Redskin Tattoo studio is long established in Puerto Princesa and although i have not had a tattoo myself i know quite a few people who have been pleased with the tattooist's work. You don't have to have a permanent tattoo as they can do henna and cosmetic tattoos also. Body piercing is available here too. A tattoo will cost much less here than back in Europe, America or Australia.
The studio is perhaps 500 metres from the airport. Turn right as you exit the airport and walk along Rizal Avenue for 5 minutes (on the left hand side of the road) and the studio is in the same building as the immigration office.
Favorite thing: This is probably the best place in town to look for tribal souvenirs and it is located in Rizal Avenue 500m before you reach the airport. There are several sections of the shack and you can sit down and enjoy a beer and if you are lucky there may be a jamming session as the local group Kawangis ng Tribu run the bar. They are quite celebrities as they play tribal music with a variety of old traditional instruments.
Favorite thing: RX - 80 are a real good rock group that normally perform at different venues throughout Puerto Princesa. The musicians are still young but if you like hard rock just ask around at the music venues to see where they are playing.
Amazing voices by the two ladies in the group SOUNDOZE as they sing Roberta Flack, Lyndsay De Paul, and other great songs from years gone by. It is not really my type of music but i certainly admired the way they sang. Normally they will play at the local hotels such as the Legend, Astorius, Dos Palmos, Kinabuchs.
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Favorite thing: Mitus Tribe are a local group who perform every evening at the Katabom Bar. The four guys have local tribal music and mainly use 3 guitars and traditional drums, but do yourself a favour--go watch them, you will not be disappointed.
KAWANGIS NG TRIBU area bunch of fellows who got together because of their common love for ethnic and tribal music using several traditional instruments, earthly rhythms and melodious chants. Believe me, if you have the chance to see them you will not be disappointed. Depending on the venue you may see them perform the FIRE DANCE but of course this depends on the structure of the actual venue as we don't want to see the place burnt down. I have seen this group several times and i never get tired of seeing them.
You may inquire at the Kaingud and Castaway Bar to see where they are performing.
The bar is situated about 3-400m before you reach the airport, on the left hand side of Rizal Avenue.
Forget the banks, you will fill in forms and wait for ages. There is a money changer called A.S. Money Changer about 100 m before the Capital Building in Rizal Avenue which normally has a good rate. Also Bonito's on the right hand side heading towards junction 2, but usually the rate is not so good there.
Next door to Bonitos the same family have a wine shop should you be interested.
Favorite thing: This is in Rizal avenue on the right, a few 100m before the airport where you can extend your visa. The chief immigration officer, Mr. Avella is very helpful and so are the girls who have worked there for many years. If you arrive on the 21 day tourist visa it only takes a few minutes to extend it into a 59 day visa, but unfortunately the costs keep increasing.
Favorite thing: The Baragatan is held every year to celebrate the founding Anniversary of the Palawan Government and many events are held in and around the Capitol Building. This year it will be held from 17th - 23rd June. All the municipalities of Palawan come together and have a huge parade in the city, with the beauty queens on floats and locals from each area dressed up in different costumes. Each night at the Capitol there will be a different program such as beauty pagent, talent competition, street dancing, ethnic shows. The area around the Capitol is crowded with many stalls selling items from their municipality and other general stalls, but not to be missed are the wonderful selection of food stalls.
Favorite thing: IN Puerto Princesa there is the Adventist Hospital and the Co-operative Hospital, both of which tend to be a little expensive. If you have a not too serious problem or break your leg like i did head for the Government run Provincial Hospital, as the same doctors who attend the other hospitals are on call here. I was very satisfied with my treatment.