Monthly Archives: February 2015

Visit the Philippines 2015: Are We Ready to Be the Next Big Thing in Asian Tourism?

timthumbBeing a travel writer, blogger, and photographer, I have the great opportunity to explore nearly every corner of the Philippine archipelago as well as some of Asia’s most popular destinations. I’ve seen different lands as well as our own and from all my travels, I can say the Philippines have so much potential to become a true tourist magnet in this continent. Continue reading

Four from Palawan make it to Jr. NBA training camp

9ae7e04bce2a7d0c196f59e0cfcdb618THIS YEAR’S Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA national training camp got its first participants recently with four young players from Palawan making the cut and qualifying for the “Mother Camp” in Manila in April.

Jan Patraic Tinbancaya from Palawan State University, Jazeel Jared Trinidad and Gerald Dagot from Palawan National High School and Mary Nicole Carlos from Palawan State University were chosen as the four players who would represent their region at the National Training Camp. Continue reading

Palawan first for Azamara Quest

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Manila: Azamara Club Cruises’ ship Azamara Quest called at the port of Puerto Princesa on the western island of Palawan in the Philippines for the first time yesterday. The ship is on a 16-night voyage starting from Bali which features an overnight stay in Manila, and calls at other Asian destinations namely Komodo, Sandakan, Hualien, Naha and ending in Osaka with a double overnight. Continue reading

3 boys, 1 girl qualify for Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA camp

Children _022415Children participate in the Jr. NBAJr. WNBA Regional Selection Camp in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

MANILA, Philippines – Three 13-year-old boys and one 11-year-old girl were the first qualifiers for the National Training Camp of the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines 2015 after a regional selection camp was conducted in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan last Sunday. Continue reading

A life well travelled is to simply be in the moment

Isobel_Diamond__3202629bAs part of the Life Well Travelled series, travel writer Isobel Diamond explains why Asia has been her greatest discovery and how it keeps her thirst for wanderlust alive

My love for travel began when I set out to discover the world on a series of teenage adventures. I flew to Melbourne, aged 17, and explored the Victoria region with wide-eyed zest. I kicked back in the seaside suburb of St Kilda and watched in awe as surfers caught gigantic waves. Car journeys along the Great Ocean Road revealed shimmering waterfalls, scalloped clifftops and perfect stretches of flaxen beach.

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PBA search committee will have hard time to look for next commissioner, says BCAP chief

20150218c6da1CHITO NARVASA isn’t aware that his name cropped up as among the candidates as next PBA commissioner.

BCAP President Chito Narvasa (left) is shown in photo with coach Beaujing Acot. Mr. Narvasa believes outgoing PBA commissioner Chito Salud has set the bar higher for his successor after five fruitful years in the PBA.

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Australia-listed Nido Petroleum raises stake in Galoc oil field

20150217809dfAUSTRALIAN firm Nido Petroleum Ltd. has hiked its stake in the Galoc oil field following the completion of a $108-million deal with Otto Energy Ltd.

 THE OFFSHORE Galoc oil field northwest of Palawan is shown in this photo available on the Web site of Otto Energy Ltd., the former operator of the service contract. — WWW.OTTOENERGY.COM Continue reading

Philippines becoming more and more of a travel destination, with unspoiled natural wonders and history galore

Tourists prepare to enter the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park located in Puerto Princesa on the western Philippine island of Palawan.    The natural formation features a limestone karst mountain landscape surrounded by thick forest with an 8.2 kilometer navigable underground river that flows directly into the South China Sea. It includes major formations of stalactites and stalagmites, and several large chambers.ROMEO GACAD/AFP/GETTY IMAGES Tourists prepare to enter the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park located in Puerto Princesa on the western Philippine island of Palawan. The natural formation features a limestone karst mountain landscape surrounded by thick forest with an 8.2 kilometer navigable underground river that flows directly into the South China Sea. It includes major formations of stalactites and stalagmites, and several large chambers. Continue reading

Palawan’s electric coop ousts general manager

PalecoPUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Philippines – The newly reconstituted management board of Palawan’s Electric Cooperative (Paleco) has moved to oust its own general manager, as the cooperative buckles down to work to resolve pending major power supply contract deals, including a controversial plan to put up a coal fired power plant. Continue reading

The Philippines invites UK travellers to visit its shores through “Visit The Philippines Year 2015” campaign

03.02.15.8The Philippines Department of Tourism (PDOT) officially declared 2015 as ‘Visit The Philippines Year (VPY)’ during a travel industry event at The Marriot Hotel in Kensington on Friday 30 January 2015.
Through the campaign, the Philippines Department of Tourism aims to inspire millions of holidaymakers to visit the destination and discover for themselves why ‘It’s More Fun in the Philippines’. Continue reading

Threat to Critically Endangered Palawan Forest Turtle

Palawan-Forest-Turtle-Katala-Foundation-Inc-500x323Palawan Forest Turtle, a Critically Endangered species threatened by high demand from the international pet trade © Sabine Schoppe/Katala Foundation Inc. A recent spate of trafficking in Palawan Forest Turtles is causing serious conservation concern and driving this Critically Endangered species – found only on the Philippine island of Palawan – ever closer towards extinction. Continue reading

Ayala Land to build resort hotel in El Nido.

el_nido_resorts_palawanPROPERTY giant Ayala Land Inc. has broken ground for a 150-room beachfront Seda resort-hotel—the first resort line under this homegrown hospitality brand—alongside a retail strip at master-planned Lio Tourism Estate in El Nido, Palawan.

“We are creating the beginnings of a tourist town destination,” Jose Emmanuel Jalandoni, ALI senior vice president and group head of commercial business, said in a text message. Continue reading