Category Archives: siargao

Clown Fish

Clown fish are among the few species found in one of the marine sanctuaries in General Luna, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte, as shown in this picture taken Wednesday (27 September 2017). MindaNews photo by ROEL N. CATOTO

2 Pinoy surfers remain unbeaten in Siargao int’l surfing tilt

CLOUD NINE, General Luna, Siargao Island (MindaNews/26 September) — Two of the country’s surfing stars on Tuesday continued to shine in the 23rd edition of the Siargao International Surfing Competition by eking out convincing wins against foreign rivals. The Filipino duo of John Mark “Marama” Tokong and Edito “Piso” Alcala continued their dominant run on day three of the competition, both […]

Champ from Siargao, other Pinoy surfers fall in int’l surfing tilt

GENERAL LUNA, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/25 September) — Dismay greeted local spectators when a strong hometown bet failed to advance against foreign competitors in the 23rd Siargao International Surfing Cup on Monday afternoon. Philmar Alipayo, 25, who bagged the championship in the 19th Siargao National Surfing Cup last Saturday, bowed to Kiron Jabour of Hawaii and Raoni Montereiro of Brazil. “I […]

Filipino surfers draw first blood in 2017 Siargao International Surfing Cup

CLOUD NINE, General Luna, Siargao Island (MindaNews) – Filipino surfers vying for the 23rd Siargao International Surfing Cup have drawn first blood in the series of elimination rounds while some foreign surfers from different countries have managed to advance for the next rounds here at the surfing capital of the country. The opening day Sunday […]

Injured surfer wins 19th Siargao Surfing Cup

GENERAL LUNA, Siargao Island (MindaNews/22 September) — A homegrown talent bucked an injury in his lower back to reign supreme in the 19th Siargao Surfing Cup Thursday. “I’m really glad to win this competition. My preparation and training helped me a lot to capture the championship crown,” Philmar Alipayo told MindaNews Friday. “I have an injury in my lower back. It’s […]

World’s best women surfers battle for Siargao Cup

GENERAL LUNA, Siargao Island — It’s a battle royale among the world’s best woman surfers here in the country’s surfing capital when the Siargao International Women’s Surfing Cup Qualifying Series 1,000 starts on Wednesday at Cloud Nine. Event director Gerry Deagan said 24 competitors from across the globe will flaunt their talent. “It’s pretty exciting to see these competitors who will […]

Fresh Catch

A fisherman in Barangay 3, Poblacion in General Luna town in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte shows off his newly caught needlefish known in the Surigaonon dialect as “bayo” last Thursday (6 April 2017). Fisher folks here said fish yield h…


A man tries to beat the summer heat beneath the waterfalls in Barangay San Juan, San Benito town in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte on April 8, 2017. MindaNews photo by ROEL N. CATOTO

 Siargao hosts world’s surfing queens in May  

GENERAL LUNA, Siargao Island (MindaNews/10 April) — The country’s surfing capital will host the Siargao International Women’s Surfing Cup Qualifying Series 1,000, the much awaited event among surfing fanatics and enthusiasts on May 2 to 6 at Cloud 9, the country’s most sought after surfing haven. General Luna Mayor Jaime P. Rusillon said Monday that this is […]

Siargao mayor serves 90-day preventive suspension 

DAPA, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews / 18 Dec) –  The mayor here has vacated his post following the 90-day preventive suspension order issued by the Sandiganbayan Third Division over a graft case involving alleged anomalous purchase of heavy equipment. Mayor Peter Rauya told MindaNews over the weekend that he filed a motion for reconsideration and […]

Siargao girl surfer wins Asian championship

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 Nov) – After drawing big scores in the series of leagues in Southeast Asia, Siargao girl surfer Nilbie Blancada bagged the most coveted crown of the 2016 Asian Surfing Championship (ASC), which is co-sanctioned by the World Surfing League (WSL) and ASC, that concluded in Taitung, Taiwan last Sunday. In […]

Surigao provinces to suffer 11-hour brownout  Sunday

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/19 November) — Most areas in Surigao del Norte and parts of Surigao del Sur will experience an 11-hour bronout from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, three power utilities servicing the two provinces announced. An advisory from the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said the two local power distributors in Surigao […]

Dead Croc

Residents gather around a 14-foot crocodile found dead in a mangrove area of Del Carmen town in Siargao Island last Thursday (27 October 2016). The find has scared fishermen in venturing into the vast mangrove areas of Siargao. Contributed photo by Vi…

Empty Boardwalk

The boardwalk in Cloud Nine is almost empty, which usually happens during low tide as surfers in General Luna, Siargao Island would prefer not to play to avoid getting cut from the reef. Photo taken last Sunday (31 July 2016). MindaNews photo by Roel …

Siargao lass bags championship in Indonesian surfing competition

GENERAL LUNA, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/01 August) — A surfer from this town won the championship in the four-day Quiksilver Padma Challenge which concluded last Saturday in Padma, Indonesia. The event’s media officer Tim Hain said 23-year-old Nelbie Blancada bested 12 topnotch surfers from Australia, Argentina, Indonesia, Taiwan and Japan, to bag her […]

1 billion pesos in investments being poured into ‘surfing capital’ in 2016

GENERAL LUNA, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews / 13 July) – More than one billion pesos in investments is being poured into this municipality in Siargao Island known as the “surfing capital of the Philippines.” Mayor Jaime P. Rusillon told MindaNews on Tuesday that these are mostly tourism-related businesses. He said one of the big ticket […]