Fort Sta. Isabel

Fort Sta. Isabel

13 December 2014

CASIAN FESTIVAL 2014




Barangay Casian, a prosperous island barangay about two hours away by banca, recently held a festival to celebrate their annual fiesta which included activities such as a parade, street dancing presentation, and beauty pageant. It was attended by Vice-Mayor Christian Rodriguez, in behalf of Mayor Romy Salvame, who was once Casian's Barangay Captain,  and by some members of the Sangunniang Bayan of LGU Taytay, along with many residents from the neighboring islands / villages.  Casian’s fiesta, which is being held under the auspices of the barangay council under the leadership of Liga ng Barangay President Norberto Lim, was certainly fun-filled and memorable, and definitely  Taytay’s  most exciting event for the last quarter of 2014. Incidentally, Casian and neighboring island Debangan boast of long, fine, white-sandy beaches and marine environment  that offer very good snorkeling, swimming, and boating activities.  

   








03 December 2014

It's Christmas Time in Taytay!

It's officially the start of Christmas season in the Municipality of Taytay with the formal lighting of the giant Christmas Tree at the main entrance of the Municipal Hall.  Hon. Mayor Romy Salvame, Hon. Vice Mayor Christian Rodriguez, the Sangguniang Bayan members, Officers and Staff of LGU Taytay, and many town residents came to attend and witness the event.



It was a brief but memorable affair which also helped to slowly erase from our minds any trace, albeit temporarily, of the negative effects of Typhoon Queenie.


Hon. Mayor Romy L. Salvame

Hon. Vice Mayor Christian V. Rodriguez

Typhoon Queenie turns Taytay into a Calamity Area

Taytay was recently hit by typhoon Queenie which caused substantial damage to property and the loss of 4 lives. Fortunately MRRMDO rescue and relief activities, with Mayor Salvame  and other elected  town officials actively and effectively leading the effort , were started almost as soon as the typhoon came, thereby helping to prevent more problems and loss of more lives. Governor Alvarez also came early the next morning by helicopter to assess the damage and contributed a substantial amount from the provincial government and pledged faster delivery of  more relief goods and other forms of assistance for the evacuees and the affected areas. Nobody really expected that Taytay would face the damaging effects of Typhoon Quennie after more than 10 years.  Many trees were felled, roads and bridges damaged, and massive landslides and floods were experienced in many low-lying villages. 

15 October 2014

Fish Conservation Week Activity at Tecas Reef



     On October 14, 2014, the live Fish Traders / Cagers Association of Taytay, Palawan were invited and converged at Tecas Reef to commemorate Fish conservation week and what better way to celebrate the event than to release into the wild several hundreds of red groupers.  Although this bunch of groupers have been hand-fed since they were caught while still in their juvenile stage up to the time of their release, it is expected that many shall survive and be able to fend for  themselves until they are mature enough to produce another generation of healthy red groupers to help keep Taytay's live fish industry sustainable and profitable. Hon. Mayor Romy Salvame was the guest speaker who gave encouragement  during the affair and assured those who were present that the municipal government shall assign a regular monitoring/enforcement team to keep poachers away and to ensure the protection and preservation of Tecas Reef Marine Sanctuary.










05 October 2014

Northbound Palawan Adventure Tour


 


 PROPOSED ITINERARY
( 6 nights / 7 days )

Price: P___________ /person, twin-sharing,  minimum of 6 pax. .

NOTE:  Regular Tour departure schedules shall be conducted every first and second Monday of each month effective January 2014. 
                                                           
Day 1 ( Monday )

·         Upon arrival, check in at designated hotel.  Get ready for Puerto Princesa City tour.  Departure time shall be announced during the briefing .  After the tour, at leisure before cocktails and dinner at kaLui native style restaurant .
·         Overnight stay

Day 2 ( Tuesday )

·         Early morning breakfast, then depart for Sabang to visit and experience the wonders of the Underground River and its environs, lunch, followed by a brief rest and relaxation until tour group is ready to return to Puerto Princesa City. Upon arrival, check- in at designated hotel.  Early evening  cocktails followed by dinner at a seafood restaurant, and overnight stay

Day 3 ( Wednesday )

·         Breakfast at 0700H. Leave for Batak Tribal Village (about an hour’s walk from starting point) after breakfast for interaction with members of one of Palawan’s indigenous tribal groups. Packed lunch on site.  As it is part of Batak culture to not accept payment for hosting one’s visit, it would be more appropriate to bring things to give as presents in exchange. However, handcrafted tribal items may be purchased for souvenir or personal use before leaving for next destination.
·         Next stop  is the Municipality of Taytay, Palawan’s biggest municipality, with brief village/photo stops along the way. Check in at designated hotel upon arrival, brief rest before proceeding to Fort Santa Isabel. Cocktails and dinner inside the Spanish-era historical heritage site. 
·         Overnight stay

Day 4 ( Thursday )

·         Breakfast at 0700H. Depart for Paraiso Roberto, Taytay’s quaint and naturally-inspired resort where one can simply laze or wander around and experience its seaside natural environment. After checking in and getting an orientation from beach camp personnel, the rest of the  morning is free for whatever activities are available on site.  Barbeque picnic lunch at 1200H
·         Amogis Village tour starts at 1400H. This small seaside village populated by migrants from the Visayas is a major seaweed farming site. Live fish culture is also one of its important livelihood activities, along with raising pig, cattle, goat, and chicken for additional income.  Return to Paraiso Roberto for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 5 (Friday )

·         Early morning breakfast before leaving for a nearby village to board boat for island hopping, sightseeing, and beach/water activities, including snorkelling. Picnic lunch at a white sandy beach.
·         Return to Paraiso Roberto . At leisure till cocktails/dinner time. Rest of the evening free.
·         Overnight stay

Day 6 ( Saturday )

·         Breakfast  before checking out for the bus trip back to Taytay Town center.
Visit the Local market before proceeding to the Taytay Municipal Hall to meet with the Mayor or Vice-Mayor, followed by lunch at Casa Rosa where the view of the fortress and Taytay Bay can be better appreciated.  Next stop is Lake Manguao , Palawan’s biggest fresh-water lake for quality leisure time before  leaving for Puerto Princesa City.  Check-in at a designated hotel before cocktails and dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 7 ( Sunday )
·         Early morning breakfast before leaving for the airport to catch the scheduled flight to next
destination

Inclusions:  Hotel stay on day 1, day 2, and day 6 with breakfasts;  2 dinners/ and 1 lunch at Puerto Princesa City; all land and boat transfers; city tour and underground river tour with lunch; Batak tribal village visit with lunch; all accommodation and meals/refreshments at a Taytay lodging establishment and at Paraiso Roberto beach camp, Island hop and village tour while in Taytay, tour guide/escort services, and site conservation fees.


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NOTE

-          Participants are advised to bring sunscreen lotion, insect repellent, and other personal needs.
-          Tour Itinerary may be altered or cancelled for safety or security reasons.
-          Optional tours are also being offered at certain areas, depending on the participants’ free  time.
-          For tour to run with 2-5 participants only, P_________ transport surcharge shall be added to the package price

-          single person- in-room surcharge is P___________.

For details, contact: bushtrekker@gmail.com

Taytay now has 24 Hour Electricity!

Taytay, Palawan now has 24 hour electricity being provided by PALECO (Palawan Electric Cooperative) since October 1, the result of determined and concerted efforts of Palawan Governor JC Alvarez, Taytay Mayor Romy L.Salvame, and other local government officials, Although there have been some power supply interruptions due to technical/mechanical factors, the prolonged power service is a positive sign that things are starting to dramatically improve under the present Provincial and Municipal governments. Next step is to dramatically improve the town's water supply system.      

18 September 2014

Reactivation / Reconstitution of the Municipal Tourism Council

LGU Taytay, under the administration of Mayor Romy L. Salvame, has scheduled a tourism stakeholders' meeting to discuss about the need to reactivate and reconstitute the Municipal Tourism Council on October 1, 2014 at the Sangunniang Bayan Assembly Hall. Meeting starts at 0900H until 1700H. Taytay's tourism council was established under the administration of then Mayor Roberto V. Rodriguez and stayed active until the last few years of his 9 year term as chief executive.. Since then, the council hasn't met to discuss/deliberate on pressing issues and concerns that threaten the growth of the tourism industry which resulted to a painfully slow pace of development. With the current administration's thrust to use tourism as the fuse to ignite and hasten the growth of Taytay's fledging tourism industry, things are beginning to appear clearer and brighter, especially for those who have waited long enough for the Municipality of Taytay to eventually become a major economic gateway.