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Magayon Festival

| Uncategorized | October 3, 2011

Magayon Festival photos

Magayon Festival

Magayon festival is a yearly festivity in May that relives the legend of Mayon Volcano. The feast derived its name from magayon, from a Bicolano term which means “beautiful.” This festivity is held in honor of Nuestra Señora de la Porteria, Daraga’s patron saint. This legendary, historical & religious celebration aims to showcase the cultural life of the people of Daraga, Albay.

Map of Magayon Festival

The celebration features cultural events, sports, and trade fairs. It is one way of enriching the culture of the people as well as giving venue to campaign their products of Albay. The main focus of the festivity is the reenactment of the tragic love story of Daragang Magayon and Panganoron whose death gave birth to the Mayon Volcano.

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Mercedes Fishtival

| Uncategorized | September 23, 2011

Mercedes Fishtival photos

Description of Mercedes Fishtival

Camarines Norte is prosperous to celebrate Mercedes Fishtival (Mercedes Kadagatan Festival) this August. It is a fishermen’s festivity of thanksgiving for the blessings and bounty during the seafaring, fishing expedition & fish farming endeavors. The Mercedes fishtival is also a moment of review and acknowledgment of Mother Nature for having endowed Mercedes with a gift of vast fishery resources, stunning shorelines & other underwater potentials and the wise usage and preservation of ecological balance for the attainment of environmental dignity & beauty.

The town of Mercedes, celebrates Mercedes Fishtival 1st week of August. The week-long event highlights a mascot parade of fish & other marine creatures. Marine sports such as paraw regatta, bangkaton, game fishing are played during this festive celebration. The festival is attended by residents & visitors from both the country & other countries as well.

Held in honor of their patron saint, St James the fisherman, residents here realize the blessings they receive – vast fish resources, endless shorelines and marine potentials.

Map of Mercedes Fishtival

Camarines Norte is based in Bicol region w/c is bounded by 7 coastal waters- Ragay Gulf, San Miguel Bay, Lagonoy Gulf, Albay Gulf, Sorsogon Bay, Alinang Ilog, Nin Bay, Asid Gulf- major sources of the country’s national milkfish called bangus . Bicol Region has 13 major fishing grounds providing fish markets including Metro Manila.

The Bicol region is home to Mayon Volcano, the world’s most perfect cone volcano. The region is also best-known for its natural resorts and white beaches.

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Bulusan Lake

| Uncategorized | August 23, 2011

Alamat ng Lawa ng Bulusan

Description of Bulusan Lake

Lake Bulusan is a lake on Luzon in the Philippines. It dwells at the heart of Bulusan Volcano National Park which covers a land area of 3,672 hectares. It has an elevation of 360 meters & is set on the southeast flank of Mount Bulusan, an active volcano. Bulusan Lake is formed by tectonic damming and perhaps another crater of a volcano. Its water is greenish and its waterbed is rocky and sandy & parts are muddy.

The eastern crest, now a rugged mound, is probably the remains of a vast, high, circular crater. The bell-shaped western summit is still active. It has had about thirty major eruptions since 1852, though none is identified to have made casualties. A mild eruption took place in 1983, and tremors recurred in 1984. The volcano, whose slopes form a 37 square-km national park, serves as a landmark for sailors approaching the San Bernardino Strait, since it’s accessible from almost 100 km when the weather is fair.

Map of Bulusan Lake

The lake is reachable either through the Maharlika Highway up to the town of Irosin passing through the towns of Casiguran and Juban. From Irosin it is another 10 km to the site. The other is moving through a very scenic route overlooking the Pacific Ocean (San Bernardino Strait) through the towns of Gubat, Barcelona & the heart of Bulusan town.

Alamat ng Lawa ng Bulusan

Lake Bulusan has an fascinating legend. It is said that a village once stood where Lake Bulusan is now situated. The legend proposes that a pagan chieftain once handled the land, and one day when he did not honor a promise he made to set his slaves free, waters came from the skies and flooded everything producing the lake. His slaves existed the floods and became the founders of the city of bulusan.

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Photos Of Mt Malinao

| Uncategorized | August 8, 2011

Mount Malinao

Description of Mount Malinao

Malinao is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Albay, Philippines. It is the prime rice granary of the 1st district of Albay, is a 3rd class town situated in the northeastern rim of the southern-most tip of Luzon, w/ c forms the Bicol Peninsula. To its northern is the municipality of Tiwi; to its south, the City of Tabaco & to its west is the province of Camarines Sur.

The town takes a narrow stretch of plains hemmed in by Lagonoy Gulf in the east & Mount Malinao on the west.

The mountain ranges of Malinao, a dormant volcano whose highest altitude is estimated at 1,584 meters above sea level, dominate a large part of the town’s total land area, which is 10,750 ha or 107.50 square km.

The world renowned Mayon Volcano lies southwest of Malinao, providing the town a majestic ambiance for its agricultural setup.

Map of Mount Malinao

Malinao is 587 km south of Manila, 32 km north of Albay Provincial Capitol (the Provincial Seat of Government) and 5 km north of Tabaco City, The leading trade center in the 1st district of Albay Province w/ an int’l port.

Mount Malinao is settled 182 km east (75°) of the approximate center of Philippines and 315 kilometers south east (115°) of the captial Manila.

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Lake Buhi

| Uncategorized | May 18, 2011

Lake Buhi is a lake base in Buhi, Camarines Sur, Philippines. It has an area of 18 sq. km & has an average depth of 8 meters. The lake lays in the valley formed by 2 ancient vents, Mt. Asog and Mt. Malinao. It was made in 1641, when an earthquake caused a side of Mt. Asog to collapse. The leaving landslide made a natural dam that closed the flow of nearby streams. Another theory suggests that it was made by the eruption of Mt. Asog which is now dormant. The lake is famous since it is one of the few bodies of water that holds the sinarapan which is the world’s smallest commercially-harvested fish. Aside from the sinarapan, Lake Buhi is likewise home for other aquatic organisms such as the Irin-irin, Dalag, Puyo, Kotnag, Burirawan & native catfish. Other fishes are presented to boost the fishery industry such as the Nile Tilapia, Mozambique Tilapia, Common Carp and Bangkok Hito.

The woods close the Lake is the home of at least 25 bird species. The five native species are the Philippine Pygmy Woodpecker, Philippine Hanging Parrot, Black-naped Monarch, Elegant Tit and the White-eared Brown Dove. Other fauna found in the forest are flying lizards, skinks, monitor lizards, civet cats, bats and the Philippine Cynomolgus monkey. Today the lake is the main source of water supply for the National Power Corporation Hydro Electric Plant. The power plant, which was founded in 1952, generates an average of 2.8 megawatts. It is likewise used by the National Irrigation Administration to irrigate at least 100 sq. kilometers of the Riconada towns based downstream and Iriga City.

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Libmanan Caves

| Uncategorized | May 17, 2011

The Physical & Biological Condition of Caves study used the descriptive evaluative method in discovering & evaluating the species of flora and fauna of the five caves, namely; Alinsanay Cave , Balinsasayaw Cave , Binubon Cave , Kalangkawan Cave , and Taros-taros Cave . Transects were made from the entrance of the caves up to 60 meters, w/ an interval of 10 meters of each testing stations. In the recognition of the flora and fauna, samples were collected from 3 stations, namely; entrance zone, twilight zone and dark zone. Mineral formations were settled by observing and examining the stalactites & stalagmites. For the physical condition of the caves, the thermometer, psychrometer & survey tapes were utilized while mist nets and live traps were deployed for the identification of fauna.

Libmanan Caves National Park situated in Libmanan, Camarines Sur, covering an area of 19.40 hectares, whose suggested Proclamation was submitted to the DENR Central Office.

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Caramoan Peninsula

| Uncategorized | May 15, 2011

Caramoan Peninsula is a hilly peninsula, w/ deep gorges and a rough, rocky terrain, placed in north-east Camarines Sur, Bicol. The place has a National Park which has caves, limestone formations, white sandy beaches, an islet lake and a subterranean river, make it popular with tourists.

The municipality of Caramoan is based between east longitude 1 and 13o46″ north latitude. It covers approximately 27,741 square kilometers with approximately 71 kilometers of irregular coastline surrounded by the vast ocean, bay, seas & swamps. It is around 501 km away from Metro Manila; 95 kilometers from the municipality of Pili, where the seat of the provincial government and the Pili Domestic Airport are located: & 110 kilometers away from Naga City, the heart of Bicol. The peninsula is accessible by public transport from the town of Caramoan, & local people have set up trails in the park for visitors.

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Peñafrancia Basilica

| Uncategorized | February 17, 2011

Peñafrancia Basilica

The Peñafrancia Basilica Minore houses an image of the virgin Mary that was carved in 1710. It was accredited by Miguel de Cobarrubias who proceeded to the Philippines from Spain with his family & believed that the virgin Mary had helped him numerous times in his life. The image was housed in a small chapel until the Basilica Minore was established. The Image of Our Lady of Peñafrancia is enshrined in her sanctuary at the Basilica Minore, Balatas Road Naga City. Archbishop Pedro P. Santos noted that the devotees and pilgrims kept increasing through the years. In 1960 he dreamt building a basilica to give honor to Our Lady. Soon after, through the meditation of the Archbishop Emeritus Teopisto V. Alberto, DD and the Association of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Mr and Mrs. Macario Mariano donated a three hectare lot at barrio Balatas. Bishop Concordio Sarte initiated the ground work of the construction. Blessing and laying of the base was held on Easter Sunday, April 18, 1976 having Church dignitaries led by Cardinal Jaime Sin and prominent Bicolano sponsors.

Immediately thereafter, there was a hiatus in the construction. Yet the affiliation kept soliciting contributions & donations. Bishop Sarte was transferred to Sorsogon and Fr. Sofio Balce (later appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Caceres) took over as Parish Priest & Rector of Our Lady of Peñafrancia Parish and Shrine. He reorganized the different committees & launched “Operation Peñafrancia Basilica”. From then on construction continued on an almost fevered pitch until it was finally completed in September 1981. On May 22, 1982 Cardinal Sin officiated the solemn inauguration and dedication, having Cardinal Julio Rosales in attendance. On January 18, 1984, His Grace, Most Rev. Leonardo Z. Legaspi, O.P.,D.D., was installed third Archbishop of Caceres. He sent petition to Romeo to the effect that the title “Basilica” be granted to the newly built church. On May 22, 1985, he got the Decree from the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship conceding the title of “Basilica Minore” to the “Church of Nuestra Señora de Peña de Francia.” With this concession comes another Basilica Minore in the Philippines giving plenary indulgences under the usual conditions. Barely ten years after its completion, the physical structure of the Basilica Minore had deteriorated earlier than expected due to some construction defects and the ravages of natural elements. November 3, 1994, the repair works & repainting of the Basilica Minore’s exterior walls were resumed. The broken window glasses, the partly corroded steel window frames were replaced & strengthened.

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Bulusan Volcano

| Uncategorized | November 15, 2010

Bulusan Volcano National Park is a 3,673 hectares rain forest surrounding Mt. Bulusan. It has been designated a National Park in 1935 as a wildlife sanctuary reserve. The area possesses the volcano itself, the Bulusan Lake, the 2 other mountains identified as the Sharp Peak and Hormahan and Lake Aguingay . The Park is set at the South central part of Sorsogon Province Southern Luzon, Bicol Region, Philippines, bounded by 5 municipalities such as Bulusan, Barcelona, Irosin, Juban & Casiguran.

There are three main peaks within the park, the active Bulusan Volcano, the highest of the three, which is characterized by numerous deep ravines & caves, & Sharp Peak and the mountain called Hormahan. The center of the mountain complex forms a big plain that is at times flooded area known as the Lake Aguingay, which dries up during summer. Another lake in the Park, Lake Bulusan. A substantial field of forest remains in the park, including both forest around the peak, & lowland forest on the slopes. Other habitats include secondary grassland, freshwater lakes and pools, small settlements and rural gardens, abandoned farmland and disturbed ground. The park supports the needs of the nearby communities through its forest products, watershed & recreational values. Local communities utilize the lower slopes as agricultural land. It is the source of water for several communities & for the irrigation of impending agricultural land, and it provides natural protection from calamities such as typhoons and flash floods. Some animals are also found in the area, such as the Philippine baboon, hawks, monitor lizards, various endemic frogs, snakes & other reptiles. Deers are also spotted in the area in the late 80’s, although there are no evidences of their existence in the park nowadays.

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Mayon Volcano

| Uncategorized | September 10, 2010

Saan Nanggaling Ang Mayon

Mayon Volcano, well-known as Mount Mayon, is an active stratovolcano in the province of Albay, in the Bicol Region, on the island of Luzon, in the Philippines. Renowned as the “perfect cone” because of its almost symmetrically conelike shape, Mayon forms the northernmost boundary of Legazpi City. Local folklore mentions to the volcano as Bulkang Magayon, after the legendary heroine Daragang Magayon (Bikol: ‘Lady Beautiful’). On October 13, 2008 it was included in New 7 Wonders of Nature Top 10 list.

Mayon Volcano is the main landmark of Albay Province, Philippines. It is 10 kms./6 miles fr. the Gulf of Albay, in the cities & municipalities of Legazpi City, Daraga, Camalig, Guinobatan, Ligao City, Tabaco City, Malilipot, & Santo Domingo (clockwise from Legazpi). It rises 2462 m (8,077 ft) above the gulf. Mayon Volcano is the most active volcano in the Phils., and its activity is regularly supervised by PHIVOLCS from their provincial headquarters on Ligñon Hill, about 10 kilometers away from the peak.

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