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Catandungan Festival: A Celebration of Unity in Diversity

October 24, 1995 marks the first staging of Catandungan Festival, coinciding with the celebration of the 50th foundation anniversary of Catanduanes to mark the historical date of its independence from the province of Albay. Spearheaded by the Provincial Government of Catanduanes, the celebration was conceptualized as a season for Catandunganons to look into their past with appreciation and to make them aware of their history and culture as a people. Through the years, the festival has evolved with the bigger goal of promoting the tourism potentials of the island – showcasing its natural, historic, cultural, educational, scenic and recreational resources. Catandungan Festival has set the ambience of fun and pageantry as a celebration of life and lights. It is a celebration that showcases the Catandungan’s rich history, arts and culture, religious, trade and industry and tourism through a variety of special events, beauty pageant, sports, exhibitions, tournaments, recreation and bri…

Catanduanes Stages Extreme Race

MANILA, Philippines - Catanduanes will stage the second island adventure race on Oct. 23 dubbed Isla Karera as part of the province’s 16th Catandungan Festival celebrations. Patterned after the triathlon and The Amazing Race, the extreme sporting event is set over 107 kilometers from Virac’s provincial capitol and back. The event, featuring bike race, canoe ride, running and rappelling, is expected to be completed within 10 hours. According to Catanduanes Gov. Joseph Cua, Isla Karera aims to showcase the province as a sports and adventure tourism haven because of its natural wonders which are ideal for extreme outdoor events. Situated on the Pacific side, Catanduanes is included in the world’s surfing circuit because of the Majestic Surfing Site, so-called because of its big waves. A Surfvivor Clinic and Exhibition is also being held till tomorrow in Puraran beach, Baras with the country’s top surfers taking part. For details, email tourism_catanduanes@yahoo.com.ph or call 0930…

21 Catanduanes Producers to Join Orgullo Kan Bikol Trade Fair

Twenty-one local producers in Catanduanes are joining this year’s Orgullo Kan Bikol (OKB) Trade Fair at the SM Megamall on October 7-10. The OKB Trade Fair is an annual marketing activity being jointly undertaken by the DTI Region V and the OK Bikol Association Inc., a private organization composed of producers from the 6 Bicol provinces. The purpose of the trade fair is to provide better opportunities for Bicol products to be exposed to a wider range of market. Catanduanes producers who will participate in this year’s OKB trade fair are (grouped according to products to be displayed): Catanduanes Bazaar, Gloissan Craft, Sudsea Product Co. Ltd., Buyo Caragumoy Product Producers Association and other CARP products, Pandan Women Weavers Association, Nizzach Crafts, Fiber Art Handicraft Enterprises, Lydia’s Native Products, Lucky F. Trading and Handicraft (wearables, fashion accessories and giftwares group); – Etbal Enterprises, Nilda Traquena Furniture and Handicraft (furniture gro…

Catanduanes Gears Up for All-Green Energy

The long craggy road on the side of a mountain leading to Barangay Obi in this third class municipality speaks volumes of how naturally rich yet economically depressed this side of the island province could be. But a multimillion-peso investment, a 1.5-megawatt hydropower plant, down the rough village road sparks hope not just for its nearby communities but also for the entire island province. Catanduanes Gov. Joseph Cua said the hydropower facility of the Sunwest Water and Electric Company, Inc. which is now being commissioned and will soon be inaugurated, will finally help stabilize the power situation in the province and at the same time create opportunities for investments. Power here is unstable mainly because the old engines (of the government-owned power generation facilities) are always in trouble and the transmission lines are defective, Cua said. These technical problems result in power shortage, which requires frequent load shedding and rotating brownouts, mostly affe…

VP Binay to Grace 2010 Catandungan Festival

Vice President Jejomar Binay has been invited as the main guest of this year’s Catandungan Festival on Oct. 18-24 to be held in celebration of the province’s 65th foundation anniversary. Vice Governor Jose J. Teves, Jr., who was named by Gov. Joseph C. Cua as chairman of the steering committee, said the tentative schedule of the festival activities has been set in consultation with the committee members and stakeholders in a meeting held the other Monday. Here is the proposed festival schedule: October 18-20 - Majestic Surfvivor Clinic and Exhibition at Puraran, Baras:Day 1 - Opening program to start with a Mass at 3 P.M. followed by a Beer Plaza.Day 2 - Consists of a surfing clinic, beach volleyball and Frisbee competition, Bikini Open and Ginebra Bluefest.Day 3 - The awarding ceremonies and party is on.October 21 - Biodiversity Meeting (BIOME 2010): Experts and stakeholders discuss: Climate Change,Sustainable Development,Innovations,Political Ecology and Social Representations on…

Fishermen in Bato Barangay Catch 5 Sea Turtles in 9 days

Three fishermen in Binanwahan, Bato have caught five sea turtles in their nets in nine days starting two weeks ago, indicating that the sea grass beds of Cabugao Bay have become a feeding ground for the marine turtles.

The extraordinary event began Sept. 14, when Allan Balmadrid, 54, accidentally captured a green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) in his fishing nets while the turtle was feeding at the sea bottom around 100 meters from the shoreline. The find was immediately reported by municipal; agriculturist Lito Barba to Edith Milan, section chief of the CENRO’s Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau.

Milan said the turtle weighed 20 kilograms, with a carapace 50 centimeters long and 45 centimeters wide. It was released back to sea at 4:25 P.M. with tag number PH0555c.

Three days later, on Sept. 17, Balmadrid again accidentally found another "pawikan" of the same species in his net, this time a 25-kilo turtle with a carapace 56 centimeter long and 51 centimeters wide. It was tagg…

DepEd: All Systems Go for World Teachers' Day‎

"The Department of Education and our partners are ready for the grand celebration of World Teachers' Day on October 5. Because our dear teachers work hard in their profession, we've also prepared hard to give them the utmost recognition they deserve on this special day," said Education Secretary Armin Luistro. Through the collaboration of various divisions, centers, and units of DepEd Central Office, in partnership with other government agencies, preparations for the World Teachers' Day have been finalized. With the theme, "My Teacher, My Hero," different partners and institutions have contributed to make this event possible as they publicly express their support to the growth and development of teaching profession in the country. We are hoping that through this celebration, with all efforts put into it, we will achieve our very purpose of putting our teachers in the pedestal because that is where they should be. They are noble souls who teach simply…