Immaculate Conception Cathedral in puerto princesa
Plaza Cuartel looks like your ordinary city park with concrete pavements, towering trees and benches. The ruins of an old garrison and tunnels are proof of its grim past. Plaza Cuartel is the site of Palawan Massacre. The tunnels were where 150 American prisoners of war were kept during World War II. But on December 14, 1944, the Japanese decided to kill them all by burning them alive. Many perished but eleven prisoners were able to survive and escape the mass execution.
The Cathedral is located along Rizal Avenue in Barangay Liwanag across Plaza Cuartel. The cathedra...
Staying true to the premise of a Filipino household, Matutina Pensionne provides a rather relaxing am...
Tribu Bar and Restaurant is located on the roof deck and offers spectacular panoramic views of Puerto...
There are no taxies like we know it in Puerto princesa city . The capital of Palawan. The tricycl...
Little banca port next to City Baywalk park in Puerto Princesa in Palawan,Philippines
Shanti town in puerto princesa on the island of Palawan in the Philippines
(PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT OF PALAWAN) Provincial Capitol Building, Rizal Avenue, Puerto Princesa City, P...
The Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm is located at Baranggay Iwahig, Palawan a 30 minute ride from the ca...
The guards inside the Iwahig prison near puerto princesa in Palawan
The Philippines are an archipelago of more than seven thousand islands off the southeast coast of Asia. Only half of these islands have been named and roughly one thousand are inhabited. Look at how beautiful they are! People first arrived here from the mainland around 25,000 B.C. by crossing a land bridge which existed at the time.
The name comes from Ferdinand Magellan of Portugal, who explored the Philippines in 1521. He claimed them in service of Spain, naming them after Prince Philip. Spain controlled the Philippines for the next 350 years until the Philippine Revolution of 1896.
Here's a picture of Fort Santiago, where the national hero Jose Rizal was imprisoned prior to his execution. He was a poet and novelist who supported peaceful reform, rather than violent revolution, against the Spanish government.
This is one of poems in which he describes the creation of the world, as a gift to his mother:
"Say they that tell of the world, the first dawn of the sun, the first kiss that his bosom inflamed, when thousands of beings surged out of nothing, and peopled the depths, and to the heights mounted, to wherever his fecund kiss was implanted"
Violent revolution broke out anyway and the Philippines changed hands from Spanish, to American, to Japanese control over the next fifty years. Following World War Two they finally became an independent republic.
Back to the beautiful ocean! You can dream about the Cafe Del Mar resort next time you find your screen saver kicking in when you're still sitting at the desk staring blankly. There's a series of DJ mixes with this title but I don't know if it refers to the same place. I would not be surprised.
Annnnd to really get you buying your plane tickets...
the sunset over Borocay White Beach!
Text by Steve Smith.