An Amazing Trip to Palawan, Philippines
It has been 3 weeks since I came back from vacation from my native Philippines. Although my vacation was not long, I had the opportunity to see one of the most beautiful places in the country, the island of Palawan.
- My Trip to Palawan
- The City of Puerto Princesa
- Butterfly Garden
- Baker's Hill
- The Baywalk
- Binuatan Weaving Creations
My Trip to Palawan
It only takes an hour flight from Manila to Palawan, and a few minutes from Palawan airport to the city of Puerto Princesa. It was my first time to see this part of the Philippines, and I enjoyed my stay there. In this article, I am going to share some photos and explain what they are all about. Even though I wasn’t able to visit some places that are considered tourist attractions, I got the opportunity to go to other places and learn many things about the people and their way of life.
The City of Puerto Princesa
Puerto Princesa is located in the middle section of Palawan. Approximately, it is 306 nautical miles from Manila, the Philippines’ capital. It has 66 districts, 35 of which are classified as urban, and the remaining 31 as rural. It is a beautiful city. The town was officially converted into a city in 1970, and since then, has become the center of Palawan’s trade and industry. It is one of the Philippines’ model cities in cleanliness and environmental conservation. Puerto Princesa is the home of the Underground River, a subterranean river and is the longest navigable underground river in the world. It was recently named as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. For many years now, the city has been a tourist destination, and continues to be.
This is a small landscaped garden that features different species, colors, and sizes of butterflies and some other types of small animals like geckos, walking sticks, mantis, and scorpions. There are also different types of plants and flowers, some of them are very rare and exotic. The souvenir shop features garden-themed items such as jewelry, stickers, hair clips, handbags, and shirts. The entrance fee of 25 Pesos (less than 1 US Dollar) per guest is very affordable. Morning is the best time to go there as the garden is not too busy, therefore it is not so crowded. Visitors can go there by themselves or by hiring a tricycle driver for a fee of 200 Pesos for a maximum of 3 passengers. The driver will serve as the tour guide, who will then drive from one place to another. A few times a year, the garden receives visitors from schools having educational tours and field trips. Some people may not find it interesting going there because it's small, but for those who love nature and beautiful winged creatures, the garden will never fail to delight them.
Baker's Hill is a place to go strolling. Children love going there because of the beautiful playground where they can slide, swing, and play. As you walk farther, you will pass by some fiberglass statues of cartoon characters. There are also animals in cages, and nicely landscaped gardens. It is well maintained, clean, and beautiful. There is no entrance fee going there. By the front gate, there is a bakery that sells good tasting pastries and cakes. There are also a few restaurants you can choose from when you feel hungry. It is a family-oriented place, which is why tourists and locals alike go there with their families. Baker's Hill is one of the many tourist spots being frequented whenever there are city tours going on.
This is another place where anyone will enjoy walking, jogging, or biking. It is a long stretch of walking area by the bay port. There is a bicycle shop somewhere that rents out bicycles for kids and adults. They are rented out for 25 Pesos per hour. There are waiting sheds that are shaped like sea horses, which are perfect places to sit and rest while watching the sail boats go by. While only a few people visit the place in the afternoon, there are plenty who go there in the early morning hour of the day to see the sunrise and in the evening for the sunset. During the night, the peacock lamps are lit, which add beauty to the night's attraction. On special occasions, the place becomes the venue for entertainment shows, where famous celebrities are invited to perform. In anticipation for Christmas, a very tall Christmas tree is put up, where it is lit starting by middle of November. It is a very simple place, yet a great one for relaxation, and a place for everybody. In a few years' time when it is more developed, more and more people are expected to visit the place.
Binuatan Weaving Creations
One of the main sources of livelihood in Puerto Princesa is weaving. Binuatan Weaving Creations is a small factory that manufactures handloom woven products. Most items made are window blinds, table runners, place mats, hats, baskets, bags, and other beautiful items. I was actually able to go inside the warehouse and see the workers weaving those items. They welcomed me and offered me to sit down and try weaving. I was hesitant to do it, but I did. At first I found it hard to operate the manual machine, but as I went I along, I got the hang of it. Learning how to weave was quite a beautiful experience.
Next to the warehouse is a store where finished products are being sold. There were plenty of selections to choose from, very ideal for gift giving or personal collection. It was indeed a great opportunity to see what people can do for a living with their talents and hard work.
Palawan is a great place. I'm glad I got the opportunity to visit and if I would have a chance to do it again, I will do so.