Saturday, September 10, 2005

SAMAR ISLAND GUIDE: EXPLORER JONI A. BONIFACIO TEL: 055-2512301
CELL:09192943865 / 09053233572

WEBSITE: www.bonifaciojoni.blogspot.com




HISTORY CATBALOGAN, SAMAR

The town of Catbalogan was founded or settled sometime in October 1596, by the Priests of the Jesuits Order. Friar Francisco de Otazo, who arrived in the Philippines in 1596, was the first missionary to bring the Catholic faith to the people of Catbalogan in 1768, the Spanish Franciscans took over.The original name of the town was KATBALAUGAN or KABALAUGAN. The two syllables of the name are compounds of the prefix KAT or KA and the substantive noun BALAUG of the Samar Visayan dialect. Katbalaugan or Kabalaugan means a place were seafarers, fishermen or sailors take shelter or cover and are detained. The old fishing village of Katbalaugan or Kabalaugan was the refuge of people riding in small boats and sailboats when the Northwest and Southwest monsoons blew during the month of July, August, and September.During the early days of Spanish occupation of the Philippines, Samar was under the jurisdiction of Cebu. Later, it was declared a separate province. But, in 1735, Samar and Leyte were united into one province with Carigara, in Leyte, as the capital. The union however, did not prove satisfactory. So in 1768, Samar again became a separate province from Leyte. Since then, Samar has emerged as an independednt political unit with Catbalogan as the capital.On January 27, 1900, the American captured the town of Catbalogan. Civil government was established on June 17, 1902 with Julio Llorente of Cebu as the first governor of Samar.On May 24, 1942, the Japanese forces landed in Barrio Pangdan and occupied the capital. On December 18, 1945, the American liberation Forces re-occupied the town.On June 19, 1965, the Philippine Congress approved Republic Act No. 4221 dividing Samar into Western Samar, Eastern Samar and Northern Samar. Catbalogan thus ceased to be the capital of the whole island-province after enjoying the prestige of being the premier town of Samar for 17 years since


MALATUGAWI ISLAND BEACH (CATBALOGAN,CITY)

MALATUGAWI ISLAND (CATBALOGAN,CITY)

MENDOZA BEACH RESORT (CATBALOGAN,CITY)

CALAPOG CAVE (CATBALOGAN,CITY)

CATANGDAN CAVE (CATBALOGAN,SAMAR)

LUNGIB RESTHOUSE (CATBALOGAN,SAMAR)

LUNGIB CAVE 1 (CATBALOGAN,SAMAR)

LUNGIB CAVE 2 (CATBALOGAN,SAMAR)

LUNGIB CAVE 3 (CATBALOGAN,SAMAR)

LUNGIB CAVE 4 (CATBALOGAN,SAMAR)

NASARANG SWIMMING POOL (CATBALOGAN,SAMAR)

MASOKPASAK FALLS (CATBALOGAN,SAMAR)

KATIGAHAN FALLS 1 (CATBALOGAN,SAMAR)

KATIGAHAN FALLS 2 (CATBALOGAN,SAMAR)

SAN ANDRES VEIWING AREA (CATBALOGAN,SAMAR)

KAWAYAN-PATAG CAVE 1 (CATBALOGAN,SAMAR)

KAWAYAN-PATAG CAVE 2 (CATBALOGAN,SAMAR)

JONIS CAVE (CATBALOGAN,SAMAR)

KAWAYAN CAVE EXIT (CATBALOGAN,SAMAR)

BANGON FALLS 3

BANGON FALLS 2

BANGON FALLS 1

"CAMPO" HISTORICAL LANDMARK

BITO CAVE

KAWAYAN CAVE

DARAHUWAY DAKU AND GUTI ISLAND

BASIAO ISLAND BEACH

OVERLOOKING CATBALOGAN,SAMAR

CAL-APOG BEACH

GUINSORONGAN BEACH

CATBALOGAN TOWN PLAZA LANDMARK

OBELISK TOWER

SAMAR PROVINCIAL CAPITOL BUILDING

PEITA PARK

CATBALOGAN CHURCH

IGOT COVE

PAYAO BEACH

BURI BEACH

BURI AIRPORT

CATBALOGAN OLDEST TREE

28 Comments:

Blogger Roger said...

Hey Joni,

First time to visit this site. My classmate Albero Villarin show me this website. Good information for tourists and locals. Keep up the good work. I hope more visitors will visit.

Rog

5:07 AM  
Blogger chingsay said...

wish i could go and visit the site for real but i am afraid of enclose area like caves where you have to crawl to get to another spot. seeing your pictures is a dream come true. thank your for sharing.

5:31 AM  
Blogger jane said...

its a nice view thanks for inviting me to see your blog,really i like to go there i want to experience life in the cave..............

5:30 PM  
Blogger bluevoy said...

Interesting photos! will visit this weekend and hoping to see some places featured on your site. thanks to people like you who unselfishly share your photos to frequent travelers like myself. Keep up the good work man!

8:55 AM  
Blogger ptifur said...

hi Joni,

i enjoyed browsing the site of Catbalogan,i will visit all of them next time i come home.keep up the good work.God Bless!




maya Matnog

2:45 PM  
Blogger bernie de guia-bulan said...

i never been to the place (catbalogan) though i'm from n. samar... and i regret for not coming to visit ur naturally-beautiful-virgin-work-of-nature... i hope that one day, i'll visit ur place...

thanks for the infos... it's really a WOW! Samar!

12:25 AM  
Blogger indayseo said...

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5:40 PM  
Blogger marie said...

Hi Joni,

It's nice to see my home town again
thanks to you. It has been 10 long years since I visited Catblogan, I see it has been a lot of changes. Thanks for sharing keep up the good work. I enjoyed it very much.

Marie

4:53 PM  
Blogger zel said...

hi guys!wow it is a very wonderful spots.i dont even know that catbalogan has amazing spots.i wish i could visits those when i come back.i wan to thank and congratulate you gus for posting thos sites and i hope i could see more not jst catbalogan sites but also those which are not yet discovered.i will be happy to see you sir joni and to be part of your taem.go guys more power to you let us show what we have!GODBLESS YOU GUYS!

3:44 AM  
Blogger zel said...

hi guys!wow it is a very wonderful spots.i dont even know that catbalogan has amazing spots.i wish i could visit those when i come back.i wan to thank and congratulate you gus for posting thos sites and i hope i could see more not jst catbalogan sites but also those which are not yet discovered.i will be happy to see you sir joni and to be part of your taem.go guys more power to you let us show what we have!GODBLESS YOU GUYS!

3:45 AM  
Blogger Daniel Reyes said...

para na rin akonakauwi sa amin, thanks for sharing with us those pix.. nakakahidlaw!

3:44 PM  
Blogger Alfredo said...

It is so nice to know that you do not have to leave Catbalogan to see the beautiful faces of God's creation.

I myself did not know that such treasures exist in my hometown..until I saw these pics. Thanks...for posting them...more power to you Joni.

6:50 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

Got lots many collection of beauties at a time, thanks for this post. I have found one which offer vacation rentals in Tuscany.

3:17 AM  
Blogger katherineborrapanganiban said...

i miss this place so much! thanks for posting!

4:49 AM  
Blogger Shekinah said...

Great photos! Philippines really has a lot of tourist attractions..Thanks for the post.:)
guide to callao caves

6:22 PM  
Blogger TheTravelAngel said...

Indeed, there are some places in the Philippines left uncovered and not yet explored. We must not stop in making things great in preserving our mother nature's gift.


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8:24 AM  
Blogger Johnny Uy said...

I was born in Catbalogan, but I left when I was about 7 or 8 yrs old. Once in a while when I was in High school I visited there to see my relatives from Barangay Mercedes. I really missed my birthplace. I enjoyed my childhood there. I love to sea the ocean and the scenery. The people are very nice. I also want to see the St Bartholomew Church where I always pray everytime I got a chance.

12:54 AM  
Blogger Johnny Uy said...

I was born in Catbalogan, Samar. I have been away for years. I left to Manila when I was 7yrs old. After my college our family migrated to San Francisco. I miss my birthplace and I enjoyed my childhood there. I am going back and I can't wait to see the beauty of Samar. Thanks!!!!

1:00 AM  
Blogger Teepee said...

Thank you for the pictures of Catbalogan. My family originated from Catbalogan.
Teepee

7:06 PM  
Blogger Teepee said...

Thank you for the pictures of Catbalogan. My family originated from Catbalogan.

7:07 PM  
Blogger beth said...

catbalogan samar, i really love this place! those were the days that i've spent my childhood with my grandparents there and i'm really proud to be part of this place once in my lifetime!

12:22 AM  
Blogger Gabriel Tena said...

amo la iton maupay dida, pero waray trabaho nga maupay nga susudlan! amo nga gutom an mga tawo..tubtub la pakakaon., waray asenso

12:06 AM  
Blogger bumpy said...

sano pa daw mag oopay it aton siyudad

4:58 AM  
Blogger bumpy said...

sano pa daw mag oopay it aton siyudad

4:59 AM  
Blogger emon macopia said...

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11:53 PM  
Blogger emon macopia said...

WOW nakakataba naman ng puso na kahit paano my nakaka appreciate sa ganda ng SAMAR,,taga catbalogan samar din ako pero dito na ako sa manila ngstay at ngwowork,,,halos lahat nasa picture like Mendoza beach at Mulatugawi beach ay sa barangay lng namen,,na excite naman ako na makauwi ulit

12:25 AM  
Blogger clive horne said...

My Beautiful wife is from Catbalogan & we got married in St Bartholomew Parish church in March this year 2013. The church itself is so beautiful and the service is a thing i will never forget.
But sadly Catbalogan. Yes it has its inner beauty & the people there are very happy friendly people.Catbalogan is really off the tourist track & there are very few tourist or white people there so you really get noticed by the locals there.So if you get lost or need to know anything they will always help you out and point you in the right direction (most people there talk English)& wave to you. But the beaches are littered with rubbish & you would not dream of swimming in the sea there. The town itself is nice dure in the day but very poor. At night time when everything is closed it looks bad and very dirty. Theres a great little pub near the market were the locals go and have a good old sing along on the karihoki (sorry spelt wrong).Cheap beer about 70c if your from Australia.The people are fantastic there.I think what im trying to say is I Love it there.But if this town was in the Western world,It would be pulled down as it is like a Ghato.
Sorry if i have upset anyone by saying these things about there home town but its true what i have said.
Would i retire there in years to come? YES i would if i had the money. As it is a very relaxing place to visit & friendly. Would i advise people to go there Yes i would. Hotel for night is about $24 for the room and there very clean & tidy with Tv.
If you go there it is a 3hr mini bus drive from Tacloban (Airport) & it costs 200phs ($4).The van ride itself is some thing you will never forget.
Tacloban is also a very nice small city to visit so i would advise anyone that is going to Samar to visit both places.The resemblance is like chalk & Cheese (two differant worlds). I love the Philippines so go and enjoy.

7:10 PM  
Blogger Henry Thomas said...

I like your post and this place thanks for sharing nice pictures

5:52 AM  

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