Monthly Archives: January 2018

Palawan band bags Muziklaban 2018, Ely Buendia sings Eraserheads songs

From left: Rock icon Ely Buendia (Photo by Instagram/Ely Buendia); Typecast members at the 2018 Muziklaban.

MANILA, Philippines — An alternative-reggae band from Puerto Princesa, Palawan has been hailed as the grand champion of the 19th edition of Red Horse Beer’s Pambansang Muziklaban held at the Metrowalk’s Open Parking Grounds in Ortigas, Pasig.

South Luzon’s pride Woopis, whose members include vocalist and guitarist Soy Lanzanas, guitarist Jacob Carlos, bassist Jiboy Betita and drummer Toting Penaflor, amazed the crowd and the judges with their original songs.

As the champion, the band will receive a cash prize of P500,000 tax free, a band start-up support worth P300,000, a music video album production, an endorsement contract with guaranteed gigs worth P200,000, P25,000 worth of cash, apparel and accessories, and performance at the Rakrakan Festival next month.

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PAL to service Xiamen-Palawan route

The Department of Tourism was expecting more Chinese tourists in Palawan with the launching of the first direct charter flight from Xiamen to Puerto Princesa City staring next month.

The Xiamen-Puerto Princesa route would be launched on Feb. 10 in partnership with Philippine Airlines (PAL).

Regular flights would start on Feb. 14 and 18. PAL would deploy Airbus A320 jets for the charter flights. —Jerome Aning

The two Two Seasons in Coron, Palawan

PALAWAN. Chitchat and saltwater therapy until sunset was the most memorable experience at the Two Seasons Resort in the far off Bulalacao Island in Coron.

WHEN our host said we were staying at the Two Seasons resorts in Palawan, a night by bay in Coron town and next three nights in the island resort in Bulalacao Island, we were all excited. Our first time in Coron and it was going to be a fancy trip to kick off the year for all of us.

The only thing I’m familiar with the resort is the Boracay property. No, I haven’t had the chance to stay in the beach resort but it’s a regular sunset hangout whenever I make it to the island. What draws my island clique to the place is the Four Seasons Pizza. Yes, a pizza and I will get another bite of it in Coron this time.

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Fil –Am doctors on surgical mission in Aborlan, Palawan

 

Puerto Princesa City, Palawan – A US-based association of Filipino physicians is set to conduct the first-ever medical and surgical mission in Palawan for this year at the newly-constructed Aborlan Medicare Hospital (AMH) in Barangay Ramon Magsaysay in Aborlan town.

The medical mission would be from Jan. 22 to 24, Provincial Information Officer Gil Acosta Jr. said on Saturday.

It will be led by the North Texas Association of Philippine Physicians (NTAPP) in cooperation with Governor Jose Alvarez, 3rd District Rep. Gil Acosta, 3rd District Board Member Albert Rama, and the municipal government of Aborlan.

Acosta said the NTAPP was composed of 44 Filipino physicians who arrived Sunday to bring free medical and minor surgical services to indigent residents of Aborlan.

The physicians will perform various surgeries such as circumcision, harelip repair, breast-lumpectomy, biopsy, simple mastectomy, herniorrhaphy, hysterectomy-myomectomy, oophorectomy, appendectomy, colon resection with end to end anastomosis, amputation for gangrene, thyroidectomy, lysis adhesions, colostomy, cesarean section and tubal ligation.

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Palaweños back declaration of ‘revolutionary government’

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan—Around 5,000 members and supporters of the Palawan for President Rodrigo Duterte Movement came together here early Thursday afternoon in a grand rally to back the declaration of a “revolutionary government.”

The mass assembly started with a motorcade of nearly 100 vehicles at the Puerto Princesa City Coliseum, in Barangay San Pedro, to the People’s Amphitheater in Mendoza Park, 2.7 kilometers to the center of the city. Continue reading

Rebranding our paradise: Puerto Princesa

ppcPINK. Red and white make up its characteristics: passion and energy, peace and purity. The mixture gives a color commonly associated with romance. Albeit also associated with femininity, it has a deeper meaning: love, caring and understanding humanity.

Pink also makes one an intuitive person. Pink also connotes conforming to social norms is less of a concern to someone.

Pink is also Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

The pink color of the exuberantly beautiful Palawan balayong tree flower, commonly referred to as the Palawan Cherry Blossom, is now the symbol of Puerto Princesa. The balayong tree will bloom all year round, accentuating another city symbol that has graced its seal for many years, the regal Pheasant Peacock, locally known as tandikan. Continue reading

Sabah’s tourism set for boost with Kudat-Palawan ferry service

Sabah Tourism Board chairman Joniston Bangkuai is optimistic the route will thrive because it is supported by the existing trade between the island and Kudat.

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s tourism industry is set for a big boost with the launching of the roll-on roll-off ferry service between Kudat and Palawan in the Philippines next month, says Joniston Bangkuai.
The Sabah Tourism Board chairman told FMT that Palawan Island is well-known for its thriving tourism industry and the connectivity will especially be welcomed in northern Sabah.
“However, tourists landing in Kudat might also include the rest of Sabah in their travel itinerary,” he said.
Currently, he said, Kudat is already a tourist destination in its own right with ample accommodation, and tourist and transportation services. Continue reading

DOH to further train Palawan health inspectors

STRESSING that the promotion of public health and protection of the community and the environment is vital in order to prevent another onset of gastrointestinal outbreak, such as diarrhea, cholera and gastroenteritis, the  Department of Health (DOH) in is set to undergo the Training on Community-Led Total Sanitation for sanitary inspectors of Palawan.

Mimaropa is composed of the provinces of Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan. Continue reading

BOI approves P8-M cashew project in Palawan

THE Board of Investments recently approved the application of R-Ley Trading based in Roxas, Palawan as an expanding export producer of roasted cashew nuts.

R-Ley Trading, a small to medium enterprise (SME) participant, qualified under the Export Activities category of the 2017 Investment Priorities Plan (IPP).

The P7.87-million expansion project involves the acquisition of a decorticating machine, shelling machine, sorting machine, and peeling and packing machines from Vietnam. The expansion will also allow the enterprise to process roasted whole cashew nuts. Continue reading

Proposal to divide Palawan into 3 provinces reaches Congress

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan — The approved resolution to divide Palawan into three provinces has been transmitted to the House of Representatives, according to 3rd Palawan District Rep. Gil Acosta Sr.

Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez and Vice Governor Dennis Socrates personally handed the measure to House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez in Congress and to Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel on January 16.

Members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Palawan accompanied the governor and vice governor, Acosta said in an interview with local media on Thursday. Continue reading

Palawan waters among world’s bluest

MANILA, Philippines — Palawan was named among 13 places to see the bluest water in the world by international travel magazine Travel+Leisure.

“The sparsely-populated archipelago is made up of jungle-filled islands surrounded by stunning teal waters teeming with fish and coral reefs and an incredible array of lagoons, coves and secret beaches,” Travel+Leisure said.

Travel+Leisure cited El Nido and Linapacan as places people should visit when they are in Palawan. Continue reading