Catanduanes, Still a Happy Island Despite of Howling Wind Experiences


This is the  beauty of Catanduanes, Philippines in the first months of  2016


Caused devastation in Catandunes, Philippines upon the landfall  of Typhoon Nina last December 25, 2016

Catanduanes is an island province located in the Bicol Region of Luzon in the Philippines. It is the 12th-largest Island in the Philippines. Catanduanes is known as the “Land of the Howling Winds” because most typhoons brewed in the Pacific pass through this easternmost island province of Luzon. And the most recent typhoon was Nina, which made Catanduanes under state of calamity after Nina’s wrath last December 25,2016.

But the island is the “Land of the Howling Winds” no more. Catanduanes is now more widely known as the “Happy Island”. Catanduanes as the “Happy Island” was first coined way back in November 3, 2013 when Catanduanes Culture + Fashion (a souvenir department of Go Catanduanes) published it’s newest t-shirt/bagtag design for Catanduanes and it was called “Happy Island”. It’s not only the tourism label  that makes this island, the happy one, but it is because of its people and their resilience. After every typhoon Catandunganons started to work really hard and rebuild their homes. Catandunganons are unfailingly polite, always smiling, and ever courteous and possess grace under pressure after every calamity. It is not just because they are used to this experience, but because they know they can do something about it. A few days more  after the disaster  almost all streets were cleaned out and power infrastructures were being fixed. Simple act of kindness were appreciated by the people such as: being featured by the media; being able to receive relief goods with full of joy and gratitude . Catandunganons are truly amazing and with a bunch of stories of resilience after tough times.

The  island in the north eastern part of the Philippines is truly a place to visit at least once in your life. On the best and worst  days, the island will still remain as the happy island with the happiest and  grateful people on earth.

Visit Catanduanes, visit GO CATANDUANES WEBSITE

Video by: Marc Ervin Tabirao Youtube Channel, Catanduanes 2016
Photos by: Audrey Hilario, Go Catanduanes

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