Philippine islands named top favorites in Asia by int’l travel magazine

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 7, 2020   •   1295

The Philippines dominated the Conde Naste Traveler’s (CNT) list of top islands in Asia.

Cebu and Visayas Islands have been named among Top Island in Asia while Palawan, Siargao, and Boracay ranked fourth, fifth, and sixth, respectively.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat said it will be a challenge for the department to continue advocating sustainable and responsible tourism practices that will help preserve these destinations.

“This latest citation from CNT gives us in the Department of Tourism (DOT) a boost of confidence, as we continuously carry out our strategies to gradually reopen domestic tourism, to once again welcome travelers from other countries when things become better,” she said. AAC

Puerto Galera open to tourists fully-vaccinated vs COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   November 2, 2021

Tourists who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are no longer required to present a negative RT-PCR test when visiting Puerto Galera, a local official said Monday.

In a public briefing, Puerto Galera municipal administrator Carmela Datinguinoo said that those who have yet to get vaccinated or only received their first dose may take antigen tests when they arrive at the city terminal.

She said the antigen tests would be provided for free.

“Kapag po fully vaccinated na po ang aming mga turista, hindi na po kailangan ng RT-PCR bagkus po iyon pong mga first dose lang o iyong mga wala pong mga vaccine ay maaari rin pong magkaroon o mabigyan ng free antigen test po sa amin sa Batangas Grand Terminal kung saan ito po ay ibinibigay ng munispyo nang libre,” she said.

She assured that the resort town has sufficient funds for its free antigen testing, which may also be availed by residents.

Following the easing of travel restrictions, Datinguinoo said that tourist arrivals in their area have increased.

“Sa ngayon po ay nag-a-average po kami ng isang libo kada araw mula sa singkuwenta kada araw noong mga nakaraang mga buwan kung saan po hindi pa kami fully open for tourism,” she said.

Datinguinoo assured that health and safety protocols are strictly implemented and that tourism sites are only allowed to admit visitors up to 50% of their capacity.

“Sinusunod po ng Puerto Galera ang DOT protocols po pagdating sa mga tourism sites. So, 50% capacity pa rin po, ganoon din po sa mga resort na accredited po dapat. At iyon pong aming mga capacity when it comes po sa mga boats, sa mga habal-habal po kung saan nagkakaroon po sila ng snorkeling, lahat po iyon ay 50% capacity po,” she said.

“Ngayon po ay strict pa rin po ang pag-observe namin at pagpapa-implement ng mga health protocols po sa lahat ng aming mga ports, sa lahat ng aming mga tourism sites. Tinutulungan din po kami ng mga resorts para po ma-implement itong mga ito,” she added.

Marshals are also deployed in tourism sites to ensure compliance to protocols against COVID-19.

Signal No. 1 up over parts of Visayas, Mindanao as ‘Lannie’ nears landfall

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Tropical Depression Lannie is about to make  landfall in the vicinity of Southern Leyte,  the state weather bureau said on Monday morning.

Based on PAGASA’s 8:00 a.m. weather bulletin, the center of TD Lannie was estimated, based on all available data, over the coastal waters of Liloan, Southern Leyte.

Moving west northwestward at a speed of 15 kilometers per hour (kph), the ‘Lannie’ has maximum sustained winds of 45 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 55 kph.

On the forecast track, the tropical depression will move generally west northwestward over the Visayas archipelago until Monday evening (October 4) or tomorrow early morning (October 5).

Afterwards, the depression may make another landfall in the vicinity of northern Palawan or Calamian Islands tomorrow morning before emerging over the West Philippine Sea. PAGASA said Lannie will remain a tropical depression, with a possibility of slight intensification once over the Sulu Sea or West Philippine Sea.

Tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) no. 1 has been raised in the following areas:

Visayas

The southern portion of Masbate (Pio V. Corpuz, Cataingan, Palanas, Dimasalang, Uson, Mobo, Milagros, Mandaon, Esperanza, Placer, Cawayan, Balud), the southern portion of Romblon (Cajidiocan, San Fernando, Magdiwang, Santa Maria, Odiongan, Alcantara, Ferrol, Looc, Santa Fe, San Jose), the southern portion of Oriental Mindoro (Roxas, Mansalay, Bulalacao, Bongabong), the southern portion of Occidental Mindoro (Sablayan, Calintaan, Rizal, San Jose, Magsaysay), and the northern portion of Palawan (El Nido, Taytay, Dumaran, Araceli) including Calamian and Cuyo Islands. Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Capiz, Aklan, Antique, Iloilo, Guimaras, Negros Occidental, the northern and central portions of Negros Oriental (Bais City, Mabinay, City of Bayawan, Basay, City of Tanjay, Manjuyod, Bindoy, Ayungon, Tayasan, Jimalalud, La Libertad, City of Guihulngan, Vallehermoso, Canlaon City), Cebu, and Bohol.

Mindanao

Surigao del Norte, Dinagat Islands, the northern portion of Agusan del Norte (Magallanes, Remedios T. Romualdez, City of Cabadbaran, Tubay, Santiago, Jabonga, Kitcharao, Butuan City), the northern portion of Agusan del Sur (Sibagat, City of Bayugan, Prosperidad), and the northern portion of Surigao del Sur (San Miguel, Marihatag, San Agustin, Cagwait, Bayabas, Tago, City of Tandag, Cortes, Lanuza, Carmen, Madrid, Cantilan, Carrascal, Lianga)

Today through tomorrow morning, moderate to heavy with at times intense rains are likely over Visayas, Bicol Region, MIMAROPA, CALABARZON, and Caraga Region. Light to moderate with at times heavy rains are also possible over Metro Manila, Bulacan, Bataan, and the rest of Mindanao.

Lannie is forecast to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Thursday morning (October 7). AAC

 

2 patay, 1 nawawala sa flashflood sa isang falls sa Cebu

Robie de Guzman   •   September 28, 2021

Natagpuan na ang bangkay ng dalawa sa tatlong indibidwal na napaulat na nawawala sa pagragasa ng tubig sa Tinubdan Falls sa Catmon, Cebu noong Linggo.

Ayon sa Catmon Police, natagpuan ang katawan ni Kenth Jude Monterola, 17, bandang alas-9 ng gabi habang ang bangkay naman ni Princess Alastra, 7, ay nakita noong Lunes ng alas-11 ng umaga.

Patuloy pang pinaghahanap ang isa sa mga biktima na kinilalang si Jacel Alastra, 32, at ina ni Princess.

Ang tatlo ay tinangay ng malakas na agos nang rumagasa ang tubig sa talon kung saan sila naliligo kasama ang iba pa nilang kasamahan.

Sa inisyal na imbestigasyon ng mga otoridad, makulimlim na at may inaasahang pag-ulan sa lugar at maaari umanong unang bumuhos ang ulan sa itaas ng bundok at bumaba ang tubig papunta sa nasabing talon.

Babala naman ng mga otoridad sa publiko na mag-ingat sa pamamasyal at paliligo sa mga talon, ilog at mga kahalintulad na  pasyalan lalo na kung maulan ang panahon dahil sa posibilidad ng biglang pagragasa ng malakas na agos ng tubig.

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