Bicolano, Southern Catanduanes

Bicolano, Southern Catanduanes

Most of the speakers of this Bicolano variant reside in the province’s capital, Virac, which also serves as an alternate name for the group.

According to legend, Catanduanes is the corrupted Spanish version of either “Katanduan” (from tandu, a type of beetle) or “Kasamdongan” then “Katandungan” (from samdong, a kind of tree), both of which abounded in the island. The province is sometimes called the “Land of the Howling Winds” because its proximity to the Pacific Ocean makes it vulnerable to tropical storms. One of the island’s main sources of livelihood is fishing.


Published on : 01/03/2018 by Puerto Parrot

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