Marinduque Mainland from Tres Reyes Islands

Marinduque Mainland from Tres Reyes Islands
View of Marinduque Mainland from Tres Reyes Islands-Click on photo to link to Chateau Du Mer


If this is your first time in this site, welcome. It has been my dream that my province, Marinduque, Philippines becomes a world tourist destination not only during Easter Week but also whole year round. You can help me achieve my dream by telling your friends about this site. The photo above is your own private beach at The Chateau Du Mer Beach Resort. The sand is not as white as Boracay, but it is only a few steps from your front yard and away from the mayhem and crowds of Boracay. Please do not forget to read the latest national, international, and technology news in this site . I have posted some of my favorite Filipino and American dishes and recipes on this site also. Some of the photos and videos on this site, I do not own. However, I have no intention on infringement of your copyrights. Cheers!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Carabao Island- A New Boracay?

I just finished reading a tourist brochure promoting Carabao Island, Romblon as the next Boracay. In this old article, it states that the Department of Tourism in cooperation with a Korean Company is building a new airport in Carabao Island to start in July, 2007. Is the airport finished ? Because of the proximity of Carabao Island to Boracay ( 15 minutes from the north end of Boracay), the Korean developers and our department of tourism is hoping that this will relieve the congestion in Boracay.

The above article reminds me of our Elephant Island Resort. Are the developers also from Korea? What is the status of this development?. I have heard that development in Elephant Island has stopped temporarily due to local red tape. Is this true? If this is the case, what a shame! I hope it is not true.

The news about Carabao Island as the next Boracay upsets me, since I was hoping it will be Marinduque. With this news, my dream of seeing Marinduque as another Boracay will probably not be realized in my lifetime.

Goblins ( Nono), Ghosts and Witches

Recently, I was reading the Philippine Inquirer on line. An article and video clips regarding the evil possessions of 27 students in an Oriental Mindoro school attracted my attention. You could see the haunted look in the eyes of students "possessed". The authorities have called a local priest to exorcise the evil spirits, but the phenomena has not stopped. They are also planning to call the health authorities, to see if there is a health related explanation. As of this date, I have not heard of any explanation. Any one knows of the latest developments?

This news reminds me of Marinduque's local beliefs of the existence of Nono ( goblins) in the area. There are also stories about ghosts( white lady apparition) and witches. I know that in Iloilo, there is one town there that is supposed to be a lot of witches. However, there is no proof, this is true. In our resort property in Amoingon, some of our neighbors inform us, that once in a while in a moonless night they have seen an apparition of a white lady. I have never seen one during our annual six months stay at the beach resort. The white lady is supposed to guard the property from robbers and intruders. I hope this is true.

With regards to the Nono,( they reside in the big trees),even though I really do not believe it, I still say TABI PO NONO (Excuse me Nono,I have to pass by) when passing under the trees and bridges in my property at night. Even my 5 year old grand daughter from Sacramento, has learned of this phrase. We told her of the TABI PO NONO phrase last December, 2007 during our golden wedding anniversary celebration. The funny part is, when they were in Boracay a week later, she said the same phrase while passing a bridge at the Boracay Regency Hotel, where her MOM and Lola were staying. Hurrah to the memory of a 5-year old. Anyway, if you experience or hear of any stories about ghosts, nono and witches, please let me know.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Letter from Governor Carrion

On August 27, my wife and I received a letter from the office of the governor sign by Atty. Lord Allan Jay Q. Velasco, Provincial Administrator. I like to share it with you fellow blogger:

Dave and Macrine Katague,

Peaceful greetings from the Marinduque Provincial Government!

Having read your messages through the official website of the province, we are very thankful and overwhelmed for promoting Marinduque as a tourist destination not just in the country but also worldwide.

Indeed, Marinduque is a beauty not just because of its scenic spots but also because of people like you who support and promote this province and considers it their home. Hearing beautiful comments from people like you enthuse me more to serve my people and gives me the strong will to develop the province into a first class tourist destination.

In behalf of the people of the province, thank you very much and I salute you for making us proud of our province.

Jose Antonio N. Carrion


Thank you for recognizing our work and effort to publicize Marinduque as a world tourist destination not only on Easter week but also whole year round. We have been publicizing our province as a tourist destination via my blogs for the last six months. My blogs are: and

Every chance I had, I mentioned the beauty of Marinduque to all my blogger friends as well as non-blogger friends here in US. Please visit my blogs if you have not done it yet. I have also combined a few positive comments of visitors and tourists that I found in the Internet in my blog, "What Others Say About Marinduque".

I suggest you include these comments in the preparation of your travel brochures to promote tourism in our beloved province.

Again, thank you for your letter and recognition of our efforts to promote tourism in Marinduque

Dave and Macrine Katague


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