MANILA, Philippines – The defense department is holding off repairs and other planned infrastructure projects on Pag-Asa Island, one of seven islets and two reefs occupied by Filipino troops in the disputed Spratly Islands.
Earlier, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario pointed out that the maintenance and repair of facilities in Pag-Asa Island are not covered by the Declaration of Conduct (DOC) of parties involved in the West Philippine Sea territorial disputes. Continue reading
MANILA, Philippines – It was a night of stargazing in 58 SM Supermalls all over the country last night as these establishments participated in Earth Hour, an annual worldwide movement encouraging communities and establishments to switch off lights for one hour to raise global awareness of overuse of non-renewable resources. Continue reading
“We are not after those promises anymore. We do not want them to pay us royalty taxes. We want them to stop their operations.”
The Palawan indigenous people are calling for a stop to the operations of the Citinickel Mines and Development Corporation in the island, saying that its five years of mining had “destroyed the environment, livelihood, health, and culture” of Palaw’ans. Continue reading
The Lenten season is near its end. So too are the academic calendars of most Philippine schools. This week is a time for reflection and recollection.
An entirely different sort of reflection and recollection occupied me in the past week. My high school batch had decided to hold a reunion in Palawan, Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice for best island in the world in 2014. Continue reading
MANILA – The country’s leading producer of industrial lime has expanded its manufacturing capacity.
Unichamp Group, which exports across the Asia-Pacific region, has spent $24 million on a state-of-the-art integrated lime manufacturing plant in Palawan. The facility will supply the requirements of Coral Bay Nickel Corporation (CBNC), a hydrometallurgical processing plant owned by Japan’s Sumitomo Metal Mining Company and the Philippines’ Nickel Asia Corporation. Continue reading
Fly to Coron, Palawan this summer as Skyjet Airlines, Manila’s first boutique airline, offers an irresistible promo for 2015.
The summer promo starts at P3,378 and will be available on March 27, 2015 to beat the 100 days of summer season. Continue reading
What is the best way for a Biyahero to spend a well-deserved vacation? Go all out and live large! In this itinerary, Drew Arellano will show you how to have a grand vacation in the beautiful islands of Palawan.
MANILA, Philippines – Members of the House of Representatives and its personnel have raised a total of P5.3 million in financial assistance for the families of the Special Action Force (SAF) 44 troopers killed during the Mamasapano operations last January 25.
The donations will also go to the 15 SAF survivors and 15 soldiers wounded during the clash with Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters. Continue reading
CULION, Palawan—A Chinese resort developer is in hot water over its spurious claim of ownership to an island here that his company developed into a high-end resort without permits.
It is also facing criminal and administrative charges for illegal logging and other environmental cases. Continue reading
MANILA, Philippines–Once again, perseverance paid off at the Binibining Pilipinas pageant when three-time aspirant Pia Wurtzbach from Cagayan de Oro City won the Miss Universe Philippines title during a four-hour spectacle on Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City. Continue reading
Disaster survivors, indigenous people (IP), and other communities trained in the art of sculpture under a livelihood program of Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) will showcase their best works in a selling exhibition at the Art Center in SM Megamall on March 27. Continue reading
PUERTO PRINCESA CITY — Biologists and researchers of the Large Marine Vertebrates (LAMAVE) Project Philippines identified a look-alike of the manta ray that is previously unrecorded in the waters of the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (TRNP) in Cagayancillo. Continue reading
CULION, Palawan—The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) padlocked on Saturday a plush island-resort here following a raid conducted by provincial authorities on the 18-hectare property that yielded a huge volume of illegal lumber.
The move came after the Palawan Philippine National Police and the provincial government’s environmental enforcement arm Bantayan Palawan raided on Thursday the Chinese-owned Sunlight Hotel and Resort on Naglayan Island, after three weeks of surveillance and following the issuance of a search warrant by Palawan Regional Trial Court Executive Judge Jocelyn Dilig. Continue reading
EL NIDO – If you are visiting El Nido in Palawan this summer, make sure to try sandworms, a well-loved delicacy here.
Called “wak-wak,” the sandworms are available in different restaurants and resorts in El Nido upon request. One of these is Ipil Suites, where ABS-CBNnews.com and selected media and bloggers sampled the delicacy as part of a familiarization tour organized by AirAsia Zest and the government of Palawan. Continue reading
Netherlands-based Mammoet has completed the installation of a new type of oil and gas platform for Shell in the Philippines.
Mammoet worked on the Malampaya Phase 3 depletion compression platform (DCP) project for Shell Philippines Exploration.
The Malampaya DCP floats into place over its final location, and the legs are lowered onto the prepared seabed. Continue reading
In its continuing recovery and rehabilitation efforts in areas of the Philippines affected by super typhoon Yolanda in 2013, the Philippine Red Cross said it had assisted in the repair and construction of homes for the survivors.
“We build their houses because we believe that it is in the home that hopes will spark which we aim to spread to everyone,” said PRC Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang. Continue reading
During a 48 hour operation, Mammoet recently installed the Malampaya Phase 3 Depletion Compression Platform in the West Philippine Sea for its client Shell Philippines Exploration b.v.
Now in Phase 3, the new platform will help sustain the extraction of natural gas from the Palawan basin and process it in a shallow water production platform before transporting the gas along a 504-kilometre underwater pipeline towards the onshore gas plant and eventually to its power plant customers. Source: Mammoet Continue reading
(L-R) AirAsia Zest chief executive officer Joy Cañeba, Palawan governor Jose Alvarez and Palawan Tourism Council president Deborah Tan pose for a photo with cabin crew after signing a memorandum of agreement for the “World’s Best Island” campaign in Puerto Princesa last March 4. Photo: Handout Continue reading
The Palawan government inked a deal with AirAsia Zest on Wednesday at the Palawan Provincial Capitol in the hopes of further promoting the province to local and foreign tourists.
With the memorandum of agreement signed by Palawan Governor Jose “Pepito” Alvarez, AirAsia Zest CEO Joy Cañeba, and Palawan Tourism Council President Deborah Tan, the airline is committed to offering year-round promo fares for Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Continue reading
PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines—The PBA stars took a break from hard court action and hit the beach as they headed to the popular Dos Palmas Island Resort here.
After an hour boat ride to the island, the PBA stars had a scrumptious lunch then sat back and enjoyed the beautiful sights that the Philippines’ Last frontier has to offer. Some players went kayaking, some took a plunge in the sea, while others just opted to hang out by the shore. Continue reading
Oil exploration companies are racing to find the next oil and gas discovery in the Philippines that could rival, if not exceed, the multi-billion-dollar Malampaya natural gas field.
“Given that Malampaya is projected to be depleted in the next decade…looking for the next Malampaya should be national priority. I’ve always believed that there must be another Malampaya somewhere out there in offshore Palawan,” Otto Energy Philippines chairman Rufino Bomasang said during the recently concluded Natural Gas Summit 2015. Continue reading
PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines—Young stars shone the brightest in the second day of the 2015 PBA All-Star festivities here.
Jeric Fortuna won the Obstacle challenge, Terrence Romeo was named the Three-Point shootout king and Rey Guevarra brought home Slam Dunk crown while the Rookies trumped the Sophomores in a fun, high-scoring exhibition game. Continue reading
MANILA, Philippines—Before hitting the court, the PBA All-Stars took the time to reach out to their fans in Palawan and take in the atmosphere of the Philippines’ last frontier.
In the morning, the rookies and sophomores,together with PBA Commissioner Chito Salud, brought smiles to the patients of the children’s ward at the Ospital ng Palawan as they gave away T-shirts and free gifts. Continue reading
A coalition of government and private groups involved in the tourism industry in Palawan said the significant role of the province in liberation of the country from Japanese forces in World War II would boost its development as historical destination. Continue reading