Hello, mga Kabayan! We’ve compiled here the latest good news about the Philippines and some stories shared by the Philippine Embassy in Singapore.

10 Year Passport Validity

President Duterte signed into law (under Republic Act No. 10928) the extension of Philippine passport validity from five to 10 years as of August 2017. The provision does not apply to minors or those under 18 years old, who will only be issued a passport valid for five years.

Palawan Named as Best Island in the World for 2017

International travel magazine Travel + Leisure (US) once again named Palawan as the world’s best island . Meanwhile, party-island Boracay ranked number 3 in the same poll.

Viacom Withdraws Nickolodean Project in Palawan

Earlier this year, news about the Nickolodean underwater theme park project in Palawan circulated on the net. This was received with mixed reactions from the public. Majority opposed the project as they wanted to preserve the beauty and natural charm of the island. Last August 22, Viacom announced that theme park is no longer pushing through.

“Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has mutually agreed with Coral World Park to discontinue the IP licensing agreement for the Nickelodeon-branded attraction and resort that was intended to be part of Coral World Park’s planned development in the western Philippine province of Palawan. Therefore, VIMN and Nickelodeon will no longer be involved with this proposed development. We wish Coral World Park well,” VIMN said (with reference).

Image of Coral World Park project in Palawan courtesy of Coral World Park/Moñozca Foundation website

Philippine Embassy participates in the 2017 ASEAN Day Reception in Singapore

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Philippine Ambassador to Singapore Antonio Morales, together with the Philippine Embassy, joined forces with various ASEAN delegates at the 2017 ASEAN Day Reception last August 23, 2017 (venue: Shangri-La Singapore). The event was hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore, headed by Guest-of-Honor Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, with the aim of promoting unity among the ASEAN nations while staying credible and relevant in modern times.

(Featured photo from palawanisland.org)


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