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 Featured at Philippine Daily Inquirer Lifestyle Section December 10, 2011 Issue Awardee Diana J. Limjoco - The gorgeous gown by Goulle Gorospe helped to set the mood as well as the beautiful lobby and tree at Hotel Centro. Photos by Tone McGuire, Shot at El Centro Hotel in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Hair and makeup by David's Salon, PPC
http://www.hotelcentropalawan.com Batangueña Diana J. Limjoco awarded as one of the Empowered Women of Achievement 2012  Dress by Goule Gorospe, Photos by Tone McGuire, Shot at El Centro Hotel in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Hair and makeup by David's Salon, PPC. Featured on the cover of Vanity Magazine
Al Fresco Resort Lian Batangas
For a true native Filipino beach adventure try Al Fresco Resort at Matabungkay beach, Lian, Batangas. A real ancestral family beach house upgraded with modern comforts. The resort was used by the Limjoco family originally from Lian, Batangas, as retreat from the heat and a great place to bring the children to play. Now the scions of the family have moved outside the area to the cities and use Al Fresco only as an occasional get away. When they are not around, they lease out the rooms, of which there are 8. Go during the off season or week day to have the resort and beach, mostly to yourself (if you don't count the friendly natives). Originally the beach was populated by the prominent families from the nearby cities and towns and a few fisher men and their families.

Sunset at Matabungkay beach
Sunset at Matabungkay beach

The beach is still a fishing village, but now it is interspersed with mostly low end tourist resorts, ancestral homes, turned bed and breakfast, and nipa shanties. There are plenty of tourist goods to be bought on the beach as well as those selling native jewelry and the usual pearl necklaces.

The beach in front of Al Fresco is one of the best on the 2.km strand, with white sands and no corals to stub one’s toes on. We’ve been there last Oct. 27 till now, Jan. 2007, and enjoy a full array of weather; the water was a delightful 89F for evening dips in October! There are many spots to go on either side of Al Fresco for night time drinks or dinner.

There is a staff at Al Fresco resort who will muster up a meal if you bring your own food and pay a little extra cooking fee per meal. They do have a small native menu to choose from as well.

Most rooms are small but clean and comfortable, rooms now have hot on demand water showers with cable TV as well. They do have one large room with two double beds.  We enjoy the fresh air off the dining balcony which overlooks the white sand beach. We very much enjoy our stays at Al Fresco. ccme when we are there! Guests have use of the cabanas, and the resort staff will call in for a massage therapist or manicurist for your pleasure.

Most Inspiring Batangueño Entrepreneur Special Award
The business resources site of the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship - contains articles, news, mentoring program, forums, directory, classifiedsMost Inspiring Batangueño Entrepreneur - Special Award from GoNegosyo to Diana Limjoco for establishing www.batangasnow.com as the online portal that showcase the beauty of the province and its people, thus helping promote tourism in the province and for pushing for online entrepreneurship through the creation of websites born out of skill, talent and hard work. Her success has proven the Batangeuño's ability to utilize their innate sense of resourcefulness, determination and enthusiasm in developing profitable entrepreneurial ventures that uplift lives and contribute towards economic development. Read more...


GK is transformation before your very eyes! From slums to clean communities! From violence to peace! From despair to hope! We’re building a nation, for the Filipino, by the Filipino, one community at a time!Want to do something helpful on your vacation? Join Gawad Kalinga. They are making a difference for our impoverished brethren. Want to do something helpful on your vacation?  Join Gawad Kalinga. Come And Join Us Build A Slum Free Nation.

GK is transformation before your very eyes! From slums to clean communities! From violence to peace! From despair to hope! We’re building a nation, for the Filipino, by the Filipino, one community at a time!


  LINKS
  • Subic Forest Blog
  • Batangas Emergency Services
  • MyPontefino.com
  • Batangas is famous for...
  • Batangas Mountain Bikers
  • Batangas @ Global Pinoy
  • http://members.tripod.com/batangascity - Good site for links to shops in Batangas
  • Photos of Batangas - by Gary Cruz on thepinoy.com province. It would have been nice to see some captions telling us where exactly they were taken so we'd know what we were looking at, but a pleasant photo essay anyway.
  • The Hotel Pontefino - A premiere business hotel in Batangas City. It comes fully equipped with state-of the-art amenities to suit the needs of every guest. With a total of sixty well-appointed rooms, complete with business amenities and function halls for corporate seminars and social gatherings, Hotel PonteFino is set to surpass all expectations in service, elegance and style.
  • The Batangas Barako coffee or Philippine liberica plant is in a decline! Up until 1986, the Philippines was earning at least US$150 million a year in coffee exports. Coffee had always been one of our biggest dollar earners -- up until 10 years ago. Now there is a consortium of coffee farmers in Cavite, who are doing something about it.  Help save the Batangas Barako coffee! Visit this site for more information: Savethebarako.org/barako.htm


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Col. Limjoco receiving plaque
A Batangueno, Col (ret.) Ramon Arguelles Limjoco, 88 years old, receives Balisong Plaque of acknowledgement from Secretary of National Defense, Secretary Hermogenes Ebdame, for being the oldest living PAF Alumnus. read more..
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