Monthly Archives: January 2015

PECR 5 to boost PHL’s oil, coal output by 2019–US-EIA report

The-Phillippines-offer-11-exploration-blocksAN ongoing auction on the exploration of potential coal and petroleum areas in the Philippines could increase the country’s oil production to 39,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) by 2019, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) said in its latest report.

“In 2013 total oil production was 26,000 barrels per day while the country consumed 299,000 bbl/d. In May 2014 the government invited tenders for 11 oil and gas blocks in the Palawan Basin and nearby areas, including one in the South China Sea. Continue reading

Fishermen enslaved in Palawan rescued

300x200xfishermenrescue-300x200.jpg.pagespeed.ic.8-24DgRb-oI_Gk9MpvR9CEBU CITY—A fish trader and his recruiter are facing charges of human trafficking after they allegedly forced 78 fishermen from Bohol and Cebu to work without pay.

Ramil Noval and Yulo “Boy” Plecerda, both from Lapu-Lapu City, were accused of violating the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012 (Republic Act 10364) particularly its provision against “forced labor and slavery.” Continue reading

#Daydream: El Nido, Palawan

f5461b81556b633a06461113599bba2de83b26b8We know how it is. You’re stuck at your desk and the day seems to be going on forever. Your mind starts to wander — at first to “anywhere but here,” but then to exotic, faraway lands where your everyday problems and stress melt in the presence of true paradise. You want to go to there, and we want to go with you. Every day at 3 p.m. Eastern, we’ll send you a picture of the place we at Yahoo Travel are daydreaming about so we can all take that mental vacation together. Let’s go to… Continue reading

A trip to Culion, Palawan, the ‘land of no return’: A ‘Biyahe ni Drew’ itinerary

2015_01_15_10_28_46Biyahe ni Drew” airs every Friday, 8:00 PM, on GMA News TV. For more information, follow the show on Facebook and Twitter. For updates on your favorite documentaries, follow also the official Facebook page of GMA Public Affairs.

Somewhere in Palawan, just a few hours away from Coron, is an island that has been cut off from the rest of the Philippines for more than a hundred years. Welcome to Culion, Palawan, often called “the land of no return” because of its unique history. Continue reading

Philippines: a introductory guide

phil-bant_3167836bIf you’ve ever been flying at 35,000 feet and found yourself thinking “I fancy a crack at winning a large inflatable giraffe”, then there’s one country you really ought to visit: the Philippines.

Their tourist board proclaims: “It’s more fun in the Philippines!” and you’ll quickly discover that they’re not kidding. Filipinos have a vivacious sense of humour – as evidenced by Cebu Pacific’s mid-air passenger quizzes – and their easy-going demeanour helps to make visiting this beautiful country a happy experience.

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Gary V in one-night concert in Palawan

111312_GaryV-EmbedMANILA, Philippines – Fresh from winning the Best Inspirational Album award for With You at the Catholic Mass Media Awards and the Concert of the Year award for ARISE Gary V 3.0 at the 2014 PMPC Star Awards for Music, Gary Valenciano (photo) opens 2015 with a special one-night-only concert in Palawan titled Gary V In Palawan tonight at 6, to be held at the Puerto Princesa City Coliseum.

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5 Must-See Sandbars in PH this 2015

e63e240b26fff3dd7a5d33a1943c4cf7Undoubtedly, the Philippines has some of the best coasts in the world, with over 7,000 islands, you will never run out of beaches here. But more than that, our bountiful country also harbors idyllic sandbars that beckon sun-seekers. Sandbar is defined as “a long mass or low ridge of submerged or partially exposed sand built up in the water along a shore or beach by the action of waves or currents.”  Continue reading