Saturday, September 30, 2006

Libjo New Gym Update

Different from what we've posted last about our new gym in Libjo, it actually been started and here's the updated pictures taken on site. My brother in law mentioned this would be as much as big as Mandaue Sports Complex in Cebu. By the way, the architect who designs this building is Ariel Pelismino, also from Libjo but now teaches architecture in Cavite City.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Storm Alert for Libjo

Check this link for the updated Weather Map.

Philippines on tropical storm alert
Tuesday, September 26, 2006 (Manila):

A tropical storm heading for the eastern Philippines prompted authorities to raise a weather alert on Tuesday.

Tropical Storm Xangsane will bring heavy rains, maximum winds of 65 kilometers (40 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 85 kph (53 mph) before making landfall on Thursday.

The islands of Samar, Dinagat, Leyte, Biliran and Siargao were placed on storm alert. Coastal waters will be rough and extremely dangerous, and residents were advised to seek higher ground because of big waves.

Those living in low-lying areas and near mountain slopes were alerted to the possibility of flash floods and landslides.

The storm will veer westward before making landfall over Aurora province on Thursday. It will then cut across central Luzon and exit over the South China Sea. (AP)

Monday, September 25, 2006

Libjo Telephone Directory

Since the installation of two major cellular networks in town, the need for landline telephone service is no longer necessary. Except as alternative long distance purpose of landlines, portability of cell phones and text messaging is the most affordable, reliable and easy way of communication. And most everyone I know owns a cell phone. What if we’re going to have a cell phone directory? A centralize cell phone listing for all Libjo-anon serving like the landline telephone directory does. Do you think this is a good idea? Please drop us a comment or email us or send us your phone number and name. Thank you very much.

Bagata Metchelle 0906 9047209

Balorio Jefter 0921 2442345

Birdy 09161195807

Buenafe Blessed 0910 4577294

Buenafe Danna 0921 4674958

Buenafe Gaging 0921 6978858

Cabeza Euzel 0915 5986757

Cabeza Laiza 0919 4819428

Cabajes Mariel 0920 8450450

Cabajes Rendel 0918 7638604

Dela Cruz ConCon 0906 9237018

Dela Pena Prijie 0905 8508135

Digman-Maturan Lorigen 0926 2589001

Gerandoy Princess 0918 7371682

Jacquez Augie 0919 7844107

Jacquez Kristal 0920 3483352

Jacquez MariJill 0921 5899137

Labor Lalang 0920 3483338

Llana Jenjing 0918 3426650

Llamera, Dan
00966502085516 , roaming 0921432050

Lumpay KC 0910 8752988

Malbacias Bobet 0910 5245441

Malbacias Bebei 0916 9127391

Malbacias RR 0910 4929025

Mayol Muthja 0927 7210364

Miras Dodo 0915 4614141

Navarro Matt 0906 9045489

Obsioma Edgel 0920 7668432

Patulin Yvonne 0928 3286553

Verana Irma 0910 4569854

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Creation of the new province?

From Reymond's original post at Libjo Chat: Got the latest news from manila bulletin headline today.... it says; The Senate also approved during the first two months of the Third Regular Session seven other measures of local application, including the creation of the new province of Dinagat Island in Surigao (HB 884). comments?

Simbada Street Dancing

Like Sinulog in Cebu and Bunok-bunok festival in Surigao, Simbada in Libjo has its own unique concept based on abundant fishing of squid. This carnival happens every year during the celebration of the founding of the town - Araw ng Libjo. It is more or less a street dance competition participated with different contingents from the barangays.

In deed a Libjo homegrown and Libjo pride.

This years winners for Simbada 2006;
1st: Barangay Rosita
2nd: Barangay Albor
3rd: Barangay Sto. Nino

Please click pitures to enlarage.

Link to Lawigan in Loreto.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Nukos ( Uroteuthis Bartschi Rehder )

I made some searching about the nukos (local squid) that is found in Libjo. If you notice part of Libjo's logo which I have a link here, has a squid on it. During 1970's to 1980's this kind of squid is very abundant in Libjo bay and in its neighboring municipalities. There are tons and hundreds of tons of squid caught during these times. This kind of squid is caught only during when there is no moon - kadudman (moonless night) using lampara (kerosene lamp). So far what I know about squid is, it feeds during nighttime closer to the surface (around 10 feet from surface) and migrate back to 25 feet down during the day. During nights when this species are on the shallow they attracted to small shrimps, which is also attracted to fishing light (lampara). The process of catching this squid is known as Simbada**. When a swarm of it is form beneath the boat, fishermen use nets to capture it. The boat specially made to catch this kind of squid is called Surit and a larger version is called Basnig.

If you live in Libjo (Albor) during this times and during the drying season of this squids.. the smell is over powering. You even could not sleep during nights. My favorites squid recipe is kinilaw, adobo and binuyad (dried squid).

The only thing that's unfortunate with Nukos is, during the time this species were caught they're bidhan (about to spawn eggs). If everything’s caught during spawning season nothing will be left the next season. And there is no rules regulating the catch of squid, national and yet the municipal level.

** Street dancing during the celebration of the town’s foundation (Araw ng Libjo) is also called Simbada.

From wikipedia:
Squid are exclusively carnivorous, feeding on fish and other invertebrates. Squid usually have two elongated tentacles especially for the capture of food. They are voracious, fast-moving and fast-growing predators, and can be hugely abundant in productive seas. Most live for one year, dying after spawning, although some of the giant species may live for two years or more.

Our kind of squid is called Uroteuthis bartschi Rehder

Here's some links to what I’ve checked:

Friday, September 15, 2006

Libjo History

libjo map
The municipality of Libjo (formerly Albor) was created on February 29,1960 but its formal inauguration was held on April 23 of the same year. Its creation was said to be miraculous for it was done in a record time of only eighty civil days.

Albor was named after the two town mayors who were behind its creation. The first syllable Al was taken from the word Alfaro, the surname of the Loreto Mayor, while the second syllable - Bor was derived from the word Borja, the surname of the then mayor of Dinagat. By mutual agreement, these two executives ceded each a portion of their territories to the new municipality.

However, the name Albor did not last long. Majority of the inhabitants clamored for the restoration of its original name -- Libjo, which was right away done by the municipal council.

In 1970's, vast natural wealth abounds within the territorial limits of the municipality. In its forests first group timber and other products such as rattan, resin, almaciga, baliw, pangtod, hagnaya, orchids and the like may be secured in a commercial quantities. In the bowels of the earth, dormant mineral deposits of manganese and chromite awaits the enterprising leaders of industry.

More about Libjo.

Source: 1970 Souvenir Program of Philippine Public Schools Inter-scholastic Athletic Association Meet (PPSIAA)

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Carnivorous plant in Libjo?

What? Yes, carnivorous plant. Is it the man-eating plant that we've heard from stories?
Monster plant gobbling a whole entire person in its flower? Possibly :-). Just kidding. As I have mentioned before from my previous post, this plant is abundant in Mt. Pelhi.

This plant is what we called pitcher plant. What I've learned pitcher plant genera, scientific name Nepenthes is a carnivorous plant that usually grow in places where the soil is thin or poor in nutrients, especially nitrogen. It derives some or most of its nutrients (but not energy) by trapping and consuming animals, especially insects. The pitcher starts as a small bud and gradually expand to form a globe- or tube-shaped trap. The trap contains a fluid of the plant's own production, which may be watery or syrupy and is used to drown the prey. The lower part of the trap contains glands which absorb nutrients from captured prey. This kind of plant is all around the island (Dinagat) and mostly on mountainous and rocky places in Libjo.

Hmmm. A mountain believed to be not for humans with carnivorous plant and dwarf trees? Hmm…Interesting...

Ps. Believe me or not, I’m tired and thirsty I've drink water from this plant during our first climb in Mt Pelhi. And incase something happens, my climbing partner (Dick Cortes) took a picture from that incident. Luckily I’m still telling you the story.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Libjo-anon Registry

Here's our list of Libjo-anon living outside Libjo. Libjo-anon Registry includes people from the barangays, including Albor to Bayanihan and Quezon to Plaridel and includes people living in Cebu, Manila, Davao and anywhere else outside Libjo. If you know someone, please let us know by sending it to or post us a comment. Thanks much.

Andit Bobbie "dany" - Phoenix Arizona
Andit-Uy Eva - California
Andit Lorna - Americus Georgia
Andit Lotlot - Manila
Andit Gildatria - Pensylvenia
Angob Jacinto "edroy" - Saudi Arabia
Bacolod Richer "yakyak" - Cebu City
Bacolod Buyen - Surigao City
Bagata Joan - Taiwan
Bayon-Llamera Joji Llamera Dipolog City
Boquilon Jinky
Boquilon Arlene
Boquilon Blesem
Boiser Alma - Manila
Buenafe Dennisson - Manila
Buenaflor Sally - Singapore
Cabajes Bebeth -
Cabajes Marlyn - Jacksonville, Florida
Cabeza Maritess - Singapore
Cabeza Luzell Ann "pinji" - Cebu City
Cabeza Leopoldo Jr. "jundie" - Cebu City
Cantilado Luz "daday" - Fort Huron Michigan
Comparativo Virginia - Suriagao City
Comparativo Maruja -
Creencia Raymond - Manila
Damos "peping" – Beech Grove, Indiana
Damos "juaning" - Beech Grove, Indiana
Damos "dinday" - Beech Grove, Indiana
Damos "felma" - Beech Grove, Indiana
Digman Carol
Dumanacal, Engr. Johnell Bisnar
Espina Trini Ann
Espina Anskie
Espina Annilou - Saudi Arabia
Jacquez Ahguimath "mat" - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jacquez Loche - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Langit-Bachman "yetyet" - Switzerland
Litang "islaw" - Juliet Illinois
Llamera Bart Gerard L. - Manila
Llamera Melvin – Federal Way Washington
Llamera Lordan - Saudi Arabia
Llamera Brenda - Brussels
Llorca Yowelyn - Taiwan
Llorca Genevieve - Taiwan
Llorca Rosalie - USA
Malbacias "charma" - California
Malbacias Rodolfo "jojok" - Columbia Tennessee
Malbacias Mayamay "maya" - Columbia Tennessee
Malbacias Rex "jigjig" - Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Malbacias Serafin Jr. - Surigao City
Malbacias Zari Arriana - Columbia Tennessee
Navarro, Matt-Mepz-I, Ibo, Lapu-lapu City,Cebu,Philippines
Navarro Sharon - Loreto, SDN
Pelismino Ariel - Cavite City
Picol Andres - New Wark, USA
Piloton Julieta - Canada
Piloton Ligaya - Milan Italy
Soeung Bagata Rean - Seattle Washington
Samejon Nenita - Singapore
Satapathy Primrose - California
Tokong Ferdinand "bruce" - Basilan Zamboangga
Uba Janet - Lebanon
Uba Jessen - Lebanon
Villarosa Rommel - Americus Georgia
Villarosa Yaranon Myla - Americus Georgia

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Libjo Rocks!

Rock Climbing in Libjo is still not common and yet to be discovered. In the Philippines in general this sports is relatively young. Although there are many areas offering promising rock climbing, most of these have never been climbed yet. And Libjo is one of it.

Rock climbing in a beachfront is possible I would think. And barangay Magsaysay I bet is a candidate. It just needs someone to start establishing routes and train local guides. Also provide the equipment, which is not available locally.

Can you imagine? If Siargao is for surfing, Libjo/Dinagat is for Climbing. And If they have first class waves, we have best Rocks, Mountains and Caves. Although we shared a common element… The beach.

In photo: My brother Jokjok in one of Libjo's rock wall. He’s a member of the Philippine Team for Sport Rock Climbing to compete in Singapore. He was number 2 in the Philippines.

Caution: Climbing is a sport which is inherently dangerous where you may be seriously injured or die.

Links to more information about climbing.
SCAPI – Sports Climbing Association of the Philippines
UP Mountaineers
Habagat Outdoor shop
Climbing Magazine

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Libjo LIVE! Chat

Hello and Welcome to our chatroom! Libjo Live! Chatroom is an open discussion chat. It's for visitors to hangout, chat, shares ideas, and meets some friends or pretty much everything. Please observe decency otherwise feel free and have Fun!

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Introducing muthja

Hello! Let me introduce Muthja. She’s our site manager at Libjo LIVE! and our Internet cafĂ© in Libjo. She can assist pretty much in all your needs in Libjo. Either in how to use computers, uses the Internet, play games, download files, use document processing and prints. She can also arrange a tour package for you. Island and beach hopping, caving, mountain climbing or just book your stay in Libjo. You know what? She’s nice … she is a Computer Engineer graduate from University of San Carlos. She love’s amateur radio. And you can often catch her at 145.030 Mhz frequency modulating. She has lots of friends On-Air as well as Online. She loves the outdoors. Once, during her college days she participated in rock-climbing competition in Cebu. And I remember she was number 8 in women category at that time. Balikbayan herself, she have been to Taiwan couple years back and she knows a little of Chinese and French. Of course she can speak and write in English as well. She loves Libjo, she was born here, finish high school and she knows much about everyone and around Libjo. She’s the best person to talk to. Ayez un jour splendide! Have a great day!