MANILA, 9Sept2013 (PNA) – The Regional Development Council (RDC) of Region V during the last day of the Philippine Travel Mart on Sunday launched “Soul of the South”, a coffee table book featuring the best places in the alliance of Albay, Masbate and Sorsogon (ALMASOR).
During the unveiling, RDC Chairman and Albay Governor, Joey Salceda, now on his third term, described the coffee table book as a “virtual tour” that presents ALMASOR’s destinations, arts and culture and trade and industry.
The territory of Albay once included the provinces of Sorsogon and Masbate (which used to be a sub-province of Sorsogon) and the island of Catanduanes.
“It is aimed to guide the visitors, both local and foreign into the natural resources, the heritage areas and the best trade centers that would make (tourists’) visit relaxing, safe and enjoyable,” Salceda stated in the book’s foreword.
Commissioner of the Commission on Filipino Language and Albay Poet Laureate Engr. Abdon Balder Jr., who recited some Bicolano and Filipino poems as an intermission was the chief writer for “Soul”.
Balde said that the book, which was finished by March 2012, took only three months to put together as it was mainly composed of photos of the Bicol region’s three provinces.
“You have to pass Albay to get to Sorsogon and Masbate that is why it is described as a gateway,” Balde said, explaining that Albay was the closest province to the airport, tourism officers and most hotels.
“Soul” is a pioneering work commissioned by the Almasor Tourism Alliance Convenor, Albay Gov. Joey Salceda and with legislative support of Vice Gov. Harold Imperial.
Technical assistance is varying persuasions was meanwhile provided by provincial tourism officer, Dorothy Colle, Commissioner of the Commission on Filipino Language and Albay Poet Laureate Engr. Abdon Balder Jr among others. (PNA)