Puerto Princesa Things to Do

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    SAVE MONEY--PRINT YOUR DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHS

    by davidjo Written Jan 12, 2014
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    You may like to print your photographs here nefore returning home as it is more than likely it will be less expensive. At most shops you can wait while they print them, or you can return in an hour or so if you have many.
    At Robinsons Mall, just outside town there are two place, both on the second floor---Photoline and Picture City.
    In Rizal Avenue there is a place opposite Mendoza Park-----IMAGE FACTOR
    And if you pass the traffic lights by Mendoza Park, walk 100m you will see another place on your left---Digital Photo Express

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    TRIBAL BASKETS, JEWELERY and CONTAINERS

    by davidjo Written Jan 8, 2014
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    If you like to see the wonderful baskets, jewelery and other items that are worn or used by the tribes on the island pop along to the Heritage Center at the Legislative Building. It is open daily from 9-5, but is closed on Saturday and Sunday.

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    TRIBAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

    by davidjo Written Jan 8, 2014

    The tribal people have many musical instruments, some of which can be seen at the Heritage Center.
    On display is the ERURING, a jew's harp, an instrument made from bamboo that the Palaw'an use for special occasions such as rituals and weddings.
    There is also a Kudyapi, a two stringed guitar made from wood that the Palaw'an also use during rituals and weddings.
    And the gong, made from solid brass that the Tagbanua have used for many generations.

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    In Puerto Princesa there is a famous group which use all these musical instruments and others during regular performances in the city. It is well worth going to see them when they are playing. Please see my other tip for more information.
    http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/2331d0/

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    THE PALAW'AN TRIBE

    by davidjo Written Jan 8, 2014
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    The Palaw'an or Palaweno tribe traditionally hunt using a bamboo blow pipe or bow and arrow. They generally live in the hills of Southern Palawan and survive by subsistence farming, generally growing upland rice (rice which does not grow in a paddy field). Normally they live in small native houses separate from other members of the tribe. They were traditionally animists with some Hindu and Islamic beliefs but now you may find that some of them are protestant or muslim.
    To learn more about the Palaw'an please visit the Heritage Center in the Legislative Building

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    THE ORIGINAL INHABITANTS OF THE PHILIPPINES

    by davidjo Written Jan 8, 2014

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    The Tagbanua are believed to be descendants of TABON MAN, of which some remains have been unearthed in Tabon Cave, near Quezon in the south of the island believed to be around 22-24,000 years old. They are thin, brown skinned and straight haired, and two goups are to be found in Palawan, one in the islands of Basuanga, Coron and the other south of Puerto Princesa City in Aborlan, Quezon areas. There is around 10,000 in the present day population and they live in communities of 40-500 people. The Tagbanua have their own language and the writing is quite different from ours, but many of them can speak the Palawano language of the island.
    The Tagbanua believe in the spirit world and their dances, celebrations, and rituals are all based on this.
    You can learn ore about the Tagbanua at the Heritage Center in the Legislative building

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    VISIT THE MIRACLE WORKER, THE BABAYLAN

    by davidjo Written Jan 8, 2014
    IMPORTANT TO THE TRIBE
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    Each indigenous village has a Babaylan who plays a very important part in the community. A Babaylan is normally a woman who functions as a healer, shaman, seer or miracle worker. Actually you could say a religious leader of the tribe. In Palawan there are the Tau't Batu, Tagbanua, Batak, and Palawano peoples that occasionally have festivals in which the Babaylan plays an important roll. Two of these festivals take place in Aborlan. Unfortunately some of their practices have been suppressed due to the colonisation of the country.
    This photo was taken in the Heritage Center in the Legislative Building.

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    DROP BY THE PALAWAN HERITAGE CENTER

    by davidjo Written Jan 7, 2014
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    This museum is located in the Palawan Legislative Building, at the rear, and costs 30-50 pesos for entrance fee, but is well worth visiting to catch some history of the island. There is a visual sound room where you can see a 10 minute documentary about the island and its native people, many old photographs adorn the walls and there are artifacts from various indigenous tribes (some of them replicas as the originals are in Manila). The attendant will show you around if she is not busy.
    Tabon Man was a skull discovered in a cave at Quezon, 160 kms south of Puerto Princesa, and is believed to be around 22,000 years old, and his descendants, the Tau't Batu (people of the rock) still love in caves.
    It is rather a small museum but very informative with 6 video displays.

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    PALAWAN LEGISLATIVE BUILDING

    by davidjo Written Jan 7, 2014
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    This was constructed 5 or 7 years ago and is located in Fernandez Street, just behind the Capitol Building. As well as the legislative offices it houses the museum and in the grounds there is a small park, a stage for festivals and other events. During the town fiesta there are stalls all along the road selling all kinds of things and snacks too.

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    VISIT THE WEAVERS

    by davidjo Written Jan 6, 2014

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    Binuatan Creations is a weaving center where you can see the weavers at work on their handlooms where they use the island's native grass etc. They produce bags, blinds, table mats, and a variety of other useful products.
    You can see the weavers at work and they will be happy to explain the process to you. Firstly the grass is dyed to the desired colour, then dried before weaving.

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    NEW CITY HALL WITH GREAT VIEW

    by davidjo Written Jan 3, 2014

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    The New City Hall was inaugurated on 18th December 2013 and is a very impressive and spacious building, and is located next to the old City Hall in Tiniguiban, 4 klms from the city center.
    As a tourist you may not have much of a reason to visit the City Hall except for finding details of the procedure to marry a local girl, or pay a fine that you may have incurred while riding the rented motorbike, but if you are in the area pop in and walk towards the rear where there is a magnificent view of Puerto Princesa Bay.

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    GREAT VIEW OF PUERTO PRINCESA BAY

    by davidjo Written Dec 30, 2013

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    I could have included this in my hotel or restaurant tips but i am including it here as the view over the bay is outstanding. Pop into Sunlight Guest house, (which in fact is more like a hotel) and take the elevator to the 4th floor and pass through the function/dining room to the roof top terrace where there are a few tables for customers. Order a beer or a shake and sit and admire the view of the bay, the mountains, the boats coming and going, and watch the locals on Baywalk below.
    No trip to Puertp Princesa would be complete without coming here, especially at sunset.
    The Sunlight GH is located next to Unitop Supermarket near where Burgos Street ends at Malvar Street.
    NOTE---We have not tried it yet but on Sunday Lunchtime and evening there is an all you can eat seafood buffet at 350 pesos.
    Also there is a daily breakfast buffet at 299 pesos.

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    Palawan Special Battalion WW2 Memorial Museum

    by davidjo Updated Dec 30, 2013

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    This museum just opened in Dec 2011 and is privately owned by a local resident who is a keen historian. Many exhibits were donated from locals in the city, and there are several exhibit rooms, each on a different theme, such as the USA, the Japanese, the British and Russian etc. There is a good collection of relics, uniforms, weapons. This Museum is about 1 km after the airport and is open daily from 8-5 except Wednesdays. Admission is free but there is a donation box. Drinks can be purchased, and you can relax while browsing through various war books. Also there is internet access and a good collection of old photographs on the wall.
    Update---The owner of the museum has got his old Buick 1957 up and running and is now on display. He can be seen driving it around town now and again

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    THE PRINCESS OF THE BAY

    by davidjo Written Dec 29, 2013

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    This is actually a fiber glass sculpture by Ronel F. Roxes of the Princess and can be found at the Baywalk. The sculpture was paid for by donations from donors all over the country and a list of the names can be seen on two plaques in front of the statue on a gate.
    The Plaque on the statue has been affected by the weather and very difficult to read but in Tagalog it says--
    "Ang Prinsesa ng Baybay "Simbolo ng Ating Kultura at Buhay" Baywalk Puerto Princesa City Palawan". which means "A princess of the bay, symbol of our culture in life"

    Puerto Princesa was supposed to have been named after a Spanish Princess, Eululia, daughter of Isabela II

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    VISIT THE PORT

    by davidjo Written Dec 27, 2013

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    HIDDEN FROM VIEW
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    The days have gone since you could enter the port and wander around as it is restricted to workers and passengers who are departing. However you can take a look through the gate and catch a glimpse of the inter island ferries, naval ships and cargo ships, as well as the many containers stored at the port.
    There are two gates to the port, one from Rizal Avenue that is mainly for service trucks and one at Malvar Street which is mainly for passengers so if you are meeting a friend who is arriving by sea wait at the Malvar Street gate. The port can also be seen from the Baywalk.

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    THE FOUNDERS OF THE CITY 1872

    by davidjo Written Dec 27, 2013
    PRINCESS EULALIA

    Spanish Captain Don Jose Sostao arrived on his boat on 4th March 1872 and discovered the hill and bay and founded the city which was to become Puerto Princesa and a memorial can be found in Eulalia Park . It is a little hard to read the inscription but it list around 25 Spanish, 350 Filipinos and 80 Chinese as the original citizens who arrived here. The figures are from my memory but you can see the exact figures if you see the memorial near the port. On top of the memorial stands a statue of Princes Eulalia who the city was named after. Although there are different accounts, Queen Isabela II had a daughter named Eulalia so the city was called Puerto dela Princesa, later shortened to its present day name.

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