Isabela is the largest province on the island of Luzon in land area. Its capital is the city of Ilagan. Situated within the Cagayan Valley region, it is bordered by the provinces of Cagayan to the north, Kalinga to the northwest, Mountain Province to the central-west and Nueva Vizcaya to the southwest and Aurora to the south, the Philippine Sea to the east; this agricultural province is the rice and corn granary of Luzon due to its plain and rolling terrain. In 2012, the province was declared as the country's top producer of corn with 1,209,524 metric tons. Isabela is the 10th richest province in the Philippines as of 2011; the province has four trade centers in the cities of Ilagan, Cauayan and the municipality of Roxas. The province was named after the first queen regnant of Spain. There have been proposals to change the name of the province into something that will better suit the indigenous roots of the country. However, such plans were rejected by the residents of Isabela; the province of Isabela used to be a vast rainforest where numerous indigenous ethno-linguistic groups lived.
Many of the same ethnic groups still live in the province. Shell-midden sites and other archaeological sites throughout the province constitute the material culture of those groups during the classical era. During the Spanish era, prior to 1856, the Cagayan Valley was divided into only two provinces: Cagayan and Nueva Vizcaya; the Province of Cagayan at that time consisted of all towns from Tumauini to Aparri in the north. All other towns from Ilagan southward to Aritao comprised the Province of the old Nueva Vizcaya. In order to facilitate the work of the Catholic missionaries in the evangelization of the Cagayan Valley, a royal decree was issued on May 1, 1856 creating the Province of Isabela consisting of the towns of Gamu, Old Angadanan and Camarag, Carig and Palanan, all detached from the Province of Nueva Vizcaya; the province was placed under the jurisdiction of a governor with Ilagan as the capital, where it remains up to present. It was called Isabela de Luzón to differentiate from other places in the Philippines bearing the name of Isabela.
The new province was named after Queen Isabella II of Spain. Although the province did not play a major role in the revolt against Spain, it is in Palanan that the final pages of the Philippine Revolution were written when United States troops, led by General Frederick Funston captured General Emilio Aguinaldo in the area on March 23, 1901. Isabela was re-organized as a province under the American military government through Act No. 210, passed August 24, 1901. The Americans built schools and other buildings and instituted changes in the overall political system. However, the province's economy remained agricultural with rice replacing corn and tobacco as the dominant crop. World War II stagnated the province's economic growth but it recovered after the war. In 1942, Imperial Japanese occupied Isabela. In 1945, the liberation of Isabela commenced with the arrival of the Philippine Commonwealth troops under the Philippine Army, Constabulary and USAFIP-NL units and recognized guerrillas attacked by the Japanese Imperial forces in World War II.
A new wave of immigration began in the late 19th and 20th centuries with the arrival of the Ilokano who came in large numbers. They now constitute the largest group in the province. Other ethnic groups followed that made Isabela the "Melting Pot of the Northern Philippines". In 1995, Republic Act Number 7891 was passed legislating that Isabela be divided into two new provinces: Isabela del Norte and Isabela del Sur. A referendum was held on the same year with a slight majority voting against partitioning the province. In 2012, the capital town of Ilagan became a city, after the move gained 96% of the votes in the plebiscite conducted on August 11, 2012; the night after the plebiscite, Ilagan was declared as a component city of the province. Isabela comprises an aggregate land area of 12,414.93 square kilometres, representing 40 percent of the regional territory. It is the largest province in the island of Luzon and the second largest province in the Philippines by land area. Occupying the central section of the Cagayan Valley region in Luzon, Isabela is bordered by Cagayan to the north, Kalinga to the northwest, Mountain Province to the central-west and Nueva Vizcaya to the southwest, Quirino to the south, Aurora to the south.
To the east lies the Philippine Sea, making Isabela one of the typhoon-prone provinces in the country. The province is divided into three physiographic areas; the eastern area, straddled by the Sierra Madre mountain range, is thickly forested. A substantial portion is uncharted; these unexplored hinterlands are home to a rich variety of flora and fauna, some are under government reservations. It is home to one of the world's largest remaining low-altitude rainforests, with numerous unknown endemic species of flora and fauna and biological diversity in the protected area known as the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park. Isabela has 600,000 hectares of Cagayan Valley’s 900,000 hectares of forest cover; the highest point of the province is located near the border with Cagayan. Mount Dos Cuernos peak has an elevation of 1,785 metres located in San Pablo near the border with Maconacon. Other notable peaks in the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park is Mount Cresta in Divilacan with an elevation of 1,672 metres.
The western area is a fertile valley hemmed by the Central Cordill
3 is the third studio album by the French band Nouvelle Vague. It was released 16 June 2009 on Peacefrog Records; as with their previous releases, the album consists of cover versions of post-punk and new wave songs from the 1970s and 1980s. Four of the tracks are performed as duets, featuring the song's original vocalist performing alongside one of Nouvelle Vague's female singers; the band draws on a broader range of musical styles compared to their earlier albums. Several of the tracks on 3 are performed as duets, with Nouvelle Vague's female singers joined by the artists who sang on the original recordings; the tracks performed as duets are "Master and Servant", "All My Colours", "Our Lips Are Sealed", "Parade". David Byrne of Talking Heads and David Sylvian of Japan turned down invitations to appear on the album; the appearance of the original artists covering their own songs led one commentator to describe the record as "without a doubt the most meta covers album released this decade."In another departure from the earlier albums, 3 features two French-language songs, including a version of Plastic Bertrand's "Ça plane pour moi".
Nouvelle Vague's Olivier Libaux explained, "Ca Plane Pour Moi was supposed to be the first French punk single. The thing is, it was sung by Plastic Bertrand –, Belgian – and many French people think this song is a bit stupid, but it has been covered by bands like The Damned – so it seems that, this song is respected. We chose the song because of this paradox." 3 charted in several European countries, peaking at number 57 in France, number 38 in Germany, number 20 in Portugal. In 2009, it was awarded a silver certification from the Independent Music Companies Association which indicated sales of at least 30,000 copies throughout Europe; the album received mixed reviews, with several critics suggesting that the concept of Nouvelle Vague itself had grown stale. The Guardian noted that the band had "spun out their quirky cover-versions project into a career that has outlasted that of some of the bands they've covered. That's sobering news for anyone who found Nouvelle Vague entertaining but has now had enough of their kitsch bossa-nova takes on indie classics."
The review concluded that, "it's time for Collin and Libaux to find a new concept." PopMatters agreed: "The project made its point the first time around, with the arrival of a third record, Nouvelle Vague’s approach has become as subversive and surprising as placing rabbit ears behind someone’s head in a class photo. More by devoting itself to reformatting the songs into new genres, 3 loses the soul of the original recordings—be it the giddy anxiety of “Blister in the Sun” or the inflammatory anger of “God Save the Queen”—without offering much in exchange." The Washington Post wrote that, "most of these covers aren't tugged far out of their element... Nouvelle Vague's interpretations are stylish and pretty, but not novel." In contrast, BBC Music described the album as "a sublimely inventive concoction of clashing but complementary moods and styles. NV3 shows little sign of Collin and Libaux running out of ideas or outstaying their welcome."Critics focused their comments in particular on the tracks performed as duets.
For The Guardian, "Barry Adamson and Nadeah Miranda are a modern Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra as they claw their way through Magazine's Parade." Commenting on the same song, AllMusic's critic stated, "Barry Adamson's sneering cool makes a noir version of Magazine's "Parade" the album's standout." In contrast, "the group's version of "Master and Servant" – which features a Jew's harp and Martin Gore's booming baritone on the chorus – feels overdone, not Terry Hall's cameo can save "Our Lips Are Sealed"'s transformation into a pastoral reverie from seeming a bit silly." Nouvelle VagueMarc Collin – keyboards, arrangement, production Olivier Libaux – bass, production VocalistsMélanie Pain – vocals Eloisia – vocals Sandra Dee – vocals Silja – vocals Karina Zeviani – vocals Nadeah Miranda – vocals Leelou – vocals Marina Celeste – vocals Sophie Delila – vocals Phoebe Killdeer – vocals Jenia Lubich – vocals Valente Bertelli – vocals Maïa Barouh – flute, vocals Ania – vocals Martin Gore – vocals Ian McCulloch – vocals Barry Adamson – vocals Terry Hall – vocals Samy Birnbach – vocals Additional personnelThibaut Barbillon – bass, production Julien Decoret – guitar Pete Hutchison – mastering Eric Poirier – brass, trumpet 3 at Discogs 3 at MusicBrainz
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