MANILA – Palawan made it to the cover of Travel + Leisure magazine's World’s Best Awards August issue, where it was named best island in the world.
The cover photo of a sandbar in Palawan's El Nido Resorts was shot by Filipino photographer Francisco Guerrero, whose works have landed the covers of previous issues of both Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveller.
The cover story on Palawan shows the image of the famed Big Lagoon of Miniloc Island, one of the major highlights in the scenic Bacuit Bay in El Nido.
“It is with great pride that El Nido Resorts was chosen as the cover of the Travel + Leisure US’s World’s Best Awards 2013 Issue this August. It brings recognition not only to our resorts and all the staff who have formed part of the protection and preservation of its natural beauty, but also to Palawan and the Philippines. It certainly gives a boost to the Department of Tourism’s efforts in showing the world that ‘It’s More Fun in the Philippines,’ as it reaches an even larger market,” Laurent Lamasuta, president of El Nido Resorts, said in a statement released on Monday.
El Nido has been drawing attention from the world travel industry for its efforts in leading the protection of the environment and enriching the lives of the local community. It was recently given the Tourism for Tomorrow Community Benefit Award by the World Travel & Tourism Council earlier this year.
Before winning this prestigious award, El Nido Resorts was also named by The Wall Street Journal Magazine as the “Philippines’s best-kept travel secret,” CNN’s “9 Top Beach Resorts in South China Sea,” and The New York Times’ “Destinations to watch this 2013.” Pangulasian Island, the group’s newest resort, was named one of the Best New Hotels in the World by Conde Nast Traveller.
El Nido, Palawan also served as one of the locations during the Philippine shoot of the Hollywood hit movie, "The Bourne Legacy," last year.