Monthly Archives: March 2015

DND holds off infra dev’t in Pag-Asa

pagasa-island-8MANILA, 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

Palawan indigenous people call for stop to Citinickel mines

Palawan-protest-vs-citinickel-e1427294754733“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

What is your truth?

PalawanThe 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

Unichamp to build 2 more lime manufacturing plants

interphoto_1362984366MANILA – 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

Seda Lio in El Nido

seda-elnido-8Seda Hotels recently launched its first resort at the Lio Tourism Estate in El Nido, Palawan. At the groundbreaking ceremonies are  Ayala Land senior vice president Junie Jalandoni, El Nido Mayor Edna Lim, El Nido Vice Mayor Nieves Rosento, former Representative Tony Alvarez, AyalaLand Hotels and Resorts Corp. chief operating officer Al Legaspi and Seda Group general manager Andrea Mastellone.

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House raises P5.3M for families of SAF 44

44-fallen-pnp-safMANILA, 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

‘Hot’ logs seized from Palawan island-resort

focus2CULION, 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

Sandworms, anyone? 3 ways to eat it

sandworm1-031315EL 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 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

Mammoet installs new platform for Shell in West Philippine Sea

Mammoet installs Shell Platform_2_resizedNetherlands-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

Red Cross helps build homes in Leyte

p-PHL0389In 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

Mammoet lauds self-installing platform completion at Shell’s Malampaya project off Philippines

Mammoet_installs_Shell_Platform_1_resizedDuring 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

Palawan govt inks deal with carrier for year-round fare promos for Puerto Princesa flights

2015_03_07_11_15_36The 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

In photos: PBA stars hit the beach in Puerto Princesa, Palawan

620x465xIMG_1262-e1425798784718.jpg.pagespeed.ic.U1ipgOjgaEjfVMX3JbDoPUERTO 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

Hunt for next Malampaya on

15malampayaOil 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

In photos: PBA All-Star in Puerto Princesa, Palawan Day 2

620x414xPBA-IMAGE22-e1425651525878.jpg.pagespeed.ic.tDWIorKqEYk5SJmyyt_2PUERTO 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

In photos: PBA All-Star in Puerto Princesa, Palawan Day 1

620x405xPBA-IMAGE1-e1425562737423.jpg.pagespeed.ic.V1ZC9BujW0v1KWNy83JHMANILA, 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