Pagapas Bay and all of Calatagan's waters have been declared as a 48,000 hectare Marine Reserve.
Pagapas Bay and Calatagan Marine Reserve News
The five-time champion is back. He humbly carries his single-blade paddle that bears the name of his bangka, a light canoe with bamboo outriggers. He calls it 'Fighter' ??" a name that cannot be more appropriate, as he battles for his sixth title in a bid to earn the honor of being the first on the annual festival's wall of fame.
But that will not be an easy feat. Bangkathon 2012 brags a strong bunch of paddlers, 25 in all. The champion's brother always came in second in the past races, but he will not settle for less this time. And neither will a few young lads, seasoned fishermen all desp ...
Diving in Pagapas Bay Batangas ,Nakakatuwa.
With my dive buddies Ramon and Dennis Nakpil, and with guest diver and friend Ed Hontiveros, I drove to Calatagan recently for a dive excursion.
After an easy 2 hour drive, we reached this town in Batangas, whose name translates as flat place. Noticeably, there are more residences and sari-sari stores standing than before, as well as a handful of resortsbut no fast-food chains. The end-of-the-road wharf that used to accommodate a small cattle barge and a few outrigger boats or bancas is now five times as large, heavily built to accommodate mid-sized roll-on roll-off ferries transporting pas ...
Fraser's dolphin. Regular in Pagapas Bay.
Residents of Barangay (village) Hukay here caught a whale shark in Pagapas Bay, but later released it, on the advice the fishery officials.
Jessie de los Reyes, chairman of the Municipal Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council (MFARMC) in Calatagan, said the shark, locally known as "butanding," was spotted at about 8 a.m. Saturday. It had apparently become stuck in a fishing net.
De los Reyes said on Sunday he received a text message from Bantay Dagat (Sea Guard) head Rod de Jesus at about 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, informing him that a butanding had been found by Hukay residents. ...