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Thea Omelan, ABS-CBN News
Big waves in Gubat, Sorsogon have become a hit among local surfing enthusiasts.
This month, as the town celebrates Swell Festival, expect more surfing fans to visit and join the surfing competition, a festival highlight.
Gubatnon for Adventurism Inc. President Noli John Mercader revealed, the proceeds from the tournament will benefit scholars and other institutions.
Local surfers also offer surfing lessons for just P350.
Aside from surfing, visitors can also join the beach volleyball competition, enjoy the town's delicious delicacies and revel at firedancing at night.
Meanwhile, Puerto Princesa, Palawan also boasts of a new surfing destination, the Nagtabon beach.
National surfing champ Jasher Villaruel is among those who love the beach.
"From the view deck, makikita mo yung Nagtabon Cove. It's so beautiful and the water here is green tapos pagpunta mo pa dito during December may storms right? So maganda rin mag-surf,” he said.
[From the view deck, you can see the Nagtabon cove. It's so beautiful and the water here is green. If you go here during December, there are storms, so it's good to surf.]
On top of these, another must-see in the area is the beautiful sunset at the Nagtabon View Deck.
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Cherry Camacho, ABS-CBN News
PALAWAN - The Palawan Alliance for Clean Energy (PACE), a group of concerned citizens and non-government organizations (NGO), has announced support for the "Reclaim Power" campaign of the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ).
PACE, together with civil society groups Palawan NGO Network Inc. (PNNI) and Environmental Legal Assistance Center (ELAC), youth volunteers, and indigenous communities, joined the call to promote the use of clean and renewable energy in Palawan.
They are opposing a proposed 15-megawatt coal-fired power plant of D.M. Consunji Holdings Inc. (DMCI) in Palawan.
According to environmentalists, the coal-fired power plant will damage the health and livelihood of locals.
Environment Secretary Gina Lopez earlier said in a forum in July in Palawan that there will no new Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) to be issued for coal-fired projects.
Monday, March 30, 2015
Is it really more fun in the Philippines? Maybe its residents can convince you. Filipinos are one of the happiest citizens in the world according to a global survey.
The Philippines follows close behind ten Latin American countries – most of them sharing ranks based on the results of a Gallup poll Positive Experience Index released a day before the United Nations International Day of Happiness on March 20.
Gallup asked 1,000 individuals aged 15 or older in 143 countries in 2014 if they had positive experiences on the day before the survey. Results are based on telephone and face-to-face interviews. Gallup compiled the “yes” responses from five questions: “Did you feel well-rested yesterday?”, “Did you smile or laugh a lot yesterday?”, “Did you learn or do something interesting yesterday?”, “Were you treated with respect all day yesterday?” and “Did you experience the following feelings during a lot of the day yesterday? How about enjoyment?” into a Positive Experience Index score for each country.
Paraguay topped the survey with a score of 89.
In second, third and fourth places are Colombia, Ecuador and Guatemala which all received a score of 84.
Honduras, Panama and Venezuela shared the fifth, sixth and seventh place on the list with a score of 82.
Costa Rica, El Salvador and Nicaragua got 81, placing eighth, ninth, and tenth.
The Philippines received a score of 80, sharing the spot with Singapore, Switzerland and Uruguay.
Money isn’t everything. Latin American countries aren’t the wealthiest countries but they certainly have some of the happiest people in the world. Pinoys have certainly had their fair share of environmental disasters and general misfortune but at the end of the day, most Pinoys can still look at the bright side and crack a joke-or two.
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Saturday, March 21, 2015
Antonio’s in Tagaytay has put the Philippines for the first time on the elite Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.
The 2015 edition of the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list ranked Antonio’s in the 48th spot, after a voting of 300 restaurant industry leaders from Asia.
The elite list released by William Reed Business Media, which also publishes The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, billed Antonio’s as a restaurant of “Idyllic surroundings with a menu to match.”
The fine dining restaurant with an offering of Modern European with Philippine influences is set in a colonial-style mansion with its own farm and is found amidst lush gardens and a cool climate in the volcano ridge town of Tagaytay, a two-hour drive and some 50 kilometres south of Manila.
The list hailed owner-Chef Antonio “Tony Boy” Escalante’s cooking and marked his Lechon de leche or slow-roasted suckling pig rubbed with herbs and spices as Antonio’s “standout dish.”
In a Facebook post Chef Escalante referred to the award as an honour and a humbling experience, “While being part of this prestigious list is an acknowledgment of the hard working team at Antonio’s, it is also a statement that Filipino cuisine is ready and waiting for the world.” Escalante’s team includes Ricky Sison and pastry chef Reymond Abdon.
The Best Restaurant feature also highlighted the fact that most of the restaurant produce is sourced from the adjacent farm, which also supplies Chef Escalante’s two other restaurants, Breakfast and The Grill.
Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants was launched in 2013 with six voting regions: South-East Asia – South; South-East Asia – North; Hong Kong, Taiwan & Macau; mainland China and Korea; Japan; and India and Subcontinent. The list is created by the Diners Club Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy.
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“Before nationhood, the Philippines must first have an educated citizenry.” – Dr. Jose P. Rizal. Thus went the words penned by the national hero at a time when access to books and education were limited to a privileged class. The very same words a foundation now uses as its battle cry.
More than a century later, Quintin Jose Pastrana found the vision still relevant, made it his own, and is now leading the charge in getting local communities to educate their own children by building public libraries, turning them into community education centres to “help forge an interconnected archipelago of readers and leaders.”
In an age when the digital native would claim that all information can already be found on the internet and therefore the redundancy of physical public libraries, Pastrana’s Library Renewal Partnership (LRP) foundation insists on the value of the kind of library where one can experience the joy of discovering a new book on the shelves, the feel of turning an actual page, and community access to a democratic space that knows no economic or social class.
In March 2015 the LRP is set to open the doors to its 80th library on its way to at least 200 public libraries by 2020. The LRP envisions empowering 2 million citizens with these libraries collaboratively set up by communities, private groups and local governments.
LRP’s 10-year mission started in 2010 when Pastrana looked at various researches indicating that Filipino children in rural areas decide to look for jobs rather than to study to earn a living.
Pastrana looked back at his own experience, realizing how fortunate he was to have been raised in a family that could support his reading interests. He saw the reality about Filipino children who lacked reading abilities due to deprived access to learning materials and facilities.
LRP partners with local and international organizations to get local authorities to provide the infrastructure for a library and the library staff, and gets educational material from leading publishers to provide the content.
Within just five years, the organization has already built libraries in various slums and rural areas of the county including Albay, Aklan, Ilocos Norte, Kalinga, Quezon City, Tacloban and Manila. The organization also built public libraries in the conflict areas of Mindanao such as Marawi, Maguindanao, Zamboanga and South Cotabato. LRP has also built libraries for public and private organizations such as the New Bilibid prison, The Philippine Heart Center and Gawad Kalinga farms.
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Filipino dance group Bayanihan Folk Dance Company has given the Philippines another world class award, this time from the 60th International Folklore Festival in Agrigento, Sicily, Italy.
This is the 3rd time the dance company has won the Golden Temple at the folk dance competition, the first one in 2002, and the second in 2005. They have competed with the dance companies of the counties of Bulgaria, Croatia, Holland, Hungary, Slovakia, Spain, Thailand, and Ukraine.
The Bayanihan Dance Company bagged the “Tiempo d’ Oro” Award or the Gold Medal Award in the 70th edition of the week long competition called the Sagra del Mandorlo Festival in Agrigento.
Bayanihan Dance Company shared with GoodNewsPilipinas their thoughts after receiving the gold award, “Winning the competition gives one extreme pride in what our country can offer. We continue to gauge our success vis a vis the best companies in the world. We realize how talented our young people are, how passionate they can be for their art as well as pursuit of excellence through teamwork and cooperation.”
The Philippine dance company also shared that aside from preparing themselves physically and mentally daily, the group attributes their success to requested holy masses, prayers from family and friends, and blessings from the Chaplain so that their trip will be safe, smooth and successful.
The Bayanihan advises young Filipino dancers that although “there is no money in cultural endeavours such as this one, however the satisfaction of bringing pride to the Philippines and letting the world know of the beauty of the Philippines through music and dances is more than enough to actualize one’s dreams.”
The Bayanihan Folk Dance Group was originally established in the Philippine Women’s University and has since been recognized by Congress as the National Folk Dance Company.
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