Germany releases book on PH caves


TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan: A 112-page book printed in Germany featuring a few dozen Philippine caves is expected to boost tourism in the town of Santa Teresita in Cagayan province.

The book which is in its 61st edition was published by Michael Laumanns and was printed and distributed in Berlin, Germany by Berliner Hohkenkandiche Berichte.

Belgian and Lebanese cavers Piere Bartholeyns and Chadi Chaker, respectively, on Wednesday handed over to Mayor Lolita Garcia the book on the caves of Santa Teresita town in a simple ceremony.

“From obscurity to international caving prominence,” Nida dela Cruz, president of the Sierra Madre Outdoor Club (SMOC), gushed while acknowledging the efforts of SMOC members who were instrumental in bringing local and international cavers after an initial exploration in 2012 by Americans, British and Germans.

Dela Cruz said the book is a report of the Northern Luzon International Caving Expedition Philippines 2015 where multi-national cavers explored and surveyed 42 caves in Santa Teresita.

Also containing survey maps plus descriptions of the caves, the book is published in both English and French and serves as a guide to other international and local cavers who want to experience, discover or study the said caves.

Garcia said she never expected the tremendous influx of foreign enthusiasts to the caves of her town which were only visited by farmers out in their fields and “we are very excited over this new development.”



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