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Code for Good Bird Watching

Birdwatching or birding is the observation and study of birds with the naked eye or through a visual enhancement device like binoculars. Birding often involves a significant auditory component, as many bird species are more readily detected and identified by ear than by eye. Most birdwatchers pursue this activity mainly for recreational or social reasons, unlike ornithologists, who engage in the study of birds using more formal scientific methods. Dress in accordance to the weather and be prepared to be sweaty and even muddy. An umbrella is useful against rain and for sun protection. Bring water, sun block lotion, food, a notebook and wear a cap. Pack these in a small backpack (do not leave in the car!).Best time for watching is from 5–7 am and from 5-6.30 pm. On light rainy days birds normally are active most of the day.Wear light clothes of natural colors – preferably khaki, green etc.Keep always your binocular perfectly clean and dry.At all times make as little noise as possible a…


The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) decision on Electric Supply Agreement (ESA) between First Catanduanes Electric Cooperative, Inc. (FICELCO) and Sunwest Water and Electric Company, Inc. (SUWECO) last January 19,2009. ERC CASE NO. 2008-021 RC - DECISION On April 15, 2008, First Catanduanes Electric Cooperative, Inc. (FICELCO) and Sunwest Water and Electric Company, Inc. (SUWECO) filed an application for approval of their Electricity Supply Agreement (ESA). In the said application, FICELCO and SUWECO alleged, among others, the following: After a series of negotiations, an ESA was executed sometime in 2007 for the supply of electricity to the captive customers of FICELCO based on the following premises: The Province of Catanduanes has long been experiencing inadequate and unreliable power supply from the existing oil based power generating plants;FICELCO desires to have an adequate and reliable power supply in its franchise area and to distribute the same to the residents, member…

Trek in the Wilderness

Last April 5-7, a group of ten, composed of two geologist from the National Museum and five guides set out to investigate and collect samples of ammonites fossils reported last year by Mr. Osias Alberto in a mountain rock in Catanduanes called Silungan ning Higante.

Amenia Beach Resort

Reeling with the textures of sun, sea, and sand, one can easily lose oneself and be drifted away while leisurely walking along the stretch of its powdery-white sands and dabbling in its undeniably tamed waters. The entire stretch of the shoreline beckons visitors to take a dip in its pristine waters and wave-combed sands. The well-manicured landscape by itself is so inviting for a relaxed, laid-back retreat. Ideal for family and office outings.

Solong Waterfalls

The mountain resort located in Solong, San Miguel is fast becoming a popular recreation area for nature lovers and mountain hikers. A tastefully conceived park along the breadth of the Solong river channel amidst the surrounding thick forest of giant ferns, trees and a host of indigenous flora is proposed for immediate construction. Solong has several cascading waters flowing into natural pools. With its elevation of 100 meters, it is ideally suited for adventure treks.

Sunken Treasures

In 2008, an expedition was launched by the Philippine National Museum and Historical Nautical Archaeology Foundation (HNAF), in search for the shipwrecks of galleons “Espiritu Santo” and “San Geronimo,” but the expedition was aborted sometime in October 2008 because of the controversial magnetite mining in Bagamanoc that time. A month ago, I tried searching for some clues about the sunken Spanish galleon “Espiritu Santo,” but my search led me to Augustinian missionary, Fray Diego de Herrera, who was one of the passengers on its last voyage. Only now, I tried searching clues for the other galleon, San Geronimo. And this is what I found, I suppose its too speculative to state that HNAF and National Museum were looking for galleon Santo Tomas and not Espiritu Santo. THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS 1493-1898 By Emma Helen Blair, James Alexander Robertson, pp 39-40 PRINCIPAL POINTS IN REGARD TO THE TRADE OF THE FILIPINASSixth Point The losses of ships which have been employed in the Filipinas t…

Nahulugan Falls

An ideal place for picnic activities, hiking and mountain climbing. It is found in Brgy. San Pedro in the municipality of Gigmoto. Legend says that the falls was named after a man and his carabao who fell while crossing the hilltop. An awesome wonder, its waters beautifully cascade on three tiers, creating spectacular sprays. It is surrounded by lush vegetation and forest.

A Video and a Slideshow From Tourists

Here are two interesting clips, a two-minute music video and a slideshow taken by tourists, on their way and around the island. The footage below was recorded using a wide-angled lens camera, making the San Andres port scene simply stunning. And to add a cinematic effect, they embedded a nice jazzy soundtrack, that suits perfectly well to the slow grind of life on the island. These photos were taken last August 2008. And it captured the bad state of road going to Puraran beach, as well as an interesting text message, informing the tourists that there was no available car to fetch them. Please view the slideshow to see the reason why.

Luyang Cave: Were Our Ancestors, Cowards?

When I was a small boy, I used to wander around town inspecting things I considered unusual. One of the object of my curiosity, then, was the massive stone wall structure of the town's church, almost 10 feet thick. One time, while me and a playmate were arguing about it, an old man reeking with liquor came and started talking about heritage, history and bravery of our ancestors. I was about to asked him, were our ancestors, cowards? Why did they opted to hide in a cave just to perish and not fight. Though, I did not bother to asked him, for fear of getting reprimanded, but, in my young mind that question remained. A week ago, while searching for journals relating to southeast Asia, I found this study, entitled, "Moro Piracy During the Spanish Period and Its Impact" written by Domingo M. Non (Southeast Asian Studies, Volume 30, No. 4, March 1993). And this answers my question, why did our ancestors failed to fight and why are old churches were built with massive walls. …

Mutya ng Magayon Festival 2009

Magayon Festival is an annual festival in May that relives the legend of Mayon Volcano. The festival derived its name from magayon, from a Bicolano term which means “beautiful.” This celebration is held in honor of Nuestra Señora de la Porteria, Daraga's patron saint. This legendary, historical and religious celebration aims to showcase the cultural life of the people of Daraga, Albay. Catandungan Festival of the Province of Catanduanes in Magayon Festival of Festivals 2009 held last April 21, 2009 in Legaspi City, Albay. Catandungan Festival of the island-province of Catanduanes was named second runner-up and received P100,000 cash award.

Pullout of Edu Manzano’s LBC Ad Sought -

VIRAC, Catanduanes -- The provincial board of this province has passed a resolution calling on the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Movie and Television Classification and Review Board (MTRCB) to cause the correction or pullout of what it said was a “misleading” and “improper” television advertisement of a remittance company. In his privilege speech during the regular session last week, Board Member Ariel Molina said the LBC commercial, in which game show host Edu Manzano asked the boy to spell the word "remittance" and the boy answered “LBC,” was not a good example for children. The education department, particularly Secretary Jesli Lapus, should immediately take steps to correct the wrong message of the ad, Molina said. His colleague, Joseph Mendoza, Liga ng mga Barangay (League of Villages) Federation president, called on the MTRCB to ban the TV advertisement outright by ordering TV stations to stop the airing of the commercial. Board Member Shirley Araojo-A…

Satellite Rainfall Monitor and Ground Zero Videos

TRMM can be used to calibrate rainfall estimates from other satellites. The TRMM-based, near-real time Multi-satellite Precipitation Analysis (TMPA) at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is used to monitor rainfall over the global Tropics. Images by Hal Pierce(SSAI/NASA GSFC) and captions by Steve Lang (SSAI/NASA GSFC). TMPA rainfall totals are shown here for the period 27 April to 8 May 2009, which captures the rainfall from both tropical cyclone events. The most extreme rainfall totals, located over southern Luzon in the northeast-central part of the islands are associated with then Tropical Storm Kujira (locally known as "Dante") and are on the order of 900 mm or more (~36 inches, shown by the darker brown). The totals from Chan-hom (locally known as "Emong") are considerably less on the order of 150 mm (~6 inches) and are located over the northern part of Luzon (shown in green). The large difference in rainfall between the two storms is due to the differe…

Philippines Feel the Effects of Kujira (Dante) - NASA/TRMM

Kujira became the first typhoon of the year in the northern West Pacific as it pulled away from the east-central Philippines early on the afternoon (local time) of the 4th of May 2009. The Philippines, which are frequently influenced by tropical cyclones, felt the effects of Kujira (known locally as "Dante") while it was still just a tropical storm. A tropical depression formed from a stationary area of low pressure on the afternoon (local time) of May 1st near the southeastern tip of Luzon along the eastern side of the central Philippines. Later that same day the depression was upgraded to a minimal tropical storm and was named Kujira. The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite (commonly known as TRMM) has been providing valuable images and information on tropical cyclones around the Tropics for over 11 years now since its launch back in November of 1997. Armed with a combination of passive microwave and active radar sensors, TRMM can provide unique images of tropi…

Camera Club Goes to Panay Island this May - CT

The Catanduanes Camera Club is inviting photography enthusiasts to join them in their scheduled field trip to Panay island in Panganiban town this May 11-12 to capture local tourist attractions. Club president Engr. Fernan A. Gianan said the activity is open to all members as well as camera bugs who want to join the club as it launches its project of going to each of the province’s 11 towns to visit and document tourist spots and slices of daily life in a bid to promote them as viable destinations. The group will assemble at the provincial capitol prior to their 1 P.M. journey by car to Panganiban town on May 11. Upon arrival, they will pay a courtesy call on Mayor Gregorio Angeles, take photos of the afternoon life at the poblacion, before proceeding to the Del Rio Resort in barangay San Miguel. After an early breakfast on May 12, they will proceed to Tarahid at 4:30 P.M. for their boat trip to Panay island where they will capture the light house as the sun rises. A visit to the …

'Crising' Affects 500 Families in Quezon, Isolates Bicol Towns -

MANILA, Philippines - Rains and floods brought by tropical depression "Crising" have forced the evacuation of at least 500 families in Quezon province and isolated several areas in Bicol. The National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) said Friday that as of 1 p.m. Thursday, 10 villages in Lucena City were flooded, forcing the families to leave their homes. In a situation report on its Web site (, the NDCC said 500 families or 2,500 persons were brought to six elementary schools in Barangay 1, Ibabang Dupay, 5, 7, 9, and 10. On the other hand, isolated landslides and flash floods were reported in Catanduanes, Camarines Norte and Masbate provinces in Bicol. At Catanduanes, areas along Bucon and Inalmasinan Rivers were flooded, while in San Miguel town, crops along the riverside were submerged and animals drowned. Landslides were recorded at Paraiso, Pagsanghan and Boton villages, while flash floods were recorded in Sagrada and Hinipaan villages. The r…