Leyte Gulf is a gulf in the Eastern Visayan region in the Philippines. The bay is part of the Philippine Sea of the Pacific Ocean, is bounded by two islands. On the south of the bay is Mindanao Island, separated from Leyte by the Surigao Strait. Dinagat Island encloses the gulf to the southeast, the small Homonhon Island and Suluan Island, sit astride the eastern entrance to the Gulf, it is 130 km north-south, 60 km east-west. Several municipalities are situated on the coast of the gulf: Balangiga, Guiuan, Mercedes and Salcedo. There are eleven marine reserves in the gulf region. Leyte Gulf was the scene of the Battle of Leyte Gulf, which extends to Surigao Strait during the Battle of Surigao Strait, the largest naval battle of World War II and started the end of Japanese occupation in the Philippines. In 2013, Typhoon Haiyan stirred up a storm surge in Leyte Gulf, resulting to massive loss of lives, agricultural land and property along Leyte's shores. Leyte Gulf is identified by the Leyte State University as one of the important fishing grounds of Leyte and Samar.
Like other rich fishing grounds such as Maqueda Bay and Carigara Bay, the gulf is known for abundant catches of anchovies, herring and crabs. It was once one of the richest sources of mud crabs in 1985. Fish harvest has been in decline in the gulf due to the use of dynamite fishing. Typhoon Haiyan has damaged the hard coral cover within the gulf's area, further reducing the fish harvest
Rancho San Julian was a 48,222-acre Mexican land grant and present-day ranch in present-day Santa Barbara County, California given in 1837 by Governor Juan B. Alvarado to José de la Guerra y Noriega; the grant name refers to José Antonio Julian de la Guerra. The grant was located west of present-day Santa Barbara. Known as the Rancho del Rey under Spain, this land west of the Presidio of Santa Barbara served since 1816 as a presidial cattle grazing ground; the ranch was renamed Rancho Nacional by the Mexican authorities. In 1837, the six square league Rancho San Julian land grant was made by Governor Juan Bautista Alvarado to George Rock acting for José de la Guerra; the claim was purchased, the title perfected by José de la Guerra. José de la Guerra was Comandante of the Presidio of Santa Barbara from 1827 to 1842. With the cession of Alta California to the United States following the Mexican-American War, the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo provided that the land grants would be honored; as required by the Land Act of 1851, a claim for Rancho San Julian was filed with the Public Land Commission in 1852, the grant was patented to José de la Guerra in 1873.
The official survey was about double the area of the six square league grant. José de la Guerra died in 1858. Severe drought and financial burdens forced the De la Guerra family to mortgage the property to Gaspar Oreña. In 1854, Gaspar Oreña had married his cousin, Antonia María de la Guerra, youngest daughter of José de la Guerra, after her husband Cesario Armand Lataillade died. Oreña acquired Rancho La Espada and Rancho San Julian from the De la Guerras in 1864, as partial payment for money owed him by the De la Guerra siblings, he held on to them until 1867. Albert Dibblee, born Pine Plains,New York, came to California in 1848. In 1858 Dibblee bought Rancho Santa Anita, in 1860 his brother, Thomas Bloodgood Dibblee, came from New York to join him. Albert Dibblee and Thomas Dibblee formed a partnership with Colonel W. W. Hollister and bought several land grants including Rancho San Julian. In 1868, Thomas Dibblee moved to Santa Barbara and married José de la Guerra's granddaughter, Francesca de la Guerra.
Francesca was the daughter of Josefa Moreno and Pablo de la Guerra, the son of José de la Guerra. Ranchos of California List of Ranchos of California Official website Ranchos of Santa Barbara County Map
Néstor Isaías Chávez Silva was a Venezuelan right-handed starting pitcher who played in Major League Baseball for the San Francisco Giants in 1967. Chávez was born on July 1947 in Chacao, Miranda State, Venezuela, he was signed as an amateur free agent in 1964 after producing a 34–3 record at the college. Chávez was nicknamed "Látigo" for his stunning and sharp fastball. Listed at 6 feet, 170 pounds, Chávez was one of the best pitching prospects in the Giants farm system. At 19, he was called up to the big club after a combined 47–20 mark in the minors. In two games with the Giants, he compiled a 1–0 record with three strike outs and a 0.00 ERA in five innings. After the season, he was sidelined for more than a year. Chávez was ready to start his rehabilitation in the minors in 1969. On March 16 of that year, Chávez died in Maracaibo, Zulia State, in one of the worst aircraft tragedies in Venezuelan history, after Viasa Flight 742 struck power lines while taking off, killing all 84 aboard and 71 on the ground.
He was 21 years old. List of baseball players who died during their careers List of Major League Baseball players from Venezuela Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or Baseball-Reference, or Retrosheet Venezuelan Professional Baseball League career statistics SABR BioProject page Home Page