Governor Luis Ray "LRay" Villafuerte has a different approach in promoting his province. He doesn't want Camarines Sur—the largest of the six provinces in the Bicol Region—to be just like any other place in the Philippines, where tourists are treated to street dances, food festivals, and other cultural presentations. He would like to market CamSur as the destination for the adventurer, for the "extreme sports" lover.
"Sports tourism is what we'd like to promote here in Camarines Sur," the 41-year-old governor said during the press conference held yesterday, May 27, at the Villa Function Room of the Camsur Watersports Complex (CWC) located within the Provincial Capitol Complex in Cadlan, Pili, Camarines Sur.
"We'd like to be known as the sports and adventure destination in the Philippines. Where people can enjoy Camarines Sur engaging in sports and adventure activities like wakeboarding, 4x4 off-road driving, motocross and mountain bike riding competitions," Gov. Villafuerte enthused.
This year's Kaogma Festival, the annual week-long celebration of the foundation day of Camarines Sur (May 29, 1569), coincides with the 5th Philippine Wakeboard Nationals competition and the Lago del Rey Summer Aquafest. The wakeboard nationals has been drawing cable-pulled wakeboarding enthusiasts from all parts of the globe for five years now, while the Aquafest is an event the young governor started only last year for his friends in showbiz and the press.
"This year, we were supposed to hold the event last February, just like last year. But you know, we had the elections and we are only holding the event just now. But nevertheless, the celebrities have confirmed, thanks to Marilen Nuñez (of Len Plus Inc.), and are ready to take on the Survivor challenges," Gov. LRay said.
The Aquafest was supposed to happen in Caramoan, a municipality in the Caramoan Peninsula, west of Camarines Sur. But currently, there are three international Survivor shows filming in different locations in Caramoan.
"Camarines Sur is known for the various Survivor international series being filmed in Caramoan, and the past series were Survivor France, Israel, Serbia and Turkey. Right now, there are three countries filming in Caramoan... In fact, nag-aagawan sila. Dati kasi, one country per season." But Gov. LRay was not at liberty to disclose the names of the country.
"My commitment to Aquafest is to make it a different experience every year for the participants. And this year, it's gonna be a Survivor theme. While the international participants of the actual Survivor are competing in Caramoan against each other, tayo, we are here just to experience Camsur and have fun."
Last night, May 27, seen at the welcome dinner for the Lago del Rey Summer Aquafest were Michelle Madrigal, Jon Hall, Isabelle Daza, LJ Moreno, and Jeremy Marquez. Robin Nievera and his band Wagyu peformed for the guests that night.