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Puerto Princesa

Puerto Princesa

This city is surrounded by natural marvels--white sand beaches, majestic mountains, and rainforests teeming with life.
By Bianca Ma. Guerrero

Overview

Palawan's capital Puerto Princesa City is a highly urbanized center; not far from the city proper, however, are white sand beaches, rainforests, and other natural marvels. Chief among these are the islands dotting Honda Bay and the Subterranean River in Sabang. Institutions like the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center and the Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm are also popular attractions. People from all over the Philippines have migrated to Palawan, turning Puerto Princesa into a melting pot of cultures, as well as a site for preserving native traditions.

History

  • The city was named after Princess Ascuncion, the daughter of Queen Isabella II and consort Francisco de Cadiz.
  • In 1872, Spanish colonizers founded the settlement that is known today as Puerto Princesa City.
  • Puerto Princesa became the seat of the Palawan Provincial Government in 1911.
  • The town was converted into a city on January 1, 1970.

Traveler's Attractions

Puerto Princesa is ideal for different kinds of travelers, as it provides a wide range of activities and places to visit.

  • Nature lovers will enjoy experiencing the rough beauty of Puerto Princesa, whether it be in the form of the underground river or in the guise of the occupants of the crocodile farm.
  • Adventurous travelers will be able to go hiking, trekking, or diving in different parts of the city.
  • Those looking to relax can unwind on the white sand beaches or in one of the many spas, while those who still need to do business will find facilities in the city that can accommodate their needs.
  • Travelers looking to learn more about history and culture can take part in different festivals, or visit historical sites, institutions, and museums.

Getting There and Away

Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, Airphil Express, and SEAir offer daily flights from Manila and Cebu to the Puerto Princesa City Airport.


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Aside from different species of butterflies, there are many kinds of plants and flowers in the Palawan Butterfly Garden as well.

Immaculate Conception Cathedral

The Immaculate Conception Cathedral is noted for its Gothic-inspired facade and historical significance.

Honda Bay

The different islands in Honda Bay can be reached by hiring a motorized pumpboat.

Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center (Crocodile Farming Institute)

Housed in the Crocodile Farming Institute are different species of crocodiles.

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

Adventure-seekers will enjoy taking a boat ride along the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River.

Plaza Cuartel

Plaza Cuartel was a Japanese garrison during World War II.
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