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Underground River Tour in Puerto Princesa

I save the best for last for my family vacation visiting the World Famous Underground River of Puerto Princesa, Palawan is the longest navigable underground river in the world which is one of the 7 Wonders of Nature.

We have to ride a boat to see the Underground River. Here’s our ride. - Underground River Tour – Underground River Tour

After 15-20 minutes boat ride, we reached our destination and the rest is simply awesome. - Underground River Tour – Underground River Tour - Underground River Tour – Underground River Tour - Underground River Tour – Underground River Tour - Underground River Tour – Underground River Tour - Underground River Tour – Underground River Tour - Underground River Tour – Underground River Tour - Underground River Tour – Underground River Tour - Underground River Tour – Underground River Tour

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Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour in Puerto Princesa

If you are in Puerto Princesa, you’ve got to visit Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour.

Mangroves are very important in supporting the rich marine life in the region where smaller fishes feed and reproduce. The Mangrove Paddle Boat tour offers an educational tour by boat through Sabang’s Mangrove forests. - Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour – Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour - Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour – Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour - Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour – Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour

Our friendly boat guide Ms. Chi - Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour – Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour

And our hard working boat man “Ronchi”. - Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour – Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour

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The Philippines — Ilyanna Alvarez

At the end of July, I spent a few days in the Philippines… aka the asian Mexico. We arrived pretty late on a Sunday night and checked into our Airbnb apartment. After dropping everything off, we walked on over to a 7/11 store to pick up something to eat. I opted for the “local” food […]

Thank you Ms. Ilyanna Alvarez for sharing your Philippines travel experience to the rest of the world. When you visit Philippines next time, please check some virgin beaches at Anawangin Cove, Zambales, or Puerto Princesa one of the wonderful beaches in the country or even in the world.

We have so many delicious food to enjoy, and sorry for your experience of food poisoning. I grew up in Manila, Philippines and I can eat any street food or in turo-turo (fast food) back in the days without any health issue. I guess my body and immune system were strong enough to adapt. Now going back to Manila, Philippines again and again for family vacation will be a different story but for sure … I will enjoy the experience outside of the city.

Places to visit for our next family vacation:

  1. Ilocos Norte
  2. Vigan
  3. Baguio
  4. Anawangin, Zambales
  5. Botolan, Zambales
  6. and other beaches in the area if the weather will allow us.
  7. Puerto Princesa
  8. Coron Beach
  9. El Nido
  10. Manila, Ayala Makati at iba pa.

I hope you come again and enjoy other travel destination in the Philippines.

via The Philippines — Ilyanna Alvarez

Next Vacation – Zambales

Zambales is one of those places that pretty much has it all – untainted forest landscape, the Sierra Madre mountain range, communities that practice living traditions and 107 miles of pure beach. Plus a whole bunch of cool islands and shoals for day trips and quiet camping trips.

How to Get There. 

The province has 13 towns and one city, Olongapo, that are all accessible via public air-conditioned buses from Cubao or Pasay in Metro Manila.

Despite its proximity to major cities, Zambales remains the bastion of the Aeta. They were the earliest Filipinos to migrate to the archipelago more than 10,000 years ago – thousands of years even before the Austronesian migration.

Although the Aetas — also known as Ati, Ata, and Agta — are scattered throughout the Philippines, Zambales has the largest known population. There are several Aeta dialects in the province.


Some Aeta guides hold Jungle Survival classes within the Subic Freeport zone. Perfect if you’re a fan of “Man vs. Wild” scenarios. You could also be lucky enough to interact with the Aeta in their own mountain villages.

Of course, this is more likely to happen should you choose to go hiking.

If you want to go hiking, you have lots to choose from as about 60% of the area is covered in mountains. Some of the more popular ones are Mt. Tapulao, Mt. Cinco Picos and Mt. Balingkilat.

Of course, since you’re in the Philippines, there must be a beach or a lake somewhere. Here, there are beaches with wreck drives, snorkeling options and even pine-tree lined beaches like the ones in San Antonio!

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A vote for our future

MAYOR Rodrigo Duterte was our guest at a recent meeting of the Management Association of the Philippines and the Makati Business Club. He is now the frontrunner in the presidential race, and Election Day is only a few days away.

As we consider our final choices, my appeal is that we pause to fully appreciate the implications of our vote. Whatever others may say, the choice of our next president does matter, very much. The reason our economy has done well these past six years, and many more jobs have been created compared to the previous 12, is mainly the improvement in governance provided by President Aquino and his Cabinet, which brought about the confidence investors needed to bring in their investments and create many more jobs.

As the mayor is the frontrunner, he deserves close scrutiny.  And the best way to know him is to go by what he has said throughout the campaign.  Let us study some key statements that are particularly noteworthy.

Related: The Duterte extreme jump: A Timeline

The mayor said months ago that there would be a lot of fat fish in our waterways because he will dump there 100,000 suspected criminals whom he will order to be killed. He repeated before the business groups that his standing order to his law enforcers when suspected criminals resist arrest is to kill them—and he will arm the enforcers with presigned pardons so that human rights do-gooders cannot get in their way. He also repeated that if a son of his is found to be a drug offender, he will have him killed. For good measure, the mayor also warned the Office of the Ombudsman, the Commission on Human Rights, and Congress not to block him or interfere with his work. And he added that at the end of his term, he would issue himself a pardon for the crime of multiple murder.

The mayor has threatened on more than one occasion to abolish Congress if it does not cooperate with him, or threatens to impeach him. A few days ago he said he might just form a revolutionary government.

The mayor has also expressed strong admiration for Ferdinand Marcos, whom he believes to be the best president our country has had, a hero who deserves to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. To my knowledge, he has made no statements about the world-class plunder of the Marcoses, the massive human rights abuses, and how Marcos brought our once thriving economy to bankruptcy. He also said on one occasion that he may not be healthy enough to last six years as president, but he looks forward to a state funeral, and would turn over the presidency to Bongbong Marcos.

Of course, there was his famous remark expressing disappointment that he did not have first crack at the rape of an Australian missionary. And lately, he declared some bank accounts with significant deposits to be nonexistent, only to later admit that they do exist after all.

There are probably many more statements that would give us a clearer idea of what kind of person the mayor really is. Many who support him clearly believe that statements like these simply demonstrate the strong, decisive leadership that they find lacking in the current administration. Don’t worry, they say, that’s just tough talk. Don’t worry that the mayor will actually do what he promises.

But surely the mayor and his supporters cannot take offense if we take his statements seriously, for these are certainly no laughing matter. For the sense that his statements convey  a distinct lack of respect for the rule of law.  And the rule of law is the foundation upon which confidence is built. Of course, peace and order are important, but these must be attained within the confines of the law. Without the rule of law, there will be chaos and anarchy, and no confidence in our country. Without confidence, there will be no investments, and without investments, there will be no jobs. These are not threats, only sheer facts. And it will not be just the business owners and bosses who will suffer, but also thousands of workers and their families who will be deprived of jobs. Remember that peace and order ultimately do not come from the end of the barrel of a gun but from food on the table, access to good education, housing and health.

It is in this context that I fervently appeal that we all review our choices one last time before we vote.  Let us not vote out of despair or sheer disgust at an indecisive, slow-responding administration, or the infuriating traffic, or rampant crimes. Let us not go for a solution that may be far worse than the problems we are addressing. Think instead of what your vote will mean for your future and the future of millions of younger Filipinos, including your children or your younger siblings and coworkers. Consider the tremendous cost of the wrong choice.

Focus finally on the leaders we need to build on our gains, and to address the indecisiveness and ineptitude that have deterred our progress. Let us select no less than leaders who embody the decency, honesty, competence, toughness and patriotism that we want, and who have the capacity to bring us all together after the elections, so that we can be one united nation in pursuit of a better life for all Filipinos.

Please vote wisely!

Ramon R. del Rosario Jr. (rrdelrosario@gmail. com) chairs the Makati Business Club.

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We write this as a warning. The streets will run red if Rodrigo Duterte keeps his promise. Take him at his word, and know you could be next.

The story begins with an assault. An inmate is holding hostages at the Davao City detention center. There is gunfire, a retreat, bodies left behind – among them the corpse of an Australian missionary.

“When the body was taken out, it was already wrapped. I looked at her face. I said, ‘Fuck, she looks like an – like an American actress, a beautiful one.’”

Her name was Jacqueline Hamill. She was 36. She had been raped and her throat had been cut.

Duterte’s voice takes on a mournful tone. “I said, ‘Fuck, what a waste.’”

“Kill them all,” he once told a cheering crowd in Lingayen. “When I become president, I’ll order the police and the military to find these people and kill them.”

NBI arrests Comelec Hackers

NBI Cybercrime Division executive officer Pete Lorenzo identified the suspect as Jonel de Asis, 23, an IT expert. De Asis was arrested Thursday night at his home in Muntinlupa City by virtue of a search warrant.

In an interview with GMA News, Consulta said De Asis confirmed being behind the hacking of the Comelec website.

The suspect said he just wanted to show the website’s weaknesses and prod the Comelec into action to protect its data.

NBI spokesman Nick Suarez said the suspect is 23 years old, the same age as the first suspect, Paul Loui Biteng, an Information Technology graduate who was arrested in an NBI operation at his home in Sampaloc, Manila last week.

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Oh great, they got the hackers. Now Comelec  need to fix their website security issue. Defacing a website is an old school hacking technique can be exploited using a script kiddies tools.

We have many filipino security expert in the country to do a penetration testing. Why not hire them to help provide in depth security assessment to secure Comelec website. Use tax payer’s hard earned money in good use.

Remember, security is a process not a product.

Blasts leave ‘scores’ dead at Brussels airport and metro station

Three deadly terrorist blasts rocked the Belgian capital Tuesday, leaving more than 30 dead at the Brussels airport and a metro station and striking fear in the heart of the European Union just days after a manhunt captured a key suspect in last year’s Paris massacres.

The apparently coordinated explosions — including at least one by a suicide bomber at the airport — created a renewed sense of threat that spilled far beyond Brussels, as authorities boosted police patrols in cities such as Paris, London and Washington.

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North Korea claims it could wipe out Manhattan with a hydrogen bomb

SEOUL — North Korea claimed Sunday that it could wipe out Manhattan by sending a hydrogen bomb on a ballistic missile to the heart of New York, the latest in a string of brazen threats.

Although there are many reasons to believe that Kim Jong Un’s regime is exaggerating its technical capabilities, the near-daily drumbeat of boasts and warnings from Pyongyang underlines the regime’s anger at efforts to thwart its ambitions.

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