Puerto Princesa Things to Do

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    EVEN JOSE RIZAL IS AT IWAHIG PENAL FARM

    by davidjo Written Dec 14, 2014

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    When you reach the area where the Administrative building is located at Iwahig Penal Farm there is a large compound (park) which is surrounded by various buildings, but at one side of the park is a statue of the country's hero, Jose Rizal. I have written several tips about Jose Rizal so please refer to the link below should ou want to know about the country's number one hero.

    Jose Rizal The center of the colony
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    LET US THANK DON T. SCHLOT (OR SCHLOAT)

    by davidjo Updated Dec 13, 2014

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    Let us thank this hero for returning! Don T Schloat was though to be one of the prisoners of war that was imprisoned in Cuartel Park, Puerto Princesa. In December 1944 the Japanese forced the 150 prisoners in to their dugouts, poured petrol over them and burnt them to death. Eleven of them were lucky and managed to escape, but Don Schlot's name is on the memorial when he should not have been as he was already in Manila when the incident happened. . In 2007 he returned to Puerto Princesa and saw the memorial with his name on it (and has now been scratched out)
    Please read the link below for more information.

    Cuartel Park is behind the cathedral

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    SIT IN AN OLD KALESA

    by davidjo Written Dec 13, 2014

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    In Cuartel Park which used to be a prison camp for Americans during the second world war you may want to have your photo taken in an old kalesa. A kalesa was a horse drawn calash which were very common in the whole country from the 18th century when they were introduced by the Spanish colonisers. Originally the carts were just for use by nobles and high ranking officials, but most of the kalesas disappeared in Manila after the devastation of WWII. However there are still a few in use today, mainly for tourists in Manila and Vigan.

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    SAINT EZEQUIEL MORENO-----AN EARLY SETTLER

    by davidjo Written Dec 13, 2014

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    Saint Eziquiel Moreno is famous for building the BAMBOO ORGAN in the church at Las Pinas in Manila, but he also made a name for himself , here in Palawan. He was remembered recently as the city unveiled a plaque to him in the grounds of Immaculate Conception Cathedral. The unveiling coincided with the town fiesta on December 8th, 2014, and also there was a small photographic exhibition which informed us more about his life. After spending two years in the Philippines he was assigned to the Penal Colony where he became Military Chaplain, (the future Iwahig Penal Farm). Later he went south and was one of the founders of Aborlan (67 kms south) and Barangay Inagawan, a small village by the sea (km 51 south). After a couple of years he contracted malaria and was re-assigned to Manila where he worked for several years on his bamboo organ.

    in his coffin the memorial plaque as a young man
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    FUN PHOTOS & MONKEY ON STARFISH ISLAND

    by davidjo Written Nov 20, 2014

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    There are several poster boards on the island where you can stick your head through a hole that will transform you into a mermaid. This is very popular with the tourists. We reluctantly joined them!
    We also saw a monkey which was kept in a tiny bamboo cage, and i hope that the monkey is released at night after the tourists have departed.
    Also there is a photo of the communal grilling area so you can see how many people that can be catered for.

    mrs mermaid mr mermaid poor monkey grills
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    HONDA BAY --- STARFISH ISLAND

    by davidjo Updated Nov 20, 2014

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    Starfish Island is so called as there are many starfish to be found in the white sand. As well as the white sand there are coral reefs in the crystal clear water. There are cottages for rent at 50 pesos and larger ones for 250 pesos.

    Boat fee 1,200-1,400, entrance fee 50, environmental fee 40 and terminal fee 3 pesos

    UPDATE
    We visited this island yesterday (20 Nov '14) and sad to say that i only saw one starfish. One must wear sandals when entering the sea as there are many small stones and broken coral. There is a roped off swimming area with a lifeguard but you are free to swim anywhere you want. We swam at one end of the island, away from the crowds, but there were many spiky sea urchins in the water so be careful. If you swim out far enough there is some good coral and marine life.
    When i used to visit this island 15-20 years ago there would be ur boat and perhaps one other, but now there must have been at least 40 boats come and go loaded with as many as 40 tourists, and there are picnic tables everywhere and i would estimate that there were as many as 200 people there at one point during the day. After 2 pm we were the only people on the island and it was very peaceful.
    Their are coconuts available on the island at 30 pesos each---a very reasonable price compared to some other places. Also there is a barbecue area where you can buy a fish and the locals will grill it for you (or even grill your own fish)

    CONCLUSION----Not my idea of a great day out with the increase in tourism.

    Starfish Island typical starfish (if you can find one) long beach huts for rent boats at the seashore
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    BIRD WATCHING ANYONE? - 165 SPECIES TO SPOT

    by davidjo Written Nov 12, 2014

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    While in the shopping mall today there was an interesting display of photographs and paintings of many colorful birds that can be found in the Puerto Princesa Suterranian River National Park which celebrated its third anniversary of becoming one of the New Seven Natural Wonders of the World. In fact President Aquino made a new proclamation that November 11th is Puerto Princesa Underground River Day in recognition of this. There were actually concerts and programs at Baywalk that night.
    the Underground River Park is an excellent place for bird watchers with over 165 species to try and spot. Fifteen of them are endemic to the island of Palawan , and all fifteen have been spotted here. If you want to go bird watching it is advisable to start early and bring along a good pair of binoculars. Notable species are the peacock pheasant, Palawan hornbill and blue-napped parrot.
    The park is a short walk along the beach from Sabang, 80 kms from Puerto Princesa. In Sabang there is accommodation to suit all budgets.

    You may be lucky enough to see birds such as those in the link below
    http://www.birdingphilippines.com/birds-from-palawan/

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    SEE IF THERE IS A CRUISE LINER AT THE PORT

    by davidjo Updated Nov 11, 2014

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    Usually there are several cruise ships that drop by Puerto Princesa each year and dock for 24 hours which gives enough time for the passengers to visit the underground river or explore the attractions around Puerto Princesa. These ships that arrive here are the biggest ships that dock at the pier, and the trike drivers and shuttle vans make a killing. This cruise ship is the Superstar Aquarius which was built in 1993 at St. Nazaire, France for the Kloster Cruise, a Norwegian Cruise Line and named WINDWARD. In 1998 she was lengthened at Bremerhaven and renamed the Norwegian wind, but in 2007 she was transferred to the fleet of Star Cruises and given her present name. The ship is over 51,000 tonnes, 230 m length, 10 passenger decks and can accommodate 2,156 passengers, with a crew of 700.
    Update--- I have just been informed that there is a cruise ship arriving every Monday until late January. The town was full of tourists today!

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    ALL SAINTS DAY

    by davidjo Updated Oct 31, 2014

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    All Saints Day is on November 1st each year, so if you happen to be in Puerto Princesa on this particular day a trip to the cemetery should be on the agenda. This day and the day after, All Souls Day are important holidays in the country and families spend the entire night and day by the grave of their loved ones. The locals rush to the market to buy candles of assorted colors, shapes and scents as well as bunches of flowers , (any kind will suffice).
    This holiday may start the day before on 31st October, and the people will be seen cleaning the graves, weeding and planting new shrubs or plants, and decorate the grave with flowers and the candles. Nearly everyone visits the cemetery and it is a time for feasting and making merry. Alcohol; is banned from the cemetery on these occasions.

    There are three main cemeteries in town.
    Loyola which is in Valencia St towards Parola.
    The city cemetery which is nearby
    And another cemetery on the north highway near km 5 marker.

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    ALL SOULS DAY --DAY OF THE DEAD

    by davidjo Written Oct 30, 2014

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    This falls on November 2nd and if in Puerto Princesa on this day you should visit one of the cemeteries listed below. All Souls’ Day is a day of alms giving and prayers for the dead. The intent is for the living to assist those in purgatory. The cemeteries will be crowded as friends and relatives of the dead flock there to eat and spend time remembering there loved ones.

    There are three main cemeteries in town.
    Loyola which is in Valencia St towards Parola.
    The city cemetery which is nearby
    And another cemetery on the north highway near km 5 marker.

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    NFA----CHEAP RICE IN TIMES OF NEED

    by davidjo Written Oct 18, 2014

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    Just a short way from the Cathedral on Taft Street you will find the offices and warehouse of the National Food Authority of the Philippines, whose primary responsibility is to ensure the food security of the country and the stability of the supply and price of rice.
    The NFA was created in 1972 to promote the integrated growth of the grain industry which included rice, corn, feed grains, Sorghum, peanuts and similar. Today the NFA stocks rice in case of a shortage and also buys paddy fields from individual farmers, dispersing rice to strategic locations and distribution of the grain to various outlets at certain times of the year.
    From my experience the quality of their rice is far inferior to rice traders at the market, and a lot cheaper too! Often the rice dealers will purchase this rice at a low price and mix it in the sacks of good quality rice allowing them to cheat the public and make bigger profits!

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    AND WHY IS THIS MUDDY STREET BLESSED ????

    by davidjo Written Oct 11, 2014

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    If you are spending an afternoon at Pristine Beach, and have 5 minutes to spare, just continue up Abueg Road for another 200 meters and you will see a very special street------BLESSED ROAD !!! At first i thought someone had erected the sign for a joke (and maybe they did) as i know several resident who live at the bottom of the road and they always complain about the mud and water during the rainy season. As you can see in the photo it is not an ideal location to live.
    Perhaps the word 'blessed" is used in a derogatory term, and pronounced more like bless-ed. I often heard it being said this way by folks when was young. For example 'the bless-ed television is broken again!", in this case a substitute for bl**dy or similar.

    I can think of no reason why this is called BLESSED ROAD as there is no church nearby, no priest living there or no statue of the Virgin Mary, and above all no scenic view at the end of it. It is the custom to name roads after people and and as far as i know every road in the city is named after a hero or a resident who lives/lived on the street

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    THE CHILDREN'S PARK----NOBODY CARES ANYMORE

    by davidjo Written Oct 11, 2014

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    This children's park seems to have been forgotten as i have rarely seen any children playing in it. As you can see, it is overgrown, the see-saws are broken and it would probably be dangerous for any child to play there. The park was donated to the Hon. Miguel Reynoso Y Carino back in 1986, in dedication to his duties as a city councilor. The great man (? ) lived from 1907-1971 and you can see his statue in the park.
    Although i can find very few references to this man i just wonder why his family don't get together and clean the park as well as repair the children's playground. After all, if the town was good enough to honor him, the family should have some respect and take care of it.
    Now there is a small shed there and seems to be a place for drunks and squatters to hang out. I did not take a photo of them as they may not have like dit.

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    HONDA BAY --- LESS VISITED OR PRIVATE ISLANDS

    by davidjo Updated Sep 23, 2014

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    There are some less visited islands in Honda Bay, some i have heard of and some i have not but these are the names with some details that i know.
    Bogas Island,
    Barlas or Buguias Island, This island is west of Arrecife Island and has pockets of white sandy beach. On the east side of the island it is safe for swimming as it is shallow, and sometimes boats shelter there during storms. It is also a breeding place for Lapu-Lapu, and you can even walk to Snake Island during low tide. The island is deserted and i see that it is up for sale for 70,000,000 pesos.
    Fraser Island A 15,000 m island with lagoons on each side. This island is also for sale.
    Seahorse Islet A very small islet NE part of Honda Bay
    Puting Bahungan Island A privately owned island but has the whitest sand you will ever see.
    Senorita Island A breeding place for fish and seaweed farming
    Fondeado Island
    Bat Island As you would have guessed this island is home for 10s of thousands of fruit bats that come out in the evening to search for food. I used to live 10 kms away from here but several times i saw 1000's of bats flying over our house at sundown.

    FRASER ISLAND

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    HONDA BAY --- PAMBATO REEF

    by davidjo Updated Sep 23, 2014

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    At Pambato Reef you will find a floating cottage to rest in after snorkeling (150 pesos). The water is around 40 m deep so make sure that you have your camera attached to your body. The boatman will supply you with a life vest as it is forbidden to snorkel without one. You can also rent snorkels and goggles here if you don't have any.
    The reef is in a marine sanctuary and there are many fish, clams and coral to see. There is a walkway over the water where the boatmen moor their bangkas.

    Boats to ireef 700-800 pesos, entrance fee 50, environmental fee 40 and terminal fee 3 pesos.

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