Palawan voted among world’s top 25 islands to visit

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 17, 2021   •   352

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

TD Lannie moves over El Nido Bay; Signal No. 1 up in northern portion of Palawan

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 5, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Tropical Depression Lannie is bound to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday (October 6) as it moves over El Nido Bay.

In PAGASA’s 8:00 a.m. bulletin, the center of TD Lannie was estimated to be over the coastal waters of El Nido, Palawan with maximum sustained winds of 45 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 55 km/h.

Moderate to heavy rains are likely over Palawan including Calamian, Kalayaan, and Cuyo Islands. Light to moderate with at times heavy rains are also possible over Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Metro Manila, CALABARZON, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, and the rest of MIMAROPA.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) no. 1 is raised in the northern portion of Palawan (El Nido, Taytay, Dumaran, Araceli) including Calamian Islands.

The state weather bureau forecasts that Lannie will continue tracking northwestward and west northwestward over the West Philippine Sea away from the country until Wednesday.

“It will likely exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) tomorrow afternoon or evening,” PAGASA said in its weather bulletin.

Outside the PAR region, Lannie is forecast to turn north northwestward towards southern mainland China or Hainan Island. Lannie is also estimated to intensify into a tropical storm Wednesday morning as it nears the border of the PAR. AAC

Entry of tourists to popular destinations depends on concerned LGUs — DOT

Marje Pelayo   •   September 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said with the current shift of Metro Manila to Alert Level 4, certain changes in tourism activities will be implemented.

This includes allowing tourists to major destinations in Metro Manila in a limited capacity.

Puyat said the Rizal Park and the Walled City Intramuros in Manila are both opening to tourists effective September 16.

As for other destinations outside of the capital, Puyat said tourists should check on the concerned local government units (LGUs) if they are already allowing leisure travel in their areas.

Puyat stressed it is still the LGU who will decide on whether or not they will open tourism in their respective areas, especially to non-residents.

Under Alert Level 4, residents of the National Capital Region (NCR) will be allowed to exit the region to go to the provinces.

However, they have the obligation to check with their province of destination as NCR residents are allowed only in areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) and general community quarantine (GCQ).

“Kasi marami rin tayong tourist destination na kahit mababa ang kaso nila ayaw pa rin nilang tumanggap ng mga bisita, mga turista tulad ng Baguio. Sarado siya up to September 19. So kahit pwede na ang interzonal, intrazonal, hindi pa pwede [sa Baguio],” the DOT chief said.

Secretary Puyat said that though the tourism industry is gradually reopening, the public should still strictly observe minimum health and safety protocols against COVID-19.

Puyat added that they are giving discounted RT-PCR tests for tourists at P750 which can be taken at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC).

“Kunyare ikaw ay isang turista, gusto mong pumunta sa isang tourist destination, kailangan mo lang ipakita na nakabook ka sa isang DOT accredited hotel. Number 2 (ay) iyong return ticket,” she said.

According to Puyat, about 99% of hotel workers in the tourism sector in Metro Manila are already vaccinated and 94% among restaurant workers. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

Pangolin found in Ayala Alabang to return home in Palawan

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 19, 2021

The pangolin that was found in Barangay Ayala Alabang in Muntinlupa will soon be homeward bound to its natural habitat in Palawan.

Last Monday (August 16), a resident turned over a Philippine pangolin to the National Wildlife Rescue and Research Center (NWRRC) after finding it in their backyard. Rescuers immediately responded and took custody of the pangolin which was named ‘Pandi’.

According to the NWRRC, Pandi has minor cuts around his body but his health is in stable condition.

Bukod doon sa mga minor scratch niya wala pa namang alarming na sign na medyo kailangan naming bantayan ng sobra, (Aside from minor scratches [Pandi] does not have any alarming signs that would need our utmost attention),” according to NWRRC chief and in-house veterinarian Dr. Glenn Maguad.

Pandi is now scheduled to return to Palawan, however, no date has been set yet.

Pangolins are considered a critically endangered species and the most traffic wildlife. Pangolins are being traded primarily as ingredients in traditional Chinese medicine.

Maguad said pangolins are considered gardeners of the forest because they like to dig rotten trees for termites. They contribute to the ecosystem through soil conditioning. -AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)

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