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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

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

Psychedelic Firefly Watching in Puerto Princesa

Posted on December 21, 2011

“Everyday is Christmas here,” our boatman muses, as he coaxes the fireflies with the red light from his cellophane-covered torch. The conspicuous insects respond, lighting up the mangrove just like a Christmas tree. It was late in the evening and we were the last to be toured, so we had the entire river to ourselves. My friends and I sat still in the bangka (outrigger canoe), steeping ourselves in the somewhat soothing pitch-black darkness and, occasionally, letting out irrepressible ooohsRead More

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park: A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Posted on September 7, 2010

The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park features a limestone karst mountain landscape with an 8.2 km. navigable underground river. A distinguishing feature of the river is that it winds through a cave before flowing directly into the South China Sea. It includes major formations of stalactites and stalagmites, and several large chambers. The lower portion of the river is subject to tidal influences. Before the discovery of a Mexican river in 2007, this underground river was reputed to beRead More