Mount Iriga in Camarines Sur

Mount AsogMount Iriga, also known as Mount Asog, is one of the active volcanoes in the Philippines in the province of Camarines Sur. It is known for its phreatic (water) explosions. It is also a stratovolcano of about a kilometer from Lake Buhi. It rises 1,196 m (3,924 ft) with a base diameter of 10 kilometers. The volcano is dominantly andesitic in composition, but has several basaltic flank cones. It has a large crater breached to the SE, which formed during a massive flank failure that produced a large debris avalanche which buried several villages and formed a hilly, irregular deposit on the plain south of Lake Buhi 4 km from the summit. Continue reading

Lake Buhi in Camarines Sur

Lake Buhi Camarines SurLake Buhi is located in Buhi, Camarines Sur, a province located in the Bicol Region of Luzon. It has an area of 18 square kilometres and has an average depth of 8 meters. The lake lays in the valley formed by two ancient volcanoes, Mount Iriga and Mount Malimas. This formation was created in 1641, when an earthquake caused a side of Mount Iriga to collapse. The resulting landslide created a natural dam that blocked the flow of nearby streams. Another theory suggests that it was created by the eruption of Mount Asog which is now a dormant volcano. The Lake showcases an enchanting beauty with its undulating mountain slopes and long stretches of shoreline. The major economic activities in Buhi are agriculture and fishing, both of which Continue reading

Sinarapan

Mistichthys luzonensisSinarapan is scientifically known as Mistichthys luzonensis. There is no translation of this name in Filipino, though the word means “tasty” or “delicious.” This species is found only in Lakes Bato and Lake Buhi and other bodies of water in Camarines Sur province, part of the Philippines’ Bicol Region. It is believed to be the world’s smallest commercially harvested fish (though not the smallest fish known). The fish has an average length of 12.5 millimeters. Males are smaller than females. Sinarapan were first studied in 1859, but were mistakenly thought to be immature specimens of Gobius dispar. They received no further outside attention until United States Army scientists described them as a new species in 1902. Continue reading

Sinarapan Festival in Buhi

Sinarapan Festival San BuenaventuraThe Sinarapan Festival showcases the world’s largest fish locally known as “sinarapan” which is found abundant in the area. Various activities are lined up highlighted by the float competition. The festival aims to enrich the town’s culture and tradition as well as develop livelihood opportunities of its local community. In Barangay San Buenaventura, Buhi, Camarines Sur, just right besides Lake Buhi, there is a species of fish that is being cultivated by its residents called the Sinarapan. It is touted as one of the world’s largest, if not the largest, fish being bred; however, unlike its cousins which also carry that name but is popularly known as Continue reading

Mount Iriga Agta

Camarines Sur MapCommonly referred to as Negritos, Agtas do belong to the Negrito ethnolinguistic group. There are many Agta tribes, scattered over Regions I to V in the island of Luzon. The Mount Iriga Agtas reside west of Lake Buhi in southern Camarines Sur, Bicol Region. The tribe is also on the endangered list, although there are still substantial members remaining (unlike neighbors east of Lake Buhi, the Mount Iraya Agtas).

Agtas are characteristically short, dark-skinned, kinky-haired, thick-lipped, and small-nosed. Their traditional clothing is tapis (skirt) for women and bahag (breechcloth) for men. Continue reading

Mount Iraya Agtas

Camarines Sur MapCommonly referred to as Negritos, Agtas do belong to the Negrito ethnolinguistic group. There are many Agta tribes, scattered over Regions I to V in the island of Luzon. The Mt. Iraya Agtas reside east of Lake Buhi in southern Camarines Sur, Bicol Region. One of four endangered Negrito populations, whose numbers are dwindling at a very rapid pace, the tribe faces extinction in the near future unless drastic steps are taken to preserve their language and culture.

Agtas are characteristically short, dark-skinned, kinky-haired, thick-lipped, and small-nosed. Their traditional clothing is tapis (skirt) for women and bahag (breechcloth) for men. Continue reading