Palawan Things to Do

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    OYSTER BAY----NEW NAVAL BASE

    by davidjo Written Jun 22, 2014

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    While on the flight to Puerto Princesa try get a window seat on the right hand side of the plane, and you will catch a wonderful view of Ulugan Bay about 10 minutes before you land at the airport. On the south side of the bay you will see another bay called Oyster Bay (the big bay on the far side of Ulugan Bay). This is where a proposed U S Naval Base is being considered It is deep water and unfortunately there are some protected reefs there, but i guess the reefs will be destroyed so the plans can go ahead.

    ULUGAN BAY AND OYSTER BAY

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    Sta. Monica Ranch (well known as Mitra’s Farm)

    by lakwatserang-ligaw Written Jun 20, 2014

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    This is a long travel from Iwahig, but included in our tour so just enjoy listening to the tour guide talking about how Palawan is the greenest and cleanest city in the county. We were also told about the executive villages that only rich people live.

    Upon arriving at the ranch, we were greeted by fresh air and an extremely beautiful view of the city. This used to be a private property, but they open to public from 6am to 6pm. There are lots of activities here like horseback riding and zip line. We didn’t try any of these because we are content sitting there looking at the view and of course have jump shots.

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    Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm

    by lakwatserang-ligaw Written Jun 20, 2014

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    Is located just few minutes from Crocodile Farm. You have to hire a jeepney or multi-cab to come here. When I was in High School I had the impression that Iwahig is the worst prison in the country. However, upon visiting, I can say this is the best place for prisoners. No walls, just a big rice farm tends by the prisoners. They can walk freely around the farm and I can even see families living there.

    Visitors are welcome, I’m not sure if they can stop and get out of the vehicle, because we did not. There’s a souvenir shop along the road called Shawn 1225 where you can buy souvenirs that were made by the prisoners.

    This place looks like a small deserted area with huge rice farm rather than a prison.

    Iwahig's Office...Photo Taken from Car Hadcrafted by Prisoners Hadcrafted by Prisoners Iwahig's Souvenir Shop Hadcrafted by Prisoners
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    Palawan Wildlife Rescue Conservation Center

    by lakwatserang-ligaw Written Jun 20, 2014

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    A sanctuary for crocodiles that were currently included in the list of endangered species. The center is trying making ways to increase the number of the Philippines crocodiles. The Center also takes care of other wild animals and endemic species in the province.

    Upon entering the main hall, you will see the skeleton of a big salt water crocodile encased in a glass. Its skin was dried and hangs on the wall. It was caught and eventually killed when a child was eaten. This shows how big the crocodile can be and of course how scary it is.

    After the viewing, we were guided to the place where all of the crocodiles are kept. The tourist guide explains how they were hatched and grows. I never find crocodiles cute and I’m never a fan so I don’t actually enjoy seeing them. But it’s a good way to know how they are taken care of and how they grow. Seeing the small crocodiles never scares me, but the older one did. They really can become so big and of course deadly.

    There is a metal path walk and bridge from where you can see the big crocodiles. Take a few pictures from afar with them as your background.

    After seeing the crocodiles, you can go explore the center on your own. Study the animals that can only be found here or just enjoy the summer breeze while walking under the trees. Where I work, we have a bearcat mascot, and I really wonder how it really looks like. And I finally did, the local one and I even carry one.

    Visitors who are willing to pay can actually have a picture with a baby crocodile and the bearcat. I never tried having a picture with the crocodile, but I enjoy carrying and having my picture taken with a bearcat.

    Bearcats are known to be naughty and if you come near them they will pee on you. Though the one I carry was tamed and kind of cute.

    Skin of a Huge Salt Water Crocodile Skeleton of a Huge Salt Water Crocodile Months Old Crocodiles Philippine Bearcat Me Carrying the Philippine Bearcat
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    Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral

    by lakwatserang-ligaw Written Jun 20, 2014

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    Located just in front of the Plaza Cuartel and Rizal Park on the other side is the Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral of Puerto Princesa. What amaze me when I first see this church are the structure and the color.

    It has been the central refugees during the war, when God is the only one people can turn to. I wasn’t able to see the inside because I was busy admiring the Gothic architecture that our tour is almost over. That’s the disadvantage of being in a tour; you can’t stay a little longer to check the place. Just in front of the cathedral is the Rizal Park.

    Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral Cathedral's view from Plaza Cuartel Cathedral's Bellfry Cathedral's Altar Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral
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    Plaza Cuartel

    by lakwatserang-ligaw Written Jun 20, 2014

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    A restored ruins and a reminder of the Palawan Massacre during the World War II. Prisoners of wars were burnt, shot and hunted down by Japanese soldiers. Only 11 out 159 prisoners of war survived. A monument was built to commemorate what happened. It has become one of the attractions in Puerto Princesa. It’s a very tragic event and praying never to happen again.

    his is a very solemn place and you would want to stay if you never knew the story. It gives me goose bumps just hearing what happened.

    Burnt Statue at Plaza Cuartel Old Calesa Plaza Cuartel The 143 American POW Plaza Cuartel
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    SAWALI MAKERS

    by davidjo Written May 10, 2014

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    Sawali is woven bamboo mats that are used for walls of buildings, usually for the poorer people or for people who like to add a native touch to their property. The bamboo will be harvested and cut in to 7 or 8 ft lengths then it will be split by smashing it with a hammer. Once split the individual lengths remain attached to each other, perhaps 6-8 lengths, then they are woven together by the locals to make the mat which would normally be 6-8 ft high and 4 - 5 meters long. The bamboo can also be used for fencing but will not last long in the rainy season. If it is used on a simple hut and treated for termites and other insects, then varnished and painted it can last for many years. Often you will see piles of bamboo, usually containing 50 pieces for sale at the side of the road. A good bamboo harvester can cut up to 600 pieces a day, and usually he will find the bamboo growing wild and more than likely get it for free.

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    IT'S A HARD LIFE-------FOR SOME

    by davidjo Written May 10, 2014

    Quite often you will see people filling sacks with gravel, sand or stones from the riverbed, which are sold for construction purposes. Normally they will sell the building materials per sack or per cubic meter which consists of about 30 sacks. It is back-breaking work but at least the jobless can earn some money as construction is booming on the island. Of course, the buyer has to pick up the materials and transport them himself, but the advantage of this is that the gravel, sand etc is about 50% of the normal price if you order through a construction company who have the large trucks and heavy equipment.

    filling sacks with stones transporting the stones

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    GET ORGANISED--SIM CARDS, CELLPHONES and LAPTOPS

    by davidjo Written Jan 21, 2014

    In Palawan we have Globe and Smart who provide the communication networks. If you buy a sim card it will only cost around 1$, and there is not much difference between the two providers. Cards can be loaded at many small shops.
    Unfortunately Smart does not seem to be so good with their internet signal so it would be better to use Globe. Many hotels and some cafes provide free wifi, but you can also buy a stick which you can load when required.
    Cellphones are available near the market in Puerto Princesa for as cheap as 500 psos.

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    SOME OTHER FESTIVALS

    by davidjo Written Jan 4, 2014

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    ARAWEDAN---a small festival that takes place in Port Barton on 23-24 January to highlight the tourist attractions of the place, marine reserves and parks
    KULAMBO FESTIVAL----Held in El Nido 25th-28th March where the town people dress in Kulambo (MOSQUITO NETS) . Some dancing , singing and local delicacies to taste.
    PASINGGATAN FESTIVAL----held in Taytay 1st-4th May where there is a lot of the usual singing and dancing which showcase Filipino songs and dances as well as showing the best in local handicraft
    PISTA Y ANG KAGUEBAN---takes place in Bacungan, 20kms north of Puerto Princesa in the 3rd week of June which highlights the governments environmental programs
    Anihan Festival----takes place in Narra, 85 kms south of Puerto Princesa. Anihan means harvest and basically it is a thanksgiving festival for the crops. There is the usual dancing .
    PAGDIWATA TRIBAL RITUAL----this is a tribal ritual practiced by local residents in Aborlan during the full moon in December. It is a spirtiual ritual where the people thank god for their bounties and good health.
    TAREK FESTIVAL---this takes place in the 3rd week of January and takes place in Aborlan and is celebrated by the Tagbanua and Batak indigenous people. They perform traditional dances, including a war dance to cast away evil spirits. The celebration has been held since the tribes have lived on the island.
    LAMBAY FESTIVAL----is celebrated in Aborlan at the beginning of spring by the local Batak people to celebrate the beginning of the hunting season.

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    FESTIVALS----FEAST of the FOREST

    by davidjo Written Jan 4, 2014

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    Celebrated in the 3rd week of June, hundreds of cars, jeepneys and buses packed with people head out of Puerto Princesa to an area so the locals can plant a tree. The holes are already prepared so all the locals (nearly all students) just stick a seedling in the ground and fill up the hole. This festival has been going since i first lived here in '95 and is very popular with the local foreigners. There is also eco-camping, some contests and some environmental artists perform.

    This is particular good as most of the students are encouraged to attend by their schools, thus teaching them a little about the environment

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    FESTIVALS----KARAGATAN

    by davidjo Written Jan 4, 2014

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    The Karagatan Festival is celebrated in the first week of May and takes place on the West Coast of the island. The festival celebrates the synergy of man with the seas and oceans and lasts for 4 days. The events include sailing, bangka race, boat sailing, kite flying, tug-o-war, volleyball, football, sand sculptures, trekking, mountain bike race and a huge beach party with a concert.

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    FESTIVALS----PANGALIPAY NG BAYBAY

    by davidjo Written Jan 4, 2014

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    This festival began in 2005 and is celebrated each year in Baywalk, Puerto Princesa. The festival lasts for 5 days and such events as cock-fighting, boxing, singing, dancing, body building, fashion show, sport dance and Battle of the Bands are held. Of course there is the usual parade around town and the festival culminates in a firework display.

    view from Baywalk

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    FESTIVALS---BALAYONG FESTIVAL

    by davidjo Written Jan 4, 2014

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    This is celebrated in Puerto Princesa every 4th March, which commemorates the founding anniversary of the city. The festival is highlighted by planting some Balayong trees (cherry blossom), and there is a parade with floats, plenty of cherry blossom, beauty queens, street dancing and various competitions (such as talent). At the Capitol Building there are stalls in which the various farmers, fishermen, vendors and traders display the city's best products. The festival lasts a week and culminates in an award ceremony for outstanding accomplishments by some of the citizens, then the crowning of Miss Puerto Princesa!!!

    PALAWAN CHERRY BLOSSOM

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    Under ground river adventure and underwater

    by JULES-NYLL Written Mar 8, 2013

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    Palawan is the living paradise of the Philippines. It is known as one of the best destinations in Asia because of many tourist destination there. The most well-known tourist spot there is the underground river.

    going inside the underground river sleeping zZzZzZ waiting for the others
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