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Overpriced Simple Meal Worth Php26k at Bohol’s Popular Tourist Spot Draws Mixed Reactions

An overpriced simple meal for 13 people worth Php26,000 at a popular tourist spot in Bohol drew mixed reactions from netizens. Most netizens were appalled by the “overpriced” meal, with some even suggesting that Pinoys should just take a trip outside the country because it can cost them the same amount of money.

Do you agree?

Overpriced Simple Meal Goes Viral

Everyone knows that popular tourist spots can get pricey in terms of food, souvenirs, accommodations, transportation, etc. That’s why there’s this term called “tourist traps” because unsuspecting tourists are tricked into shelling out their money for overpriced goods.

Recently, a certain Vilma Uy posted photos of a seafood feast on what appears to be the floor of a pump boat taken at Virgin Island, a sandbar in Panglao, Bohol, Philippines.

simple meal
Photo credit: Vilma Uy

While the fresh seafood looked delicious, the total bill of Php26,000 shocked the tourists and netizens.

The group (13 people) could only fork out Php19,000 in cash. So, they even had to pay the rest with GCASH.

overpriced simple meal
Photo credit: Vilma Uy
overpriced simple meal
Photo credit: Vilma Uy

The overpriced bill includes 20 pieces of banana that cost a total of Php900.

Some netizens couldn’t help but joke that the tourists’ bill in Panglao is like dining at Amanpulo, the exclusive high-end resort that went viral in May for its pricey menu, including the banana turon worth Php750.

overpriced simple meal
Photo credit: Vilma Uy

Uy’s post received mixed reactions from netizens, with some even calling them names and saying that they were too lazy to bring their food because tourists can actually bring their own lunch to the area. Others also pointed out that they should have asked for the prices before ordering the food.

overpriced simple meal
Photo credit: Vilma Uy

Government’s Response to Viral Virgin Island Post

Gov. Aris Aumentado, the governor of Bohol, called a special meeting with the DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources), the LGU (local government unit) of Panglao, and the Tourism sector to investigate the issue and formulate the regulations necessary to protect tourists and visitors from experiencing the same thing.

The governor has also ordered the suspension of motor banca trips to Virgin Island until further notice, pending the investigation.

Photo credit: ABS-CBN News

Panglao Tourism Officer Leonides Senica will also meet with Virgin Island vendors to clarify the issue.

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Woman Goes Viral for “Plan” to Return Borrowed Screwdriver to Partying Neighbors

A woman recently went viral after sharing her “plan” to return a borrowed screwdriver to partying neighbors – some three months after she borrowed the toolkit! Netizens quickly gave her an outpouring of support, egging her on to return the thing. LOL.

Woman’s “Plan” to Return Borrowed Screwdriver Goes Viral

Filipinos have the habit of courteously inviting others to eat with us when they pass by or visit us while we’re eating or about to eat. Of course, while it’s just for courtesy, we don’t mind (most of the time, anyway) if they actually help themselves with the food we offer.

But Filipinos also have this rather annoying habit of borrowing stuff and never really thinking about returning it to the rightful owners until they ask for it.

So, many netizens were easily able to relate with the social media post of Chel Diaz who jokingly uploaded a picture of a screwdriver set amid the background of her neighbor’s party setup.

borrowed screwdriver
Photo credit: Chel Diaz

Tatlong buwan na di ko pa nasosoli yung screwdriver kina mars. Parang nakakahiya naman kung di ko pa ibabalik ngayong araw,” Chel posted on her Facebook account.

Netizens quickly offered their support, encouraging her to return the tool set right away.

Sakto yan isoli mo na, matutuwa kpitbahay mo sayo, may award ka pang pansit at shanghai hehehe,” one netizen wrote.

Mamaya na konti…i timing mo nalang na kainan na..para di naman nakakahiya,” another jokingly advised.

Yung iba nga kahit di sakanila yung gamit sa kanila ko binabalik lalo na kapag medjo mabango na yung ulam nila,” another joked.

Of course, there were some who took Chel’s joke seriously, chiding her for not returning the tools and only picking the timing when there’s a party next door.

But she did “succeed” in her plan as she jokingly shared photos from the party, adding that she supposedly feels guilty while taking some lechon and lumpia. LOL

Positive Filipino Traits

  • Generosity
  • Bayanihan or readiness to help others in need
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Humor and positivity
  • Love and respect for family
  • Respect for the elderly
  • Filipino hospitality
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Netizen Proves the Price of the Viral Amanpulo Turon and Shows How It Looks

For several days, the Amanpulo turon became the talk of the town as netizens expressed shock over the prices of the food at the exclusive resort. Some speculated that it might not be true, but one netizen proved that it was by sharing a photo of the menu and the food she received. Do you think it’s worth the price?

Netizen Shares Photo of Viral Amanpulo Turon

What’s up with the Amanpulo turon? Well, it recently went viral as one of the food offerings on the expensive menu of Amanpulo, an uber-expensive private island in Palawan favored by many local celebrities.

It’s the favorite beach getaway and hangout of the stars, where some posh weddings and other private star-studded events are held.

This exclusive place is reportedly accessed through a private plane – so that alone shows you how expensive this resort can be.

Amanpulo turon
Photo credit: Balita.net

However, the prices of the items on the menu still got so many people wondering how the food looks like and how it would taste, considering how each one is several times more expensive than ordinary menus from regular restaurants.

There are many expensive items on the menu, but the turon stood out because this favorite Pinoy food is commonly found in the streets, sold for around Php10 to Php20 per piece. So, imagine how everyone reacted upon seeing that it’s worth Php750 a serving at Amanpulo!

Netizens had a field day about feeling like a “slapsoil” (hampas-lupa) knowing the prices of this popular food at the exclusive resort.

Others joked that the turon might contain special ingredients, like gold shavings or something really costly.

Some thought this menu might not be for real, but someone proved that it is actually true.

Photo credit: Khalel Czarine Tanalgo

What’s Amanpulo?

Amanpulo is a luxury resort on a private island in the Cuyo Archipelago of Northern Palawan, Philippines. It’s a private and secluded getaway, making it a favorite among celebrities who just want to relax and have some fun at a resort without getting mobbed by fans.

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No Bridal Car, No Problem? Groom Carries Bride Across Muddy Roads

Despite the rains, having no bridal car wasn’t a problem for a pair of newlyweds because the groom just carried his bride across the muddy roads! That’s so cool, right?

Groom Carries Bride Across Muddy Roads

There are many challenges that couples face along the way, with these challenges often helping shape their relationship.

no bridal car
Photo credit: Enao Aileen Billones

But a couple in Barangay Trinidad, Guihulngan City in Negros Oriental, Central Philippines, had a different kind of challenge as the rains the previous days made the roads so muddy in their area.

Living in what appears to be a mountainous area, they aren’t likely able to bring a bridal car, even if they wanted to. But the groom proved his love for his bride by carrying her on his shoulders as they walked the muddy roads together. Isn’t that sweet?

Photo credit: Enao Aileen Billones

Their photos went viral, with some netizens joking that this couple raised the bar high in marriages – and that girls shouldn’t get married if their man wouldn’t promise to carry them through the muddy roads. LOL.

We’re stating the obvious, but that’s a joke, of course.

The post was originally uploaded by Enao Aileen Billones, congratulating the couple on their wedding day.

Photo credit: Enao Aileen Billones

It was quickly picked up and shared by the local media and groups, with HEADZ UP NegOr writing the perfect caption:

In sickness or in health…

No bridal car or horse or even carabao needed to transport the bride just to be in the Church on time for their wedding in Barangay Trinidad, Guihulngan City.

Mabuhay ang bagong kasal! Congratulations.

Many netizens were amazed, with some saying that they know this couple would last forever because the groom truly loves his bride.

Others were a bit unsold to the idea, commenting that the bride shouldn’t have worn a bridal dress if they had to walk through mud. If the groom missed a step, both of them could end up in the mud!

It was a good thing that didn’t happen. Whew!

Are White Bridal Cars Required?

What bridal car is the best pick? Most people prefer white cars because they match the wedding theme of purity. But it’s not really a requirement. You can choose any car color – and some even pick native themes like carabao-drawn carriages or even those drawn by horses.

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