Monthly Archives: April 2015

Palawan electric co-op: Turn off refs to watch megafight

cart0430-300x193PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Philippines—Turning off refrigerators is the ticket of everyone connected to the grid of an electric cooperative here for a live coverage of the Mayweather-Pacquaio fight on television.

Palawan Electric Cooperative (Paleco) requested customers to switch off certain appliances like refrigerators on Sunday because of a severe power supply shortfall in the province. Continue reading

Research in Tubbataha, Palawan identifies 5 individual tiger sharks

interphoto_1430348743PUERTO PRINCESA CITY — Shark research in the World Heritage Site, Tubbatahan Reefs Natural Park (TRNP), has identified and documented five tiger sharks since it started, according to the Tubbataha Management Office (TMO).

The TMO headed by Angelique Songco also said in a release that the identification and documentation was also “with a possible sixth.” Continue reading

Palawan communities celebrate completion of new school facilities

450x305_q95PALAWAN, Philippines – Philippine, U.S., and Australian forces joined barangay, meaning village in Filipino, communities including San Rafael, Santa Lourdes, and Sabang to turnover brand new school buildings to elementary and high schools during exercise Balikatan 2015’s ribbon cutting ceremonies, April 28-29.

This year marks the 31st iteration of the exercise, which is an annual Philippine-U.S. bilateral military training exercise and humanitarian civic assistance engagement. Continue reading

Culinary surprises in Palawan

96a77f27354acba75aced9129b3353c4My culinary experience in Palawan started as soon as I boarded the plane to do a feature for the TV show “Foodprints,” which airs on the Lifestyle channel every Sunday at 8 pm.

To fly out of Naia 4 or the old domestic airport did not sound exciting to me; I remembered how it looked like just a few years back. It also didn’t help that I knew nothing about the airline we were taking. Continue reading

Group keeps an eye on Puerto recall polls

254637_251306061659462_818830739_n3-326x235The Commission on Elections on Wednesday granted the request of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting to observe the upcoming recall polls for mayoralty post in Puerto Princesa City in Palawan on May 8, 2015.

Based on Resolution No. 15-0306, the commission  en banc also granted the PPCRV’s request to hold an education campaign among 120,765 registered voters of Puerto Princesa. Continue reading

A hero we called ‘Grandpa’

Hero-1BIn December 1988, my aunt Mary Anne Mayor Ancheta read about a former American POW who survived torching by Japanese troops in 1944 in a prison camp on the island of Palawan. Mary Anne and her siblings Nellie, Bobby, Frank (my late father), Coney, Buddy and Lorraine were all born and raised in Palawan and their father, Col. Nazario B. Mayor, had been the commander of the Filipino-led resistance movement in all of Southern Palawan during World War II. Continue reading


n-PALAWAN-large570Recent years have seen an exponential increase in land deals across the Philippines with the conversion of large expanses of land with crops mainly intended for export. Meanwhile, traditional upland farming practices implemented through swidden (‘slash-and-burn’) technology–known locally as kaingin or more appropriately uma–are demonized and antagonized through restrictive legislation. This is despite the fact that the latter fosters local self-sufficiency and plays a fundamental role in the livelihoods and worldviews of Indigenous societies. Continue reading

BK15 reinforces urban search and rescue techniques

258w_q75PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines trained shoulder-to-shoulder with U.S. Hawaii Army National Guard soldiers, practicing techniques to enter collapsed buildings effectively in case of a real world urban search and rescue scenario as part of exercise Balikatan, April 24.

Fifty four Filipino participants from the AFP and Palawan Bureau of Fire Protection practiced basic shoring techniques. Continue reading

LOOK: Pokwang, American BF in Coron vacation

868b2c20-97b5-11e4-9c04-d770d85b450a_pokwang-lee-o-brianMANILA – The love life of comedienne Pokwang seems to be in full bloom as she and her boyfriend, American actor Lee O’Brien, spend some sweet moments together in Coron, Palawan.

On Instagram, Pokwang’s friend K Brosas have been posting their vacation photos where the comedienne and O’Brien can be seen showing their affection for each other. Continue reading

BK15 soldiers build rapport during visits to Palawan communities

450x303_q95BARANGAY BAHILE, Philippines, — U.S. Army soldiers with the 324th Psychological Operations Company, Detachment 1230 visited the barangay, or village, Bahile, to inform community members about exercise Balikatan 2015 and strengthen relationships with the Philippines, April 23.

These soldiers support BK15 as part of the Military Information Support Operations team and converse with the Palawan populace on barangay issues as well as what BK15 is intended to accomplish in the Philippines. Continue reading

Palawan heroes vs Japanese honored on liberation anniversary

palawan-liberation-ace-romeroPhilippine Veterans Affairs Office Administrator Ernesto Carolina gives a medal to Eliseo Manaeg, a war veteran from Palawan during the anniversary of the province’s liberation on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Alexis Romero

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY – The anniversary of the  liberation of Palawan from Japanese forces was celebrated here for the first time on Wednesday, 70 years after the historic yet forgotten World War 2 milestone happened. Continue reading

Century Properties to spend P20B for Palawan project

10-23-2014--puerto-princesa-02_41C0BBE7C96F4D9BA99F8961D7E8DE87DEVELOPMENT. Century Properties says it seeks to contribute to the growth of Palawan as the next tourism hot spot, that in time will rival or even surpass the prestige of Boracay as an international beach destination. File photo of Puerto Princesa, Palawan by Mia Gaviola / Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Century Properties Group Incorporated is spending P20 billion ($452.28 million) over a 10-year period for its first tourist resort project in Palawan. Continue reading

150 US soldiers burned alive in WWII to be honored on 70th year of Palawan Liberation

interphoto_1428563166PUERTO PRINCESA CITY – About 150 American soldiers burned alive in Palawan toward the end of World War II will be honored in the 70th anniversary celebration of the liberation of Palawan on April 21 to 23.

Deborah Tan, president of the Palawan Tourism Council, said some 200 people from the United States and the Philippines are expected to attend the commemoration, and join the cultural and historical familiarization tour. Continue reading

China should stop reclamation works, says AFP chief

PA070736MANILA – The chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines on Monday raised concerns over the latest massive reclamation by China on seven disputed features in the West Philippine Sea.

In a press conference where he presented latest photos on the Chinese reclamation, AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. said the world should be concerned about China’s actions. Continue reading

Comelec issues gun ban rules for Palawan recall polls

gun-banMANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) yesterday issued the guidelines for the firearm ban that will be imposed in connection with a recall election in Puerto Princesa City in Palawan on May 8.

Comelec’s Resolution 9944 restricts the assignment of security details during the election period, from tomorrow until May 18. Continue reading

Building schools ’shoulder-to-shoulder’ during Balikatan 2015

450x312_q95SAN RAFAEL, Palawan, Philippines — Sweating under a blazing Philippines sun, U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Andrew Sprouse pauses from mixing cement to introduce himself to Philippine Navy Seaman Apprentices Arturo Arandela and Raymond Baclason in the province of San Rafael, on the island of Palawan, Philippines, April 16. Although an apparent language barrier exists, the three share a few laughs and get back to work. Continue reading

Nickel Asia ventures into renewable energy

boardroom_02MANILA, Philippines – Listed miner Nickel Asia Corp. (NAC) is exercising its option to convert a loan extended to Emerging Power Inc. (EPI) to a controlling stake in the firm as the mining firm moves to diversify to the renewable energy business.

In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, NAC said its board of directors approved the conversion of its one-year P446 million loan to equity in EPI. Continue reading

Palawan connects to BIMP-EAGA neighbors as cargo vessel makes maiden voyage

interphoto_1427677017PUERTO PRINCESA CITY – Palawan is now connected by sea transport to the Philippines’ neighboring countries of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, and Malaysia as the first-ever vessel under the BIMP-EAGA is scheduled to leave the port of the southern town of Brooke’s Point for Kudat in Sabah, East Malaysia on Thursday. Continue reading

Bill Gates leaves the country on board a private plane

Bill Gates visits CanadaMicrosoft founder Bill Gates left the Philippines before 2 p.m. on Thursday.

Gates arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on April 4 with his family and they reportedly stayed at an exclusive resort in Palawan for days.

The billionaire also visited the International Rice Research Institute at the University of the Philippines in Los Banos. Continue reading

Lovi Poe, Rocco Nacino celebrate first anniversary in Palawan

IMG_20150415_182727Celebrity couple Lovi Poe and Rocco Nacino spend their first anniversary in a private resort in Palawan. The two planned to stay in the place for four days to relax and enjoy. They left Monday, April 13.

The actor uploaded a photo of them with a caption, “how to describe today’s trip?? Beautiful, wonderful, amazing, everything HD! Haha nothing beats beautiful Palawan. God definitely is amazing! Enjoyed bonding with @poevirginia today!” Continue reading