Before entering the Underground River, celebrities posed in front of its signage. Among the celebrities who went to see one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature were (from left, front row) Jon Hall and girlfriend Marie Pearson, Luis Alandy, Bubbles Paraiso, Laureen Uy, Nicole Anderson and her blogger friends, and Jommy Teotico. Behind them were Ervic Vijandre, Carla Humphries, Gerard Acao, and Jose Sarasola.

Photo: Mark Atienza

It was scorching hot and the ride was a little bumpy but celebrities still felt very excited as they arrived at Sabang Beach, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan last Thursday, February 28.

This small village in the middle of Palawan Island was the home of invited celebrities, media, and other guests during the three-day summer sports event called Nivea Summer Blast 2013.

Upon arrival, everybody received a warm welcome from the staff of Nivea, event organizer Forthinker, Inc., and Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa.

Shortly after lunch was served, we were taken on a tour to one of New 7 Wonders of Nature, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park.

Everyone was amazed, especially the first timers, to see the rock formations inside the underground river, which has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

We had ample time to refresh and get ready for the welcome party prepared by Nivea when we returned to the hotel.

In the evening, a short program officially opened sports activities that would take place  the following day.

A folk group called Pangkat Kalinangan gave entertainment by showing a dance of the Tagbanua Tribe of Palawan.

The night ended with sky lantern-lighting  on the beach.

FUN-FILLED ACTIVITIES. The next day, participants of the celebrity sports events woke up with fully recharged energy for the series of beach games.

The celebrities were divided into four teams—Blue, Green, Orange, and Yellow. Respectively, they were led by actors Jon Hall and Luis Alandy, Nivea’s global brand manager Alex Schweiger, and fashion blogger Laureen Uy.

There were six games prepared and the team with the most number of points earned from each game would be declared by the overall champion.

The first game was called the “Hula-hoop Pass,” where 10 members of the teams would form a circle and pass the hula-hoop while holding hands.