Monthly Archives: February 2018

Passage to Palawan

A motorised bangka in Palawan’s coral-filled Miniloc Island lagoon.

A wall of cloud the same shade as The Philippines’ beloved purple yams looms in front of our motorised bangka, or double outrigger canoe. It is, quite literally, a dark and stormy night.

The tipping point of the eminent deluge is nigh but sunshine is incongruously enveloping our boat, so I wave away the heavy-duty yellow ponchos being dispatched to passengers. For what’s a bit of water when you’re motoring towards paradise?

Lagen Island, a 45-minute bangka ride from tiny Lio airport, is tucked within Bacuit Bay in northern Palawan, an island that droops like a long strip of coconut nearly all the way to Borneo. There’s nothing between Palawan and Vietnam except a whole lot of South China Sea and the low-lying Spratly Islands, snagged in an ongoing territorial dispute.

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350-year-old Spanish fort in Palawan to undergo restoration

Also known as Fuerza de Sta Isabel, the historic Taytay fort was originally built as a wooden palisade in 1667 under the Augustinian Recollect Fathers and named in honor of Spain’s Queen Isabel II.

HISTORICAL LANDMARK. Fort Santa Isabel in Taytay town in northern Palawan. Photo courtesy of Joie Matillano/LGU Taytay

PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines – Fort Santa Isabel, a historical landmark in Taytay town in northern Palawan, will undergo restoration starting next month in a bid to preserve and promote the province’s rich heritage.

Town tourism officer Joie Matillano said the restoration of the over 350-year old fort is one of the priority projects of the municipal government to reinvigorate the Taytay’s tourism industry.

“Through this effort, we will be able to maintain the town’s heritage and cultural pride,” he told Rappler in a phone interview on Thursday, February 8.

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AirAsia launches 3 domestic flights to, from Clark

This is in line with the airline’s commitment to make the Clark International Airport its main hub for operations.

MANILA, Philippines – Philippines AirAsia Incorporated is now flying from Clark, Pampanga to Tacloban, Leyte; Puerto Princesa, Palawan; and Iloilo.

The budget airline announced in a statement on Monday, February 5, that it flew its maiden flight from Clark to the Iloilo International Airport, the primary gateway to Western Visayas and Panay, last Saturday, February 3.

“Our commitment is to better connect Clark to secondary cities within the Philippines like Iloilo, Tacloban, and Puerto Princesa to ASEAN region where the AirAsia Group has unparalleled and widest connectivity, and to destinations across Northeast Asia, Australasia, the Middle East, and the United States,” Darren Acorda, chief pilot for Training and Standards of Philippines AirAsia, said in the statement.

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El Nido Resorts offers special deals at Travel Tour Expo 2018

To encourage domestic tourists, who spend more conservatively to enjoy these destinations, El Nido Resorts annually offers special packages for local residents at the Philippine Travel Agencies Association’s Travel Tour Expo. The 2018 edition will be at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City from Feb. 9 to 11. As in the past, strong demand for El Nido Resorts deals is expected.

According to Joey Bernardino, group director of Sales and Marketing, El Nido Resorts will offer best-value packages for Miniloc, Lagen, Pangulasian and Apulit Island Resorts. The first three, all within the municipality of El Nido in Bacuit Bay, hosts 855 species of marine fish, 400 species of coral and five species of marine turtles. In neighboring Taytay, the less populated Apulit offers the most stunning colorful coral reefs and the unique set of fish that thrive in this habitat.

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Feature: Planning for your summer get-away? Palawan is the ultimate place to go

Kayangan Lake found in Coron, Palawan (Photo by Victoria Mendoza/PIA-MIMAROPA)

Looking for your summer getaway this year? Maybe 2018 is the best time to take a dive in Palawan.

Vacationers who read the New York-based Travel+Leisure Magazine raved about Palawan’s natural gems midway through 2017.

Gathering a score of 93.15 at Travel+Leisure World Best Survey last year, writer Rebecca Ashcer -Walsh reported readers have been describing Palawan as ‘”rustic, romantic, affordable, and relaxing” and “It’s the single, most beautiful place on earth.”

Nobody says it better than third party commentaries.

“For the second year in a row, the Philippine paradise Palawan wins first place as the best island in the world, thanks to its hidden lagoons, teeming ocean life, and rustic-luxe resorts,” said Ascher-Walsh in her article on Travel+ Leisure mag.

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