|I am proud of your majestic views and God-given beauty,|
where the warm breeze from the deep blue ocean
kisses the lush idyllic hillsides and caresses our souls
as we greet the coming of a new dawn
with renewed hopes and enthusiasm.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Whatever that meant, truth is until today you have to climb a mountain to get even a celphone signal in Guisian. Nonetheless, the military has absolutely cleared the area of ‘taong labas’, 'outsiders'. In fact Marinduque was declared in 2009, as the first-province in the entire country freed of subversive elements. Shown in this photo, taken yesterday, are soldiers partaking in the barangay's fiesta celebration.
|Going to Guisian is like rough sailing, but on land, as you bump and rock your way ever upward where villages have disappeared. You see solitary huts in the valleys as you travel.|
. For this reason, a single jeepney plies the route Guisian-Mogpog Poblacion and vice versa only once in the morning and once in the afternoon daily to transport students, workers, merchants and commodities.
|A glimpse of Sayao Bay through coconut trees.|
|The elderly, too, must sing of their sorrows, pains and joy!|
|Sayao Bay that adjoins Tayabas Bay gives life and protection to barangay Guisian and environs.|
|Sayao Bay blocks big waves and reduces strong winds. In 2009, however, a storm surge caused by typhoon Feria hit this village partially destroying houses along the coast. Today, peace and quiet, and community togetherness reign here.|
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
|Boats on Bunganay beach.|
|Bunganay fisherfolks are a major local supplier of fish catch in Boac.|
|They stayed on the beach from morning till sunset. |
Boys together, girls together, heads of families together, the women together, the grannies together.
|Strangely, there was no tuba (coconut wine) served, but Emperador Brandy, soft drinks and red wine for the ladies.|
|Bunganay is just half-a-mile away from Cawit port.|
|The sunset they viewed from Bunganay beach on that day.|
Monday, June 25, 2012
|"Sakyan mo ako", ride on me.|
Beyond that distance, the rate is negotiated with the tricycle driver who, instead of quoting his price, are wont to ask passengers how much they might be willing to pay for the special trip.
|So this boy rides this tricycle his own way.|
With the promotion of tourism in the island of Marinduque, some residents have invested in the purchase of comfortable passenger vehicles.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
|A place they call 'Masihan" in Gasan.|
This beach area in Gasan is called Masihan. It offers a great view of the three islands known collectively as Tres Reyes. These islands are said to be the 17th and 19th century hideout of Moro pirates before staging an attack on the poblacion.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
|Recreation of an ancient storm (Image linked to page)|
Then there were extremely destructive typhoons that hit the region in those days giving more nightmares to the people. In "Typhoons in the Philippine Islands 1566-1900)" (Garcia-Herrera, Ribera, Hernandez and Gimeno), we find the following account from an entry dated November 13, 1844: "Some interisland ships were lost in the sea of Marinduque; the church of Gasan was blown down and several houses of Mogpog were ruined; more than 500 work animals perished in the floods of Boac."
Then, within 24-31 October 1875, in the center of the town of Boac, "the water reached a height of three meters, carrying to the sea various houses, destroying all the bridges, and causing the death of 130 animals. In Santa Cruz, Marinduque, the bastion was blown down, and the crops totally injured. In Gasan the storm destroyed 83 houses, inclined 35 and unroofed the church and convent."
|Delubyo scene from a Teatro Balangaw play.|
After that turbulent era, historic confrontations by Marinduquenos with pestilence, more harrowing typhoons, political struggles and modern-day environmental disasters would come. It must be a good thing for Marinduquenos to know their history, even help trace and uncover more secrets we've never known before. In the process, one could get a sense of what it was like then.
Friday, June 22, 2012
|Cartographers during the 18th to early 19th century apparently did not see Marinduque as a heart-shaped island as shown in today's maps. In those ancient maps the island was leaf-shaped.|
Thursday, June 21, 2012
MSAT then came to be known as the Marinduque Institute of Science and Technology (MIST), in 1983, providing more opportunities for students to take up courses in Civil Engineering, Fisheries, and Trade Technical Education. A satellite campus in Torrijos was then opened. By 1998, a Graduate Studies Program was introduced, alongside the opening of more satellite campuses in Sta. Cruz and Gasan. It came to be known by its present name, Marinduque State College.
|1988 photo of high school girls of MIST.|
|Former students of then MIST.|
MSC is committed to achieve status as a premier college in the region along the fields of instruction, research, extension and production.