Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Bunawan, Agusan del Sur

It is now 2013. I scanned my pictures and found out that I haven't shared yet this picture of Lolong. This was taken last June 2012.

Agusan del Sur (The Land of Golden Opportunities), is known for Lolong. The longest saltwater crocodile ever captured.

Agusan del Sur has mountain ranges in eastern and western sides forming a valley. Flows here is the famous Agusan River. The third longest river here in the Philippines. One of the prominent features in the Agusan River basin is the presence of Agusan Marsh. With a total area of 19,197 hectares. The marsh is a home to endangered and endemic flora and fauna and became a wildlife sanctuary in 1996.

Meet Lolong, the largest crocodile in captivity. An Indo-Pacific or Saltwater crocodile. A 20-feet and 3 inches (6.17 m). This endangered specie was named after Ernesto "Lolong" Goloran Cañete. He is one of the veteran hunters of crocodile and from Palawan Crocodile Reservation Center who led the hunt. He died of a heart attack several days before the crocodile was captured. Lolong is now kept in an enclosure at Bunawan Eco-Park and Wildlife Reservation Center in Barangay Consuelo (8 km out of town).

Another pride of the Philippines because Lolong was officially certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the "World's biggest crocodile in captivity."

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tinuy-an Falls - Bislig City, Surigao del Sur

Another Pride of Mindanao! The Tinuy-an Falls! Located in the southern region of Mindanao. Another main tourist attraction in Bislig.

One of the widest waterfalls here in the Philippines. Most people noted this as the "Niagara Falls of the Philippines. This falls has 3 tiered. With a total height of 55 meters. They also said that it has a formation of rainbow rays around 9am to 11am. Unfortunately, we arrived here late in the afternoon. Didn't had a chance for the rainbow.

I enjoyed staying in Surigao. Lots of beautiful places. Definitely a paradise for everyone!

Monday, October 22, 2012

San Pedro Calungsod - 2nd Filipino Saint

Sacristan.. Missionary.. Catechist.. and Martyr...

While in Guam, Calungsod preached Christianity to the Chamorro people through catechism, while baptizing infants, children and adults at the risk and expense of being persecuted and eventually murdered.

Born: July 21, 1654 (Ginatilan, Cebu)
Died: April 2, 1672 at the age of 17 (Tumon, Guam)

Honored in Roman Catholic Church.

Beatified by Blessed Pope John Paul II, March 5, 2000 in St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

Canonized by Pope Benedict XVI, October 21, 2012 in St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

Major Shrine: Archdiocesan Shrine of Saint Pedro Calungsod, Archbishop's Residence Compound, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines

Feast: April 2

Attributes: Martyr's palm, spear, bolo, Catechism Book, Rosary, Christogram, Crucifix

Patronage: Filipino youth, Catechumens, altar boys, the Philippines, Overseas Filipino Workers, Guam, Cebuanos, Visayans, Archdiocese of Cebu, Philippines

After Saint Lorenzo Ruiz, Calungsod will be the second Filipino declared a saint by the Roman Catholic Church.

Pls click this link if you want to know more about Saint Pedro Calungsod.

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