Islands and Beaches

How the World's Best Island Recovered from the Strongest Storm to Hit Land


Choose Philippines | Nov 10, 2014

Our country's resiliency was put to test once again when supertyphoon Yolanda wreaked havoc in the Visayas region and parts of Luzon last November 2013. Ships in Tacloban were washed ashore, houses in Guiuan, Eastern Samar were submerged after the storm surge hit the coastal areas, and thousands of people were displaced into tent cities (or worse).

A year after this deluge, stories of recovery are now our sources of hope as we remember the dark days.

In a report by Jekki Pascual of ANC, the residents of Palawan are now trying to get back on their feet through the support of the International Labor Organization.

Offering a livelihood center and basic business and financial management training, ILO is tapping into the artistry and craftsmanship of the residents of Barangay Guadalupe, Coron in weaving sawali, a by-product of a bamboo-like plant.


The woven material can be made into the famous Filipino structure -- the bahay kubo -- and marketed to all the resorts in Coron. After all, Palawan is one of the top tourist destinations in the country, and even the world.


US-based luxury and lifestyle travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler can attest to that!

VIEW: Palawan Declared as World's Best Island

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For ANC's full story, watch the video here, 11/04/2014.

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