This Week in Palawan (June 5 to 11, 2018)

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By: Keith Anthony S. Fabro | June 05, 2018
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A visit to Palawan this week can be extra special as the province starts its celebration of Baragatan Festival. Coined from the Cuyunon word which means “convergence,” Baragatan annually gathers Palaweños in Puerto Princesa City to celebrate Palawan’s bountiful harvests, diverse culture, and rich history.

Palawan is expected to wow thousands of spectators during this two-week festival which features a wide array of activities day and night. To enjoy the most of it, make sure you check out our weather forecast for the week, traffic and transportation news, and other travel updates below.

Weather: Cloudy week with occasional showers

The forecast shows that it would be cloudy this week [1]. It is best to bring an umbrella wherever your feet lead you as a few showers with occasional thunderstorms can be experienced all week long. A raincoat, jacket, or cap would also do to keep you dry when you go out. But with day temperature ranging from 29 °C to 30 °C, it’s advisable to wear thin and breathable fabrics to stay cool on warm rainy days.

Traffic News: Baragatan Fest to affect traffic

Road traffic would be moderate to heavy in major thoroughfares during the afternoon rush hours onwards as the Baragatan Festival begins this week. Expect groups of people in vehicles flocking to the Provincial Capitol Complex to engage in a wide range of festive activities. This also means getting a public utility vehicle from the afternoon up to nighttime could be quite challenging. City traffic enforcers are likely to increase visibility to regulate traffic and implement road policies.

Travel Updates

AirAsia to expand operations in Palawan

Budget airline company AirAsia recently announced that it will put up an operations hub at the Puerto Princesa International Airport [2]. This is aligned with its planned expansion to hold more airbus planes and to cater to more passengers in the future.

From 20 planes, AiraAsia’s area manager Joshua Tan said they would deploy 70 more to their Puerto Princesa City’s operations hub in the next five years. Tan added that these planes would fly internationally, particularly to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Only drink mineral water in El Nido

We know it's draining when you bask in the sun when in El Nido, but here’s a tip: only drink mineral water to rehydrate yourself. Consuming the tap water in hotels and restaurants isn’t a great idea unless your system can fight off water-borne illnesses.

A few weeks ago, the chief of regional environment department and two of her staff had suffered from gastroenteritis when they visited El Nido [3]. She said they had consumed mineral water, but suspected it was the tap water used to make ice that downed them. Later on, she coordinated with the health officials to have the town’s ground water tested.

Much-awaited Baragatan Festival opens

It’s the season of festivity in Palawan as Baragatan Festival soft opens this week [4]. On June 8, the provincial government will launch the Barakalan sa Baragatan, which features the best produce of 23 municipalities. Inside the Capitol Complex, municipal governments have set up their rustic-designed booths, which sell sweet delicacies and intricate handicrafts like baskets, bags, mats, and many more.

On the same day, Caraenan sa Baragatan will also be opened to serve local dishes like sizzling crocodile sisig and sumptuous seafood. Take-home novelty items, such as shirts, key chains and the like, are also up for grabs at the Palawan Souvenir Trade Fair.

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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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