Monthly Archives: May 2015

Henann Group of Resorts strengthens Boracay hold; enters Palawan, Bohol

3DRIVEN by strong MICE business, the Henann Group of Resorts is building 10 additional properties in its stronghold Boracay, as well as Palawan and Bohol.

“MICE goes to different destinations every year. We had nothing to offer as we were only in Boracay (before) so we decided to expand,” said Isabel S Garcia, the group’s assistant vice president for sales – Boracay area. Continue reading

Living on ‘Hope’ at the front line of disputed islands


PAG-ASA ISLAND, Kalayaan —Waving a tiny Philippine flag, Keith, 4, merrily ran around the yard fronting the barangay hall, seemingly oblivious to the fact that his home-island in the West Philippine Sea is right in the middle of an international territorial dispute among Asian countries.

This island is at the front line of the fight between the Philippines and claimant   countries, particularly China.

Keith’s father Niko Abugado, 34, watched his son with a serene look on his weathered face. Wearing the black uniform of a village watchman (barangay tanod), Abugado is also a fisherman and a former crew member of the municipal transportation vessel of Kalayaan. Continue reading

ASEAN Must Push For Greater Connectivity To Deepen Integration, Says Vijay Eswaran

AC_logoKUALA LUMPUR, May 20 (Bernama) — Prominent entrepreneur and founder of Qi Group Datuk Seri Dr Vijay Eswaran says ASEAN countries must deepen regional connectivity and integration centered on people-centric initiatives.

Otherwise, he said the 10-member grouping might just remain a club for the elite, political leaders and businessmen as criticised by some quarters rather than the people for which the ASEAN Community is targeted at. Continue reading

HOTEL OF THE WEEK | One Manalo Place in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

One_Manalo_Place_Hotel_Exterior3Boutique hotel One Manalo Place carries the modern and contemporary themes with classic Filipino touches. The property has 11 standard and 30 deluxe rooms that are all equipped with hot and cold shower, flat screen TV with cable, safety deposit box, and hair dryer. The luxurious Presidential and its four suite rooms overlook the hotel’s beautiful garden, swimming pool, and fitness center. Travelers will get to experience the vacation they’ve always dreamed of as they enter the spacious receiving area.

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A solution to declining grouper stocks

taytay-grouper-cages-jun-lao_45C15E5BA47B4C3486C154A43BD324D9“Don’t fall into that fish pen,” warns Daryl Dandal, an offshore cage warden. “It has two giant groupers. Both are larger than you.”

I nod and tiptoe through a network of planks above the glittering waters of Taytay in Palawan, Philippines. Here lie about 2,000 fish cages, where various species of grouper are grown to feed a ballooning export trade. For the Philippines, this is the center of the LRFFT: the live reef food fish trade. Continue reading

Heritage custodians

80219801This being National Heritage Month, the government is boosting public awareness of the country’s natural and manmade treasures.

UNESCO, or the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, has designated several World Heritage Sites in the Philippines: Palawan’s Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park, the Rice Terraces of the Cordilleras, the Historic Town of Vigan, Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park also in Palawan, and four Baroque churches – San Agustin in Manila, Miagao in Iloilo, Paoay in Ilocos Norte and Santa Maria in Ilocos Sur. Continue reading

Missionary areas get P1.062-billion budget hike for 2015–Napocor

uem3THE National Power Corp. (Napocor) on Friday said that a rise in the demand for electricity in far-flung areas of the country has prompted a budgetary revision for the year.

“The growth of business and economic activities in the missionary areas has prompted Napocor [to] augment its P17.302-billion budget for 2015, with another P1.062 billion, or an additional 6 percent that will come from its internally cash- generated funds,” the state firm said. Continue reading

Hotel with a flair to open in Puerto Princesa

2015_may16_prop4A new accommodation concept is taking shape in the Palawan capital of Puerto Princersa. The Canvas Boutique Hotel will have gallery spaces, an art walk, and a trendy restaurant. It will also appeal to business travelers  looking for a comfortable working environment, and to leisure travelers who want to unwind after touring central Palawan’s many attractions.

Art, nature, and oodles of comfort in palawan

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Full Cycle Mariculture Solution to Declining Grouper Stocks

Grow-out-Facility-Topside-by-Gregg-Yan-WWF“Don’t fall into that fish pen,” warns Daryl Dandal, an offshore cage warden. “It has two giant groupers. Both are larger than you.”

I nod and tiptoe through a network of planks above the glittering waters of Taytay in Palawan, Philippines. Here lie about 2000 fish cages, where various species of grouper are grown to feed a ballooning export trade. For the Philippines, this is the center of the LRFFT: the live reef food fish trade. Continue reading

El Nido Resorts among top ‘romantic’ ASEAN getaways

050315_nido2MANILA – El Nido Resorts in Palawan has been named by an ASEAN-focused travel initiative as one of the top romantic destinations in the region.

GOASEAN listed nine romantic getaways in Southeast Asia, which included El Nido Resorts, Song Saa Private Island in Cambodia, Amanjiwo in Central Java, Indonesia, Langkawi Archipelago in Malaysia, Tanah Lot Temple in Bali, Indonesia, Movenpick Resort and Spa Karon Beach in Phuket, Thailand, La Residence Phou Vao in Lao PDR, Bagan in Myanmar, and Six Senses Con Dao in Vietnam. Continue reading

First HIV/AIDS treatment hub in Mimaropa launched in Palawan

interphoto_1334796130PUERTO PRINCESA CITY – With the “alarming” increase in the HIV/AIDS cases in Palawan and Mimaropa, the first treatment hub in the province and in the Mindoro-Marinduque-Romblon-Palawan region was formally launched Monday at the Ospital ng Palawan (OnP) here.

“This was put up to educate, disseminate, control, and prevent the spread of the disease in Palawan and Mimaropa,” said Dr. Jose Coloma, head of OnP’s HIV-AIDS Core Team (HACT). Continue reading

New naval base in Palawan is military’s top priority – AFP chief Catapang

n-PALAWAN-large570(Updated 8:24 a.m., May 13) PUERTO PRINCESA CITY  – The Philippine military’s top priority is to build a naval base on the country’s western coastline, opposite the disputed Spratly islands, although the plans have been delayed by funding bottlenecks, Armed Forces chief Gen. Gregorio Catapang Jr. told Reuters. Continue reading

‘I Juander’ ceLebrates fourth anniversary in Palawan

2015_may12_show12After years of exploring the rich Filipino culture, solving mysteries and even busting myths, GMA News TV’s I Juander celebrates its fourth year this month.

Week after week, Susan Enriquez and Cesar Apolinario embark on carefully researched episodes aiming to get to the bottom of widely accepted Filipino notions and take with them the viewers on a journey through the nation’s dynamic and ever evolving culture and society. Continue reading

Shell monitors Hawkeye well

1416Malampaya gas operator Shell Philippines Exploration B.V. is keenly watching the exploration of the nearby Hawkeye prospect in the service contract of Otto Energy Ltd. of Australia, an official said over the weekend.

Spex managing director Sebastian Quinones said Otto and its joint venture partners were pushing through with the planned drilling this year. Continue reading

Sea kayaking in pristine Palawan, the Philippines

5f96227069342e668882bc685414265bA wave of vertigo washes over me as I look down. It’s not far to the bottom – a few metres at most – but I feel as though I am floating in the air. The water is so clear, it is invisible, the sunlight brightening the colours of the starfish and coral on the sea bed.

Palawan is one of the most pristine and remote corners of the Philippines, and the country’s largest province by territory. Three of us are on a week-long kayaking tour, slowly winding our way through the karst islets and immaculate beaches surrounding Busuanga Island, in the northernmost part of the province. Continue reading

PH and US soldiers gave Palawan children a better future

balikatan-2014I JUST want to express my gratitude to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the United States Armed Forces for the successful Balikatan Exercise 2015. It made the children of Palawan have a better and brighter future. I want to thank them with all my heart for the help and support they provided to us.

I’ve spent almost my entire life in a barangay in Palawan and I can see the need for more schools, classrooms and educational materials. My life as a volunteer inspires me more to help and assist the children especially in rural areas. They need our support. Continue reading

Palawan recall elections under way, no major incident so far

interphoto_1429523792PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines – The recall elections for mayor of this Palawan’s capital city reeled off without major incident Friday, just a day shy of the one-year restriction for holding any such exercise before the May 9, 2016 presidential polls.

It’s still one year before the 2016 battle, but some political observers here are framing the contest between incumbent Mayor Lucilo Bayron and former mayor Edward Hagedorn as a preview of the showdown between the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) and the ruling Liberal Party, with which Hagedorn is allied. Continue reading

Researchers find treasure trove of unique, threatened animals in Philippine forest

0430-cn-600-BeijnenPalawan, an island-province of the Philippines near Borneo, is home to many species of plants and animals found nowhere else in the world. Considered the Philippines’ “last biodiversity frontier” by many researchers and conservation groups, Palawan still holds about 45 percent of its original forest cover, much of which is old growth. Currently, a group of more than 30 researchers is surveying the the forests of Cleopatra’s Needle, one of Palawan’s highest mountains. While their expedition is not yet over, the researchers have already found many endemic animals, and hope to use their findings to confer more protection to the Cleopatra’s Needle mountain range.  Continue reading

Strategic Environmental Plan for Palawan

the-challenges-for-the-palawan-biosphere-reserve-in-dealing-with-climate-change-3-728PUERTO PRINCESA, Palawan, May 7 (PIA) — Is there a need to amend the Strategic Environmental Plan for Palawan (SEP) or Republic Act 7611? What are its impacts to the local economy, environment, governance and people after 23 years of enforcement?

These are the questions that are being addressed by participants at the ongoing SEP Impacts Workshop organized by the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS). Continue reading