TOURISM Assistant Sec. Frederick 'Ricky' Alegre will be the guest of honor and speaker when the Bravo Golf Club holds its grand inauguration on April 7 in Dumaguete City.
“We are distinctly honored to have Asec Alegre as our special guest,” said owner Edilberto B. 'Bert' Bravo.
Alegre, an avid golfer himself, described his inclusion in the event as “a milestone for me,” putting emphasis on the fact that the Bravo Golf Club’s inauguration officially marks the baptism of the first championship course in Negros Oriental.
“It is, indeed, very auspicious enough as the Bravo Golf Club opens at a time when sports tourism is a top priority of the Department of Tourism,” said Alegre, also the DOT spokesperson.
“This crown jewel in Negros Oriental will attract more golfers from all over the world, who are in constant search of un-chartered places to play golf and enjoy the beach at the same time. Happily, Dumaguete City provides both, thanks to the vision of Attorney Bravo.”
After an inspirational talk, Alegre will hit the ceremonial tee shot together with Bravo, who spent 12 years transforming the nine-hole course built in 1945 into a state-of-the-art 18-hole charmer after buying it in 1996. It sits right beside the four-star Bravo Hotel.
Bravo, the lawyer-owner of photo-copying legend U-Bix Corp., did the painstaking expansion in tandem with Youchi Nagato, the world-renowned Japanese golf course designer.
The partnership made meticulous use of the stunning panorama provided by the Cebu Channel extending up to Bohol, providing a breathtaking sight of the famed Tanon Strait straddling mystic Siquijor Island.
“On behalf of Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo Teo, it’s really hats off to Attorney Bravo for his major contribution to the tourism industry in the region in particular and to the nation in general,” said Alegre.