Zambales

Magalawa Island at Palauig, Zambales, Philippines. Magalawa is a 56-hectare isolated island on the west coast of Luzon that is best known for its white fine sand and its pristine sandbar. Magalawa Island   Magalawa Island Magalawa Island              

Import Risk Analysis: Live Pacific White Shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) transported from Thailand to the Philippines for Aquaculture

STATUS OF OIE-LISTED CRUSTACEAN DISEASES IN THAILAND Acute hepatopancreatic necrosis disease Outbreaks of acute hepatopancreatic necrosis disease (AHPND) of shrimp began in China in 2009 and spread sequentially to Vietnam (2010),  Malaysia (2011), Thailand (2012), and Mexico (Thitamadee et al., 2015). Species susceptible to AHPND include giant tiger prawn (Penaeus monodon) and whiteleg shrimp (P….

Nueva Ecija

Isdaan Floating Restaurant at Talavera, Nueva Ecija. Aside from the delicious Filipino food, the ‘Isdaan’ also exhibits different sculptures – Asian statuaries, mystic animals, human effigies, and many more. Isdaan Floating Restaurant. The Philippine Carabao Center is an attached agency of the Deparment of Agriculture established to breed and cross carabao based on high-yield Murrah…

Iloilo

The iconic Church of Sto. Tomas de Villanueva, commonly known as Miag-ao Church, sits proudly in the municipality of Miag-ao (left – top photo). SEAFDEC FishWorld (left – bottom photo; right – bottom photo). SEAFDEC Milkfish Hatchery (right – top photo). Garin Farm (right – middle photo). The University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) is…

Ilocos Norte

Bantay Abot Cave, a hill at Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte with a hole in the middle (top row; middle row – middle photo). Ilocos Norte’s Saud Beach (middle row – far left and far right photos; bottom row). Cape Bojeador Lighthouse also known as Burgos Lighthouse at Burgos, Ilocos Norte (top row; left to right); Bangui Wind Farm…

The Mummy Burial Caves of Benguet

In nature, caves are usually used as shelters by many living creatures. True cave dwellers such as bats, insects, rare fishes, and salamanders are adapted to living in the cave. The most outstanding evolutionary manifestation of these animals is their ability to adjust to the darkness of the caves.  Other creatures that have been recorded…

The Story of Baucis and Philemon: Life and Death

Philemon and Baucis are characters introduced by a Roman poet named Publius Ovidius Naso (also known as Ovid) in his mythological narrative entitled The Metamorphoses.  These two characters are a poor but noble couple who once lived on a high hill of Greece. Their story began when they accepted, into their lowly house, two lost…