davao's most modern fitness facility, said that the fun begins in a boat ride from the Waterfront Insular Hotel. All it takes is just ten minutes crossing of the Davao Gulf channel to Chemas Island where games like kayak racing and other surprise packages are being prepared for Metro Lifestyle and BeeFit habitues.
Chemas Island, she said is a new exciting destination for summer frolic and fun where we envisioned to develop camaraderie among all fitness enthusiasts having their daily routine at the Metro Lifestyle.
Entrance fees to the exciting fitness and games the Igacos way is very affordable at P300 for members and double the amount for non-members. Catherine Astudillo can be contacted at the Metro Lifestyle Complex, F. Torres Street, Davao City and Tel. No. 226-3711. (PIA XI) [top]