Sorreta family reopens Binurong Pt. to public
Baras, Catanduanes  ·  
posted 19-Dec-2018  ·  
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VIRTUALLY THE ENTIRE VILLAGE. of Guinsaanan, Baras turned up at base camp to celebrate the reopening of Binurong Point last Dec. 5, 2018 after the Sorreta family decided in favor of the tour guides and tourism stakeholders who strongly urged the landowner to reconsider its earlier decision to close the attraction to the public. Here, Mayor Chito Chi, Fr. Butch Buena and other local officials as well as national agency representatives joined the tour guides in expressing their gratitude to Col. Jose Sorreta (in dark vest) for allowing them to earn extra income from the popular destination.

Keep Binurong Point the way it was 10 years ago.

This was the only request the family of Col. Jose Sorreta made to the people of Catanduanes, particularly the residents of Guinsaanan, Baras, as the popular Binurong Point was reopened to the public last Dec. 5, 2-018.

Speaking for the family, his son Vicente “Teng” Sorreta said he saw the effect the social media bashing had on his father.

“We thought of closing the site permanently but we saw how your love for my father,” he disclosed during the brief ceremony at the base camp in Guinsaanan.

“Isa lang ho sana ang bilin ko, ituloy natin ang pag-maintain ng Binurong Point,” Teng appealed to the tour guides, residents and the municipality of Baras headed by Mayor Chito Chi. “Kung gaano siya kalinis 10 years ago, sana ganun pa rin. Huwag nating payagan na madumihan or masira ang natural resources ng Binurong Point.”

Col. Sorreta and Mayor Chi led the reopening of the tourist destination last week, with the people of Guinsaanan headed by barangay chairman Emerito Tariman welcoming the family, a few government officials, a group of aging war veterans, several tourism stakeholders and other guests with a parade of school children and the 60 members of the Binurong Point Tour Guides Association.

The war veterans, however, were not able to make it to the point itself as originally intended as the road leading to it was being worked on by a payloader at the time.

It may be recalled that the Sorretas closed the 18-hectare site to the public after the family was unfairly criticized for the alleged destruction of the surrounding forest and trail by a 4-wheel drive expedition to the point led by Teng Sorreta. It soon was made clear to the public that the family owns the entire site and that it kept its pristine state even after the one-night camp out of visitors from Manila.

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