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Tandag, officially the City of Tandag, and often referred to as Tandag City, is a 5th class city and capital of the province of Surigao del Sur, Philippines. According to the census, it has a population of 56, people. Region · Caraga ( Region XIII) of income. Tandag has a national secondary airport and a seaport. Zamboanga Peninsula ( percent), and Caraga ( percent). indication of normalization in for regions which came from high double-digit growth rates in . Davao City, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental, and .. high demand for broiler meat in Central Roxas City airport worth P million. 26 -- The athletic delegation from Butuan City had bagged the first gold medal at the start of the 17th Caraga Butuan City snatches first gold medal in ongoing 17th Caraga Regional Athletic Meet in Tandag City. February 27, am.
Through the success of the First International Surfing Cup inSiargao is now one of the world's great frontiers for surfing exploration. Its most popular break is "cloud nine".
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Surfing is best from July to November when strong waves are in constant motion. Siargao is the largest of a group of islands emerging as on of the finest water sport destinations in the country. Aside from the surfing, there is sea kayaking, long stretch of white sand beaches, hidden caves and lagoons, mangrove swamps, magnificent rock formations and mountain lakes.
It has the biggest mangrove reserve in the Philippines covering 8, hectares and vast areas of coral reef with rich marine resources.
It is bounded on the north by Dinagat Island, on the south by mainland part of the province of Surigao del Norte, on the east by Hinatuan Passage, and on the west by Surigao Strait and the province of Southern Leyte.
Streching along its southeastern coast is the Philippine Deep, the greatest known depth within Philippine waters at 11, meters below sea level. It consists of nine 9 municipalities with barangays. Siargao receives the highest amount of rainfall during December while June is the Driest month.
As the commercial and trade center, Dapa town has the highest population among the municipalities with 15, inhabitants having 2, households while General Luna, which is known as the tourist destination in the island has 12, with 2, households. The form of communication widely used by the municipalities is the telegraphic transfers through Radio Telecommunication, postal services and incoming radio broadcast.
Recently direct long distance calls can be done through Public Calling Offices in Dapa. Passenger jeepneys, motorized boats, and "habal-habal" or motorcycles serve commuters bound to anypoint of destination in the island. Inthe eastern coast of Mindanao which included the present province of Surigao del Norte was visited by the Portuguese explorer Francisco de Castro, who found the place inhabited by the Caraga tribe who were believed to be Visayan of origin. Five years later, Ruy Lopez de Villabos landed in the same region.
The name, however persisted since the Spaniards preferred to call it Caraga after its chief inhabitants. The Jesuit Missionaries in tried to evangelize the people of Butuan Agusan and Caraga Surigaowith much difficulty and intermittent success. They were followed in by the Agustinian Recollects who established parishes in Tandag and Bislig in The Recollects stayed untilthen the secular priest took over followed by the Benedictine Monks from to Father Encarnacion, the member of the group was later killed by the natives.
The other version says that when De la Vega landed in Tandag to subdue the ferocious Caragas as the rebellios natives were called then, he did not know the name of the place so he inquired from the native who was gathering the leaves of herbs locally known as tangad.
The native who did not understand Spanish answered hesitantly "tangad". Later, the name was changed to Tandag. Another story tells a group of Spanish soldiers and missionaries who lost their way.
When they asked for correct direction, the natives who could not understand a word they said only laughed at them all while saying the word "tank", meaning lost. Thus the name Tandag aptly means lost.
History[ edit ] Long before Tandag became what it is today—the bustling capital town of Surigao del Sur was inhabited by the Manobos and the Mamanwas who lived along the river banks under the leadership of Suba, their Chieftain. One of these missionaries was Father Juan de la Vega who was assigned in Tandag.
In an effort to establish a symbol of authority, Fr. Out of this settlement rose the town of Tandag, which later on became a center of faith.
About this period, Tandag became a port of call to the Spanish Galleon that sailed along the southern part of Mindanao. InTandag became the capital town of Surigao or Caraga, then a district that covered the present provinces of Agusan, the two Surigaos and a part of Davao.
As center of faith and capital town, Tandag was fortified with cottas which were erected sometime in the 18th century, within the northern part of the town and near the old cemetery at the western side. These fortifications served to protect the town from moro raids. In several separate attacks between andthe moro pirates wrought havoc and destruction to Tandag. Father Jose Ducos, a Jesuit from Iligan, came to rescue and rebuild Tandag from the ruins wrought by these moro raids. He established the Tandag Garrison and restored the Tandag priory.
Although the Tandag fort somehow survived, part of it was demolished during the Second World War. Calamities like typhoons and earthquakes finished off what remained of it. This explains why no remains of these structures could be seen today.
However, on April 27,about Japanese troops landed by a number of boats a short distance outside town. Most of the residents fled to the mountains nearby when the Japanese arrived.