Coron Island (A certain shade of Green)

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This is so unreal! The original ballog and sursurvisor is stuck in Ilocos as usual. I can’t pretend  to ignore such gorgeous outdoor photos shot in scenic Coron Island in the Calamian Islands in Palawan, most blessed region in the Philippines and consistently adjudged the ultimate destination for the nature junkies.

Martine and Ericke are making me green with envy. They stayed at the Sunz En Coron and hopped to places like Siete Pecados, Kayangan Lake, Twin Lagoon and some wreck dive sites. Dreaming…

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Coron-ers.

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Olive and Popeye

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Photos from Surpisingly Kitsch
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George Tapan’s winning photo in National Geographic Photo Contest 2011

“Into the Green Zone” National Geographic Photo Contest 2011 Places Winner Photographed by George Tapan Location: Onuk Island, Balabac, Palawan, Philippines

Veteran Filipino photographer George Tapan wins top place in the prestigious National Geographic Photo Contest 2011 Places Category for his composition, Into the Green Zone. The contest was judged by National Geographic magazine photographers Tim Laman, Amy Toensing, and Peter Essick.

The photo has all the right elements. Tim Laman says Tapan “showed a perfect sense of timing and composition in the way he captured the two small human subjects in this beautiful scene, and that really made the shot.” Toensing notes that the photo “compellingly shows a sense of place” while Essick says “the photographer has documented a sense of style and flair.” Read more here.

If I may add, the photo, which was shot in one of the Philippines’ extremely beautiful areas, also conveys that sense of pride.

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Thanks, Puerto Princesa.

Puerto Princesa is sugar and spice and everything nice — a fitting description for the city that was once a port named after a princess.

In a place where tourism has become a huge industry, people are generally genial, well-mannered, courteous and attentive, yet they have a sense of personal space. It feels nice and safe wandering around its clean streets or riding a trike to nearby ecotourism sites. Did I mention that Puerto Princesa is actually carbon negative and the first city in Southeast Asia to be declared as carbon-neutral by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)?

We sampled coffee and cake at a local coffee shop named Itoy’s. It’s a fine place to just sit and go slow.

We also discovered that lamayo is another way of enjoying danggit fish. Lamayo is a marination style like “tapa” here in the north. The result is so unlike salty dried danggit. I love it that I am able to feel the texture of the tasty flesh of lamayo.

Having opened its doors to settlers from other regions, Puerto Princesa is multi-cultural. Proof is its unique cuisine — a melting pot of flavors. I’ve seen Ilocano dishes like pinakbet and kilawing kambing in some restaurant menus.

One of the boys bought a kilo of lechon supposedly done the Cebuano way, such a sweet gesture. Still chasing my best lechon.

The skin was not crisp by the time we ate it at the hotel. The juicy and tender meat was a consolation. Always somewhat salty, Cebu lechon is far from my ideal lechon.

There is quite an abundance of cashew nuts in Puerto Princesa. You can find the roasted kind in souvenir stores or in markets. I got yummy cashew tarts, not the kind with very thick floury crusts you’d find at groceries in the north. Theirs are old-fashioned in a good way.

I skipped other places like Iwahig and the butterfly farm for the future. If and when I go back, I’m hoping to see that the next mayor will be as persistent as Mayor Edward Hagedorn, who’s in his last term of office. He is the knight in shining armor that has fought Princesa’s plunderers and polluters.

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You may want to read my prevoius posts on Puerto Princesa.

Lunch at Ka Inatô
The Crocodile Farm
Irawan Eco Park
Dinner at Ka Lui
Quintessential Palawan
Quintessential Palawan: Part 2
Exotic Dinner at Kinabuchs
Pass the sunscreen (Honda Bay)
Chao long sa chaolongan