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Boost in Puerto Princesa tourism seen as Boracay faces closure

‘The CAAP confirmed to us that starting April 25, we will be having another 10 redirected flights from Kalibo every week,’ says Michie Meneses of the City Tourism Office

NATURAL BEAUTY. The Puerto Princesa Underground River is among the 7 New Wonders of the World. Photo from PPUR Management Office

PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines – The city government is anticipating a boost in tourist arrivals in Puerto Princesa City with the impending closure of Boracay starting April 26.

Michie Meneses, City Tourism Office (CTO) promotion and marketing division chief, said they are expecting the city’s current average of 85,000 monthly visitors to double in numbers starting last week of this month.

“The CAAP (Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines) confirmed to us that starting April 25, we will be having another 10 redirected flights from Kalibo every week,” she said.

The tourism industry in Puerto Princesa City sees Boracay’s impending closure as an opportunity to showcase the city’s community-based sustainable tourism (CBST) sites, along with its flagship tourist destinations Puerto Princesa Underground River and Honda Bay.

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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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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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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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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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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

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

China brings solar power to Antique, Palawan

MANILA, Philippines — The Chinese government is providing 3,000 units of solar-powered LED street light and home solar power system in the provinces of Antique and Palawan as part of efforts to help the country combat climate change.

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu and vice chair of the National Development and Reform Commission of China Zhang Young inked a memorandum of understanding for the grant of solar energy devices to Antique and El Nido in Palawan. Continue reading

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

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

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.

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“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

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

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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Sandara ibinebenta ang Pinas sa mga kapwa Korean: Second home ko na ito!

DUMATING uli sa bansa si Sandara Park kasama ang kapatid na si Park Sang-Hyun (Thunder) para sa promo ng finale episode na One Night Food Trip International Edition na kinunan sa Pilipinas (Palawan).

Mapapanood ito sa TVN Asia sa Okt. 10, 11 p.m. at sa Dis. 5 naman dito sa Pilipinas. Ang One Night Food Trip International Edition ay isang foodie battlefield, makakalaban ng magkapatid na Sandara at Thunder ang TV hosts na sina Grace Lee at Sam YG. Continue reading