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Puerto Princesa City

Puerto Princesa city, being the provincial capital, serves as the hub of travel in the serene province of Palawan.

In the more recent years, it has gained the distinction of being a model city and an ecotourism haven. Its consistent achievements have been due largely to the practical leadership of three-time Mayor Edward Hagedorn.

Puerto Princesa city is a first class city in the province and one of the cleanest cities in the whole country. It is a sprawling island, approximately 106 kilometers from north to south, occupying a total area of 253,980 hectares or 627,000 acres. This verdant paradise island is 65-minutes away from Manila, by a charter plane, which flies directly to Puerto Princesa.

In June 23, 1902, right after the Filipino-American War, the civil government was established in this island. The province was then called Paragua, with Cuyo as the capital. In 1905, pursuant to Act No. 1363 of the Philippine Commission, the name of the province was changed to Palawan and the capital was transferred to Puerto Princesa.

As part of Palawan Island, Puerto Princesa city is rich in fishing grounds. Fish canning and commercial fishing provide a boost in its economy. Mining is also an important industry. There are rich reserves of copper, silver, and chromite in Palawan.

Puerto Princesa is probably the most attractive city in the Philippines. The Palawan Butterfly Garden located within the boundaries of the city is home to diverse species of butterflies common to the province and in Southeast Asia. Close to the city is the Palawan Wildlife Reserve and Conservation Center, formerly the Crocodile Farming Institute, where tourists often come for an educational tour and souvenir buys of sundry items made of crocodile skin, such as bags and shoes. This center takes care of disabled and sick crocodiles, while conducting further investigations pertaining to these endangered species.

The city is also the site of a government institution for prisoners, the Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm, which has a historical marker. This prison is unique in that it is more like a farm than a prison, considering that prisoners here work in their farms and are allowed to create various kinds of handicrafts to earn an income for their families.

Also in Puerto Princesa is the Vista Luz Picnic Grounds, which offers various facilities for swimming, picnicking and overnight stays and is just 2 kilometers away from the airport. Another perfect spot for swimming is the Nasin-aw White Beach and Silica Beach, which boasts of its fine white sand and clear waters. Quite popular to the tourists are the islands in Honda Bay, northeast of Puerto Princesa, which have become very popular frolicking grounds for beach fanciers and water sports enthusiasts. The various islands located in this bay have various features, which unfalteringly entertain local residents and visitors.

Overnight lodgings are available in the islands of Meara Marina and Starfish. Many guests opt to visit the famous Underground River in Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. This can be reached by traveling overland from Puerto Princesa to Baheli, close to the western coast. This park is a world heritage site and a natural wonder, featuring an 8.2 kilometer navigable underground river and an enthralling scenery of crystalline waters, stalactite pillars, rock formations and domed amphitheaters.

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