4TH SPELUNKING IN CALBIGA CAVES 2006
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4TH SPELUNKING IN CALBIGA CAVES
THE LANGUN- GOBINGOB CAVE
1. JONI A. BONIFACIO TEAM LEADER/TREXPLORE CATBALOGAN,SAMAR
2. SHERWIN S. ORBETA TREXPLORE/EXPLORER GANDARA,SAMAR
3. BELINDA B. MORILLO TREXPLORE/EXPLORER MATUGUINAO,SAMAR
4. DODONG MABANSAG TREXPLORE/DENR CATBALOGAN,SAMAR
5. NELSON L. LABRAGUE TREXPLORE JIABONG,SAMAR
6. DIOVANE B. CABAGNAN TREXPLORE JIABONG,SAMAR
7. RONELO M. HIDALGO BABATNGON,LEYTE
8. NELSON B. ABIADA PO / BALANTAC RESORT BASEY,SAMAR
9. DANIEL M. CALO CAD/PGO/ TOURISM OFFICER BUTUAN CITY
10. SEMEON B. BERGOZA,JR CAD/PGO TOURISM STAFF BUTUAN CITY
11. ERIC D. ADA LAOANG SPELUNKERS LAOANG N. SAMAR
12. JEROME A. DEANANEAS LAOANG SPELUNKERS LAOANG N.SAMAR
13. ARTHUR I.CUI LAOANG SPELUNKERS LAOANG N. SAMAR
14. DILODILO,MICHAEL L. LAOANG SPELUNKERS LAOANG N. SAMAR
15. POSO,BARON A. LAOANG SPELUNKERS LAOANG N. SAMAR
16. GENE DOGADOGA EUROPHIL PALO,LEYTE
17. DONNA DAÑ0 EUROPHIL TACLOBAN CITY
18. ZEILA CZYRA YENOGACIO EUROPHIL TACLOBAN CITY
19. MARTI RUIZ FAMILY TOURS TACLOBAN CITY
20. MARY ROSE CRUZ TOURIST MAKATI CITY
21. JOSHUA VINCENT CRUZ TOURIST MAKATI CITY
22. NIMFA CRUZ PATAWARAN EXAMINER/MEDIA TACLOBAN CITY
23. IHREE MICHELLE CAREER LNU/TOURISM STUDENT DULAG,LEYTE
24, LARRY A. PORTILLO EXAMINER/ MEDIA TACLOBAN CITY
25. ALLAN C. CALOOY EXAMINER/MEDIA TACLOBAN CITY
26. ALMA A. FABRA MANILA
27. EDISON HUSANA CAVE BIOLOGIST/RESEARCHER/TOKYO MUSEUM JAPAN
28. JOHN BARGH CANADIAN TOURIST SAN JOSE N. SAMAR
29. MARIGOLD CASTAÑARES ALPS MOUNTAINEERING CLUB PINTUYAN SOUTHERN,LEYTE
30. REMY JACLA LOCAL GUIDE CALBIGA,SAMAR
31. JIMMY GABONADA LOCAL GUIDE CALBIGA,SAMAR
32. BENJIE MENDOZA PORTER CALBIGA,SAMAR
33. LOUIE SAMAR PORTER CALBIGA,SAMAR
CALBIGA CAVE RECORD HOLDER:
1. JOSHUA VINCENT CRUZ 8 YEARS OLD - YOUNGEST PERSON TO EXPLORE CALBIGA CAVES
2. OLEGARIO B. MABANSAG 60 YEARS OLD - OLDEST PERSON TO EXPLORE CALBIGA CAVES
4TH SPELUNKING IN LANGUN GOBINGOB CAVES
By Nimfa Cruz Patawaran
Larry A. Portillo
Allan C. Calooy
Three staff members of the Eastern Visayas Examiner took part in Langun-Gobingob Cave 4th Spelunking in Calbiga Cave, held last Oct. 27 – 29, 2006 in Calbiga, Western Samar.
The 4th Spelunking was sponsored by the Trexplore Adventure Club spearheaded by the team leader Joni A. Bonifacio. The Langun-Gobingob Cave is the biggest karst cave formation in our country and believed to be the 2nd largest in the Southeast Asia.
The three EV Examiners staff members who joined the rest of the participants from the different parts of the country, were Nimfa Cruz Patawaran, Allan C. Calooy, and Larry A. Portillo. It was a 3-day and 2-night cave exploration inside.
According to Joni A. Bonifacio, Trexplorer leader, “Our goal is to promote the great potential in the ecotourism of Samar Caves at the same time, our awareness is to conserve and protect its archeological importance.”
The said cave has an estimated area of 2,968 hectares and the cave system is composed of 12 caves with wide underground spaces. As we passed thru its rocks formations, we found it muddy.
The karsts have an estimated total surface area of 900 sq. kilometers, and the main cave Langun has a chamber that could easily fit in three football fields. As we went further to the cave we saw different cave creatures like bats, crickets, white crabs and the blind fish which they call “CAECO-GOBUIS CRYPTOPHALMUS,” first hipogeans fish found in the Philippines and first gobinee known in the world that was discovered in 1987. The fish’ name originated from the total absence of any external traces of eyes.
The other chamber known as the Gobingob Cave is approximately two and a half kilometers in distance compared to Langun which measured three kilometers.
“The 4th spelunking trek to the 2nd largest cave in Southeast Asia (Langun-Gobingob) continued to attract foreign and local tourists, mountaineers, cavers and the nature lovers who crave to witness and discover the natural God’s gift beauty to humanity,” he added.
One of the main purposes of the exploration was to witness the secret beauty of Langun-Gobingob, such as the giant stalagmites formation, giant flow formation, the subterranean watercourses, stalactites, giant chandeliers, numerous stalactites, beautiful flowstone formation, mud mountains, waterfalls, the mother of all chambers, guano mountain and many more.
A total of 30 participants coming from the different parts of the country participated in the said event.
The giving of certificates of achievement, souvenir kits, and t-shirts sponsored by Hon. Gov. Mila Tan, conclude the three-day spelunking activity.