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  • Pinoy Aquaman Ingemar Macarine Takes 10-km Swim In Southern Leyte

    An environmental lawyer and triathlete dubbed as "Pinoy Aquaman" swam from the historic Limasawa Island from Padre Burgos town in Southern Leyte to commemorate the first Christian mass 496 years ago.

    Ingemar Macarine endured big waves and strong current of Canigao Channel to finish his four-hour unassisted swim on Sunday, March 19, that signals the kick-off of the celebration of the first Catholic Mass in Asia.

    Two boats from the Bantay Dagat and Coast Guard escorted Macarine in his 10.34-kilometer non-stop swim.

    Macarine said that aside from promoting the 496th First Mass in Limasawa ...

  • Hanginan An Uphill Hike To Maasin Citys Miraculous Pilgrimage Site

    Hanginan – one of Leyte's most revered pilgrimage sites – has been on my personal travel wish-list, for the past 6 months. From fellow adventurer Marj of Dakilang Laagan to a trio of Facebook followers, many have raved and praised about the awe-inspiring scenery and spiritual feel of this mountainous village in Maasin city. And finally, I, together with my wife (Mrs. Bisaya Traveler), got the opportunity to hike the Hanginan trail and see its miraculous site – the San Francisco Javier Shrine.

    Although the trail overall is a little short (about 3 kilometers), it was still a sweet, blis ...

  • Sakay-Sakay Festival In Maasin City A Success Despite Rains

    The annual Sakay-Sakay Festival in Maasin City was successfully held despite on and off rains brought by the low pressure area (LPA) last Sunday.

    The Sakay-Sakay festival in honor of the Child Jesus drew devotees in the locality to participate in the annual event which was supported by the city government of Maasin and has appropriated funds for the same purpose. According to the City Investment and Promotions staff, Maasin City allocated around P370,000 to fund the winners' prizes, among other miscellaneous expenses including food.

    There were 4 categories in the competition such as th ...

  • Meet The LAMAVE Scholars First Up Is Kathy Mauyao

    Meet our scholars! Each LAMAVE research project has at least one Filipino Scholar who is sponsored to join our team. These are our amazing LAMAVE Scholars! First up is Kathy Mauyao who is currently working with our whale shark research team in Southern Leyte. Here's what the Filipina conservationist had to share with us…

    1. Where is home?

    I was born and lived in the town of Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal, for 21 years. At an elevation of 600 meters above sea level, 30 kilometres away from the city, trapped in the heart of Luzon, I always dreamed of living by the sea. Now, as a diver for 7 year ...

  • Cleaning Up 2017 With LAMAVE And The Ocean Protectors Of Southern Leyte

    For the LAMAVE Southern Leyte team and the Pintuyan community, starting the year right means cleaning up 200 meters of coastline. The staunch enthusiasm and effort of everyone, even in the rain, reaped 20 bags full of trash that have inevitably found their way into our shores. The ocean is an important life source for all. Each of us can help preserve a healthy marine ecosystem by being conscious of how much garbage we produce and reducing it.

    A big thank you to the schools, the community, and the LGU of Pintuyan, Southern Leyte for their participation and support! Here's to being better oc ...

  • Over 9000 Hectares Planted Under NGP In Southern Leyte

    For six straight years, from 2011 to 2016, the number of hectares in this province planted to a mix of forest and fruit trees, including wood used for cooking, has reached 9,731 hectares.

    The massive province-wide tree planting activity was spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) under the nationwide project, the National Greening Program (NGP).

    In the same six-year period, the number of seedlings planted totaled 4,621,901 pieces for a total cost of P 111,965,000.00 excluding administrative expenses, Emelito Egnacio, NGP Coordinator, reported durin ...