PALAWAN: Puerto Princesa - A City In A Forest


Our trip was scheduled in celebration of our 6th wedding anniversary. The goal of the trip was to visit as many places as possible and to relax and enjoy our much deserved annual vacation as a couple. This was supposedly for the 28th of January on the occasion of our anniversary but due to some problems with the hotel reservations, it was moved to February which i find better because of the "Love Month" fever! Lol!

I thank God for the wonderful 6 years of marriage that we had and for such blessing that we were able to explore this lovely place "together" celebrating 2 special occasions at a time. Being apart most of the time due to some work related issues is hard but making up for it as long as we have the chance especially when we are together is one thing that makes us stronger as a couple. And I thank God above for all the favors we got to enjoy this trip! ♥ 

So far this trip was one of the greatest deal I've ever had! And everything that happened was a blessing! I chanced upon a seat sale at Air Philippines Express for P288 one way and so i booked it right away and that was an awesome hit for P5000 promo rountrip airfare for the two of us. Yes! Then i had our accommodations booked at The Legend Hotel Palawan for 2 nights, but they were so generous they gave me 3 nights instead without adding an additional fee for the last night and that was another awesome deal right?

Fast forward, here we arrived at Palawan pretty early. The hotel shuttle picked us at airport and checking in was just a breeze. The city tour is included in our booking so after securing our luggages in the hotel room we proceeded on our half day city tour.

Puerto Princesa City has gained the distinction of being a model city – in cleanliness, environmental protection and conservation, and local governance in general. And the tradition of Puerto Princesa being a beautiful and clean city lives on. It was known as "A City in a Forest".

Palawan Crocodile Farm

During our 1st day the weather is bad, because of the reported low pressure area and Palawan is affected. For the first stop we had a quick visit at the Crocodile Farm together with other tourists in a private van. It is a half hour drive from the city. Palawan Crocodile Farm is a conservation center which houses crocodiles and other rescued animals from their forest.

On the photo is the crocodile which was captured many years ago, and was said to be the largest in captivity which is 16 feet long. The day of our visit was the same day that Valentino and Valentina (the reported crocs discovered in city) was captured but they're not yet here, so the following day, those tourists who visited were lucky to see them! I really didn't have much photos for this entire city tour because of the rain.

Mitra's Ranch

Next stop was Mitra's Ranch and i was crying out loud because of the heavy down pour! Mitra's Ranch offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Palawan.

We were not able to go further to the Iwahig Penal Colony which is supposedly included in our city tour itinerary also because of the risk of the wet twisted road that we will be taking.

Baker's Hill

Baker's Hill is the best place to buy pasalubongs. They had all kinds of delicacies that every tourists would want to take home. All are freshly baked and real good tasting. This is where i hoarded boxes of their famous Hopia Ube! Yummyness ever! I bought different flavors of their hopia for pasalubong but me and hubby ended up eating them at the hotel and during our tours.Lol! I also love their Chocolate Crinkles & their Cheesy and Choco Ensaymada! Sarrraappp!

Baker’s Hill is also a park. It has a large garden and pockets of small gardens scattered around. It is beautifully designed with a Zen-like appeal, well-maintained, and decorated with details characteristic of the province. Baker’s Hill also looks like a mini-theme park designed with life-size fiber glass sculptures featuring popular Walt Disney characters. Kids will enjoy here!

They also had snack bars where tourist can sit and relax for a while while enjoying any of their well-loved baked goodies and other delicacies. Still, it's raining and so we didn't get the chance to take more photos of their park, we took advantage of having snacks instead! 

Binuatan Creations

Binuatan Creations are manufacturer of hand-loom woven products utilizing Palawan's Indigenous Fibers. We were consorted by our tour guide at the hand-loom weaving showroom where you can see the actual way of weaving. You can even try it for yourself and they will guide you on how to do it. Below is a video clip of the actual weaving from my previous Youtube Channel.

They got nice bags here and they sell different kinds of hand-woven products like placemats, table runner, coaster, wall hangers, ref covers, bags, window blinds and curtain. They have very colorful and very beautiful products available and so as a tourist, i was tempted to buy! Lol!

Plaza Cuartel

Just near the Palawan wharf and part of the Puerto Princesa Town Plaza, is the Plaza Cuartel. The plaza has a bronze marker that contains the name of eleven prisoners of war (POW) who managed to survive the horrible massacre that happened in this place. I was having goosebumps in this place, promise!

According to our guide, this place was a military fort wayback World War II where more or less 150 American prisoners of war were burned by the Japanese soldiers. Some managed to survived by swimming their way out from the sea to Iwahig. This tragic event happened when the World War II was about to end. The Plaza Cuartel was a garrison of Spaniards, overtooked by Americans and then by Japanese.

When the Japanese soldiers realized that they were losing the war, they put all their prisoners in this dungeon (right behind me on the photo), poured out drums of petroleum over them and lit them up alive. There were eleven survivors who escaped and they narrated the story.

Immaculate Conception Cathedral

Just across the Plaza is the Immaculate Conception Cathedral. The cathedral is an eye-catching edifice because of its unique architectural design in the district. The cathedral was built during the Spanish colonization of the Philippines in the late 1800s. Since then, it has become part of every Palawan local’s spiritual refuge, especially during the war.

The popularity of the church, according to the locals, also relies on the countless blessings and miracles granted by the town patroness which is the Immaculate Conception of Mary. 

And that ends our half day itinerary on our first day at the charming Puerto Princesa City... More of this trip on the next blog!

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