It is shocking to learn from the news that a group of businessmen as well as the government of Palawan has plans of putting-up a Nickelodeon-designed underwater theme park. This indeed is very disturbing.
These builders of artificial theme parks must be made to realize that Palawan itself is one big and breathing park. A park built by no one but nature itself. A natural park where people can thrillingly commune with nature.
Palawan in so many times has been voted as the best island in the world. All human beings who has been to this heavenly place dubbed as “the last frontier” can attest that this island is one of a kind. The environment is serene, the air is fresh, the waters are crystal clear and the wildlife is healthy.
An underwater theme park is the last thing that Palawan needs. Owners of Nickelodeon obviously has not gone diving or snorkeling the beautiful waters of Palawan. They have yet to know the richness of the marine wildlife found in that beautiful island. Thus, there is no underwater feature of Palawan that is needed to be enhanced. The clearness of the water and the vastness of marine wildlife in itself is one blissful natural theme park already.
I obviously disagree and would not want the construction of an underwater theme park in Palawan. This opted me to sign-up to the “No Nickelodeon’s Underwater Theme Park in Palawan” petition/campaign. And let me ask all those who stumbled upon this post to join me by signing up at:
According to Nengkoy, if you have anything good to say, SAY IT! That has been one positive mantra that I have learned from my mother. With this viewpoint, let me express two awesome thoughts.
First is to applaud the beautiful tropical island of Palawan for besting all other islands of the world. Congratulations to Palawan for being chosen as the number one island in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards.
got Nacpan Beach in El Nido all for myself
Though I am very much elated by this awesome recognition, I am a little sad because this once hidden place of a paradise is slowly being discovered by world travelers. I would love to keep Palawan unspoiled. I hope that the blue and emerald green waters, the jungle-filled mountains as well as the incredible and colorful wildlife both underwater and on land of this beautiful paradise will be well preserved.
Second is to convey gratitude to my Facebook friends for “liking” my profile picture. I am delighted and overjoyed because it is the first time ever in my being an FB account user that my profile picture reached more than 200 likes.
my most “liked” FB profile
Thank you FB friends! Your “likes” in some ways makes me stay positive! I am not a popular FB account user, but my reaching 200+ likes felt like winning the award for being the best island of the world. And just like Palawan, I think I need to preserve my positive bearing and uncomplicated being because I’m starting to get “popular”! Hahaha!
El Nido was never in my bucket list. It is because, before I was able to create mental notes about my bucket list, I have already been to this paradise of a place. My recent trip to El Nido was not my first. I was in this tropical paradise more than twenty years ago. I remember during that particular trip, going to El Nido was even more difficult than how it is now.
it felt like owning the whole stretch of this beautiful beach paradise
Reaching and travelling now and then to El Nido is like reaching for the stars! More than twenty years ago, underprivileged tourists like me could not afford to pay for a private plane that would bring me to El Nido. Me and my friends had to travel first to Puerto Princesa and take a bumpy public transport (a huge non-air-conditioned truck transformed into a bus) that would pass through the never-seem-to-end super dusty dirt road for 12 long hours. Now the easy, smooth and air-conditioned land travel from Puerto Princesa to El Nido (though still a lot of time) would only take about four to five hours.
What is so distinct about the El Nido tourists more than 20 years ago is that majority of them were foreigners. Except me, local Filipino tourists then would comprise of either from (i) very rich families; (ii) corrupt political personalities; and, (iii) stylish showbiz superstars. Now, it is so heartwarming to know that more local tourists from the middle class spectrum of society could already go and marveled at the beauty of El Nido.
Local tourists from rich families more than 20 years ago may have gone bankrupt; corrupt politicians more than 20 years ago may have been jailed or whose souls are now burning in hell; and, stylish showbiz superstars may have gone baduy (outmoded) and laos (obsolete) but the majestic beauty, charismatic energy and mesmeric attraction of El Nido remains the same. Glad to know that El Nido continues to be the country’s superstar tropical destination!
peaceful and very relaxing
Because of its splendid attractions, I have just revised my bucket list. It is because I have included El Nido and that I have to experience all the marvelous sites that it has to offer. Right now this paradise has four island hopping tours (A, B, C and D tours) plus the inland travels going to a fresh water falls and the Nacpan/Twin Beach. This now gives me reason to return!
One romance theory that has been backed up by empirical study shows that playing hard to get is a good way to build desire and romantic attraction. Case in point for this theory is the hardships that one would have to encounter and endure before reaching the most beautiful tropical vacation place on earth known as El Nido in Palawan.
Unless you have heaps of wealth, getting to El Nido is an exhausting challenge. Like the theory of playing hard to get, reaching El Nido can be like investing into some emotional and physical investments.
el nido port
going inside the big lagoon…
inside the “secret lagoon”
super nice…. at the yet to be spoiled, nacpan beach
One would have to encounter the dangers-that-be lurking at the Manila airport, one would have to endure the often-delayed flights of airlines, one would have to suffer the butt-aches and bladder-control agonies of land travel for five to six hours, one would have to bear with the bumpy boat rides when touring the paradise-like destinations, one would have to endure the stings and soreness of a sunburn.
But all these hardships would definitely be worth it! All these pains and stressors would simply be erased as soon as you see, smell and experience the desirable and attractive paradise known as El Nido.