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Bus Ride To Virac

Numerous bus lines operate air-conditioned from Manila to Tabaco, Albay with trips running from 9 to 10 hours. From the seaport of Tabaco, hop on either at MV Calixta III, MV Calixta II, MV Penafrancia or MV Star Ferry to reach the island of Catanduanes via Virac or San Andres seaport. Another option is to take RSL bus from Manila to Catanduanes which has ticketing station at Cubao (infront of Ali Mall) and pick-up station at Alabang South Terminal(in front of Festival Mall) or Ermita (Ground Floor, Trade Center, Padre Faura St.)
RSL Executive and TAWTRASCO bus departs Cubao to Catanduanes at 5:30 PM. From Tabaco, both buses board MV Calixta II which docks at San Andres port. The bus ferries its passengers to the capital town of Virac.

Pedro "Endot" Solligue: Helm

The Philippines first Paralympic Sailing Team competed on the 2-person keelboat (SKUD 18), which also made its official debut in the Paralympics.


The only Paralympic class keelboat with a spinnaker, was, for this event, emblazoned with the national flag of each country. Pedro Solligue, paraw fisherman from Virac, Catanduanes was SKUD helm while crew Cherry Pinpin, a creative director from Quezon City trimmed sails and flew the spinnaker. The Philippine flag spinnaker was a generous, timely donation by an anonymous Australian businessman.

The Sailing competition of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games took place on the Yellow Sea, Qingdao, from September 8 to September 13. The Qingdao International Sailing Centre served as measuring and decal application area, boat workspace, dock, public viewing areas and awards area. Qingdao, in eastern Shandong province, is a seaside sailing city famous for it's Tsingtao Beer, seafood and white sand beaches, is an hour's flight SE of Beijing. …

Virac Medical Mission - 2009

Virac Catanduanes Surgical, Medical and Dental Mission from February 25, 26 and 27, 2009. A project of UST Medicine Class 1980.


Medicine – Dr. Rene V. Reyes, Dr. Ramona P. Ozaeta, Dr. Peter Yu, Dr. Mansueto Silverman, and Dr. Jonathan Burgos; Anesthesia – Dr. Ferdinand Ramos, Dr. Evelyn S. Ramos, Dr. Theresa M. Alcantara, Dr. Carmelita S. Lunas, Dr. Renato del Carmen, and Dr. Ruby C. del Carmen; OB-GYN – Dr. Zeny Malilay, Dr. Lucia Tiangco, Dr. Lizza Santos, and Dr. Sharon G. Cruz;

Surgery – Dr. Juan P. Sanchez, Jr., Dr. Alex Erasmo, Dr. Ray Malilay, Dr. Norbert Guiab, Dr. Mario Guevarra, Dr. Francis Altarejos, Dr. Briccio Alcantara, Dr. Rene Valero, Dr. Rommer Garcia, Dr. Rommel Menguito, Dr. Arsenio Favor, and Dr. Alvin Jorge; Dermatology – Dr. Guia Favor-Jorge; Pediatrics – Dr. Manuel dela Cruz and Dr. Majurie Tablante; Dental – Dr. Cristina Banzon;

Opthalmology – Dr. Leslie B. Gatchalian, Dr. Efren Laxamana, Dr. Victor Ermita, Dr. Johanna Cervantes, Dr. Teodoro Arcenas, Dr. Denise …

Church Wants Your Unused Items to Benefit the Poor

Do you have stored in your bodega an unused sofa, plates, bottles, clothes or anything of value that you no longer need? If you have, then the Diocese of Virac would be glad to unburden you of the task of throwing them out to rot.

Last Feb. 25, the Diocese of Virac Social Action Foundation, Inc. (DVSAFI) launched the Segunda Mana, a unique fund-raising project that collects items people don’t need – used or unused – which have value and may be sold.

The project will accept old or used things that still have value, new items that people don’t need or have too much of, damaged items that are still repairable, old stocks or stocks for disposal. Proceeds from the sale of the donated items will fund DVSAFI’s programs for the poor, Executive Director Rev. Fr. Laudermer Jose A. Gapaz said.

Also known as Caritas in Kind, the project’s title is derived from the term "Segunda Mano" or secondhand. "With the twist of the last vowel of the word, we wanted to emphasize a deeper and mo…

Cheaper Fuel Promised

With the approval of the reclassification ordinance by the Sangguniang Bayan in an emotionally-charged session last week, the idled Petron fuel station could be open to motorists in two weeks, municipal officials say. Businessman Carlito Tariman told the Tribune that he will secure the requirements for the establishment’s Mayor’s Permit to Operate as soon as Mayor Santos Zafe approves the ordinance, which was set to be signed by the councilors last Monday. A municipal official said that there is no impediment for the grant of a mayor’s permit to the Petron station as long as it complies with the requirements and the ordinance has been signed into law by the mayor, even if the same has yet to be reviewed by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. An ordinance filed for review by the SP can lapse into law if not acted upon by the board after 30 calendar days. There are unconfirmed reports that certain provincial board members allied with Governor Joseph C. Cua, whose JC Cua Group of Companies…