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Where corporate ‘workations’ happen


Lagen Island, El Nido, Palawan

Lagen Island, El Nido, Palawan

Lagen is one of the four El Nido Resorts properties in Northern Palawan that has maintained its natural beauty. No one can help but admire those rugged limestone cliffs and crystalline waters amidst a rich diversity of animal, marine and plant life. In this setting, even the most taxing and stressful corporate exercises can take on a totally different atmosphere.

Executives who frequently hold meetings at Lagen, which has conference facilities, attest that once they arrive at this unique destination, they intuitively feel a greater sense of connection and a deeper sense of calm. Their observation is affirmed by reports stating that natural settings help maintain an even disposition and to control anxiety.  A study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology adds that being immersed in nature helps boost inspiration and inventiveness.

An organizational development expert who recommends natural settings like Lagen for corporate exercises points out that the minds of participants “seem to recalibrate after at least a day in beautiful surroundings.”

Blue-chip and multinational companies and foreign firms often fly in for meetings, incentives and conferences. Lagen’s corporate guests consists of top-level partners, sellers and country managers of regional corporation, according to Joey Bernardino, El Nido Resorts sales and marketing director.

“They consider a meeting at Lagen a ‘workation,’” he says.

Guests say they can absorb information easily because they are away from distractions and irritations.  They bond more quickly with colleagues on boat rides to awe-inspiring sights like the Big and Small lagoons or any of Bacuit Bay’s secret beaches and cavernous caves.

Even standard team building activities are dramatically transformed by the setting. When a relay race is conducted with the use of kayaks, it becomes more challenging and engaging. Scavenger hunts and other exciting activities also become instant Instagram moments.

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