On its 24th year, “Pista Y Ang Kagueban” or “Feast of the Forest”, was again joined by PMO Puerto Princesa staff in support of the city government’s unrelenting tree-planting drive institutionalizing the protection and conservation of the environment. The activity turned out to be another enormous success beyond expectations since its inception in 19991 and every year this celebration was a sight to behold.
This unbendable battle to protect the environment steered the wheels of support anew from public and private schools from all levels led by the student, NGOs, government employees, tourists, dignitaries, and individuals from all walks of life and PMO Puerto Princesa leadership was not relegated to the backseat.
More than 2 million trees have already been planted since 1991 such as balayong, narra, ipil-ipil, and mahogany and a lot more indigenous plants. This year about 2 hectares of denuded forest mountains in Sitio Impagay, Barangay Irawan, Puerto Princesa City became the site of the reforestation activity held on June 28, 2014, each planting at least 2 to 5 mahogany propagules, trowels in tow.
Either on foot, truck or motorcycle, around 100 thousand participants trekked the watershed area if only to be a part and experience the fulfillment of helping regenerate our forest.
After all, “We have not inherited the earth from our fathers, we are borrowing it from our children” (Lester Brown), is a truism indeed. Read more
PMO Puerto Princesa celebrated its 37th Anniversary on June 02, 2014 adopting the theme “Green Ports and Cruise Tourism: The Emerging Challenges of Palawan Development”, an apt title to mark recent spate of developments in the region, especially with the cruise ship arrivals in recent months.
Port Manager Luis A. Cuison, in his welcome remarks spoken in Filipino, cited the gains reached by the PMO achieved through hard work, commitment and the concerted efforts of everyone – from the managers down to the rank and file, saying “I cannot do this alone. It is your support and cooperation that our battles won, that catapult this PMO in the spotlight.” Indeed! The PMO was recently awarded the much-coveted first prize honor from the city government, The City’s Cleanest and Greenest Institution and Government Office on March 03, 2014, a local government project called Oplan-Linis. Read more
r,.Following the success of the second Mural Painting Contest held last December 13, 2013, PMO Puerto Princesa has again found its way to hold its third on May 28, 2014 with a more challenging theme, “One World, One Heart: “Clean and Green” is a Way of Life. Culled from the undeniable challenges of the times, weather-wise, this year’s theme is a fitting address towards having a world beating as one to make it a better place by inculcating cleanliness and greening the environment, if only to avert the signs of global warming.
Dubbed as the epicentre of global cruised industry, the recently-concluded (March 10 – 13, 2014) Cruise Shipping Miami (CSM) held at the MIami Beach Convention Centre in Miami, Florida, U.S.A., proved a must-attend event for every member of the cruise industry. Read more
Updated as of March 2014
February 14th, Puerto Princesa City’s expression of love for Mother Nature is celebrated the extraordinary way. On its 12th year, PPA PMO Puerto Princesa staff have again joined the yearly event, heightening awareness on the ecological role of mangroves and other coastal ecosystems in the vital web of life. About 20,000 mangrove seedlings and propagules were planted on Valentines Day in Barangay San Manuel in Puerto Princesa City as part of the yearly celebration called “Love Affair With Nature”, coinciding with 268 couples saying “I dos” at the crack of the dawn. Read more
From its last port of call in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, the M/S “Costa Victoria” carrying 1,792 passengers made its maiden voyage at the Port of Puerto Princesa on January 7, 2014 at 1240H.
The vessel which has a GRT of 75, 166, LOA of 219.71M, Draft of 8.0M, owned and operated by Costa Crociere of Italy is the first cruise ship caller at the Port of Puerto Princesa for 2014 and the largest vessel to call at this port, so far (M/S “Legend of the Seas” which called at the port on March 19, 2013 has a GRT of 69, 472).
The maiden call of the M/S “Costa Victoria” was marked by the symbolic key, souvenir and plaque presentation ceremonies aboard the vessel at 3:00 PM between vessel Captain Paolo Viscafe and City Mayor Lucilo Bayron, DoT Regional Director for Region IV Rebecca V. Labit and the PMO represented by Mr. Jemuel B. Apellido and Engr. Marlon N. Sendaydiego, PSD and ESD Manager, respectively.
Inspite of the unexpected afternoon rainshower, guests were feted to a rousing welcome of cultural performances by the Provincial Capitol Dance Troupe, the Dancing Tricycle Drivers of PASTODA and the City Band from the Department of Tourism, Region IV in collaboration with the City Tourism Department. More stirring presentations for the send-off ceremonies for the vessel were provided by the above groups augmented by the Puerto Princesa City Choir and the PSU Children Violin Ensemble.
The visit of M/S “Costa Victoria” which departed at 1930H enroute to its next port of call which is Boracay Island paved another avenue for the Port of Puerto Princesa to showcase its viability as the next cruise hub of the country which is not far-fetched after all.
PPA Puerto Princesa conducted a Mural Painting Contest last December 13, 2013 themed Puerto Gwapo: Tugon Sa Hamon Ng Climate Change which aptly answered the call of the present challenges besetting the country today, especially more meaningful with the recent wrath of super typhoon “Haiyan” (locally named Yolanda) which wreaked havoc to Eastern Visayas and parts of Palawan. PMO Puerto Princesa Port Manager Luis A. Cuison, through the Safety and Environmental Management Staff spearheaded the holding of the 2nd Mural Painting Contest, reviving its pioneering launch back in 2008. After a five-year hiatus, the contest drew the interest of sixty participants, in groups of three from barangays, schools, NGOs, art shop owners, and other entities within Puerto Princesa. Up for grabs was a coveted P12, 000.00 cash prize for the first prize, P8,000.00 and P5,000.00 for the second and third prize winners, respectively. Consolation prizes of P1, 000.00 each for the 4th and 10th placess and P500.00 each for all other participants, all donated by its sponsor, Roosevelt Chemicals, Inc. – Triton Paints.
After a gruelling 8 hours of painting the walls, threatened almost by overcast skies, time to hang the brushes was up. One can only be mesmerized by the participants’ product, each a showcase of conveying a message through every shape, color mix, and size, aware of what the contest theme in mind. Spectators cannot help but be in awe of the talent displayed right before their eyes.
Roosevelt Chemical, Inc. Triton Paints through its Marketing Director Ms. Elisa Claire de la Rosa and Mr. Marvis Mirasol, Project Coordinator, this event’s sponsors, donated long-sleeved shirts to the participants and a hundred thousand peso worth of paints.
The panel of judges is composed of Mr. Mitchell C. Gacott, a noted mural artist, a University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts graduate, a scholar of the National Arts Center, Cultural Center of the Philippines, held four one-man show exhibits, winner of various mural painting contests both local and national in 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984 and 1989 and one-time illustrator of Disney Production, U.S.A.
Mr. Jonathan Benitez is the founder of Collective Artists for the Environment since 2004 to present. His digital art has been exhibited in Brazil and Germany and recently represented the Philippines in Peace and Arts Festival in Uba, Brazil last September 2013. He is currently the resident artist of Dos Palmas Resort & Spa in Puerto Princesa City.
The third judge, Mr. Arnel C. Jovito, is the Head of the Creative and Technical Department of the Roosevelt Chemical, Inc., Triton Paints, an advertising artist for 20 years, environmentalist, nature lover, and a mural artist. He also earned large number of following in facebook for mural to support Palawan to be included in the 7 Wonders of Nature.
To a plain onlooker’s eye, his choice may have appeared outstanding, but it took the judges’ discriminating choice to dispel expectations. Adherence and significance to theme, embodying the message of climate change made all the difference. And the results are:
First Prize was won by the Young Seekers Fellowship Team, who initially had in mind how to give something this Christmas to street urchins. This team of 3 young men are nurses of Ospital ng Palawan.
Second Prize – Palawan Art Tribe winning P8, 000.00 composed of two siblings whose artistic inclinations are not only confined to painting, but all sorts of water colour drawings and the like. Their entry looked like an anime-looking child in the mould of scolding, as if to ask “what have you done to mother earth”?
Third Prize – Western Philippines University called the Artribe team. Taking home P5, 000.00, their painting had the backings of their school head, inspired by the adulation of their peers.
In yet another feather-in-the-cap, PPA PMO Puerto Princesa Mural Painting Contest brings closure to year 2013 in another meaningful and inspiring activity close to the hearts of us all – the challenge to combat the effects of climate change. Engaging its immediate community through mural painting and be a part of an undertaking worthy of its cause, this PMO has spurred action from everyone, pursued unrelenting effort to send the message across of taking care of our environment. The murals would surely become a tourist attraction in time for the arrival of cruise ship MS Costa Victoria on January 07, 2014. Hence, the Puerto Gwapo challenge – greening the port as a way of life, the brainchild of Port Manager Luis A. Cuison, continues to live on.
TMO Coron successfully accommodated cruise ship MV Hanseatic with 143 passengers aboard last October 16, 2013. It was diverted to Port of Coron from its original destination to Tagbilaran, Bohol due to the earthquake.
After a month-long celebration of the Tourism Month 2013, a grand gala night on September 28, 2013 culminated the event which was held at the Skylight Convention Center, Puerto Princesa City. The affair honored its partners in the tourism industry for their exemplary performance and contributions to the goals and objectives of the Tourism Department and the City Government of Puerto Princesa. Read more