Bagasbas Summer Surf Festival

The event: Bagasbas Summer Surf Festival, Bagasbas Beach, Daet, Camarines Norte

The date: April 4-5, 2009. registration starts 8am

What to expect:

Surf Clinics

Have your first taste of surfing, that incomparable feel of walking on water, and it will get you stoked! You’ll be clamoring for more after this. One session will never be enough.

Upon registration, you will be given a time slot for your session. Hold on to it, check-in at your hotel, change and head to the beach. While waiting for your slot, the beach activities are guaranteed to keep you pumped with beach adrenaline!

Sport Climbing

Check out the National Climbing Competition or go face to face with the climbing wall! The country’s best climbers are flocking from all over the Philippines to join the Sport Climbing Association of the Philippines’ National Selections. If you want to be inspired, then this is it. If you want to check out how inspired you are, then go over to the interactive side of the climbing wall and try the wall for yourself!

Beach Ultimate Frisbee

Dive into the sand or watch the pro’s do it. The Philippine Ultimate Association will be holding a special invitational tournament for the top teams in Ultimate Frisbee. Catch high flying action on the beach, and better yet, learn the skills as the pros hold clinics on the beach… FOR YOU. It’s not hard to learn, and before the week end is over, you’ll be joined up with other newbies for a special starter’s game.

Beach Volleyball

Dig and dig as the spikes force you to get down and dirty! Beach volleyball needs no intro, as one of the classic beach sports since the 80’s. My suggestion, form a team while it’s early, call the assigned coordinator from Progressive Volleyball Center below and assure yourselves of a slot before they run out! Clinics to learn the sport? Yes we will hold them if the 2 courts won’t be filled with competitive games.

How much to join?

Ok be ready for this… it’s P500.

What you get:

1. One surf session, inclusive of board rental and instructor
2. One event shirt
3. The right to officially enter your competition of choice
4. The right to officially enter the other competitions
5. The right to join the clinics offered
6. One pair of MOJO slippers
7. A great beach party with Coffee Break Island pumping reggae and ska beats into the summer night
8. All in all, a GREAT DEAL!

So who do you contact?

For the surf session, just come to the beach and sign up on the spot.  The event is at Bagasbas Beach, Daet, Camarines Norte. The registration will be
at the beach.

For official entry into the tournaments:

Sport Climbing : Crissie Malay 0915-9949004, Mackie Makinano 0927-7385492

Beach Ultimate : Ipe Borja 0917-8832223/ 0922-8666232

Beach Volleyball : Ariel Joaquin 0917-5315849/ 0922-2342982

For help on directions, places to stay at the beach or in town:
Camarines Norte Tourism Council: 054-7213087
Edgardo “Boy” R. Reyes, Prov Tourism Officer: 0916-5783096
For general Email inquiries, contact


Our Lady of Lasalette Shrine, Isabela

The highest point in the Santiago City, at 173m above sea level. This is the home of SCATEC, an ecology park established by the city to promote agro-tourism. Balintocatoc is also famous for its “Holy Hill”, where the Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette stands. Statues of different saints depicting Biblical scenes are situated along the winding road to the hilltop. A chapel crowns the hill, a perfect venue for those who seek a peaceful and solemn meditation and worshipping.




Santiago City, Isabela

Santiago City is located in the southern part of the province of Isabela, along Maharlika Highway, between the municipalities of Cordon and Echague. It is about 79 kilometers south of Ilagan, the capital of Isabela, and 328 kilometers from Metro Manila. It is situated between 16deg35’N to 16deg47’30” N and121deg25’E to 12 1deg37’E. It is surrounded by the municipalities of Cordon (west), Ramon (northwest), San Isidro (north), Echague (north), and by Quirino province (south). The topography of the city varies only slightly, 80% being nearly flat, 17% being moderately rolling, and 3% steeply undulating and rolling, towards the southern end of the city

Before the Spanish regime, the place was known as “Carig”, which means “tall straight trees”. The first native settlement in the area was established by the Ybanags and Gaddangs along the banks of the Carig River, presently known as Diadi River. In January, 1910, Carig was made into a municipality, separate from Echague. I was also given a new name, Santiago, after St. James the Apostle, the patron saint of the town. For 84 long years, it remained a municipality. It was only in May 5, 1994, under the leadership of Mayor Jose “Pempe” Miranda, that the town of Santiago finally became a city.

From a primitive settlement, Santiago has indeed grown into urbanism. This is manifested by the magnificent city hall, constructed at the turn of the millenium, that comfortably houses the local government offices. The commercial area of city, located along Maharlika Highway, also shows rapid growth. Its public market, known as “Bagong Palengke”, is the site of the wet and dry markets, shoe stores, boutiques, fast food stores, grocery and department stores. Educational institutions are also present in Santiago city, from primary schools to tertiary schools, such as the Northeastern College at the poblacion and La salette College at Dubinan.

Things to Do and see in Santiago City, Isabela.

Magat Dam Tourism Complex (Magat Hydro Electric Power Plant)
Asia’s biggest dam project at the time of its construction. It serves the primary function of power generation and irrigation. Its reservoir area of 4,450 hectares has a great potential for water-based recreation like fishing, boating and water skiing, among others. The plant is accessible by passenger jeepney and bus from Santiago City.

Our Lady of Lasalette Shrine

The shrine stands on top of the Holy Hill overlooking Santiago City and it symbolizes that Roman Catholic is the dominant religion in the City.





Isabela is the second largest province of the Philippines next to Palawan. It is located in the Cagayan Valley Region in Luzon. Its capital is Ilagan and borders, clockwise from the south, Aurora, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao, Mountain Province, Kalinga, and Cagayan. This primarily agricultural province is the rice and corn granary of Luzon.


Prior to 1856, there were only two provinces in the Cagayan Valley Region: Cagayan and Nueva Vizcaya. The Province of Cagayan at that time consisted of all towns from Tumauini to the north in Aparri and all other towns from Ilagan southward to Aritao comprised the Province of Nueva Vizcaya. In order to facilitate the work of the missionaries in the evangelization of the Cagayan Valley, a royal decree was issued on May 1, 1856 that created the Province of Isabela consisting of the towns of Gamu, Angadanan and Camarag (now Echague), Carig (now Santiago City) and Palanan. The new province was named in honor of Queen Isabela II of Spain.

Although the province did not play a major role in the revolt against Spain, it was in Palanan that the final pages of the Philippine Revolution was written when the American forces led by General Frederick Funston finally captured General Emilio Aguinaldo on March 23, 1901.

The first Provincial Governor of Isabela was Rafael Maramag, a former Municipal President (then a term for Municipal Mayor) of the capital town Ilagan. Rafael Maramag was also the first Municipal President of Ilagan and was succeeded by his brother Gabriel. A son of Gabriel also served as the longest Municipal Treasurer of Ilagan and also served as the Deputy Provincial Treasurer for Isabela.

The Americans built schools and other buildings and instituted changes in the overall political system. The province’s economy, however, remained particularly agricultural with rice replacing corn and tobacco as the dominant crop. World War II stagnated the province’s economic growth but it recovered dramatically after the war. In 1942, the Japanese Imperial forces occupied in Isabela. Continue in 1945, the liberation in Isabela entering by the Philippine Commonwealth Troops together with the local guerrillas attacked by the Japanese Imperial forces in World War II. Isabela today is the premier province of the north, one of the most progressive in the country and Santiago, the commercial center of Region 02 has been declared an independent city last July 7, 1994.

In 1995, a bill was passed legislating that Isabela be divided into two new provinces: Isabela del Norte and Isabela del Sur. A referendum was held on the same year with a strong majority voted not to separate the province.

Now the modern town rose and it was Cabagan. center for cultural arts and modern hospitals , buildings and factories has risen..The founder is Mr. Arnold Laggui who was the great author of the novel entitled “Cabagan Ating Mahalin”. According to Mr. Mark Paul Makatulad a historian in Harvard University he found out that Cabagan is very nice town.


Apo Island, Occidental Mindoro

The Apo Island is part of the three islands of Apo Reef, the other two islands are the Apo Menor also known as Binangaan Island, and Caios del Bajo. Apo Island’s white sand beach and the physical attributes of island offer tourists a wholesome place for rest and recreation. Since Apo Island is an isolated place don’t expect any resort.

Its main attraction is its immaculate stretch of white sand beach, whose pristine quality rivals even that of more celebrated Boracay. In fact, it offers the sand and water of Boracay without the crowds and dizzying array of gaudy resorts. The waters around the island are shallow and temperate, making it superb for leisurely swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving.

On Apo Island you will see a 35 meter lighthouse, which is used to ward of unsuspecting boats. The Apo National Park has a station on the island which is manned by rangers.

The Apo Reef Natural Park is a government protected natural park consists of the three islands. Apo Island is the largest among the three islands. It has a shallow lagoon with a depth of 2 meters to 10 meters surrounded by mangrove forest which serves as source of food, nursery and spawning ground of several coastal and marine species of fauna and sanctuary of birds.

Apo Reef is a series of coral reefs encompassing 34 square kilometers within the waters of Occidental Mindoro in the Philippines. It is the second largest contiguous reef in the world after the Great Barrier Reef and the largest in the country.


Shore line of Apo Island

Shore line of Apo Island

Shore line of Apo Island


Shore line of Apo Island

Shore line of Apo Island



Sunset at Apo Island

Sunset at Apo Island

Sunrise at Apo Island

Sunrise at Apo Island


Pandan Island

Pandan Island is a  private island with a small resort on the West coast of Occidental Mindoro, Central Philippines.
After the island was ‘discovered’ and the resort established in 1986 by a French adventurer, this tropical island retreat has been voted time and again as one of the top resorts in the Philippines, not in terms of luxury but for it’s quality of life and it’s personalized atmosphere.

Pandan Island is for people who like to spend  time in  tropical surroundings without cars and television. A place where you are woken up by the singing of colorful birds, where there is only a palm tree between you and the sea, where you still know your neighbors and where you may even meet  a sea turtle before having your breakfast .

Besides spending your day in a hammock or exploring the few secluded beaches, we offer a wide range of activities to choose from. Scuba Diving in the coral gardens around  Pandan or around the nearby Apo Reef is the most popular and exciting activity to engage in but we also offer you the possibility to explore the jungle rivers of nearby Mindoro by kayak or visit the small coastal town of Sablayan and meet its friendly inhabitants. However you choose to spend your vacation, our staff will do their utmost to make your stay on Pandan Island a relaxing or adventurous experience.

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Front View of Pandan Island Resort

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Apo/Pandan Island Itinerary


8:50 Am Departure: Manila NAIA T3 to San Jose Occidental Mindoro

9:45 AM Arrival at San Jose Airport

9:45 AM Free time to roam around in San Jose area

12:00 PM Bus ride to Sablayan (3 ½ hours)

4:00 PM Check-in

4:30 PM Free time to roam around in Sablayan area


4:00 AM Wake up call

5:00 AM Departure from Sablayan to Apo Island (3 ½ Hours boat ride)

8:00 AM Arrival in Apo Island, Rest and Breakfast

9:00 AM Land Tour In Apo Island.

12:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM Scuba/Snorkeling at Apo reef

4:00 PM Merienda time

5:00 PM Set-up of tent

7:00 PM Dinner

8:00 PM Rest, kwentuhan, inuman


5:00 AM Wake up call, Breakfast, Last look on the Apo Island, Last Swimming

8:00 AM Bye Apo Island

11:30 AM Arrival at Sablayan port

12:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM Departure from Sablayan port to Pandan Island

1:30 PM Check-in in Pandan Island Resort

2:00 PM Free time (roam around the Island, Scuba Snorkeling)

7:00 PM Buffet Dinner

8:00 PM Free time(drinking session at the bar)


8:00 AM Wake up call, Breakfast

9:00 AM Free time (roam around the Island, Scuba Snorkeling)

11:00 AM Bye Pandan Island

11:30 AM Arrival at Sablayan port

12:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM Bus ride to San Jose Airport (3 ½ hours)

4:50 PM Departure: San Jose Occidental Mindoro to Manila

5:40 PM Arrival at Manila NAIA T3


D.J. Beach Resort

Name of Establishment: D.J. Beach Resort

Owner/Manager: Mrs. Gloria S. De Jesus

Address: So. Busaran, Poblacion, Sablayan, Occ. Mdo.

Tel. No: +639099471380

Year Estab.: 1997

Room Facilities: with Bar/Coffee Shop and with 4 cottages located on seawater

About Our Experience:

If given a chance to visit Sablayan I will still have may accommodation here in DJ Beach Resort, its one of the best. Not so much for its facility but more particularly of its very warm reception and hospitality. I was the first one to arrive in the resort because I took different flight from my group. So I wanted to experience some tourist spots in Sablayan, Nanay Gloria look for a trike for me, just to tour me around the area which I really appreciate. Food is one of the best, because of the fresh seafood’s. One of the things that I want to experience in one place is their own food and I experience it all in DJ Beach Resort.

Some pictures before we leave its around 5am

DJ Beach Resort

Our Group with Nanay Gloria



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