Coron breather

In the midst of all the ongoing Holidays 2009 action, my balikbayan cousins and I hopped to idyllic Coron, Palawan for a breather.

It was still as breathtakingly beautiful as ever…

I’m happy to say that there is a good cleanup effort going on.  The disheartening, dreadful sight of numerous, floating empty mineral water bottles littering the entrance cove to the Twin Lagoon, the entrance cove to Barracuda Lake, and the entrance cove to Kayangan Lake [ Garbage ala Boracay!!! ] which we saw last March 2009 have already been removed.  The local government must muster more political will and make the admirable, voluntary, conscientious cleanup and maintenance of Bohol island a model.

Also, there is some informed taste involved in the developments in the increasingly popular and rapidly developing tourist destination.  The Coron town pier now has a boardwalk of sorts in surprisingly decent taste without the characteristic gewgaws and predictable bad taste of the usual local government projects [ multicolor painted cement swans, Snow Whites, dwarves, etc. ].  Let’s hope they keep it that way.

I hope Coron does not turn out to be another highly-commercialized Boracay.  That would be dreadful.

In terms of sheer natural beauty, Coron, Palawan is one of the most beautiful places in the world.  It can definitely bring in the much-needed USD $$$ and EE multimillions to the coffers of the country but it must be developed carefully and conscientiously to avoid the pitfalls of overcommercialization which can degrade and eventually destroy it.

Please, let us not have an overcommercialized, overloaded, and haphazardly developed Palawan, be it Coron, Busuanga, El Nido, Puerto Princesa, or anywhere else.  The whole region abounds with so much natural beauty that it deserves the greatest respect.  Let us improve vastly on the rather regrettable Boracay development experience.  We’ve lost once-gorgeous Boracay island to uninformed, irresponsible, and greedy development and we’re not going to get it back anymore.


  1. Jomar Pena said,

    March 8, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    @gene gerard,

    I do know the guy that you were talking about, he is a good friend of mine. Please answer my email, he’s looking for you as well.

  2. Gene Gerard said,

    September 7, 2013 at 1:02 am

    I am looking for Birdie Palanca who was a teacher in Manila in the 1960’s
    Have him contact

  3. Andy Lim said,

    September 1, 2012 at 2:30 am

    Hi Tito Larry. I remember you. I was a kid when you dropped by to Coron and stayed at my grandma’s house where we also live. You were with the bros and sis of Manong Chito Nomorosa, husband of my aunt Evelyn Lim Macolor of Coron. Sana makabalik ka ulit dito.

  4. Manny Paterno said,

    October 27, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Correction: The family of ex-Congressman Vicente Sandoval hails from Cuyo,Palawan and is descended from a naturalized Chinese whose gaodfather in his naturalization was said to be Claudio Sandoval of Coron,Palawan.He adapted Sandoval as his family name.

    The Sandoval family of Coron ,Palawan were active in the local politics of Palawan since the Spanish times.Originally the Sandoval domicile was in Culion and the entire family transferred to Coron and Busuanga when the Americans made Culion a leper colony.

  5. Enrique Bustos said,

    February 25, 2010 at 11:40 am

    About 10 years ago i visited Coron Palawan with some of my friends, a friend of mine knows then Congressman Vicente Sandoval who’s family is in Palawan politics since the Spanish Occupation of the Philippines there family is also involve in Agriculture,Birds Nest,Pearls and Shipping Originally they were from Culion island Palawan but their properties in Culion was expropriated by the government to become the Culion Leper Colony the entire clan had to transfer their homes,ranches and farms to Busuanga Island including dozens of portraits of their ancestors and other family members their home was bombed in 1945 because of World War II only three survived today one of these was the Portrait of their ancestor Jose Ponce De Leon by an unknown artist ,A lady descendant who is a professor and her husband who is in the sugar industry has one of the surviving portrait and it is now displayed in their living room together with the portraits of her husband forebears from Malabon and on an easel is a self portrait of Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo in their dinning room is filled with Amorsolos of his best period and in the study is a complete set of Francisco Manuel Blanco’s Flora de Filipinas selected masterpieces of Spanish Colonial Santos including an outstanding relleve of the Virgin Mary,

    Congressman Ronnie Zamora brother Buddy Zamora is set to open this summer the $200 Million Banyan Tree resort, which will have 70 villas, and Angsana Resort and Spa, which will have 150 rooms. Angsana is Banyan Tree’s sister brand.Banyan Tree will provide architectural and interior design concepts for the resorts, which will be located in Dinaran Island in Coron, is an uninhabited island that has an area of about 55 hectares.and is surrounded by white sand.

  6. Presy Guevara said,

    January 30, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    In Snake Island at least, there is a sign: “Leave nothing, Take nothing”. I’m sure it helps remind visitors to respect the maintenance of a beautiful place.

  7. January 30, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    In the 70’s I spent my first Xmas and New Year away from home, I was house guest of Birdy Palanca in Cullion.

    We stopped at unspoiled Coron on the way back, met a handsome pair of brothers, Joel and Marjo Reyes.

    Today Joel is the governor and Marjo is mayor, of Palawan.

    Rumors persist that Joel was once the BF of G……..

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