Palawan

Canvas Boutique Hotel: Avant-Garde Art Hotel Opens in Puerto Princesa

Posted on November 20, 2015

A bright four-storey structure tucked between mango, santol and acacia trees, Canvas Boutique Hotel truly makes a statement right along the Puerto Princesa North Road in Barangay San Miguel, just north of Junction 1. Currently on its soft opening phase, the 49-room hotel opened only last November 15. As the first blogger invited to stay in Canvas, I was excited to experience this avant-garde art accommodation that took three years to materialize. Don’t be put off by the word “avant-garde”, however, becauseRead More

Blue Palawan Beach Club: Beachfront Casitas in the Heart of Puerto Princesa

Posted on November 19, 2015

During the “Bonggang Bakasyon sa Puerto Princesa” tour in celebration of Puerto Princesa Underground River Day, I stayed with two contest winners and their companions at Blue Palawan Beach Club, one of the newer resorts located at the heart of the city. I was looking forward to my stay at this beach resort, which only opened early this year, as it boasts of being the only one situated along a white-sand beach within the city proper of Puerto Princesa. InRead More

Celebrating Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) Day 2015

Posted on November 18, 2015

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) or Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park has received renewed global attention in recent years after having been chosen as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature in 2011. Home to about 800 plant and 233 animal species —including 15 kinds of endangered birds only found in the Philippines— PPUR was also protected under the internationally-recognized Ramsar Convention on “Wetlands of International Importance” in the same year.Read More

Baragatan Festival 2015: When Palawan Cultures Converge

Posted on July 2, 2015

As the summer winds down to give way to the first rains of the monsoon, the city of Puerto Princesa hosts the “last hurrah” of the season called the Baragatan Festival, celebrating the province’s faceted heritage and culture. Rooted in the Cuyonon word for “meet” or “gather”, the name of this annual celebration evokes the convergence of cultures from across the largest province in the country. Among the activities during the two-week festival, which ran from June 8 to 23, were a floatRead More

Puerto Pension Bed & Breakfast: An Eco-friendly Guesthouse in Puerto Princesa

Posted on July 1, 2015

One of the pioneering accommodations in Puerto Princesa, Puerto Pension Bed & Breakfast has been around for almost 20 years, offering native-style  rooms that are not only easy on the pocket but also on the environment. Akin to Palo Alto Bed & Breakfast, Puerto Pension exudes a rustic atmosphere with its use of indigenous building materials like native hardwood, bamboo and woven pandan. Common spaces are furnished with indigenous decor and photographs of Palawan’s landscapes hang on the walls, completing theRead More

Hotel Centro: A Contemporary Hotel in Puerto Princesa Where Business Meets Leisure

Posted on June 30, 2015

Located north of the city center in Puerto Princesa, Hotel Centro is a 111-room contemporary hotel created for those who want to mix business with leisure. The roadside hotel conveniently stands along the National Highway linking the city center to the San Jose Transport Terminal. Robinsons Palawan is also only a 10-minute walk away from this establishment. My two-night stay at Hotel Centro was comfortable to say the least, but I wished the hotel exuded a more tropical or island vibe befittingRead More