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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

Hybrid power plant to rise in Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

Apr 25, 2018 - 3:59 PM

'It’s a dream come true for all of us here,' says Park Superintendent Elizabeth Maclang of the power plant which is expected to be operational by 2019

The longest underground river in Asia found in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, found in the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. Photo by  Giovanni G. Navata/Wikimedia Commons

Palawan pangolin habitat eyed for conservation

Apr 20, 2018 - 9:43 AM

The establishment of critical habitats is part of the 25-year strategy designed to safeguard the future of the species

PALAWAN PANGOLIN. The Palawan pangolin or Balintong is a burrowing mammal found in the province’s secondary forests, grassland, open country, thick bush, shrubby slopes and subsistence farming areas. Balintong acts as pest control, regulating the population of termites and ants in the wild. Photo courtesy of PCSDS

DENR gives 75 business owners in Coron a month to remove illegal structures

Apr 19, 2018 - 7:22 PM

DENR Mimaropa Regional Director Natividad Bernardino warns establishment owners not to deal with impostors posing as environment officials and are out to extort from them

LIST: 79 establishments asked to vacate El Nido timberlands

Apr 10, 2018 - 3:11 PM

Owners of the establishments have 30 days or until May 5 to comply with the notice to vacate

Informal settlers along El Nido coast to be relocated – DENR

Mar 24, 2018 - 2:40 PM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources says the local government has issued a final notice to vacate to 24 families residing along Corong Corong beach

EL NIDO COASTLINE. El Nido town in Palawan. Photo from Philippine Fly Boy/Wikimedia Commons

DENR to remove illegal structures in Coron Bay

Mar 16, 2018 - 3:05 PM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources will begin issuing violation and eviction notices to erring establishments next month

CORON SEAPORT. Outriggers docked at Coron Bay. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

32 structures in El Nido shoreline easement zone up for eviction

Mar 06, 2018 - 4:20 PM

The government's Task Force El Nido finds only 2 or 3 establishments out of 294 inspected that have complied with environmental regulations

DEMOLITION. DENR Mimaropa orders establishments that have encroached on the coastal easement zone to self-demolish within 30 days, or the municipal government will come after them. File photo by Photo by Oscar H. Purugganan

[OPINION] Part 2: Distorting probable cause in Ortega case

Mar 03, 2018 - 9:00 PM

When this case reaches the SC, we can only pray that the Justices see what is at stake here – how it may inform preliminary investigations and arrest warrant issuances

RELEASED. Former Palawan Governor Joel Reyes, murder suspect for the death of broadcast journalist Gerry Ortega, is released from jail following a Court of Appeals decision finding no basis for a lower court to hold him on trial. File photo from PNP Public Information Office

[OPINION] Injustice in the Court of Appeals: The Ortega case

Mar 03, 2018 - 6:00 PM

When the evidence is controverted, when the respondent cannot irrefutably show he is not the one they seek, the bias is for process, truth-telling, and the fires of trial

El Nido crackdown on erring establishments begins

Feb 24, 2018 - 10:23 AM

(UPDATED) Mayor Nieves Rosento says the degrading water quality in the town’s public beach remains a problem

VIOLATION. Environmental authorities vow to remove illegal structures built on shoreline easement zone in El Nido. Photo by Keith S. Anthony Fabro/Rappler

Mayor leads demolition of mining facility in Palawan town

Feb 23, 2018 - 10:17 AM

'[Ipilan Nickel Corporation] does not respect law, order, or anyone in authority. I was forced to exercise the police power of the mayor,' Brooke's Point Mayor Jean Feliciano tells Rappler

DEMOLITION. Brooke's Point Mayor Mary Jean Feliciano (right, with a hat) reads her order to demolish 'illegal structures' within the Ipilan Nickel Corporation mine site. Photo by Marialen Galicia

Wanda Teo warns Coron execs, tour operators over oil leak issue

Feb 17, 2018 - 10:20 PM

Local authorities say the oil leaks come from tourist motor boats plying Coron Bay

CORON, PALAWAN. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro

Diarrhea outbreak hits Balabac town in southern Palawan

Feb 16, 2018 - 5:11 PM

Dr. Mary Ann Navarro says the outbreak is due to the presence of E.coli or Escherichia coli bacteria from human and animal waste in the town’s water table

Low pressure area triggers floods in Palawan

Feb 15, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Around 35 families from Barangay Elvita in Narra, Palawan evacuate due to the floods

LPA. Floods hit Barangay Elvita in Narra, Palawan due to a low pressure area. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro

350-year-old Spanish fort in Palawan to undergo restoration

Feb 10, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Also known as Fuerza de Sta Isabel, the historic Taytay fort was originally built as a wooden palisade in 1667 under the Augustinian Recollect Fathers and named in honor of Spain’s Queen Isabel II

HISTORICAL LANDMARK. Fort Santa Isabel in Taytay town in northern Palawan. Photo courtesy of Joie Matillano/LGU Taytay

El Nido's balancing act: Managing nature and tourism

Jan 31, 2018 - 4:55 PM

The national and local governments are putting in place measures to minimize the negative impact of tourism pressure on El Nido

EL NIDO. A banca inside one of El Nido's treasured lagoons. File photo

Pro-democracy organization slams writers group for ‘casting aspersions without evidence'

Jan 24, 2018 - 12:40 PM

The group Let’s Organize for Democracy and Integrity (LODI) says the letter of the 'concerned writers from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao' posted online 'cast doubt and aspersion without evidence' against Rappler

De Lima hits CA ruling on ex-Palawan governor Reyes' release

Jan 09, 2018 - 4:05 PM

(UPDATED) 'There is no 'miracle' here, only a gross miscarriage of justice,' says Senator Leila de Lima, referring to the decision penned by Court of Appeals Justice Normandie Pizarro

Senator Leila De Lima files a Writ of Habeas Data before the Supreme Court in Manila on Monday, November 7, 2016, against President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Ortegas shocked at release of ex-Palawan governor

Jan 06, 2018 - 6:24 PM

'We ask everyone to remain vigilant,' says the family of slain broadcaster Gerry Ortega

JUSTICE WANTING. Patricia, the widow of slain broadcaster Gerry Ortega is in this photo taken on February 16, 2011. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Palawan ex-gov Joel Reyes, murder suspect, released

Jan 06, 2018 - 1:18 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Sandiganbayan convicted Reyes of graft and sentenced him to 6 to 8 years in prison last year, but his lawyer says this is on appeal and has no bearing on his release related to the Gerry Ortega murder case

RELEASED. Former Palawan governor Joel Reyes is released from jail following a Court of Appeals decision finding no basis for a lower court to hold him on trial for the murder of Gerry Ortega. File photo from PNP Public Information Office

34 dead in Palawan's Mangsee Island due to Vinta – reports

Dec 31, 2017 - 12:14 AM

(UPDATED) A majority of the fatalities and the missing people are fishermen

Croc kills man securing boat from Vinta

Dec 23, 2017 - 9:48 PM

The attack in the fishing town of Bataraza is the 3rd reported since October in Palawan

Marawi City, Lanao del Sur under state of calamity due to Vinta

Dec 23, 2017 - 12:27 PM

This will expedite the humanitarian efforts being undertaken by the local government to respond effectively to the crisis that Vinta has created

SUBMERGED. Several houses in Bubong, Lanao del Sur are under floodwaters due to Vinta. Photo provided by ARMM Assemblyman Zia Alonto Adiong

House urges Duterte to exempt BIMP-EAGA from travel tax

Dec 22, 2017 - 5:44 PM

House Resolution 1463 seeks to grant the travel tax exemption 'to help enhance trade, tourism, and investments in the said area'

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Dec 18, 2017 - 1:30 PM

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IN PHOTOS: The colorful Mimaropa 2017 festival in Romblon

Dec 09, 2017 - 5:19 PM

The provinces of the region come together to celebrate the annual festival, this time in Romblon

Confiscation crusaders try to save Philippine paradise

Dec 06, 2017 - 2:12 PM

With weak or corrupt authorities often unwilling to take on the fight, the Palawan NGO Network Inc, or PNNI, seeks to fill the void

FOREST GUARDIANS. This photo taken on September 26, 2017 shows environmental para-enforcers from the Palawan NGO Network Inc (PNNI), resting at an illegal logging site on Palawan island in the Philippines. Karl Malakunas/AFP

El Nido to ban plastics

Nov 28, 2017 - 11:25 AM

El Nido authorities say they will strictly implement its existing ordinance banning the use of plastics, in keeping with the town's status as a protected area

PLASTIC HAUL. The El Nido ordinance aims to reduce plastic garbage in the town. This file photo shows trash collected in a clean-up drive. Coastal cleanup photo from the Philippine Coast Guard

Congested El Nido town center proposed as 'walk zone'

Nov 27, 2017 - 10:37 AM

El Nido authorities are mulling a plan to prohibit vehicles in the congested town center and declare the entire poblacion as a 'walk zone'

CONEGESTED. A street at the El Nido town center. Photo courtesy Judith Distal

El Nido eyes e-bikes as main transport mode

Nov 26, 2017 - 2:53 PM

The municipal council is deliberating a proposed ordinance and developing a phase-out plan to back up the proposed policy

SOON ON THE STREET. An e-bike in El Nido. Photo courtesy RJ de la Calzada