More tourists visit Biri

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Saturday, May 4, 2013

CATARMAN, Northern Samar – More tourists are now visiting the icon tourist destination of this province, its governor said.

Governor Paul Daza told reporters in an interview at his office here that more local and foreign tourists are now visiting Biri this summer to enjoy the beauty of the island.

Daza disclosed that aside from the rock formations which are the main attraction of the island, the water sports activities are another reason why the tourists are visiting Biri.


He added that the preserved coral gardens which are a rarity in the Philippines is an ideal place for swimming and diving and for other underwater tourism activities.

Daza said the 2,462-hectare island town is gifted with beautiful white beaches, lush mangrove areas and beautiful coral gardens.

Daza disclosed that the main attractions of the island are the unique rock formations considered as one of the country’s 7th geological wonders that rise 100 meters above sea level.

Daza added that the unique rock formations were formed through the tectonic plates movement underwater generated earthquakes five million years ago.

He added that the seven unique magnificent rock formations about the height of a three storey building, which include Magasang, Bel-at, Magsapad, Caranas, Macadlaw, Puhunan and Pinanahawan are the main attractions of said island.

Daza informed reporters that based on the scientific findings in 2010 of the National Institute Geological Sciences Research (NIGSR) in UP Diliman, it reveals that “Biri Island rock formations were probably deposited 18 to 24 million years ago in shelfal continental slope.”

He added that based on the findings, the rock formations were believed to be formed by the underwater tectonic plates movement generated by earthquakes.

Daza also informed that NIGSR is proposing that the “Biri Island rock formations be considered as the 7th national geological monument because of its uniqueness and scientific importance.” (Restituto A. Cayubit/(Leyte Samar Daily Express)


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