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The Catandungan Festival is celebrated every October to commemorate the foundation anniversary of Catanduanes as a province independent from Albay.


Among the featured special events were the pantomina street dance, a beauty pageant, an agricultural and trade fair, a sportsfest, guided tours, and photo exhibits.


A WEEK-LONG CELEBRATION!

OCTOBER 23-27, 2017

Our Heritage. Our Pride.

The Catandungan Festival is celebrated every October to commemorate the foundation anniversary of Catanduanes as a province independent from Albay.


Among the featured special events were a surfing competition, the pantomina street dance, a beauty pageant, an agricultural and trade fair, a sportsfest, guided tours, and photo exhibits.

The focal event of the provincial celebration centered on the international and national Governor’s Surfing Cup, which attracted surfers around the globe to test their water skills in the powerful waves of Puraran, known in the surfing world as the “Majestics.”


A WEEK-LONG CELEBRATION!

OCTOBER 23-27, 2017

Our Heritage. Our Pride.

Catandungan Festival 2017 Latest Updates:

72nd Foundation Anniversary Catandungan Festival

October 29th, 2017 | By: Governor's Office Information Unit

  Catandungan Festival elevates locals’ faith and one’s own identity with this year’s theme “Our Pride, Our Heritage.” Local officials, government employees and all sectors...

Padadyaw sa Tinampo

October 26th, 2017 | By: Governor's Office Information Unit

      Catandungan Festival – Padadyaw sa Tinampo (Capitol Grounds – Plaza Rizal) October 26, 2017 PADADYAW SA TINAMPO 2017 RESULT 1st Place – Virac 2nd...

Parade of Faith (Parada nin mga Patron)

October 26th, 2017 | By: Governor's Office Information Unit

  Parada nin mga Patron – ( Virac Cathedral – Capitol Grounds) October 26,...


History

Catanduanes was a former sub-province of Ambos Camarines in the early 1900s and later of Albay. It gained provincial autonomy when Congressman Francisco Perfecto filled House Bill No. 301 which separated the province from Albay.

It was approved on September 26, 1945 and subsequently signed into law by President Sergio Osmeña on October 24, 1945.

Remigio Socito, the last Lieutenant Governor, was appointed as the first Provincial Governor. When elections were held in 1947, Alfonso V. Usero became the first elected Governor.

Commonwealth Act No. 687

An Act Authorizing the Separation of the Subprovince of Catanduanes from the Province of Albay and its Establishment as an Independent Province

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in Congress assembled:

Section 1. On the thirtieth day after the approval of this Act, the Subprovince of Catanduanes shall be separated from the Province of Albay and shall constitute a separate independent province, which shall be called the Province of Catanduanes.

Section 2. The present territory of the Subprovince of Catanduanes shall be the territory of the Province of Catanduanes so established, and its capital shall be the municipality of Virac. The provisions of the Revised Administrative Code and other laws, in so far as they are applicable to a regularly organized province, shall apply to the government and operation of said province and to the election, appointment and remuneration of the officers thereof.

Section 3. The elective provincial officials of the new Province of Catanduanes shall be appointed by the President with the consent of the Commission on Appointments, and shall hold office until their successors shall be duly elected and shall have qualified: Provided, However, That the present lieutenant-governor of Catanduanes shall perform the duties of the office of the provincial governor of the new province until his successor shall have been elected at the next general election and shall have duly qualified.

Section 4. The Province of Catanduanes shall have a Representative in the House of Representatives. The present Representative for the Fourth District of Albay shall, during his term of office as Representative, be considered as Representative of the Province of Catanduanes.

Section 5. The present mayors, vice mayors and municipal councilors of the municipalities within the new Province of Catanduanes shall remain in their respective offices until their successors shall have been elected at the next election and shall have duly qualified.

Section 6. The present justices of the peace and other appointive municipal officials and employees of the different municipalities of the Subprovince of Catanduanes shall continue o perform their duties in their respective municipalities in accordance with law.

Section 7. The Province of Albay shall have three Representatives in the House of Representatives, and the present First, Second and Third Districts of Albay shall continue to be such districts of said province.

Section 8. The funds and obligations and the property of all kinds to be assigned to the Province of Albay and the new Province of Catanduanes shall, upon the establishment of the latter, be distributed equitably between the two provinces, in such manner as the Auditor General may recommend and the President approve.

Section 9. All acts or parts of acts inconsistent herewith are repealed.

Section 10. This Act shall take effect on its approval.

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