Saturday, June 29, 2013

Pre-New 7 Wonders of Nature (Archive)

18 February 2011. Palawan.

This was one of those trips I had with my bosom-turned-travel buddies. The underground river in Puerto Princesa, Palawan was still up for nominations as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, so it wasn't that difficult yet to book a tour. And since we were referred by my friend's colleague to a person she knew at the City Tourism Office, we were given the special treatment during our Puerto Princesa adventure. Miss Isay of the City Tourism Office welcomed us with leis like we were dignitaries. And she arranged for our tours for the three days that we were in Puerto Princesa. Not for free, though, but we were grouped with fellow 'dignitaries' so the tour fees became even more affordable. As soon as we arrived, we did the City Tour.

Lunch at Badjao Seafront Restaurant
Saying our prayers for the American soldiers who were burned to death by the Japanese soldiers during the World War II at Plaza Cuartel
Playing with crocodiles at the Crocodile Farm
I was very much fascinated by the Iwahig, a prison without walls. Here, felons freely roam the premises which is very spacious. When we made a stop at Iwahig, we had the chance to talk to prisoners who were selling their crafts as souvenirs. They were very nice and polite; it was difficult picturing them as convicts.
Mitra Farm
Baker's Hill is one Puerto Princesa attraction I would like to visit again, and explore longer. We made a short stop to buy pasalubong.
Another place for souvenirs would be the Binuatan Weaving Creations. We were given the opportunity to try our hand at weaving. It was difficult. Adjacent to the factory is a store where finished products are being sold. I got myself notepads with woven covers as pasalubong.
I thought we were done for the day when Miss Isay informed us that we were invited to have dinner with Mayor Hagedorn. What a way to end the City Tour.