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Quilting Now a P5-M Industry in Catanduanes

BATO, Catanduanes, Oct. 29 (PNA) -- The art of quilting which at the start has lured women here as a pastime craft is now a P5-million industry with a wide market abroad.


Introduced about 10 years ago, the craft is now drawing many households in the municipality and its neighboring towns of Virac and Baras not already as a hobby but a good alternative source of income.

The couple, Mark and Pura Teocson who both hailed from the island province but are now established businessmen in Hawaii, United States, introduced the craft to a group of housewives in the municipality during their vacation sometime in 2002.

Quilts are made from patches of fabric sewn together using tiny stitches to make finished products like bags, bed spreads, wall hangs and wallets, among other handmade novelties which are themed using appliqués or patterned patches of fabrics.

The designs applied by crafters in the province originated from the Teocsons and thus appeal to the Hawaiian market.

Quilting and appl…

Catanduanes Marks 17th Catandungan Festival

VIRAC, Cataduanes, October 23 (PIA) -- Catanduanes celebrates the provincial 67th founding anniversary this October, 2012 also marking the celebration of the 17th Catandungan Festival in the province.


Catanduanes, a former sub-province of Albay, was created on October 24, 1945 by virtue of Commonwealth Act No. 687.

Festivities kicked off with the Inter-Agency Basketball Competition which started on October 1, 2012.

The 1st ever photography workshop was also held on October 13-14 at Rakdell Inn, Virac attended by photography enthusiasts.

A five-day Majestic Puraran Surfing Cup was held at Puraran Beach, Baras on October 19-23, with the country’s best surfers and surfing enthusiasts. Puraran is one of the top tourists destinations in the province and is one of the Philippines’ best surfing spots.

Tomorrow, October 24, a concelebrated mass will marked the start of the festival proper to be succeeded by a Civic Military Parade at downtown Virac considered as the longest parade i…

Top Catanduanes School Now a State University

VIRAC, Catanduanes—Twenty-one years after its establishment, this island province’s premier institution of higher learning, the Catanduanes State Colleges (CSC), officially became a university last Oct. 19. Rep. Cesar Sarmiento made the announcement to a group of CSC officials led by its president, Dr. Minerva Morales, at the school’s conference room Tuesday morning. “The CSC is now a university,” the congressman told the officials who clapped and cheered for several minutes inside the CSC conference room. He said that before his state visit to Australia and New Zealand, President Aquino signed Republic Act No. 10229 converting the state colleges into a university. Earlier, the CSC officials were prepared for bad news since Mr. Aquino first wanted his economic and budget officials to comment on the bill converting CSC into a university. Officials of the Commission on Higher Education had wanted the President to veto the bill because of a moratorium on the creation of new state c…

All Primary and Secondary Roads in Catanduanes Seen to be Concreted by 2016

LEGAZPI CITY, Oct. 11 (PNA) -- With the over P2.5 billion the administration is pouring into infrastructure projects in Catanduanes this year and next year, many locals are optimistic that all primary and secondary roads in the island province, known for its abaca and ecotourism would all be concreted by 2016. “We might even be completing all road and bridge projects in Catanduanes ahead of the target of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) under the administration of President Benigno Aquino III in paving 100 percent of national roads in the country by 2016,” Engr. Danilo Dequito, the DPWH regional director for Bicol on Thursday said. The Catanduanes DPWH district engineering office headed by district engineer Ignacio Odiaman, Dequito said had P1 billion in allocations next year, the biggest so far that the island was given in history and P600 million of it is for road concreting alone. By the end of this year, the DPWH Central Office in Manila will be holding the b…

Malacañang Declares October 26 as Non-Working Holiday in Catanduanes

VIRAC, Catanduanes, Sept. 26 (PIA) -- Malacañang has declared October 26, 2012 as non-working holiday in the province in line with the celebration of its foundation anniversary.


Proclamation number 469 was signed on dated September 11, 2012 by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa.

The proclamation aims to provide and enable the Catandunganons to participate in the activtities of the annual Catandungan Festival commemorating the province’s separation from Albay and making it as a province of Bicol Region.

The Catandungan Festival is an event that celebrates the town's anniversary and its freedom from the province of Albay. The festival is filled with various form of merriment such as; Pantomina, beauty pageant, guided tours and photo exhibits.

In line with this, the Catandungan Festival Steering Committee is set to convene this week to finalize the activities for the month-long celebration. (EA Bgaadiong/ PIA Catanduanes)

Source: PI…

Circumferential Road to North Now Much Improved - DPWH

Less than 18 kilometers of the national road between San Andres and Caramoran remain unpaved as the Aquino administration goes for its 2016 target of paving 100% of national roads, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said last week. DPWH 2012 fund allocation map for Bicol region. Click on the map to open the info window (the heavier the shade the higher the budget allocation). Catanduanes DPWH District Engineer Ignacio Odiaman disclosed to members of the Provincial Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council (PMSMEDC) that 70 percent of the 63-kilometer highway linking the two towns are now paved. By the end of this year, less than 10 kilometers of the same route will be rough roads, Odiaman stated, upon completion of the 2012 road improvement projects. On the other hand, 2013 road concreting projects are scheduled to be bid out by November upon instructions of Sec. Rogelio Singson. At the close of 2013, only five kilometres will be left unpaved along the S…