Malilong: Buyer beware

Its name notwithstanding, it is obviously no longer a virgin’s island. Commercialism has crept into what must have been a poor man’s paradise, disrobing Bohol’s Virgin Island of its innocence.But what else is new? Many years ago, my wife and I visited Anda, also in Bohol, spending one night in a cottage by the beach. […]

Satellite broadband: bringing high-speed affordable internet to private island resorts

Bambunet, powered by Kloche Communications, is a local internet service provider partnered with Singapore-based satellite operator Kacific.WITH international tourism coming back onto the agenda in Southeast Asia, governments have been working hard to make up for lost time. Like other countries in the region, the Philippines opened its borders on April 1, easing health protocols […]

US vows more high-level engagement with Pacific islands amid China push

WASHINGTON — White House Indo-Pacific coordinator Kurt Campbell said on Thursday he expects more high-level US officials to visit Pacific island countries as Washington steps up its engagement to counter China in the strategically important region. Mr. Campbell said the United States needed more diplomatic facilities across the region, and more contact with Pacific island […]

Pescador reopens to tourists

PESCADOR Island in the town of Moalboal in southern Cebu has formally reopened its shores to tourists, particularly to local and foreign certified divers.The Provincial Task Force, led by Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, launched the Dasig Pescador, a volunteerism program on coral aggregation around Pescador Island on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022 to signal the reopening […]

Cebu’s Bantayan Island now has 24-hour power supply with new plant

BANTAYAN ISLAND, a tourist destination located off the northwestern side of Cebu, will now have 24-hour electricity supply with the completion of a new 23-megawatt power plant owned by Isla Norte Energy Corp. (INEC). “These engines… will provide the power Bantayan Island needs today and the years to come,” INEC President and Chief Executive Officer […]

Bantayan’s power woes seen to end

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has issued a resolution allowing the Bantayan Island Electric Cooperative Inc. (Banelco) to source its power from any supplier to ensure unhampered power supply, ending the rotational brownouts that had plagued residents of Bantayan Island. Banelco, Bantayan Island’s power distributor, announced Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, that Isla Norte Energy Corp. […]