Puerto Princesa. A city which I never expect to even step foot on. Pretty much the same story as my Clark post, I happened to get air tickets to this city for a cheap cheap price. After blindly booking my air tickets, I decided to do some research on it. Typical of me to do this sort of thing. Purchased an air ticket to a random destination and then do my research.
I flew into Puerto Princesa from Clark. The flight took me over an hour. It was pretty bumpy as it was a typhoon season. As soon as the plane landed at Puerto Princesa Airport, it was probably the smallest airport I have ever seen. Took me less than 10 minutes to reach the arrival hall. Upon arrival I was greeted by Anne, the guest house representative. I had made prior arrangement to stay at House of Rose. The owner, Andy Simmons and Australian man who relocated to the Philippines many years ago was also there to fetch me. It was really kind of them.
So I lied. I didn’t research at all for this trip. Immediately I logged on to the internet to find things to do in Puerto Princesa. I talked to Anne about what I wanted to do for the rest of my stay in Puerto Princesa. I chose two tours; city tour (PHP600) and Sabang’s Underground River (PHP1500) and eventually Honda Bay (PHP1300) too. My City Tour was scheduled to start tomorrow.
Immaculate Conception Cathedral
During the Spanish era, it was just a small church. But in 1961, it was reconstructed and was made a Cathedral.
Originally built by the Spanish regime for exiles, it was only established by the American Colonialist during the the US occupation. Now, it house mild crime inmates throughout the country. What makes the prison special is that the inmates are free to roam around vicinity and they can choose their vocation ranging from farming to dancing. Yes, dancing and I’m not kidding.
Inspired by dancing prisoners of Cebu’s Provincial Detention’s and Rehabilitation Centre, they too have their own slick moves. Unlike the one in Cebu, Iwahig’s dancers are small number.
Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center
Owned by the family of a former senator, this is a popular tourist attraction. Located in Sta Monica, this attraction offers an awesome view of Honda Bay. There is a viewdeck on top of the hill and it’s open to everyone who wants to have a relaxing time. Picnic is encouraged but at that time the grass was wet.
Open by a lady who started out as a humble baker, she know owns a few houses and a huge land. Really inspiring!
Baker’s Hill speciality is Hopia. Hopia is a type of pastry with different flavoured sweet fillings. My personal favourite is Hopia Haba. It contains onion and it wasn’t as sweet as other flavours. Should have bought more! It only cost PHP45 for a box! That’s like less than SGD2.00!