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This Week in Palawan (November 23 to 29, 2019)

Good news travel bugs: there's now a direct flight between Puerto Princesa and Hong Kong!

By: Keith Anthony S. Fabro | November 23, 2019
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Do you want to escape the hustle and bustle of work life? With the sunny weather in Palawan ideal for beach bumming and other nature activities this week, you can do just that. You may also want to visit Puerto Princesa City to experience birdwatching, which the city government is now promoting to be declared as the Philippines’ Birdwatching Capital. In other travel updates, the Department of Tourism is tapping the financial assistance offered by the Asian Development Bank to continue rehabilitating El Nido and Coron, known internationally for their picturesque lagoons, beaches, and islands. For airline news, Cebu Pacific finally offers direct flights from Puerto Princesa City to Hong Kong. Read on for more details!

Weather: Cloudy to sunny days with a few showers

Although the week will start with cloudy skies with an afternoon thunderstorm in spots, Palawan will see more sunshine throughout the week, except on the last day which will have spotty morning showers. Hot daytime temperature ranging from 28°C to 30°C all over the week will also be felt across Palawan. And what better way to cool off during these scorching hot days than going to a beach or waterfalls? However, prolonged exposure to sunlight is harmful to your skin, so it’s better if you slather on sunscreen before anything else. Of course, drink plenty of water and consume watery fruits to keep you hydrated. At night time, the temperature will likewise be warm to hot, ranging from 24°C to 27°C [1].

Travel Updates

Cebu Pacific launches Puerto Princesa-Hong Kong route

Budget carrier Cebu Pacific launched its maiden Puerto Princesa-Hong Kong flight on November 17 [2]. Earlier, Cebu Pacific said flights between Palawan and Hong Kong operate four times a week. “Flight 5J 5306 departs Puerto Princesa at 3:35pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays; and at 4:05pm on Saturdays. The return flight, 5J 5307 departs Hong Kong at 7:30pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays; and at 8:00pm on Saturdays,” it said [3]. The company claimed it was the first airline to fly direct between Puerto Princesa, Palawan and Hong Kong, one of the largest global aviation hubs. The airline also launched its Clark-Puerto Princesa flight on the same day. “Together, these two new routes increase capacity to Puerto Princesa by 7%,” it further said.

Puerto Princesa eyes ‘Birding Capital of the Philippines’ title

Puerto Princesa City is aspiring to be the “Birding Capital of the Philippines,” a title that has gained the support of the Wild Bird Photographers of the Philippines [4]. Numerous studies, backed up by the observations of bird photographers, proved the city is a haven for endemic bird species, said city environment officer Atty. Carlo Gomez during the 5th International Bird Photography Race earlier this month. Gomez said out of the Philippines’ 117 bird species, 24 are only found in Palawan, particularly in Puerto Princesa City. “Our basis in declaring Puerto Princesa City as the bird capital of the Philippine is because it is easy to find birds here within the urban areas, establishments, in Underground River, and in many other sites,” he said. Meanwhile, tourism regional director Danilo Intong said they “will just wait for the resolution from Puerto Princesa to reach our office so that we can work out with our principals and tourism promotions board.”

DOT to access ADB loan for El Nido, Coron rehab

The Department of Tourism is applying for a loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to fund its clean-up efforts in El Nido and Coron [5]. Tourism regional director Danilo Intong said the assistance will focus on solid waste management as well as the capacity building of local stakeholders to maintain a sustainable environment for the two areas. “They’re still studying it thoroughly through workshops with the stakeholders to determine how much we’ll be loaning from the ADB but definitely we need the sewage treatment plants and water supply in Coron,” he said. El Nido and Coron are two of the country’s top tourist destinations that face environmental problems threatening their tourism industry’s sustainability. Following Boracay’s six-month closure, the national government then announced the two tourism towns’ rehabilitation.

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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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