Port expected to make Palawan a major cruise destination — DPWH; Arjay L Balinbin; Business World Online

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Intramuros conservation management plan completed; Catherine Talavera; Philippine Star

The Intramuros Administration is seen to better preserve heritage sites within Manila’s walled city as it completes its conservation management plan.

Source: Intramuros conservation management plan completed | Philstar.com

Tubbataha’s Angelique Songco honored in Women Divers Hall of Fame 2020 in New Jersey; Aurora Quadra-Balibay; GoodNews Pilipinas

Tubbataha Reefs National Park’s very own “Mama Ranger” Angelique Songco will be honored as a new member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame in 2020. Angelique Songco will be one of the six new members to be inducted into the honor society whose member contributions span a wide variety of fields including in the…

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On the edge: Saving Ifugao rice terraces; Karlston Lapniten; Inquirer News

As fog creeps up the contours of the mountainside at daybreak, Miguel Tumucal fixes his gaze on the stair-shaped edges of the vast farmland.

Source: On the edge: Saving Ifugao rice terraces | Inquirer News

Philippine coastal town leads war against plastic trash in Mindanao; Bong S Sarmiento; Mongabay

Source: Philippine coastal town leads war against plastic trash in Mindanao

5 Unique Things to Do and to See in the Philippines; Iuliia Tore; Rus Tourism News

The Philippines is not on many travelers radar but that seems to be changing. It is a logical destination for people looking for something unique.

Source: 5 Unique Things to Do and to See in the Philippines – Rus Tourism News

Church marvels for dawn Mass; Ana Roa, Arianne Suarez & Marielle Medina; Inquirer Business

Christmas is the most awaited season in the Philippines with the Catholic faithful joyfully recalling the birth of Jesus Christ through religious and historical traditions. The church is usually at the center of the Christmas festivities with Filipino Catholics filling these spaces to the brim to take part in solemn celebrations.

Source: Church marvels for dawn Mass | Inquirer Business

Rice terraces in critical state – FAO; Pia Lee-Brago; PhilStar Global

Rice terraces in critical state – FAO

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Centuries-old San Agustin Church in Intramuros gets free restoration cleanup with German technology; Lorenzo Cruz; Good News Pilipinas

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What you need to know about the San Agustin Church and the efforts to preserve it; Margaret Claire Layug; GMA Network

Hot water and steam, and not pressure were used to clean the San Agustin Church.

Source: SUNDAY’S BEST: What you need to know about the San Agustin Church and the efforts to preserve it

Top 7 dive spots in Southeast Asia for anyone who’s hopelessly addicted to diving; Mae Yen Yap; Mashable

For both beginner and advance divers.

Source: Top 7 dive spots in Southeast Asia for anyone who’s hopelessly addicted to diving

Puerto Princesa —from exile’s hellhole to tourist paradise; Constantino Tejero; Inquirer Lifestyle

Say Palawan, and one automatically thinks The Last Frontier—where Nature begins and never ends.

Source: Puerto Princesa —from exile’s hellhole to tourist paradise | Inquirer Lifestyle

This Cruise Line Offers Unique Access to UNESCO Sites; Michelle Baran; Afar

Thanks to a partnership with the United Nations organization, Seabourn sailings feature shore excursions to more than 170 World Heritage locations worldwide.

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Puerto Princesa City to stage investment forum in Manila; Vincent Mariel Galang; Business World

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Tubbataha Park superintendent receives biodiversity award; Gaea Katreena Cabico; Philstar.com

The site manager of Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park in Palawan has been awarded an environment prize.

Source: Tubbataha Park superintendent receives biodiversity award | Philstar.com

Vigan is One of Asia’s “Most Beautiful Towns,” according to CNN; Pau Gutierrez; Out of Town Blog

Vigan, a UNESCO World Heritage City, has been recognized by Atlanta-based media company CNN as one of the “most beautiful towns” in Asia.

Source: Vigan is One of Asia’s “Most Beautiful Towns,” according to CNN – Out of Town Blog

Department of Tourism hails CNN pick of Vigan as Asia’s most picturesque town; Asian Journal

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Top 10 prettiest towns in Asia; The Thaiger

Tropical nights, curious mountain silhouettes, sprawling rice paddies and pungent cuisine. And some snow-topped mountains as well. The Thaiger has selected the Top Ten of these camera-worthy towns. Southern Asia is a concoction of the ancient, very modern, traditional and enigmatic. Amongst the islands, megacities and spectacular scenery there are also some very pretty towns…

Source: Top 10 prettiest towns in Asia | The Thaiger

Unesco tells Philippines to protect Baroque churches from China-funded bridge; Noel Tan; Southeast Asian Archaeology

The construction of a bridge near Intramuros is a source of concern as it potentially affects San Agustin Church and subsequently three other churches which are jointly listed as World Heritage sites.

Source: Unesco tells Philippines to protect Baroque churches from China-funded bridge | SEAArch – Southeast Asian Archaeology

Unesco tells Philippines to protect Baroque churches from China-funded bridge; Edgar Allan M Sembrano; Inquirer Lifestyle

Public Works and Highways  Secretary Mark Villar has admitted that the construction of the controversial Binondo-Intramuros Bridge is ongoing, but Unesco National Commission of the Philippines (Unacom) has allayed fears of the possible delisting of the Baroque Churches of the Philippines from the World Heritage List.

Source: Unesco tells Philippines to protect Baroque churches from China-funded bridge | Inquirer Lifestyle