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Bali Arts Festival XXXIV June 10th - 09th July, 2012 The Bali Arts Festival is a full month of daily performances, handicraft exhibitions and other related cultural and commercial activities during which literally the whole of Bali comes to the city to present its offerings of dance, music and beauty. Here is a schedule of Bali Arts Festival 2012.

Scheduled Performances

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Sunday, 10 June 2012 Activity : Opening Exhibition Time : 14.00 – 17.00 Place : In Front of the Balinese People Struggle Monument “Bajra Sandi “ Renon Denpasar Activity :  Opening Ceremony of the XXXIV Bali Arts Festival 2012 and Oratorium Purusadha Santa Performance by the Bali Provincial Government arranged by ISI Denpasar Time : 19.30 – 22.00 Place : Open Stage, Ardha Candra, Bali Arts Centre, Jalan Nusa Indah, Denpasar Tuesday , 12 June 2012 Activity : Special Dance Performance from Paguyuban Sadulur Belitar (GUSTAR ) Time : 11.00 – 12.00 Place : Angsoka Stage Activity  : Special Dance Performance from Palangkaraya Time : 16.00 – 18.00 Place : Angsoka Stage Activity : Special Dance Performance from Mataram City Time : 20.00 – 22.00 Place : Ayodya Stage Activity : Modern Balinese Theater Performance by SMA 1 Kuta, Badung Regency Time : 20.00 – 22.00 Place : Ksirarnawa stage Activity : Children’s Gong Kebyar Exhibition: Group Satya Werdi from Satriya, Pendem Village, Jembrana Regency With Buana Giri Swara Children’s Gamelan Group, Batuning Village, Mambal, Abiansemal Sub-district, Badung Regency Time : 20:00 – 22:00 Place : Ardha Candra Open Stage Wednesday, 13 June 2012 Activity : New Dance Creation Performance from: Taman Sari Dance Group Denpasar Time :  11:00 – 12.00 Place :  Angsoka stage Activity  :  Joged Bumbung Exhibition: Joged Group from Kuwum, Mambal, Marga, Tabanan Regency Time : 16.00 – 18.00 Place :  Ayodya stage Activity : Indian Dance Performance: India Culture Centre Time : 20.00 – 23.00 Place : Ksirarnawa stage Activity : Arja Exhibition: Graha Kumara Santi Group, Culik Village, Abang Sub-district, Karangasem Regency Time : 20.00 – 22.00 Place : Ayodya stage Activity : Women’s Gong Kebyar Exhibition: Mekar Suara Santi Group, Puri Kanginan, Bangli Regency With Praja Nara Swari Group, Klungkung Regency Time :  20.00 – 22.00 Place : Ardha Candra Open Stage Thursday, 14 June 2012 Activity : Gambuh Reconstruction Performance: Gambuh Group from Karang Village, Nusa Penida Sub-district, Klungkung Regency Time : 11.00 – 12.00 Place : Angsoka Stage

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: Joged Bumbung Exhibition : Joged Bumbung Group from Berawantangi, Melaya Sub-district, Jembrana Regency : 16.00 – 19.00 : Ayodya stage : Drama Gong Exhibition: Sekar Cempaka, Klungkung Regency : 20.00 – 22.00 : Ayodya stage : Modern Drama Collaboration : London University and ISI Denpasar : 20.00 – 22.00 : Ksirarnawa Stage : Adult Gong Kebyar Exhibition: Alit Sundari Gamelan Group, Batuyang, Batubulan Kangin, Gianyar Regency with Gringsing Bang Group, Bangbang, Bangli Regency : 20.00 – 22.00 : Ksirarnawa Stage

Friday, June 15 2012 Activity : Traditional Dance and Music: Bujang Sebiji Group, Sintang Regency, West Kalimantan Province Time : 11.00 – 13.00 Place : Ayodya Stage Activity : Parwa Reconstruction Performance: Subagan Village, Karangasem Regency Time : 11.00 – 13.00 Place : Angsoka Stage Activity : Collosal Drama Musical: Indonesian Film Artists Association Bali Province Jl. Pulau Ambon no 58 Denpasar    Time : 20.00 – 22.00 Place :  Ksirarnawa Stage Activity : Drama Gong Exhibition: Puspa Anom Group, Banyuning Village, Buleleng Sub-district, Buleleng Regency Time : 20.00 – 22.00 Place : Ayodya stage Activity : Children’s Gong Kebyar Exhibition : Surya Kencana Gamelan Group, Banjar Pande, Bangli With Gita Ulangun Gamelan Group, Alap Sari sub-Village, Jineng Dalem Village, Buleleng Subdistrict, Buleleng Regency.    Time : 20.00 – 22.00 Place : Ardha Candra Open Stage Saturday, June 16 Activity : Work Shop by Fine Arts Maestro Time : 11.00 – 13.00 Place : Ratna Kanda Building Activity : Leko Reconstruction Performance: Banjar Tinungan, Baturiti Sub-district, Tabanan Regency Time : 11.00 – 13.00 Place :  Ayodya Stage Activity : Lontar Usadha Bali Simposium Time : 15.00 – 17.00 Place : Ayodya stage Activity : Arts Performance “Catur Asrama” Dance by Ketut Suteja Time : 20.00 – 23.00 Place : Ksirarnawa Building Activity : Semara Pagulingan Exhibition: Santi Budaya Group, Singaraja, Buleleng Regency With Seni Guntur Madu Semara Pagulingan Group, Pujung Village, Pupuan Sub-district, Tabanan Regency Time : 20.00 – 23.00 Place : ISI Denpasar Activity : Jegeg Bagus Bali Tourism Ambassador Grand Final Time : 19.30 – 23.00 Place : Ardha Candra Open Stage Sunday, 17 June 2012 Activity : Flower and Coconut Leaves Arranging, and Culinary Exhibition Time : 10.00 – 13.00 Place : Ksirarnawa Building Activity : Dance and Music: Citarum Group Denpasar Time : 11.00 – 13.00 Place : Ayodya stage Activity : Joged Bumbung Exhibition: Eka Budaya Joged Group, Banjar Sangburni, Pakisan Village, Kubutambahan Sub-district, Buleleng Time : 16.00 – 18.00 Place : Ayodya Stage Activity : Performance by GIGI Arts Dance Jakarta Time : 20.00 – 22.00 Place : Ksirarnwa Building Activity : Arja Exhibition: Semarajaya Group, Klungkung Time : 20.00 – 22.00 Place : Ayodya stage Activity : Documentary Film Review Time : 20.00 – 22.00 Place : Natya Mandala, ISI Denpasar Activity :  Adult Gong Kebyar Exhibition: Puspa Nadi Gamelan Group, Suda Kanginan, Kediri Subdistrict, Tabanan Regency with Dharma Cita Winangun Gamelan Group, Banjar Linggasana, Bebandem Sub-district, Karangasem Regency   Time : 20.00 – 23.00 Place : Ardha Candra Open stage

Monday, June 18 2012 Activity : Ramayana Ballet Performance : Gunung Kidul Regency Culture and Tourism Office, Yogyakarta Time : 11.00 – 13.00 Place : Ratna Kanda Stage Activity : Arja Reconstruction Performance: Arja Sampik Group, Banjar Sekarmuti, Petang, Badung Time : 11.00 – 13.00 Place : Angsoka Stage Activity    :  Developed Arts Performance : Werdhi Mekar Sari Women’s Angklung Kebyar Group, Tusan Village, Banjarangkan Sub-district, Klungkung Regency Time : 16.00 – 18.00 Place : Ayodya Stage Activity : Balaganjur with Dance Exhibition: Badung Regency; Klungkung Regency; Bangli Regency; Buleleng Regency Time : 20.00 – 22.00 Place : Natya Mandara building, Institut Seni Indonesia Activity : Awarding Ceremony to Maestro Artists accompanied by Gamelan Cendana, Batubulan Village, Sukawati Sub-district, Gianyar Time    :  20.00 – 22.00 Place : Ksirarnawa building Activity    : Collosal Ballet: SMKN 5 Denpasar Time    :  20.00 – 22.00 Place :  Ardha Candra Open Stage Tuesday, 19 June 2012 Activity : Joged Pingit Reconstruction Performance: Pura Taman Limut, Pengosekan, Gianyar Regency Time : 11.00 – 12.00 Place    : Angsoka Stage Activity    : Joged Bumbung Exhibition: Banjar Kuanji, Sempidi, Badung Regency Time    : 16.00 – 18.00 Place    : Ayodya stage Activity : Drama Gong Exhibition: Tresna Asih Group, South Batur, Kintamani Village Time    : 20.00 – 22.00 Place    : Ayodya stage Activity    :  Bali Modern Theater Performance: Mahima Community, Singaraja, Buleleng Time    :  20.00 – 22.00 Place : Ksirarnawa building Activity    : Balinese Song Exhibition: Tabanan Regency; Karangasem Regency; Buleleng Regency Time    :  20.00 – 22.00 Place    :  Ardha Canmdra Open stage Thursday, 21 June 2012 Activity    :  Arts Reconstruction Performance : Rare Angon Group, Blungbang, Bangli Regency Time    : 11.00 – 13.00 Place    : Angsoka Stage Activity    : Unique Dance Performance from: Bungo Regency Culture, Tourism, Youth and Sports Office Time    : 11.00 – 12.00 Place    : Ayodya stage Activity    : Joged Bumbung Exhibition: Taksu Agung Group, Pejeng Kanginan, Tampaksiring, Gianyar Regency Time    : 16.00 – 18.00 Place    : Ayodya stage Activity    :  Mask Creation Performance: IHDN Denpasar Time    :  20.00 – 22.00 Place    : Ayodya stage Activity    : Semara Pagulingan Exhibition: Semara Pagulingan Group Malinggih Village, Payangan, Gianyar Regency With Gurnita Sari Group, Banjar Pagubugan, Duda Village, Selat Sub-district, Karangasem Regency Time : 20.00 – 22.00 Place : ISI Denpasar Activity    :  Balinese Song Exhibition: Badung Regency; Jembrana Regency; Klungkung Regency Time : 20.00 – 22.00 Place    : Ardha Candra Open Stage Friday, 22 June 2012 Activity    : Bumbung Krepyak Reconstruction Performance: Adultna, Pendem Village, Jembrana Sub-district, Jembrana Regency Time    : 11.00 – 13.00 Place    : Angsoka Stage Activity    : Bondres Performance: Group Gedebong Goyang Jl. Bima 7 Peliatan Ubud, Gianyar Regency Time    : 11.00 – 13.00

Place    : Ayodya Stage Activity    : Developed Arts Performance: Miniartis Group, Karangasem Sub-district, Karangasem Regency Time    : 20.00 – 22.00 Place    : Ayodya Stage Activity    : Traditional Wayang Kulit Exhibition: Children Dalang of PEPADI Denpasar City Time    : 20.00 – 23.00 Place    : In Front of Kriya Building Activity    : Arja Exhibition: Kertya Kencana Group , Banjar Buduk, Bengkel, Kediri Sub-district, Tabanan Regency Time    : 20.00 – 23.00 Place    : Ayodya stage Activity    : Women’s Gong Kebyar Exhibition: Bhaswari Padmanari Gamelan Group, PKK Blahbatuh Sub-district, Gianyar Regency With PKK Srikandi Petak Gamelan Group, Bengkel Village, Busungbiu Sub-district, Buleleng Regency Time    : 20.00 – 23.00 Place    : Ardha Candra Open stage Saturday, 23 June 2012 Activity : Painting and Coloring Contest Time    : 11.00 – 13.00 Place    :  In Front of Kriya Building Activity    : Nyastra (Traditional Balinese Writing) Contest Time    : 10.00 – 12.00 Place    :  Ksirarnawa Building Activity    :  Joged Bumbung Exhibition: Kesuma Cita Joged Group, Banjar Benaya, Peguyangan Village, North Denpasar Sub-district, Denpasar Time : 16.00 – 18.00 Place : Ayodya Stage Activity    : Arja Exhibition: Monyer Manis Arja Group, Lelateng Negara Village, Jembrana Regency Time    : 20.00 – 22.00 Place : Ayodya stage Activity    : Wayang Cakuntala Group, Banjar Besang, Ababi Village, Abang Sub-district, Karangasem Regency Time : 20.00 – 22.00 Place : In Front of Kriya Building Activity    : Documentary Film Review Time    : 20.00 – 22.00 Place : Natya Mandala Activity : Fusion Music Performance: [XXX] and Friends Time    :  20.00 – 22.00 Place : Ardha Candra Open Stage Sunday, 24 June 2012 Activity : Teenager Fashion Show Time    : 10.00 – 13.00 Place : Ksirarnawa Building Activity : Dance and Music Performance: Kartika Mandara PT-CPI DUMAI Time : 11.00 – 13.00 Place : Ayodya Stage Activity    : Classical Music Performance: Jaya Kesuma Gamelan Group, Banjar Gladag, Pedungan Village, South Denpasar Sub-district Time : 11.00 – 12.00 Place : Angsoka stage Activity    : Joged Bumbung Performance: Braya Kanti Joged Bumbung Group, Banjar Angseri Kelod, Angseri Village, Baturiti Sub-district, Tabanan Regency Time : 20.00 – 23.00 Place    :   Ayodya stage Activity    :  Music Performance: Ema Ocarina Group, Japan Time : 20.00 – 22.00 Place : Ksirarnawa building Activity    :  Shinto Music and Traditional Japanese Dance Performance: Kagura Wadaiko Club, Kyoto Koka Senior High School, Japan Time    : 20.00 – 22.00 Place : ISI Denpasar Activity    :  Drama Gong Exhibition: Banjar Ujung Drama Gong Group, Kesiman Village, East Denpasar Sub-district, Denpasar City Time : 20.00 – 23.00 Place    : Ayodya stage Activity    : Children’s Gong Kebyar Exhibition: Eka swara Mekar Jaya Gamelan Group, Banjar Pemecutan Kelod, West Denpasar Sub-district Denpasar City With Sila Pertipa Children’s Gamelan Group, Banjar Palak, Sukawati, Gianyar Regency Time : 20.00 – 23.00 Place : Ardha Candra open stage


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Putu Satyawira Marhaendra

Struggle for Minimum Wages of Tourism Sector S e r v i n g as Chairman of the Badung Tourism Labor Union (FSP-Par) for the second tenure is something never crossed the mind of Putu Satyawira Marhaendra. Satyawira was elected by acclamation in the branch assembly of the Badung Tourism Labor Union on May 11, 2012 by 41 activity units throughout Badung. It is the second tenure for him, previously he had served as the chairman for the tenure of 2007-2012. “I am very grateful for the trust given to me to lead the organization for the next 5 years,” said Satyawira. According to him, his leadership in the future would be focused on minimum wage of the labor in order that it could fit the needs of decent living. In 2013, he would be fighting for minimum wage for the tourism sector by carrying out study visits to some regions that had implemented the minimum wage such as Batam and Jakarta as comparison. Satyawira further revealed that the decent minimum wage was the result of agreement between employers and the labor so that it could be set together. “The current decent living need is still below the minimum wage, but above the standard,” he said. On that account, his party would fight for the sectoral minimum wage. In his current leadership, he hoped the government as regulator could be firm in terms of labor certification and foreign workers. “At the moment, there are foreign workers filling in the position of general manager, sales, and chef. We do hope this can be watched by the government because we have many good and experienced workforces,” said Satyawira. v BTNewspaper/Krisna

n Inauguration of Badung Tourism Labor Union 2012-2017

Workers Must Make Tourism Atmosphere Conducive The workers engaged in the tourism industry, especially in Badung Regency, must be able to make the atmosphere conducive and safe. Should there be any industrial problems or disputes they have to be resolved bipartitely, but if fails it should then be resolved tripartitely by involving the government. This endeavor will reflect Bali as an prominent international tourism destination, let alone Badung as the oasis of Bali Tourism. This matter was conveyed by the Regent of Badung, AA Gde Agung, when attending the inauguration of the Executive Branch of the Badung Tourism Labor Union (PC FSP-Par) for the tenure of 2012-2017 in the Secretariat Office of the SPSI Bali at Sesetan on Friday (May 25). “Please do not turn our rice pot. Therefore, we should always keep the atmosphere conducive,” said Gde Agung. According to the Regent of Badung, the labor union should have a sense of responsibility so that various negative impacts that could be detrimental to both parties could be avoided. Gde Agung also appreciated the lineups of Badung Tourism Labor Union led by Putu Satyawira Marhaendra had been able to resolve the industrial problems in accordance with the provisions of the Act and expected the new board could function optimally so the benefits could be felt by the workers. Meanwhile, Putu Satyawira Marhaendra as Chairman of the Badung Tourism Labor Union expressed his readiness to perform the tasks mandated to him. To that end, he asked for the support from all the activity units throughout Badung which had unanimously chosen him to head back the

organization for the second term of office. “I thank you and hope the earnest support from the lineups of activity unit and the entire members of the Badung Tourism Labor Union,” said Satyawira. Additionally, Satyawira would also fight for the minimum wage in Badung Regency to be equal to the needs of decent living. The inauguration ceremony was attended by Chairman of the Central Executive Board of Tourism Labor Union, Kasiran, and General Secretary, Samiri Sandja, Badung House, elements of the Badung Regional Consultative Council, the Badung Labor Agency, and the lineups of the Indonesia Hotels and Restaurants Association (PHRI) of Badung. On that occasion, the Regent of Badung, AA Gde Agung, spontaneously handed over the assistance worth IDR 10 million. “This assistance is to slightly ease the burden of branch assembly and inauguration,” said the mustachioed man who was responded to with the applause of hundreds of invitees from the unit activities

Agro-tourism for Sustainability of SUBAK Institution in Bali (4)

Agrotourism Based on Subak and rural development. In terms of substance agrotourism activities focus more on efforts to display the activities of agriculture and rural atmosphere as a major tourist attraction without sacrificing the convenience aspect. On the other hand, agricultural activities in Bali run by an institution called Subak. Initially, Subak existing irrigation system that manages only to wetlands (rice fields). Based on empirical evidence for this, Subak has an important role in agricultural development in Bali. Suyatna (l983) proved that different

throughout Badung. Personnel of the Badung Tourism Labor Union for the tenure of 2012–2017 are as follows: Chairman: Putu Satyawira Marhaendra; Deputy Chairman I: Slamet Suranto; Deputy Chairman II: Putu Gunanta Yadya; Deputy Chairman III: I Nyoman Putra Yasa, Deputy Chairman IV: Putu Muliani, Deputy Chairman V: Ketut Hartini and Deputy Chairman VI: Nyoman Sudiyana. Meanwhile, the position of Secretary is occupied by IGP Eka Saputra; Deputy Secretary I: Rai Mariani; Deputy Secretary II: Rosalina; Deputy Secretary III: Putu Yeni Noviarini; Deputy Secretary IV: Komang Uriyani; Deputy Secretary V: Ketut Suntanu; Deputy Secretary VI: Arya Prasanti; Treasurer: IGA Ketut Budiasih ; Deputy Treasurer I: I Made Darmawan; Deputy Treasurer II: Sudana; Deputy Treasurer III: I Wayan Dana; Deputy Treasurer IV: Ni Ketut Sriati; Deputy Treasurer V: AA Susilawati; and Deputy Treasurer VI: IGN Mastra. v BTNewspaper/Krisna

By Wayan Windia

from other traditional institutions, traditional institutions Subak was very involved in the process of agricultural development in Bali. Governments use as a distribution medium subak various innovations in agriculture. Subak also plays an active role in screening innovations that suit the natural conditions of their farm. Innovation suitable to be adopted and the farmer must run. Thus, reciprocation of agricultural development in Bali is very dependent on the existence of institutions such as Subak.

Agrotourism is one form of alternative tourism which is booming. Some countries are developing this type of tourist attraction to complement conventional tourism (sun, sea, sky, and sand) that has been widely known by tourists. In general, agro-tourism concept implies an activity trips or tours that are combined with aspects of agricultural activity. This sense refers to (i) recreational element that is already a feature of tourism activities, (ii) educational element in the package tour package, and (iii) socio-economic elements in agriculture

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Furthermore, subak is also recognized as a cornerstone for the development of agriculture, and tourism sectors. If there is no water, no agriculture, and no Subak, the Bali tourism will be destroyed. Elements that connect the synergy of all components of the economic sector in Bali are the Balinese culture, particularly the principles of the concept of Tri Hita Karana (THK). Even the Subak system is the principal basis for the development of the agricultural sector and the tourism sector in Bali. When in Bali Subak system is destroyed, then the culture of Bali will be rocking and destroyed (Sutawan, 2005). Furthermore, it practically means that agriculture will be destroyed, and the next (fast or slow), will be followed by a meltdown of tourism (Salim, in Windia, 2005). The next impact is unstablelity of economic development in Bali. The existence of good subak system will constitute the social capital and also a system of technologies that can increase agricultural production and improve farmers’ welfare. If the farmer members of the Subak have increased prosperity, the

land use will be controlled. Thus, the green expanse of paddy fields stretching and terraced, would be a hue beautiful natural scenery, are much in demand by the tourists. So, there are possible link among Subak system, agriculture, and tourism sectors in Bali. The discussion above seems to indicate that the institutional strengthening in Bali Subak system is a very important thing. That’s because the face of the existence of Subak system has broad implications for the life of Bali’s economy. Institutional strengthening subak can be done through a process of transformation of the Subak during this activity that tends to only perform activities in the field of agricultural production, taking care of irrigation, and perform religious ceremonies (socio-agrarian-religious). Furthermore, other things that need to be encouraged to do are to develop subak on socio-economic activities, including agrotourism activities. That is, in addition that Subak remained positioned in the primary sector (agriculture), Subak is also positioned as the basis for development in the tertiary sector (agrotourism). In this regard it is very important to do studies related to the agrobased development model subak system. Because, with agro-tourism development model based on strong social capital (Subak), is also expected to create sustainable tourism in Bali. v *) Wayan Windia, Professor of Agriculture at Udayana University and Assessor THK Awards


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About Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts comprises 20 premium hotels, resorts and serviced suites (including those under development) in 12 countries across Asia, North America and Oceania. The “Pan Pacific” brand provides refreshing Pacific experiences inspired by an invigorating blend of its Pacific Rim locations. It is focused on enriching experiences that draw on a diversity of landscapes and cultures; and relevant choices that convey freedom and individuality. Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts has been recognised by Condé Nast Traveler magazine as one of the 25 hotel companies demonstrating social responsibility and has won esteemed accolades such as World Travel Awards, AAA Four Diamond Award, Condé Nast Gold List and Readers Choice Awards. For more information, visit panpacific.com. v BTNewspaper/PR

Blood Donation in Bali Palms Resort Candidasa To implement the Tri Hita Karana concept, particularly in the area of Pawongan (social aspect) Bali Palms Resort located in Candidasa, Amed organized a blood donation last Saturday (May 26). Blood donation organized in cooperation with the Red Cross of Karangasem was routinely held ev-

ery three months. For the activity in May, the event was also intended to commemorate the National Awakening Day. “Aside from involving our employees, we also invite all employees of other hotels in the Candidasa area, including police, military officer and general public,” said Putu Tirta Yasa, General Manager of Bali Palms Resort and Bali Shangri-la Beach Club. During the activity of blood donation, the committee managed to collect 25 bags of blood, including participation by the Chief of Manggis Police and Chief of Karangasem Town Police who also donated his blood. According to Putu Tirta Yasa, every female employee who donated her first blood was spontaneously given a bonus. The bonus was provided by the General Manager, where in the blood donation last May there were two female employees who received the bonuses. v BTNewspaper/Krisna

Lobby of Griya Santrian

The renovation of Lobby Griya Santrian has been completed and the opening ceremony was held on Wednesday (25/4). The new lobby has a unique look, a feature of it is styling with elegant furniture, like invitations to discover the new look and the foretaste of the hotel. And please welcome the very nice and elegant of the new Lobby of Griya Santrian. v BTNewspaper/PR

The Sixth Anniversary of Bali Villa Association:

Marked with Social Activities and House Refurbishment B a l i Villa Association (BVA) recently celebrated its sixth anniversary on May 19, and pinnacle of the celebration was organized on May 25. According to Chairman of the BVA, Mangku Suteja, at the moment the total membership of BVA has reached 75 villas. “Most of our members are instigators and those from the villa management,” he said when giving a press conference on Wednesday (May 23). Mangku Suteja also doubling as General Manager of The Kunja Villas added the current focus of BVA was to make the organization as a means of communication and gathering for all the villas in Bali. However, its activities gave more priorities to social activities and joint promotion, both in the national and international arena. Meanwhile, related to the anniversary of this year, BVA had organized social activities in which one of them was providing a house refurbishment for the poor at Lebah Pangkung Hamlet, Mengwi, along with furnishings of the house. “It is adequately unique because we do not just build a house, but we also furnish the house with other household furniture,” said Mangku Suteja. Besides, BVA has also helped provide scholarships to disadvantaged students. It specially targeted students who had never acquired a scholarship so that the program would arrive at the right target and meet its designation.

Pinnacle of the sixth anniversary of BVA took place at Mano Café in Seminyak and Wantilan Hall of Petitenget Temple. The happening was attended by all members of the BVA as well as the surrounding community, scholarship recipients, and traders in the night market within the Seminyak area. “We make a concept resembling a night market, where we care about the traders in the night market,” said Mangku Suteja. Illegal Villas When being asked about the rise of illegal or unlicensed villas, Mangku Suteja revealed the role of government as a regulator for this matter was very important. “BVA only serves as a hub of information, so that his party is unable to serve as law enforcement instrument for the illegal villas in Bali,” said Mangku Suteja. Today, there had been thousands of mushrooming villas and their construction could not be stopped, especially in Badung Regency. By all means, they would bring in negative impact to the operator of villas as they were not built in accordance with the existing regulations. v BTNewspaper/Krisna


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The Subak as World Cultural Heritage By Jan Hendrik Peters Strategic Advisor THK Foundation

more than ever the credo of Bali government. In the past international and Balinese intellectuals and scientists blamed Bali government that Bali was in the process of losing its identity as heavenly island and that mass tourism was destroying the authenticity of Bali, where people lived in peace and harmony with each other, based on the philosophy of Tri Hita Karana. This process of mass tourism is still going on and can not be stopped from one moment on the other. But the official status of the subak as world cultural heritage is a first step in the right direction. Historical mistake The best thing that could happen to Bali has recently happened, namely that the UNESCO decided to put the irrigation system on Bali -the subak- on the official list of world cultural heritage sites. With this official recognition the subak has become world-famous and many international tourists will from now on put a visit to the rice fields on top of their list of must-see cultural objects on Bali. It is much more than just good news that will attract tourists from all over the world. It means no more or less than that mass tourism has to keep off their hands from usurping rural area for the development of all kinds of mega projects, which as such are damaging the reputation of Bali as Island of the Gods. This UNESCO recognition implies that the subak on Bali is one of the cultural assets of exceptional beauty and value, but it implies also that the subak belongs to the world. This universal significance has to be respected by all stakeholders of Bali tourism and has to be taken into account in the future tourism development. Bali tourism is really international and clearly beyond the borders. Local policy that does not protect this international character of Bali cultural tourism would be in conflict with the UNESCO recognition and would arouse international protest. By applying internationally for the status of UNESCO world heritage and by accepting this exceptional recognition Bali government has promised the world to guarantee that it will protect the subak under all circumstances. This is a firm statement but the nomination of the subak as world cultural heritage has been an ambition from which government can not easily withdraw. The official recognition and acceptance of this honour are binding for government and all partners in Bali tourism to protect and develop the subak. The official status of world cultural heritage of the subak means a fantastic support for the development of Bali as Island of the Gods, but is at the same time an obligation for government to take all necessary action to make it true. Stick to your identity and keep your promise has to be

Traditional village (desa) and the organization of the ancient water management system (subak) are from the very beginning part of Bali civilization. Both are interrelated. Subaks are socio-religious, irrigation co-operatives that work to balance the needs of the community and support sustainable, organic rice production. The terraced paddy fields are irrigated by gravity through a system of collectively owned and managed irrigation channels which are fed by a dam which is often owned by several subaks. So many villages are spread out over Bali and each village has at least one or two subak organizations for a fair distribution of the water among the farmers of the village. In both desa and subak the villagers and farmers lived in peace and harmony with each other according to the philosophy of Tri Hita Karana (THK) in which God, human and nature were the determinants for the villagers to achieve happiness at the end of their life. This idyllic situation continued even when cultural tourism started in the 1930s of last century but when cultural tourism developed into mass tourism, Bali society changed dramatically. In human history one has to accept that the world is changing by continuous innovation. In this respect the globalization can be considered as one of the biggest changes ever, pushed forward –in the case of Bali- by international tourists with so many different cultures. In this melting pot of cultures Bali has forgotten its own unique culture of desa and subak and only imitated the outside world. This has proved to be a historical mistake by ignoring the own authentic culture and just copying and imitating foreign cultures. This is incomprehensible, realizing that the confrontation with the typical Balinese culture originally has been the motive to go to Bali. During the transformation process of cultural tourism into mass tourism the type of tourists also changed. Tourists nowadays visit Bali because of entertainment, luxury and fun and not so much anymore because of the authenticity of Bali. Even more alarming, also the mentality of the Balinese themselves has changed as a

World Environment Day To celebrate the World Environment Day 2012, on Tuesday (5 June), Meliá Bali Meliá Bali held a regular Cleaning Blitz Program for the resort’s area organized by Safety & Environment and Human Resources Departments to ensure a cleaner and healthier environment around the Hotel, a simple act for a greener environment. Beside the Cleaning Blitz Program we organized other activities during the day. Thirty turtles (Chelonia mydas – green sea turtle) released at Meliá Bali – Nusa Dua beach by the management team together with long stay guests and media. Twenty “Blendo” trees also planted by our General Manager Mr. Jim Boyles together with all participants at the beach area. This year would be their most unforgettable moments for participating in the activity of taking part preserving the nature and environment. All activities highlighted the Meliá Bali’s

commitment to sustainable tourism. It was the first hotel in Asia and one of only five hotels in the world to be awarded the distinction of EarthCheck Platinum. This places Meliá Bali as a leader in the unique worldwide group of sustainable tourism operators that are certified to the internationally recognised EarthCheck Company Standard with exclusive EarthcheckTM science and systems. In line with the resort’s commitment to implement one of the 12 values hotel philosophies which states “we are committed to preserving a clean and green environment”, more than 100 person joined the programs. Chief of Benoa Vilage Mr. I Wayan Solo said at the end of the event that “the Meliá Bali provides an excellent example and worthy to be imitated by other companies and various institutions, they are active in carrying out various social activities and concern for the environment”. v BTNewspaper/PR

consequence of mass tourism. Values such as compassion, solidarity, and integrity are replaced by individualism and commercialism and just as the foreign tourism developers Balinese people are focused on making money and becoming rich notwithstanding their life philosophy of THK. This brief sketch of the situation of Bali will do to realize that the identity is at stake and that villagers and farmers –the heroes of authentic, spiritual Bali- are the ‘losers’ in comparison with the successful money makers in international tourism who do not really care about villagers and farmers. The split between the poor villagers and farmers in the rural area and the rich foreign tourism developers in the South is unjust. Against this background the international recognition of the subak as world cultural heritage could signify a milestone in changing Bali tourism development. Bali tourism for the Balinese or in other words for the villagers and farmers has to become the compass for tourism development. To turn about will not be easy, but in the slipstream of the subak as world heritage site there will be a chance to try harder and turn the tide. Blueprint of New Bali Tourism Of course Bali government is to blame for the development of mass tourism. Governors, regents and politicians are elected by the people in the expectation that they will take care for the welfare of the people and for the development of Bali. One can only conclude that they did not and that all their promises made before election, were broken after election. This phenomenon of not keeping your promises can also be found elsewhere in the world but for Bali it meant that cultural tourism changed into mass tourism without any interference by government. While mass tourism is still running, politicians and government officials on provincial and regency level are deliberating all the time how to put a stop to all kinds of negative results of mass tourism but all these actions are defensive, incidental and fragmentary and absolutely not focused on the long term. And this will continue as long as a blueprint for New Bali Tourism is missing that focuses on benefits not only for tourists, but also for people in the communities they visit, and for their respective spiritual, natural, social and cultural environments. The overall responsibility There is no doubt that the overall responsibility for the development of New Bali Tourism is held by government. This responsibility includes three tasks. The first one concerns the blueprint with a clear vision and strategy about cultural tourism. The considerations for this kind of tourism have to be mentioned and explained. The most convincing consideration will be that cultural tourism can only be achieved under the umbrella of the philosophy of THK. By using this life philosophy of the Balinese as reference of all innovation, the Balinese will feel committed and

are supporting cultural tourism. Another consideration will be that government on both provincial and regency level agrees unanimously about the blueprint and the choice for cultural tourism. Disagreement on political level about the blueprint would be confusing and undermine seriously the effectiveness of the strategy. The second task of government is to facilitate the process of the development of cultural tourism by adequate law and regulations. Desa and subak need specific regulation in order to survive. Both organizations are icons of the authentic, spiritual Bali and by killing these icons Bali would lose its identity. At the moment 1000 hectares of rice fields are yearly converted to mass tourism and this conversion has to be stopped immediately. The aggressively growing tourist industry increases the demand for rice. It also pays more than farming, thus luring the farmers away from their rice fields. New, faster growing species that require herbicides, pesticides and mechanization have been introduced to match the demand of both Balinese and international tourists, while on the other hand paddy fields become sites for tourist villas. Not only the sale of paddy fields has to be stopped immediately, but also the building of new star-rated hotels in the South that is already overcrowded with tourism facilities and clearly not in line with THK. The third task of government is to monitor the progress of the policy to achieve cultural tourism. The strategy to achieve cultural tourism is fine just as the necessary laws and regulations to facilitate the process, but also the budget, the timing and the public-private cooperation should be feasible to make implementation of cultural tourism successful. Bali is a wonderful island with a unique culture, where the villagers and the farmers are living according to the philosophy of THK. That’s why Bali is called the Island of the Gods. But unfortunately, mass tourism has become a danger for Bali and has the power to destroy the identity of Bali and its unique culture. The mentality of the Balinese is already changing from spiritual and compassionate to materialistic and opportunistic. Still there is a chance to overcome as Island of the Gods. The recognition of the subak as world cultural heritage is an important and encouraging step forwards to rescue Bali as Island of the Gods. Only a new spirit can stop mass tourism. For this we need to respect the philosophy of THK as the uniqueness of Bali; a government that shows vision and leadership; and last but not least a public-private cooperation of all stakeholders who are willing to bundle their efforts to achieve cultural tourism. In the end cultural tourism will be win-win for all: not just for tourists but also for the people in the communities and for nature. v

The Opening of New Entrance Gate Following the current development of The Ngurah Rai International Airport, the access direction to The Patra Bali Resort & Villas have also been undergoing a slight change to make it even better and easy to spot by those passing the area. In line to this positive development with the surrounding area, a new and big Gapura, an architecture closely related to Hindu belief, represents an entrance welcome to one specific place, was also build, hence, being the gate to welcome the guest entering The Patra Bali Resort & Villas. The signing of inscription by President Director of PT. Patra Jasa, Mr. Donny J. Subakti.

The official opening of this main entrance gate was held on Monday, June 04, 2012, with Hindu ceremony. Mr. Nyoman Wiryanata, The General Manager of The Patra Bali Resort & Villas in his welcoming speech express his special appreciation to over 80 invitees from partners and officials who have been extending their support to the growth of the hotel. Mr. Donny J. Subakti, the President Director of PT. Patra Jasa, witnessed by Mr. Poerwo Tjahjono, The Chief Commissioner of PT. Patra Jasa and all Management of The Patra Bali Resort & Villas signed the Inscriptions followed with the cutting of Jasmine Flower string, symbolizing the official opening of the Gapura.

The cutting of jasmine string by Chief Commissioner of PT. Patra Jasa, Mr. Poerwo Tjahjono.

Congratulations to The Patra Bali Resort & Villas, wishing you a great success in providing the highest service level to your guests. v


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Nirwana Bali Golf Club Extends the Agreement with IMG Golf Course Management Nirwana Bali Golf Club at Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort with a long history of association with IMG Golf Course Management has recently been recognised by influential US magazine, Golf Digest. In the latest list of “100 Best Courses Outside the United States”, Nirwana Bali Golf Club was ranked 66th position. Nirwana Bali Golf Club was also ranked by Golf Digest as the number one golf course in Indonesia. Located atop Bali’s magnificent southwest coast and set against the Indian Ocean, the newly-refurbished Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort is home to the internationally acclaimed world class Greg Norman 18-hole golf course, alongside 278 luxurious guest rooms, distinctive restaurants and bars and varied meetings spaces. For ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation, the resort’s Nirwana Spa features 24 specialty treatment rooms with separate

steam and sauna areas, a yoga room, gymnasium as well as tennis and squash courts. Nirwana Bali Golf Club at Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort has won many awards over the years for its outstanding layout. IMG Golf Course Management has been involved at Nirwana Bali since 1994 during the pre-opening, through the official opening in 1997 and in a consulting management relationship that continues until today. IMG Golf Course Management is recognized for providing high quality services to an elite portfolio of 18 clubs around the world. Partnering with IMG ensures delivery of meticulous standards of operation and an unrivalled experience for members and guests. v BTNewspaper/PR K12-I.13-12

Fun Bike ”Going Green for Healthy Life” In conjunction with the Labor Day and National Revival Day Celebration, Meliá Bali’s Union together with Bali Young and Creative Community (Baduda Muda Bali) organized a Fun Bike Event called “Fresh Gowes-Gowes” Going Green for Healthy Life on Sunday (20/5). More than 1000 participants joined the event together with employee family members which started from the Lagoon Field – Nusa Dua nearby the resort area and finished at the same area. Meliá Bali is a leading resort committed to carrying out its tradition of caring for its staff and working together as a family. As planned before Mr. A.A. Gde Agung, SH the Regent of Badung-Bali flagged-off the participants at the start of the 15 kilometers fun bike. The event also enlivened with the entertainment from 3 Bali singing Stars such as Yong Sagita, Widi Widiana and Nanoe Biroe, with opening famous band Radiuz 88 Band and singer Ms. Galuh Belan. Not only entertainment during the event, the committee also prepared some door prizes at the finish line, such as 2 unit of motorcycles, mountain bikes, complimentary stay at Meliá Bali and many other prizes. All participants were very happy during the event, all ticket selling amount will be donated for Community Involvement Program. v BTNewspaper/PR

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