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Showing posts from July, 2010

Philippine Finance Dept to Join Facebook, Twitter

To help go after tax cheats and smugglers, the Philippine Department of Finance (DOF) is looking to the public for assistance by signing up for social networking sites Twitter and Facebook. On Thursday, Finance Sec. Cesar Purisima said the project is in cooperation with the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Bureau of Customs. Coming soon: Crowd sourcing leads "We will be launching it very soon. It is being developed," Purisima said at a press briefing at the Department of Justice, where BIR Commissioner Kim Hacinto-Henares filed a tax evasion complaint against pawnshop chain owner William Villarica. He said that on the upcoming Facebook page, the public can post photos of luxury cars, plush homes, and other properties of alleged tax evaders and smugglers. "With their phones that have cameras, they can take photos of a nice car, a nice house, or a nice watch, so we can follow the lead... We will investigate then we'll deliver to the Department of Justice," …

Catanduanes: Picture Perfect

The Philippines’ top landscape photographer, Edwin Martinez, was in town last week on a photo safari together with five of his colleagues and former students, one of whom was a vice president of a big bank. In behalf of Martinez and the Catanduanes Camera ClubMartinez’ group went on a shooting spree in Puraran in Baras, Maribina Falls, the old Bato overflow bridge and Bato church, Twin Rock beach resort in Igang, Batag beach resort, Cabcab and Barihay rocky beaches in San Andres and in Virac poblacion to photograph our sights in the unique way that landscape photographers render them. Their work, as well as a promotional article on Catanduanes, will soon appear in Picture Perfect, a Tuesday feature of the Manila Bulletin for which Martinez is a contributor. this writer wishes to thank Governor Joseph Cua for the hospitality extended to the visitors during their four-day stay here. Source: Inside Page by Fernan Gianan, Catanduanes Tribune - 13 July 2010 Please check the link for a…

Corpulent People - BWO

"Try to spot that beautiful perfect cone," pilots of the Spanish galleons used to caution novice steersmen.

"That is Mayon Volcano. A little to the left as we sail in from the open sea is the Embocadero ["mouth"] between Samar and Sorsogon. Direct the boat through, then turn right to sail north to Cavite and Manila."

That used to be the directive for first-time navigators from Mexico. Of course, it did not always help. Once in 1576, the pilot could not find the perfect cone, for storm clouds had covered it. And mistaking the northern tip of Catanduanes Island for Cabo del Espiritu Santo at the mouth of the Embocadero in northern Samar, the galleon San Jeronimo ran aground. The natives massacred and ate all the hapless passengers and crew, except one who had lived in the Visayas, and knew the local dialect.

In 1588, the natives of Catanduanes had not yet received the Gospel message. There were not enough missionaries, although the island had already been d…

The ASIA Foundation Revitalizing Educational Opportunities in Catanduanes

Virac, Catanduanes - Today, 13,600 new children’s books and high school texts and college reference materials were distributed in the picturesque but typhoon-prone province of Catanduanes. More than 280 public and private schools benefited from the books’ donation, which was made possible through the Books for Asia program of The Asia Foundation. Those scheduled to attend include: Catanduanes Gov. Joseph C. Cua, Virac Mayor Jose U. Alberto II, Congressman Cesar V. Sarmiento, Philippine Judicial Academy Chancellor Justice Adolfo S. Azcuna, Regional Trial Court Presiding Judge Hon. Lelu P. Contreras, Bishop of Diocese of Virac, Most Rev. Manolo A. de Los Santos, D.D., Department of Education (DepEd) Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Artemio Rivera, and other officers of the city government. Mr. Ky Johnson, Deputy Country Representative of The Asia Foundation, and Mr. Efren N. Balajadia, Director of the Books for Asia Program will present the donated texts to representatives of ele…

Palumbanes Island

Here is a satellite image of Palumbanes Island. You can click on the map to zoom-in. Take note of the white sand beaches that ringed the smaller island on the left. Palumbanes is considered as the fishing paradise of the north. The nearest point going to the island is by motorized boat from Caramoran.