Category Archives: Tourism

VIRAL: Canadian tourist to donate P1.2M in equipment to Coron hospital

HEARTFELT DONATION. Canadian tourist John Abou-Samra will be donating P1.2 million worth of hospital equipment to the Coron District Hospital. Photo courtesy of John Abou-Samra

MANILA, Philippines – John Abou-Samra, a Lebanese-born Canadian, has been saving up for a grand cruise around the world in time for his retirement in late 2017. But his plans changed after his visit in June to Coron, Palawan.

Palawan has been recognized by global award-giving bodies for its wreck diving spots, pristine waters, and rich marine ecosystem.

Samra wanted to find these out for himself.

Samra, who just came from a trip to El Nido, Palawan, was having the time of his life in Kayangan Lake, Coron, when his trip took an ugly turn. Continue reading

Why this new enclave in El Nido should be your next beach destination

EL NIDO, Palawan – If the gloomy weather is making you crave for the beach, here’s a getaway for all seasons.

The Lio Estate, a new development of AyalaLand Hotels and Resorts Corp. in a largely untouched corner of northern Palawan, is shaping up to be the next preferred beach destination in this tourist hub.

Accessible via a 55-minute direct flight from Manila, the enclave, the “first eco-masterplanned community” in El Nido, is a one-stop destination where guests may have both an adventure and a peaceful respite from the daily grind. Continue reading

SM Puerto Princesa set to open Sept. 15

Glass walls at the main entrance and linear overhang create an inviting appearance.

Known as the Philippines’ last ecological frontier, the province of Palawan is a natural wonder with its vast tracts of tropical rainforests and a huge expanse of marine wilderness.

In the heart of Palawan lies the city of Puerto Princesa, a tropical paradise with a bustling urban center ideal for business with leisure trips. Lush rainforests and white sand beaches are simply hours away from the city proper, where a banking, commercial, IT, and BPO boom have made it one of the country’s fast developing cities.

Glass walls at the main entrance and linear overhang create an inviting appearance.

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What to do in the Jewel of the Philippines: Palawan

Constantly rated as one of the best islands in the world, Palawan, in the South West of the Philippines, has it all. Beaches, snorkeling, island hopping, scuba diving, hiking, and amazing local and international food.

Most people start in Puerto Princesa, the capital of Palawan, which is a great spot to head off to the rest of the island. With plenty of daily flights, it makes for an easier and cheaper place to fly into then El Nido or Coron. A lot of people come here to jump on a live aboard boat for diving trips to the UNESCO world heritage site of Tubbataha Reefs National Park.  Continue reading

Inside Culion, the Philippines’ “Island of No Return”

What used to be the gate that separates lepers from the healthy now welcomes visitors to Culion. All photos by Jessica BartolomeCULION, Palawan – A tall gate stands firm a few steps away from the port of Culion Island in Palawan, welcoming visitors to Barangay Libis.

Hermie “Pastor” Villanueva, a 47-year-old tour guide, stood under the gate. “Leproso,” he said, gesturing to one side of the gate. “Sano,” he added, indicating the other side.

More than a century ago, the gate served as a boundary between two worlds — that of the “leproso” (leper) and that of the “sano” (clean). It warned that you’re about to enter a leper zone. Continue reading

Limestones, moody waters, and a dash of history at the Calamian Islands

Kayangan Lake.CORON, Palawan — The chilly water was a welcome respite from the heat, coming up to our hips as we disembarked from our boat to the turquoise sea below.

We were on Taraw Beach, our first stop after arriving in Coron. The tour has barely started and we were already drenched.

Taraw Beach boasts of white sands and clear waters on the edges of a towering piece of rock you have to crane your neck to see. Continue reading

Dora no Explorer: Nickelodeon axes Palawan resort plan after outcry

coron palawamAmerican children’s television network Nickelodeon said Wednesday it had abandoned plans for a themed resort on an island known as the Philippines’ last ecological frontier following a backlash from environmentalists.

Nickelodeon said in January that it would build an “undersea attraction and resort” on Palawan island that would let fans “interact with the brand and the iconic characters they love,” including SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer. Continue reading

Massive highway planned for Philippines’ Palawan Island

Lawmakers want to declare Pag-asa island cluster as special ecological tourism zone

A aerial photo of the Philippine-claimed Pag-asa Island, also known as Thitu Island. (AP / MANILA BULLETIN)Lawmakers want to declare the Pag-asa Island and its adjoining islands of Parola, Kota and Panata in the municipality of Kalayaan, province of Palawan as an ecotourism destination and protected area.

Palawan Representatives Franz Alvarez, Frederick Abueg and Gil P. Acosta Sr. said the Pag-asa Island Cluster should be declared as a special ecological tourism zone to promote and develop it as a tourist destination for domestic and international tourists. Continue reading

Palawan LGU says no one told them about Nickelodeon underwater theme park

The local government of Busuanga and Coron said no one approached them to discuss the proposed Nickelodeon underwater theme park.

In an interview with GMA News Online, Busuanga Mayor Elizabeth Cervantes said at first, they were not aware that Nickelodeon would be putting up an underwater theme park in Coron.

She said it was only through the news that they have learned about it. Continue reading

Roxaco to develop 87 hectares in Palawan

Roxaco Land Corp., the property development arm of Roxas and Company Inc., signed a joint venture agreement with the Sandoval family to develop an 87-hectare property in Busuanga, Palawan into a master planned resort estate.

RCI chairman Pedro E. Roxas said in a recent interview the project called Sananda Bay would be implemented in phases and would target various segments of the market including local tourists, business travelers and foreign visitors looking for quality resorts in Palawan. Continue reading

Fil-Chinese capitalists eyeing investments in Palawan

A group of Filipino-Chinese businessmen is looking at the possibility of venturing in fish port and water system development projects in this city, and tourism investments in the northern town of San Vicente because of their competitive advantages compared to other areas in the country.

Federation of Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) vice president Mary Go Ng said their interest was kindled by a presentation Tuesday night of an interesting development master plan made by Palafox Associates. Continue reading

Six of the best AirBnBs in Palawan: From ultra budget to ultra luxury

It seems that the natural hospitality of Filipino culture has found a perfect match with AirBnB, which is booming across these islands. Every day new properties are added, ranging from spare bedrooms in modest family homes to ultra-luxury private islands. Here travel expert Zoe Stephens picks six of her top choices for PalawanContinue reading

Captivated by Coron

untitled-2PALAWAN cannot be described in a single page. There is so much to see and talk about that I have to depict its beauty piece by piece. Let’s start with Coron, found in the northern part of Palawan. I had the opportunity to explore its exquisite beauty six years back and the memory of its lush surroundings and breathtaking landscape still lingers in my mind. Typhoon Haiyan has already ravaged this part of the province but Coron has risen from the challenge. Continue reading

Low Budget Travel Tips In El Nido, The Philippines


Of all the places in the Philippines, no other location has gained so much interest among island-loving tourists than El Nido. This northern first class municipality in the island province of Palawan is currently ranked No. 1 in the “20 Most Beautiful Beaches in the World” by Conde Nast Traveler’s magazine.

Some of the important tips in spending time in El Nido are similar to any other top guidelines for budget travel in the Philippines. However, there are also a few things to take note which only apply exclusively to El Nido’s environment. Continue reading

Travel Ideas 2017: Find Out Where’s Philippines Most Hidden Lagoon Is


Enticing private lagoons are the hottest travel destinations today; it seems travelers are looking out for new adventures other than the sun-drenched sands and the tropical mountains. Definitely, the Philippine’s hidden beauty, Miniloc Beach Lagoon, will be the next top world destination due to it. For travel ideas 2017, get ready to find where this secret tourist spot is in South East Asia’s pearl. Continue reading

MARINA Palawan implements phase out of wooden-hulled passenger vessels


The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) started Wednesday the implementation of its circular that phases out all wooden-hulled vessels that transport passengers from port-to-port in Puerto Princesa city and the whole Palawan.

Engineer Nelson Sobrevega, head of MARINA in Palawan, said a directive has now been passed down, ordering them to instigate Circular No. 2016-2 which seeks the eventual discontinuation of operation of passenger wooden-hulled vessels, particularly in all ports in Coron and El Nido in the northern part of the province. Continue reading

Club Paradise Palawan Earns 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence


Club Paradise receives another recognition from TripAdvisor, the 2016 Certificate of Excellence award.

DIMAKYA ISLAND, CORON , NORTHERN PALAWAN , PHILIPPINES, August 3, 2016 / — Club Paradise, the top resort in Coron Palawan, announces an esteemed recognition from TripAdvisor®, the 2016 Certificate of Excellence. Currently on its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned excellent traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Recipients of the Certificate of Excellence come from businesses related to accommodations, restaurants and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience. Continue reading

Palawan eyed as eco-tourism hub

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY – The three congressmen representing Palawan want the province to be declared the country’s ecological tourism capital.

In House Bill 4273, co-authors and Reps. Gil Acosta, Frederic Abueg, and Franz Josef George Alvarez called for more government support in helping Palawan leaders continue programs to sustain ecological protection and improvement programs for the province. Continue reading

The Philippines Tourism Board has a slogan.


In my opinion, yes. Not only were the visuals stunning, but I really did just have a ton of fun. You just get a vibe there that puts a smile on your face. The people are so laid back and friendly.

Combine that with an enormous offering of experiences and natural beauty make it like no other tourism destination in the world. Snorkeling in the clearest of water. kayaking in secluded coves…to me, it really was more fun in the Philippines. Continue reading