Kalayaan News

  • Kalayaans First Bakery Coffee Shop Now Open

    Civilian residents and soldiers in far-flung Kalayaan town on Pag-asa Island in the Spratlys can now avail themselves of pan de sal and other breads following last week’s opening of the first-ever bakery and coffee shop in town.

    Owned and operated by lady entrepreneur Mary Joy Gilbuena Batiancilla, Pag-asa Bakery and Café started catering to the bread needs of around 200 civilian residents and their children as well as soldiers deployed on the island.

    “I decided to put up a bakery because everybody here, including me, eats bread only when on the mainland (Palawan),” Batiancilla sa ...

  • Senate Bill Seeks To Declare Pag-asa Isl

    A bill supporting the Kalayaan town’s bid to make its island barangay Pag-asa (Thitu Island) a “special eco-tourism zone” was recently filed at the Senate.

    Senator Juan Edgardo has filed Senate Bill 2938 to help promote and develop the said barangay in the disputed region as a tourist destination while protecting its natural resources, reported Philippine Star on November 3.

    “With its impeccable beauty, the island is an ideal tourist destination. The rich biodiversity and Filipino heritage of the island truly reflects the beauty of a paradise that our country should be proud of, ...

  • Solons Move To Declare Pag-asa Island Pr

    Lawmakers have filed a bill seeking to declare Pag-asa Island cluster in the West Philippines Sea and part of the municipality of Kalayaan, province of Palawan, as an ecotourism destination and protected area.

    In filing House Bill (HB) 6389, Magdalo Partylist Representatives Francisco Ashley Acedillo and Gary Alejano proposed that Pag-asa Island and its adjoining islands of Parola, Kota, and Panata, be declared as an ecotourism destination and protected area under the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS).

    “The Kalayaan Island Group is endowed with rich and diverse natural ...

  • Youth Group Plans To Sail To Kalayaan Island

    A group of teenagers plans to sail to Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea to show their support for the country amid its maritime dispute with China. But the military and the mayor on the island are against the plan. - ANC, The World Tonight, November 24, 2015