Coron has seen some major changes since my last visit 5 years ago. Aside from the better road from Busuanga Airport, definitely a lot more options for lodging has popped out. It was mid last year when Coron Ecolodge extended an invite to stay if ever we find ourselves in Coron. Luck have it that I I got a scheduled trip to Coron and took their invitation. Here’s my honest impression about this lodge.
By this time, I have been familiar with GoHotels brand of accommodation. I’ve stayed in their Mandaluyong and Dumaguete branches already and their staple character remains – the no frills yet comfortable rooms painted with the freshly colored green and orange, windsor beds, memory foam, rain shower, Cable TV, complimentary wifi, within mall vicinity and good value rates. These are all there on their GoHotels Puerto Princesa Palawan branch as well, the difference is in the location and the personal service.
If you are flying Seair/Tigerairways this month of April and July 2013, get a Palawan overload in the latest Seair InFlight Magazine. Amongst the many Palawan features in the issue, is my story and photos on “El Nido Retreats”, it covers some of the top resorts in El Nido like Pangulasian Island, Lagen Island, Dolarog Beach Resort, Cadlao Island Resort and EL Nido Overlooking. So check out the front pockets of your seats when you fly Seair/Tigerairways this month and next.
The Ati-Atihan festival is celebrated widely in various parts of the Philippines every 2nd and 3rd of January. This celebration to honor Sto Niño (baby Jesus) is more popular in Kalibo Aklan. But there are lesser known places that do practice the Ati-atihan like Barotuan in El Nido Palawan, home from migrants coming from Aklan. I wrote about the Barotuan Ati-Atihan Festival at En Route extensively. Here, I’m just sharing out takes from the post, particularly some of my favorite Ati-atihan portraits from that day.
I’ve been living in Palawan for almost 3 months now. I’m currently based in El Nido, Palawan taking up a temporary job here but prior to that I worked on a very exciting project in Taytay for NoaNoa Island, a Palawan Private Island Estate that is now open for rentals and bookings. I stayed in the island for 11 days working on the design and also taking some of the photographs for the website. It’s quiet, serene and the reef surrounding the island is probably the best snorkeling I have seen. (Take a look at my Underwater Shots here).
Pristine. Exotic. The last frontier. These are some of the common impressions of people on Palawan. The breathtaking sights of Puerto Princesa, Coron and El Nido has been one of the poster destinations the Philippines boast in their tourism campaigns. No doubt Palawan is replete with natural wonders and culture dating from thousands of years and Into the Green Zone: Palawan Islands, a 288-page hard-bound coffee-table Book hopes to capture all these things that makes the Palawan magnificent, from its breathtaking archipelago, rich culture and exciting developments.