Monday, 28 September 2009
Lots of heartbreaking stories are emerging about lives lost, and how residents are coping - many having become displaced.
An 18-year-old construction worker, Muelmar Magallanes, braved rampaging floods in the Philippines to save more than 30 people, but ended up sacrificing his life in a last trip to rescue a baby girl and her mother who were being swept away on a styrofoam box. Read more.
The bravery and self-sacrifice of Muelmar Magallanes is an inspiration to us all. May he rest in peace, and may his family find comfort in his bravery.
Sunday, 27 September 2009
More than a month’s worth of rain fell in just 12 hours yesterday as Tropical Storm Ketsana slammed ashore in the Philippines triggering the worst flooding in decades in the capital Manila and nearby provinces.
Philippines President Gloria Arroyo appealed for donations and called for calm.
July to October is known as the Rainy Season, but no-one in Manila can remember rains like this.
Read the full story on the website of our friends at Philippines Tourism.
Friday, 18 September 2009
Here's a great article from Tourism-Philippines.com:
From the deeply religious Bicol region, Camarines Sur is the Philippines’ newest and fast rising tourism star with coasts and islands that greet the traveler with gorgeous limestone formations, secluded white sand beaches as well as a throbbing adventure sports scene that makes the rest of Asia stand up and take notice.
About 10-12 hours bus ride (or a 45 minute plane ride) away from Manila is the province of Camarines Sur, formerly known as Tierra de Camarines – a Spanish-founded settlement. The name was derived from camaronchones or camarines, Spanish for a warehouse/barn which referred to the small nipa/bamboo huts used by the locals of the area. Spanish Governor General Guideo de Lavezares called Camarines Sur as Los Camarines after finding a great number of camarins or rice granaries all over the area.
Read it in full Here...
Thursday, 10 September 2009
Many thanks to our good friend, Ryan Buaron, in Manila, for pointing us towards this bit of trivia:
"In 1687, a crew of English freebooters headed by William Dampier came with a crew of Hollanders and named the islands in honor of their country's monarchs. Itbayat was named "Orange Isle" in honor of William of Orange, and Batan was named "Grafton Isle". Sabtang Isle was named "Monmouth Isle" after the Duke of Monmouth. Capt. Dampier stayed for less than three months, and did not claim the islands for the British crown." Source of info.
This part of the Philippines is so beautiful, and different, we've given it its own page on our website. They say the countryside is very much like Ireland or parts of Scotland. Being at the very far north of the country, the temperatures are a little cooler.