Grace Park Tourist Inn

There’s a tourist inn that opened just recently in my city — Puerto Princesa — and its name defines it as charming and elegant in a simple, colorful kind of way. GRACE PARK along Gabinite Road (near the airport) is owned and managed by a Korean couple, who works as missionaries.

Lush Acacia trees that abound in the Bancao-Bancao area surround Grace Park, Puerto Princesa’s newest tourist inn for the discerning budget traveler. 

The main building with the pool in front.

Some Kind of Wonderful

MODEL: Angel de Torres // LOCATION: Stone House Hotel, Timog Avenue

NAMELESS… because I didn’t get her name. She dances tango gracefully.

STILL Angel de Torres from my boudoir collection.

Enchanting El Nido

Palawan is beautiful.

With a sinuous coastline that stretches almost 2,000 kilometers, and embraced by an expanse of water that is with a conundrum of islets and islands (many of them still untamed), and comely white sand beaches and coves, it is the province to beat when it comes to lovely natural attractions.

Picture-perfect Big Lagoon in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines.

Out of 23 municipalities, the remaining two I have not visited are the island towns of Magsaysay and Agutaya. I don’t know why, but I hope I’d get to them eventually.

The towns I frequent are Narra, Brooke’s Point, Quezon and Bataraza in the south, and in the north, Taytay and El Nido, because of my work as a journalist. My favorite town however, is EL NIDO.

Located approximately 238 kilometers north of the provincial capital Puerto Princesa City, the place used to be called “Bacuit” until it changed its name to “El Nido” after the edible nests of the swiftlets (Collocalia fuciphago) that are harvested from hollows and cavities on limestone cliffs.

What’s enchanting about El Nido are the limestone cliffs that give the whole town a different character compared to the other places in Palawan. They’re majestically towering and they look like Damocles’ sword pointed to the sky.