Sabado, Hulyo 16, 2011

THE FOREST CITY "PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, PALAWAN "

Getting there from Davao City is quiet far, there’s no direct flight from Davao to Puerto Princesa. Choices are from Davao to Cebu and Cebu to Puerto Princesa, Davao to Manila and Manila to Puerto Princesa. Since Cebu Pacific Air has connecting flight Davao to Manila and Manila to Puerto Princesa so I choose it. The advantage of connecting flight is that you don’t need to collect your luggage in Manila you will collect it all the way in Puerto Princesa.

Welcome to the forest city Puerto Princesa which is known to be one of the tourist destination in our country Philippines. I stayed at Moana Hotel which is closed to the Puerto Princesa airport only 5 mins. Walk and 1 km. To the city proper. The place is quite nice with a touch of a typical Filipino style. They have a Dive shop there that as far as I know it is the Biggest Dive Shop in Puerto Princesa. A bar and restaurant which serves a good food and drinks. They have swimming pool and small cottages under the huge trees which makes it feel fresh and so relaxing to sit there. They have very accommodating staffs who wears a Hawaiian dress style.

LANGUAGE: Local people there has their own dialect Cuyuno and Visayan but they speak Tagalog and English for the instructions.

PLACES I VISITED:
  • BAKERS HILL
  • UNDERGROUND RIVER
  • PRESTINE BEACH
GETTING AROUND:
  • JEEPNEY
  • BUSES
  • MOTORCYCLE
  • MOTORBIKE
  • VAN
 RESTAURANTS: (recommend and close to Moana Hotel)
  • PERGOLA (THAI and EUROPIAN foods)
  • KINABUCH BAR and GRILL
  • CHICKEN INATO
BAKERS HILL PALAWAN:
                                                                            
There’s no entrance fee, what you can see inside are restaurants and Snack bar. It’s a Philippine Disney Land kids would love it for sure.  You can see a lot of cartoon character and kids playground inside. It looks like a garden also because place were surrounded by trees and flowers. Bakers Hill is also Famous as a tourist destination here in Philippines. It’s childish but I must admit that I enjoyed staying there together with all the Kids stuff. Here are some of my photos:  

KALESA which made from wood sculptures!

Friendly TIGER! :)

Parrots Statue, careful of birds shits! :)

BLEUH!!!!!

Anna with SNOW WHITE and the SEVEN DWARFS! :)

Am in the DISNEY WORLD! :)

UNDERGROUND RIVER

Puerto Princesa became a top of the tourist destination in Philippines because of these Puerto Princesa Subterranean River Park which is Underground River a Natural World Heritage Site which located at Saint Paul Mountain Range on the northern coast of the island, Puerto Princesa. It has been nominated as one of the 7 wonders of the world. It is 8.2 km navigable underground river but the only 1km was allowed to enter and explore inside probably the rest couldn't be reach by a boat. There are some divers who dives inside and so far they did not found any harmful animals just like snakes and crocodiles. You can see a lot of rock formations, several large chambers and bats inside the cave.

General Entrance Fee:
P75.00 and P50.00

Cave Entrance Fee:
 21 – 59 yr. Old (P  200.00)
18 – 20 yr. Old (P  100.00)
13 – 17 yr. Old ( P    75.00)
6 – 12  yr. Old (P    50.00)
Commercial Video Fee  (P 3,000.00)
*Filipino Senior Citizens 60 yr. old and above, Children 5 years old and below, and the handicapped are exempted from paying entrance for the Underground River Tour.

Other fees:
Boat Underground River Beach
P700.00 for 6 persons two way
Terminal Fee P3.00/pax




Read the Description below!
The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is one of the most important protected areas in the Philippines and is designated as a core area of Palawan Biosphere reserved.  It was established as the St. Paul Subterranean National Park on March 26, 1971 by virtue of Presidential Proclamation 853. It was created primarily to protect and preserved the outstanding Biophysical properties of the area. However, studies later concluded that the size was not sufficient to ensure the long- term viability of the park. This was resolved by the signing of  Presidential Proclamation 212 on November  12, 1999. The said proclamation  amended the Park boundary to include community buffer zone and changed its name to Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park to property identify it with the area. It is now comprises with the area of 22, 202 hectares including the original 3, 901 hectares as a core zone and the additional is 18,301 hectares buffer zones.

The park is best known for the existence of an intensive Underground River System. It also protect significant old growth tropical considered by experts to be among the most biologically diverse ecosystem in the world. So far more than 800 plant species have been identified including some 295 trees dominated by the DIPTEROCARP type species. The park is also a home for 90 species birds, 30 species of Mammals, 18 species of Reptiles, 10 species of Amphibians and a large number of insects species in recognition of its high conservation value, the United Nations Cultural, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has inscribe the park of the list of World Heritage Site.

The Park is managed by the City Government of Puerto Princesa under a program of sustainable development centered on environment. It is being manage by the City Multisectoral  protected area management board or PAMB . Its mission “ Conserve the Park into its Natural State “.


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