The PAGASA Weather Radar Station is located in Buenavista, Bato in Catanduanes Province. 2012, the latest state of the art Doppler radar station that sits atop a mountain and is expected to mitigate the effects of devastating typhoons in the country as the state weather agency. The new facility is seen to boost the capability of the state weather bureau to monitor weather, especially tropical cyclones, with improved tracking of rainfall, wind speed, and other important data. PAGASA predicts incoming typhoons. The new radar station can also transmit data real-time for faster, more regular, and more accurate forecasts – which the weather bureau has been trying to make improvements to after getting criticism for imprecise and slow forecast announcements in the past. It will also provide more accurate weather forecasts Continue reading
Maribina Falls is the most popular and widely publicized among the numerous waterfalls in Catanduanes. Secluded and relatively unexplored, the waterfalls beckon trekkers for a refreshing dip, frolic in the cool waters and rest in the surrounding boulders. Gushing with a breath-taking rapids of crystal-clear waters, the cascading falls are located amid rustic surroundings and lush-green vegetation. Maribina Falls is just a few minutes from Bato Church, and is the most publicized waterfall on the island. The falls releases cool water that is refreshing after a tiring day of exploring Virac and beaches along the coast of San Andres. This three-layer waterfall is situated amidst a lush forest with sheds waiting for visitors who want to enjoy a dip. These are only a few of the destinations you can enjoy while on the island of Catanduanes. This island is too huge to cover over a weekend Continue reading
Bato, a town in the southwest part of Catanduanes island, is probably best known for its 17th century church. The Bato Church, made of mortar and coral stone, stands on a small hill facing Bato River, have withstood the test of time.
Reveals parish priest Fr. Henry Vega: “Despite strong typhoons, like Sineng which hit in 1970 and Milenyo in 2006 which totally devastated other areas, there was no major damage to the Bato Church.” The church, he adds, “has not undergone any renovations to its exterior and has remained typhoon-proof.” Historical accounts show that it took 53 years, from 1830 to 1883, and six different parish administrations to build the Bato Church. Pilgrims often visit the church to marvel at its unique architectural design as it is the only Continue reading