Wednesday, November 28, 2007


Philippines: Somebody said to me "Don't fail to keep us updated on this issue!" Earlier, Meralco has successfully secured a temporary restraining order (TRO) stopping the PEZA from implementing the P1 per kwh cut on electricity rates on ecozones to finally put to rest the issue on who will regulate distribution utilities (DUs) within the economic zones.

It would be noted that PEZA initiated to impose a P1 per kwh reduction on rates of ecozone locators. Okay, I wont. Here's the follow up!

Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) and the Paradise Philippine Electric Power Operators Association Inc. (PEPOA) have accomplished and turned out well to discontinue the Philippine Economic Zone

Friday, October 19, 2007

Philippines Bombing Kills 8 in Makati

8 people died and 86 others were wounded in a blast that happened around 1:30 pm in Glorietta 2 mall in Makati City, Paradise Philippines. The whole Metro Manila will be in full alert status said NCRPO chief Geary Barias.

Philippine National Police initial reports said the blast could have been triggered by a LPG tank in one of the restaurants but investigators are considering that it could be bomb after inspecting the area of damage.

PNP Director Gen. Razon visited the explosion area and said he was sure that the blast was not caused by LPG.

The explosion had created a huge crater of about 5 meters wide and ripped three floors of the shopping mall.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Glory for Paradise Philippines

Once again, our Pambansang kamao Manny "Pacman" Paquiao gave glory to Paradise Philippines, He won a unanimous decision against Antonio Barrera of Mexico.

Manny Pacquiao proved his first win over Marco Antonio Barrera four years ago was no fluke as he again beat the Mexican fistic icon Sunday with a lopsided 12-round decision before a crowd of 10,112 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Unlike their first meeting where Pacquiao dominate Barrera via a resounding 11th round technical knockout, the return encounter was more subdued as the protagonists took a more tactical approach. Still, Pacquiao proved stronger and more powerful even against a better prepared Barrera and Filipinos are really proud to our pambansang kamao in Paradise Philippines.

The Barrera fight may also be Pacquiao’s last fight in the junior lightweight division. Pacquiao struggled to make the 130-pound limit and was still a pound overweight on Saturday.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Christian Bautista bloops national anthem

It was last month when I created a post in Paradise Philippines blog about Lupang Hinirang as a reminder to Filipinos who may have forgotten the song and lyrics of our Philippine National Anthem.

Last Sunday, young Philippine actor and singer Christian Bautista was given an opportunity to sing the Philippine National Anthem at an exhibition match between reigning world bantamweight champion Gerry Peñalosa and NABF bantamweight champion Bernabe Concepcion at Metropolis Mall in Alabang, Philippines.

It was another proud moment for the Philippines to host a celebrated boxing match. As the match commence, all sports spectators all stood up for the singing of the national anthem led by Christian.

As the crowd sing to their hearts, Christian suddenly buckled a few lines of the lyrics. The momentous pride suddenly became a monumental embarrasment.

The incident spread throughout and Christian felt the need to apologize for what happened.

He said, “I apologize to the Filipino people for the unforgivable lapse of memory that occurred yesterday during my rendition of the national anthem. I was recovering from a cold and the adrenalin and excitement of the moment got me through it. Unfortunately, it was the cost of a momentary lapse on my part.”

I know that everyone commits mistake, it’s just sad that a famous singer like Mr. Bautista who is known not only in Paradise Philippines but in other Asian countries for his beautiful songs and voice committed a mistake at the expense of an important national symbol.

Let this be a reminder that being a true Filipino, we must not only know the beautiful places in Paradise Philippines but also learn valuable traditions, which identify our strength as citizens of this country.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Boosts bid as surfing capital of Surigao town

Paradise Philippines: While the flow of tourists to the surfing town of Lanuza in Surigao del Sur remains slow, the opening of an airstrip in the neighboring town of Madrid is seen as a big boost to the tourism revenues of the entire area.

Surigao del Sur Rep. Philip Pichay said Lanuza, which faces the Pacific Ocean, has great waters ideal for surfing and a good number of Australian, American, Japanese and Korean tourists have already discovered the area, but the flow of tourists is hampered by the area’s inaccessibility.

Pichay said his brother, former Rep. Prospero Pichay, tried to remedy the situation by pushing for the construction of the airport at Madrid, and the incumbent congressman hopes it will boost the area’s bid to rival Siargao in the neighboring province of Surigao del Norte as the country’s surfing capital.

“Before, tourists who want to go to Lanuza had to go to Cebu, Butuan or Davao, where they get land or water transport to bring them there,” the incumbent lawmaker said. “Now, there will be direct flights.”

Although the airport can only accommodate small aircraft carrying a handful of people, Pichay said he hopes the airport will be completed before the end of the year, just in time for the 5th national surfing open that is scheduled to be held there in November.

He said the Paradise Philippines Tourism Authority has provided over P3 million so that the airport is completed in time for the tilt.

“The new airport will raise revenues for Lanuza and nearby towns and for local residents,” said Pichay. “With surfing being alive in Lanuza, business will thrive in the city.”

Aside from surfing, the Lanuza area also boasts of ecotourism destinations, like the Lanuza Marine Park and Sanctuary, Magkawas Falls, Lanuza Wetland Park and Mangrove Forest and Campamento Caves. Macon Ramos-Araneta

Monday, August 13, 2007

Philippine Boxing Team grabs World Cup

Filipino boxing enthusiast were very happy at the result of the Boxing World Cup held in Sacramento California where five of the six boxers won the bouts and made paradise Philippines proud.

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Philippine team has again proved that best boxers in the world are in Philippines as Manny Pacquiao being the most exciting fighter now a days, he was awarded as the Best of the year.

Mabuhay Filipinos!

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Jewel of the Philippines

Appointed Environment secretary Lito Atienza called for a moratorium on development projects in Boracay Island, a paradise beach resort in Visayas island Philippines, for a time-bound environmental protection master plan for the island.

Paradise Boracay has recorded an increase of 554,181 tourist arrivals last year, a 10.96 percent higher than the previous year. The increase in the number of tourists visiting Boracay had resulted to overcrowding and unhindered construction of buildings, which had caused problems in garbage disposals and flooding.

As the Department of Tourism named Boracay as the Jewel of the Philippines and the pride of the Philippines initiative to boom its tourism, many raised concerns on the contamination of the beach clear swimming water with high levels of coliform caused by inadequate sewage.

The government has yet to come up with the environmental master plan. In 1997, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has already revealed a high level of contamination in the waters of Boracay due to poor sewage facilities.

Tourists believed that if the government, resort owners and residents will not take serious actions about the problem, it is not impossible that paradise Boracay in Philippines will be no longer listed as one of the best beaches in the Philippines and in the whole world.

Let's not make this happen to the place we call paradise!

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Mount Bulusan in Paradise Philippines erupts

Known for its sudden steam-driven or phreatic explosions, Mount Bulusan erupted again after a few months of being restive.

An ash explosion occurred at Bulusan Volcano (12˚ 46.2’N 124˚ 03’E) at 09:37 AM today. The activity was accompanied by rumbling sounds and was reflected as an explosion type earthquake, which lasted for about 20 minutes. The eruption column reached a maximum height of five (5) kilometers before drifting west-southwest and west-northwest according to Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

Mount Bulusan is fourth most active of the country’s 22 active volcanoes. The three other most active volcanoes are Mayon in Albay province, Taal in Batangas province and Kanlaon on Negros Island. Many moderate explosive eruptions have been recorded at Bulusan since the mid-19th century.

Alert Level 1 remains in effect over the volcano and villagers are reminded not to enter the 4-kilometer radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) because the area is at risk from sudden steam/ash explosions.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Paradise Philippines A new Reality

travel poster concept - representing Philippines
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Saturday, July 7, 2007

Bugsuk Island

Bugsuk Island is an island in the Palawan region, Philippines. Its area is 119 km2.

Balabac Island

Balabac Island is an island in the Philippines, at 7.95° N 117.0208333° E. It is a part of the Palawan province.

The island is home to various endemic species. It is the home of birds like Grey Imperial-pigeon (Ducula pickeringii), Philippine Cockatoo (Cacatua haematuropygia), Blue-headed Racquet-tail (Prioniturus platenae), and the Palawan Hornbill (Anthracoceros marchei). The Philippine Mouse Deer, a subspecies of the Greater Mouse Deer (Tragulus napu) can only be found in this island.

The Molbogs, a Muslim ethnolinguistic group, is concentrated in this island. Their livelihood includes farming, fishing and barter trading with the nearby Sulu Bangsamoro and Sabah market centers.


Mindoro is the seventh-largest island in the Philippines. It is located southwest of Luzon, and northeast of Palawan. In past times, it has been called Ma-i or Mait by ancient Chinese traders and, by Spaniards, as Mina de Oro (meaning "gold mine") from where the island got its current name. The island was divided into its two present-day provinces, Occidental Mindoro and Oriental Mindoro, in 1950. Before then, since 1921, the entire island was one province.

According to the late historian William Henry Scott in his book Prehispanic Source Materials For The Study of Philippine History (rev. ed., 1984), an entry in the official history of the Sung Dynasty for the year 972 mentions Ma-i as a trading partner of China. Other Chinese records referring to Ma-i or Mindoro appear in the years that follow.

Prehispanic Source Materials enumerates the products that Mindoro traders exchanged with the Chinese as "beeswax, cotton, true pearls, tortoise shell, medicinal betelnuts and yu-ta [jute?] cloth" for Chinese porcelain, trade gold, iron pots, lead, colored glass beads and iron needles.


Masbate is an island province of the Philippines located in the Bicol Region. Its capital is Masbate City and consists of three major islands: Masbate, Ticao and Burias.


Marinduque is an island province of the Philippines located in the MIMARO region in Luzon. Its capital is Boac. Marinduque lies between Tayabas Bay to the north and Sibuyan Sea to the south. It is located south and west of Quezon, east of Mindoro, and north of Romblon.

Jomalig Island

Jomalig is a 6th class municipality in the province of Quezon, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 5,817 people in 1,032 households.


Polillo is an island of the Philippines, separated from Luzon by the Polillo Strait.

Fuga Islands

Fuga Island is an island in the northernmost part of the Philippines populated by approximately 2,000 Ilokanos. It is a part of the Babuyan Archipelago. The island still retains a traditional culture.


Calayan is an island and 4th class municipality in the province of Cagayan, Philippines. It is one of the Babuyan Islands in the Luzon Strait north of Luzon island. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 14,309 people in 2,654 households.

It is home to the Calayan Rail, a flightless bird identified as a separate species in 2004

Babuyan Islands

The Babuyan Islands is an archipelago located in the Luzon Strait and north of Luzon island in the Philippines. It is separated from Luzon by the Babuyan Channel and from the Batanes Islands up north by the Balintang Channel.

The Babuyan Islands consist of five major islands: Babuyan, Calayan, Camiguin, Dalupiri, and Fuga. Note that the Camiguin island here is different from the island-province of Camiguin in Mindanao.

Politically, the Babuyan Islands are part of the Philippine province of Cagayan.


Luzon refers to the largest and most economically and politically important island in the Philippines and to one of the three island groups in the country, with Visayas and Mindanao being the other two. Luzon as an island group includes the island of Luzon itself, plus the Batanes and Babuyan groups of islands to the north, and the main and outlying islands of Catanduanes, Marinduque, Masbate, Romblon, and Mindoro in the south. The island group of Palawan, which used to be a province belonging to an administrative region of Luzon, has been transferred to Region VI in the Visayas in 2005. [1] In old maps, it was called Luçonia or Luçon and inhabitants were called Luçoes.


Land bridges connecting the Philippine islands, especially Luzon to the rest of Asia were thought of to have brought the indigenous Aetas more than 15,000 years ago.

Austronesians from Taiwan landed in northern Luzon during the great Austronesian expansion around 2500 BCE and spread to the rest of the Philippines and Maritime Southeast Asia.

The region first came to contact with Spain in the late 16th century by Spanish conquistadors, led by Martin de Goiti, Juan de Salcedo, and Miguel López de Legaspi who arrived between 1570 and 1571 to claim the lands for Spain.

The island was the center of campaign during the Philippine Revolution. It was here that Phlippine independence was declared by Emilio Aguinaldo.

During the Philippine-American War, U.S. forces fought Filipino guerrillas in various parts of Luzon. In 1901, U.S. Brigadier General J. Franklin Bell told the New York Times that "One-sixth of the natives of Luzon have either been killed or have died of the dengue fever in the last two years. The loss of life by killing alone has been great, but I think that not one man has been slain except were his death served the legitimate purposes of war. It has been necessary to adopt what other countries would probably be thought harsh measures, for the Filipino is tricky and crafty and has to be fought in his own way.[2]

On December 8, 1941 (December 7, 1941 east of the International Date Line), Japanese aircraft attacked U.S. bases on Luzon, launching a campaign which would lead to the landing of invasion forces in various parts of the island. The major landings took place at Lingayen Gulf on December 22. In the face of superior Japanese forces, U.S. and Philippine troops began a series of phased withdrawals to the Bataan Peninsula, where they hoped to hold out until relief could be organized from the U.S. and to deny the Japanese use of Manila Bay through control of Corregidor Island at the southern tip of Bataan. The Battle of Bataan would last for several months, but U.S. and Philippine forces were eventually overwhelmed by the Japanese. Japanese forces completed the occupation of Luzon, but were harassed by U.S. and Filipino guerrillas, in many cases fighting in the same areas where Filipino guerrillas had harassed U.S. forces during the Philippine-American War.

Following earlier landings on Leyte and Mindoro Islands, U.S. forces landed on Luzon, at Lingayen Gulf, on January 9, 1945. Driving southward along the same general route the Japanese followed in 1941-42, they advanced on Manila and fought the Japanese in the Battle for the Liberation of Manila from February to March 1945. U.S. forces also landed in several other points on Luzon and conducted operations to rescue prisoners of war at Cabanatuan and Los Baños. In the face of U.S. advances, Japanese forces retreated to the mountains of Luzon and fought a protracted campaign against U.S. forces into the summer of 1945. Luzon and the rest of the Philippines were officially declared liberated on July 5, 1945.

[edit] Administrative Divisions
A map of Luzon color-coded by regions. Bicol Cagayan Valley CALABARZON Central Luzon Cordillera Ilocos Metro Manila MIMAROPA
A map of Luzon color-coded by regions. Bicol Cagayan Valley CALABARZON Central Luzon Cordillera Ilocos Metro Manila MIMAROPA

The eight regions are listed below, discussed individually. Its administrative centers are for formality's sake only, meaning, there is no 'valid' regional administrative center (except in the case of Administrative regions), the power being vested by the provincial governments. The regional centers are only the head tourist offices for the region.

* Ilocos Region (Region I)
* Cagayan Valley (Region II)
* Central Luzon (Region III)
* MIMAROPA (Region IV-B)
* Bicol Region (Region V)
* Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)
* National Capital Region (NCR)

Ilocos Region (Region I) is located in the northwest portion of the main island. Its provinces are: Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, and Pangasinan. Its inhabitants are mostly of Ilocano descent and the main languages are Ilokano and Pangasinan. The region's administrative center is San Fernando City, La Union. The city of Vigan in Ilocos province is the oldest surviving Spanish colonial city in the Philippines.

Cagayan Valley (Region II) is located in the northeast portion of the main island and also covers the Batanes and Babuyan islands to the north. The valley is surrounded by the Cordillera Central and Sierra Madre mountain ranges. Running through its center is the country's longest river, Cagayan River. Its provinces are Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, and Quirino. The region's administrative center is Tuguegarao City in Cagayan province.

Central Luzon (Region III) contains the largest plain of the country and produces most of the country's rice supply. Its provinces are Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales. The region's administrative center is the City of San Fernando, Pampanga. The former United States Navy base of Subic Bay is located in Subic, Zambales province while the former United States Air Force of Clark Field is situated in Angeles City, Pampanga. Both are now the country's booming special economic zones.

CALABARZON (Region IV-A), one of the newest regions of the country, was previously a part of Southern Tagalog (Region IV). It is one of the most populated areas of the country. The name of the region is actually an acronym that stands for its provinces, which are Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon. The Tagalogs are the dominant ethnic group in this region, with Tagalog as the main language. Its' recognized administrative center is Manila, which is in Metro Manila, however, some government officials still consider Quezon City, which is also in Metro Manila as the administrative center, and also, Lucena City, in Quezon province.

MIMARO (Region IV-B), along with CALABARZON is the newest region of the country, and was previously a part of Southern Tagalog (Region IV). It contains most of the islands in the Luzon group. The name of the region is actually an acronym that stands for its provinces, which are Marinduque, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, and formerly Palawan, which is now in the Western Visayas region.

Bicol Region (Region V) occupies the Bicol Peninsula at the southeastern end of Luzon island, plus the outlying islands which include the island provinces of Catanduanes and Masbate. The remaining mainland provinces are Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, and Sorsogon. The region's administrative center is Legazpi City in Albay. The inhabitants are of Bicolano descent with Bikol as the main language.

Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) almost completely covers the Cordillera Central mountain range of Northern Luzon. CAR, created in 1989 is a special administrative region for the indigenous tribes of these mountains. Its provinces are Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mountain Province. The regional center is Baguio City.

National Capital Region (NCR) is a special administrative region that contains the capital of the country, Manila; the country's most populous city, Quezon City; and an additional 15 more cities and municipalities. The region is more popularly known as Metro Manila. It is the only region in the country that has no provinces, and is the most densely populated with over 10 million people living in a 636 km² area.

[edit] Geography

Luzon's area is 104,688 square kilometers, making it the world's 15th largest island. It is the fifth most populous island in the world. Located on Luzon are the country's capital, Manila, and its most populous city, Quezon City. The island is very mountainous and is home to Mount Pulag, the second highest mountain in the country and Mayon, the most famous volcano. To the west of Luzon island is the South China Sea (Luzon Sea in Philippine territorial waters), to the east is the Philippine Sea, and to the north is Luzon Strait containing Babuyan Channel and Balintang Channel.

The main part of the island is roughly rectangular in shape and has the long Bicol Peninsula protruding to the southeast. The northern part of the island contains the largest mountain range in the country, the Cordillera Central. Mount Pulag, the second highest mountain in the country, is located there, rising 2,922 meters. To the east of the Cordillera Central is the large Cagayan Valley, which serves as the basin for the Cagayan River, the longest river in the Philippines. To the east of the valley rises the Sierra Madre mountain range, easily the longest range in the country.

The Sierra Madre snakes southwards into the central and southern part of the island. Between it and the Zambales Mountains to the west is the largest plain, the Central Luzon plain. This plain, approximately 11,000 km² in size, is the country's largest producer of rice. Among the rivers irrigating this plain, the longest are Agno to the north, and Pampanga to the south. In the middle of the plain rises the solitary Mount Arayat. To the west, in the Zambales Mountains, rises Mount Pinatubo, made famous because of its enormous 1991 eruption.

The Zambales mountains extends to the sea in the north, forming Lingayen Gulf, home to the Hundred Islands National Park. To the south, the mountains also extend into the sea, forming the Bataan Peninsula, which encloses the Manila Bay. This natural harbor is considered to be one of the best natural ports in East Asia, due to its size and strategic geographical location.

To the southeast of Manila Bay is the largest lake in the country, and also the largest inland lake in Southeast Asia, the Laguna de Bay (Old Spanish, Lake of Bay town). This 949 km² lake is drained by the Pasig River into Manila Bay. Pasig River is one of the most important rivers in the country due to its historical significance and because it runs through the center of Metro Manila.

Located just 20 km southwest of Laguna de Bay is Taal Lake, within the southwestern portion of the island. This caldera of a lake contains the smallest volcano of the country, Taal Volcano, which rises on the island in the center of the lake. The volcano in turn has a lake in its crater. All the surrounding areas of Taal Lake were once part of a massive prehistoric volcano that covered the southern portion of the province of Cavite, Tagaytay City, and the whole of Batangas province.

Off the southwestern portion of Luzon is the island of Mindoro, separated by the Verde Island Passages. The passages connect the South China Sea to the east with the Tayabas Bay. To the south of the bay is the island of Marinduque.

The southeastern portion of Luzon is dominated by the Bicol Peninsula. This is a mountainous and narrow region that extends approximately 150 km southeast. Along it are numerous gulfs and bays. In the north is Lamon Bay, which contains Alabat Island and is south of the Polillo Islands of Quezon province. Other bays and gulfs include San Miguel Bay, Lagonoy Gulf, Ragay Gulf, and Sorsogon Bay.

To the east of the peninsula lies the island of Catanduanes. Leading to it is the Caramoan Peninsula. Off the southeast tip of Bicol is Samar island, separated by San Bernardino Strait. Bicol Peninsula is connected to the main part of Luzon through the Tayabas Isthmus. Extending south from the isthmus is the Bondoc Peninsula.

The Bicol Peninsula is also home to numerous volcanoes. The most famous is Mayon Volcano in Albay. This 2,460 m high volcano is symmetrically shaped, rivaling that of Mount Fuji in Japan, and is a symbol of the Bicol Region. Other notable mountains are Mount Isarog and Mount Iriga in Camarines Sur, and Mount Bulusan in Sorsogon.

Located off the southwestern coast of the Bicol Peninsula are the islands of Ticao, Burias, and Masbate.

See also Geography of the Philippines.

[edit] Tectonics

Luzon is a mobile belt, or a fast deforming plate boundary zone -- hemmed in between two opposing subduction zones, the west-dipping Philippine Trench -- East-Luzon Trough subduction zone, and the east-dipping north-south trending Manila Trench(Hamburger et al., 1982). The Philippine Sea Plate subducts under Luzon on the east (along the Philippine Trench) while the Sunda block (part of the Eurasian plate subducts under Luzon along the Manila Trench at the western part (Rangin, et al., 1999).

The SE-NW trending left-lateral strike-slip Philippine Fault System traverses Luzon, from Quezon province/Bicol to the northwestern part of the island. This fault system takes up part of the motion due to the subducting plates and produces large earthquakes. Southwest of Luzon is a collision zone where the Palawan-Borneo block collides with SW Luzon, producing a highly seismic zone near Mindoro island. SW Luzon is characterized by a highly volcanic zone, called the Macolod Corridor, a region of crustal thinning and spreading. Using seismic and geodetic data, Luzon has been modeled as a series of six micro blocks or micro plates, all moving and rotating in different directions, with maximum velocities ~100 mm/yr NW with respect to Sundaland/Eurasia (Galgana et al., 2007). This highly deforming, multi-block nature of Luzon is also noted in its Geologic make up, as cited by Pubellier et al.(2004) among others.

[edit] Economy

The economy of the island is centered in Makati. Agriculture predominates in Central Luzon.

[edit] Demographics

[edit] Ethnic groups

Main article: Ethnic groups of the Philippines

The people of Luzon belong to the Filipino people, and are divided into several ethnolinguistic groups. These groups inhabit different areas of the island.

Ilocanos predominate in the regions of Ilocos and the Cagayan Valley, Pangasinense primarily inhabit Pangasinan, while the Kapampangans primarily live in Pampanga, Tarlac and the rest of Central Luzon. Meanwhile, Tagalogs are the majority in CALABARZON, and Metro Manila while Bicolanos predominate in Bicol. Other ethnic groups are also present such as the Aeta of Zambales, the Ibanag of Cagayan, and the Igorot of the Cordilleras.

Due to recent migrations populations of Moros and Chinese have also been present in urban areas. Populations of Spanish, other Europeans, Americans, Japanese, Koreans, Desis, Blacks, and Filipino mestizos are also visible.

[edit] Languages

Main article: Languages of the Philippines

Map of the dominant Ethnolinguistic groups of the Philippines
Map of the dominant Ethnolinguistic groups of the Philippines

Almost all of the languages of Luzon belong to to the Borneo-Philippines group of the Malayo-Polynesian language branch of the Austronesian language family. Major regional languages include: Tagalog, Ilocano, Bikol, Kapampangan, and Pangasinan. English and Lan-nang-oe, a variant of Hokkien (Min Nan), is also used by many inhabitants.

Spanish has a history on the island, primarily due to educated illustrados (including José Rizal) as well as authorities of the Spanish Empire. Spanish was the language of Philippine Revolution, and the 1899 Malolos Constitution proclaimed it as the official language. However, its use declined following the American occupation of the Philippines.

[edit] Religion

Main article: Religion in the Philippines

Major religions present in the island include Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, the Philippine Independent Church, and Iglesia ni Cristo.[3] Indigenous traditions and rituals are also present.

Sizable communities of Buddhists and Muslims have also began to be present in Metro Manila due to migrations of Moros and Chinese, as well as conversions of the locals especially the Tagalogs.

[edit] See also
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* Regions of the Philippines
* Provinces of the Philippines
* Visayas
* Mindanao

Hundred Islands

The Hundred Islands National Park is in the province of Pangasinan in northern Philippines. It is located in Alaminos City, Pangasinan. The islands (124 at low tide and 123 at high tide) are scattered along Lingayen Gulf and cover an area of 1,844 hectares (4,556.62 acres). They are believed to be about two million years old. Only three of them have been developed for tourists: Governor Island, Quezon Island, and Children's Island.

[edit] Trivia

* One of the islands was named 'Rated K Island' after a Philippine TV programme.
* The town Anda, located north-east of Alaminos City, is often called the "mother island" of the Hundred Islands.
* The Pinoy Big Brother had another house in Hundred Islands. It was located on Governor Island and was first used by the Teen Edition housemates.


* When it is your first time to visit the place, people believe that kissing the statue of Princess Urduja would protect you before riding the boat on your way to the islands

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Catanduanes is an island province of the Philippines located in the Bicol Region in Luzon. Its capital is Virac and the province lies to the east of Camarines Sur across Maqueda Channel.

People and culture

The people of Catanduanes are Bicolanos whose dialect indicates a strong Visayan influence. The early Spanish chroniclers noted that that the people on Catanduanes, not unlike the Visayans, also adorned their bodies with tattoos. Oral traditions also reveal folk legends that trace the earliest Catanduanons to the same group of settlers who allegedly peopled the Visayas.

As a result of geographical seclusion and vulnerability to storms, the Catanduanons have remained isolated from the rest of the Bicol region and the Philippines. This isolation in part accounts for the strength of religious institutions in the island. Nearly all the people belong to the Roman Catholic Church and religious fervor remains high. However, despite their isolation, the people of Catanduanes are also noted for their genial mien and hospitality.

Inhabitants speak the Bicol language with a distinctive accent.

[edit] Geography

Catanduanes is known to many as an island paradise. It lies east of the Bicol peninsula. The island province is bounded by the Maqueda Channel in the west, the Pacific Ocean on the north and east, and Lagonoy Gulf and Cabugao Bay on the south.

It has an aggregate total area of 1,511.50 km². These include the smaller islands of Panay, Palumbanes, Parongpong, Calabagio and 23 other islets.

The general landscape of the island is hilly to mountainous, becoming more pronounced towards the central portion. Less than 10 percent of the land area has slope gradient under 8 percent, mostly fractured and narrow strips of plains dispersed near the coastal areas where most of the inhabitants are settled. Its coastal plains are narrow and limited, and the only widely cultivated area is in northeastern section, which is considered as the rice granary of the province.

[edit] Political

Catanduanes is subdivided into 11 municipalities.

[edit] Municipalities

* Bagamanoc
* Baras
* Bato
* Caramoran
* Gigmoto
* Pandan

* Panganiban (Payo)
* San Andres (Calolbon)
* San Miguel
* Viga
* Virac

[edit] Physical

[edit] History

The province, formerly known as "Catanduan, "Catandongan", and finally "Catanduanes", derived its name from the "tando" trees.

The early settlers of this island were said to be scions of the Datus of Borneo. Juan de Salcedo arrived in this island in 1573, hunting for pirates, and conquered and Christianized the natives. Three years later, a galleon expedition from Acapulco was shipwrecked near the island and the survivors were either killed or made servants. The Batalay Church in Bato, just several kilometers from the capital town of Virac, marks that historical event.

The scions of the ten Bornean Datus who had moved on the island of Panay and then, spread out throughout the archipelago were the first settlers to have set foot in Catanduanes.

Meanwhile, the Spaniards came on the island province in 1573. Juan de Salcedo and his other conquistadores, together with some friars who were to christianize the island later, landed on the island in search for local pirates who were plying their nefarious trade between Camarines Sur, Sorsogon and Western Catanduanes. As they moved along, the friars also conquered the inhabitants through the gospel.

Catanduanes was not spared from the adventurous raids of the Moros who came from the island of Mindanao. Because of these destructive raids, many records of the past were destroyed and lost. Thus, the complete details of the history of the island was cut short. The only record made to proclaim about the past was in 1755.

During the American regime, the local insurgents refused to recognize the sovereignty of the United States. Most of them fled to the mountains. The American occupation did not last long. In 1934, the Americans had ceased control of the island.

During World War II, Catanduanes was not spared by their invasion. Garrisons were erected in different parts of the island. The guerilla movement was intensely active during this time of crisis.

On February 8, 1945, the liberation of the island province was proclaimed. In its place, a municipal building at Virac was constructed and also the town's Parish church.

The free atmosphere has calmed the people. The guerilla forces controlled the barracks vacated by the Japanese forces.

On October 26, 1946, three months after the Philippine independence from the Americans, the island was finally recognized as a separate and independent province. Commonwealth Act No. 687 was enacted to create the island of Catanduanes as one of the six provinces of the Bicol Region.

Commonwealth Act No. 687 established Catanduanes as a province independent from Albay. It was approved by Congress on September 26, 1945, signed into law by President Sergio Osmeña, Sr. on October 24, 1945, and took effect on October 16, 1945.

Current govorner is Leandro B. Verceles, Hr. with Hon. Vincent Villanueva as vice-govorner. Villanueva is the youngest vice-govorner in the country and an alumni of Angelicum College.

Itbaya Island

Itbayat is one of the Batanes Islands of the Philippines. Together with some other islands it forms the municipality of Itbayat in Batanes Province.

The major produce of the island are garlic, pineapple, and coconut trees. Itbayat is also home to coconut crabs.

Itbaya Island

Itbayat is one of the Batanes Islands of the Philippines. Together with some other islands it forms the municipality of Itbayat in Batanes Province.

The major produce of the island are garlic, pineapple, and coconut trees. Itbayat is also home to coconut crabs.

Siayan Island

Siayan is one of the Batanes Islands of the Philippines.

Sabtang Island

Sabtang is one of the Batanes Islands of the Philippines. Together with some other islands it forms the municipality of Sabtang in Batanes Province.

Mavudis Islands

Mavudis is the northernmost of the Batanes Islands and the northernmost island in the Philippines. It is part of the province of Batanes. Mavudis (Mavodis), the Ivatan name for the island, means "low". The island was also called Dihami (meaning "north" in Ivatan) by older Batan natives, Diami by some members of the Spanish colonial government, and Yami (or Y'Ami) in most American-era maps of the Philippines. The latter should not be confused with the aboriginal Yami of Taiwan that live on islands further north beyond Philippine territorial limits, but are geographically, culturally and linguistically related to the Ivatan.

Batan Islands

There are two Batan Islands in the Philippines. The first Batan island is the main island of the Batanes Province, in the Philippines. It is where the capital, Basco, is located. It is known chiefly for Mount Iraya.

Batan is part of the Batanes Islands.

The other Batan Island, is in the Bicol region, in the municipality of Rapu-rapu, in the province of Albay, Philippines.

Batanes Island

The Batanes Islands are the northernmost islands of the Philippines. They comprise the Province of Batanes. They are located between the Babuyan Islands (belonging to Cagayan Province) and Taiwan. The islands are sparsely populated and subject to frequent typhoons.

The northernmost island is Mavudis, also known as Y'Ami. The other islands are Misanga (also called North Island), Ditarem (used to be named Siayan or Siagan), Siayan (used to be named Mabudin or Mavodis), Itbayat, Dinem (also called Diogo Island), Batan, Sabtang, Ivuhos (also spelled Ivohos) and Diadekey (also called Dequey and Jikey). Only Itbayat, Batan, and Sabtang are inhabited.

The three largest islands are Itbayat, Batan, and Sabtang and are the only inhabited ones, mainly by the Ivatan.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Welcome to Paradise Philippines

Welcome to Paradise Philippines.

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