MANILA – The Aquino administration expressed elation over the inclusion of three beaches in the Philippines in the international news organization CNN's list of the best 100 beaches in the world, a Palace official said yesterday.
Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in an interview that the Palau Island in Cagayan Valley, El Nido in Palawan, and Puka Beach in Boracay have been recognized as among the 100 best in the world.
A survey on the CNN travel website listed Palau on No. 10, the only Southeast Asian beach that landed in the Top 10. Palau Island was cited for "its glorious white sand, volcanic rocks and blue green water."
The Atlanta-based cable news channel said divers who visited Palau enjoy the sighting of white corals and rich marine species.
El Nido beach captured the 14th spot for "its powder-fine sand, gin-clear water, stunning views of karst limestone formations, lagoons and prehistoric caves."
El Nido’s surrounding waters contain more than 50 species of corals and endangered turtles, the CNN said.
In 84th spot was Puka beach, the second longest beach in Boracay Island. Puka Beach was cited for its puka shells which are being made into jewelry accessories and ornaments.
The Department of Tourism said foreign visitor arrivals during the first four months of 2013 reached 1,649,458 million, or a 10.12 percent increase from the same period in 2012.*PNA
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