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Monday, July 24, 2006

Palawan, Philippines: Tourist top destination!

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Palawan, the paradise of nature lovers, is the foremost tourist destination in the Philippines. The beautiful Palawan Island is a long and narrow island, located in the southwestern part of the country. Popularly known as the 'Last Frontier', Palawan is one of the major eco-tourism destinations in the world. Palawan is famous for its exotic wildlife and amazing marine sanctuaries, white sand beaches and world-class diving spots and the place is a haven for adventure seekers and nature lovers. Palawan is also home to the seacow, the amazing marine animal, which is the only herbivorous mammal in existence today.

Palawan is located between Mindoro and North Borneo Islands in the southwestern Philippines. Puerto Princesa, the capital Palawan, is at a distance of about 580 km from Manila and is well connected by regular flights from Manila, Cebu, and Iloilo.

Prime Tourist Attractions
Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park: A fascinating natural attraction in the scenic Palawan region, it's an 8.2 km long navigable underground river, regarded as the world's longest underwater cave. Its amazing limestone caves with stalactite and stalagmite formations and the rich, diverse and colorful marine life, never fail to mesmerize you.

Tabon Caves: Popularly referred as the 'Cradle of Philippine Civilization', Tabon Caves is a 29-cave complex of archaeological artifacts. The discovery of the fossilized bones of the 22,000 years old Tabon Man, along with other artifacts, makes it an interesting destination for anthropologists, archeologists and for all those who want to discover the rich historical heritage of the region. The caves are located at about 155 km south of Puerto Princesa City and can be reached by a bus or jeepney ride from the provincial capital to Quezon.

Calauit Game Preserve & Wildlife Sanctuary: Calauit is a unique game reserve and wildlife sanctuary, located on the scenic Calauit Island in northern Palawan. Home to exotic African game and endangered endemic animals of Palawan, the sanctuary is a must visit for nature lovers, wildlife enthusiasts and tourists alike. It was declared a protected game preserve in 1976.

Coron Reefs: One of the most enchanting tourist destinations in Palawan, Coron Reefs has 7 enchanting lakes, beautifully surrounded by craggy limestone cliffs. It's amongst the most popular diving spots in the country, attracting thousands of nature lovers and adventure seekers from all around the world. One of the major diving spot includes the place where12 WWII Japanese shipwrecks sunk on September 24, 1944 by US Navy action.

El Nido Marine Reserve: One of the most popular eco-tourism destinations in the Philippines, the El Nido is known for its unique ecosystems consisting of tropical rainforest, mangroves, white sand beaches, coral reefs, and limestone cliffs. Apart from its exceptional scenic beauty, El Nido Marine Reserve is also known for its rich and diverse wildlife. The amazing sea cow, the rarest marine mammals on the earth, is the main attraction of the Reserve.

Other not to be missed tourist attractions in Palawan include Tubbattaha Reefs (a marine sanctuary), Turtle Island, Honda Bay and Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center.

Tourist Activities
Palawan offers an exciting range of tourist activities to visitors. The region has some of the finest diving spots, beaches and marine wildlife sanctuaries of the world. While in Palawan, you can enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, marine life and bird watching and a selection of beach and water sports activities. A visit to Tabon Caves can be a rewarding experience for the visitors.

ASEAN foreign ministers arrive for annual meetings

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Kuala Lumpur, July 24 (Xinhua) ASEAN foreign ministers started arriving here Monday to attend their annual meetings to be opened on Tuesday.

The senior officials of the ASEAN (Association of South-East Asian Nations) will finish their three-day meetings Monday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center to prepare agendas and finalise the joint communique to be deliberated by the foreign ministers during the plenary session of the 39th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM).

The theme for the 39th AMM is ‘Forging a United, Resilient and Integrated ASEAN’, reflecting the strong resolve and desire of ASEAN member countries to forge ahead towards achieving its common goal of the ASEAN Community.

ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

According to a statement issued by Malaysia Foreign Ministry, the ASEAN foreign ministers during their one-day meeting will review ASEAN’s progress and achievements over the past year, including the follow-up to the decisions made by the ASEAN heads of states/governments at the 11th ASEAN Summit and related summits in Kuala Lumpur on December 12-14, 2005.

The ASEAN foreign ministers are also scheduled to meet their counterparts from all 10 Dialogue Partners as well as those from Bangladesh, Mongolia, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,

Pakistan, Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste at the 13th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) on Friday.

Bangladesh will participate for the first time as the 26th member of the ARF.

The Foreign Minister of France will be invited to Kuala Lumpur to sign on behalf of the Government of France the Instrument of Accession to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC) on Friday.

France will be the eleventh country outside the ASEAN region to sign the TAC after Australia, China, India, Japan, Mongolia, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea and Russia.

The treaty represents a code of conduct governing relations between countries in the region for the promotion of peace, security and stability in the region.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is expected to arrive in the Malaysian capital for the ASEAN-US dialogue and ARF meetings, which follow the AMM and PMC.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006



  • Eleventh ASEAN Summit, Kuala Lumpur, 12-14 December 2005
  • Tenth ASEAN Summit, Vientiane, 29-30 November 2004
  • Ninth ASEAN Summit, Bali, 7-8 October 2003
  • Eighth ASEAN Summit, Phnom Penh, 4-5 November 2002
  • Seventh ASEAN Summit, Bandar Seri Begawan, 5-6 November 2001
  • Fourth Informal Summit, Singapore, 22-25 November 2000
  • Third Informal Summit, Manila, 27-28 November 1999
  • Sixth ASEAN Summit, Ha Noi, 15-16 December 1998
  • Second Informal Summit, Kuala Lumpur, 14-16 December 1997
  • First Informal Summit, Jakarta, 30 November 1996
  • Fifth ASEAN Summit, Bangkok, 14-15 December 1995
  • Fourth ASEAN Summit, Singapore, 27-29 January 1992
  • Third ASEAN Summit, Manila, 14-15 December 1987
  • Second ASEAN Summit, Kuala Lumpur, 4-5 August 1977
  • First ASEAN Summit, Bali, 23-24 February 1976
  • Cebu International Convention Center

    The proposed Cebu International Convention Center (Megadome), upcoming venue of the 12th ASEAN Summit

    Cebu City website bags 2006 Cebu Web Awards

    The Cebu City government website www.cebucity.gov.ph bested all entries for Best Website LGU/E-Governance Category in the recently concluded 6th Cebu Web Awards.

    A total of P15,000 cash prize and a trophy were awarded to the city during the Web Awards Night at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel last June 23.

    The web design contest sponsored by the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry was one of the highlights of the 2006 Cebu Business Month celebration.

    “This award was unexpected. We are overwhelmed. This goes to show that hard work and perseverance will make things possible that despite all odds, we succeeded”, Ma. Wilma Entera, Website Project Manager said.

    Entera, a member of the Mayor’s Management Team (MMT) said the award is “a jumpstart to more MMT initiated projects to better improve the services of the city government”.

    Aside from providing information about the city government, its services, programs and activities, the enhanced inter-active website www.cebucity.gov.ph contains new features like the Content Management System (CMS), On-line Forum, Local and Overseas Jobs On-line, Guest book and GIS Application for Business Locator, among others.

    The website is Cynthia Tested or has passed the standards set by the National Council for the Welfare of Persons with Disability (NCWPD).

    The city government website was initially launched in 2002 and runs in a Static Form of website.

    The idea to overhaul the entire website came after a case study of Entera and Ric Angelli Chan of the MMT entitled “Maintenace of News Content in the Website” last April 2005. The case study primarily aims to improve the content and features of the website.

    The proponents of the study lobbied before Mayor Tomas Osmeña to put in place their recommendations to improve the website.

    Apart from procuring a web server, Entera also pushed for the implementation of the CMS, a system used to organize and facilitate collaborative creation of documents and other contents in the website by all city government departments and office. This way, heads of offices and departments can upload updates on service improvement projects directly to the website.

    Inputs from the City government officials and the members of the MMT were incorporated in the redesigned website template.

    Last February 23, the new Cebu City government website was launched at the Ayala Center Cebu.

    Website Developer and Administrator Chester Anthony R. Corciega, also a member of the MMT, said the city website is a Stage-Three Type website which is characterized to have interactive elements such as Forum or Discussion Board, user log-in and password both for internal users and the public.

    A user can also search for specialized databases and have access to Downloadable forms.

    With the Business Locator in place, website users can locate business establishments in the city using online GIS Maps and at the same time view their profiles.

    “You can expect more improvements in the website. We will do our best to make the website a Transactional Web by 2007 wherein the public can transact business with the city government online”, Corciega said. Original Link

    Thursday, July 06, 2006

    Cebu City Philippines: Quick Facts

    filed under: about philippines, about cebu

    Population / Language:

    Cebu province has a total population of around 3 million. Cebuano is the native tongue. English and Tagalog are commonly understood and spoken.


    Cebu is best from December to May when the weather turns dry. It is coolest from December to February, hottest from March to May. Temperature can rise higher than 100°F in the summer.

    The rainy season begins in July bringing torrential downpours that would somethimes inhibit movement.

    Philippine Time:

    Philippine standard time is eight hours ahead of Greenwich Meantime.

    Dress / What to Bring

    Wear natural-fibre, lightweight clothing. You'll feel more comfortable. Bring shorts, hat, sunglasses, bathing suit, insect repellent, flashlight, sun block cream, tough shoes for walking, rubber slippers for the beach. Pack tissue paper in your purse as public toilets almost never have any.

    The Barong Tagalog is acceptable formal wear for men. Shorts or sleeveless shirts should never be worn when visiting churches, mosques or temples.

    Electrical Appliances:

    Most areas in Cebu are supplied with 220 volts. 60 cycles. A plug with 2 flat parallel prongs is the norm.


    The Philippine currency is called the peso, divided into 100 centavos. Next to the peso, the US dollar enjoys wide acceptance. Most foreign currenies can be easily changed at banks, hotels, and authorized delears. Foreign currency is not readilyh taken by the establishments in Cebu. Major foreign credit cards may be accepted only at major hotels, resorts, shops and restaurants. Visitors are advised to bring sufficient amount of change in small bills or coins.

    Business Hours:

    Banks: 9am to 3pm, Monday to Friday; government agencies and offices: 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday; private firms: 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 12noon Saturday. Most department stores stay open on Sundays and holidays.


    Bellhops expect a tip, as do waiters, taxi drivers, hairdressers, beauticians, and porters. Most hotels and restaurants add 10% service charge on top of the government tax. Tipping 5 - 15% of the bill is appropriate if no service charge is included. P5 to P10 for bellboys, porters and like.

    Public Transport

    Getting around Cebu, one may take a colorful jeepney or a bus at a minimal fare. Tricycles (motorcycles with sidecars) are popular in outlaying areas and in the suburbs, quite notably within Mactan Island. Taxicabs are widely available.

    Cebu Night life

    BAI Disco
    Cebu Plaza Hotel, Lahug, Cebu City
    (63-32) 231-1231

    Balls Sportsbar, Theater Lounge & Discoteque
    Gen. Maxilom Ave.,
    Cebu City

    Inner Circle
    Reclamation Area, Cebu City

    Motion Disco
    Centrepoint Hotel, Osmeña Blvd.,
    Cebu City

    Point Area Disco
    Ranudo St., Cebu City
    (63-32) 253-9070

    City Lights
    Nivel Hills, Lahug
    Cebu City

    Park Place Hotel, Osmeña Blvd.
    Cebu City
    (63-32) 231-1131

    Bachelors Too
    160 F. Ramos St.,
    Cebu City

    Bar Cana
    Montebello Villa Hotel, Banilad, Cebu City
    (63-32) 85021/font>

    Cities Music Lounge
    Gen. Maxilom Ave.,
    Cebu City

    Club Amigo
    Cebu Plaza Hotel, Lahug, Cebu City
    (63-32) 231-1231

    Pub 24
    St. Gotthard's, Fulton St., Lahug
    Cebu City

    Ayala Center Cebu

    filed under: shopping

    One of the biggest shopping centers in the city: Ayala Mall.

    Ayala Center Cebu

    filed under: shopping

    One of the biggest shopping centers in the city: Ayala Mall.

    Saturday, July 01, 2006

    Cebu Nightlife

    Cebu, Philippines Nightlife

    You can scuba dive all day long and than spend the evening in exotic restaurants, lively pubs and discos, laid-back sport bars or exciting night clubs. This is one of the biggest advantages of spending your holidays in Mactan and Cebu City . From Chinese to Japanese and Mexican fare to Italian and international menus, Cebu offers the biggest variety of restaurants imaginable. Big shopping malls like SM City and Ayala with theaters, specialty shops, food outlets, recreational areas and many other centers caters to most, if not all, consumer needs. Here are some addresses: The Village in Lahug, Cebu is a collection of bars, restaurant und clubs. The Discos Jukebox, H2O, Fuel und Below Zero provide party all night long. The Ayala Shopping Mall is home of Ayala Entertainment Center , with plenty of Bars und Pubs like Mi Vida, Ratsky and Brix. Billiard fans will be happy at Rica's Sport Cafe or The Cue. Nightclubs like Lone Star, Silver Dollar, Firehouse, St. Moritz Bar or Papillion provide entertainment for the (male) lonely heart. LINK

    Manila Nightlife -- Manila Fun

    Manila Nightlife

    Reviews and photos of Manila bars and nightclubs posted by real travelers and Manila locals. Link HERE

    Another Link here.

    Manila Nightlife -- Manila Fun

    Manila Nightlife

    Reviews and photos of Manila bars and nightclubs posted by real travelers and Manila locals. Link HERE

    Another Link here.