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Exploring Southern Palawan: Chasing waterfalls in Narra

Dec 16, 2018 - 2:00 PM

There's more to Palawan than Puerto Princesa and El Nido

OFF THE BUCKET LIST. A group of adventure-seekers who spent days of trekking to get to Estrella's 64th waterfall. Photo courtesy of Narra Municipal Tourism Office

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Dec 07, 2018 - 9:05 PM

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Carrying capacity policy in El Nido's lagoons takes effect

Dec 07, 2018 - 5:37 PM

Local environment authorities have started enforcing the carrying capacity policy for El Nido's Small and Big Lagoons

EL NIDO. Tourists at El Nido's Small Lagoon. Photo courtesy Provincial Information Office, Palawan

Palawan authorities capture 'man-eating' crocodile

Dec 02, 2018 - 10:10 AM

The crocodile, 15.6 feet long, is believed to have killed a fisherman in Balabac, Palawan

Photo by Rizzie Ancheta

EL NIDO: Garbage woes threaten the future

Dec 01, 2018 - 4:00 PM

An increase in the volume of garbage due to the influx of visitors adds to the environmental woes already threatening El Nido’s booming tourism industry

El Nido: Tourism's boon and bane

Nov 30, 2018 - 4:27 PM

As the number of visitors reaches record-high, tourism takes a toll on the environment of the once laid-back town of El Nido

Authorities launch hunt for man-eating crocodile in Palawan town

Nov 30, 2018 - 4:10 PM

A joint team of the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development and the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center are in Balabac town to capture the crocodile believed to be over 10 feet long

CROCODILE. A Philippine crocodile (Crocodylus mindorensis) glides silently through a swamp on the island of Palawan in the Philippines. Photo by Gregg Yan via Wikimedia Commons

El Nido rehab to focus on water quality, coastal easement, carrying capacity

Nov 30, 2018 - 9:00 AM

President Duterte's environment, tourism, and interior secretaries assure the residents of this Palawan town there will be ‘no closure but only rehab’

NO CLOSURE. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources says the tourism town of El Nido will be rehabilitated in 6 months. Photo courtsey of Department of Tourism

Palawan police recover body of fisherman attacked by crocodile

Nov 28, 2018 - 5:15 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Human-crocodile conflicts are a continual problem in the island-town of Balabac, which is a stronghold of saltwater crocodiles

DENR, DILG, DOT chiefs to map out El Nido rehabilitation plan

Nov 27, 2018 - 6:40 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, and Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat will be in El Nido town on November 28 to meet with local officials

EL NIDO. El Nido, Palawan, will undergo rehabilitation but will not be temporarily closed to tourists. By Firth m - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

Palawan records increase in malaria cases

Nov 25, 2018 - 9:19 PM

'We expect to meet the malaria-free target in the province despite the difficulty to reach malaria-stricken mountainous areas,' says health official Mario Baquilod

Is it too late to debate breaking up Palawan into 3 provinces?

Nov 24, 2018 - 9:52 AM

Concerned groups are bent on exposing what they call the 'ill intentions' behind the measure, hoping to defeat the proposal in the plebiscite

Congress passes bill creating 3 new Palawan provinces

Nov 19, 2018 - 8:28 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros and other groups oppose splitting Palawan, saying it will benefit China. Bill to be transmitted to President Dutete for signing.

3 PROVINCES. A map showing the proposed composition of the 3 new provinces of Palawan.

Splitting Palawan into 3 provinces may benefit China – analyst

Nov 18, 2018 - 9:00 AM

'If China wants a military base on Palawan, mining rights, or fishing rights, after breakup it would have multiple officials with whom it can negotiate or bribe, playing one against the other,' says Europe-based analyst Anders Corr

3 PALAWAN PROVINCES? The image shows lawmakers' proposed division of Palawan into 3 provinces

DepEd investigates starfish-throwing incident in Palawan

Nov 16, 2018 - 2:19 PM

The Department of Education probes the incident after it confirmed that those in the viral photos are teachers

ANIMAL ABUSE. Palawan authorities are looking for the people in this photo caught playing with live starfish in a Palawan beach supposedly in late October 2018. Photo from Palawan Supernews Facebook Page

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Nov 15, 2018 - 7:38 PM

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50 more establishments in El Nido face closure

Nov 15, 2018 - 6:06 PM

Erring business establishments will be temporarily closed until they fully comply with the requirements, including the self-demolition order on structures encroaching on the easement zone

EL NIDO. El Nido, Palawan, will undergo rehabilitation but will not be temporarily closed to tourists. By Firth m - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

Local officials, businessmen hail gov't decision vs El Nido shutdown

Nov 15, 2018 - 12:02 PM

(UPDATED) El Nido officials and business owners welcome the decision of the national government to order the closure only of erring establishments, and not the entire town

EL NIDO. Ei Nido town in Palawan is known for its white sand beaches and limestone formations. Photo by Андрей Бобровский, CC BY 3.0

Cop rapes rookie policewoman in Puerto Princesa

Nov 15, 2018 - 11:36 AM

Police Officer 3 Jernie Ramirez, an assistant instructor at the Joint Maritime Law Enforcement Training Center in Puerto Princesa City, has been detained at the Palawan capital's police office

POLICE RAPE. The suspect is an assistant instructor at the Joint Maritime Law Enforcement Training Center in Puerto Princesa City. Rappler file photo

Duterte to China: 'Tell us route to take' in sea row | Evening wRap

Nov 14, 2018 - 10:16 PM

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Palawan officials probe starfish-throwing incident

Nov 14, 2018 - 4:52 PM

The Palawan Council for Sustainable Development says those behind the incident may be liable for violation of the Wildlife Resources Protection and Conservation Act

ANIMAL ABUSE. Palawan authorities are looking for the people in this photo caught playing with live starfish, supposedly in a Palawan beach. Photo from Project Alagalaan Facebook Page

Rehabilitation set for 'overcrowded' El Nido, Palawan

Nov 14, 2018 - 2:55 PM

But unlike Boracay, El Nido will not be closed to tourists. The government will only shut down establishments with violations.

DENR targets full El Nido cleanup by end-2018

Nov 13, 2018 - 2:13 PM

Environment officials say erring business owners have been given enough time to comply with environmental rules and regulations

EL NIDO COASTLINE. A view of the El Nido coastline years before the DENR clean-up. Photo from Philippine Fly Boy/Wikimedia Commons

Duterte to Palawan hotels, resorts: 'Follow rules' to avoid another Boracay

Nov 11, 2018 - 12:20 AM

'I'm putting on notice everybody,' President Rodrigo Duterte says in a speech at a festival in Puerto Princesa City

UNDERGROUND RIVER. The entrance to the Puerto Princesa Underground River, June 21, 2011. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia/Mike Gonzalez.

Duterte eyes entry of 'big players' to end Palawan blackouts

Nov 11, 2018 - 12:07 AM

'I'll give you about towards the end of the year. You have to upgrade your source of energy kasi 'pag hindi, hanap ako ng may pera talaga. 'Yung China nangangati kamay niyan,' President Rodrigo Duterte says in a speech in Puerto Princesa City

PERSISTENT PROBLEM. The Palawan Electric Cooperative (its facilities in Puerto Princesa shown here) faces criticism from consumers for the daily rotational blackouts that have been going on for years. File photo by Keith Anthony Fabro

El Nido to resolve overcrowding in Small, Big Lagoons

Nov 09, 2018 - 9:01 AM

Local officials hold a dry run of a proposal to limit the number of tourists and kayaks that can enter the lagoons

Group opposes bill dividing Palawan into 3 provinces

Nov 07, 2018 - 10:49 AM

'The division of Palawan is not the appropriate answer to the existing weak governance, corruption, and natural resource use issues in the province,' says the Save Palawan Movement

3 PALAWAN PROVINCES? The image shows lawmakers' proposed division of Palawan into 3 provinces

Soriano-Tan, Guzman-Yee pairs cop BVR crowns

Oct 28, 2018 - 5:29 PM

Charo Soriano and Bea Tan emerge as the winning women's pair while KR Guzman and Ian Yee rule the men's side of Beach Volleyball Republic El Nido

PH signs deal with Israeli firm for oil exploration east of Palawan

Oct 18, 2018 - 9:30 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte signs a Petroleum Service Contract allowing Israeli company Ratio Petroleum Ltd to explore for oil and gas in a 416,000-hectare area east of Palawan

PHILIPPINE-ISRAEL ENERGY COOPERATION: Officials of the Philippine government, the State of Israel and Israeli firm, Ratio Petroleum Ltd., come together for a photo after President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed today (17 October) the Petroleum Service Contract of Area 4 (East Palawan) under the Fifth Philippine Energy Contracting Round.  (L-R) DOE Assistant Secretary Caron Aicitel E. Lascano, DOE Undersecretary Donato D. Marcos, DOE Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi, Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr., President Rodrigo R. Duterte, H.E. Rafael Harpaz, Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines, Mr. Yigal Landau, owner and Member of the Board of Ratio Petroleum Ltd., Mr. Eitan Aizenberg, Chairman and Senior Vice President for Exploration and Production of Ratio and Petroleum Ltd., and Mr. Itay Raphael Tabibzada, CEO and President of Ratio Petroleum Ltd. Photo from DOE Public Affairs Office

El Nido's ban on plastic bottles now in effect

Sep 26, 2018 - 8:00 AM

A move that begun on September 1 tasks all those going to El Nido with surrendering their single-use plastic bottles, plastic bags, and others before boarding their boats

PLASTIC BAN. Mayor Nieves Cabunalda-Rosendo speaking with NGO heads about the environment plans of the town. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Miss World Philippines 2018 Beach Beauty Competition

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:16 PM

These are the looks the 40 candidates wore in the pageant's swimsuit round

FINALISTS. 7 women emerged as the finalists for the swimsuit competition. One of them will be guaranteed a spot in the pageant's top 15. Photo by Rick dela Cruz/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Miss World Philippines 2018 Beach Beauty Competition

Sep 22, 2018 - 3:02 PM

Here are some of the standout looks at the pageant's swimsuit competition

RESORT WEAR. The swimsuit competition top 7 show off their best beach OOTDs. All photos by Jory Rivera

FULL LIST: Miss World Philippines 2018 Swimsuit Competition finalists

Sep 20, 2018 - 10:52 PM

One of them is guaranteed a spot in the pageant’s Top 15

BEACH BEAUTIES. The swimsuit competition top 7 are announced. Photo by Rick dela Cruz/Rappler

Puerto Princesa commits to end HIV epidemic by 2030

Sep 20, 2018 - 7:14 PM

'Ten years ago, we just had one case here. Now we have 198 enrolled in our treatment hub and 139 come from Puerto Princesa,' says Regina Villapa, city coordinator on HIV-AIDS

FIGHTING HIV/AIDS. Puerto Princesa Mayor Lucilo Bayron (2nd from right) and UNAIDS Philippines Director Lui Ocampo (right). Looking on are Bb Pilipinas Universe Catriona Gray and Chi Vallido of Forum for Population and Development Photo by Mau Victa

WATCH: Miss World Philippines 2018 candidates explore El Nido

Sep 20, 2018 - 2:32 PM

The girls get up close with Palawan’s natural wonders

ISLAND BEAUTIES. The candidates of Miss World Philippines 2018 take in the natural beauty of El Nido's famous Big Lagoon. Photo by Amanda Lago/Rappler

Countryside: A hidden gem in El Nido, Palawan

Sep 15, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Once upon a time, an overnight stay in El Nido cost a mere P20

Teodora Marcelino Austria show their old house before the Japanese burn it. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

PH military capable of retrieving grounded Navy ship

Sep 01, 2018 - 5:57 PM

'Surface and underwater assessments are being done to come up with the right plan of retrieval,' says AFP Spokesman Colonel Noel Detoyato

GREGORIO RUNS AGROUND. BRP Gregorio del Pilar, one of the Philippine Navy's most capable warships, runs aground in Palawan on August 29, 2018. Photo courtesy of PAOAFP

PH Navy warship runs aground in Palawan

Aug 30, 2018 - 11:09 PM

One of the Philippine Navy's most capable warships, BRP Gregorio Del Pilar, runs aground in the vicinity of Hasa-Hasa Shoal

GREGORIO RUNS AGROUND. BRP Gregorio del Pilar, one of the Philippine Navy's most capable warships, runs aground in Palawan on August 29, 2018. Photo courtesy of PAOAFP

WATCH: Washed up garbage seen floating in El Nido, Palawan

Aug 17, 2018 - 4:17 PM

To many, the video serves as a reminder for the public to be mindful of their trash all the time

U.S., U.K. warn vs kidnapping threat in Palawan

Aug 14, 2018 - 7:45 PM

The United States cites information from the Western Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines 'on probable kidnapping' in Palawan

SECURITY ALERT. The United States warns its nationals against possible kidnapping in Palawan. File photo by AFP

Palawan, Cebu on 2018 World’s Best Islands list

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:59 AM

The two islands are no strangers to Travel + Leisure’s annual ranking

PALAWAN. Limestone rocks and bright blue waters make up the trademark view from Kayangan Lake, a top tourist site in Coron, Palawan. Photo by Amanda Lago/Rappler

Which tourist spots will be rehabilitated after Boracay?

Jun 21, 2018 - 2:00 PM

All tourism destinations will be up for assessment by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, but some areas are on top of the list

Swimming with the mermaids in Northern Palawan

Jun 09, 2018 - 9:09 AM

'This gentle marine mammal living the simplest of lives is one of the best caretakers of our seagrass habitats and the animals that live in them,' says dugong conversationist Dr Teri Aquino

FRIENDLIEST DUGONG. Aban is said to be the largest and friendliest of the dugongs in Northern Palawan. He is identified through his distinctive scars. Photo by Danny Ocampo

LTFRB rejects Palawan appeal to suspend anti-'colorum' campaign

May 26, 2018 - 3:40 PM

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board instead promises to fast-track the franchise applications of qualified operators, amid concerns that tourism would be crippled

NO TO COLORUM. Palawan continues its operations against colorum vehicles in the province.

DENR wants El Nido's groundwater tested

May 25, 2018 - 9:05 AM

'We will call the attention of the DOH to have El Nido's groundwater tested,' says Natividad Bernardino, regional director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Mimaropa

20 Vietnamese fishermen nabbed for poaching in Palawan

May 22, 2018 - 6:04 PM

Manta rays and black tip, white tip, and hammerhead sharks are found inside the fishing vessel caught off Mangsee Island in Balabac town. Authorities also discover dried shark fins inside hidden storages.

POACHERS. Dead sharks and manta rays are piled in a Malaysian-registered vessel with a crew of Vietnamese fishermen. Photo by Keith Anthony S. Fabro/Rappler

Palawan town eyes 100,000 tourists in 2018 as San Vicente Airport opens

May 10, 2018 - 10:06 PM

Transportation Arthur Tugade says the will begin catering to commercial flights, specifically by PAL, by June. Cebu Pacific is also considering the marketability of flying to San Vicente.

TOURISM BOOST. The municipality of San Vicente, which boasts of the Philippines' longest white beach, is located 186 kilometers north of the capital Puerto Princesa City. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro/Rappler

LOOK: Floyd Mayweather jets off to Palawan in style

May 08, 2018 - 8:58 PM

The retired American boxer explores El Nido on his first day in the Philippines

BEACH LOVIN. Floyd Mayweather explores El Nido's pristine waters and limestone cliff-filled islands. Photo from Instagram (@floydmayweather)

Mining firm files administrative, criminal complaints vs Palawan town mayor

Apr 27, 2018 - 5:35 PM

'All cases filed by INC are SLAPP suits intended to harass me in my pursuit to protect the environment and enforce environmental laws,' says Brooke's Point Mayor Jean Feliciano in response to the complaints filed by Ipilan Nickel Corporation

Green groups to Puerto Princesa gov’t: Do homework on waste-to-energy plants

Apr 27, 2018 - 11:07 AM

Environmental groups say the city government has to carefully study its multibillion-peso deal with AustWorks Corporation

NO TO INCINERATION. No Burn Pilipinas slams the planned Puerto Princesa waste-to-energy project.  Photo from No Burn Pilipinas Facebook page