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Pantomina Lyrics And Music

Pantomina is Spanish for pantomime, movements imitating the courtship movements of the rooster and the hen. Ang mga babaye
Kung mayo pa nin agom
Maugay nin aga maugay nin hapon
Alagad kung sinda igua na nin agom
Maugay Octobre, Disyembreng sunudon. Ica palan, Nenang ang pinagsasabi
Magayon na burac sa lugar na ini
Magayon ang tindog malinig ang pisngi
Arin pa daw ang puso ang dai mawili. Can ica sadit pa sadit pa man aco
Si satuyang cawat magkudot-kudotan
Kinudot mo aco kinudot ta ca man
Sabi mo sa saco luhayluhaya man. Ang mga lalake
Hudyan sisaboot
Ang pinagsasabing ngarang pagcamoot
Kundi ang babayeng iyo minahilod
Akong minahiling can mga pangguyod.

Responsible Mining: Easier Said Than Done

While others advocates for a responsible mining in Catanduanes, let us not forget the lesson of this south Pacific island nation, once boasted the second-highest per capita GDP in the world thanks to its fabled phosphate mines, Nauru is today destitute... Read More

Is There An English Equivalent Word For Pantomina?

I often heard this word from party hosts whenever there is a small or even in big bicol gatherings, pantomine referring to pantomina in the bicol dialect. So I checked my online dictionary and the nearest word was pantomime, which means, communication by means of gesture and facial expression. Pantomina - meaning Dance of the Doves, this dance is the highlight of Sorsogon’s Kasanggayahan Festival every third week of October. Groups of participants, mainly elderly in colorful costumes, dance to the tune of Pantomina song. It is a courtship dance originated from imitating the courtship and lovemaking of doves that then showed during the dance where men attempt to please the women. Source: Pantomina is synonymous to bicol gatherings and balls, yet no one had thought if pantomine is really the exact english equivalent word.

Power Load Characteristics

Here are some interesting facts regarding power load characteristics in our province. 21,872 MW-Hr sold in 2004.The peak load registered was 6.5 MW and the base load was 3.2 MW in 2004.68% residential in nature. With 75 % of all households connected to the system.Commercial establishments constitute 18%.Government buildings comprise the single biggest customer of FICELCO. It represents 12% of the total consumption.Street lighting constitutes 2%.There are no industrial customers exist in the island.In 2005, the trend in consumption shifts more to the commercial load because of mobile telecommunication networks in the island.No demand exist yet for irrigation considering 70 % of the people depends on agriculture.

Five Strongest Tropical Cyclones in the Philippines (1947-2006)

REMINGDurian (Nov 26-Dec 1, 2006) 320 kph Virac, CatanduanesSENINGJoan (Oct 11-15, 1970) 275 kph Virac, CatanduanesROSINGAngela (Oct 30-Nov 4, 1995) 260 kph Virac, CatanduanesANDINGIrma (Nov 21-27, 1981) 260 kph Daet, Camarines NorteLOLENGBabs (Oct 15-24, 1998) 250 kph Virac, Catanduanes
Source: (accessed July 21,2008)

Kaloula Kokacii

Many of us probably have not heard of this species called Kaloula Kokacci or Catanduanes Narrow-Mouthed Frog. This can only be found on our island and some parts of bicol. This species is found on Catanduanes Island and on several mountains of the Bicol Peninsula, in the Philippines, from 200-300m asl. It inhabits lower altitude mountain and lowland forests, where it is found in forest, along forest edges, and in secondary growth vegetation. This is a highly adaptable species that also occurs in modified habitats beside these forests. It lives and presumably breeds in water-filled tree-holes and hollows. The main threat to this species is continued destruction of lowland rainforest for agricultural development and human settlements. However, this species is adaptable and is probably not significantly threatened. It was classified by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species as Near Threatened in 2007.

Economics of Mine Development Somewhat Risky

There has been efforts to exploit our coal deposits in view of the constantly increasing price of oil in the world market. And our coal deposit was identified by DOE and was contracted to a private investor. Perhaps we should take a second look at the conclusion of this 1980 World Bank study:... Read more

Reasons for Carbon Project Development

Carbon projects are developed for reasons of voluntary environmental stewardship, as well as legal compliance under a Greenhouse Gas Cap & Trade program. Voluntary carbon (GHG) reducers may wish to monetize reductions in their carbon footprint by trading the reductions in exchange for monetary compensation. The transfer of environmental stewardship rights would then allow another entity to make an environmental stewardship claim. There are several developing voluntary reduction standards that projects can use as guides for development.

Happy Birthday Mother Mary!

The feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated each year on the eighth of September. Usually it is the custom of the church to celebrate the feast day of a saint on the date of their death as this is truly their "die natalis", the day remembered as their birth into everlasting happiness. Mary, however, entered this world sinless through the privilege of the Immaculate Conception and is the firstborn of the redeemed. Her nativity is a cause for great joy as it is considered the" dawn of our salvation" as Pope Paul VI wrote in the document, Marialis Cultus in 1972.

Why So Much Interest To Build RE Power Plants?

Many of us are apparently surprised why there are a number of micro hydro power plant projects, plan to develop a wind park and tidal power in Catanduanes. Why the sudden interest of investors in power generation on the island? Obviously, they are banking on the future of carbon credits in the international trading. Carbon credits are a key component of national and international emissions trading schemes that have been implemented to mitigate global warming. They provide a way to reduce greenhouse effect emissions on an industrial scale by capping total annual emissions and letting the market assign a monetary value to any shortfall through trading. Credits can be exchanged between businesses or bought and sold in international markets at the prevailing market price. Credits can be used to finance carbon reduction schemes between trading partners and around the world. There are also many companies that sell carbon credits to commercial and individual customers who are interested …

Development of Tidal Power Plant

Whenever I go to my cousin's prawn farm, I never failed to take a close look at the sluice gates everytime it is opened to release the stocked seawater inside the pond to either harvest prawns or to simply purge. At one time, I joked to him that he don't need a genset to energize his farm, but only sheer creativity. What I was referring to my cousin at that time was what technical people called, tidal/wave power. And surprisingly, there is an initiative from a fellow Catandunganon, coming from an academic organization who wants to develop a Tidal Power Plant. Tidal power, sometimes called tidal energy, is a form of hydropower that converts the energy of tides into electricity or other useful forms of power. Although not yet widely used, tidal power has potential for future electricity generation. Tides are more predictable than wind energy and solar power. Historically, tide mills have been used, both in Europe and on the Atlantic coast of the USA. The earliest occurrences…