Palawan voted among world’s top 25 islands to visit

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 17, 2021   •   475

Palawan is among the world’s top 25 islands to visit, according to a New York based travel magazine.

Travel + Leisure has included Palawan, ranking 19th with a score of 88.63. The travel magazine said this year’s World’s Best Awards survey was open for voting from January 11 through May 10, 2021, as destinations around the world were lifting COVID-19 restrictions.

“The best islands in the world, according to T+L readers, are the kind of Instagram-perfect destinations that travelers fantasize about on winter evenings: dreamy, sun-drenched landscapes surrounded by the bluest waters,” according to magazine’s post.

The top 3 on the list are Milos in Greece, Folegandros also located in Greece, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. AAC

WTA 2021: PH still the World’s Leading Dive Destination

UNTV News   •   December 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines has once again maintained its title as the World’s Leading Dive Destination this 2021 at the prestigious World Travel Awards (WTA).

This is the third consecutive year that the country bagged the award since 2019.

“This distinction is indeed a great privilege, yet, it underlines our great responsibility of protecting and conserving our underwater resources so that these will also be enjoyed and experienced in their pristine natural state by future generations,” Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat said.

The Philippines boasts of having the best diving destinations with biologically diverse marine and aquatic resources.

It bested other dive destinations in the world, such as Maldives, Great barrier reef in Australia, Azores Islands, Bora Bora in French Polynesia, Cayman Islands, Fiji, Galapagos Islands, and Mexico.

The prestigious World Travel Awards earlier recognized the Philippines as this year’s leading beach and diving destination in Asia.

It is the fifth time to win Asia’s Leading Beach Destination, and the third time in a row to be named Asia’s Leading Dive Destination.

Among the country’s top diving spots are the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park in Palawan; Anilao in Batangas; Malapascua and Moalboal in Cebu. It also include Balicasag Island, Panglao, and Anda in Bohol, and Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro.

The country is also proud of its emerging dive sites in Samal and Talikud Island in Davao del Norte; Balingoan, Talisayan, Medina, Magsaysay, and Gingoog in Misamis Oriental; and Camiguin.

The DOT vowed to identify more potential destinations that may be developed for dive tourism.

 

 

Mga biktima ng bagyong Odette sa Roxas, Palawan, umaapela ng tulong

Robie de Guzman   •   December 20, 2021

Nananawagan ng tulong ang maraming residente sa bayan ng Roxas sa Palawan na naapektuhan ng nagdaang bagyong Odette.

Nawalan ng bahay ang mga residente malapit sa dalampasigan matapos itong mawasak dahil sa lakas ng hanging dala ng bagyo.

Idinadaing din nila ang papaubos na nilang pagkain at tubig at mahabang pila para lang makakuha ng limitadong supply.

“Bago po kami makakuha ng inuming tubig, kailangan pumila sa mga refilling station na gumagamit ng generator pipila kami ng umaga ng 8am makakauwi ng pila hapon na pero limitado sa 2 container lang ang pwede ipamigay,” ang daing ng residenteng si Orlando Bores.

Pati supply ng bigas ay wala rin umano silang mabilhan dahil nabasa ang mga paninda sa pamilihan.

Hindi naman sila makatawid sa ibang bayan dahil naputol ang ilang tulay at hindi pa madaanan ang ilang kalsada.

Bukod sa kakulangan sa supply, nag-aalala rin ang ilan sa kanila dahil wala pa silang balita sa iba nilang kaanak na nasa ibang lugar na naapektuhan rin ng bagyo.

Bagsak pa ang linya ng komunikasyon kaya hindi pa sila makatawag sa kanilang pamilya.

“Nananawagan po ako ng tulong sa national government kasi po di pa namin nakikita ang aming mga kamaganak nasa Puerto at nasa Rizal po kung nsan man po sila,” ang wika ng residenteng si Arnel Galumalin.

“Sana po tulungan nyo po kami hindi po namin makontak ang mga kamaganak sa puerto princesa palawan sana matulungan din po ninyo ang Palawan,” ang daing ni Tracy Sumaraga.

“Sabi sakin wala daw communication sa Puerto Princesa wala ring kuryente saka tubig nagwo-worry lang po ako dahil ilang araw na po wala pa rin kaming communication ng pamilya ko,” ang pag-aalalang sambit ng residenteng si Paolo Padojinog.

Disyembre 17 nang mag-landfall ang bagyong Odette sa bayan ng Roxas sa Palawan.

Hindi akalain ng mga residente na ganoon kalakas ang hanging kanilang mararanasan dahil hindi naman madalas daanan ng bagyo ang lalawigan ng Palawan.

Mabuti na lamang at nakapag-evacuate sila bago pa man tumama ang bagyo.

“Sa totoo lang hindi namin ito napaghandaan… Ang mga puno nagkabagsakan na yung mga bubong namin nangatanggal na,” ang pahayag ng residenteng si Elizabeth Zabanal.

Sa ngayon pahirapan pa rin ang linya ng komunikasyon sa Puerto Princesa City. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Grace Casin)

PAGASA raises signal no. 3 as Odette moves towards Palawan

Robie de Guzman   •   December 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — State weather bureau PAGASA has raised tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) number 3 over parts of Palawan as Typhoon Odette approaches the province.

In its 2 p.m. bulletin, PAGASA said Odette has maintained its strength, with maximum sustained winds of 155 kilometers per hour (km/h) near the center, gustiness of up to 215 km/h, and central pressure of 955 hPa.

It was located at 130km southwest of Cuyo, Palawan or 155 km east northeast of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. It is moving westward at 25 km/h.

TCWS no. 3 is up in the northern portion of Palawan (El Nido, Taytay, Araceli, Dumaran, Roxas, San Vicente, Puerto Princesa City) including Cagayancillo and Cuyo Islands.

TCWS no. 2 has been raised over the following areas:

  • southern portion of Oriental Mindoro (Bulalacao, Mansalay, Roxas)
  • southern portion of Occidental Mindoro (Calintaan, Rizal, San Jose, Magsaysay)
  • central portion of Palawan (Narra, Sofronio Española, Quezon, Aborlan, Rizal, Brooke’s Point) including Kalayaan and Calamian
  • southwestern portion of Negros Occidental (Cauayan, Candoni, Ilog, Hinoba-An, City of Sipalay)
  • Antique
  • the northwestern and western portions of Aklan (Malinao, Madalag, Libacao, Buruanga)
  • southwestern portion of Capiz (Jamindan, Tapaz)
  • central and southern portions of Iloilo (Bingawan, Calinog, Dueñas, Lambunao, Badiangan, Janiuay, Cabatuan, Mina, New Lucena, Maasin, Alimodian, Leon, Zarraga, Pototan, Santa Barbara, Leganes, Iloilo City, Pavia, Oton, San Miguel, Tigbauan, Igbaras, Tubungan, Guimbal, Miagao, San Joaquin)
  • Guimaras

Meanwhile, signal no. 1 is up in the following areas:

  • Batangas
  • southeastern portion of Quezon (San Francisco, San Andres, San Narciso, Mulanay, Catanauan)
  • Marinduque
  • Masbate (Esperanza, Mandaon, Palanas, Baleno, Placer, Cawayan, Milagros, Dimasalang, Uson, Cataingan, Pio V. Corpuz, Balud, City of Masbate, Aroroy, Mobo)
  • Romblon
  • western portion of Bohol (Getafe, Talibon, Trinidad, Bien Unido, San Miguel, Dagohoy, Carmen, Dimiao, Danao, Buenavista, Inabanga, Sagbayan, Clarin,
  • Catigbian, Batuan, Bilar, Lila, Loay, Loboc, Sevilla, Tubigon, Balilihan, San
  • Isidro, Calape, Loon, Antequera, Maribojoc, Cortes, Corella, Sikatuna, Alburquerque, Baclayon, Tagbilaran City, Dauis, Panglao)
  • Siquijor
  • Cebu including Bantayan Islands
  • the rest of Negros Occidental
  • Negros Oriental
  • the rest of Capiz
  • the rest of Iloilo
  • the rest of Aklan
  • northern portion of Zamboanga del Norte (Baliguian, Gutalac, Kalawit, Labason, Liloy, Tampilisan, Salug, Godod, Bacungan, Sindangan, Siayan, Jose Dalman, Manukan, Pres. Manuel A. Roxas, Katipunan, Sergio Osmeña Sr., Dipolog City, Polanco, Piñan, Mutia, Dapitan City, La Libertad, Sibutad, Rizal)
  • the northern portion of Misamis Occidental (Don Victoriano Chiongbian, Aloran, Oroquieta City, Lopez Jaena, Concepcion, Sapang Dalaga, Calamba, Baliangao, Plaridel)

PAGASA said Odette is forecast to make landfall in the vicinity of northern or central portion of Palawan on Friday afternoon.

It is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility by Saturday.

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