FCD and USC: A Partnership for the Underwater Caves of the Philippines

Last November 28, 2014, the Filipino Cave Divers (FCD) and the University of San Carlos (USC) - Biology Department forged the country’s first-ever partnership between a team of underwater cave explorers and a team of university scientists. The relationship is officially sealed with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will strongly encourage collaborative research projects … Continue reading FCD and USC: A Partnership for the Underwater Caves of the Philippines

The Paglugaban Cave of El Nido, Palawan

If you have not yet been, I can only describe Paglugaban Cave as truly amazing! This part of Palawan’s geography and geology is estimated to have formed about 300 million years ago. As such, all of Paglugaban speleothem are very old. In fact, even the cave floor and all of its sediment had taken millions … Continue reading The Paglugaban Cave of El Nido, Palawan

The 1st FCD Convention

Last Sept. 25-28, 2014 the FCD conducted its first convention. Members from Luzon and Mindanao joined the Visayas members on Mactan Island, Lapu-Lapu City for the activities scheduled during the 3-day meeting. The group engaged in discussions on mixed team protocols, held a UTD Advanced Buoyancy and Propulsion Workshop, and conducted an extensive survey (photo, video, directional and distances) of … Continue reading The 1st FCD Convention

The 2007 Bohol Underwater Cave Explorations

This article originally appeared in the “Chronicles of a Filipino Cave Diver” blog. ----------------------------- Written by: The project was under close cooperation with the Bohol Provincial Government – Hon. Erico B. Aumentado, Provincial Governor; Atty. Tomas B. Abapo, Jr., Provincial Administrator; and Mr. Guido Valleser, a senior officer at the Bureau of Fisheries, Provincial Agriculture … Continue reading The 2007 Bohol Underwater Cave Explorations

Docboy’s Cave aka the Pawod Underwater Cave System

Pawod Underwater Cave System (PUCS), 10.280254°N, 123.989112°E, is the only known freshwater underwater cave system in an urban setting (within 25 kilometers of more than 1 million population). Littered inside the cave system are fossils (cast) of marine animals ranging from small corals to giant clams. Inside the main chamber are boulder formations that may … Continue reading Docboy’s Cave aka the Pawod Underwater Cave System

Doc Amores- An Explorer

Dr. Alfonso "Docboy" Amores was a micro-surgeon and reconstructive surgery specialist when he came back to his home country to retire after more than 20 years of living and working in the U.S.A. But he was not the kind of man who would be happy to whittle away his years in a rocking chair while watching the seasons pass. He … Continue reading Doc Amores- An Explorer

KANTOLOI TWIN CENOTES OF PILAR, SIARGAO ISLAND

Report by: FCD Doc Amores April 2, 2014, Day 2 of FCD's Del Carmen Expedition I, is a milestone. In the afternoon of this date, we discovered the first of many cenotes in the Del Carmen and surrounding areas. The Kantoloi Twin Cenotes, right off the concreted road that goes from Del Carmen to Pilar, … Continue reading KANTOLOI TWIN CENOTES OF PILAR, SIARGAO ISLAND

THE INNER SANCTUM OF DEL CARMEN

The crown jewel of the FCD Siargao Expedition of April 2014 is the discovery of The Inner Sanctum of Del Carmen. It is a forbidden cave in the foothills near the center of Barangay Tuboran, Del Carmen, Siargao Island. Reportedly nobody has gone inside the cave before this expedition because of the unworldly inhabitants inside … Continue reading THE INNER SANCTUM OF DEL CARMEN

THE DEL CARMEN CENOTE #1 – A CLASSIC UNDERGROUND RIVER SINKHOLE

The Del Carmen Cenote #1 By: Dr. Alfonso Y. Amores, FCD The Del Carmen Cenote #1 is among the epic finds of FCD underwater cave explorations. It is located in Barangay Quezon of Del Carmen, Siargao Island right on the border with Barangay Tuboran, the heart of Del Carmen's maze of underwater caves. Figure 1 below … Continue reading THE DEL CARMEN CENOTE #1 – A CLASSIC UNDERGROUND RIVER SINKHOLE

A D-I-Y METHOD TO DEBRIS-PROOF YOUR BCD’S DUMP VALVE

By FCD Andy Berame A near fatal incident occurred when we were diving sidemount inside HERUC (Hinatuan Enchanted River Underwater Cave), when a small fragment of debris jammed Docboy Amores' dump valve causing his BCD to free flow. Doc had to crawl his way out of the cave and do a wall climbing routine during … Continue reading A D-I-Y METHOD TO DEBRIS-PROOF YOUR BCD’S DUMP VALVE