Tuesday, September 16, 2014

2015 is Visit the Philippines Year








             The Department of Tourism (DoT) formally announced 2015 to be the Visit the Philippines Year on September 4, 2014, during the launch its campaign at the SMX Convention Center of SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City, coinciding with the Philippine Travel Exchange (Phitex), intensifying DoTs tourism campaign  and slogan Its More Fun in the Philippines.
            Visit the Philippines Year is bolstered by major events happening in 2015 such as the visit of Pope Francis in January and the holding of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meetings and Leaders' Summit here. DoT is taking advantage of these events to entice more people to visit and explore the Philippines in its bid to reach its 10 million foreign arrival goal.
"There is a tendency to think tourism as an industry, as a business. When you think of tourism simply as an industry or as a business, you would tend to miss the single most important insight that makes the future of tourism a certainty, an exciting certainty for the Republic of the Philippines," DoT Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. said during the launch attended by foreign participants of Phitex. "Tourism is a performance. That is what tourism is all about. Tourism is a country performing at its best. We like to talk about 7,107 islands. I have news for you. These incredible beautiful 7,107 islands of the Philippines are simply the backdrop, the stage for a performance that can only be rendered by some of the best performers as best tourism agents in the world. They're known as the people of the Philippines."
He further explained: "The performance of the Philippines is what some have described as a phenomenal growth in tourism in the last four years. This is a country that had 22 million domestic travelers in all our airports, bus terminals and sea ports as recently as 2010. In 2013, 44 million travelers crossed domestic borders in the Philippines. That statistic indicates that the performance is not just ongoing, it is and outstanding and unforgettable performance. And what is performance in touristic terms? Performance is the ability to turn strangers into friends, the ability to turn times into memories, the ability to turn adventures into unforgettable experiences. That is what the performance is all about."
DoT said Philippine tourism has experienced robust growth because to the unprecedented support from the national government, local governments and the private sector. For the first six months of 2014, foreign tourism revenues amounted to P109.77 billion. This is reinforced by the country's investment upgrades and high economic growth performance.
"You do not go to a country simply to see it. You go to a country to experience not just the country itself, but your own humanity. And the Philippines is exactly all about," Jimenez  added. "You know why there is a tremendous excitement now over tourism in Asia? It is because the Philippines has led the way in terms of allowing the rest of Southeast Asia to compete more effectively not just as places but as peopleIf the Philippines is the stage, if the Filipinos are the performers, your support will be the applause. Because only the applause, only your support will encourage an even better performance from the Philippines and the Filipinos."
Recently, the Philippines's aviation safety rating was elevated to Category 1, and DoT believes this will also be a boost to tourism not only for international flights but for domestic as well. For Visit Philippines Year, DoT aims to have one major occasion every quarter that would attract not only domestic but also international tourists to visit the country.
Domingo Ramon C. Enerio III, DoT Assistant Secretary for Tourism Planning and Promotions, laid out the events, promotions and activities for 2015 Visit the Philippines Year, which are categorized by interests and persuasions such as arts and culture, lifestyle and entertainment, travel and adventure, sports and business.
The papal visit headlines the arts and culture events. The much-anticipated visit will serve as gateway for visitors to experience the country's numerous festivals as well as discover its heritage structures such as centuries-old baroque churches.
For lifestyle and entertainment, shopping and nightlife are being promoted, especially for the capital Manila, that may interest tourists. Many international acts will come to the Philippines next year, including the much awaited concert of boy band One Direction. International events such as the Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta and the Philippine International Pyromusical Competition are likewise expected to draw foreign visitors.
For adventure seekers, DoT is banking on the country's natural wonders and biodiversity. Hiking, surfing and diving are being promoted in such places as Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte, Bohol and Cebu. Additionally, it is strengthening promotions for the Philippines' Unesco World Heritage sites-the Ifugao Rice Terraces, Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife and Sanctuary, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River
The country has been a regular in many international sporting events such as Iron Man and Xterra Triathlons, and CWC International Wakeboarding Competition. Additional, there are numerous local sporting events such as dragon boat races, marathons and triathlons that may interest the active traveler.
For conventions and business conferences, the Philippines is said to have ample facilities to host them. In fact, it will be hosting the APEC Ministerial Meetings and Leaders' Summit, which will be attended by 21 heads of state and 46 ministers, with about 10,000 economic leaders, support staff and international journalists.
Also, Visit Philippines Year will pave the way for Philippine tourism for the planned regional economic integration of Association of Southeast Asian Nations with measures that include the readiness of the Bureau of Immigration to honor the common visas extended by all member countries to those traveling to the Philippines.
To promote Visit Philippines Year 2015, the DoT's Web site was redesigned, redirecting its home page to the "It's More Fun in the Philippines" Web site (www.itsmorefuninthephilippines.com), which was upgraded to include more features to assist potential tourists, travel agencies and event organizers. Additionally, the DoT has developed a microsite inside the "It's More Fun in the Philippines" Web site to serve as directory to everything the Philippines has to offer. Event organizers, tour agencies, companies and individuals can register and promote their activities to an international audience at www.phl2015.itsmorefuninthephilippines.com.
"What will truly sustain Visit the Philippines Year 2015 campaign are the people themselves. I enjoin the businesses, communities and locals, to play an active part in spreading and amplifying our messages, enticing would-be visitors to come visit our shores," said Jimenez.

Monday, September 15, 2014

A Dream Set in Jewel Tones: Visits to El Nido


Sunrise at the Miniloc Island Resort, El Nido. The iconic image of this resort as well as other properties of the El Nido Resorts is the cottages on stilts, over water.
            The nondescript, white gate at one of the side streets of Andrews Avenue in Nichols, Pasay City, is a portal to a place of wonder and adventure. I had the perennial Metro Manila nuisances to hurdle several minutes before reaching that gate. Traffic can easily get convoluted in the area, where there are several airports. Jams were starting to build up and the fumes were rising to form a noxious blanket.    
            Mercifully, passing security and checking in were a breeze. It was a tiny terminal anyway with no queues of passengers and with more courteous personnel. It was actually in a hanger. Island Transvoyager, Inc. (ITI) operates direct flights to El Nido and chartered flights to other remote areas from the Andres Soriano Hangar.
            The pre-departure lounge was small but cozy with parquet floor, walls and ceiling accented with bamboo, wood and wicker chairs, and a table laden with muffins, sandwiches, juices and coffee. At the other side of the hangar was the lounge of Amanpulo Resort, the famous, exclusive, luxury getaway.  I was given a boarding pass, a small piece of wood etched with the seat number. 

The 19-seat Dornier plane back in 2011
Inside the plane

The plane was so small you can actually see the cockpit
Flying over Metro Manila
The wooden boarding pass
The pre-departure lounge in 2008
         
 


Views from the plane
  I remembered the first time I went to El Nido in 2008. It was like a vivid dream from the start, at the airport, until the end. The plane was a small nineteen-seat Dornier 228. The flight attendant had to demonstrate safety instructions at the longue. Inside the aircraft, there were more crates of fruits and vegetables than passengers. It felt like a classic expedition into the wild and the exotic. Up in the air, I could feel the friction between the small aircraft and the rushing wind outside, exacerbating the ache in my ear which I tried to dismiss by sleeping.
Flying south of Manila and passing the island of Mindoro, the view from the window was the endless expanse of sea until. After about 400 kilometers, we were flying over the northwestern part of Palawan. Peering through the haze of somnolence and veils of clouds, I could make the outlines of islands, shores and coves, appearing like streaks of a finely cut blue agate. It felt like waking up to a dream—a gleaming blue sea studded with islets and atolls, and hills emerald with forests, places difficult to imagine what they look like on ground, villages that seemed isolated in coves and islands, roads that disappeared into mountains, white-sand shores that seemed deserted.
At a lower altitude, the islands showed up one by one, several in strange shapes, with their wreaths of vegetation. The sense of adventure and the feeling that we were in one of the most beautiful places on Earth intensified as we approached and crystallized as we landed. ITI now flies ATR 42-500 aircrafts that can carry fifty passengers, more comfortable but no less exciting.  
Also operated by ITI, the Lio Airport is a 1,120-meter runway in the middle of, well, nowhere. It is hemmed in by tracts of forests and grasslands of the barangay of Villa Libertad. At one end are the verdant hills and the other the expansive sea. A red carpet was laid out on the runway for the alighting passengers, bright and conspicuous among the crude gray and rustic green and brown. There was something amusing and charming about this piece of luxury in the midst of the rough and the natural, but one will find that it is a recurring thing throughout a stay at the El Nido Resorts (ENR), which thrusts one into the middle of El Nido’s still unspoiled natural beauty but coddles one with modern comforts. 
Snacks of puto and suman await guests at the Lio Airport terminal
 

The welcome troupe singing folk songs.

Bust of Jose Rodriguez Seastress, once mayor of El Nido who gave invaluable support to Ten Knots.








The terminal at Lio Airport in El Nido is a couple of large grass-roofed huts.
 








A speedboat for ENR guests at the Lio River


The jetty port at the beach near the airport
 

The islands of Bacuit Bay

Perhaps, the best way to experience the beauty of El Nido is through the El Nido Resorts, which manages three resorts on three of the islands of Bacuit Bay. And the Bacuit Bay area with its islands and islets and the surrounding shores and coves is perhaps the most picturesque part of the town.
The town of El Nido occupies an area of 465.1 square kilometres at the northern part of the island province of Palawan, which is frequently regarded as the Philippines’ “last frontier” because of its relatively undisturbed flora and fauna. To many, Palawan is most known for the Puerto Princesa Underground River, a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site and the province’s prime tourist attraction. Coron at the northern tip is another popular tourist destination. Next to them will be El Nido. Many resorts and lodges have sprouted at the town proper, where most of the town’s population of about 36,000 reside. The town proper nestles at the southernmost cove of El Nido Bay, a small strip of houses against limestone cliffs. Though I had not stayed at the town proper, I got glimpse of it on my second visit. I came from Apulit Island Resort, another El Nido Resorts property, formerly the Club Noah Isabelle Resort, in the neighboring town of Taytay. The trip to El Nido took about two hours, mostly on rough roads, and afforded a view of the northern Palawan countryside. The trip culminated with being charmed by the El Nido town proper, a community thriving among dramatic limestone cliffs. Most of the visitors to El Nido go through the capital Puerto Princesa, about 238 kilometres to the south, about seven- to eight-hour bus ride. ENR guests are serviced by ITI, which also accommodates regular travelers.
At Lio Airport, a customized jeepney suddenly appeared to fetch passengers and bring them to the terminal, which is actually a couple of large huts, one for arrivals and one for departures. A band of old women in traditional costumes greeted arriving passengers as well as bid departing ones farewell with folk songs. A carabao once accompanied them before. Local sweets—usually puto (rice cakes) and suman—were offered inside the terminal. Already, a guide from ENR will also be waiting, and most likely he will be with you all throughout your stay, arranging excursions, answering questions and generally making your trip as hassle-free as possible.
Behind the terminal is the Lio River where a speedboat waited for resort guests. It would ferry them through the river fringed with lush growths of mangrove out to the bay where a larger outrigger boat to which guests will transfer. During low tide, one goes to beach, lovely in its desolation, where there is a large makeshift pier and walkway of wood planks. A boat waited at the end, the start of a journey of wonder.
Bacuit Bay is heralded by its biggest island, Cadlao. The 1,006-hectare island also has the Bacuit archipelago’s highest peak, which rises to 609 meters above sea level. Its pockets of white-sand beaches, lagoons and forest cover attract many excursionists. Its name can be very apt; it means “smile” in Cuyunon, the local language.
The islands of Bacuit Bay never fail to inspire awe. About 45 islands and islets with their interesting flora and fauna are strewn in the bay, which connects to the South China Sea and the Sulu Sea. The Linapacan Strait lies to its north. Made mostly of limestone, they look like hills and mountains floating on the sea, with caves, beaches, lagoons, forests and diving sites that all the more lure people like mermaid songs. These limestone cliffs are believed to be 250 million years old, carved out of thick coralline deposits in the sea covering what is presently North Vietnam and South China. About 60 million years ago, tectonic upheavals brought them out of the sea and placed them where they are today.
Bacuit is the old name of the area, given in 1890 when the Spaniards settled here and organized the town. In 1954, it was changed to its present name, El Nido, meaning “the nest” in Spanish. As the boat goes through the islands, one can see why. Along the way, we saw small makeshift huts perched among the cliffs near caves and large crevices of some of the islands. Busyadores or nest gatherers staked their claims on the caves. Swiftlets come to El Nido and Taytay in certain seasons to mate, build nests and lay eggs. The nests are made purely from their saliva and are a treasured ingredient in Chinese cuisine and medicine. Nest gatherers clamber on rocks and rudimentary bamboo scaffoldings to harvest the nests, which are sold at about US$ 3,000 per kilogram.
Here in Bacuit Bay, the Ten Knots Development Corporation maintains three resorts in three separate islands. The resorts not only offer places to stay, with all the amenities expected of a world-class haven, but also access to the wonders of the area and an experience that will burn in the soul. Moreover, they involve those who stay with them to care for the environment as much as the people behind the resorts, something that has earned them respect and accolades worldwide.
 
One of the first structures at the Miniloc Island Resort


Miniloc Island Resort
Miniloc Island Resort staff welcomes guests with songs and dance
Miniloc Island Resort's Water Cottages

Miniloc Island Resort





Miniloc Island Resort's bar

Dinner at Miniloc Island Resort's Payong-Payong Cove


Miniloc Island Resort's restaurant



Mullets at the Miniloc Island Resort




ENR guests have woven bags, the Eco-Nido Bag, plastic bags and guides in their rooms
            At the heart of Bacuit Bay archipelago, surrounded by the islands of Paglugaban, Entalula, Matinloc, Inambuyid, Guintungauan and Dilumacad, Miniloc Island is the first home of the Ten Knots resort. Set against limestone cliffs, a cluster of rustic cottages stand on the white-sand shore of one of its coves, some jutting out to the sea, at the eastern side of the island. Being about 30 years old, some cottages of Miniloc Island Resort show their age, still retaining its make of mostly bamboo, coconut and grass, but remain well-maintained and charming. In some ways, a cottage looks like a local fisherman’s hut only with resort amenities.
I was told that those who started the resort were divers, on board their dive boat Via Mare, who ventured into El Nido. They built cottages in which to stay while exploring the area. Ten Knots, named after the belief “that ten knots is the ideal speed not only in getting to their dive destination quickly, but also cruising leisurely enough to appreciate and enjoy Nature’s endowments,” became a group of companies that includes one that focuses on property management. Then Filipino-American company Asian Conservation Corporation (ACC) became involved in the venture in 2004. In 2010, major property company Ayala Land, which is furthering its tourism forays, went into a joint venture with ACC, securing a sixty percent share. With Ayala Land, El Nido Resorts added the Apulit Island Resort in Taytay and built another resort, the Pangalusian Island Resort, which is the most luxurious in the area.
            Meanwhile, the fifty-room Miniloc Island Resort retains history as well as builds new facilities and rooms. Cottages stand over water on stilts, surrounded by tropical plants or perched high on the hillside. Near the resort is a small cove the staff calls Payong-Payong, literally “umbrella” in Filipino, where a private dinner can be set up.
            The second resort in Lagen Island is nearer to the Palawan mainland. Opened in 1998, the Lagen Island Resort, situated in a cove in the northeastern part of the island, has a more modern feel and boasts of upscale accommodations surrounded by landscaped gardens. It has also has fifty rooms—Water Cottages built on stilts on both sides of its cove, Beachfront Cottages with a view of the entire cove, Forest Rooms and Forest Suites built on the fringes of a tropical forest, all amply furnished for a comfortable stay. Additionally, Lagen Island’s clubhouse houses the air-conditioned main dining area which serves buffet and a la carte meals. On the lower level are the boutique, game area, library, clinic and conference room. In the middle of the resort is the swimming pool and a spa, providing a view of the sunset. The marine sports center has a complete line of diving and snorkeling equipment, as well as kayaks, windsurfs and Hobie cat. Behind Lagen Island, there is a sandbar where private dinner can be set up. Lagen’s iconic picture is a lunch set-up with a white umbrella and the white sand gleaming, the islands providing a pensive background. 

The verandah of a Water Cottage at the Lagen Island Resort


Port at the Lagen Island Resort





Bathroom of a Forest Suite at the Lagen Island Resort
Forest Suite at the Lagen Island Resort
Forest Suite at the Lagen Island Resort
Forest Suite at the Lagen Island Resort
Forest Suite at the Lagen Island Resort
Forest Suite at the Lagen Island Resort
Forest Suite at the Lagen Island Resort
Forest Suite at the Lagen Island Resort
Forest Suite at the Lagen Island Resort
Lagen Island Resort

Lagen Island Resort

Lagen Island Resort

Lagen Island Resort

Lagen Island Resort
Lagen Island Resort pool
Lagen Island Resort pool and restaurant
         

Lagen Island Resort pool
Lagen Island Resort pool

Lagen Island Resort

Lagen Island Resort pool


Lagen Island Resort pool


Lagen Island Resort pool



Lagen Island Resort reception area

Lagen Island Resort restuarant and other facilities


Lagen Island Resort buffet



Steamed mud crab for dinner

Salad and kimchi
Lagen Island Resort restaurant

Lagen Island Resort restaurant

Lagen Island Resort Forest Suite room
Fruits and messages at Lagen Island Resort

Lagen Island Resort's Forest Suites
 




Lagen Island Resort
 

Lagen Island Resort restaurant
Lagen Island Resort restaurant
 
 
Arranging a photo shoot of Lagen Island Resort's sandbar despite the rain

 







The private lunch setup at the sandbar of Lagen Island Resort






Lagen Island Resort
Lagen Island Resort's spa









 
 
 
 
 

















 


If you want a laidback activity, guides can teach you to make hats out of coconut leaves.
At Lagen Island Resort, a monitor lizard swims at the pool almost every morning and then slithers its way to the forest pass some of the rooms
The ENR maintained the Pangalusian Beach Club on Pangalusian Island, just across Lagen, where guests can have lunch, but it was gutted by fire in 1998. The island is the site of one of the early resorts in El Nido, built by former owner, the Gordon family, in 1982. The island was then acquired by Ten Knots. Now, Pangalusian Island Resort stands on the island’s 750-meter white-sand beach, at the southeastern side, where both sunrise and sunset can be observed in their majesty. Before the sun set, we visited its villas, awed by their sheer beauty and luxury. 
Pangalusian Island


The Pangalusian Island Resort
The Pangalusian Island Resort
The Pangalusian Island Resort
The white sand beach at Pangalusian Islan
Bathroom at one of the villas of the Pangalusian Island Resort

A Pangalusian Island Resort villa




Beach in Pangalusian Island











The Pangalusian Island Resort

            The most enduring image of these resorts, except for Pangalusian the newest, is the series of cottages standing on stilts over the water, against the limestone cliffs, a beautiful merging of the luxurious and the rough, the elegant and the wild. One can retreat to the air-conditioned comfort of the room and take a few steps outside to be so near forests and exotic animals.     
In Miniloc Island Resort, large diamond-scaled mullets or banak swim under the cottages and about the cove, which has an average depth of eight meters. They are considered pets, delighting guests who often snorkel with the fish. In Lagen, parrot fishes and puffer fishes swim around sea cucumbers. Above, hornbills or kalaw come to roost on branches. In mornings, a monitor lizard takes a dip in the swimming pool. As night descends, dissolving the limestone islets and leaving only few flickering lights, Lagen Island Resort becomes a forest lit with lamps hanging from trees. At one part, different insects chirp and sing and at the other the waves crash against the rocks. Above, fruit bats launch into their nocturnal forays, and you are at the center, floating on a soft bed that carries you to the land of dreams.
            There are more beautiful creatures. You are given an “eco-checklist” together with the Eco-nido bag in which to put non-biodegradable trash and a woven buri bag for belongings. The illustrated checklist is a favorite, in which one can log in the species one spots. The information will be added to the resort’s database. Listed are the whale shark, parrotfish, the clownfish, the jack, the black-tipped reef shark, the giant clam, the crown of thorns, the barrel sponge, the feather star, the sea urchin, the Bryde’s whale, the bottle-nosed dolphin, the Palawan squirrel, the long-tailed macaque, the Tabon scrub fowl, the green sea turtle, the hawksbill turtle, the water monitor lizard, the banded mangrove snake, the grey imperial pigeon, the Palawan hornbill, the lesser frigate bird, the eastern reef egret, the white-breasted sea eagle and the black-naped tern. 

Entalula Island
Entalula Island lunch

Dibuluan Island

Dibuluan Island

ENR beach house in Dibuluan Island

Dibuluan Island

Buffet lunch in Dibuluan Island
Vigan Island
Vigan Island
Vigan Island


The Big Lagoon in Miniloc Island
Going to the Big Lagoon
Kayaks near the Small Lagoon in Miniloc Island
Private lunch at a sandbar
Kayaking and snorkeling near the Small Lagoon
Port area at the town proper of El Nido
 




Vigan Island
Pitcher plant in Vigan Island
Locals call this shrub potpot in Vigan Island

Entalula Island
Cliff for rock climbing in Entalula Island
Picnic lunch in Entalula Island

A feast of seafood in Entalula Island

Dibuluan Island

Entalula Island
Dibuluan Island
Pinasil Cave

Pinasil Cave
Pinasil Island
Pinasil Cave
The area is part of the El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area that includes more than 36,000 hectares of land and 54,000 hectares of marine waters, home to five species of mammals, including the Malayan pangolin; sixteen bird species endemic to Palawan; and rich marine life.
            Days are spent outside going from island to island. ENR offers a host of activities— hiking on forest trails, visiting lagoons and caves, mangrove river tours, bottom fishing, bird watching, hat making, picnic lunches, sunset cruising, kayaking, windsurfing, Hobie cat sailing, snorkeling, and diving.
One of the highlights of El Nido is a visit to the Big and Small Lagoons—a spectacular, almost surreal venture—in Miniloc Island. The lagoons are located on the northeastern side of the island. A narrow channel with soaring limestone cliffs on both sides served as passageway to the Big Lagoon. Along the way, we saw congregations of sea urchins, a couple of baby sharks and a monitor lizard. We kayaked around the lagoon, our voices echoing through the silence. Most of the time, we were silent in awe. To get to the Small Lagoon, we had to kayak our way though a small opening. During high tide, we might have to swim underneath or have to lie down on our kayaks. We were rewarded with another place of beauty. I was reminded of the Suhoton Cove in Surigao del Norte.
Another popular destination is Vigan Island at the southern part of the bay. The small islet has a long, winding sand spit that disappears during high tide, earning the popular name Snake Island. Our boat docked along the sand spit, on which we walked to the top of the island where pitcher plants thrive. Curiously, pitcher plants can be found nowhere else in Bacuit Bay.
Near Vigan is Cudugnon Cave, already on the Palawan mainland, where excursionists crawl though a small opening into a dry chamber with skylight. Guides often describe it as a Neolithic burial place, where ancient artifacts have been unearthed. The islet of Pinasil also has a cave, also frequently visited only via a boat, this one cathedral-like.
In between swimming and island-hopping, we had lunches at ENR’s beach houses in Entalula Island and Dibuluan Island, where there are white-sand beaches to swim in and a limestone cliff to tackle. One can sail a Hobie cat, kayak, windsurf, or play volleyball or badminton.
The activities remain to have low impact on the environment. Aside from the facilities and service, another admirable thing about the El Nido Resorts is its commitment to the local community and the environment. A large part of ENR’s charm owes much to the surroundings. Since its establishment, ENR has played a substantial role in the environmental efforts in the area with its own initiatives, partnerships with several agencies and establishment of the El Nido Foundation. Guests are always made aware of the environment and are encouraged to participate in its preservation. The resort personnel are knowledgeable, able to identify animals and plants in the area. Learning becomes as pleasurable as the excursions, the picnics and the lounging here.
At the end of the trip, you are changed somehow, even with just three days. Even with already three visits, there is still much to explore and learn. As our boat set out to sea, the staff gathered at the pier to sing and wave goodbye, not stopping until we disappeared in sight. We passed by a large gray rock. A plant has sprouted from a crevice. The sky turned gunmetal gray with threat of rain, but the somberness was brightened by a surprising thing. Instead of leaping fishes, little brown butterflies accompanied us, bravely flitting among the waves, going from one island to another in search of nectar. We were reminded how resilient life can be, but at the same time fragile, disappearing without us even knowing.
As the plane takes off and the clouds envelop the place you have been, you organize the memories and look out the window. As much as solid as a rock and rousing as seawater El Nido is, it will always be a never-ending dream, set in lapis and emerald, precious and precarious.

Contact Information

The El Nido Resorts’ Metro Manila office at the 18th Floor, 8747 Paseo de Roxas Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City. Contact telephone number (+63 2) 813-000; or fax number (+63 2) 759-3957. Its e-mail address is holidays@elnidoresorts.com. Check out Web site www.elnidoresorts.com.  ENR has Facebook and Twitter accounts.


Me at the Small Lagoon
Me trying to wind-surf
Kayaking at Small Lagoon
With the El Nido jeepney

At Pinasil Cave
In Vigan Island
Departing for Metro Manila