The Philippines is one of the famous holiday destinations among the tourist. One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Philippines is Catarman. Catarman is located on the northern part of Samar Island, bounded to the east by Mondragon, to the west by Bobon, to the south by Lope de Vega, and to the north by the Philippine Sea. It is the largest municipality in terms of land area and population and acts as the commercial, educational, financial, political and government centre of the province. The city consists of 24 municipalities and 55 barangays which makes Catarman the largest town of Northern Samar and second largest (behind Tacloban) of the Eastern Visayas region. Besides that, the city also features The Catarman River which is a major provincial river that divides the eastern and the western parts of the town. According to 2015 census, it has a population of 94,000 and Mount Puyao in Barangay Liberty is the highest peak in the area. In addition, the University of Eastern Philippines is also located in this beautiful city.
The climate in Catarman is tropical year-round with an average temperature of 29-35 degrees Celsius. Catarman or Philippines has only two seasons which is wet and dry seasons where rainfall can be heavy during the wet or monsoon season and humidity during the hotter months can be high. The best time to visit Catarman would be between December to February when the weather is warmer with occasional showers. During this season, the sun shines bright resulting clear skies with the winds blow gently suitable for outdoor activities. The off-peak season is between July to September where the climate during that season is unpredictable and typhoons can sometimes occur anytime. It is advisable for visitors to check the weather reports before going to this town. During this season you will find better flight tickets and hotel deals.
1. Bacolod – Silay Airport
It is the main airport that serves the general area of the Bacolod Metropolitan Area. It is just 15 kilometres northeast of Bacolod city. Since it is an international airport, Bacolod – Silay Airport is the busiest airport serving the Negros Island area. The airlines that operate in this airport is Cebu Pacific and Philippines Airlines, with the later provide an international route to Seoul, South Korea as its seasonal flights. Bacolod – Silay Airport has many interesting shops and eateries within the airport so you can shop or dine in while waiting for the plane to arrive or depart. To go in and out of the airport is easy because there are many types of transportation available in Bacolod – Silay Airport for the visitors.
2. Catarman National Airport
Catarman National Airport is referred to as Catarman Airport is an airport serving the general area of Catarman. It is located in the province of Northern Samar in the Philippines. The airport is categorized as a Class 2 principal (minor domestic) airport by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, a body of the Department of Transportation and Communications that is responsible for the operations. This airport consists of various features and facilities such as facilities for disabled people, restaurants and convenience stores. To go in and out of the airport is easy because there are many types of transportation available in Catarman National Airport for the visitors.
Catarman’s climate is under the hot sun for most of the time. Usually, it will be warm and sunny throughout the years with little rains except for typhoon season which the weather can be unpredictable with heavy rains and thunderstorm. The average maximum temperature in Catarman is around 27 and 33 degree Celsius while the average minimum is about 20 and 24 degree Celsius. While around December to February will be the peak of seasons because it will be the warm and pleasant season of the year. If you plan to visit Catarman during this season make sure you book your flight and hotel early as both fill up quickly.
1. Tuasan Falls - At the base of the waterfall, there is a cool and shallow pool of water that allows visitors to swim during hot days. For those who prefer adventurous activities, there is a challenging track that consists of dirt, slippery rocks and stony rivers. You also can swim near the centre of the falls where the water gets deeper. When you arrive, you can see the beautiful waterfalls and naturally round pool surrounded by the bedrocks and green forest. It is also a swimming spot among the locals and tourist and it is best to immerse your body into the cold and refreshing water after a long day of trekking. The road to get here is concrete to the town. Visitors also can enjoy a picnic in the area and rent a couple of sheds if available. The entrance fee for adult is 30 peso and children under ten years old is 15 peso.
2. Sacred Heart Plaza - Sacred Heart Plaza is an attraction located in the city and owned and maintained by the local government. It is an area of the natural park and features trails for walking, biking and other activities.
3. Gaisano Grand Malls - Gaisano Grand Malls is a chain of shopping malls under the Philippine-based Gaisano Grand Group of Companies. Modesta Singson Gaisano established White Gold Department Store in Cebu City in the 1970s. In 1981, Modesta Singson Gaisano died and her department store was handled by her five sons who are David, Stephen, Henry, Victor and John. Gaisano Grand Malls was founded by Benito S. Gaisano, son of Henry S. Gaisano and currently, it becomes one of the most famous shopping malls in Philippine.