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Happiness in Catanduanes: An Outreach in Tignob Island, Caramoran

A few months ago, while on a well-deserved break in Catanduanes, we were instantly captivated by the province's unadulterated beauty--the rollings hills, the beaches, the underwater, the people, and the food--my husband and I were in awe everywhere we turned our eyes to. It was far from what we have expected of the place that was once called the "Land of the Howling Winds." But beyond its beauty lies the naked truth--that, like in many rural places in the country, a lot of households especially those in the islands, are striving to live with the limited resources they have. If you also recall, just last Christmas, parts of Catanduanes were devastated by the typhoon Nina. Yes, on Christmas Day... when everyone elsewhere in the country were celebrating the special day. On this note I, together with the silent donors, had organized a small outreach for the families in Tignob Island, a remote paradise off mainland Caramoran in northern Catanduanes. While the families on the…

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