Thursday, March 1, 2012

Photos: City Tour, Palawan

Puerto Princesa Bay
Photos below were taken during our packaged city tour covering Palawan's Baywalk, Plaza Cuartel, Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral, Crocodile Farm, Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm, Mitra's Ranch, Baker's Hill and yes, pasalubong shopping :)

Puerto Princesa, Palawan Baywalk
tourists with tour guide ate Elvie
Plaza Cuartel
Plaza Cuartel Commemorative marker

American WW-II POWS were massacred in this place on December 14, 1944. 

On that day Japanese guards stationed here in Palawan ordered the American POWS under their control into the air raid shelters. Japanese soldiers suddenly poured gasoline on and into the American POW shelters and set them on fire with flaming torches, followed by hand grenades. As the American POWS engulfed in flames broke out of the fiery death traps, their Japanese guards machine gunned, bayoneted, decapitated and clubbed them to death. 

Of the American POWS, only 11 survived the massacre.     

inside Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral
Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral
Reminder po uli, Hands off. Pag may naputol, wala po kaming pamalit!
4 to 6 year old  freshwater crocs
Hatching House
Valentino or Valentina?
Crocodile Farm and Nature Park
holding the cute Palawan Bear Cat

60 year old crocodile skeleton
cutest crocs
photo op
Recreation Hall, Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm
talented artists
yes, may dancing inmates din ang Palawan!
works of art for sale

Mitra's Ranch
Baker's Hill
inside Baker's Kitchen
affordable Palawan Pearls
Palawan handicrafts
Tourist spots included in the City Tour:

Puerto Princesa Baywalk - Reclaimed Area from informer settlers on which converted by the local government into a park and a recreation area.
beside Puerto Princesa port area

Plaza Cuartel - Puerto Princesa's historical spot. The plaza has a bronze marker that contains the name of eleven prisoners of war (POW) who managed to survive the horrible massacre that happened in this place. The bronze marker is placed above the area where main underground bunkers existed. These bunkers became the cage for the unfortunate prisoners.
Taft St. Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral - Unlike any other statue in the country, the Immaculate Conception was crafted by hand and dressed with clothes sewn specially for it. With a high regard for the patroness, many people pay a visit to this church believing that she will grant the deepest desires of their heart.
Rizal Avenue, Brgy. Liwanag Puerto Princesa (a stone throw away from Plaza Cuartel)

Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm - This penal settlement, which originally comprised an area of 22 acres, served as a depository for prisoners who could not be accommodated at the Bilibid Prison in Manila. A prison facility was created by the American military in the rain forest of Puerto Princesa.
Baranggay Iwahig, Palawan

Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center or Crocodile Farm - An area located at Irawan, PPC on which crocodiles are farmed and where rescue wildlife are placed for rehabilitation until the time they are ready for released in the wild

Mitra's Ranch - Famous for its scenic view of the Honda Bay and wooden architectural of the Former Senator Abraham Mitra Sr.
Mitra Road, Santa Monica Heights, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines

Baker's Hill - a park where a number of bakeshops sell what the locals hail as the best-tasting breads and pastries in the city. Also famous as a pasalubong haven :)
Mitra road, Brgy. Sta Monica, Puerto Princesa

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