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Cabangan, Zambales, Philippines

Cabangan is a coastal town that was originally located in Barrio San Isidro. Its strategic location near the South China Sea was very compelling that a group of few families whose principal source of livelihood was fishing decided to settle in that area.

There was a time when this town was frequently visited by Moro pirates who were notoriously known for their skill in using spears. They came by means of their swift vintas and murdered some of the inhabitants and looted their properties. Because of this the early settlers decided to go further from the sea and left San Isidro.

On their journey of finding a new settlement area, they passed through a hill were many palm trees were growing. These trees were growing. These trees bear fruits in the shape of large pots, locally known as the “banga”. The luxuriant palm trees were abundant in the locality that they called the place “Kabangaan”. When the Americans came, they could hardly pronounce the word Kabangaan, instead they pronounced it ‘Cabangan’. Since then, the people who settled permanently in that area adopted the name Cabangan.

Cabangan was formally established in 1680. Justo Alinea (1898) was the first “Capitan Municipal,” which is equivalent to the position of the mayor at present time. The first “Presidente” Municipal was Mr. Benit Rivera, from years 1901 to 1902. He was succeeded by Mr. Antero Mora (1903-1904). In 1905, during the term of Mr. Andres Dumaplin, Botolan and Cabangan were governed by the same Presidente. The usage of the term “Presidente Municipal” ended in 1906 and Mr. Raymundo Dacoroon was elected to succeed Mr. Dumaplin. Mr. Dacoroon’s term ended in 1908. After this year, the people of Cabangan elected their officials in their town. Source: Wikipedia

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Castillejos, Zambales Philippines

Castillejos, officially the Municipality of Castillejos, is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Zambales, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 64,841 people


Population census of Castillejos
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1903 3,068
1918 4,491 +2.57%
1939 5,362 +0.85%
1948 7,699 +4.10%
1960 10,049 +2.24%
1970 14,807 +3.95%
1975 17,999 +3.99%
1980 19,154 +1.25%
1990 26,753 +3.40%
1995 28,357 +1.10%
2000 33,108 +3.38%
2007 42,910 +3.64%
2010 48,845 +4.83%
2015 64,841 +5.54%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][4][5][6]

In the 2015 census, the population of Castillejos was 64,841 people,[3] with a density of 700 inhabitants per square kilometre or 1,800 inhabitants per square mile.

(Source> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castillejos)

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Global Catastrophe Is Just Two Melted Glaciers Away — Discover

When sea levels rise rapidly, as they have been doing,  a small increase can have devastating effects on coastal habitats. As seawater reaches farther inland, it can cause destructive erosion, wetland flooding, aquifer and agricultural soil contamination, and lost habitat for fish, birds, and plants.

In a widely shared article, Grist writer and meteorologist Eric Holthaus warns about the rapid collapse of Antarctic glaciers and the devastating floods that could ensue.

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Captiva Island Cruises – Sun, Fun and Flawless Beaches


We were stumped. The ceiling and walls of Cabbage Key’s breezy back patio were dripping with dollar bills. Where on earth would we leave our “donation” ? Affixed with gobs of masking tape and mounted with the precision of a leaf blower, it was impossible to see an inch of available space. Thousands of travelers had come here over […]

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