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One Bethany Place


One Bethany Place is located near the national highway where most transit buses from Bacolod to Dumaguete travels through. It’s location offers a good variety of establishments which includes a small tourist attraction of the province’s Sidlakang Negros, the Provincial Hospital strip and the tall Hall of Justice building.

The serene place prides itself as a christian establishment  by promoting a non-smoking and liquor site with an accommodation that strictly prohibits among other things. The place is not too crowded and can be a good place to relax.

On another note, the people seems to be complacent when it comes to offering good customer service. Here’s what I think they should improve on based on my first stay in the place:

1. The confirmation and updated pricing of rooms differ from the website, the fliers available onsite and upon discussion with the receptionist over the phone.

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2. The people seems to have a lot of load to take in that a smile when you walk-in but I admire the accommodating restaurant people on board during breakfast but should minimize their personal chit-chats that seems to annoy most of the customers.

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3. The room costing to almost P 900.00 seems to be above a traveler’s budget cost versus other accommodations in the downtown area although they offer a couple of amenities like shampoos and soap for two.

4. The people should be quick to recommend stuff and offer help when they notice new people coming in. The receptionist put hold the next person in line while the other person was not doing anything.

5. The wi-fi connection is poor even when your room is near the reception area. It often is unseen or has only a bar for signal strength.

Here’s my take on these stuff:

The management should ensure that their people are customer friendly, willing to lend a hand and quick to serve when needed. They need to update their costing in social media sites and should offer a free and wide-range internet connection, with faster speed.

Lastly, I admire the venture’s idea of a good place or community but needs to offer more than what is placed on their site per se. It is quite different from what has been posted and it fails even the expectations of some people. Also, I would like to suggest to turn on their restaurants inner lights early in the morning since it’s dark and people are already coming in for their breakfast.

So, what’s your take on the place?

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Dexter’s Pizza in Dumaguete City


My Saturday was tiring filled with travel and meetings. I was back in Dumaguete City for an important meeting with AGLOW Philippines and meet a good friend afterwards whom I’ve not seen for quite awhile.

Roaming around downtown area gave me a good idea to try a local spa for their promo of an hour massage at P 185.00 only. After the relaxing massage came the idea of eating somewhere near the place where I was staying.

Who could have thought that you’ll find a pizza house somewhere in Burgos Street which is filled with local and international acclaimed restaurants.

I noticed that there was no one inside the pizza house which made me to decide to choose it for faster accommodation. There was no one at the counter at first but when the personnel saw me standing at the counter, she immediately came out and offered me their “specialties”.

Having a short conversation with her led me to know a few things about the store.

For one, they have more than 5 stores across Negros Oriental with 2 within the city area. There are 2 stores in Dumaguete City, one located near the city hall and the other one near the former mayor’s house.

Second, they opened a year ago and the stores in Dumaguete and the rest of Negros Oriental are branched-out from their main store in Manila. Their prices are quite the same from all their branches in Dumaguete and the neighboring cities.

Third, they specialize in home made pizza on a thick crust.

After sharing these details, we went through their menu and noticed that they have a lot of flavors to offer for a hungry man. To note, they have 4 major courses with all time fave,healthy cravings,gourmet and premium. 

They have a total of more than 20 pizza flavors ranging from 6 in. (kiddie),10in. (medium), 12in. (large),15in. (party) for their supreme sizes which only ranges from P 65.00 to P 285.00 per order.

After getting dizzy choosing which one to pick, I settled with their latest craze“Shawarma Pizza” on medium size which by the way cost around P 185.00.

The Shawarma delight is “oozing” with cheese and tastes like your typical “shawarma” recipe minus the meat. There were only a few shredded meat on the thick crust pizza and a few onions and veggies that could have ignited the cheese and sauce to it’s full flavor.

The pizza can really satisfy an empty stomach,especially it’s hot sauce (verde “something…”! I was able to finish 6 slices alone and can rate it at 7 out 8 for flavor and value. Although I was really hungry at that time but I think I really ate it out of the tasty sauce instead of being “hungry”.

Conclusion:

The top pick for the month can make you settle for the medium size pizza since it’s 12 inches can satisfy one man’s fill with but if you’re ordering for a group (or a couple with a big appetite!), I would greatly advice to get their party size delight.

Picky or not, the price is above average from your typical pizza house in Dumaguete City. Not to be biased about it, the one in Piapi tastes better on a thin or thick crust pizza at a cheaper price.

But if you’re in downtown area and at the hem of local diners and restaurants in the vicinity, Dexter’s Pizza is one good choice for a laidback weekend without rice.


Magnitude 6.8 Earthquake Shocks Negros


Inset: The vicinity of the earthquake's epicenter in Tañon Strait between Negros and Cebú Islands.

Early afternoon of February 6, 2012, the general area of the Visayas and some parts of Mindanao were reported to have experienced tremors from a Magnitude 6.8 earthquake. The United States Geological Survey and later confirmed by the PHILVOCS, this quake’s epicenter was off the coast of Tañon Strait in the middle of Negros and Cebú Islands. The Negros Oriental town of Tayasan was the determined area of the epicenter which has a reported 7 casualties, with child who died when pinned down by a weakened wall that fell on the victim. As of the moment, there are no other reported damage to infrastructure in both the islands.

Inset: Tremors were felt throughout the Visayas, parts of Bicol Region and Northern Mindanao.

The areas of Western Cebú, Eastern and Southern Negros Islands are under the Tsunami Alert 2 since the earthquake was reported to have been Magnitude 7.0 in some areas of the field by PHILVOLCS. According to my sources in Negros Oriental, there has been reported warning signs of tsunamis in the areas but the alert was cancelled on investigation. Tremor and shocks were felt as far as Masbate and Northern Mindanao. The cities of Cebú, Dumaguete, Bacólod and Iloilo have declared suspensions for classes as well as classes for the safety of the employees and students. Minor damages were reported but was not verified yet.

Inset: Photo by Dr. Alojado of preventive evacuation at The Doctor's Hospital in Bacólod City.

Since we our country is located well within the Pacific Ring of Fire, the area of the Pacific where volcanoes and faultlines are, it is natural that we will experience earthquakes. We can never prevent earthquakes but however, we can prevent structural damage or casualties. The Luzon Earthquake in the early 1990’s a grim reminder to us of what earthquake prevention can do to save the lives. Regular earthquake drills should be a norm to areas who have experienced earthquakes, especially in schools and establishments as required. A stern reminder as well for my kasimanwas is that it happened many times in Negros last year.

Inset: Photo by Evangeline Gabayno on earthquake damage at Guihulngan, Negros Oriental.

A few clicks on online research brought us countless information drives for the public to be aware of what to do when earthquakes strike. There are many notable ones but I chose to quote for this article the one by National Geographic as found in their website:

Safety Tips

  • Have an earthquake readiness plan.
  • Consult a professional to learn how to make your home sturdier, such as bolting bookcases to wall studs, installing strong latches on cupboards, and strapping the water heater to wall studs.
  • Locate a place in each room of the house that you can go to in case of an earthquake. It should be a spot where nothing is likely to fall on you.
  • Keep a supply of canned food, an up-to-date first aid kit, 3 gallons (11.4 liters) of water per person, dust masks and goggles, and a working battery-operated radio and flashlights.
  • Know how to turn off your gas and water mains.

If Shaking Begins

  • Drop down; take cover under a desk or table and hold on.
  • Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you’re sure it’s safe to exit.
  • Stay away from bookcases or furniture that can fall on you.
  • Stay away from windows. In a high-rise building, expect the fire alarms and sprinklers to go off during a quake.
  • If you are in bed, hold on and stay there, protecting your head with a pillow.
  • If you are outdoors, find a clear spot away from buildings, trees, and power lines. Drop to the ground.
  • If you are in a car, slow down and drive to a clear place. Stay in the car until the shaking stops.

Better than being caught by surprise, it is better for us to be extra-cautious since earthquakes strike when we least expect it. There is a lot more things you could do to prepare but these are the basics. Keep safe everyone for there are aftershocks that may follow these tremors. República Negrénse sends the sterns prayers of concern and safety to kasimanwas in Negros Island.