Start of Summer at Hermana Menor

Last April 10, PAGASA (the Philippine government weather bureau) announced the termination of the northeast monsoon. This is usually taken as the start of summer or the warm and dry season in the country. A day later we were off and driving, heading for the beaches. We stopped briefly at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone... Continue Reading →

Puraran Beach for Non-Surfers

When locals in Baras, Catanduanes welcomed Australian surfer Peter Sutton to their isolated cove in 1984, they had no idea that his visit would help place Puraran Beach and Catanduanes on the tourist map. Sutton was lured by the perfect barrel waves brought off by swells from the Pacific breaking on Puraran’s offshore reef (later... Continue Reading →

Binurong Point’s Coastal Landscape

The town of Baras is often credited with making Catanduanes famous. The municipality’s Puraran Beach was discovered by an Australian as a surfing destination in 1984, eventually helping place Catanduanes province on the tourism radar. Baras, however has more to offer besides golden sand beaches and perfect barrel waves. Just three years ago, word started... Continue Reading →

Stopover at Bato, Catanduanes

We almost never got to see the attractions of Bato town in Catanduanes. Our original itinerary included the Cagnipa Rolling Hills and the beaches of Pandan town and possibly nearby Palumbanes Islands in Caramoran – attractions on the western coast. That proved to be too ambitious given our limited time and we ended up restricting... Continue Reading →

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