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Just yesterday, Sayoko and I were enjoying an unobstructed view of Taal Volcano.

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Now this:

Hollywood-like sign in Batangas mulled

Via: abs-cbnNEWS.com

Photo from the Office of the Vice Governor of Batangas

MANILA, Philippines – The province of Batangas may soon erect a landmark similar to the iconic Los Angeles’ “Hollywood” sign, a Batangas official told a newspaper.
According to an Inquirer report, Vice Governor Mark Leviste II said the Batangas provincial council has approved a resolution to erect a “hard-to-miss landmark and potential tourism draw,” which allegedly is an idea of Governor Vilma Santos-Recto.
The report said the resolution was approved on October 5.
Leviste said the proposed landmark will be erected on Taal Volcano and will be positioned following the contours of the volcano.
The letters of the proposed “Batangas” signage, which would measure 14-meters tall and cover around 110 meters of land, would use the same font as that of the Hollywood sign, said Leviste.
According to the report, Batangas tourism office official Emelie Katigbak also proposed the construction of floating restaurants or fish pens on Taal Lake.
Katigbak said the restaurants or fish pens would form the words “Ala eh,” an expression commonly used by Batangueños.
Governor Recto, meanwhile, said the proposals are still under review. She added that the local government has yet to allocate a budget for the project.
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Dear Ate Vi,
With all due respect, may we suggest a much better sign?

Nora Pa rin
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Please don’t mess with our volcano.
Thank you very much,
Cecile van Straten
Member, GANAP
Grand Alliance for Nora Aunor Philippines

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Barbie Javier

Omg this is still so shocking to me. Noooooo!!!

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Scarlet

hahahahahaa!!! I was expecting for something interesting and when I saw Nora pa rin I accidentally swallowed my huge candy! ahahahaha!! Hilarious!

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I love the photoshopped picture with the “Nora Pa Rin” 🙂

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neverhollowed

i don’t understand how a sign that says BATANGAS would actually draw tourist. you think people would come all the way to Taal just to read a stupid sign? people go to Taal to see the volcano, to see nature, not some cheap sign! another example ng gaya gaya lng sa mga kano, di naman bagay

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zemirah castro

I tweeted Mark Leviste, the Vice-Governor of Batangas, to say that a big freakin Batangas sign on Taal Volcano is such a BAKYA idea and that it is not the answer to Batangas’ tourism problems. He replied that they never considered it to be a cheap idea. JUSKO PO! ANG TASTE LEVELS!!!!!!!!!!!

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Like my friend said, next thing you know, somebody will steal letters B, A, and S and guess what’s left?  

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Cocoylizardo

Use the money for something else! Why mess with nature?

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Di ba bawal na maglagay ng mga signs na ganyan ayon sa Presidente? Granted, hindi nila isasama (maybe at the start) yung “A project by your favorite Governor” pero I’m sure isisingit nila yan at some point. “This is where your taxes go.” Right.

And please, can we stop tampering with the Philippines’ natural beauty? Boracay is already suffering from too much garbage, our mountainsides are choked with garbage, and now a freaking sign on Taal volcano.

More than anything, what we need is to clean and maintain, not add more eyesores.

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Panalo ung GANAP, I think my mom is a member dn nun!

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Donna

hahaha good one yung NORA PA RIN! 😀 😀 😀 😀  😀 😀 😀 😀

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GC

They should really stop american-izing pinas. I get what they are trying to do with that sign, but honestly it doesn’t look nice and it just doesn’t fit. They should invest that money on something better and worthwhile.

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Drew

This makes my blood boil and i am not even a filipino, i see the vulcano as a tourist and this THIS will make me puke. Oh my God, this must be the 2011 Philippines dumbest idea! 
Any government with a brain with never allow this to be placed on such a beautiful site, but then again this is what you get when you elect actors in to public office….

Picture attached; on the way to Bagiuo

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zemirah castro

it’s so BAKYA! 

please, God, no! pigilan sila!

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Atrevi

Pati bulkan may ID. 

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Too commercial now?
*sigh* Why not put “TAAL” instead to make it more recognizable already? If the aim is for “naming?”
Oh well!

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dontaskmetosmile Reply:

 No, not even “TAAL”, please! I vote for NO SIGN AT ALL!!

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Chai Chen
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LOL.
It was … PUN intended!
Yeah of course! Don’t do anything at all! Gosh! Why even put those on the volcano?
They won’t matter when it explodes anyway. :p

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 No, not even “TAAL”, please! I vote for NO SIGN AT ALL!!

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LOL.
It was … PUN intended!
Yeah of course! Don’t do anything at all! Gosh! Why even put those on the volcano?
They won’t matter when it explodes anyway. :p

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How so very ugly.

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What a stupid idea.

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Watta! Can’t they think something better? So disappointing. The best way to attract more tourists is to resolve that infuriating traffic at rotonda.

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Phoebe

hahahahahahhahahahha noranian ka pala! youre right. the hollywood sign would just ruin the beauty of our volcano. 

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i don’t like the project either.  doesn’t look nice. well, if the mountain is like ‘bato-bato’ (rocky), fine. but this mountain is green. and pwede ba, before erecting those caps please remove first those thousands of fish cage. the water is now ‘malansa.’  in the morning, if you walk along the shore the water smells fishy.  i can’t even swim because the water is not as clean as when i was a kid (our barrio is near those fish cage). if you compare the old postcards of Taal and the photos of it now the fish cages occupy the big… Read more »

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Anonymous

 thanks for that little trivia! i always thought the one in the foreground is the volcano. lol

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I remember that in my grade-school Phil. Geography lesson, Taal was described as thus: “May look (‘lo-ok’) sa loob ng isa pang look”, meaning a crater inside another crater. So is that true?

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mae_cecille

a lake within a lake. look is lake

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lake within a lake’ or ‘lawa sa loob ng lawa.’  look (lo-ok) is bay in english.  yes, it’s lake within a lake. if you trek the volcano you will discover that its mouth is blessed with a beautiful deep blue lake. since the volcano sits in taal lake and its crater has lake inside thus its description. many people do not know na tubig ang loob ng crater.  you can actually swim there. when i was much younger, my family and relatives would go there for picnic and to swim.  along the shore are bubbles formed by sulfur (you might think na… Read more »

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LOL @ GANAP!

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Nooo!  Lived in the south (Cavite) for a long time and viewing Taal Volcano/Lake has always been a source of solace for me.  Putting a sign on the volcano is such a bad move.  You already know you’re in Batangas because of the iconic Taal.  Why put a sign over it and mess with the beauty of nature!?  This news actually made me really sad.

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