‘Hooray for Hollywood’ on Taal Volcano Island

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HOLLYWOOD, HOLY COW! This is how Taal Volcano would look from the Tagaytay ridge once a giant “Batangas” sign is put up on the island as approved by the Hollywood-inspired Batangas provincial government. The idea was conceived by movie star-Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto. PHOTO FROM THE OFFICE OF THE VICE GOVERNOR OF BATANGAS

BATANGAS CITY—It was something only a movie star could have conceived.

Why not put up a towering “Batangas” sign on Taal Volcano island similar to the “Hollywood” sign in Los Angeles, California?

The provincial council approved on October 5 a resolution supporting the idea of Governor Vilma Santos-Recto, the award-winning actress, to erect a hard-to-miss landmark and potential tourism draw, according to Vice Governor Mark Leviste II.

Emelie Katigbak, officer in charge of the Batangas tourism office, said floating restaurants or fish pens can be set up on Taal Lake in such a way that their layout would form the famous Batangueño expression “Ala Eh.”

It could be such a dazzling sight especially if lit up at night, she said.

14-meter letters

Leviste said the idea was based on the premise that the scenic volcano and the lake surrounding it “form the heart of Batangas. The geography of the province suggests that (they are) at the center of the province.”

Also, history had shown that Batangueños were blessed with rich and fertile agricultural lands thanks to the volcano’s past eruptions, he said.

He said the proposed sign would be painted white and positioned following the contours of the island volcano. The letters would be 14 meters tall and stretch for about 110 meters.

The font would be similar to that of the iconic Hollywood signage, the official added.

“It is not an out-of-this-world concept. It’s a simple development which can easily attract attention and even visitors to the area,” Leviste said.

Identity crisis

Leviste said the signage would help establish the identity of the lake and volcano as part of Batangas—and not of Tagaytay City, which lies within the neighboring province of Cavite.

He said the volcano was often mistakenly identified as part of Tagaytay, a mountain resort city which offers a picturesque view of Taal.

In a text message, Tagaytay City Mayor Abraham Tolentino maintained that the city had never laid claim to either the lake or the volcano.

“However, the best view of Taal Volcano is from the ridge of Tagaytay City where the best photos are shot, the best hotels and restaurants are found and the perfect weather is felt,” Tolentino said.

“Thank God, He created the volcano in Batangas so that Tagaytay will have the best view,” the mayor said.

‘But why?’

Tolentino, however, questioned the Hollywood-inspired design for the island, flatly saying: “Why put up a Batangas sign? It won’t help.”

“People, while sipping a cup of coffee, will just say that the view is more beautiful from Tagaytay without that sign,” Tolentino said with a hint of a warning.

Expect a “global reaction” once that plan pushes through, he said.

“It’s a sign of what? Bicolanos will not put an ‘Albay’ (sign) on Mayon Volcano. (Their officials) would not destroy the view of Mayon. They are not insecure,” Tolentino said.

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  • Dennis Dy

    Ha ha ha, wala na talaga tayong magawa sa buhay natin.  Sige babuyin niyo pa. Bakit di na lang “ATE VI” ilagay natin? Dapat ihulog si Ate Vi at myembro ng Batangas provincial council sa bunganga ng bulkan taal.

  • Anonymous

    Que estúpido.  

  • L O

    This is just Vilma’s plan to put up a monument of herself before her term ends disguised as a sign mimicking a US landmark (How original). Think about it. It will not help anyone but her. It is hideous and unnecessary. Spend the money on local government projects to improve the lives of the people instead.

  • Anonymous

    Anak ng Panocha! Wala nabang matinong bagay na maisip upang umunlad ang bayan!  Putting an eyesore to destroy the grandeur and perfect natural vista of a unique Philippine icon is dumb!

  • Anonymous

    What a stupid idea!! This is what you get for electing actresses to key government positions. Vilma Santos should go back to acting, this is what she does best.  Leave Taal Vaolcano alone!!

  • Anonymous

    Vilma Santos, you are such a nitwit!  You are making my blood boil……pumutok sana ang Taal at ikaw unang lamunin…

    • Victoria

      Nice comment. Low class one too. Get some perspective in life!

      • Anonymous

        I have offended your sensiitivity, Victoria? You are obviously a Vilmanian! Grow up woman. Matatanda na kayo…. bulag pa rin! and obviously ignorant. I have spent time on the area. I know the perils and issues surrounding Taal Volcano and its coastal towns. What have you done for this volcano? GET A LIFE!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TBN3VC662TERFTRQFWG646KK7U Willie

    It was something only a movie star could have conceived, SO GROSS. What’s next? Put a HOLLYWOOD type of sing on every landmark!!!!  Come on!!! Philippine political landscape is going to the dogs! 

    Why don’t Vilma put up this sign on the front lawn of her house in BATANGAS and a similar sign in her relatives and close friends houses and condos in every province and see how they feel. Good governance and economic policies in place will bring in much needed income for the government and not this patch-up, squatter looking type of signage.

    This idea is visual pollution and should be opposed by every citizen.

  • ryan andres

    Weaw. Nanggaya na naman tayo. Why can’t we come up with something original???

  • Anonymous

    silly and childish! kung magandang ilagay ‘yon don (batangas) i guess ok din sa pinatubo, arayat, mayon, ah sa lahat nga ng landmark? ah, pati laguna bay tska luneta lagyan na rin! que horror!

  • rnold rmada

    Are you serious? Why don’t you guys also include blown up pictures of Vilma Santos and her family on one side of the sign and Leviste and his family on the other so people would know who’s behind this laughable and outrageous idea.
    As to the planned floating restaurants on the lake, please include floating septic tanks as well. We have very poor bladders.
    Embeciles!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HULNISNMPAEXXYSSNASU3F4GPA Rene

    From the perspective of the picture, Taal is around 7km wide so the sign as depicted would be around 2Km wide and around 250m tall. I don’t think Batangas has enough money to build that sign.

    I really won’t mind the 110m x 14m sign since it would be practically invisible from Tagaytay and I won’t be able to read it with  my poor eyesight. The 110m x 14m sign would roughly be around as large as the small hole in the letter B in the picture.

    This reminds me of the photoshop done on DPWH officials. Everyone involved in this preposterous nonsense should resign for two reasons: lack of taste and lack of common sense. (They also probably didn’t pass trigonometry in high school.)

  • rnold rmada

    I can see it coming…the other governors are not to be outdone and outclassed by Ate Vi. Albay’s governor commission’s a huge sign with neon lights to be erected on the slopes of Mayon; Quezon province’s governor does the same thing on the summit of Banahaw; Laguna’ governor on Mt. Makiling…on and on and on until all all of the provinces have their own signs and truly ala Hollywood.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K6GXJXD3FGZCNRI45YNW7B6ZMY Dexter

    Mount Taal is not owned by Batangas. It is owned by the Filipinos. These politicians should stop behaving like dogs peeing everywhere just to mark their territories.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4FAULUFVJO7TOI74NO2W72FQDM Renato

      hey.. but they claim TAAL is theirs, and not to CAVITENOS, ano ka ba. hahahaha. ask batangenos and they will proudly say, ITS OURS. hehhhehe. better to to make it, 
      B A T A N G A S is O U R    P R O PE R T Y. lol.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IQFCNOGABVRI6OEEUABEVUP7H4 troubadour 62

    leave the #$%^ing volcano alone. mamaya pumutok pa yan.. 
    its Fcukin beautiful as it is…

  • gdarjuan

    magkano nanaman kaya kikitahin ni vilma at asawa niya dito?

  • Anonymous

    Disastrous idea !! First we get rid of that hotel idea on Taal volcano, now we come up with our own hideous plan. Are we really that stupid as a people?

  • Anonymous

    bakit ‘di na lang VATangas ang ipalagay niya para di namin makalimutan ka-angasan ng asawa nya!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K6XZOIH3SWIAQG3ERFMU66U3TI mae

      thats a good one, LOL

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYXTXAZ2FRQ6YMK5SFNH2NS7AU dyan

    OH MY GOD,  NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!  Ginawang commercial billboard ang Taal volcano.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K6XZOIH3SWIAQG3ERFMU66U3TI mae

    why would you put an ugly unnatural sign to a beautiful place like taal lake, this is pure stupidity at its finest

  • Anonymous

    Pathetic attempt to pimp Batangas! The provincial councilors of Batangas are out of their wits and certified wastes of protoplasm…

    /Facepalm!

  • Anonymous

    Another brilliant idea to foster parochial interests and waste taxpayer’s money. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K6XZOIH3SWIAQG3ERFMU66U3TI mae

    hey Vilma or whoever you are, why not just put that fugly sign in the rooftop of your house, in that case you can pretend you are a Batangena 

  • George Morales

    I did not expect Ms. Vilma Santos to have such a low IQ.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E7SFPQFWHHEAJ4IZKPD7OYJXVM Jabba

      Agree, mere popularity put this woman in the office.

    • mmm choco

      Ilagay nalang yang sign na yan sa bahay ni Vilma Santos.- well now you know.. also people of Batangas for voting for her. ..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K6XZOIH3SWIAQG3ERFMU66U3TI mae

    ang laki laki na ng kita ng asawa mo sa illigal importation ng kotse, gusto mo pang kumurakot sa billboard na yan, abay mabusog naman kayong magasawa

  • Anonymous

    Landmarks speak for themselves; they do not need signs.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4FAULUFVJO7TOI74NO2W72FQDM Renato

      tama ka jan.. Do you think Vilma Santos needs to hang her name V I L M A in her chest to be recognized? 

  • Victoria

    A similar idea was planned here in Wellington, NZ , a gigantous sign Welliwood. But it was thrown out by the rate payers. Some liked the idea, but most think that it’s a low class. But we didn’t abuse or bad-mouthing the mayor, or anyone who started the idea. It’s just an idea, or something to think about. Kayo naman, nagliparan na ang witchhunting pagmumura nyo. Relax, People! I’m sure Gov. Vilma will respect the majority.

    • Anonymous

      Lucky isdatyu?

      • Victoria

        No, Pepe. I’m not Lucky. Sorry, wrong number!

  • gdarjuan

    bakit hindi na lang magdami ng trabaho inaatupag nitong si vilma…ay wala palang syang kita doon. kaya kahit pagsira ng maganda bulkan gagawin para kumita. utang na loob vilma marami ka ng nanakaw bayaan mo ng yung nananahimik ng bulkan!

  • Anonymous

    WORST IDEA EVER.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002589621560 Bolly Wood

    Oh, please, no way.  That will be like messing up with the beauty of nature.  Hollywood sign is different.  Hills are ordinary in LA and a lot of people live on those hills so there’s already a lot of eyesores there. 

    Keep Taal from any human structures. But then again, maybe she can protect herself because if she erupts, she can just cover that sign to with ash and debris to reclaim her original majestic view.

    So Ate Vi, maghunos dili ka.  If you do, you will surely go down in history as the governor that destroyed Taal View.

  • Anonymous

    this is pure waste of money of a non significant project..ridiculous idea..

  • http://twitter.com/toothpastesales be honest

    Go back to the movies if you like ” Hollywood “.

  • Anonymous

    This is a RIDICULOUS idea!!!!  The stupid sign will tarnish the natural beauty of the scenery.  Why can’t these politicians just spend the money they will allocate for this idiotic idea to finance paving rural roads, medical or health benefits or any other more important needs of the people of Batangas.  The Dept of Natural Resources (does the Phil still have that dept?) and all groups involved in the preservation of Philippine natural resources and tourist attractions should act against this moronic idea. The Dept of Tourism should intervene and stop this!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ELYJFOETLMTM3KXHOMB4KA4PNA Cia Bugok

    ive seen 1 somewhere in the north if im not mistaken i think LAOAG.. the sign was sitting at the top of a hill but the reason they put it in there is to cover a condemned old structure or something like that.. check google.. 

  • Anonymous

    lagyan na rin ng sign na project of ate vi and kuya mark

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=636526770 Julius de la Cruz

    it’s crass commercialism without any merit…  what for? too much visual pollution already in Manila with all those billboards, and now taal? for shame!

    • Anonymous

      Maybe she got the idea on one of her necklace. One time I saw her being interviewed on TV wearing a necklace with a signage “VILMA”

  • Anonymous

    This is the wrong place to put that huge stupid sign. Why not put a big VILMA sign on her forehead instead. Taal is beautiful without the sign! Another tourist site gone to the dogs.

  • Anonymous

    Once again the copycat mindset of Filipinos is clearly illustrated by this wasteful decision to alter the natural beauty of the volcano.landscape by erecting ala Hollywood sign.

    Taal volcano is an active one, anytime it will spew its ashes at a considerable magnitude will damage the sign. It will be better to leave  the Volcano landscape as is.

    On the other side of coin, the sign should read “TAAL” not Batangas. A proper signage for the volcano itself not the province.

  • Anonymous

    Our elected politicians are spending tax payers money on projects that will not help anybody. I’ve been to Tagaytay and lot of places in Philippines. One thing that is chronically lacking are informational signs when you are driving in unfamiliar places.

    Go to this link to get an idea of what I’m talking about. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Loc.-Lugano.PNG This is in a foreign country obviously.  Why can’t authorities implement this as a way for motorists to find out how far you are from your destination.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YY3XETSE5H44TCHOVCBGGBTW34 rey

    insecurity… pure and simple.

  • Anonymous

    Foreigners and Filipinos alike enjoy going to Tagaytay for the beautiful views. This brain dead signboard will  destroy the image of the area instantly. 
    Hollywood sign was originally put up by a real estate company in 1923 to promote Hollywoodland new housing development project.

  • Anonymous

    Why desecrate Natural Beauty? Idiots don’t get it. Maybe her husband doesn’t pay attention to her anymore?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E7SFPQFWHHEAJ4IZKPD7OYJXVM Jabba

    Hoy Vilma leave Taal Volcano as majestic as it is. Putting that sign will ruin the natural beauty of the island. I’ve been to to Batangas and saw schools plastered with your “vilma santos and recto type building”. Ang kapal ninyong mag-asawa, hindi nyo pera ang ginastos dun and yet you put your stinking names!! Wag nyong gawin sa Taal Volcano ang mga kalokohan nyo!

  • Anonymous

    leave taal volcano alone!……..it’s beautiful already!….clean and green!

  • Anonymous

    That HUMUNGOUS SIGNAGE will degrade the view of the volcano from Tagaytay City.

    It will be like the big billboards and other Signages blocking the view of Mt Makiling from the highways.

    If the signage is put up I hope the volcanic eruption will obliterate it.

  • Anonymous

    See what happens when you elect a stupid movie star with no education?  Vilma na mukhang bakla or gay impersonator is only thinking about money.  Next, you will see billboards next to it promoting her movies. You and Recto should resign you morons!

  • Anonymous

    I guess Gov. Santos would rather spoil the view to get her ill conceived project done. Wag naman sana. Taal is for all to enjoy and not a billboard. Please respect natural beauty. Tama na showbizz mentality.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_75QJCBJN7KPDM2SV5RSBRHJZGY rene

    Clearly Vilma Santos has a lot of creative ideas.. but Im wondering why she is pushing this. Her husband who is behind her political career is a Senator of the Republic and he is not a Senator of Batangas. Why not put a fence and block the view of Taal from Tagaytay..

  • http://twitter.com/estancabigas Estan Cabigas

    please, not this one!

  • Schubert Malbas

    oo nga wag nalang sana. 

  • Anonymous

    UGLY, UGLY! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TQ5XROT7TYHIZ55KACGH765TMQ ISRA POGI

    ang bobobo talaga ng mg politiko sa Pilipinas. ipapaalala ko lang na di lang taga-Batangas ang may ari ng Taal. sa lahat ng Pilipino yan. wag nyo babuyin!

  • Anonymous

    “It could be such a dazzling sight especially if lit up at night”

    Wow… If I want lights I’d have coffee at the Fort. That a provincial council approved this is weird. It will not benefit Batangas as the tourists will still be flocking to Tagaytay. Unless they really want to ruin Tagaytay’s view and develop the Batangas side as the the New Tagaytay, in Batangas and without the ugly sign of course.

    I have an idea! How about a Korean translation of the Batangas on the left side, right beside the Korean Spa! And at the highest point we can put there Bello Clinics… like what we printed in our arrival cards in our worst in the world airport!

  • Anonymous

    Deface Taal Volcano with an ugly sign?   NO NO NO.

  • ef gutierrez

    WHAT AN INCREDIBLY STUPID IDEA!

  • Anonymous

    Please don’t confuse the visitors especially those from foreign lands. It’s Taal Volcano not Batangas. Foreigners will say, I thought Batangas is a province not a fricking little island. I don’t like it, don’t spoil this beautiful creation of nature.

  • Anonymous

    Vandals have invaded the politics! And I thought they’re just pimps and political whores!

    Leave that beautiful piece of nature alone! Shame on you!

  • lucidlynx

    What if the volcano erupts? Down the drain goes the money spent in putting up that sign.

  • Anonymous

    Cheap! Cheap! Cheap!

    Let the natural beauty shine unspoiled.

  • roland jason dela paz

    why ruin a natural wonder? do our politicians have something better to do that deface natural beauty?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WIFZS3TEKYQ6V62SBD4K6GDNTE Vaga Bond

    Ano?? Kawawa talaga tayong mga pinoy. Ang daming engot dito at ang dami ring mga baduy at bakya; at marami diyan mga politico pa. We already have the worst airport in the world; this idea of a a giant Batangas sign would just contribute in making the Philippines the most tasteless place in the world.

  • Anonymous

    WHAT A STUPID IDEA!!! I don’t think Vilma Santos is stupid but obviously shes now part of this STUPID POLITICS we have. First, the signage will destroy the natural beauty of Taal (it doesn’t matter which province owns it!). Second, its a waste of fund. Instead why not put the fund in a trust to educate out of school kids living in the island. People will visit Taal Lake or Tagaytay with or without the sign so don’t play with the “increase tourism” nonsense.

  • Anonymous

    Vilma should read all the comments here..if she’s thinking that with that sign people will appreciate Batangas more, she is getting exactly the opposite reaction..!

  • Anonymous

    I planned on visiting the area until I saw the stupid sign.

  • Anonymous

    What a cheezy idea. Leave it the f*ck alone!  Why is it that we have a knack for commercializing and destroying everything that’s beautiful in this country? 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_63BCNKSPSYMNYM2KYZCXCRBUQ4 Jis Tennis Club

    hahaha..siguradong sisikat at magiging katawa-tawa na naman ang mga batangueno sa kwentuhan…Siguro para mas matipid eto na lang ang ilagay na letra   ALA   EH!

  • Anonymous

    ang daming problema sa Bantangas tapos eto ang bubuhusan ng LGU nila ng pera!? Ano ka ba naman Vilma, hindi ka na artist para mag isip ng pang-showbiz. You want to improve the tourism of Batangas, invest on your people, invest on livelihood projects, improve roads, promote local goods… but to place a Batngas sign on Taal… you can’t get any stupid than this…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3B2IQZM4ZLGQUG46KQ3RX4MPLI Lester

    imagine if we have a movie star president =)

    • Anonymous

      we already had one..remember ERAP? parang naging pelikula ang pinas…

  • Anonymous

    when that sign is up, it’ll get destroyed when Taal erupts..then BATANGAS becomes TANGA, or ANGAS…! hehehe

  • Anonymous

    wrong move ate Vi, vandalism yan and why fix it when it is not broken?

    you are only inviting disapprovals, disappointments and NOT more tourists!

  • Anonymous

    Ala eh! this is me, a Batangueño saying, “In your face!”

    WTFWTT!!! – Seriously?!?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PBO77K6PXKPQKPQQQOFRCYNJFA ricky

    okay ang project. this will attract tourist and therefore income to the locals. but unlike hollywood, taal is a volcano. 

    wag lang sana sasabog ang taal as @mars101said.

  • Anonymous

    Great way to destroy a great view! With this kind of thinking no wonder we can’t attract more tourists. Between destroying what tourists come here for, and the total disregard for cleanliness and security (for example, NAIA), it’s a wonder any tourists come at all. Oh, wait! Almost half of them are sexual tourists and they only care about the women.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K2RI3LJVGNNED3XPMG7HVMIIO4 Herbert

    Sa noo na lang ni Vilma ipa-tatoo yang sign na iyan, makakatipid pa ang buong probinsya ng milyun-milyon.

  • Anonymous

    Mukhang ‘Di NAG-IISIP ‘toh si Vilma! Putukan ka ng Bulkang Taal para malaman mo!!

    • Anonymous

      mukhang di nagiisip implies meron siyang isip, he he. 

  • Anonymous

    iyong hollywood sign was put up kasi ampangit nong hills. tuyot na tuyot. so they had to attract real estate developers by putting up that sign. e ang bulkan kailangan ba niya ng sign na ito?

    hindi ako nagataka na idea ito ni Velma. ang talagang na-shock ako ay kung bakit nakinig ang mga namamahala sa batangas sa kanyang stupid idea.

    DIYOS ko poooooooooo. . . .OKENIDARNA!

    • Anonymous

      wala kasing noranians sa provincial council….:))

  • Anonymous

    sabagay BATANGAS deserves Vilma kapag itinuloy nila itong kahunghangang ito. to even vote for her boggles the mind. grabe. and I thought I’ve seen it all, he he!!!

  • Anonymous

    Mind boggling dumbness from an uneducated celebrity.

  • Anonymous

    It’s definitely a wrong inspiration (gaya-gaya puto-maya) and ignorance to the max, not only for Batangenos alone but for all Filipinos!  It’s VOLCANIC AREA!  The METALS used for the SIGNBOARD will be CORRODED in less than a month because from now and then ACID GASES are spewed out by our lovely Taal!  My goodness!… please review naman your science know-how… Ginoo kong Dios, kung ingon ani atong mga political leaders tanan, Dios ko, unsaon na lang? Dios ko, dai Vilma! Help us, O Lord!    c”,)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZWTTKJTI57YO7TZBJC66GA2OLU dennis

    The idea is good! The problem is if there is a need of approval in DOT.History will ádopt it´s new image,all postcards must change and even post stamps(If there´s any)Also the picture in books like History books must change.Kaya nga lang,seems there is a similarity with “Hollywood” then,Do you think US will not react?…Indirect protest?

    • Anonymous

      @Dennis, yes, US will react but will not protest.  They will laugh instead.

    • Anonymous

      isa ka pa. idea is good? taga-Kapitolyo ka siguro ng Batangas, ano? mahiya naman kayo sa mga pinaggagagawa ninyo.

    • http://twitter.com/patintera patintera

      The idea is ridiculous. Kung gusto nila maglagay ng Batangas sign, ang daming puedeing paglagyan nito. Bakit sa Taal Volcano? Yung entire view nya na natural, unspoiled ang nakakapagpaganda dito. Ano susunod? Billboard sa tuktok? 

      • Anonymous

        paano eh ay hindi kayo batangueno!!!! taga tingin laang kayo.

      • Anonymous

        ungas, porket ang taal eh nasa lalawigan ng batangas doesn’t mean it belongs to batangas itself?  check the DEPT.TOURISM or DENR of the national government.i did  warn you people, celebrities are not meant for executive position,, sursuela and palabas. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KZA5BABW24XMXCN63WH5KTCCYU Virgil

    Sobrang stupidity ni Governor Vi.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KZA5BABW24XMXCN63WH5KTCCYU Virgil

    Maayos na nga ang view bababuyin pa. Kabobong mag-isip ng mga nasa kapitoloyo ng Batangas.

  • Anonymous

    grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

  • Anonymous

    V for vovo…

  • Anonymous

    gusto yata ni Ate Vi ng media milestone kasi lagi na lang daw si Nora Aunor ang nasa balita hehehe

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GLVDKMW6JPRGYCAINS2GRCXOJQ Hans

    this will destroy taal volcano. booooooooooooooooooo!!!

  • Anonymous

    Ang swapang naman nitong si Tolentino! Hayaan mo na lang ang ideya ni Gov, di naman aagawin sa yo ang sa inyo. Its true, may identity crisis ang lugar. Kung hindi dahil sa bulkang Taal, walang Tagaytay! Kayo ang nakikinabang.

    • http://twitter.com/patintera patintera

      So agree ka na lagyan ng sign ang Taal Volcano?

      • Anonymous

        Of course, Batangueño ata ako.

  • Anonymous

    suggestion gov, isang higanteng balisong na lang kaya heheh.

  • Anonymous

    talaga naman ang mga pinoy….gaya gaya kahit saan parte ng mundo. 
    ang ganda ng taal tapos gagawing binababoy ….. ang natural na kagandahan ng ating bansa ay hindi sa pag-tayo ng mga karatula…. kundi sa pananatiling malinis ang bayan atbp.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KZA5BABW24XMXCN63WH5KTCCYU Virgil

    Dapat unahin ni Governor Vilma Santos na linisin ang Taal Lake kung gusto niyang gumanda pa ang turismo diyan. Wag babuyin ang maganda ng natural wonder.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KZA5BABW24XMXCN63WH5KTCCYU Virgil

    Anuveh! Si Ate Vi, Hallleerr!. I am so very very very disappointed to Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto. 

  • Michael Peralta

    That’s what you get for voting a showbiz personality. What’s next? Billboards and 20-foot high tarpaulins extolling a newly-constructed basketball court?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GLLLMBSX5AMH3KQSHIIRQQYRGM milo go

    There goes the natural beauty of Taal Volcano. That is so ugly it will wake up Taal volcano and burn it down with intense lava flow. It is one more nutty idea from our “creative” politicians” Again it will serve as monument to the vanities of politicians who have nothing better to do in the Philippines. It reminds me of those ugly welcome sign on every barangay in the philippines. Spend the money somewhere. The volcano speaks for itself, it does not require an “artificial makeup” like the governor.
    Comparing it to the Hollywood Sign is crazy. The Hollywood Sign represents an industry and people. Taal is Taal it does not need a sign

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M4UKQSWIRYY7324TFW4OI4F3JE AJ

    St*pid Idea! 

    • Anonymous

      paano eh ay hindi kayo batangueno!!!! taga tingin laang kayo.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M4UKQSWIRYY7324TFW4OI4F3JE AJ

    One of the most idiotic ideas conceived!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UH6JLDAL3MYVK34MJKZGCYOZB4 Marc

    parang tanga naman tong si belma? wala ka na bang maisip na maganda! pathetic! ang ganda ganda ng pagka natural ng taal sa malayo tapos lalagyan mo ng basurang synthetic billboard! 

    • Anonymous

      paano eh ay hindi kayo batangueno!!!! taga tingin laang kayo.

  • http://twitter.com/CrocLolong CrocLolong

    GUSTO NI GOV. VILMA NA MAG-ERECT NG SIGN NG BATANGAS  EREKSYON NG  TEETEE GAWIN NYA.   LOL

  • Anonymous

    the beauty of a scenery does not depend on the the sign that say it is…to imitate the HOLLYWOOD sign is not appropriate since the beauty of the volcano itself will not be natural anymore with the word ‘BATANGAS’ display.. leave it as it is and then Batangas Tourism will just have to put up eateries and recreational facilities around the the volcano to get tourism going in Batangas…that’s it…

  • http://twitter.com/iamdavidgarcia David Garcia

    This shouldn’t be put into fruition. Goodness, Taal Volcano is a National Park. It is the property of all Filipinos, not just Batangueños. By the way, talk about ignorance of existing land development restrictions inside protected areas.

  • Anonymous

    Please DO NOT DESECRATE what God has created.  It is bad enough that we pollute the environment and destroy trees because of greed and corruption and ignorance.  The Taal Volcano is beautiful as it is.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ESPSLPH7VXAKKKJKB274CZOX2E Raphael

    malaking ABS-CBN na lang ang ilagay nya dun sa taal volcano!hahahaha

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5G5PER6LK6BFZINJLUZYBA5KUA Rach

    “It’s a sign of what? Bicolanos will not put an ‘Albay’ (sign) on Mayon
    Volcano. (Their officials) would not destroy the view of Mayon. They are
    not insecure.” –> kudos!

  • Anonymous

    Sa bubong ng bahay na lang ni Vilma at ng mga konsehal itayo para malaman nila ang ibig sabihin ng baduy.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ESPSLPH7VXAKKKJKB274CZOX2E Raphael

    im sure, kinabukasan eh, ninakaw na yung mga letra jan!!

  • Anonymous

    …This is a stupid idea to the max! Taal volcano’s natural beauty itself is an atraction by all measures hence, it doesn’t need any man made structures. If this moronic idea will become a reality, not only it will become laughing stock of the world, it will also cheapen the place by all measures. While people living near the Hollywood sign in Hollywod Hills (LA) wants to remove the iconic symbol, the Gov. is going gaga to emitate it? This is outrageous. Most of the time,  I don’t understand why some of our Government Officials think that way since I guess, most of them already traveled or stayed abroad. They should know better when it comes to how certain place can be a world class attraction. The mere fact that Boracay was conceived and developed by foreign investors (read: permanent vacationer), I don’t see it will become “The Boracay” today if not for their forward outlook.  In the first place, didn’t the Batangas execs know the history of that Hollywood sign?  It was initially built back then to advertise a subdivision soon to be developed along the hills of LA and I don’t see any similarity in Taal specially that its an active volcano….

  • Anonymous

    The Hollywood sign in LA is commercial not aesthetic. People read “Hollywood, but don’t care and see the natural beauty that bosoms the giant sign. Would Batangas officials and Batanguenos want to mess with nature by erecting those giant letters? By itself Taal volcano is already an attractive “come-on” sign.

  • Anonymous

    Walang ibang magawa si Leviste at Vilma–sisirain pa ang natural na ginawa ng Dyos. Masyadong baduy. Bakit hindi na lang pag-isipan kung paano palisin ang mnga fishpens sa Taal? Dahil ba hawak ni Ralph or cronies?

  • Paige Halliwel

    What if the volcano erupts? Sayang lang…ibigay nu na lang sa mga nangangailangan ang perang ipangpapagawa nyan..Maraming nagugutom sa Pinas, walang matirhan, walang pampagamot…yun na lang  unahin nyu kesa yan..Oo nga’ maganda pero pag sumabog ang bulkan wawasakin lang nun yan..sayang lang.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know…but time will tell.  What is sure is.. if the volcano explodes, so then afterwards a set of letters “BATANGAS” will arise?

  • Anonymous

    really! Vilma must be running out of ideas to immortalize herself! I don’t think I heard her voice on the fishpen and fishkill issues that has damaged the beauty of taal lake. artista pa rin…

  • Anonymous

    Pag sumabog uli yung bulkan eto na lang ang mga letrang matitira TANGA.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PBO77K6PXKPQKPQQQOFRCYNJFA ricky

    pangit ng font. . . . 

    • Anonymous

      ah ha ha ha at talagang yong font pa ang napansin mo? dapat FRAKTUR font. . . iyong mala-gothic ang dating para malubus-lubos na katangahan nila 

  • http://jaytiedra.info jaytiedra

    Yeah same as Mt apo… every City near it enjoys its picturesque view…..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UZCEVIBSZQ453BA2ZMTRU4AAPI jeffrey

    Bakit Batangas pa ang ilagay eh pwede naman iba kung kailangan talagang ipromote. Pwede naman na “Amazing Taal” na lang kung kailangan ng ibang signage. hehe

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UH6JLDAL3MYVK34MJKZGCYOZB4 Marc

    pag sumabog ang bulkan… “TANGA” na lang ang matitira na letra…. YUN si ATE VI! hahahaha

    • Anonymous

      Mas tanga ang bumoto sa kanya.

  • Anonymous

    is there any other big ideas they can think of? putting up that sign is not a necessity. it’s unnecessary decoration that wastes people’s tax money. hello?!!! why not think of other projects that your constituents will benefit or maybe fix rural areas’ roads!

  • Anonymous

    This idea of putting a massive ‘Batangas’ sign on Taal volcano is going to be the biggest eyesore known to man. Taal volcano is well-known for its scenic beauty and serenity as seen from Tagaytay ridge. Please do not destroy this one of a kind Philippine treasure.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VDMUJ6NKKCLWRMVMJRLJFI633I Rene V

    i like it  better without the sign… paano kung bumagyo?

  • qetesh quadshu

    what a moronic idea, desecrating the beauty of taal volcano.

  • Anonymous

    PARANG AWA N’YO NA, HINDI BILLBOARD ANG TAAL!! HINDI!!

  • Anonymous

    Why ruin taal with an eyesore of a sign??? The volcano is unique in itself, LEAVE IT ALONE!!!

  • Franz Peralta Muhlfeld

    leave it up to Local govt to screw up whatever is beautiful in our country. look at all the gaudy lamp posts in tagaytay and malate – retro-neo-back to the future c.r.a.p.

  • Anonymous

    gumuho sana. so what’s next after the billboard? jollibee, sm taal or golf course?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZX3CVQUBHU6CS3NMQEXJIXANTI Jack F

    WOW Philippines, pataasan pa rin ng ihi :)

  • Anonymous

    Ilagay nalang yang sign na yan sa bahay ni Vilma Santos.

    • mmm choco

      Ilagay nalang yang sign na yan sa bahay ni Vilma Santos. – TAMA!!  LOL

  • Franz Peralta Muhlfeld

    who cares about identifying whether taal volcano its part of tgayatay or batangas? batangas wont get any richer coz the best views are from tagayta nad putting up  a “batangas” sign wont increase tourism to batangas – why brand it and ruin it?

  • http://twitter.com/ichtusknex Herman Dionson

    they can put up another batangas sign elsewhere and make that another tourist destination.  why desecrate the island?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XR2EE3RYNRJBKOND5IAQDYBGWE Arnel

    Because of conceit, people are willing to destroy the natural beauty of taal.  Actually it sounds stupid, you don’t have to put a label on the darn volcano to tell people it is in batangas. It will only ruin the view.  People come to taal to see taal, not a dumb signage. Let’s ask gov. santos if she is willing to put a tattoo on her forehead say “I am Vilma”, wouldn’t that look ugly? Compare it to hollywood, the hollywood sign is the attraction, not the mountain it sits on. In this case, taal is the attraction. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IEF4DNZK3B24432RJE5LWOMQXA Bcarlos

    WTF. Bakit hindi na lang iba ang pansinin mo Gov. V, napakalaking kalokohan nito. Pwede ba sa ibang proyekto na lang ilaan ang perang gagamitin dito? Seryoso, wala naman talaga itong maitutulong sa turismo ng Batangas.

  • http://twitter.com/thirdmarquez Third Marquez

    Similar to what they did at roof of Manila Hotel — placing a huge MANILA HOTEL sign — now I hate that building.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YY3XETSE5H44TCHOVCBGGBTW34 rey

    Taal Volcano is rightly located in Batangas…but it also belongs to the whole Filipinos…. 

  • Anonymous

    isang malaking KALOKOHAN na naman yan!!! 

  • mmm choco

    Another S-T-U-P-I-D idea ..hmmmmmm  ???Governor Vilma Santos-Recto.  instead of creating jobs, cleaning city hall of corrupt employees..  your city isn’t very good to look at either ..now you want to destroy the beautiful small volcano?? Artista ka..not but an ARTIST…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ESPSLPH7VXAKKKJKB274CZOX2E Raphael

    bat di na lang yung malaking billboard ng mga Belo bodies ang ilagay jan o kaya yung mga litrato ng mga azkals..diba sila mga sikat ngayon? hehehehe

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YY3XETSE5H44TCHOVCBGGBTW34 rey

    baka gayahin din iyan ng ibang probinsya o bayan….like putting CAVINTI sa pagsanjan falls (which is in cavinti, Laguna and not in Pagsanjan,,,,,and CALAUAN sa hidden valley na wala naman sa alaminos)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TGRZFBNZNTZMN4VKSIY7TARDKI Louie

    1. so what if it is located in the border of Batangas, does that mean we are supposed to go around desecrating all beautiful landmarks made by God with hideous signages? Are we now supposed to put giant logos to destroy the natural views of the rice terraces, mayon volcano, lakes and waterfalls?
    2. Its a shallow type of pride – why? Because the volcano and lake was not created by, nor had come into existence in anyway  by any person, persons, culture or province. It is not the fruit of one’s labor or creativity but by a creation of God. So how can anyone claim pride in that? All one can have is Gratitude! It was given by God, so it is arrogant for anyone to claim it as their own and be proud of it as if it is a fruit of their merits.
    3. Such an act smacks of regionalism, elitism… disunity. Are we not supposed to strive to be one Nation rather than now partitioning the beauty of our country with name tags?
    4. It shows an utter lack of taste. People like to go to nature to experience it, to enjoy its view in its simple purity. Then now there is a desire to place ads right smack in the middle of it! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BS5VTWT6OCAHW64HDDGYQJ4KE4 Edmund

    Please leave that volcano alone…. wala na ba kayong ibang magawa?   Dito sa NZ, there are some who want to put up sign like ‘Wellywood’ pero ayaw ng mga tao…. ang pangit tingnan… In the first place, hindi naman yan pag-aari ng Batangas.. iyan ay para sa lahat….   Leave nature zone as it is, mas magandang tingnan….

  • Anonymous

    I agree. This is a very immature move by the Batangas officials.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BS5VTWT6OCAHW64HDDGYQJ4KE4 Edmund

    excuse me for the term pero ang nag-isip nito ay napaka-dumb…  we want to see that place as it is… not because of that stupid signage….

  • Anonymous

    Sobra ang pondo sa Batangas i divert niyo sa mas mahalaga ang buwis ng bayan…

  • rnold rmada

    If she really wants this done why not her and Leviste family pony up the money themselves and spare the people of Batangas the burden. She ought to focus on other worthwhile projects instead…more money to the education and health budgets; waste management; improve publice facilities, housing for the and just project that her consitituents would appreciate and be grateful for. If she does all these or just most of these they would put up a star for her on Lipa’s Walk of Fame.
    But seriously, I’m curious to know where Senator Recto stands in this matter. I hope he’s not kissing the governor’s behind like the people around her.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T2DDIPNBHSCXCOHN3J7LOVCQ4Y Shinigami Sword

    Eto talagang si Vilma.. lumalabas pagka walang utak.. sinira na nya ang traffic sa batangas by allowing trycicles to ply the major roads.. she encouraged squatting and land grabbing.. and now.. this stupid Batangas sign board  in Taal.. I really hope and pray if this pushes thru that Taal would erupt and bury in lava and mud  this signboard and everyone connected with this hair brained idea.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BS5VTWT6OCAHW64HDDGYQJ4KE4 Edmund

    Does the picture with ‘BATANGAS’ look good?  NA…..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4QAIR53YIPJLMPSQJZTOJIGBVI Jaz

    Walang pinag-iba yan sa ipinatatayong projects kuno ng mga pulitiko tapos isisingit yung mga initials ng pangalan nila.Batangas word ang ilalagay para di nga naman halata, pero syempre pag nakita ng mga tao yun, una nilang maiisip si ate Vi….wais rin ano?..ang utak pulitiko nga naman.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VMYYLWURZ2GGK4UZHALQ323SE4 Bing

    Tasteless. definitely an idea without class.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BS5VTWT6OCAHW64HDDGYQJ4KE4 Edmund

      I agree!    maganda na nga, papapangitin pa…. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F3AAIHMQUZQOM4FPNUI3OH5F3U ef

    V..ilagay mo na lang sa noo mo yung sign!

    • mmm choco

      LOL!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VMYYLWURZ2GGK4UZHALQ323SE4 Bing

    Tasteless. definitely an idea without class.

  • http://victoriomanalo.blogspot.com/ Victorio Manalo

    Ha! Surely, only a movie star could conceive such thing, at napakaraming ka-liga si ate Vi na handang magbigay ng nakaaaliw at nakababaliw na mga ideas at salita, nandiyan ang mga actor-clowns gaya nina Sotto at Lapid… 

    Bankrupt ba sa matitinong ideas ang provincial council ng Batangas?  Imbes ba ayusin ang ecological disaster that is Taal lake, mga ganitong uri pa ng proyekto ang naisipang pagka-abalahan at pag-kagastusan.

    Pag-aari ba ng Batangas ang Taal volcano?  Oo nga, walang duda nasa teritoryo ito ng probinsiya, pero ito ay pag-aari ng buong sambayanag Filipino, at hindi ang mga nakaupong hibang na Gobernador at mga parasatiko sa provincial council ang aangkin para lamang sirain ang paligid nito sa ngalan ng bayan ng Batangas.

    Kung sakali, isang trahedya ito na higit pa sa putok ng Taal ang pinsala na idudulot di lamang sa bayan ng Batangas kundi sa buong Pilipinas.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KRAX4QSMCQCVMOORBQFLVP336Y padfoot_xv

      Taga Batangas ka ba? Una, tapos na ang problema sa Taal Lake. Pangalawa, kung taga Batangas ka alam mo na maayos ang pagpapalakad ni Governor dito. Lalo na nung Mayor pa siya sa Lipa. 

      Oo, kontra din kami dito. Pero masama naman sabihin na pangit ang pagpapatakbo ng aming gobernador dahil lang dito sa pangyayaring ito.

  • Anonymous

    what a ridiculous and hideous idea! Taal volcano is beautiful enough just leave it alone!!!

  • Anonymous

    Hope this doesn’t push through, masisira ang natural beauty ng Taal. Sinasadya yata nilang sirain ang view from Tagaytay kasi sila ang nakikinabang.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RUIZOI2F45TL3VBHIUC53D774E riffraff2000

    you don’t mess with the natural beauty of the Taal Lake and Volcano. that’s a very dumb, hair-brained idea. 

  • Anonymous

    Ano sunod? Mayon Volcano? Chocolate Hills? Ifugao Rice Terraces? Hundred Islands? Boracay? Intramuros?

    Wala na bang pwedeng pagka-abalahan ang mga local officials natin? Wala na bang kita sa streetlamps, basketball courts at kung anu-ano pang raket nila?

  • Joel Barquez

    Sige…gawin na rin kaya natin sa lahat ng lugar sa Pilipinas, mula Batanes hanggang Jolo, para magmukha na tayong real-life Google Map.

    But seriously… sorry Ate Vi, masakit sa mata. 

  • Anonymous

    its a stupid idea! why put up a sign and ruin the natural beauty of taal! those wipe-ass provincial councilors who approved this idea were not thinking clearly either! really people! would tourist still go to taal volcano & have their pictures taken with that sign?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F3AAIHMQUZQOM4FPNUI3OH5F3U ef

    itapon sa bunganga ng bulkan ang lahat ng nakaisip nito!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ESPSLPH7VXAKKKJKB274CZOX2E Raphael

    picture na lang ni pokwang at mommy dionisia ang ilagay dun..kahit 10 storeys high pa ang taas..hahahahaha

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4QAIR53YIPJLMPSQJZTOJIGBVI Jaz

    Walang pinagkaiba yan sa mga ipinatatayong projects kuno ng mga pulitiko.Isisingit yung mga initials nila para may pogi points. Yung word na Batangas ang ilalagay para di gano halata, pero syempre pag nakita ng mga tao yun, sino ba unang maiisip nila? ala eh di si ate Vi…wais ano po?…ang utak pulitiko nga naman oo!

  • Anonymous

    Why not this: Vi-Va  BATANGAS.  Vi for Ate Vi. 

  • Anonymous

    It’s a waste of money.

  • http://profiles.google.com/mangromy mang romy

    ate vi,  isip ka pa ng ibang idea. wag mo galawin yung taal volacano. leave it as it is. 

    for one messing up with the landscape actually messes up the picturesque vista. oks na oks na syang ganun eh. isa pa, copycat style na naman tayo eh. “Hollywood-style” nu ba yan ate vi. ano ba sabi sa script.

    Palagay ng nakararami mas maigi regulate nyo po yung fish pen sa paligid ng volcano, sa lake ganun.
    1. Maglagay ng directional, readable (@ day & night) signs sa roadside.
    2. Maraming old churches sa Batangas, iimprove sila at maglagay ng mga fiesta style atmosphere. That way maraming turista ang pupunta (i mean local pa lang , panalo na).
    3. Linawan po yung guhit sa kalsada, hirap na sya makita lalo sa gabi. Standard na po ngayon ang “reflectorized” na paint.
    4. Ayusin mo po yung kalsada lalo po sa Star Tollway, para pong moon sa lalim & dami ng craters. Akala po ng friend kong Kano nasa Moon na kami.

    Yun po ate vi. Some suggestions to actually bring back tourists again and leave very good impressions to the province. And applicable din po ito sa lahat ng LGU, back to basics po tayo mga mayor & governor.

    Dami nyo naman na pong pera eh, ibalik naman po natin yung tamang serbisyo sa amin pong mga nagpapasweldo sa inyo. 

    • Anonymous

      ok na ok itong mga advises ninyo Mang Romy. Pero parang kilala ko kayo. Kayo ba si Cito Beltran ng PhilStar?

    • Anonymous

      5. Export mo ang balisong na gawang Taal.
      6. Export mo rin ang panutsa na gawang Taal. Tamang-tama sa panot sa PeNoy Aquino
      7. Export mo ang “sinaing na tulingan” Ala eh anong sarap. Lalo na kung ang kanin mo ay malata-eh.
      8. Export na rin ang buko pie para kasama sa coco juice ni PeNoy Aquino.
      9. Export na rin ang mga macapuno, ube, sampaloc at shing-a-ling para umangat ang buhay ng mga vendors sa bus.

      Ala eh, maraming magagawa huwag naman paki-alaman ang magandang Isla ng Taal.

  • Anonymous

    I am wishing the smallest active volcano to erupt if the stupid sign is erected. LOL
    Wasteful and stupid spending idea from typical Pinoy politicians. What is dumb in French? Vuvu si Vi.

  • Anonymous

    asus! bat pangalan ng batangas lang ang ilalagay, since naka isip na rin kayo ng kagaguhan you might as well put some more,, say “ALA EH Region” or “LAND OF KAPENG BARAKO”, or “KULAMBO ANYONE?” or “GINATA-E MADAME” or “BUKO PIE” or ‘ESPASOL”  isama nyo na ang zesto gang para masaya. wag na kayong mahiya,,, ganuun din yun eh..

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4QAIR53YIPJLMPSQJZTOJIGBVI Jaz

      meron pa ko pahabol: “BALISONG 29″ ha ha ha!

      • Anonymous

        baka meron pa kayong maisip na ilalagay sa kawawang volcano paki sulat na lang so we can forward to the office of the governor,, para one go na lang.

      • Anonymous

        lagyan ng titi, para Art ayon dun sa baklang mahilig sa titi.

  • http://twitter.com/traceylheppner tracey heppner

    seriously? sigh..

  • Anonymous

    don’t these people have anything better to do? jeez. 

  • Anonymous

    DUMB IDEA!!!!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know if I should get mad or laugh at the idea. A better alternative might be to make one of those mobile ad-vans but this time on water. What it will do is just cruise around Taal Lake with these 10-meter-high letters telling us the lake belongs to BATANGAS. I just hope the wind doesn’t blow away some letters and make us all look foolish to the world. That’s still not funny!

  • war freak

    plain stupid idea!!!!

  • Anonymous

    “It was something only a movie star could have conceived”.

    VERY WRONG

    IT WAS SOMETHING ONLY AN IDIOT CAN CONCEIVED.  Because it will destroy the landscape of Taal Island which we have adored for so many generations. All because of a politician’s will.  Taal Island  should always be Taal Island and should not be destroyed by some idiots.

  • Anonymous

    “Hooray”? There’s nothing to celebrate about this ugly plan.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KZA5BABW24XMXCN63WH5KTCCYU Virgil

    “It was something only a movie star could have conceived.”

    Nadamay lahat ng movie stars sa kabobohan ni Vilma Santos

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BS5VTWT6OCAHW64HDDGYQJ4KE4 Edmund

    Public toilet na lang kaya?..seriously….. i mean here – well-maintained  na toilet kagaya ng andito sa NZ….  kung merong isang structure sa isang sulok na lugar ditosa NZ bukod sa magandang daan, ito’y malinis na palikuran….  na kulang na kulang sa atin diyan sa Pilipinas….   aba e,  mapapaipot ka sa salawal (walang biro ito) dahil sa kawalan o kakulangan ng palikuran diyan ….. kung meron man may-bayad pa…..

  • Anonymous

    such a moron idea….!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AGLTJCWRCJUAA3ZVZBST47OCGY Juancho ren

    It coul ruin the landscape of Taal Volcano and could tag as Filipinos as imitators of Hollywood…

  • Anonymous

    ms santos, i cant believe na napaka babaw ng utak mo…..

  • http://twitter.com/sacrebleau Sacrebleau

    Thanks to the governor’s advisers she is now a laughing stock. This parochial idea should’ve been shot down the moment it left the governor’s mouth. But it was left to flourish by her advisers so now, her political enemies are having a field day. Nice job!

  • Anonymous

    dumbhead!

  • Sonny Cos

    kasalanan ito ni Pnoy gaya ng lahat ng nagrreklamo LOL!

  • Anonymous

    stupid idea… try “Ala Eh!”

  • Anonymous

    Tolentino is the who shows insecurity… Ha ha ha… How disgusting!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LWOT5XXLVUMLUJMNWP6E4JAPEM Anonymous

    Hanep… Utak burak ka ate vi.. Why spoil a natural landmark.. Kabwiset…

  • Anonymous

    hmm…para lang masabi na may project na nagawa? absurd! ang daming pwedeng gawin na socio-civic project or tourism project. this one is a total failure. 

  • Anonymous

    Tolentino is the one who shows insecurity… Ha ha ha… How tactless and disgusting this politician is!!!

  • Anonymous

    Tolentino is the one who shows insecurity, first and foremost… Ha ha ha… How tactless and disgusting this politician is!!!

  • Joseph Rey Failma

    this would look good on google maps….LOL

  • Pablo Juan

    may I suggest an arrow head pointing to a corner para mukhang clickable from afar.

  • Joseph Rey Failma

    FAIL

  • Anonymous

    why not just rename taal volcano as batangas volcano para sa pangalan pa lang alam ng lahat na property sya ng batangas…hay naku po

  • Dondee Manotoc

    Mahirap dyan pag natanggal ang BA… at …S.

  • CHRIS AGUILAR

    STUPID!!! WHAT A STUPID THING TO EVEN CONCIEVE… she should put a big sign on top of her head saying — I’M AN IDIOT — they can even light with LED lights… you’ve got to be kidding me

  • Anonymous

    wouldnt it be easier and cheaper to just rename taal volcano as batangas volcano? that way pangalan pa lang alam na ng lahat na property sya ng batangas. lol. btw, do people really care if taal volcano is in batangas, cavite or wherever? people just like the scenery.

  • mike mariano

    this is the reason why we should stop putting movie stars…. err stupid people in positions. most of the time they don’t know what they are doing. 

  • calvin schiraldi

    If this were Quezon City, it would read “Happy Halloween from Councilor Lagman”

  • Anonymous

    The “Batangas” signage is not such a bad idea. And I credit the good governor for coming up with this idea, which I read as a genuine concern for her province and all of the Batanguenos. The proper location of the signage should not be at the Taal Volcano, as I agree with the comments that it would bastardize the iconic landmark itself. People serious in pursuing this great idea should try to look for a good mountain side location equally visible to both driving public and visitors on foot. I positively support the idea.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RGQL6AL46RJZSUF7NVPD5Z5QM4 ji p

    Isa lang ang masasabi ko.  It is PANGIT!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZJAYFTLUYJCPG7UADWMQELLVTE glenn

    WHY SPOIL A NATURAL BEAUTY? Bakit kailangan gayahin ang HOLLYWOOD? This is a God-given natural beauty, add nothing can add to beautify it. 

    • http://twitter.com/markleviste Mark Leviste

      Hi Glenn! Never our intention to spoil beauty and mother nature. We’re open to any and all suggestions. Feel free to reach me. Thank you!

  • Anonymous

    I am wholeheartedly for this BRILLIANT idea! Why can’t you people realize that the people who came up with this are GENIUSES! But I would admire it more if they do this in the SPRATLYS! lol!

    • http://twitter.com/markleviste Mark Leviste

      Thank you, Klaus! But we will still have to conduct a series of research and studies.

  • Noel Mate

    Hoorray for stupidity?

    • http://twitter.com/markleviste Mark Leviste

      Hi Noel! Please don’t think it’s stupidity. Partner, we’re open to your ideas and any suggestion/s.

      • http://twitter.com/kintoy K Enriquez

        yes it’s not stupidity. It’s sheer IDIOCY

      • Anonymous

        i have a few suggestions: please don’t do the sign. it really is in bad taste. use the money to promote tourism in your province (not just taal). give people great reasons to visit batangas. develop eco-tourism, sports tourism, etc.; clean up taal lake, promote your many provincial festivals, do a balik-batangas promo (like balik-bayan) among batanguenos living abroad…  

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XZZMQBFRS2BWNQVLS5DIJOKWUU Edelio Aris

        Hi Mark, please withdraw it. Taal Volcano does not belong only to Batangas, it belongs to the world. I don’t think this would need tedious hours of research. Just drive along Tagaytay and consider that it would look different seen from various points from Tagaytay to Alfonso.

    • http://twitter.com/markleviste Mark Leviste

      Hi Noel! Rest assured we wont come-up with a “stupid” idea that’s why we’re conducting study, research and consulting concerned stakeholders in order for us to come-up with the best option if not a win-win solution.

      • http://victoriomanalo.blogspot.com/ Victorio Manalo

        Vilma Santos-Recto and Mark Leviste’s stance now is that it’s not final yet, that there will be consultations and hearings… very convenient and very politician, they’re adopting that defensive or damage control strategy because of the overwhelming objections and revulsion of the people.  Had there been no negative reactions, we’ll just wake up one morning that construction is on-going.

      • Anonymous

        you are SO RIGHT.

  • Anonymous

    What a terrific idea! I guess that’s what you get when you elect Actresses & Actors to political office. As long as they are going to do that maybe for nighttime viewing they could bathe the island in Black-light then build a tower at least 100 meters above the center of the island & hang a Disco Ball from it.

    • http://twitter.com/markleviste Mark Leviste

      Hi Kevinmcn! We’re being very objective and serious about this. In fairness to Gov. Vilma as a Governor and actress, she means well for the province not only in terms of Tourism, but for other programs as well. Such as Health, Environmental Protection, Education, Agriculture, Infrastucture development and Security.

      • Anonymous

        Mark, yes being a Governor is no easy task, I am certain Gov. Vilma takes it very much to heart. Perhaps it is her advisers who are to blame for such an idea. Rather then step back & look at all of the negative responses & act accordingly, you come to her defense that she means well & is working hard on other important matters for her constituents. However based on this idea I would not have much faith in her programs. If you are a close adviser to her I would suggest you tell her to drop this idea rather then be known as the Governor who defaced a natural National landmark. 

      • Anonymous

        Hi Vice Gov., to do our best for our environments to remain pristine, not to sully them,  is one of the best protections we can do for them.  We sincerely hope you seriously study the pros and cons of a monstruos sign being proposed to be built and decide practically  and wisely. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_O44GSCYGTTABUFEAWRL5GUWHPA Sabrina Joy

    Put in there Vi & Bot and Guy & Pip!

    • http://twitter.com/markleviste Mark Leviste

      Nope. We wont do that.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GX2DZZVWGCAFWL5FR3PAH2CKMA enigma

    don’t alter the beauty of nature! baka sa susunod palagyan na din nya ng vilma, star for all season sa tuktok ng bulkan. susasond maglalagay ng vote vilma president! siguradong gagaya ang ibang lugar! bad idea!

    • http://twitter.com/markleviste Mark Leviste

      Noted on your first sentence. Thank you for your concern enigma!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C6JFR7TS643P6UEVCFZJ6D7JN4 al

    i dont see the logic…it will just destroy and cover the beauty of taal itself,,,,

    • http://twitter.com/markleviste Mark Leviste

      Thank you, Al! We will note your sentiment/s.

      • http://twitter.com/kintoy K Enriquez

        idiotic idea

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BS5VTWT6OCAHW64HDDGYQJ4KE4 Edmund

        Hi Mark,  no matter how we look at it,  it is such a bad idea….  I am from Isabela but now live in New Zealand….. sa totoo lang, lamang ang Pilipinas kung magandang tanawin lang ang pag-uusapan,  nagkakatalo lang sa pangangalaga sa kapaligiran at sa natural at likas na ganda ng isang tourist attraction….    leave that area as it is….. it is beautiful….   I would like to bring my kids there minus any signage…

        And thank you so much for listening to our sentiments…

  • Anonymous

    “Stupid,” that’s what many told the Wright brothers upon their presentation of “man flight” possibilities. No idea is fundamentally stupid. It’s judged so only because others see what to them is the only reality. A closed mind, pride perhaps, or rejection because of the principle, “it’s not invented here” mentality. A man can only see as much standing in a valley. But once on top of a mountain, then you can see TAAL volcano (minus the word “S, please)!

    • Anonymous

      huwag kang nagmamarunong ha? iba ang creativity sa stupidity. yong una ang layunin is to create something out of NOTHING (heavier-than-air flight, for example). iyong stupidity is to create something out of something. andon na kumbaga bababuyin pa. 

      ganown!

      • Anonymous

        ay sino gang tinutukoy mo, pare ko?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKBBXQB7PXK56RWMGBBWEXFSRY Camille

      Non sequitur lahat ng mga sinabi mo. And besides, sino nag sabi sa mga Wright brothers na stupid ang attempts nila at manned flight? As far as I’m aware, nobody ridiculed the Wright brothers for their attempts at manned flight. Perhaps a closed mind is one who does not care to look at the reasons why people call this idea stupid in the first place. Mag-iisip na lang ng idea, hindi pa original. Gagayahin pa mga Amerikano.

  • Anonymous

    what a stupid idea!!! 

  • Anonymous

    huuuwwwwaaaattttt? stupidity!!! ilalagay yon para maging aware ang madlang people na ang Taal ay sa Batangas.. kapalit naman non ang pagkasira ng natural beauty… yan ang napapala sa mga utak showbiz puro popularity ang alam!!!!! 

  • http://twitter.com/markleviste Mark Leviste

    Thank you for all your comments, ideas, reactions and suggestions! We do appreciate it as it is part of our legislative process. For the information of all concerned (Batanguenos, tourism stakeholders, cultural/heritage organizations, etc.), we are still in the process of studying the idea–it’s still in the “pipeline”. That’s why we conducted a public consultation /committee hearing regarding the proposed Batangas sign–to study all possibilities. We also informed the different government agencies about the said hearing so that we can record all their inputs. You may reach me thru twitter (markleviste) or facebook (Mark Leviste) regarding your concerns.

    • http://twitter.com/kintoy K Enriquez

      JOLOGS! GAYA_GAYA. SINIRA PA ANG VIEW

  • Anonymous

    dagdage ng salitang “barik tayo”

  • Anonymous

    Baka may mag hack ng sign na iyan at tanggalin ang BA at S sa huli
    ang mababasa mo ay TANGA

    • Anonymous

      Ibig sabihin ay lalabas ang katotohan baga?   xxTANGAx          hahahaha!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UH6JLDAL3MYVK34MJKZGCYOZB4 Marc

    hindi naman lahat ng artistang nasa pulitika ay stupid…. governor vi, pati mga inosenteng pulitikong artista ay nadadamay sa katangahan ng ideya mo! maghunos dili ka! maraming bundok sa batangas, doon mo ilagay! huwag sa nananahimik na magandang taal!

  • http://twitter.com/kintoy K Enriquez

    HOY VILMA SANTOS, ANG JOLOGS MO! 

  • http://twitter.com/fryreri jeromem

    for what reason?

  • Tyopando

    Ala eh…. sadyang nayayamot ako sa gay-ang proyekto eh…… sino ga naka-isp ng gay-an….. dais dais dine at nang madagukan… 

    • Anonymous

      Ay Tiyo,  pasali naman sa dagukang iyan…pag hahala-halabir sa daan ay ating masampiga sa puno ng taynga.. baken ga iispoylin pa ang kalikasan ?  nang-gagaya lamang sa hollwood eh…magaling pa’y itulong na lamang sa mga mahihirap nating kabayayan lalo na yung mga pasal ang sikmura..
      kainaman na talaga, nakaka adwa ang mga idea ng namumuno diyan sa kapitolyo… pag nag se session ay siguro’y buriw-riwan lamang ng buriw-riwan kaya gay-an ang idea na napagkasunduan..

      kalaking kwarta nyan eh… marami pang pwedeng paggamitan, di ga?

      • Tyopando

        Bahagya ko na ngang hamunin ng panumbi si Vice Gov. eh,  kapagka naman hindi naglupagi iyan……susungloy-sungloy eh,….. hindi man la-ang nakontra kay Gov. eh,  parang gang uto…..
        hala…… sulong….. magalit sa inyo manggagalaw diyan.

      • Anonymous

        Tio Pando,  ano gang binola sa jueteng ngay-on?  baka tumama ‘yung na anusnyo ko.. malaki ang tumbok eh… yung bola ng pang-umaga ha?  saka sa panghapon..  pag talo ang taya ko ay tubong lugaw na naman ang bangkero dyan..

        ay sya, bukas na uli at ako’y magkakape laang… paki sabi naman sa ating pamunuan dyan sa kapitolyo na aba ay mag-isip isip naman….lasa ko’y maraming kontra sa kanilang naisip na yan.. baka magkaribok ang tao….ay nakow… husay ang busaysay nyan…

      • Tyopando

        Inaabatan ko nga si Kakang Indo eh….. nagpa-ilaya na yata eh…. gaganina la-ang eh naandine la-ang sa may olbok ni Kakang Banoy eh…. ay siya…. di na ako mataya….. sura na ko eh….

  • http://twitter.com/Joe_The_Kano Joe Kano

    What a ridiculously tacky proposal. Why not simply erect a huge sign that says “NO CLASS” ?

  • http://twitter.com/fryreri jeromem

    gaya-gaya, puto maya…

  • http://twitter.com/markleviste Mark Leviste

    For the record, the Provincial Board passed a Resolution supporting the idea of erecting a BATANGAS sign last Oct. 5, while we conducted our first committee hearing last Tuesday, Oct. 18. We intend to conduct numerous hearings regarding the subject. I will welcome and appreciate any and all comments, ideas, suggestions even objections FOR AS LONG AS IT IS NOT PERSONAL. Thank you!

    • http://twitter.com/kintoy K Enriquez

      JOLOGS. Ipagawa nyo na lang ng eskwelahan ang budget nyo sa katarantaduhan na yan

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UH6JLDAL3MYVK34MJKZGCYOZB4 Marc

      hindi po personalan to…. hindi lang batangas ang nagmamay-ari sa taal kundi buong sambayanang pilipino… nakataya ang ganda ng taal…. huwag nyo pong sirain dahil lang gusto nyong iparating sa mga tao na ang taal ay sa batangas! marami pang ibang paraan! 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFLKSSJWK5RZKLOHQIGM77TRHU Jan

      kelangan po ba talagang gayahin ang hollywood?
      ang nature ay may natural na kagandahan na bigay ng Diyos. ang paglalagay ng batangas sign doon ay nakakasira ng view. ang hollywood ay makamundong lugar, ‘flashy’ ang dating ok lang kung may sign silang ganun. kasi ang mga tao pumupunta sa hollywood para makakita ng kamunduhan hindi para makakita ng nature. maraming vandalism sa hollywood. iba po ang batangas, nature po ang puhunan doon.
      ako po ay nanggaling na sa hawaii at napakaganda po doon kasi ang environment nila ay na-preserve. di kailangan ng hawaii sign. mafi-feel mo ang koneksyon sa environment at talagang nakaka-relax kasi pure ang nature, dun sa napuntahan kong mga isla. sana po ay respetuhin natin ang nature.

    • Anonymous

      Vice, I think you’ll agree with me that the comments here, although they are a minuscule percentage of over ninety million Pilipinos, sort of represent the voice of a nation. So it is a kind of unofficial referendum that should be considered or given weight by the Provincial Board.

  • http://victoriomanalo.blogspot.com/ Victorio Manalo

    Actress Vilma Santos-Recto, and the Provincial Council will succeed where Taal volcano failed… bring total devastation to the people, Batanguenos or otherwise.

  • Anonymous

    ektuali. . . alam naman ng mga nasa kapitolyo that it’s a bad idea but they urged her it’s a brilliant one knowing that it will backfire on her thus exposing her breathtaking stupidity. . . ergo, mabubura na siya sa political landscape ng batangas.

    how clever BATANGEUños are, no?

    he he he!

  • http://victoriomanalo.blogspot.com/ Victorio Manalo

    Truly, action speaks louder than words… by concurring or by your words passing a resolution supporting the idea speaks a great deal about the quality of deliberations, decisions, and the minds that populate the provincial council.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7DGUXK6CPYLZ5UHF4WVRLI355M Inn

    lagyan nalang din ng mga billboard yung taal volcano! tutal parang ganun na din magiging itsura nyan!

  • http://twitter.com/kintoy K Enriquez

    sana pumutok agad ang taal pagkatapos nyo gawin yan 

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/UVSJLIRT7FJCZNM5TBDUDBBXXI Joel

    what? …still in the process of studying the idea? 

    Any sane person can not fathom the idea.  It’s totally stupid!
    The Taal Volcano is one of the great natural wonders of the world.
    Its one of the reason why tourists flock the Philippines and Philippines is know for.

    And you plan to errect that sign and still in the process of studying the idea?

    I totally agree with Tolentino that the world would react to this.
    And at that time, it will be more shame being a Filipino like you than the idea.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BS5VTWT6OCAHW64HDDGYQJ4KE4 Edmund

      correct…   there’s something wrong somewhere…  no matter how we look at it…. it is plain stupidity…   

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7DGUXK6CPYLZ5UHF4WVRLI355M Inn

    stupid idea!

    wala pang tao sa buong mundo may taal volcano na! nagkataon lang sa lalawigan ng batangas ito napunta! ito ay pagmamay-ari ng buong pilipino!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UH6JLDAL3MYVK34MJKZGCYOZB4 Marc

    Vice Gov leviste, kaw po ba yan? bakit ikaw ang alilang tagasagot? nasaan si gov. vi na nag-isip ng walang kwentang proyektong ito?

  • http://victoriomanalo.blogspot.com/ Victorio Manalo

    This is the problem when a province is ruled by a political elite or dynasty, they think they can do whatever they fancy, some do it with impunity, others done under the guise of democratic process, like a resolution passed by the provincial council.

  • Anonymous

    OK. Batangas owns the volcano. Pag pumutok, it’s Batangas’ problem. Bahala sila…kanila problema. Pero hindi ganun ang systema. Sa ating lahat ang bulkan. So no NAMETAG needed. …Isa pa pagpumutok ang bulkan…masira pa ung B, A at S…maiwan TANGA

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BS5VTWT6OCAHW64HDDGYQJ4KE4 Edmund

    Ayan… inangkin na!   politician na politician ang dating….  mapang-angkin!

  • Anonymous

    to pinoynga. . . 
    huwag kang nagmamarunong ha? iba ang creativity sa stupidity. yong una ang layunin is to create something out of NOTHING (heavier-than-air flight, for example). iyong stupidity is to create something out of something. andon na kumbaga bababuyin pa. ganown!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFLKSSJWK5RZKLOHQIGM77TRHU Jan

    kelangan po ba talagang gayahin ang hollywood?

    ang nature ay may natural na kagandahan na bigay ng Diyos.  ang hollywood ay makamundong lugar, ‘flashy’ ang dating ok lang kung may sign silang ganun. kasi ang mga tao pumupunta sa hollywood para makakita ng kamunduhan hindi para makakita ng nature. maraming vandalism sa hollywood kaya kug i-vandal nila ang nature gaya lang ng the rest of the city. iba po ang batangas, nature po ang puhunan doon. let’s keep it pure and unsullied.

    ako po ay nanggaling na sa hawaii at napakaganda po doon kasi ang environment nila ay na-preserve. di kailangan ng hawaii sign. mafi-feel mo ang koneksyon sa environment at talagang nakaka-relax kasi pure ang nature, dun sa napuntahan kong mga isla. sana po ay respetuhin natin ang nature.

    isa pa, kailan lang ay umakyat ako ng baguio,aba–may ‘jollibee’ sign sa bundok! napairing na lamang ako. hindi po magandang view.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFLKSSJWK5RZKLOHQIGM77TRHU Jan

    kelangan po ba talagang gayahin ang hollywood?

    ang nature ay may natural na kagandahan na bigay ng Diyos. ang hollywood ay makamundong lugar, ‘flashy’ ang dating ok lang kung may sign silang ganun. kasi ang mga tao pumupunta sa hollywood para makakita ng kamunduhan hindi para makakita ng nature. maraming vandalism sa hollywood kaya kug i-vandal nila ang nature gaya lang ng the rest of the city. iba po ang batangas, nature po ang puhunan doon. let’s keep it pure and unsullied.

    ako po ay nanggaling na sa hawaii at napakaganda po doon kasi ang environment nila ay na-preserve. di kailangan ng hawaii sign. mafi-feel mo ang koneksyon sa environment at talagang nakaka-relax kasi pure ang nature, dun sa napuntahan kong mga isla. sana po ay respetuhin natin ang nature.

    isa pa, kailan lang ay umakyat ako ng baguio,aba–may ‘jollibee’ sign sa bundok! napairing na lamang ako. hindi po magandang view. show more show less

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LS5KYD5B4X5QXAIYK4JU36DUGU Jose Manabat

    Billboard mentality.  Only bad politocos conceive of that!

  • http://victoriomanalo.blogspot.com/ Victorio Manalo

    Itago niyo na ang mga pictures niyo ng Taal na walang pang bahid ng kasakiman at kagunggungan, magiging rare na yan at precious souvenir, kapag nagtagumpay ang balak nina Mrs. Vilma Santos-Recto, at ng provincial council sa pamumuno ni Mr. Mike Leviste.

  • Anonymous

    This is rediculous and stupid idea. It will destroy the beauty of Taal volcano. Fish fence and restaurants on Taal Lake?? Come on folks, why do you have to destroy nature at its’ best. Just look what happened to Laguna de Bay when the government allowed fish fence. It is dirty, the water is jet black and the smell stinks. Taal lake and volcano is beautiful that it could be used as one of the symbols of Philippine tourism. I hope and pray that this plan is blocked by the Department of Tourism or the Office of the President.

  • Anonymous

    @Mark Leviste

    Better yet cancel the plans of even conducting ‘a series of hearings’ regarding the idea. You will only waste time and taxpayers’ money in those hearings & deliberations alone.

    This is an obnoxious and pathetic idea. I’d rather that you and the provincial council GIVE TIME TO MORE PRESSING MATTERS where the province of Batangas more than need.

    Stop this now. It’s a big waste of time and money. Can’t you guys be more creative than this???

  • http://twitter.com/ronmsoriano ron soriano

    My gulay! are they that desperate to put that sign? The fund for that project should be diverted to more useful things needed by their locality – farm roads, school buildings, feeding programs, livelihood assistance, etc.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZLENBVCKPW6DD5FR5BXM4AMYBM Marjorie Ann

    Definitely not a good idea.  Taal Volcano is Taal Volcano known globally, it speaks for itself.  Putting a sign will ruin its natural magnificence.  Especially that the idea is not original.  Sometimes, Filipinos are tagged as ‘gaya gaya’ and doing this will just prove that.  Maybe you can think of something creative and original?

    With all the comments from the article, I think you should not pursue this idea, keep Taal Volcano as it is, please respect.

  • http://twitter.com/ronmsoriano ron soriano

    My gulay! are they that desperate to put that sign? The fund for that project should be diverted to more useful things needed by their locality – farm roads, school buildings, feeding programs, livelihood assistance, etc.

  • Anonymous

    Dapat bang angkinin ang nature?

    Ang Holywood Studios ay gawa ng tao, ang Taal volcano ay mula sa kalikasan.  Kung mangyayari ito, ano ang susunod?

    Higanteng karatula sa PALAWAN?  Higanteng karatula sa PAGSANJAN? CHOCOLATE HILLS?

    Huwag sana natin babuyin ang kalikasan.

    • Anonymous

      koreksyon lang shevix.  ang Hollywood sign ay nasa Griffith Park, isang maliit na hill/mountain range sa may Hollywood area.  Kaya mula din sa kalikasan ang pinagkalagyan ng famous HOLLYWOOD sign.
      pero sang ayon ako sa lahat ng sinabi mo….

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2JRKGJCZBLMS3D4HCKN2TTQFSQ Vannie

        K I T S C H – a bad taste

  • http://twitter.com/CB82310 Cathy Besa

    what’s wrong with that… Sari-sari store nga may pangalan ei… its ok… as long as hindi mukha ni Ms Vilma ang andun… it really pride of Batangas to have it.. PERIOD!

    • Michael Peralta

      Your line of thinking is frightening.

  • http://victoriomanalo.blogspot.com/ Victorio Manalo

    Gov. Santos-Recto, his vice Mark Leviste and tens of the provincial council are probably surprised at the reactions–outrage on this issue.  Well, being as they are, it is not surprising they are surprised.  I am not surprised at all that they supported mediocrity :-)

  • Anonymous

    Gastusin na lang ang pera ng bayan sa makabuluhang bagay tulad ng pagkain para sa mahirap. Isa itong stupidong idea na sisira sa magandang tanawin ng bulkan. Vilma, tigilan mo ito at pangit ang ideyang ito. Please lang.

  • Anonymous

    The problem with this country is not just the lack of money and other resources. What is wanting  with  government officials like Recto and Leviste  are sound judgment, good taste and respect for public sensibilities.  And the same goes to the provincial board that supports this proposal. The idea is STUPID! STUPID! STUPID!  and the result is worse–its UGLY! UGLY! UGLY!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U34KTDWEA7DGB3NG333A4R2GXA Haku Daten

    Not good at all… HOLLYWOOD sign has been put on a non-historical mountain side. That LA mountain side prominence was because of that sign. It’s the other way around here…  we are putting a sign on a nature’s wonder?

    Let that volcano stays on it’s picturesque status and put that sign elsewhere.

  • Anonymous

    stupidest idea ever. Enough said.

  • http://victoriomanalo.blogspot.com/ Victorio Manalo

    Polluted waters of Taal, a hike up to Taal’s craters, Taal eruption, sure, these are dangerous and can kill, but there is a more potent danger that looms over Batangas and its people, their political elite, the people will be in a permanent danger zone if they keep on electing recycled mediocre political families.

  • Anonymous

    I´m not a Filipino, but i have visited your beautiful islands many times and i lost my heart there. Taal volcano is absolutely magnificent, why is there a need 2 turn the beauty created by nature into an eyesore? This will definitely not attract tourists, it will turn them off.

  • Anonymous

    walang originality, dapat higanteng balisong

  • http://twitter.com/madctarroza Abi

    How about no? You’ll just have nature-lovers and activists picketing
    outside your offices. Everything looks better without the gigantic
    metal-and-board-IDEC-what-else letters scattered all over the place. No
    offense to Hollywood, but this is a ~trend no one has to follow. It just
    goes to encourage man to plunder nature, bro, this says
    nothing about identity. You’ll have a better chance at recognition if
    you do things properly. Well, I don’t know, educate the people. Do it
    the hard way. If people don’t know where they are exactly, what’s lacking? KNOWLEDGE. Concept/not, this’ll only harm the environment (and, inevitably, the living things in them).
    Not only are these frail (in the face of natural calamities, which our
    beloved country is a treasure trove of) but they are also gigantic
    eyesores. Please withdraw the project. Cancel. Whatever you call it. It’s honestly one of the worst – okay,  – ill-advised ideas of the year.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4RM55K3SA4UTGHV6PV5M7Q3LRY Kila

    I beg you, please don’t do it. It would only spoil the landscape.  

  • Anonymous

    Paano na lang pag sumabog ang bulkan at nasira ang mga letrang B A at ang S sa huli ng BATANGAS …. eh di natira na lang eh TANGA. Tulad ng mga naka-isip nito. Sa totoo lang Vilma – pangit ang plano. Wag mo ng ituloy, sa totoo lang!

  • Anonymous

    Why not spend the time & effort on organizing something that shows off the national treasure. Perhaps something that actually uses the available resources. Perhaps Dragon Boat Races, I am sure that the Philippine team would be proud to compete at such a venue. There must surely be some kind of festival that could bring people to Batangas.

  • http://twitter.com/rommelguapito rommel

    Sana mag focus na lang si Gov Vi sa mas malalim na problema ng Batangas, ang Salot na Huweteng or ang Katiwalian, ang Droga…Wag sanang sirain ang view ng Taal Volcanoe na napakagandang tingnan mula sa Tagaytay..Tama ang sinabi ng Tagaytay Mayor di na kailangang lagyan ng malaking signage ang Mayon upang makilalang nasa Albay ang nasabing bulkan..Ate Vi mag isip na lang ng bagong project…bakit di na lang ipalinis ang mga fishpen na sumisira sa kalikasan….

  • Anonymous

    Mr Leviste thank you for reading and responding to the comments and reactions posted here. For me who’s not from Batangas, it means that you and the local gov’t of Batangas are serious about this project.

    Like a lot of those who posted comments here, both positive and negative, I have a selfish stake in the project because I often spend time in Tagaytay and Batangas whenever stress in my work in Manila becomes unbearable. For me, Taal is like Central Park in Manhattan. The only difference is that the former is God-given, the latter man-made. That difference says a lot already. 

    My personal stand is this: When nature presents us with a gift as sublime as Taal lake and its environs, we must know when to leave well enough alone. We are very thankful that Batangas hosts this beauty and we thank the Batanguenos in all their efforts to preserve and maintain Taal Lake. Sadly this “signage” project does not make sense for an outsider like me. It may be that the Batanguenos are underappreciated in their efforts to maintain the beauty of Taal, or it may be that they just want to increase their pride for having this gift in their midst, but still the very idea of erecting the sign is a desecration of a natural heritage.

    Sometimes the work of a public servant like yourself is a thankless task, a case of “damned if you do, damned if you don’t”. By joining this forum, you reveal a lot of yourself and for me it makes a lot of difference, or should I say THE difference. Because for me, I think you actually have that rare gift among politicians – listening. For me that is a big deal because I think you will LISTEN to reason that sometimes, to be appreciated as a person, little actions count much more than grand gestures, and that intelligence, or in this case the collective intelligence of the LGU and the people of Batangas, are best borne with quite pride in dignity in their heads, or even their sleeves but certainly not shouted atop Taal Volcano in 14 meter high letters.

  • http://victoriomanalo.blogspot.com/ Victorio Manalo

    I have an idea, let’s take concrete actions against this mediocrity!  We should escalate the battle, by creating a petition, and a page book page against this. Who’s with me? Let me know if you have better suggestions.  Let’s show the political-elite of Santos-Rectos and the Levistes and the provincial board members, that we the people–nation if not the world has a stake to protect and preserve here.

  • Anonymous

    dear ate vi,

    it’s a bad idea. taal volcano is a famous philippine landmark. please don’t change it. it will alter the picturesque view. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZX3CVQUBHU6CS3NMQEXJIXANTI Jack F

    This is a prime example of the people what they deserve. When will Filipinos start voting wisely?

  • Anonymous

     Taal Volcano does not need a sign that reads Batangas. On the other hand,  Batangas needs a sign of intelligent life  in its governor, vice-governor and provincial board.

  • Poop News

    Gov. V “used to be” ok with me but this . . . she just LOST ALL MY RESPECT. Gaya na lang ng GAYA sa mga Kano forever? Jeeeebeezze Christ Ate V . . . now you belong to my Top 3 STUPIDEST PEOPLE in the world! What a waste . . .

  • Carlo Serrano

    apparently, napapagaya na si Ate V kay Winston Castelo. whattashame.

  • http://twitter.com/YuumeBunny Charms Musngi

    Oh wait, let’s put “MANILA” at the Malacañang Palace too!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYXTXAZ2FRQ6YMK5SFNH2NS7AU dyan

    It seems that all the comments here are NOT in favor of that ridiculous project of the provincial government of Batangas.  Let’s put a stop to this before we become a LAUGHINGSTOCK  of the whole world.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UH6JLDAL3MYVK34MJKZGCYOZB4 Marc

    vilma, wag mong igaya sa mukha mo ang taal volcano…. di na niyan kelangan ang retoke!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mon-Mayuga/100000311601932 Mon Mayuga

    The province of Batangas does not need to advertise itself. 

    Taal Lake has been polluted so much we need not add more destructive artificial elements to spoil the natural beauty of the view.

  • http://twitter.com/CaraManglapus Cara Manglapus

    HORRIBLE IDEA

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZX3CVQUBHU6CS3NMQEXJIXANTI Jack F

    what is irritating me here, aside from the lame brained idea, is the fact that TAXPAYER MONEY is being wasted on hearings to deliberate on this.

  • Anonymous

    Simple lang naman kasi ito. Kaya nila gustong palagyan ng karatula, eh para magka-project. Kapag may project, may kick-back. Period.

  • Anonymous

    Manila Hotel is so TACKY now, its grandeur is still there but it has  been desecrated. Aside from the sign that shouts “MANILA HOTEL” on its roof, there is a plastic mural of the view of Manila Hotel in the lobby placed between the two Amorsolo murals. Then antique terra cotta vases on the round narra tables have been replaced by fake-gold urns. This is what happens when those who have no taste are given power and money.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7DGUXK6CPYLZ5UHF4WVRLI355M Inn

    Foreigner: *looking at the photos of taal volcano with batangas sign on it* wow, i didn’t know there’s a country named BATANGAS!

    scroll up and see for yourself

    fail

    • Anonymous

       hmmm wala rin namang country na Hollywood ah

      pero tama ka, fail sya.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y3EIUSX3TZMUKNMQ64UFBRPNFE Mark

    Gov. Vilma, parang awa mo na, hwag mo ito ituloy

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AMU3UUENN2LZ3DVIT2ZGHL2P3M invader z

    Amoy kurakot.  Syempre may budget yan x100 ng actual cost. LoLz

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F54VUDPX3E6BQCUR5E3CG3SJMA Jonas

    Pwede naman siguro ilagay yung “BATANGAS” sa taal volcano.  It is the right of Batanguenos.  Pero huwag facing Tagaytay. LOL!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U3OKVQ6T4DOKFR34PXIN53HWIQ toti

    trivial….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U3OKVQ6T4DOKFR34PXIN53HWIQ toti

    so trivial….not substantial news

  • Anonymous

    Stop it, Vilma & Co. You don’t know what you’re planning to do, never did… Taal is already beautiful as it is. You can never outdo God and nature; you will just spoil it.

    Kakaratulahan mo ‘yan? Ano, sari-sari store?

  • Anonymous

    okay, wait, sabihin na natuloy itayo ang sign na yan at the right size so that it is visible to the naked eye from tagaytay. then what? how does that help the tourism industry in batangas? you think tourists that flock to tagaytay will suddenly have the urge to go to batangas because of the giant sign that clarifies that the volcano is part of the province? 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2JRKGJCZBLMS3D4HCKN2TTQFSQ Vannie

    K I T S C H – a bad taste

  • Anonymous

    To the Provincial Board of Batangas:
    Basahin ninyo ang mga comments dito. Sundin ninyo ang mga comments ni PULUNGDAGAL, re consulting the people of Batangas.

    Nakakaadwa ang inyong Resolution, to say the least.

    Excuse me:   HUWAG KAYONG MAGING BARGAS.

  • Anonymous

    baka lahat na ng bulkan sa bansa natin lagyan ng signage/billboard 

  • Anonymous

    mas matakot tayo kung isama ang family pictures nila 

  • http://twitter.com/tagasalog tagasalog

    meron na sa mt. iriga. matagal na :(

  • Guest

    visual pollution
    just for vain politicians
    tutulan

  • http://www.dannybuntu.com/p/about.html Daniel Garcia

    I vote – “NO” to this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Natalie-Fenton/100001649651277 Natalie Fenton

    this.is.RETARDED. wow.

  • http://twitter.com/dearGela Angela

    Another excuse to spend people’s taxes on worthless projects.

  • Anonymous

    eh bakit batangas lang ang ilalagay eh di ba part ng cavite ang tagaytay…ano yan sinolo na ng batangas ang taal volcano…nabalewala  na ang cavite..papayag kaya mga caviteno  nyan…hehehehee…just asking lang po….

  • Anonymous

    Sa mga sanay sa Photoshop pwede kaya gawin nyo ‘to sa

    – Mayon volcano
    – Hundred Islands
    – Boracay
    – Chocolate Hills
    – Palawan
    – at sa iba pang tourist destinations ng bansa

    Ikalat nyo sa Facebook at tingnan nga natin kung ano ang hitsura.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2TGEOSSM4L7IDF4FGEIJC5GDBU blank

    Tourist who appreciate beauty does not really care whether a particular attraction is located in Batangas or Tagaytay. But they will for sure not appreciate if you try to erect a useless signage that will block the natural beauty of mother nature…i guess it’s really true, common sense is not really common for Phil. politicians… :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Leo-Isiah-Diala-Sambayan/543626876 Leo Isiah Diala Sambayan

    Pag sumabog ang Taal tanggal yan.

  • http://goodfilipino.com Good Filipino

    I vote NO….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IPP5YYIWBIDJY6TBQCTQSTPO3Q Anonymous

    ang sunod nyan pangalan na nang pulitiko at ang kanyang ginawa….

  • Anonymous

    Why on earth should an island be labeled. This is indeed a moronic idea.

  • Anonymous

    sunod nyan puno  na ng billboards ang taal volcano….hahahahahahaha….

  • Anonymous

    No way! It will only spoil an otherwise magnificent view of nature.. you’re there to appreciate the beauty of God’s creation, then biglang, meron concrete structure that spells out a name!

    This is the most ridiculous idea ever!

  • Anonymous

    I agree with the mayor of Tagaytay…why put it up ? It will be an eyesore

  • Cleofe Llamas

    Oh please, spare Tagaytay from tackiness of celebrity. What a revolting proposal to defile nature with a monstrosity copied from Hollywood.

  • Anonymous

    Yes I totally agree with the mayor of  Tagaytay….I frequent this area and will not serve any purpose at all just an eyesore….there are more important projects Gov. Vi can come-up with like increase job creation,
    etc….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZX3CVQUBHU6CS3NMQEXJIXANTI Jack F

    Teka teka bakit si Vilma ang tinitira natin? Read the news, mukhang lahat ng detalye ng ideas eh galing kay Vice Ganda, este Governor.

  • Anonymous

    Paging Gov. Vi….please stop this nonsense project …put your sign somewhere else…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H4ZDKIOTLTF3S6O4MOLBOAWF4E Jason

      San mo gusto sa inyo?

      • Anonymous

        Lucky isdatyu?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IC3LXIXDLXPN224JR6HP3PL3MQ reynaldo

    Let the Taal volcano decide!

  • Anonymous

    Don’t you dare destroy an otherwise beautiful scenery. It is like etching a large blue tattoo mark “VILMA”  across the forehead of Ms Santos’.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GX2DZZVWGCAFWL5FR3PAH2CKMA enigma

    ok ito! pasakan ang bunganga ng bulkan at lagyan ng stage para dun gawin ang vilma show nya! tapos idagdag ang pangalan ni vilma at lagyan ng star for all season din! kung gagawin nila ito para maangkin ang taal na part ng batangas e di harangan nila ng malaking cover ang bulkan para hindi makita ng mga nasa tagaytay! fish kill ang gawan ng solusyon at hindi itong kasakiman.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H4ZDKIOTLTF3S6O4MOLBOAWF4E Jason

      you are obviously bitter!

  • http://twitter.com/Mikololo Mikolo Ilas

    Taos pag pumutok pa yung bulkan *knock on wood* madadaanan pa ng lava yung letters na yun. Masisira lang, so waste of money. 

  • Anonymous

    Whether BATANGASWOOD sign erected or not… Taal Volcano remains one of the top road trip destinations of the land.   Stop wasting precious tax money on this unyielding unproductive endeavor.

  • Anonymous

    How small minded and tacky!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H4ZDKIOTLTF3S6O4MOLBOAWF4E Jason

    Grabe mag react ang mga tao dito. Plano pa lang ito. Wag kayong bitter.
    Kung makapag react kayo akala nyo kung sino kayong magagaling!

    mga hindot!

    • http://twitter.com/markleviste Mark Leviste

      Plano na pinagaaralan palamang. That’s why we’re conducting study, research and consulting concerned stakeholders in order for us to come-up with the best option if not a win-win solution.

    • Anonymous

      well…fyi…this is a ridiculous plan…kapot?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H4ZDKIOTLTF3S6O4MOLBOAWF4E Jason

     i know kung sino mga nag re react dito, yung mga talunan na walang nanonood ng malas serye nila.

    walang himala. hahahahahaha

  • http://www.myspace.com/575127943 cbts

    they forgot something
    http://i54.tinypic.com/1zzkutt.jpg

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MBO3E3FOIA3AYAMXYMIUV4FDUM edwin

    No need…

    • http://twitter.com/markleviste Mark Leviste

      Noted po.

  • http://twitter.com/markleviste Mark Leviste

    Hi Gombok! Rest assured we wont come-up with a “stupid” idea that’s why we’re conducting study, research and consulting concerned stakeholders in order for us to come-up with the best option if not a win-win solution.

    • Anonymous

      The mere fact that this idea even crossed your minds is already “stupid”. Why conduct further studies, research and consultation on what is obviously a hideous plan?

      • Anonymous

        They are doing further studies and research…this is not final yet! This is just an idea! happy???

  • http://twitter.com/markleviste Mark Leviste

    Hi Gombok! Rest assured we wont come-up with a “stupid” idea that’s why we’re conducting study, research and consulting concerned stakeholders in order for us to come-up with the best option if not a win-win solution.

  • http://twitter.com/markleviste Mark Leviste

    The idea of erecting a Batangas sign is just part of our tourism masterplan for Taal Lake and Volcano. This includes the idea of having floating restaurants in Taalk Lake, promoting the area as an outdoor adventure destination, etc. It’s not only about identity.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5IMIKE62KYZ2UH7ADVMUXJMVVA patricia

      In the first place, making Taal Lake as part of an outdoor adventure plan for Batangas should be studied properly. Its a fact that having a flood of tourists in the area will add to the pollution and most of the time this cannot be controlled. At present the pollution rate of Taal is drastic and first hand, that should be the focus of “development” as you would put it. Rehabilitating the lake should be the priority if the government is thinking of improving the lives of Batangas locals since fishing is one of their main sources of livelihood. Endangering the lives of tourists with outdoor adventures on or near the volcano is one of the things that has to be changed in that “tourism masterplan”.

    • Anonymous

      Pero walang sign na malaki na BATANGAS. You will be degrading the name that way!!

       

  • Vanessa Mangulabnan

    Ang corny! 

  • http://twitter.com/saganasatulog sab d

    Please don’t ruin it. That volcano is a Philippine gem, don’t use it as a stage for your sign. And don’t brand it like it represents Batangas alone. You don’t see any other gems of this country stamped with the place they’re in. I don’t see how this would help tourism at all. Tourists (both foreign and local) wants to see the Taal Volcano – in all its natural glory. They don’t want to stare at a big sign saying “Batangas.” The hollywood sign is a different thing, people want to see the actual sign not the rock it’s in. 

  • edmurphy palagtiw

    this is a jejemon idea

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GWYA4YSL6S5ABWG44W2M4EU5PU Pen

    The Taal volcano is one of the most iconic natural landmarks in the Philippines. Please don’t ruin it by putting distracting man-made structures just to sell it. I beg you to please leave it as it is.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LIAI3J4PISMOGFVMB4PLRZIMOI str8boy

    Hoy Vilma, maglinis ka nalang ng basura nakakalat sa kalsada ng batangas. Ang dumi dumi ng batangas, mag-walis ka muna bago dadayuhin yan ng toresta.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LXFG57WLFWIYZBHSVSSRSVURC4 Yzka

      “toresta” talaga?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UETSFL65D6HOD2K5YOJ3CID7IE waa taa

    Its good idea,
    dapat nga matagal na ginawa yan
    panibagong attraction, tourist spot, more tourist more business for local community.
    galing ng nakaisip nito, gusto ng pagbabago.

  • Anonymous

    What an unfounded claim smack of insecurity from Vilma Santos. The mayor of TGT said it: the city nor the province of Cavite never claimed Taal Volcano is part of their territory. Everyone knows the Laurel family owned, probably still owns, a large part of the big island.

    Everybody knows that in a
    meeting(s) Vilma had and will have with DENR and other people you
    mentioned that they will just casually say “yes ma’m, no ma’m” to you,
    then your wishes will be carried out.

    The main issue why people
    react is the potential destruction of a wide swath of forest, whether it
    will be ultimately fell down or their natural access to light would be
    impaired thus leading to their ultimate death, while the huge sign is
    being erected.

    Please read on how the HOLLYWOOD sign (it started
    as HOLLYWOODLAND by real estate developers Woodruff and Shoults
    advertising a new subdivision being developed). The LAND part eventually
    succumb to the elements and was never put back.

    Today, the
    residents of the area around Vine and Highland Avenues, LA County are up
    in arms, and they have resorted to putting signs such as: TOURISTS GET
    OUT because of the trash and traffic congestion created by the sign in
    an otherwise quiet neighborhood.

    — drefaura  “For every tree that disappers, a part of the Philippines goes with it”.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C7AILE77KQQ2YYBCI5GS36DY3A Richard

    I am a Batangueno. But I disagree completely with this plan. There are other, environment friendly, more constructive, creative ways to promote tourism in Batangas. Taal Volcano It’s not “plain vanilla”  like the mountain ne where the Hollywood sign stands. It is as unique as it can get in this part of the world. It belongs to the whole Philippines, not just Batangas. Besides, The risk of damage is high during volcanic eruptions, typhoons, etc. So cost of repair and maintenance should already convince you not to consider this. A better project would be to reduce fishpens, regulate tours on the volcano, to get rid of overcharing, touting, etc, create an ecosystem of toursim related business, vista spots around the volcano, etc, etc. You don’t need reseach, just plain common sense and right frame of mind over priorites. Mr. Mark Leviste, and others who say otherwise, pls listen to the people.

  • Anonymous

    This is like building a skyscraper on top of Mt. Everest. Insanely ludicrous!

  • Poop News

    Below the “BATANGGAS HOLLYWOOD” sign:
    A project of Gov. Vilma Santos. –> Parang sa mga bangketa lang. haha! But there should be a continuation . . . and the rest of the Stupid Schmucks who voted yes on this project. Tama? TAMA!!!

  • http://twitter.com/markleviste Mark Leviste

    Oh no! we wont do that (install pictures). Never part of the plan. The floating restaurants we have in mind is similar to that of Bohol.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W6H5DZKUQTUASP4S6CGTK7B3E4 kevin

    Again ,doing a copycat,version of Hollywood…You can not convince me still to come to the phil.,,,,

  • http://twitter.com/markleviste Mark Leviste

    Hi! It’s a serious idea, but still being studied and researched. Nothing is final po…we don’t even have the approved budget for it yet. Thank you for your interest!

    • Anonymous

      Vice Gov. it sounded like a done deal when Inquirer reported on it. Please call this project off, it is a waste of taxpayers money and a gigantic eyesore to boot. Just because you are all in politics does not give you the qualifications to decide on issues like this! Listen to what the people are saying please!

  • http://twitter.com/markleviste Mark Leviste

    Hi Ryan! We don’t intend to exactly replicate the Hollywood sign. It’s just a basis and we’re still studying all options. We will welcome your ideas, boss. Thank you!

  • http://victoriomanalo.blogspot.com/ Victorio Manalo

    Attention: Vice Gov. Mark Leviste

    Can we have please the names of the provincial board members who voted for the passage of the resolution supporting Gov. Vi’s idea? I am sure you have this as presiding officer.  Did you vote? How did you vote for or against?  The people of Batangas must know how their elected officials, deliberate and decide, on such issues.

    • http://twitter.com/markleviste Mark Leviste

      Hi Victorio! I am the Principal Author of the resolution and it was unanimously supported by all Board Members.

  • http://twitter.com/markleviste Mark Leviste

    Hi Willie! Rest assured we wont come-up with a “gross” idea that’s why we’re conducting study, research and consulting concerned stakeholders in order for us to come-up with the best option if not a win-win solution. We’re also focused on our economic policies and programs. Reason why we brought issue to twitter & fb is because we want to be transparent and accessible–good governance.

  • http://twitter.com/markleviste Mark Leviste

    Gov. Vilma is not aware of the article (on Inquirer). I’m to blame if any. We don’t want Taal to erupt nor do we intend to destroy our heritage. We are still studying all options.

  • http://twitter.com/markleviste Mark Leviste

    Hi Arlie! Rest assured we wont come-up with a “stupid” idea that’s why we’re conducting study, research and consulting concerned stakeholders in order for us to come-up with the best option if not a win-win solution.

    • Anonymous

      Mark Leviste, Im glad you are taking the comments here diplomatically. Let me end your misery by asking you NOT TO REINVENT THE WHEEL.  We always have the propensity to do this all the time kaya walang asenso Pilipinas. Look no further than your Provincial or City Planning Development Office and get the dusty copy of the Tagaytay-Taal Master Plan done by the Presidential Commission on Tagaytay-Taal. If you were around during President Ramos time, this has been done already costing the government hefty sum of money. This Commission was formed specifically to address the multitude of environmental issues surrounding Taal Volcano and arrest its further degradation. One of the major issues here was the fish cages…. nearly 15 years on and I believe it’s still unresolved. Wasn’t there a massive fish kill Taal Lake lately? Matanong ko nga, whilst on the topic, did Batangas LGU ever cleared Pansipit River of fish cages? This is the Umbilical Cord of the lake and yet the LGU allowed unscrupulous businessmen to choke it with fish cages. Paano na mga tawilis (fish) which is endemic to Taal Volcano? This is their only spawning route to Taal Lake. Is their protection insignificant and unimportant? Coupled with this environmental mission, that master plan also covered two important elements: tourism and livelihood. Oh yes, there were consultations, presentations and eventually acceptance of the master plan by the 20 cities and municipalities covered by the Commission. But as usual ang galing lang natin sa plano plano eroplano….. The practice and implementation are somehow different to the theory. Ask Francis Tolentino why, despite the strict building restrictions outlined in the master plan, he allowed the rapid sprouting of subdivisions in Tagaytay City. Go ask him… I’m dying to know. The Tagaytay-Taal master plan was supposed to protect the Taal Volcano and its surrounding towns especially the Caldera region (i.e Tagaytay Ridge) but you can see when you go there for a visit that there is a haphazard increase in the development with no or little regard for the guidelines set in this master plan. I suggest you read and take to heart what was written here if you care for Taal Lake as you profess. Please don’t waste tax payers money on researches and consultations. If you want to know what the late PHIVOLCS Director Punongbayan wanted for Taal Volcano, then go to his former office and you might be surprised. I can assure you, it doesn’t include putting up Hollywood style signage. The money will be best used in providing clean and working toilets for tourists going to Tagaytay and Taal instead!

      • Anonymous

        Also, Arlie wasn’t there some concerns about clogging Pansipit River that caused the elimination of the maliputo fingerlings that should have found their way to Taal Lake?  Whatever happened to that? Eroplano too? And what about the foreigners who mostly own/finance those cages (in the name of some locals because they are limited in their ownership rights)?

        — drefaura “For every tree that disappears, a part of the Philippines goes with it”.

      • Anonymous

        yun pa pala, yong mga maliputo pa… Ewan ko ang tamang sagot ko. Marahil nga eh eroplano din.. yong isang foreigner kunwari nag dismantle, ng iba na naman ang nakaupo, eh mukhang binalik din… niloloko tayong mga pinoy sa konting halaga lang…. mga tinamaan ng lintek talaga. PERA PERA na lang ba?

  • http://victoriomanalo.blogspot.com/ Victorio Manalo

    It seems Vice Gov. Leviste has decided not to provide the names of his colleagues in the provincial board who voted for Gov. Vilmas’ idea.

  • http://twitter.com/markleviste Mark Leviste

    We dont intend to develop an eyesore. That’s why were studying and researching all options. We’re open to your ideas. Thank you!

    • Anonymous

      if you are indeed mark leviste, reading all the comments from this article alone would already give you the general sentiment of everyone, not only people from batangas. first, taal volcano’s view from tagaytay is taal volcano’s identity so putting large visible signs on it would definitely alter that identity. second, the proposed sign isn’t original that’s why it doesn’t appeal to most people because no matter how you would look at it, it’s really a copy. the non originality of it makes it unattractive. third, it’s cheap meaning you will be putting your structure over a priceless work of nature just to promote your province. that doesn’t make sense. no offense, but you’ll get your 15 mins worth of fame if you just call off the idea right now.

    • http://twitter.com/kintoy K Enriquez

      the sign will be like a big pus-filled pimple on Taal. leave the volcano alone 

  • http://victoriomanalo.blogspot.com/ Victorio Manalo

    In case Vice Gov. Leviste missed my direct challenge to him:

    Attention: Vice Gov. Mark Leviste
    Can we have please the names of the provincial board members who voted for the passage of the resolution supporting Gov. Vi’s idea? I am sure you have this as presiding officer.  Did you vote? How did you vote for or against?  The people of Batangas must know how their elected officials, deliberate and decide, on such issues.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TWMPB62XW45B44IJ5R4UAZ7WZY manuel

    This is such glaring GRAFITTI, that will scar the natural of Taal Volcano.  Vilma Santos, have too much delusion to transplant Hollywood, and is not below to starting to post a sign in what is the  Natural beauty of Taal Volcano, compared to the real barren Hollywood hills that the original signs was made for. What an ORIGINAL!  V. Santos, in her divine wisdom, regressed to gaya-gaya na naman, specially supported by her sycophants.  Taal Volcano, has stood the test of time and retained it’s au natural beauty. let no man spoil it to the distress of humanity.  It is simply mans arrogance and ignorance that causes disaster and calamities.  

  • http://twitter.com/markleviste Mark Leviste

    Nothing is final yet, Manuel. Gov. Vilma has nothing to do with the report of inquirer. We’re open to ideas and suggestions.

    • Anonymous

      If you are really open to ideas and suggestions, DROP IT !!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/H6T7YUHZQHZBJ6BFWMFCIYPOQA Jokjok B

    wow… regionalistic people at its best!!!! ..  and we wonder why our nation is divided…. tsk tsk tsk.. whats next autonomous region of Batangas?

  • http://twitter.com/markleviste Mark Leviste

    Hi Victorio! I am the Principal Author of the resolution. All our Board Member supported it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000526662907 Edward Dela Peña

      And all your volcano are belong to us Caviteños.

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/H6T7YUHZQHZBJ6BFWMFCIYPOQA Jokjok B

        see what i mean.. ano kinakaingit ng mga batangenyo sa mga tiga cavite… eh hindi nga sila marunong mag english… hahahha…. :D

        yes to federalism!!!

    • crazy hoarse

      Well, I hate to say it Mr. Vice Governor Leviste but this is one of the dumbest ideas ever proposed, and the fact that you and all of your Board Members supported it (your defense) doesn’t change anything because you all have not thought this thru. 

      Let me remind you of a simple Sesame Street song/sketch that reminds us “Now if every kid did it, can’t you see. What an icky, messy, no-fun world it would be?”. Don’t be that kid that opens the “can of worms”. Grow up and think not only of your Batangas, but OUR Philippines. 

      Now, please GO and DO THE RIGHT THING – Toss this idea in the trash bin

    • Anonymous

      Mark, I know you and I know that you know how to write well (and edit too). The last count I had when I was a guest of the BB is that there’s one member for every district (there are more than one district plus a rep from the Barangay, as of last count).

      So it cannot be just you and all your Board membeR. (count 2).

      Can we refocus your resources, brainstorm again on how to increase capacity building of the local batangenos, including women empowerment and self-sufficiency?

      — drefaura “For every tree that disappears, a part of the Philippines goes with it”.

  • Anonymous

    Do you know why they didn’t put up a GRAND CANYON sign as huge as this proposed idea?

    Do you know why they didn’t put up a NIAGARA FALLS sign as huge as this proposed idea?

    Do you know why they didn’t put up a MOUNT FUJI sign as huge as this proposed idea?

    As a Batangueno,  NO NO NO to defacing a natural wonder.  Vilma should put up a VILMA tattoo on her forehead to understand what she is trying to do.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JVGOQEAVWB2AJZTZUJN6JMHFXY mheda

    do something or do nothing, people will always have something to say. am not a batangas taxpayer, but why not give it a try and see.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/H6T7YUHZQHZBJ6BFWMFCIYPOQA Jokjok B

      and open the gates of stupidness… next would be palawan sign inside the underground river… SAGADA inside the caves…  tubbatha under the reefs… tsk tsk tsk

      • Anonymous

        yong moon lagyan ng B U W A N para pag aari na ng pinoy

  • Anonymous

    WHOA. This is stretching it. It’s like putting up flags in Antarctica, only that Tagaytay is not even claiming the area. Leave the volcano alone. It is ACTIVE in case you guys have forgotten about it and your million-pesosesoses graffiti project might get washed up by pyroclastic flows or shaken by tremors anyway. Leave the volcano alone.

  • http://twitter.com/dmasuncion David Asuncion

    Oh please! Spare the beauty of Taal Volcano… Can the local government of Batangas come up with a more significant project that would help the Batangueños?

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/H6T7YUHZQHZBJ6BFWMFCIYPOQA Jokjok B

      agree… tangalin niyo na lang mga fishpens dun na eyesore sa lake… :D

      • Anonymous

        It is one thing to ask for these fish pens to be removed but finding an alternative livelihood for the affected folks would be another. I agree that they should be removed OR at least be regulated. Focus your funds in helping the would-be affected fishermen and again, LEAVE THE VOLCANO ALONE. Forget this watered down version of “iconography”.

  • http://victoriomanalo.blogspot.com/ Victorio Manalo

    Thanks Mark for admitting that you authored the resolution.  Sensing and reading the pulse of the people, I hope that you and your colleagues will reconsider and reverse the damage caused by this self-inflicted political conflagration, by recalling /withdrawing the resolution (if there’s such a process) soonest.  If this happens, I’ll be the first one to congratulate you and the board. Otherwise, expect an unending eruption not just from me but from the clear majority of the people.

  • http://twitter.com/dmasuncion David Asuncion

    I guess I’ll have to take as many pictures of Taal Volcano before they put up the signage… The future generation might not be able to see the natural beauty of Taal and would only see them in history books…

    • Anonymous

      if ever that happens, it’d be like twin towers of NYC gone forever.

      and what would be left of taal … errrr BATANGAS volcano?  ground zero! for heaven’s sakes!

      — drefaura “For every tree that disappears, a part of the Philippines goes with it”.

  • Anonymous

    Some foreigners might mistake it as Mount Batangas, or Batangas Volcano.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S3OLLLT54ZMYAEH3H4V4C5GBNE Jun

    Just build a circumferential road around Taal lake madami pa matutuwa sa inyo.

  • http://twitter.com/dmasuncion David Asuncion

    Next thing they will propose… “The Walk of Fame along EDSA” 

  • http://twitter.com/carlodimaandal carlo dimaandal

    Bakit naman tayo tatawaging insecure ni Mayor? It might not be a good idea but calling us “insecure” is uncalled for. Is Tagaytay even paying the province of Batangas for the tourists the Taal volcano pulls in? Tanggalin mo ang Taal, tingnan natin kung ganu kadami dadayo sa Tagaytay. Tapos lagi pang Tagaytay / Cavite napupuri. Malamang ma-iinsecure kahit papano ang Batangas. Aba, mga tao din kami dito, oi! He’s just adding insult to injury.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/H6T7YUHZQHZBJ6BFWMFCIYPOQA Jokjok B

      has anyone in batanagas ever tought of creating such scenic spot na parang tagaytay? kung dinivelop niyo mataas na kahoy?  yung mt. makulot? have you ever seen the view of taal lake from this places? wala eh… ang ideya niyo lagyan ng pangalang malaki …. tsk tsk tsk… di lang pala kayo insecure…

      • http://twitter.com/carlodimaandal carlo dimaandal

        Yes, more and more resorts are popping up around the area in the last five years. And with overlooking views to boot.

    • Anonymous

      Blame geology, then. Blame Taal Volcano for being so explosive that a caldera (and a lake) formed. Kung hindi lang sya masyadong na-excite adik sa pagsabog, eh di sana may HUMONGOUS volcano tayo jan? … NOT.

  • Anonymous

    Vice Governor Leviste:

    Noong si President Estrada ay malapit nang mapatalsik sa pwesto dahil sa EDSA DOS, sinabi ng noon ay

    Mayor ng Agoncillo na si Mr. Nemesio de Sagun na kapag talagang natanggal  si ERAP sa palace ay

    papuputukin niya ang Taal Volcano.

    Kapag itinuloy ninyo ang kabargasang iniisip ninyo ay baka kontakin ko si former Mayor de Sagun at sabihin sa kanya na panahon na siya na maghanda para paputiukin ang Taal Volcano.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DGUSYKJWQHOWSSRAF5QOWGSC34 nikki

    well, since Mr. Leviste is already here, he can see how much the people hate the idea.. the volcano is beautiful.. it’s so dreamy and perfect.. please please please don’t ruin it just because you guys want the people to know the volcano is on Batangas.

    work with Tagaytay city.. put up did you know signs in parks.. no need to resort to something like THIS..

  • Anonymous

    Kung may mag vandal niyan at dugtungan ng TIG tapos may magdugtong din ng DAS, tapos susundan pa ng IN.. LOL, eh di labas eh batang astig, then batangas tigdas, tapos magiging batangastigdasin.

  • Anonymous

    Anong hollywood? Lumayo pa kayo e galing sa USTe yan! LMAO. Wahahahaa

  • Anonymous

    Yung Spratly’s ang lagyan niyo!

  • Anonymous

    Governor Ejercito ng Laguna:

    Delikado na rin ang peak or summit of Mr. Makiling.

    Baka palagyan din nina Mark Leviste ang Malvar and Sto Tomas side ng Mt. Makiling ng sign na BATANGAS.

     

  • shane oy

    Hopefully this will not disturb the ecosystem of the area and keep the volcano “asleep” heheheheh andami nilang panggastos, maybe they dont need classrooms for the kids.

  • j s

    Foreigner: Whats that out there? Batangas Volcano?
    Local: No, thats Taal Volcano.
    Foreigner: So why not call it that?
    Local: We love to confuse ourselves by constantly renaming streets, buildings and now this volcano, thats just the way it is here, part of the charm…in ten years this will be renamed the VilmaNora volcano…

  • Anonymous

    LEAVE TAAL VOLCANO ALONE. 

    It is one of the most active volcano in PI, in fact second most active next to Mayon.  And if  Batangas provincial council think that the island inside Taal lake is the main volcano crater they got it all wrong.  The thriving Taal Lake is the main crater of Taal volcano.  It is a complex volcano that plays a very active role in the volcano chains of PI which is also a part of the greater Pacific Ring of Fire.  

    Instead of putting up signage that will rival that of Hollywood.  They might as well spare their funds for zoning within the lake perimeter and strengthen their disaster preparedness capabilities at times of natural disasters, like volcano eruption. 

  • Anonymous

    That’s the outcome if you always let other people think for you, and vote any basketball players or actors into politics…

    How absurd the idea…, how criminal to spend again taxpayers money, cut more trees and destroy nature just for personal ends…

    It’s simply disgusting and shameful! 

  • crazy hoarse

    Well, I hate to say it Mr. Vice Governor Leviste but this is one of the dumbest ideas ever proposed, and the fact that you and all of your Board Members supported it (your defense) doesn’t change anything because you all have not thought this thru. 

    Let me remind you of a simple Sesame Street song/sketch that reminds us “Now if every kid did it, can’t you see? What an icky, messy, no-fun world it would be!”. Don’t be that kid that opens the “can of worms”. Grow up and think not only of your Batangas, but OUR Philippines. 

    Now, please GO and DO THE RIGHT THING – Toss this idea in the trash bin

  • Anonymous

    Forget it. It’s a horrendous waste of taxpayers’ money.

  • Guest

    kawawang kalikasan, inexploit na nga gusto pang babuyin..whose bright idea was this???
    yo what are you smoking?can i have some?lolz a really bad idea to boost tourism?frkn economy
    OFW’s,tourism that draws all the pedophiles,sex trade, song and dance and drama shows on tv etc,etc, etc..dios mio!!!dapat sisihin ang mga bobong
    botante !!kasi arista kaya iboto!!!sick…..i remember when my folk’s used to bring me there when i was a kid, what a view..
    all these anti stupid sign comments should make the government intervene or make that politician reconsider or at least stop smoking whatever
    it is they’re puffing!!or is it mushroom’s?lakas tama nyo!!!
    .

    • Anonymous

      Ditto

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YTKUWBIQTZHDQH5UJ2FBSAKR3I Rem

    ok ito!! pag lahat ng bundok at tourist spot e meron ng pangalan gaya nito nakakalito din. imagine mount banahaw will have “Laguna” on one side and “Quezon” on the other side, hehehe. Ang saya!!

  • Guest

    ahhh si leviste ba?kala ko si ate v…anyway they’re both mga bobong pinoy!!!ahahahahahaha

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/FCJF33MU3YKIKSJZZ22MOZEFQQ peter r

    Why can’t the Philippines come up with their own unique ideas!? You continuously have to follow, copy and imitate, typically the USA. Why?

  • Anonymous

    Kayong mga taga-Batangas, payagnakayo kung sariling pera ni Vilma ang gamitin. Kung talagang sa tingin niya  a importante yan, palagayko maski siya mismo gagastos. At dapat may usapan na co-terminus. Pag wala na siya sa Kapitolyo, iuwi na rin niya yong  dambuhalang kabalbalan na iyan.

    Seguro mas maganda kung VITANGAS.

  • http://twitter.com/psheila Sheila Paul

    What an eyesore! Why can’t we keep Taal Volcano natural?

  • http://twitter.com/psheila Sheila Paul

    I’ve seen volcanoes in the middle of lakes & seas (i.e. Santorini, Bali), already a wonder to behold and no need to destroy it with commercialization. Please think, Batangas!

  • Guest

    but seriously mas wise siguro kung magpatayo ang gobyerno ng mga iskwelahan o kaya mga clinic na libre na lang..hindi lang sa batangas but the entire country para mas edukado ang next generation…kailangan bumaba ang illiteracy rate ng bansa dahil kung hindi puro artista’s and the old political families na lang lagi ang iboboto at mamumuno sa bansa and that would result in more bobong pinoy’s which these corrupt and ignorant opportunist’s would prefer….ano sa tingin niyo presidente aquino?time to wake up folk’s

    • Anonymous

      add to that PUBLIC LIBRARIES that are well stocked with reference books.

      Tell me if there are any public libraries in your town? in every town?

      — drefaura “For every tree that disappears, a part of the Philippines goes with it”.

    • Guest

      zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Anonymous

    I think the best way to make the balding (if not yet totally bald) Taal Volcano is to re-plant it with trees. This is true also in the case of our other mountains and fields that are now bereft of trees. I think doing this way will not only be good for tourism purposes but more so for preventing destructive floods in our country.

    • Anonymous

      on this topic, there were several of us PDI readers who submitted a blueprint thru J.V. (Javier) Rufino, then ed in chief of PDI, that included mobilizing grade school kids to plant (and continue to plant) trees, to GMA during her first days in office in 2001, which is part of our disaster-mitigation plan.

      I think Javier still has that blueprint.

      — drefaura “For every tree that disappears, a part of the Philippines goes with it”.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YLAERIKR3EG7RK5ECECUH46OWU barrymtn

    Places of natural beauty don’t need a large sign on them.  This would just destroy the beauty of the volcano.  Bad idea.

  • Anonymous

    Vi, let’s hit two birds with one stone. Let’s remind all and sundry that the volcano belongs to Batangas and likewise  that the law that has made life harder for the populace emanated from the brains of a Batangueno – the sign should be VATANGAS.

    If your purpose is really for people not to make any mistake about the location of Taal, you should start writing your name and introducing yourself as Vilma Santos Taal Recto. Being known from Jolo to Batanes, there will no longer be any chance for people to get mixed up about the place the volcano belongs.

  • Anonymous

    I visited the Taal Volcano in 2007. I hope this foolish project won’t become a reality.
    It’s a wast of money and a significant wound to the natural beauty of this part of Luzon.
    Please don’t do it!

  • Anonymous

    commercialization is good if it will help provide more income/jobs for the people around taal but not to the expense of the nature’s beauty..keep it natural….it is already beautiful in itself without addding anything.

    we always think of projects that are easiest to deploy, low budget but very visible because we want to gain returns fast…look at all the waiting sheds we have along the road…the painting of school walls with sponsor names….we want low budget but high visibility projects…but not high impact to the lives of the constituents.

    the philippines and its government lack long term planning of its progress map and execution, which the other neighboring countries and other successful countries do.

  • Anonymous

    Folks, really, there are better things that the Governor can and should address in Batangas. The last thing she needs to do is deface a national park! I dont think DENR would allow that anyway. Taal Volcano is a protected area. If they get a building permit and Environmental Clearance for that, then I think its about time we really really have to seriously make people accountable – jail no less. This is a criminal offense!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E7SFPQFWHHEAJ4IZKPD7OYJXVM Jabba

    Hoy Vilma leave Taal Volcano alone. You are not even originally from Batangas so you don’t have the right to desecrate it’s natural wonder. I suggest you tackle’s Ralph Recto’s womanizing to keep yourself busy.

    • mmm choco

      ahahahahahhahhahahahahhah – ayan  ..lumalabas ang ang bulok na hangin ng  LGU exec..Ate VI!!  as in violet ang utak..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZUPZ2UE2SCF3R2ENPO4L7XZW34 willie luna

    Clean up politics not just in Batangas and you will see the ripple effect on the number of tourists multiplied in no time. Stop this VISUAL POLLUTION. The real problem is with the politicians who have no vision how to run a province and promote it to prominence in the tourism world. why not just have a photography contest open to all citizens that would involve Taal Lake scene? This is just a simple idea that would not deface any landscape and would barely cost anything. There are thousands of creative artists in the Philippines who could brainstorm and create more ideas hot to promote Batangas and on a global scale the Philippines. Vilma’s forte lies in a questionable degree of acting talent, mediocre to be blunt, and not in landscape architecture.Don’t equate HOLLYWOOD with BATANGAS. HOLLYWOOD is TRASH and BATANGAS is NOT. Vilma, your idea sucks and lacks originality and creativity. Am afraid this talent of yours cascades through the way you run the province.

    • Anonymous

      Batangas is a first class province of the Philippines! Thank you Gov. Vi for running Batangas so well :-)

  • Anonymous

    That is plainly GRAFFITI. Please don’t destroy Taal’s natural beauty. It is a national treasure so I believe these Batangas politicians should not just act on their own. Consult the Filipino people who take pride in having such a unique piece of attraction.

  • Anonymous

    That is plainly GRAFFITI….Please don’t destroy the natural beauty of Taal. Taal is a national treasure so these Batangas politicians should not just act on their own but first consult the Filipino people. Gov. Vilma Santos should choose a better project if she wants something for her to be long remembered but NOT this proposed GRAFFITI-like WRITING-ON-THE-WALL.

  • http://twitter.com/Rhymzilog Rhym Zilog

    An artists would not want a scenic spot with letters on foreground. It will be like a fly on the screen of your laptop or tv. They should put-up some imaginative tourism projects around the area where both Batangas and Tagaytay will benefit. A cable car from Tagaytay to Taal lake perhaps provided 24/7 monitoring of any volcanic activity is implemented. Sight-seeing ferry from Luneta Park to Taal La ke. Any tourist attractions using Taal Volcano as background provided it will not disturb or harm the pristine environment of the area.

  • Poop News

    Just saw Mark Leviste’s reply to Victorio saying “Hi Victorio! I am the Principal Author of the resolution. All our Board Member supported it.”

    Proud ka, boy? Supported it??? Wow, these morons really ARE stupid! What kind of *HIT is that??? I guess our leaders and politicians aren’t really thinking these days.

    Masabing may ginagawa lang mga hindot. Pwe!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IXBQKEI3AW7X5DH3BMZL5A3AOE Dahong Palay

    that’s what you get for electing an actress to a local executive position

    • Anonymous

      ayyyyy me ganun talaga!
      have you ever been to batangas?

      batangas looks so much better now than a few years ago nung iba pa ang nakaupo! at ang revenues ng batangas gain so much more than the previous government! kaya bago mag comment mag research muna para di mapahiya!!!

  • Anonymous

    Napaka oa naman ng reactions! It’s as if Gov. Vi is not doing anything else in Batangas. As compared naman to other politicians in the country Gov. Vi has done so much more for Batangas. Batangas people are lucky to have Gov. Vi as their Governor. Didn’t Gov. Vilma Santos Recto put Batangas in the map!!! Please!!! Why you have more brilliant ideas??? Why don’t you guys run for politics instead and do something good for the people instead of just criticising! The nerve!!!

    Juls

    • Michael Peralta

      Kung magpako si ate Vi ng signage na “TUTA” sa ulo mo maiihi ka siguro sa tuwa no?

    • Anonymous

      this is a free country….we can say whatever we want…we do have our freedom of autonomy…so do you have a problem with that? who do you think u r to stop us of voicing out our opinion…

  • Anonymous

    baka sumabog ang taal volcano dahil siguradong mapapangitan siya! wala na ngang originality yung concept ang jologs pa! sisirain lang nila ang scenic view ng taal! what’s next? lagyan din nila ang rice terraces ng “IFUGAO”, yung saint paul underground river lagyan ng “PALAWAN”, ang chocolate hills, lagyan din nila ng “BOHOL”!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FV3HQJF47OCAW7FXW3QQFKZGQA igorot

    mam Vilma, parang misplaced po yung “batangas” na ilagay sa taal volcano. Let Taal be Taal kahit saan man siya makikita. Natural wonder po siya, hindi po yung word na Batangas ang pi-picturan ng turista,kundi yung bulkan mismo…Wonder-of-Nature po iyan…ilagay nalang yung  batangas sa ibang bundok…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WPGZSEPRTC6WJNDXLPXGURQSGQ Dave

    So sad to deface Philippine natural beauty.  Don’t do it.  You are proud Philippine people, not stupid, thoughtless Americans.

  • mmm choco

    Nothing is final yet, Manuel. Gov. Vilma has nothing to do with the report of inquirer. We’re open to ideas and suggestions.  – kala ko  si Erap lang ang Tanga.. dami pa pala sa  Batangas..

  • Anonymous

     To: Arlie85a:
    1. Thank you for reminding M Leviste re-Tagaytay-Taal Master Plan completed during the time of FVR.

    2. The Pansipit River was cleared of fishpens by the use of the MILITARY. This River Clearance Model should be employed in portions of the Pampanga River with similar problem, and for that matter, for any obstructed river all over the country.

    3. Tawilis does not have to go to Balayan Bay through the Pansipit River to spawn. It spends all its life, breeding, spawning and growing in Taal  Lake. Other fishes and crustanceans, however, have to have access to the unclogged Pansipit River.

    4. You cannot be very sure about the DENR.  Two or three years back, during the time of Angelo Reyes, they approved of the establishment of Korean SPA in the Crater Lake!!!!  To the surprise of Vilma Santos?? I now suspect she knew it.

  • mmm choco

    options?? clean your own city..wider roads, less tricycle! develop more job for your people..dami  po.. think within muna bago kayo magpakita ng gilas..
     

  • mmm choco

     bakit di nyo ayusin ang city muna ninyo bago kayo..maki ride sa tagaytay??

  • mmm choco

    “toresta” talaga?    LOL

  • mmm choco

    Oh no! we wont do that (install pictures). Never part of the plan. The
    floating restaurants we have in mind is similar to that of Bohol.  —  isa pang stupid idea-
    floating restaurants  sa tabi ng taal?? another messy business ..san nyo tapon ang basura? waste water? 

  • http://twitter.com/wee_kender wee

    it kinda look tawdry from the artist impression.
    i hope they’ll think about this over some more..

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if Batangas is inhabited by Lilliputians!
    Well, what I mean is it is led by Lilliputian politicians.
    Too much ado about nothing, really!
    Small-minded people with small-minded ideas.

  • http://twitter.com/hustlergalore hustlergalore

    ugly. cheap. tacky, baduy, jologz, badoodles, kadirdir, eeewwww! LOL

  • Anonymous

    If we want to see SIGNS we go to EDSA, Manila, China Town to see all the eyesore BILLBOARDS!

    If we want to see NATURE, we go to Tagaytay and Batangas!

  • Anonymous

    From little minds, such gargantuan fiascos are conceived. This is vandalism of nature at its worst. Billboard mentality to the extereme! This should not be allowed to happen. And you think yourself worhty of the title Governor, Ms. Santos?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_A2HSKX2V5IC6BKDTKKSNTPS3DE Sun

    Sana naman kung gagaya tayo sa ibang bansa, piliin natin yung mga best practices nila. Ano naman ang ikinabukod tangi ng  Hollywood sign na kailangan pa nating gayahin? Umaapaw na sa mga karatula ang Pilipinas. Pati ba naman ang ating mga “natural landmarks” kailangan din nating sirain? Gamitin na lang sana ang pera para sa mga mas makabuluhang proyekto.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K6XZOIH3SWIAQG3ERFMU66U3TI mae

    eh kung sa bubong na lang ng bahay nila ilagay yang kabalbalang iyan, sa tingin mo papayag ba si vilma? natural beauty, sisirain ng billboard

  • Anonymous

    hogwash! what a stupidly stupid idea!!
    is’nt the stupidity of gigantic bill-boards in the metropolis enough for the governor (and, her malabanans; sorry, just had to use the metaphor)?!
    PRISTINE NATURAL BEAUTY IS JUST THAT. AND, MUST BE NURTURED TO REMAIN SO (and, protected from well-intentioned stupid political acts).

  • Anonymous

    feels stupids, looks stupid, sayang lang pera gagamitin lang para sirain ang natural ng ganda ng taal. stupid stupid stupid.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GLLLMBSX5AMH3KQSHIIRQQYRGM milo go

    Diyos ko maawa ka po sa amin inde na kami aasenso. Vilma Santos is of the same tribe as GMA

  • Anonymous

    This is so tacky and stupid.  Do we really need to put a huge sign to attract more visitors to Taal?  Putting a huge sign only diminishes the volcano’s and lake’s natural beauty.  Besides, why are we copying Hollywood anyway?  The Hollywood sign was put up to create a sort of landmark in the LA area in the old days because the whole area was a dessert when it was less developed back then.  This is not the case with Taal.  The attraction is right there in front of you.  There’s definitely no need to put this sign. I don’t see why they think will attract more visitors.  Please do not ruin this picturesque scene by putting up something so tacky.  Whoever has the authority please put a stop to this!!!

    • Anonymous

      I guess, it’s because what foreigners would love to brand Filipinos:  “Copycats, no sense of culture and identity, love everything foreign except their own and yet would love to be called patriots and nationalists”.

      Pathetically tacky!

      — drefaura “For every tree that disappears, a part of the Philippines goes with it”

  • Anonymous

    “Batangas” is too long a sign…so it is much more expensive than
    if they label the volcano—“Taal” , even in different colored halogen
    lights. 
    “Taal” is certainly better than signs like, “Batangas” or maybe, “Vilma.”
    As a tourist, I would go there and gawk at it. I like it when
    people put signs on the obvious, like in our house—-“Door,” “Chair,”
    “Toilet,” Stove,” “Garbage,” etc. etc. What can you say?
    It’s like Hollywood!

  • Anonymous

    Did you mean pea brain from a Lilly pod? ehem.

    –drefaura “For every tree that disappears, a part of the Philippines goes with it”

  • Anonymous

    Being an active volcano, just put the words … DANGER ZONE

  • Guest

    bottomline is pres. p-noy shouldn’t allow this madness to continue, if anything he should have leviste,santos and all those involved arrested and placed on top of the volcano!!!ahahaha!!!!p-noy!! telling the world were “buko juice vendor’s” is kinda tough to swallow pero oks lang, at least it might generate jobs for our kababayan’s right?pero if he let’s this slide e dapat mag edsa 3 ang masa …tsaka the eff with tourism!!!ang liit na nga ng  pinas imbita pa tayo ng imbita ng mga dayuhan who are just lovin it cuz it’s so cheap for them and  what’s worse is ang majority ay yung mga sick perverts pa napupunta dito..ang sama ng rep na binibigay nun para sa mga kababaihan..(tsk ang tatalino at ang sesexy pa naman )there are other alternatives i’m sure so  the government should ease off on the “lets pimp the philippines to the world” bit and maybe focus on making education totally free for all from elementary to college para educated ang entire  next generation natin para mawala na yang mga pulitikong panis na yan iknow thats a tough one p-noy pero astig ka pag nagawa mo yun…by the way kayong lahat diyan, na-aalala nyo pa ba ang itsura ng manila or boracay 15 years ago in comparison to what it looks like now?i went home  recently and i thought i was in south korea!!!!!ahahahaha imagine pati baguio city puro foreign resident’s and tourist’s as well…better if we just promote locally na lang siguro which im glad is happening.. i have not seen the entire country yet and i am looking forward to doing that..kaya sana places like  palawan ay huwag naman babuyin gaya ng nangyari sa bora ..tangina ginawang party island dikit dikit parang manila..im telling you these frkn actor’s and political families are messing the country up…stop pimping my country!!!totoo ba na lalagyan ng giant balisong  yung ibabaw nung sign??ahahahahahaha!!!!lakas tama

  • Nic Legaspi

    No originality indeed. I wonder when will we cease to become the laughingstock of the rest of the world. Push through with this plan and another degree of hilarity will be added to the word “Filipino”.

    Instead of allowing tourists to appreciate the beauty of this volcano, the Batangas government decides to destroy the pristine nature of this landmark by putting up this ugly gigantic sign. Maybe it’s just like politicians putting their faces and names on each and every project they sponsor.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NBGQO5JS2LOD7EGUR4MI5RW7KA Walastik

    Tang na natural beauty bababuyen…mas okay ilagay “ALA EH BATANGAS IRE” lol

  • http://twitter.com/NinioCalle13 Ninio Calle

    This is a crazy idea. It is literary putting a big graffiti across the natural beauty of Taal volcano. Would it not also be appropriate putting the same graffiti across Mayon Volcano following the same distorted idea?   

  • Gilbz Mercado

    IDIOT IDIOT IDIOT IDIOT

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JYJJ344HLUVBDQQOJP4G5YJOZU Eddie

    Thanks for the article. My mother was born and raised in Taal, Batangas. I spend all my summer and Christmas seasons in Taal during my childhood days until I left the RP in 1964. But came back to visit Taal again in 1970, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1997, and 2000.

    I also would like to applaud Philippine Inquirer for letting us write our responses to articles even if we do not agree with them. This is not true with one Philippine newspaper that I just sent my response to an article dealing with Senator Legarda’s opinion about the 2004 Presidential election in which a Sharia judge stated that Fernando Poe, Jr would have won it if there was no massive fraud.

  • Anonymous

    From atop Tagaytay ridge still in Batangas territory looking down at this Batangas symbol envisioned erected on proud Taal volcano – it too still in Batangas territory,  is it time to say – “Ala e, tayo’s bumarik na! Hala tila malagihay na ba si Ate Vi?

  • http://twitter.com/cleaared Cee

    there is no need for this… ridiculous and the cost to make this should be spent on something much more worthwhile=public welfare of its citizens. 

    If this is for tourism working on preserving taal’s natural beauty and creating a more tourist friendly spot in batangas would be a better tourism project. 

    Hindi kailangan mag gaya gaya. Batangas has a lot more natural beauty to offer than Hollywood so ndi kailangan nang “BATANGAS” sign to attract more people to come. 

    PLEASE RECONSIDER this stupid idea… I’m sure people in charge are smarter than that…

  • http://jaoromero.wordpress.com Jao Romero

    pagkaganda-ganda ng view sisirain nila? ampotah.

    and eto pa:

    “Meanwhile, the resolution is not yet final as it needs final approval from the Protected Area Management Board. Taal Volcano and Taal Lake are part of a protected area covered by RA7856 which prohibits mutilating, defacing and/or destroying objects of natural beauty. The board will need to assess the effects the signs could have on the area’s flora and fauna.

    Area superintendent of the Taal volcano Protected Landscape, Laudemir Salac adds, that PAMB also needs to coordinate with Phivolcs whether building on the protected are will be risky.”

    tanga ba sila? active volcano yan, natural risky yan. sayang lang ang milyones sa sign na yan dahil pag pumutok ang bulkan, mawawala lang.

  • Anonymous

    i wonder what’s next, picture of vi & ralph in tne crater?

  • Anonymous

     Do these people ever understand the word they read? Taal volcano, meaning a volcano, an opening or a rupture,in a planet’s surface or crust,which allows ash and gases to escape from below the surface. Once they almost ,almost allowed  a spa to be built  now a structure similar to the sign of HOLLYWOOD in California,where it is on the southern  side of a mountain ,Mountain Lee .Try learning mistakes from the past.And please,mountains are very different from a volcanoes,MAJOR DIFFERENCE .

  • Anonymous

    i dont really think “that hollywood sign” will be a good idea… please dont ruin the majestic sights of taal volcano and taal lake. totally unnecessary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Marikina banned shirtless people, removed people living in high risk areas, made the streets safer from rapists, built parks, improved drainage, built flyovers, reduced dengue, cleaned up their city and their act. Now people go to Marikina to see what’s cooking.

    Batangas came up with a sign that says Batangas.

  • Anonymous

    TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA TANGA

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JZFNMAXJXEZIBIB4CS4PDSS2MQ siegfredd

      ……………………………Va(y)TANGAs……..VATANGAS!!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ATCBTS5H7Z5KHMAU5PPIRAOXYM ninoy

    siguro nga di pa din makaalis si gov vilma sa image na kaya siya naging governor dahil sa siya ay celebrity….gaganda ba ang kabuhayan ng mga constituents nya kung lagyan ng malaking sign ang taal….WAKE UP….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EYOOV4G4NWE3DFFO5ZFW4DQE7Y Woo Hoo

    and what’s stopping them from placing “THIS VIEW IS FREE TO THE PUBLIC COURTESY OF (insert name of politician here)”?

    dumbasses.

  • Anonymous

    Alam nyo yang Hollywood ay normal lang yan sa Batangas.
    Sa Batangas kasi nandiyan ang mga lugar na Mataas na Kahoy, Banal na Kahoy, Pulang Lupa, Mababang Kahoy at iba pang lugar na may kahoy.
    Na inienglish lang ng mga amerikano nong panahon ng hapon.

    Kaya Batangas o Hollywood is nothing new to Batangueno. They are the first to name a wood as place.
    In short, Americans got the idea of Hollywood from Batangueno.
    So, it is not new, if Batangas will be erected in Taal Volcano as Hollywood in Hollywood Hills.
    So dapat tagalog na lang gaya ng Banal na Kahoy, more appropriate than Batangas.

    • http://twitter.com/sirangharddisk Nikkie Johnas

      so ang english ng banal ay “HOLLY”! as in “HOLLY”!?????

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ESPSLPH7VXAKKKJKB274CZOX2E Raphael

    eh gusto pala ng identity nung taal volcano eh, ilagay na lang dunsa volcano na ” THIS IS NOT PART OF TAGAYTAY CITY!!” hahahaha

  • Anonymous

    ektuali. . . alam naman ng mga nasa kapitolyo that it’s a bad idea but they urged her it’s a brilliant one knowing that it will backfire on her thus exposing her breathtaking stupidity. . . ergo, mabubura na siya sa political landscape ng batangas. . . and. . . PRESIDENTIAL ambitions if any.how clever BATANGEños are, no?he he he!

  • Anonymous

    The photo came from the Office of the Vice Governor of Batangas.  One of the first commentators here pointed out that the photoshopped signage is out of proportion from the proposed signage. 

    I think the photo is the real source of hilarity.  

    Talk about the friendly fire of your own stupid people shooting you accidentally on the bottom rear.

    • Anonymous

      this is the danger when people get their hands on software and technology without proper training to use them. Remember that “floating” DPWH officials? ipinahahamak sila ng mga taong kung makahawak ng PHOTOSHOP akala mo magagaling na. it takes years of training.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LPKFZPFPNDYKQGD2UMI7ASJXRE Matthew Bennet Chua

    another source of income for corrupt government officials…  this will just ruin the view of taal volcano…

  • vhin mab

    lets just see how it will look like after the volcano erupted. hehehe.. can’t wait to see them throw the budget to this very lame idea.

  • Anonymous

    Batangas…

    The stupid capital of the Philippines.

    Ate Vi is so stupid. We all know why she won as governor was because she was famous.

    Who would have thought that she could be famous for being stupid too… I thought they’d never ask.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AV67KRUETZMVOE544O2NTORKMU francis edgar nohay

      nanalo xa sa batangas kasi maganda ang nagawa nya sa lipa in her 3 years term. its not because she is famous.. malamang hindi ka taga batangas kasi hindi mo alam ang dahilan. hindi bobo ang mga taga batangas gaya ng sa lugar nyo., si christopher de leon ay tumakbo ng vice gov sa batangas pero hindi man lang xa umabot sa top 3 kahit isa xang sikat na artista.. mag research ka muna bago ka magsalita….

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VQXKDXPPBDOPIRWXHFOO45OSGM Roman

        At sa palagay mo magaling ang vilma nyo. Artista , magaling. Pero sa ibang bagay, boba.

  • Frances Deniel

    I like the idea! Go Mayor Vi!

  • Frances Deniel

    Brilliant idea!

  • Christopher Madrigal

    Batangas doesn’t even own the volcano if that is what they are thinking. Technically,part of the caldera of the volcano is Tagaytay ridge and the nearby upland Cavite towns.But that is besides the point..this plan is simply stupid….with a capital S.

    • Anonymous

      So true…. the mouth of the volcano  or the Caldera is the Tagaytay Ridge and nearby towns surrounding Taal Lake. So ibig sabihin eh, di lang Batangas ang “may ari” ng Taal volcano! Pero kahit saan pa ito, Taal Volcano belongs to the Philippines at di lang sa Batangas!

  • http://twitter.com/rubjub Rub Jub

    just support it guys rather than taunt. It is start to see more of Batangas internally out of curiosity from outsiders. On the other hand, the batanguenos will be proud and be more positive in their outlook; their sense of ownership will spread.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VQXKDXPPBDOPIRWXHFOO45OSGM Roman

      Isa ka pang bobo!

  • http://profiles.google.com/chewonthis2011 Anne MP

    Can’t the politician think anything better than that?!  It will ruin the scenery!!!  Ugh! Brilliant idea?  No, we will be made fun of as copycats. 

  • Endo Dontics

    Seriously–it’s an eyesore! Why ruin a majestic site with an ugly marker?

  • Anonymous

    try nilang ilagay ung signage sa ilalim ng tubig.

  • http://twitter.com/AlvarezWayne Wayne Alvarez

    what happened to Vilma Santos????????????  mag isip sana mabuti. yan kc problema eh, gusto magkaposisyon sa gobyerno pero ayaw tumigil sa showbiz!  yung ordinary employee nga wla time sa ibang raket, how much more si Ate Vi? pero yun nga, gagawa na naman movie! haizzzzzz.. maski sinasabi now na idea lang yan.. napakatangang idea naman yan! anu kala nyo sa pinoys? bobo?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VQXKDXPPBDOPIRWXHFOO45OSGM Roman

      May kikita na naman jan. Baka si Miss Vilma. 30% po ang lagayan.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VQXKDXPPBDOPIRWXHFOO45OSGM Roman

    Vilma Santos is nuts. San ba nag-aral yang governor niyo? Sisirain lang ang view.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VQXKDXPPBDOPIRWXHFOO45OSGM Roman

    Brilliant. Daming bobong batangueno.

  • Anonymous

    By the people, the picture’s not Taal Volcano. That’s Binintiang Malaki, last erupted in the 17th century. Taal volcano is actually an island (volcano island) with at least 2 active craters. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RNJYX4OMNWEQEPRDAPR6D6FENI marco

      Sorry, no. The island you see is magma rising. The crater is the whole lake. The slope starts from Tagaytay on the north up to Canlubang and Sta Rosa.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZBEMCNBUZW6UWGFVSNNWJUKJP4 Leandro

    Kaya ginagantihan ng kalikasan e..nananahimik kung ano-ano pang gagawin…mganda na ang batangas kaya san wag ng pakialaman pa ang volcano..

  • Anonymous

    hindi kaya gimik lang yan para mapag-usapan sya (Vilma Santos) dahil mukhang sumisikat na naman si Nora Aunor…. showbiz talaga oo….

    • Victoria

      Ano? Dahil sumisikat na naman si Nora Aunor? Anong pinagdaanan ba ni Nora Aunor before she returned back to Manila? Kinaiinggitan kaya yon ni Gov Vi? How lame naman ng analogy nyo! Tsk, tsk.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3UZOAQ6YXZ7LV4AEKHDH6HDDCA Jeamergs

    Ala Eh -yong hollywood ay gawa nang tawo, yang Taal Volcano ay gawa ng nature hindi ng mga Batagueno.

  • Anonymous

    The HOLLYWOOD sign in Hollywood is so ugly that nobody in the world has come up with the idea to copy/emulate it (except for parodies). Obviously actress/wanna-be politician Vilma Santos-Recto wants to create a monument to herself here. Only in the Philippines!

  • Anonymous

    ms santos, where is ur brain?…its prob in bet ur legs….ur so dumb!!!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BMQJFILAQOQLB6FKWDIBXE5MZA Diego Maranan

      What an awful thing to say. What do you have against vaginas?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HWCDONNSCWXM7Q27GXWHEV2I7Q Sinner saved by grace

    SI TAAL NA WALANG MALAY!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HWCDONNSCWXM7Q27GXWHEV2I7Q Sinner saved by grace

    pati ba naman nananahimik na TAAL VOLCANO pakikialaman pa at gagawing showbiz??

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HWCDONNSCWXM7Q27GXWHEV2I7Q Sinner saved by grace

    imbes na pakialaman ang  mga natural na kalikasan, linisin ang mga kubeta sa mga  istasyon ng bus at barko,  ayusin ang mga sirang kalsada .

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HWCDONNSCWXM7Q27GXWHEV2I7Q Sinner saved by grace

    palusot pa si  governor Vi na hindi pa raw  aprubado at napaguusapan lng,  pero ung pagwelcome mismo ng stupid idea na un at pinagaksayahan ng oras para idiscuss sa meeting nila eh  kawalan na ng tamang pagiisip kaya  wag na palusot.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RNJYX4OMNWEQEPRDAPR6D6FENI marco

      Napahiya ng sagad kaya yan ang sabi, “di pa aprobado”. Super galing na artista. Pero bobo pala.Hmmmp! Kakahiya.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WKNKG74W45DXOWCK37QM246RAI Sunshine

    Sige galawin nyo ang bulkan at malay nyo biglang baging alive yan at bawian kayo!

  • Anonymous

    Don’t even consider it as an option …..for ….sake!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UIVBMEKCMWJ2YDTLKDOX25HFME patrick

    Only a moron would even suggest an idea like that. Too idiotic beyond words.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RNJYX4OMNWEQEPRDAPR6D6FENI marco

    “Insecure”, that’sm used by Mayor Tolentino. Stupid is what we think!

  • Anonymous

    ang panget na nga nun lake dahil sa mga fishpen at mga resort, lalagyan pa ng kabaduyan? eh kung lagyan na din natin ng palawan un entrance sa underground river or lagyan ng banaue un rice terraces? kung buhay pa un smokey mountain lalagyan ko malaking payatas un tutal tourist attraction din yun

  • Anonymous

    Amazing!

    I posted a rather lengthy cost-benefit analysis to help the Batangas provincial government in reconsidering their position on the erection of the BATANGAS sign on Taal volcano — that was 30 minutes ago, and, for reason unknown to me, The Inquirer deleted it.

    I mean, I think it is very unfair since I spent hours working on the measurements, calculation and writing it.

  • http://twitter.com/pao_draws Pao Mateo

    Why don’t they use the budget for the sign for the poor (for the betterment of education, more books, etc) instead? 

  • Anonymous

    Part 2 of 2

    COSTS:

    Tangible Cost: To erect the sign, I will invite you readers to be my guest for your cost input. Please add to that the amount of labor, materials, transportation costs every year for the year-long maintenance of the structure. I would hazard a guess that the cost to erect the sign and maintain it at least twice yearly , such as removing the paint, sanding it to near-smooth finish and repainting the whole structure including the sign exceeds the perceived benefit.

    Because Taal volcano spits out corrosive emission of sulphur, the structure requires special steel and special paint that are very expensive.

    Intangible Cost: The cost to the environment brought about by the clearing and disappearance of the trees and bushes in and around the perimeter of the structure, is monumental (no pun intended).
    BENEFITS: There are no available data within which to make an empirical study on the benefits of such a structure on tourism. Whatever was claimed to date is purely speculative. Hence, for cost-benefit analysis, the equation appears to be open ended.

    It would appear, then, that a more practical alternative to bringing more tourists to Batangas is the installation of more directional and informational road signs to direct the tourists to the beautiful, natural or man-made resorts and leisure and fun areas, historical landmarks, vintage houses, antique churches, etc. Signs installed every 1/2 kilometer in Batangas would be most appreciated by tourists travelling on improved and well-maintained roads who reach their intended destinations worry free.

    These tourists, in turn, who experiened nothing but pleasure and leisure would be Batangas’ natural and free promoters to their relatives and friends.

    — drefaura “For every tree that disappears, a part of the Philippines goes with it”

  • Anonymous

    Okey. To the provincial government of Batangas. Although a lot of them make sense, let’s forget for a minute the criticisms and perceived attacks on the proposed signage.

    Here’s my humble input for your “study” of the proposal to erect a 14-meter high BATANGAS sign on the contour of Taal volcano to help you in reconsidering your position.

    DIMENSION: I drew the 8 letters of BATANGAS, on a scale of 1 cm. to 1 M, and found out that to make it aesthetically pleasing, each letter would have to have a dimension of 14M high x 10M wide. Eight letters in BATANGAS multiplied by 10M each is 80 meters in total. Add to the whole stretch between 2.5M to 3M spacing between the letters: 7 spaces multiplied by 3M equals 21 meters.
    Therefore, the whole stretch has a total of between 101 meters to 105 meters.

    To prop it up would require a base made of concrete and steel approx. 120 meters long x 6 meters high x 5 meters deep, very conservatively. However, I’m not sure if this base would be structurally sound so as to support the weight of the structure. But for now, let’s accept that it is.

    The whole structure resembling a honeycomb of steel that will support the 14 meters x 105 meters of BATANGAS letters, also made of steel (to withstand the force and energy of the elements) will have a dimension, approximately, of 20 meters x 110 meters, with hundreds of guy cables made of stranded steel attached to the front and back of the letters for stability.

    ENVIRONMENTAL: To build the concrete base, a swath of hundreds of trees and shrubs home to native birds, insects, butterflies, frogs and other flora and fauna will have to be cleared. Those animals, birds and flora and fauna will eventually die and be extinct as their natural habitat will shrink by the amount of clearing, and will have to compete with others to live on a reduced habitat.

    Also, there will be another volume of trees and shrubs that will be cut and cleared where the guy cables will be anchored on.

    (continued next page)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AQWS6IXPNJNFYUERUIP2D4JSRQ Kristyn

    I don’t think that putting signage is necessary. It will just be a waste of money, effort, time and will destroy the habitat of different flora and fauna. There are more ways to enhance the tourism of a place like improving the facilities that includes more affordable hotels, cheap yet high-class restaurants, providing more cell sites and modes of transportation and even hospitals. We should not limit the criteria of being a top-grossing tourist spot by the physical aspects. We should remember that tourists go there to see the view and to experience something new.

    • Anonymous

      you’re not alone in thinking that Kristyn. you just regurgerated what i said earlier.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H2E3XVZWIH4GURWT2QYPSAGJCA Lester

    You have the beauty of the natural volcanic mountains NOW DON’T DESTROY IT LIKE YOUR FORESTS and have nothing left but a few palm trees and mango trees all arranged in little rows  

  • http://nestordfermin.blog.co.uk/ nestordfermin

    sa tingin ko lang po: The cost of putting up that project might equate the cost of a small library with new books that is to be operated for the community for free access. Alam ng turista kung saan ang Batangas. magtanong lang sila sa mga nadadaanang tindahan habang bumibili sila ng mga paninda, di po ba?
    Baka lang po kasi gustong subukan kung makalusot at gagayahin na naman ang Mount Rushmore para sa susunod na project…….Ang TAX ng kapatid ko saan na naman napunta…ALA EH….

  • felipe ramirez

    First get rid of the crooks that assault you while transporting you there if you want tourists to go.

  • Anonymous

    THIS HAS GOT TO BE A REALLY REALLY REALLY BAD JOKE.

    IS SHE INSANE? STUPID?  I have always gone to tagaytay because it is very beautiful there, the view of this volcano have ALWAYS given me some sort of peace, that I have arrived at the destination.  The view of this volcano has always left me in a place of wonder cos it is just a simple but magnificent view. 

    AND NOW SHE IS GOING TO PUT A STUPID SIGN ON IT???????  Cant anyone stop her?  We already have Photoshop and all photo editing apps to put the words “BATANGAS” on ANY part of the picture whenever we take one of this Taal Volcano,  BUT NEVER PUT IT ON THE VOLCANO!!!!!! 

    ALL THE PEOPLE WHO GOES THERE KNOWS IT IS IN BATANGAS, AND IT IS CALLED TAAL, SO WHY REMIND US?  IS SHE MAKING FUN OF US? SHE IS DUMBING US?  FOREIGNERS WHO COMES THERE KNOWS THE HISTORY OF THIS PROVINCE AND VOLCANO, NO NEED TO MAKE THEM AVOID THIS DESTINATION BECAUSE IT IS UGLY-FIED BY THE “BATANGAS SIGN”!!!

    IT IS REALLY HARD TO IMAGINE THAT UGLY-FYING A MONEY MAKING VIEW IS JUST A POOR EXCUSE TO GET SOME MONEY FROM THE FUNDING OUT OF IT.  I know the tricks of government people, and they are ALL the same, be it Vilma Santos or some other small or big name official.

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