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March 12, 2013

Exploring Puerto Princesa: The City in a Forest 4D/3N

After 9 long months of it comes...our much awaited Palawan adventure. Our fare is Php 1,200 for round trip ticket to Puerto Princesa City via Airphilexpress. At may complimentary snacks pa.

I was lucky to have the window seat.  Ng  malapit na kami, pagdungaw mo  makikita mo talaga na puro bundok at kagubatan. I wonder, nasaan ang mga bahay? Nasaan ang mga bayan? 

Upon arrival at the airport, nagmamadali kami because the tour guide is already waiting at the inn. Our flight was delayed by 30 minutes. We were greeted by the driver of the inn just outside the airport. Three minutes lang ay nakarating na kami sa Ysabelle Mansion. Malapit lang pala. Halos lahat ng hotels, pension houses at inns ay may free airport transfer. Kung wala naman, no problem. Take the tricycle for only P10.00. Pagdating sa inn, ayun bihis agad at simula na ng aming tour.

Because it’s our first time to visit the city, kumuha kami ng package na. Gusto ko sana ng Do-It-Yourself  kaso baka mahirapan kami. Our tour agency is Hadefe. We only paid for the Day 1 to 3 tour package.

This is our 4D/3N Puerto Princesa, Palawan itinerary.

Day 1: Honda Bay Island Hopping (Whole Day)
Day 2: Puerto Princesa Underground River (Whole Day)
Day 3: City Tour (Half day)
Day 4: Another City Tour (not included in the package)

According to Kuya Nelson (our guide from Hadefe), Puerto Princesa is the biggest city in the Philippines in terms of land area. At sabi niya, ang mga tao sa city ay honest. Hmmmm! Tama nga siya, napatunayan naming na honest nga ang mga tao. Nakalimutan ni JoAnn ang kanyang wallet sa simbahan, binalikan naming andun pa. Nakalimutan niya sa NokiNocs yung pinamili nya, binalikan naming kinabukasan andun pa. Totoo nga! Marahil ay takot ang mga tao dito na mapuntang Iwahig. At sabi rin ni Kuya Nelson, bawal magkalat. Sabi din nya maganda talaga sa Purto Princesa, walang bagyo, walanga lindol at very low crime rate. Safe na safe daw dito. 

Laging bukambibig ni Kuya Nelson si Mayor Hagedorn at ang kanyang maraming accomplishments para sa city at mamamayan. Sa kanyang pagsasalita..mukhang mahal na mahal ng mga tao si Mayor. Ngayon, si Mayor Hagedorn ay tumatakbong senador.

Hagedorn said.

"The City in a Forest because we exemplify a place where both man and environment lives together in perfect harmony. Here in the Philippines, we are the only city that has managed to breathe life into the forests that we have once lost," 

"We are lucky in Puerto Princesa because our people care for their environment. They care for their future and they know that the loss will be incalculable if they do not take responsibility over their environment seriously," 

"Environment has done to man what man has done to society, and what society has done to the environment. There is a cosmic connection which we all partake, a oneness with the forest… with the galaxies… with the ocean. We can't live in isolation from nature and from our fellow human beings. Just as we are governed by laws made by man, nature likewise promulgates her own laws for all of us. So it is only fitting that we protect what is left of our resources, rehabilitate what has been destroyed and plan for the intelligent utilization of these resources for the benefit of our future generations,”


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