Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Travel Agency In Surigao

Before I throw this small piece of paper which I recently got at the Surigao Airport on my way back here in Manila, let me share this information with you which you might find helpful in the future.

As you can read in the image shown above, there is a travel agency in Surigao where you can purchase your PAL and AIRPHIL tickets.  This is really convenient for those who are residing in the city proper.  They do not have to run to the Airport, which is about four kilometers away, a distance which natives already consider as FAR.

Surigao is such a small place but over the years, it has grown and developed into a city with promising opportunities.  In fact, businesses has began sprouting that I wouldn't be surprised if one day, Surigao will be recognized as one of highly-urbanized cities in the country.

How's that? :)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Batch '93

I got this photo thru picasa which one of my batchmates uploaded.  Thanks Roy!
As mentioned in my previous post, I wasn't able to join in any of SNNHS most recent alumni gatherings, including the parade.  Nonetheless, I must say that I am proud that I belong to Batch '93.

Kudos to the officers, organizers, and active members of my batch.  You did a great job guys! :)

Maradjaw Karadjaw Surigao!

Photo source: surigaocity.gov.ph
My recent vacation in my hometown, Surigao City, was memorable.  You see, it has been years since I went home in time for the city's fiesta celebration.  Unfortunately, this time I didn't roam around much more than I wanted.  I was not even able to watch the Bonok-bonok street dancing, which I was once a part of it sometime in my junior year in high school.  And I didn't join the alumni homecoming gathering. :(

Nevertheless, I'm glad I spent much of my time with my family and relatives.  That's what matters most. Period. :)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

New Schedule

I got a text the other day from Air Philippines informing me of the new schedule for Manila-Surigao (v.v) flight.  Here it goes:

Schedule Change Alert:  Flights to SURIGAO beginning 10 September-UFN has been rescheduled.  Your flight 2P65 will now depart at 11:30AM.  Check-in 2hours before the flight at NAIA Terminal 3.  We regret any inconvenience.  More info?  Please call (632) 855 9000 from 6:00AM to 10:00PM or visit www.airphilexpress.com.
As gathered from the Air Philippines' website, the said flight was indeed rescheduled.   Shown below are the screenshots taken:

Monday, August 23, 2010

Cancelled Flight

What will you do if you get this message:

Few months ago, I was happy when I learned that Cebu Pacific finally placed a direct flight to Surigao from Manila.  It would surely give convenience and choice to travelers like me who shudder long trips.  But when your pre-booked direct flight is cancelled and you are given a connecting flight like this:

you don't have any choice but to take it especially when you bought it on promo.  The good thing in it, however, is that you will be given the privilege to change your flight date without paying for the rebooking fee and other applicable charges.  That's what I did.  I moved my flight schedule to a later date to accommodate an unforseen commitment.

But then, the fact remains that I still have to bear with more than an hour of waiting at Mactan Airport.  Well, what exactly happened during my recent trip was far from boring.  I traveled with my family.  And we met my brother and his family at Mactan Airport.  Hence, one hour stay in Cebu was not enough.  To cut it short, we were not able to keep track of the time and before we knew it, we were on our way to Surigao.

I could say, some inconveniences are indeed just blessings in disguise...

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Fire in Surigao City

When I arrived home late last Saturday night, my mama greeted me with the news that part of P. Reyes St. was on fire.  My sister, who got the feed from Facebook, announced that the fire started in (or somewhere near?) RSY Bldg.  I wonder, where is RSY Bldg. located?  Though it sounds familiar, I just can't seem to remember it.  Memory gap... :)

Anyway, I hope I can stroll around the city later, take pictures of the ruins, and post it in this blog.  :)

Sunday, August 8, 2010

BC Bloggers 4

It's been awhile since my last post in this blog.  Now this is one major reason why I'm motivated to update this blog from now on.  You see, if my application will be approved, I'll be registering this blog to BC Bloggers 4 soon!  I am so excited!

Why?  If I'm lucky, this blog will get some share of the much-needed traffic as what have been happening to my other two blogs:  scribbles and what's in butuan?  They were registered to BC Bloggers 3.  :)

If you're also interested, please check out the details by clicking this link. ;)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Election Results: How True?

I got an email from our high school batch announcing the result of the recently-held May 10, 2010 elections in Surigao City.  I could not verify as of this moment if this is accurate considering that the COMELEC website, thru the technology of Smartmatic Corporation, only provides the tabulated data by clustered precincts.  As much as I would like to tabulate it myself and come up with my own result, I don't have the luxury of time.  Hence, for now I am relying on this unverified data:


1     BARBERS, Robert Ace S.     99,430
2     MATUGAS, Sol F.     99,152
3     DEGUIÑO, Ruperto E.     788

1     EGAY, Arturo Carlos Jr A.     89,975
2     CATRE, Noel P.     81,856
3     TALLEDO, Charlie B.     2,583

1     MATUGAS, Francisco T.     27,415
2     NAVARRO, Constantino III L.     20,400
3     SABERON, Gertrudes C.     260

1     CASURRA, Alfonso S.     76,157
2     ROMARATE, Guillermo, Jr. A.     77,527

1     MATUGAS, Ernesto T.     25,750
2     BARBERS, Robert Lyndon S.     19,389
3     SERING, Rico Salvador A.     15,127
4     ARRIBA, Eduardo M.     1,294
5     PALMA, Edenrey L.     64

1     MENOR, Danilo C.     23,559
2     GARCIA, Melva P.     19,126
3     GONZAGA, Alice E.     15,258

1     RECABO, Romel T.     27,475
2     YUIPCO, Kent L.     22,720
3     GORGOD, Carlos F.     22,480
4     BAYANA, Jose Expeditus B.     22,007
5     LANCIN, Luceniano E.     21,522
6     ABIAN, Baltazar C.     21,384
7     BEGIL, Jose Jr V.     19,353
8     BONITE, Christopher T.     18,627
9     LAXA, Peñaflor A.     18,388
10     ZABALA, Bienvenido Jr. P.     16,677
11     CALDERON, Remedios S.     15,714
12     GO, Lawrence A.     15,541
13     TATING, Floripen D.     15,484
14     BERNAL, Victor F.     15,441
15     TIUKINHOY, Raymond O.     14,824
16     BARIMBAO, Bernabe J.     14,722
17     PECHO, Bernardo A.     13,932
18     LAID, Pedrito C.     12,086
19     SYKIMTE, Philip P.     12,044
20     GALINEA, Susan G.     10,715
21     CARMONA, Adones C.     9,402
22     BUYSER, Victor H.     8,468
23     LISONDRA, Edwin L.     8,280
24     ROVILLOS, Armistico M.     7,033
25     CARBONILLA, Isidro C.     6,983
26     DALES, Dona C.     6,914
27     CATUBIGAN, Rebecca C.     6,847
28     CRISOLOGO, Oscar P.     6,056
29     AMORES, Richard Nick A.     5,709
30     CATUBIGAN, Shaunwyn Henery C.     5,537
31     MESIAS, Lucrecio Jr. A.     5,447
32     LEYSON, Ramonito A.     4,962
33     GO, Felipe Y.     3,227
34     GARNOZA, Narciso B.     2,097
35     SANGCOPAN, Macatingkie P.     1,497
36     PEREZ, Allan E.     788
37     ADINO, Wengelito M.     763

P.S.  Readers, should you find the above data as erroneous, please let me know by posting your comments on the space provided herein.  Thank you.  :)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

It's Indeed Sure na Sure to Surigao!

Here's an excuse for Surigaonons to celebrate about:  Cebu Pacific will be offering a direct flight to Surigao from Manila starting June 17 of this year.  Not only that, the budget airline is having a seat sale of P999 all-in! for direct flights to Surigao!  Isn't it great?!

Well, you better hurry.  This promo period lasts only until tomorrow, May 7.  Travel should be made between June 17 - September 30, 2010.

To visit Cebu Pacific website, please click this link.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Facts and Figures (Part 10)

DID YOU KNOW THAT the number of households per 100 occupied housing units was 101?

In 2007, the number of occupied housing units increased by 17.9 percent, from 70,872 occupied housing units in 2000 to 83,528 in 2007. The number of households per 100 occupied housing units was 101 in 2007, down from 102 households per 100 occupied housing units in 2000. Further, there were 4.9 persons per occupied housing unit reported in 2007, lower than the 5.3 persons per occupied housing unit in 2000.

Strong materials for roofs for more than half of the occupied housing units

More than half (50.7 percent) of the 83,528 occupied housing units in Surigao del Norte had roofs made of galvanized iron/aluminum, while 39.0 percent had roofs made of cogon/nipa/anahaw. As to the construction materials of the outer walls of the occupied housing units, 43.2 percent were made of wood, while 24.7 percent were made of concrete/brick/stone.  (Source:  NSO)

All I can say is, Tsk!  Tsk!  Tsk!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Facts and Figures (Part 9)

DID YOU KNOW THAT More females had attained higher levels of education?

Of the household population five years old and over, 41.6 percent had attended or finished elementary education, 31.3 percent had reached or completed high school, 7.5 percent were college undergraduates, and 7.8 percent were academic degree holders.

There were more females than males among those who had attained higher levels of education. Females comprised 57.8 percent of those with academic degrees and 60.1 percent of those with post baccalaureate courses.

Moreover, school attendance at anytime during School Year 2007 to 2008 among the household population 5 to 24 years old was 68.7 percent. Of the total males aged 5 to 24 years, 67.8 percent had attended school at anytime during the said school year. Attendance for females, meanwhile, was 69.8 percent of the total females aged 5 to 24 years. (Source:  NSO)

Talking about women power! :)

Friday, April 23, 2010

Facts and Figures (Part 8)

DID YOU KNOW that there are more never-married males than females?

Attention:  Never-married females!

In 2007, about 46.8 percent of the household population 10 years old and over were married, while never-married persons shared 44.6 percent. The rest (8.6 percent) were either widowed, divorced/separated, in common law/live-in marital arrangement, or had unknown marital status. Moreover, there were more females than males in all categories for marital status, except for those never married.  (Source:  NSO)


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Facts and Figures (Part 7)

DID YOU KNOW THAT the overall dependency ratio dropped to 76 dependents per 100 working-age population?

The proportion of household population in the working age group (15 to 64 years) was 56.8 percent, young dependents (0 to14 years) comprised 38.3 percent, while old dependents (65 years and over) accounted for 4.9 percent.

The overall dependency ratio in 2007 was 76, which means that for every 100 persons in the working age group, there were about 76 dependents (67 young dependents and 9 old dependents). In 2000, there were about 78 dependents (70 young dependents and 8 old dependents) for every 100 persons in the working age group.  (Source:  NSO)

Well, the slight drop does not  hide the fact that there is still a significant number of dependents in the province.  :(

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Facts and Figures (Part 6)

DID YOU KNOW THAT the number of persons in the voting age group increased by 11.0 percent?

In 2007, household population in the voting age group (18 years and over) totalled 223,236 persons. Of this figure, 112,615 were males while 110,621 were females. In comparison, the voting age group in 2007 was higher by 11.0 percent than the voting age group (201,102 persons) in 2000.

Source:  National Statistics Office

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Facts and Figures (Part 5)

DO YOU KNOW THAT Median age increased by one year?

The household population of the province in 2007 had a median age of 20 years, or one year higher than the median age reported in 2000. This means that half of the population of Surigao del Norte in 2007 were younger than 20 years old,

Among the household population, children aged 0 to 4 years accounted for the largest share (13.1 percent). Children in the next age group (5 to 9 years) followed closely with 12.9 percent share. Meanwhile, household population aged 10 to 14 years was the third largest age group (12.3 percent).

In terms of population by age and sex, males outnumbered their female counterparts from age 0 to 59 years. Females outnumbered males at age 60 years and over.

Source: NSO

Monday, April 19, 2010

Facts and Figures (Part 4)

DID YOU KNOW THAT sex ratio was 103 males per 100 females?

Of the 408,693 household population of Surigao del Norte, there were 207,683 males and 201,010 females, resulting to a sex ratio of 103 males for every 100 females. The sex ratio in 2000 was 102 males per 100 females. (Source: NSO)

No offense to my gay friends but the NSO people should have provided more data to disclose some unanswered questions, such as: of the reported male population, what is the percentage of gays? heheheheh

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Facts and Figures (Part 3)

DID YOU KNOW that Surigao City was largest in terms of population size?

The largest area in terms of population size among the lone city and 20 municipalities in Surigao del Norte was Surigao City, the provincial capital. It comprised 32.3 percent of the entire population in the province. The city's population was nearly six times larger than the population of municipalities that followed it: Mainit (5.8 percent), Placer (5.6 percent), and Dapa (5.4 percent). The rest of the municipalities had a population share of less than 5.0 percent.  (Source:  National Statistics Office)

Well, this is not surprising since Surigao City dominates, as the only city in the province of Surigao del Norte.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Facts and Figures (Part 2)

DID YOU KNOW that average household size was down to 4.9 persons?

The number of households in Surigao del Norte was 84,069 in 2007, an increase of 11,988 households from the 2000 figure. The household population, likewise, increased from 373,794 persons in 2000 to 408,693 persons in 2007. In terms of average household size, there were 4.9 persons per household, lower than 5.2 persons per household in 2000. (Source:  National Statistics Office)

Well, that holds true in our case.  Aside from my baby, there are four adults residing in our house at present. :)

Friday, April 16, 2010

Facts and Figures (Part 1)

As promised, here's my first slice of interesting facts and figures about Surigao. Let me begin it with a question,


1. ) that the total population of Surigao del Norte province increased by 35,003 persons?

The total population of Surigao del Norte, was 409,468 persons as of August 1, 2007, representing an increase of 35,003 persons from the total population of 374,465 persons recorded as of May 1, 2000. These figures translated to an annual population growth rate (PGR) of 1.24 percent for the period 2000 to 2007, or lower than the PGR of 1.98 percent recorded for the period 1995 to 2000.
Source:  National Statistics Office

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Surigaonons, how much do you know your beloved Surigao?

Starting tomorrow, I will be posting a series of some interesting facts gathered by the National Statistics Office (NSO) from its census of 2007 population. Hope you will learn something about it and perhaps, you could brag it out to your non-Surigaonon friends and/or not-so-well-informed fellow Surigaonons.

Watch out for it! :)

So long, Retired Bishop Miguel Cinches

I first got the sad news of Retired Bishop Miguel Cinches' death from an Indian religious website.  In fact, I got curious when the headline said, "Philippines farewells jolly SVD bishop".  The first thing that got to my mind is, maybe he is going to be reassigned abroad...

But reading the rest of the article made me realized that Philippines was not the only country which bids farewell to Bishop Cinches.  He left the world.. for good.

I know Bishop Cinches since my childhood days when my family would attend the holy mass at Surigao Cathedral Church.  Others would say he is a strict representative of the Church.  But my impression of him says otherwise.  I would always remember him as a man of God who wants to make a difference for the good of mankind.

May your soul rest in peace, bishop...

Friday, April 9, 2010

Who is Your Bet?

As you have noticed on the right side of this blog, I recently posted a survey of candidates for city mayor.  Yes, I admit (isn't it obvious?) I have just joined a bandwagon of survey sites circulating around the net.

Months before, I wasn't interested of who took the lead in the survey results.  But since it is barely a month before the national and local elections, I thought of how exciting it would be to know who would likely to win based on my own survey.  According to experts, surveys are reliable, only when the election is fast approaching.  So, here it is!

I'm counting on you to make this survey a successful endeavor. :) 

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Cebu Pacific's Seat Sale

Cebu Pacific is having another seat sale for all domestic destinations.  Promo fare costs P999, all-in!  However, this applies to direct flights only.  When traveling to Surigao from Manila, one has to take a connecting flight via Cebu.  Hence, total fare costs twice the promo fare.

With this, I just hope that Cebu Pacific would be offering direct flights to Surigao very, very soon.  Connecting flights not only consumes time of impatient passengers but also drains the pocket of budget-conscious travelers, just as in this case when one has to pay double the promo rate.  Cebu Pacific should have at least consider connecting flights in its vast promotion of "all" domestic destinations.

For the meantime that neither direct flights nor promo fare for connecting flights is not yet made available for Surigaonons like me and for visiting tourists, I suggest one may buy a ticket for a direct flight to Butuan and from there, ride a Bachelor bus which will take you to Surigao.  I recently mentioned this in my other blog: houseforsalebutuan.blogspot.com.

Hey, did I mention that seat sale lasts until tomorrow April 8 and that travel period is from June to August 2010 only?  Grab now your credit cards and click this! :)