Pandan is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Catanduanes, Philippines. According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 19,005 people in 3,181 households.
Formerly the town site was located some two kilometers away south of the present site. Then the people were disturbed by constant depredation of bandits coming from other places.
The present site has been chosen because it was near the sea and the fishermen found it very convenient for their trade, however, being near the sea, it was vulnerable to Moros who always come to get their belongings or even capture some people.
As a defense against such moro raids, the people planted pandan shrubs close to each other to form a formidable defense against invaders. When the Spaniards came they found the plants around the poblacion in great abundance. When asked what the name of the shrubs was, the people told them that they were pandan shrubs. Thus, the Spaniards called the place Pandan.
The municipality lies on the northern tip of the province, 96 kilometers from the capital town of Virac. Bounded on the south by the municipality of Caramoran, on the west by the Maqueda Channel, on the east by the municipality of Bagamanoc and on the north by the Pacific Ocean. It has a total land area of 11,990 hectares. This is a town of 17,096 friendly and hospitable people, to which 99% are Roman Catholic.
Of the 26 barangays that comprise the municipality, four of which actually form the town proper, which are Libod, the biggest barangay in terms of population, Napo, Pandan del Sur and Pandan del Norte. The rest are found usually near the seashore. The rest being an inland barangays.
The municipality does not only boast of the natural beauties, it has which are the Parway, Mangbang, Parola beaches, the Hinik-Hinik falls (Hinik-hinik is a local term for rain shower) and Minaipit falls, but especially of its being a hometown of Senators, Congressman, Governor, Cardinal and Ambassador.
The people of Pandan are generally peace loving, God fearing and are happy people. Everyone in the community is a brother, a sister and a friend where the products of which could be shared even food itself without thought of having it repaid or reciprocated. Visitors are offered the comforts that the family could afford even it means that the owner should lay on the floor just to make the visitor eased at home by using the “papag”. And that is not enough, before going home; products of their yard would be wrapped for you to bring in your family plus a bunch of cockling chickens.
During celebrations, immediate neighbors are invited bringing among the whole members of the family and this seemed to be incomplete without tuba drinking and little dancing. Pantomina is a long cherished dance that never changes with time despite of the current dance and music. Pandananons has a series of collected pantomina songs which are now famous composed locally, of course it is not only the above songs, Pandananons used to compose, for evidence of which that gained popularity was a song composed by the late Mr. Alfredo dela Rosa, former Municipal Secretary of the Sangguniang Bayan of Pandan, entitled “Islang Catandungan”. This song won first place in the regional contest in Sorsogon sometime on the late 60’s.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Ipakita na ikaw ay isang Pilipino...
para sa Pilipinas.
Ikaw mismo ang dapat kumilos.
Ikaw mismo ang dapat gumawa.
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Sunday, May 10, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
BiographyTammy Jih (26); Victor Jih (35)
Hometown: San Francisco, Calif./Los Angeles, Calif.
If they can manage to work together, this smart and sassy brother/sister duo – both with Harvard Law degrees – might have just what it takes to outsmart the competition and cross the finish line first.
Tammy is a litigator who believes that her ability to keep a cool head under pressure, especially with little or no sleep, will lead to success on the Race. Her biggest pet peeve with her brother is that he’s a bit of a control freak. This was never more evident than when they recently traveled with friends to China and Victor mapped out the entire trip down to the minute.
Victor is a partner at his law firm and works as a corporate litigator. He is running the Race to see if he and his sister can co-exist in a hyper-competitive situation without driving each other crazy. Victor thinks that his teammate can be immature and selfish and he’s hoping the Race will remedy that.
Victor is confident in his decision making and believes his sister should do what he says as he knows best. Tammy would like to prove to Victor that she’s not a baby anymore and that it’s time he view her as an equal. Victor is modeling his game play after the cut-throat style of Rob and Amber while Tammy prefers Season 12 winners TK and Rachel’s laid back approach.
Both have traveled extensively and are supremely confident in their ability to win the million dollar prize.
Hope they'll win.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
- Ang tunay na lalake ay di natutulog.
- Ang tunay na lalake ay di nagte-text-back, maliban na lang kung papasahan ng load. Gayunpaman, laging malabo ang kanyang mga sagot.
- Ang tunay na lalake ay laging may extra rice.
- Ang tunay na lalake ay hindi vegetarian.
- Ang tunay na lalake ay walang abs.
- Ang tunay na lalake ay hindi sumasayaw.
- Ang tunay na lalake ay umaamin ng pagkakamali sa kapwa tunay na lalake.
- Ang tunay na lalake ay laging may tae sa brief.
- Ang tunay na lalake ay di naghuhugas ng pinagkainan o nagliligpit ng kanyang mga gamit dahil may babaeng gagawa noon para sa kanya. Mas lalong nagiging tunay ang pagkalalake kung di niya kilala o di niya maalala ang pangalan ng babae.
- Ang tunay na lalake ay di nagsisimba.
Monday, May 4, 2009
What can you say about it? Obviously, Martin did a different version of Lupang Hinirang with a jazz-like tone.
For your reactions, just leave a comment.
lalo na, ang maging bata minsan."
dyan ako nakaadar magbasa, magsurat, magbilang buda magkanta."
SAINT LAWRENCE THE MARTYR
Secondary Patron Saint of Pandan
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Bernabe Concepcion (29-1-1 18 KOs) of the Philippines won by unanimous decision over Yogli Herrera of Columbia (22-8-0 15KOs) over six rounds in the 3rd bout of the evening. The judges scores: Duane Ford 60-54, Richard Houck 60-54 and Robert Hoyle 60-54.
Concepcion is a native of Virac, Catanduanes. Congratulations and we are proud of you!
Manny Pacquiao throw a tremendous right hook in Hatton's jaw. It was actually the second KO. Everybody was still in shock and everyone is still discussing all the things that happened tonight.
I noticed Ricky Hatton doesn't feel confident on his fight. Before round 1 started, Ricky is taking a deep breath and while the referee is explaining the rules, RIcky doesn't look in Pacquiao's eyes. Pacquiao, on the other hand, was serious and looking at Hatton's face.
In round 1, both players did a good job but Hatton was KO'd in this round. The noise began to roar again and Pacquiao's fans can be seen cheering.
Everybody and even Pacquiao didn't knew that the second KO would mark the end of the fight. The referee went to Hatton and Hatton is still unconscious. Then that time, referee declared that the fight is over.
Friday, May 1, 2009
According to Greenpeace, an international environment watch group, Sulu is the Philippine province with the highest land area that is highly vulnerable to the sea-level rise. In this province, 90% of the land area of Pata municipality, and 34% of Marunggas municipality are vulnerable to the rise. But do you know that aside from Sulu, our very own province, CATANDUANES, is among the Philippine provinces vulnerable to sea level rise? And this is all because of climate change that our planet is experiencing nowadays.
A study conducted by the Philippine Country Study to Address Climate Change said, "shoreline changes due to reclamation for housing, ports, coastal roads, buildings, and other urbanized development are high, adding to an increased threat of inundation."
Here are the list of the provinces susceptible to sea-level rise according to Greenpeace:
- Zamboanga del sur
- Northern Samar
- Zamboanga Sibugay
- Davao del Norte
- Camarines Sur
- Negros Occidental
- Camarines Norte
- Zamboanga del Norte
We have been hearing and watching so much news about global warming and climate change. These words are not anymore new to us. We all know that we are all affected by these problems as residents of planet Earth. It concerns us, our children, our grandchildren, and the future generation.
Here is what Arnold Schwarzenegger, governor of California said: "The consequence of global climate change are so pressing that it doesn't matter who was responsible for the past; what matters is who is responsible for the future - and that means all of us... One responsibilty we all have, and that is action... action, action, action!" Katherine Richardson, a climate scientist at the Copenhagen, urged: "We have to act and we have to act now. We need to realize what a risk it is they are taking on behalf of their constituents, the world's societies and, even more importantly, future generations."
This is a call for everyone. For all of us. Let us save our province, our country, and our planet.
In our own little way...
Source: Climate Change: When Nature Lose Its Cool by Henrylito D. Tacio
Philippine Panorama, April 26, 2009 issue