Monthly Archives: March 2018

El Nido’s tourist boom in the eyes of locals

MANILA, Philippines, March 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — In 2017, readers of luxury and lifestyle travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler ranked Palawan’s El Nido as the world’s fourth most beautiful island beach. While El Nido is home to nearly 50 white sand beaches set around majestic limestone formations, it used to be a fifth-class municipality without a hospital and sufficient power and water systems.

Most of the locals used to make a living through birds’ nest gathering, fishing, and cashew farming, which were not enough for them to make ends meet. In 1992, the opening of Ten Knots Development Corporation (TKDC) created opportunities to build on the skills and provide livelihood for El Nido’s communities. Now that El Nido is a first-class municipality and a booming tourist destination, most residents are part of the tourism supply chain that TKDC helped put in place.

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Kudat-Palawan ro-ro to push through April

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY: The Kudat-Palawan roll-on, roll-off (ro-ro) ferry service will push through next month.

This assurance came from Palawan provincial information officer Gil Acosta Jr, in response to a report quoting a local community leader in Sabah that the sea link between Malaysia and Philippines is unlikely to start soon.

The community leader, in the report published in Daily Express, cited difficulties in documentation and permits being faced by the Philippine-based ferry operator.

“The maiden voyage of the Kudat-Palawan ro-ro) ferry service will push through in April after a delay due to Tropical Storm Basyang last February.

“The ferry operation will push through. Our last schedule was cancelled because of our own hesitation when there was a tropical storm (Basyang) in Palawan. It’s a go for us,” said Acosta.

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Summer 2018: Asia’s biggest inflatable playground is in Palawan

Kamia Bay Resort drone shot.(Photo Courtesy of Aloha Palawan)

PUERTO PRINCESA — Looking for something new to do in Puerto Princesa, Palawan?

If you’ve already visited the famed Underground River, gone island-hopping around Honda Bay, and done a city tour of heritage sights, you might want to head over to Kamia Bay Resort to get a thrill at the newest and biggest inflatable playground in Asia.

Just 30 to 45 minutes away from the city center, Kamia Bay Resort in Binusalian Bay at Barangay Luzviminda offers an exciting new attraction for friends and family.

Be one of the first to enjoy the giant fun and enjoyment in the largest aqua-adventure inflatable playground as well as premier water sports like kayaking and jetski tours in one of the world’s best islands. The area covers 3,800 square meters of play area near the waterfront that is available exclusively for day tours.

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Nature-rich getaway at Princesa Garden Island

AN upscale, 4-hectare resort that cares for the environment, Princesa Garden Island Resort and Spa, which is approximately five minutes away from the Puerto Princesa Airport in the heart of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, isn’t just close to nature but it practically blends into the picturesque scenery.

Being part of nature makes it much easier to care for its surroundings. The 1,640-square-meter chlorine-free pool, for instance, uses nothing but natural sea-salt water. The resort also has its own water-treatment and desalinization facility, ensuring only the cleanest water is used. And solar panels provide ample heating.

Blending with nature makes it a cinch for guests to escape completely from the outside world. Sure, the resort has a host of Water Villas and Pool Access rooms that are larger than your average hotel room, complete with modern conveniences like Wi-fi and the like. Yet, guests can still get away from the hustle and bustle by engaging in the various relaxing and invigorating activities that cater to every member of the family.

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102-year old World War II hero awarded in Palawan

A 102-year-old World War II veteran was honored in Busuanga town recently with five notable awards for saving two wounded American pilots in 1944.

WAR HERO. (From left) Puerto Princesa Councilor Matthew Mendoza, Vice Governor Dennis Socrates, and World War II 3rd Lt. Jesus Barracoso in Busuanga, Palawan, during the awarding of his medals for heroic deeds in the liberation of the Philippines from the colonization of the Japanese Imperial Army. (PIO/ PNA/ MANILA BULLETIN)

3rd Lieutenant Jesus Barracoso personally received the medals from the Philippine Veteran Affairs Office (PVAO) and the Palawan Liberation Task Force (PLTF) of the provincial government in a special ceremony arranged for him on February 26 in his hometown.

The WWII hero received the American Service Defense Medal, Philippine Defense Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Medal, Victory Medal, and the Distinguished Unit Badge with oak leaf clusters, said Sweet Jonalyn Mata of the PLTF on Thursday morning.

“He is the only living WWII veteran whom we have awarded in his hometown this year in the PLTF for his heroic deed in 1944 that was documented by writer Stephen Moore in his book ‘As Good as Dead’. We want to award him here in the city in April, but he cannot travel anymore,” said Mata.

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