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GE Touring: Congress, Senate, Judiciary and Malacanang Palace

On the 30th of this month, the eyes of the world will focus on the Philippines, to witness the oathtaking of the 15th President of the country, Senator and President-elect Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Cojuangco Aquino III. Historic in a way, that, he is the first president voted for office in the first automated elections in the country. So we thought of creating a 3D digital tour around the government buildings involved in running the state of affairs of the country. Please view it below.

We will update this tour to include photos and videos, so watch out for it in the next few days. Thanks!

Mount Magsumuso

Mount Magsumuso is located within the jurisdiction of Viga town, it is one of the most prominent mountains in the north having a cellular tower at its perch. Lording at the height of 451 meters or 1,480 feet (using digital map) above sea level, it is viewable as far as Bakak beach in Bagamanoc. Below is the digital image of the mountain.


At the foot of the mountain on the left, you can see a clearing near the river. The area was once used by the China Road and Bridge Corporation to park their heavy equipments, bunkhouses for engineers, storage of construction materials and site of the cement batching plant during the rehabilitation of the Catanduanes Circumferential Road project Phase 1. On the right you can view the road going to the tower. The approach is quite a steep climb roughly around 45 degrees and only military 4x4 trucks to managed climb at this point.

Atop, is the tower that used to be a TV transmitter before it was leased to a telecommunication company and up to present. …

PGMA Back in Catanduanes for School Visit

CARAMORAN, Catanduanes -- President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, hours after arriving from Shanghai, China visited this remote town to preside over the groundbreaking of a P1.6 million school building project at the Caramoran Rural Development High School.

It was her second trip to this typhoon-prone province in as many months, as she continued her swing of the regions to either inspect or open infrastructure and other public projects, big or small, that she said she intends to be her legacy to the people before she bows out of Malacanang on June 30.

At the Caramoran school, the President lowered a ceremonial capsule to signify the start of the construction of a three-classroom building as a replacement for the old one razed by fire last February 11.

In Caramoran, she instructed Department of Education Secretary Mona Valisno, who was with her, to generate funds for the construction of new schools buildings in the town.

Di dapat matigil ang pag-aaral (Classes should not stop),” the Presi…

Bicol Tourism Uptrend Brings in P364.5-M Revenue, Creates .72-M Jobs - PIA

Legazpi City (7 June) -- Bicol's tourism has generated some P364,506,282.50 gross receipts and created a total of 723,754 jobs for Bicolanos during the first quarter of this year, according to an official of the Department of Tourism (DOT) regional office here. DOT Bicol Regional Director Maria Ravanilla averred Bicol tourism posted some 593,241 tourist arrivals with 13.09 percent increase compared to the 524,544 tourist arrivals during the same period last year. Ravanilla added that the agency recorded some 80 percent (454,016) of tourists visiting Bicol were locals while only 20 percent or 139,225 were foreign nationals. She noted that the increase in tourist arrivals was delivered by the three "icons" in local tourism namely Mayon Volcano in Albay, CWC in Camarines Sur, and Butanding (whaleshark) interaction in Donsol, Sorsogon. Camarines Sur continues to bring in the highest income posting a 348,139 visitors generating P197 million in revenues, followed by Albay…

Revealing Catanduanes - PAL

This article was provided by Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay Magazine. Mabuhay Magazine is published by Eastgate Publishing Corporation. Revealing Catanduanes As local surfing’s popularity grows, overcrowding has plagued most of the known surf spots in the country. Catanduanes’ spots, although spoken about in hushed tones, have seen its share of hardcore wave riders who welcome its rustic ambience, limited road network, unexplored coves, and the absence of a fast-food franchise. Bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the east, this island on the eastern side of Bicol has been accustomed to the onslaught of typhoons from the Pacific. Yet, the resilient spirit of the Catanduenos has made them overcome this anomaly of nature and made them realize the gold mine that its swirling winds bring. Miles and miles of surf blasting on jagged rocks, sudden downpours, exotic food, and the promise of an adventure day in and day out make Catanduanes an adrenaline junkie’s paradise.

There’s a lot of explori…

DoST Cites Fine Fabric by Women Weavers of Baras - MB

A group of women weavers in the town of Baras, Catanduanes, has been reaping praise for their high-value fabrics from abaca that have ended up as suits and accessories of foreign dignitaries and other VIPs in high offices. The women weavers of Baras, who form the Apanti Development Company, are recognized as one of the shining examples of a small-scale business making it big through the assistance of the Department of Science and Technology’s (DoST’s) SET-UP program. Just recently, DoST Secretary Estrella Alabastro headed a team to visit Apanti and its famed “abaca-pinukpok” product made through the traditional manual style of weaving fabric through the use of handlooms. The handlooms are made up of wood pieces that keep the warp (vertical) threads tight and straight so that the horizontal threads can pass through easier. Apanti began as a DoST-assisted small-scale business known as the Tupa ng Baras Multi-Purpose Coop., Inc. in 1994. Virgilio Apanti, the man behind the company,…

Catanduanes Tightens Grip on Crab Industry - MB

Catanduanes, apart from being associated with typhoons, is known for its abundant crabs, particularly the superior quality king crabs. Despite this, market supply remains scarce due to the massive trade of crablets to other provinces that prevents mass production. “Distribution can go as far as Pampanga in the north and Roxas City in the south. With this trend, it is alarmingly difficult to buy a kilogram of quality crabs anywhere in Catanduanes, said Department of Science and Technology (DoST) senior science research specialist Jaime Cabrera. Cabrera added that sources revealed that an estimate of 300,000 crablets are being shipped outside the province weekly. He said poverty has forced people to sell crablets at a cheap price. “If this is sold at a market price of P10 a piece, this is a whopping P12M per month of unaccounted revenue. It is a serious deprivation for the province,” Cabrera added. To boost the crab industry in the province, the local government headed by Governor…