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If this is your first visit, welcome! This site is devoted to my life experiences as a Filipino-American who immigrated from the Philippines to the United States in 1960. I came to the US as a graduate student when I was 26 years old. I am now in my early-80's and thanks God for his blessings, I have four successful and professional children and six grandchildren here in the US. My wife and I had been enjoying the snow bird lifestyle between US and Philippines after my retirement from USFDA in 2002. Please do not forget to read the latest national and International News in this site . I have also posted some of my favorite Filipino and American dishes and recipes in this site. Some of the photos and videos in this site, I do not own. However, I have no intention on infringing on your copyrights. Cheers!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Foreign-based Names of Beach Resorts in Marinduque


I noticed recently that a few beach resorts in Marinduque have foreign-based names. In 1996 when we first constructed Chateau Du Mer Beach Resort, it was the only beach resort or hotel with a non-english or tagalog name. Today, there are several beach resorts with either Spanish, Portuguese or Italian derived names. A good example is Bellarocca Resort( beautiful rock) in Buenavista. Bellarocca is a five-star resort and touted to be one of the best in Southeast Asia. Another example is a small beach resort in Balaring named Tierra Azurras ( is this Portuguese?). Of course, there is the old Villa sa APLAYA in Ihatub and Casa de Azul( Blue House)in Buenavista)*. The older hotels have tagalog or English names such as the Boac Hotel, Tahanan Sa Isok, East Point Hotel, Blue Seas, Katala, Cagpo and Love Bay Resorts. I believe naming the resort with non-tagalog names denote class and distinction. In the case of Chateau Du Mer(House by the Sea or House of the Sea), we selected the name after considering more than dozen names( Casa del Mar, Balay sa Baybay etc..) with the goal of attracting European specially French or Canadian tourists. We believe this goal was achieved since our first European guests were from France about 4 years ago. Today, we are attracting more American tourists. The disadvantage of the non-tagalog name, is that majority of the locals have a hard time pronouncing it, thus our local name recognition is slightly impaired. Anyway, we believed that Chateau Du Mer is a good name and the second building we will be constructing in the future will be named Bella Chateau. Note that the gramatically correct french name should have been Chateau de la Mer. But this was too long. For details on Chateau Du Mer, visit http://chateaudumer.blogspot.com *Changed recently to Blue Castle

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