Monthly Archives: October 2017

Health caravan conducts 121 surgeries in Mimaropa

FILE: Department of Health (DOH) MIMAROPA (Photo: DOH MIMAROPA/ Facebook)The Department of Health’s (DOH) office in the Mimaropa region had provided a total of 121 surgical operations – 51 major and 70 minor — since its caravan, “ToDOH Alaga, May TSekAP Na, May Operasyon Pa!”, began at the Dr. Damian Reyes Provincial Hospital in Boac, Marinduque last July 13, its chief reported.

“Now that we have proven that we can provide free surgical operations and addressed the health needs at no cost to our indigent patients, we will sustain this project until all people requiring various kinds of surgery in the region will be provided for and taken care of,” DOH-Mimaropa regional director, Dr. Eduardo Janairo, said during recognition rites held at the Century Park Hotel Monday.

Mimaropa covers Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan. Continue reading

Tropical Storm Quedan spotted east of Aurora

Image result for Tropical Storm Quedan spotted east of AuroraTropical Storm Quedan was estimated at 1,250 kilometers east of Casiguran, Aurora, according to the early morning forecast of PAGASA.

Quedan packs maximum sustained winds of 80 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 95 kph and moving northwest direction at 21 kph.

Meanwhile, an Intertropical Convergence Zone is affecting Palawan and Mindanao, that will have cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms.

Due to Quedan, Visayas and Bicol region as well as the provinces of Aurora and Quezon will experience cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms. Continue reading

Palawan fisherman rescued in Sipalay; 1 still missing

Image result for Palawan fisherman rescued in SipalayA FISHERMAN from Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, who was reported missing since last week was rescued Monday, October 23, in the waters of Sipalay City, Negros Occidental. His companion has remained missing. Lieutenant Senior Grade Jimmy Vingno, chief of Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)-Bacolod, said 65-year-old Orlando Warizal was at sea for almost a week. He was found by fisherman Roger Buhay sitting on a half submerged fishing boat around 11 a.m. on October 23. Warizal was brought to the Sipalay City Hall through the assistance of Sipalay City Emergency and Assistance Services. Continue reading

BOI approves grant of perks to 2 agri-processing expansion projects

Image result for BOI approves grant of perks to 2 agri-processing expansion projectsThe Board of Investments (BOI) has approved two agri-processing and production projects with a combined worth of P86 million.

In a statement on Tuesday, the government’s main investment-promotion agency announced that the expansion of 557 Feather Meal Corp.’s  poultry-dressing facility and R-LEY Trading’s roasted cashew-nuts factory have qualified for government incentives.

Feather Meal Corp.’s project qualified under the 2017 Investment Priorities Plan’s agriculture, fishery and forestry category, while R-LEY’s investment was approved under the list of eligible export activities. Continue reading

Ayala coop backs rice farming

Image result for Ayala coop backs rice farmingAyala Multipurpose Cooperative, Palawan ARC Cooperative Federation of Narra, Palawan and Ten Knots Development Corp. recently signed a tripartite agreement in support of the Agriculture’s Department’s Corporate Rice Farming Program.

The department said it was the second time the Ayala cooperative signed an agreement supporting an agriculture project. The first was with a local farmer’s cooperative in Iloilo.

“The coop is pleased that starting from a small seed in Iloilo we are now moving towards a bigger group, a bigger engagement, and partnership with the Department of Agriculture. Continue reading

Claimants of Palawan land in Marcos loot case to get separate trial

SEPARATE TRIAL. The Sandiganbayan orders a separate trial for a claim made on a Palawan property being pursued by the government in a Marcos loot case. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler Anti-graft court Sandiganbayan ordered a separate trial for the claim of Philippine Agri-Business Center Corporation (PABC) over two parcels of land in Busuanga, Palawan that are covered by a civil case regarding the ill-gotten wealth of the Marcos family and their cronies.

The Sandiganbayan 5th Division will hold separate hearings on PABC’s claims over two parcels of land in an 887.76-hectare property being pursued by the government. These are part of Civil Case No. 0024, one of the cases handled by the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) to sequester assets from the Marcoses. Continue reading

PHL Tourism: Looking At Brighter Side

Are you a tourism ambassador or heckler? Come join the growing number of citizens pushing the Philippine tourism bandwagon to the world. We are all in it together and when we really want something done, something happens—change.

The latest change we heard this week was a breath of fresh air. After almost six years of being named one of the “worst airports” in the world, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) has finally lost its unpalatable tag.

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Kudat: Road to development

KOTA KINABALU: Datuk Seri Teo Chee Kang is taking his inspiration from China when it comes to pushing for development.

Citing the Asian giant’s philosophy that for any place to develop, good roads have to be built to and from it, the Tanjong Kapor assemblyman said the roads and other infrastructure in Kudat had to be improved to boost economic growth there.

Among the initiatives proposed by Teo, who is also Sabah special tasks minister, was a coastal highway that would reduce by half the three-hour travelling time between Kudat and here. Continue reading

Microgrids can connect Palawan to main system

Image result for Microgrids can connect Palawan to main systemINSTALLING microgrids in Palawan can connect the northernmost part of the province to the main grid, according to a legislator.

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said in a chance interview that state-run National Power Corp. (Napocor)’s plan to energize about 200 households for P3 billion “opens up the idea to the microgrid.”

Gatchalian, who heads the Senate energy committee, explained that when they deliberated on Napocor’s fiscal budget, the proposal was not viable since it would only involve small municipalities. Continue reading

Bea Alonzo spends 30th birthday in Palawan with Gerald Anderson

Rumored couple Bea Alonzo and Gerald Anderson were spotted again vacationing together, this time in Palawan, as part of the actress’ 30th birthday celebrations last Oct. 17.

In recent Instagram posts of fan page, @bearald_rock, photos and videos of their beach escapade were shared with the public.

In one photo, the two are holding hands as they walk through a pedestrians’ boulevard jutting out into the sea.

A simple birthday cake for Alonzo was also posted. Continue reading

Boracay, Cebu, Palawan top list of best islands outside US

Image result for Boracay, Cebu, Palawan top list of best islands outside USBoracay, Cebu and Palawan have topped a travel magazine’s 2017 list of 30 best islands in the world outside of the United States.

Conde Nast Traveler (CNT), a luxury and lifestyle travel magazine based in New York, released the list on  Tuesday, following a survey conducted among more than 300,000 readers.

The three Philippine islands ranked higher than other world-famous islands such as Mykonos, Greece; Bali, Indonesia; Bermuda; St. Barts; Ibiza, Spain;  Capri, Italy; and Bora Bora, French Polynesia. Continue reading

Geologists’ tales of Mt Kinabalu

Image result for Geologists' tales of Mt KinabaluKota Kinabalu: The rock of Mt Kinabalu originated in the Philippines.

Peter Negrido, President and CEO of Philippines Rescue and Reconnaissance team, said he couldn’t figure out how that could happen.

But the late American geologist, Dale Brunotte, who died in March 2016 in Michigan, said that’s the geological fact of the case.

He said it all started with a cataclysmic geological event 15 million years ago when a micro plate sub-ducted (down going another plate) to 100km deep. Continue reading

BFAR working to modernize,boost PH shellfish industry

SEA BOUNTIES – Giant oysters and mussels from the waters of Taytay, Palawan are harvested by a Bureau of Fisheries and Aqautic Resources (BFAR) worker. The agency is initiating moves to modernize the country’s shellfish industry. (Jojo Rinoza)SEA BOUNTIES – Giant oysters and mussels from the waters of Taytay, Palawan are harvested by a Bureau of Fisheries and Aqautic Resources (BFAR) worker. The agency is initiating moves to modernize the country’s shellfish industry. (Jojo Rinoza)

Dagupan City, Pangasinan – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is working on the modernization of the shellfish industry, BFAR-National Integrated Fisheries Technology and Development Center chief Dr. Westly Rosario said. Continue reading

“Best Island in the World” adds a spectacular race to the GSS!

Crystal clear water in amazing shades of blue, secret beaches with powder white sand, hidden lagoons surrounded by lush limestone cliffs and snorkeling sites teeming with tropical fish and other marine life, these are just some of the reasons why Palawan has been named the “Best Island in the World” by Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast for two years in a row. The Swimjunkie Challenge El Nido offers you the choice of a 4km or 8km swim in the turquoise waters of El Nido assisted by the Philippine Coast Guard and over 150 volunteers to ensure that you have an incredible and safe race experience.  Continue reading

Boracay, Cebu, Palawan top world’s best islands list in 2017

Image result for Boracay, Cebu, Palawan top world’s best islands list in 2017Boracay once again topped the list of the best islands in the world by the readers of an international travel magazine, and directly behind it are the Cebu and Visayan Islands and Palawan, also popular tourist spots.

The results of the Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards survey for the year revealed the small island off Panay Island, known for its white-sand beach and “thriving nightlife scene,” won the fancy of most of the more than 300,000 readers who sent in their votes. Continue reading

Russian envoy wants to promote Coron as tourist destination

Image result for Russian envoy wants to promote Coron as tourist destinationPUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan — Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev wants to promote the town among his compatriots as a tourism destination.

Khovaev, who arrived Tuesday in the municipality for a three-day cultural and language training-seminar about his country, was accompanied by consuls Denis Karenin and Carmi Garcia, and Department of Tourism (DOT) representatives Gloria Punzalan and Zenaida Potapurchenco, said Coron administrator Jonathan Dabuit. Continue reading

“Paolo” intensifies into severe tropical storm; low-pressure area monitored over Palawan

“Paolo” has intensified into a severe tropical storm as it continued to move over the Philippine Sea on Tuesday.

Apart from “Paolo,” whose eye was located 765 kilometers east of Guian, eastern Samar as of 10 a.m.,  the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration is monitoring a low pressure area found 395 kilometers west of Coron, Palawan.

Moderate to heavy rains are expected within the 450-kilometer diameter of “Paolo,” with light to moderate, and occasional heavy rains expected in its outer rainbands: Bicol Region, Visayas and Mindanao. Continue reading

Beach party lovers brave stormy weather for first Oktoberfest in El Nido

EL NIDO – A stormy night didn’t stop the party by the beach at the Lio Tourism Estate in this Palawan town Saturday, as locals and foreigners alike braved the rain for beer and good vibes in the first Oktoberfest celebration here.

The El Nido beer fest took a departure from the usual loud Manila Oktoberfest parties as it sought to give the over 300 guests that night the perfect beach-side vibe.

The 2017 Oktoberfest here featured acoustic performances from Sud Ballecer, frontman of rock/jazz fusion band SUD; and El Nido’s local artist Lyka. Flair bartending duo Liquid Concepts also lit up the night with their performances.  Continue reading

Why Coron is the next big thing in Philippine travel

Coron Island Cove viewed from a ridge, often seen in postcards and travel magazines. LOUISE SANTIANO

“Visit Coron, Palawan—
where nature’s the best!
Mga luto na matitikman
pasado sa inyong digest;
mga isla na mapupuntahan
susulit sa inyong budget;
mga views na naggagandahan
sakto sa inyong gadgets…”

You probably must have heard that song rendered in a folksy beat on a popular travel show on TV.

The singer-composer himself, Jonel Vergara, guided us on a tour of Coron recently, and for two days let us experience every activity and scenery enumerated in the song—from watching the sunset on the peak of Mt. Tapyas to eating cashew nuts on the roadside. Continue reading

Cable car in Palawan’s Underground River? No, thanks – management

NATURAL WONDER. The Puerto Princesa Underground River. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines – A cable car facility within the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park? It’s unlikely.

Park Superintendent Elizabeth Maclang said the management is not keen on the proposed facility and other similar attractions for tourists visiting the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR), as suggested by the city government’s planning consultant, Palafox Associates.

Maclang said while they will consider the reasons raised by Palafox for the project, it will be “subject to approval” of the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB). Continue reading

PHILIPPINES: SM OPENS NEW MALL SM CITY PUERTO PRINCESA IN PALAWAN

With the opening of SM City Puerto Princesa in Palawan on September 15, SM has further expanded its retail footprint nationwide.

Determined to bring its mark of providing an exciting retail experience to as many Filipinos, SM launched its anchor retail brands in Puerto Princesa, one of the country’s main tourist destinations and voted as one of the best islands in the world by travel magazine Travel + Leisure.

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West Philippine Sea: Joint development with China?

Image result for West Philippine Sea: Joint development with China?In a major sign of improved bilateral relations, not to mention our desperation to develop alternative sources of energy, Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso Cusi recently announced a “win-win solution” in the West Philippine Sea.

Thus, the PNOC Exploration Corp, in partnership with China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) and Jadestone Energy Inc. are set to develop Calamian project off the island of Palawan. China’s CNOOC is expected to hold a majority 51 percent share. Continue reading

Light comes to Amanpulo’s unknown neighbor

DIIT, AGUTAYA, Palawan —After being “in the dark” most of their lives, 120 households in the island of Diit, a barangay of Agutaya town northeast of Palawan province, began enjoying power from the sun last August, thanks to the free solar power systems provided by microfinance foundation ASA Philippines.

The project is expected to energize and develop the fishing community of 1,212 residents of the remote island, according to Kamrul H. Tarafder, president of ASA Philippines Foundation, which has been operating in the country since 2004. Continue reading

Luisia species

When one first sees the plant of a Luisia  species, particularly if unfamiliar with the multitude of growth habits of various orchid genera, it would be most reasonable to assume that you are looking at a bunch of dead, or dried-up, twigs, and even more so if the plant has no flowers. The first author (JC) still recalls seeing his first plants of Luisia cordatilabia in the mountains of Nueva Vizcaya. It took a very long time before he was convinced that these “twigs” were really an orchid.In fact, his guides eventually found a plant bearing seed capsules that settled the confusion for him, once and for all.

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Former Miss USA Nia Sanchez back in PH to explore Palawan

Image result for Former Miss USA Nia Sanchez back in PH to explore PalawanNia Sanchez, who represented the United States at the Miss Universe pageant in 2014, is back in the Philippines to explore more of the country’s tourist spots.

On Instagram, Sanchez revealed that she is currently in Port Barton in Palawan along with Miss Universe Australia Tegan Martin and Australian models Renae Ayris, Natalie Jayne Roser, and Brooke Nash.

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