Monthly Archives: November 2014

Frolicking in Palawan with the MU-X

2014_nov28_motor1The lush greenery and scenic mountain ranges provide the perfect backdrop for the Isuzu MU-X.

It was a homecoming of sorts for Isuzu Philippines Corporation. It was in 2009 when Isuzu, together with select members of the motoring media came to the beautiful island of Palawan to launch an upgraded version of IPC top selling variant, the Sportivo AUV. Continue reading

Gov’t plans terminals for cruise liners

CST_to_Quay-borderThe government plans to privatize major ports in Mindanao and to develop terminals for international cruise liners in eight different tourism destinations across the country, according to the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA).

Part of PPA’s plans after marking its 40th founding anniversary last Friday is to privatize the operation and maintenance of the ports of Davao, Cagayan de Oro and Zamboanga. Continue reading

SM holds groundbreaking for Puerto Princesa mall

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Palawan Vice Gov. Victorino Socrates and Puerto Princesa Mayor Lucilo Bayron, recently led the groundbreaking ceremony of SM City Puerto Princesa together with SM Supermalls President Annie Garcia and SM Prime Holdings Vice President for Vismin Marissa Fernan, Puerto Princesa Vice Mayor Luis Marcaida III, Barangay Captain Margil Avanceña, SM Supermalls SVP for Marketing Joaquin Agustin and SM VP for Operations for Vizmin Joy Veloso.

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SC orders recall polls in Puerto Princesa

recall-petition-election-carousel-20140914A MOVE to unseat Puerto Princesa City Mayor Lucilo Bayron has gained steam after the Supreme Court (SC) allowed the conduct of recall elections there.

Voting 12-0, the SC ruled in favor of former Puerto Princesa information officer Alroben Goh’s petition that accused the Commission on Elections (Comelec) of grave abuse of discretion for suspending the polls due to lack of funds. Continue reading

Deforestation helping spread monkey malaria

1109-malaysia-macaque-01KOTA KINABALU: Deforestation is believed to help the spread of monkey malaria or P. knowlesi malaria in Sabah, Sarawak and other parts of the South East Asia region.

There is no better way of explaining how deforestation helps in the spread of monkey malaria than a recent front page Daily Express photograph of a troop of monkeys besieging a residential housing estate house in Likas. Continue reading

Palawan, The Most Beautiful Island In The World, Is Sheer Perfection

o-CORON-ISLANDS-900It’s hard to believe the Philippines are an under-appreciated tropical travel destination, especially with their extraordinary hiking, diving, beaches and of course — islands that are THIS beautiful.

And while we’d like to visit every single island in the Philippines, there’s one island in particular we’re zeroing in on — Palawan, a hidden piece of paradise that was recently named “The Top Island in the World” by Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader Choice Awards. Continue reading

Shell still on the lookout for fresh fuel resources

ppThe Philippines may not match the fuel resources of Brunei or other Asean countries, but oil giant Shell is still seeking exploration opportunities in the Philippines, especially around the Malampaya gas field area, company officials said.

According to Graeme Smith, Shell vice president for exploration Asia and Australia, the company is “always looking” for so-called near-field (near existing oil/gas fields) exploration opportunities, as well as frontier or new areas. Continue reading

Hybrid rice pushed for food sufficiency

 image135WITH Philippines being part of the Food Basket Pillar of the Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines-East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-Eaga), the planting of hybrid rice is currently being pushed on the islands of Palawan and Mindanao in a bid to attain food sufficiency, not only in the Philippines but also for the Asean sub-region. Continue reading

El Nido beach tests positive for coliform

El Nido beach tests positive for coliformPUERTO PRINCESA CITY—Water pollution caused by improper sewage management amid uncontrolled coastal development in the picturesque town of El Nido in Northern Palawan province is threatening to set back its rapidly growing tourism sector, Presidential Adviser for Environmental Protection Nereus Acosta warned.

Speaking before the Palawan Chamber of Commerce on the threats of climate change on Saturday, Acosta cited recent results of water sampling tests conducted in El Nido Continue reading