Captivated by Coron

untitled-2PALAWAN cannot be described in a single page. There is so much to see and talk about that I have to depict its beauty piece by piece. Let’s start with Coron, found in the northern part of Palawan. I had the opportunity to explore its exquisite beauty six years back and the memory of its lush surroundings and breathtaking landscape still lingers in my mind. Typhoon Haiyan has already ravaged this part of the province but Coron has risen from the challenge. Continue reading

Low Budget Travel Tips In El Nido, The Philippines


Of all the places in the Philippines, no other location has gained so much interest among island-loving tourists than El Nido. This northern first class municipality in the island province of Palawan is currently ranked No. 1 in the “20 Most Beautiful Beaches in the World” by Conde Nast Traveler’s magazine.

Some of the important tips in spending time in El Nido are similar to any other top guidelines for budget travel in the Philippines. However, there are also a few things to take note which only apply exclusively to El Nido’s environment. Continue reading

DENR to restore mercury-tainted Palawan lake


PUERTO PRINCESA – The government has started the restoration of a mercury-contaminated lake in Palawan that was previously used by a mining company.

The rehabilitation of the lake in Barangay Sta. Lourdes, Puerto Princesa, Palawan is led and funded by the environment department’s Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB). It will have three phases. Continue reading

Travel Ideas 2017: Find Out Where’s Philippines Most Hidden Lagoon Is


Enticing private lagoons are the hottest travel destinations today; it seems travelers are looking out for new adventures other than the sun-drenched sands and the tropical mountains. Definitely, the Philippine’s hidden beauty, Miniloc Beach Lagoon, will be the next top world destination due to it. For travel ideas 2017, get ready to find where this secret tourist spot is in South East Asia’s pearl. Continue reading

MARINA Palawan implements phase out of wooden-hulled passenger vessels


The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) started Wednesday the implementation of its circular that phases out all wooden-hulled vessels that transport passengers from port-to-port in Puerto Princesa city and the whole Palawan.

Engineer Nelson Sobrevega, head of MARINA in Palawan, said a directive has now been passed down, ordering them to instigate Circular No. 2016-2 which seeks the eventual discontinuation of operation of passenger wooden-hulled vessels, particularly in all ports in Coron and El Nido in the northern part of the province. Continue reading

Agriculture dep’t scales back 2016 output growth target due to late-year typhoons Nina, Lawin, Karen


“I have to admit we would have to make some adjustments to our projection,” Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol told reporters on Tuesday, noting that the last quarter of 2016 may show a decline of 2% in output.

The final-quarter setback will put a dampener on a full-year target considered by economists to be ambitious. Continue reading

The latest passion-pursuit phenomenon


Back then, it has always been either a matter of money, passion, or purpose in pursuing career choices. But thanks to shifting generational behavior and an increase in opportunities easily accessed online today, the lines between these factors start to blur, creating a new kind of working lifestyle: Side hustling.
Megaworld, via its latest Makati CBD project, The Ellis, responds to the needs of today’s emerging work/life persona — the side hustler. What exactly is “Side Hustling”? It is a hobby, service offered, or freelance pursuit one has outside of the usual 9-5 full-time job. Basically, it is simultaneously pursuing another passion or interest without quitting the day job. It is also another way to make cash on the side or make productive use of spare time.

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World’s highest capacity 2TB flash drive introduced by Kingston


Every once in a while, something surprising comes out of companies like Kingston. While terabyte-hard drives have become the norm, Kingston redefines portable storage with their new 2TB flash drive.

The Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate GT is currently the “world’s highest capacity USB flash drive.” Apart from the 2TB version, it also comes in a smaller 1TB variant, reports The Verge.

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Club Paradise Palawan Earns 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence


Club Paradise receives another recognition from TripAdvisor, the 2016 Certificate of Excellence award.

DIMAKYA ISLAND, CORON , NORTHERN PALAWAN , PHILIPPINES, August 3, 2016 / — Club Paradise, the top resort in Coron Palawan, announces an esteemed recognition from TripAdvisor®, the 2016 Certificate of Excellence. Currently on its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned excellent traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Recipients of the Certificate of Excellence come from businesses related to accommodations, restaurants and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience. Continue reading

Woman’s new phone got celebrity numbers due to ‘iCloud glitch’


Sophie Highfield was simply expecting a brand new Apple iPhone 5S, but instead, she also ended up with a phonebook filled with dozens of A-list celebrities’ numbers.

Thanks to a suspected iCloud glitch, the 31-year-old American can now freely contact one internationally acclaimed DJ, several Olympic athletes and even a former Spice Girl, according to The Sun. Continue reading

Palawan eyed as eco-tourism hub

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY – The three congressmen representing Palawan want the province to be declared the country’s ecological tourism capital.

In House Bill 4273, co-authors and Reps. Gil Acosta, Frederic Abueg, and Franz Josef George Alvarez called for more government support in helping Palawan leaders continue programs to sustain ecological protection and improvement programs for the province. Continue reading

Free tuition pressuring Congress to pass law

FOLLOWING the allocation of P8.3 billion to fund free tuition in state universities and colleges (SUCs), the passage of a free higher education bill will be a government priority in January if the program is to be implemented by the second half of 2017.

 “The agreement in Congress and in the Senate is, first week of next year, we will start hearings on the bill. It needs to be a law soon,” Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian told BusinessWorld during a Friday phone interview.

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’Tis the season for mobile giving


MANILA, Philippines – We’ve used our phones for payments — bills, load, online shopping. Now we can use it as well as for giving.

Donating to charity or other worthy causes is now made easier through the gadget in our pocket. If you have a prepaid mobile number, the amount will be deducted from your load. If you have a postpaid account, it will be charged to your monthly bill. Continue reading

The best video games to play with your family at Christmas


At Christmas – as with any occasion where your whole extended family is crammed into one house amid an abundance of unresolved tensions and alcohol – Monopoly is not always the answer. Similarly, there are times in life when Trivial Pursuit is just going to make everything worse, and when people simply don’t want to hear you explain the rules to Settlers of Catan for the 300th time. Sometimes, only video games will do. Continue reading

Raspberry Pi releases an OS to breathe new life into old PCs


The Raspberry Pi Foundation has released an experimental version of its Linux-based Pixel OS for Windows and Mac PCs. The OS, originally designed to run only on the Raspberry Pi hobby board, comes with the Chromium web browser and a suite of productivity and coding tools. “We asked ourselves one simple question: If we like Pixel so much, why ask people to buy Raspberry Pi hardware in order to run it?” founder Eben Upton wrote in a blog post. Continue reading

SK Hynix to Spend $2.6 Billion Boosting Chip Output for Mobile


(Bloomberg) — SK Hynix Inc., the world’s second-largest memory chipmaker, will spend 3.16 trillion won ($2.6 billion) boosting production to meet growing demand for mobile and computer storage.

The supplier to Apple Inc. and Sony Corp. said Thursday it will invest 2.21 trillion won on a new plant in Cheongju, south of Seoul, to meet increasing demand for the NAND flash chips used in smartphones. It will spend another 950 billion won on its plant in Wuxi, China to raise capacity for dynamic random access memory or DRAM chips. Last year, the chipmaker said it will invest a total of 46 trillion won in boosting chip production. Continue reading

Oro National ICT Summit Seeks To Update 2022 Road Map


The Cagayan de Oro ICT Business Council will host the ninth staging of the National ICT Summit on still to be decided dates in November, 2017 at Cagayan de Oro City, in recognition of its status s a leading “Next-Wave City”

Stephanie P. Caragor, Cagayan de Oro ICT Business Council Chair who was recently elected National President of the National Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) will also oversee the summit chaired by Alaxander G. Paras . Continue reading

Google Will Launch Two New Smartwatches Next Year


Smartwatches have yet to really catch on, but Google is aiming to fix that with newfound interest in the area. The search giant will produce two flagship wearables during the first quarter of next year according to a report from the Verge.

Citing Android Wear product manager Jeff Chang, the report indicates Google will be dropping two in-house made smartwatches powered by the company’s new Android Wear 2.0 operating system. The long-rumored devices will be the first smartwatches to make use of the platform. Continue reading

Best smartphones of CES 2017: What to expect


Considering there’s a dedicated smartphone convention held in February in the form of Mobile World Congress, you can sometimes wonder why manufacturers would release any smartphones at CES in January.

In previous years, flagship phones have been reserved for MWC or separate events, and more mid-range handsets have been shown off in Las Vegas. We expect much of the same again for the next show in January, although unsurprisingly not a lot has been formally announced just yet, but we do know of some companies that will be at the show, so we can take some pretty educated guesses. Continue reading

Breakwater made of ‘dead corals’ mine – Palawan governor


PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines – A breakwater – allegedly made of dead corals and rocks as foundation – has enraged a non-governmental organization here.

Palawan Network of NGOs Inc (PNNI) said the riprap, built in Velasco Island in San Vicente town in Northern Palawan, is owned by Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez, who also chairs the multi-sectoral and intergovernmental body, Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD). Continue reading