Palawan Chronicles II: Puerto Princesa City Tour (The Palawan Museum, Plaza Cuartel & Immaculate Conception Cathedral)
Puerto Princesa City has been my home for almost a year in 2008 and 2009. I have roamed its streets so many times that the must-see spots have become too familiar. I observed that when a certain place (like home) became too common and routinely we forget to see its beauty, we fail to behold what first-time visitors came for to be awed and inspired. That happened to me in Puerto Princesa City- Honda Bay became like a mall where I go any time I choose to and fresh seafood become too ordinary that I can’t even differentiate the taste of a crab from a shrimp.
The Palawan Museum
Revisiting what I reconsider my second home brings memories I want to happen again and again. My local friend, Harvey, looked surprised when I told him I’m going to visit the Palawan Museum. I asked him if he has been there, he said not yet, and I think he has no plans of visiting either today or the future.
Inside the museum I found myself basking on Palawan’s rich treasure– her culture, her archaeological inheritance that dates from the time of the Tabon Man. I was amazed by the replica of the Manunggul Jar, made during the Neolithic period (710-890 BC). If they make this kind of jars for their dead in those times, imagine what they can do if they lived these days. Maybe they would laugh on your iPad and type a document using not their fingers or voice command but with their minds. Hmmmmm?
My Tweet: having some taste of history and culture here at the Palawan Museum. the artifacts here are in dire condition
After touring the museum I went inside its library and scanned a coffee table book entitled “The Pearl Road: Tales of Treasure Ships in the Philippines” by Christophe Loviny. The picture of a Badjao diver caught my attention:
It has been said that the Badjaos are the greatest pearl divers the world has ever known. Now their tribe is left to the streets begging for money, at least in Manila (I pity the kids being used by syndicates, praying that this be stopped). How I wish the government would discover their potential and maybe develop them as professional swimmers and divers for the Olympics. I believe they can!
Note: Open on Mondays-Saturdays between 9:00am-12:00nn and 1:30-5:0pm. (Entrance Fee: Php20 for adults and Php10 for students & children)
Nothing so special about the place- that is if you don’t listen to your history teacher. Poor boy! Let’s admit it that conservation is so foreign to the Filipinos and most don’t care on preserving our heritage (visit Intramuros or the famed Banaue Rice Terraces to understand this). Anyway, the plaza was used by the Japanese soldiers as a garrison during the Second World War. Some 143 American POW experienced the darkest days of their lives when the Japs burned them here. Now a memorial marker is erected as a grim reminder of the realities of the waging war.
Note: Open daily from 8:00am to 6:0pm, admission is free.
Puerto Princesa City Cathedral
Whenever I see Catholic churches, I take some time to reflect, to pray. Nothing to do after that and I don’t want to copy Mr.Wikipedia regarding the Immaculate Conception Cathedral. I just took some photos because I think it’s one funky cool church, look its blue:
Money Spent: Palawan Museum entrance fee: Php10.00, Tricycle fare: Php16.00 back and forth from my place. ( I have to put it here for your reference. I guarantee you, reading JourneyingJames.com would help you “spend less while you travel more” or your cup of coffee on me.)
Next post is a challenging 2-day camping somewhere in El Nido’s uninhabited beach . I shot two videos during my stay. I hope you can watch those too!
The Palawan Chronicles is a 6-part series of unforgettable moments I experienced during my 7-day escapade (December 2010) in Palawan. Some sights have become familiar and common because I stayed in Puerto Princesa City for almost a year but most are seen with fresh insight- rediscovering the beauty of simple life.
Join the adventure and let’s walk among throngs and throngs of Palawenos in Baybay (Baywalk), tour some city spots, survive a 2-day island challenge; visit a vanishing Batac tribe and taste French and Vietnamese influence in this beautiful island paradise. I will also add how much I spent to guide you should you plan to do a Palawan escapade.
Baywalk Christmas Tree Madness / Puerto Princesa City Tour / Solo Beach Camping in El Nido (Part 1) /Solo Beach Camping in El Nido (Part 2) / A Visit to the Vanishing Tribe of Batak / Perfect Match- French Bread & Vietnamese Noodles
If you are looking for a budget-friendly packaged tour of Puerto Princesa City, you can contact me at 0926-745-0858.