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This Week in Palawan (May 29 to June 4, 2018)

Baragatan Festival 2018 is the highlight of the week!

By: Keith Anthony S. Fabro | May 29, 2018
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Chasing waterfalls in Narra, Palawan is an exciting activity during the rainy season.

Image courtesy of Narra Municipal Tourism Development Office

From scaling a mountain to beach bumming, visitors are wont to have an eventful summer getaway in Palawan. But now that we’re welcoming the rainy season, it may be time to slow down or perhaps sit down for a while to plan out another escapade.

Whether you’re a local, a first-time traveler to Palawan, or a repeating visitor to this island, our news bits below will surely keep you updated with the latest travel-related developments around the province. Read on!

Weather: Umbrellas up for a rainy week ahead

After spending most of the past few months in the sun, now it’s time to huddle under the roof as we approach the rainy season. Cloudy skies with a couple of rain showers and thunderstorms will prevail all week long [1].

The adventurous bunch may find this weather perfect. It’s the best time to engage in a lot of adrenaline-filled water activities. But just a tip: Always get a good dose of vitamin C to avoid getting flu and cold which are common during this season.

Traffic News: Puerto Princesa to form traffic council

Recognizing the worsening traffic condition in Puerto Princesa City, authorities are considering the creation of City Traffic Management Council (CTMC) [2]. The City Council’s transportation committee is drafting an ordinance to form this body, which will formulate appropriate measures aimed at solving the road congestion problem.

Currently, the committee is studying the CTMC’s composition to ensure that every sector is represented. “If there’s a traffic council, civilians will get involved in planning, resulting in better traffic management,” said transportation committee chairman, Councilor Rolando Amurao. He added that they will file and pass the ordinance the soonest possible time.

Travel Updates

AirAsia mulls flying to Palawan’s new paradise

Budget airline company AirAsia says it will launch flights to San Vicente only if the government extended the runway of the town’s newly-opened airport [3]. "Our plans are still based on how fast infrastructure can cope, how fast they can lengthen the runway," said AirAsia Philippines President Dexter Comendador.

Seen as Palawan’s emerging tourism destination, San Vicente gets increasingly known for its Long Beach, which boasts a stretch of 14 kilometers spanning across the coastline of four barangays. Located 186 kilometers north of Puerto Princesa City, it offers 22 islands and islets surrounded by azure waters teeming with marine life.

Investor wants to build a theme park in Coron

Coral World Park (CWP) recently announced that it will pursue its theme park development in Coron [4]. Originally, the project was in partnership with Viacom International Media Networks’ (VIMN) Nickelodeon. But VIMN later on cut ties with CWP after the theme park received flak from environmentalists following its announcement last year.

CWP chief Paul Monozca said the theme park will showcase Coron’s marine life. He clarified that it would not harm marine ecosystems as their 400-hectare property for development is “on-land.” If there’s on-water, he said that would be their “floating pods the size of a yacht” which are not anchored.

Palawan LGUs prepare for Baragatan Festival 2018

Local government units across the province are busy finalizing things as the 16-day Baragatan Festival is set to open next week in Puerto Princesa City [5]. Branded as the “celebration of Palawan’s best,” municipal governments are expected to bring the finest stuff they can showcase in float, booth, and street dancing competitions.

Baragatan, a Cuyunon dialect term for “meeting,” gathers Palaweños from all 23 towns to celebrate Palawan’s rich culture and history through dancing, singing, eating, drinking, and other activities. The much-awaited festival is also held in coincidence with the provincial government’s founding anniversary. This year it turns 116.

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About Keith Anthony S. Fabro
Keith Anthony Fabro is a freelancer based in Narra, Palawan. He explores the great outdoors, talks to strangers, and designs promotional materials for a living. In his free time, he practices mindful meditation or reads anything about personality psychology and the natural environment, all while listening to mellow music. When inspiration strikes, he writes spoken poetry. He can live with just water and chocolates.
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