Manila is, the capital, largest city, and
major seaport of the Philippines. The city is located on central Luzon Island, on the eastern shore of Manila Bay, at the mouth of the Pasig River, just west of Quezon City. It is the commercial, administrative, and cultural center of the Philippines. The Manila metropolitan area, or Metro Manila, officially called the National Capital Region, comprises an area of 636 sq km (246 sq mi) and includes Manila proper, Quezon City, Pasay, Caloocan, Makati, and the municipalities of Las Piñas, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Muntinglupa, Navotas, Parañaque, Pasig, Pateros, San Juan del Monte, Taguig, and Valenzuela. A small Muslim settlement named Maynilad was located in the vicinity of present-day Manila when the Spaniards arrived in 1571.
für den der das erste mal hier landet wird die Stadt ziemlich chaotisch
wirken zumindest war das bei mir der Fall. Wenn man sich aber etwas
orientiert hat und sich langsam an philippinische Verhältnisse gewöhnt
hat ist die Stadt recht interessant. Es gibt jede menge Shopping Mals, Märkte
und recht viele Sehenswürdigkeiten wie die spanische Altstadt durch die
man sich mit Pferdekutschen fahren lassen kann VORSICHT IMMER ERST DEN
PREIS UND STRECKE GENAU AUSHANDELN EVTL. LIEBER DARAUF VERZISCHTEN.
Das gilt generell auch für Taxis wenn kein Zähler vorhanden oder nicht eingeschaltet
wird "weil er nicht funktioniert" und Trysicle Interessant ist
auch die Jebneey Fabrik An der Uferpromenade haben sich einige
Restaurants angesiedelt wo man auf langen Piers welche ins Meer hinaus
gebaut wurden sitzen und sich bei angenehmer Briese kulinarisch verwöhnen
lassen kann. Vorsicht! Zum Geldwechsel konnte früher der Monychanger an der Ecke
empfohlen werden, leider hat sich die Braunsche zu professionellen Betrügern
entwickelt und Verluste von 35 bis 40 % beim wechseln sind keine
Seltenheit. Sicherer wechseln sie am Flughafen. Thema Sicherheit, wenn
man nicht mit den "dicken Pesorollen" herumläuft und sich auch
sonst nicht wie der reiche Weiße benimmt und bestimmte Lokalitäten und
dunkle wenig frequentiert Strassen meidet kann man sich recht sicher in
der Stadt bewegen. Für den der weiter reisen möchte ist Manila die
richtige Drehscheibe. Von hieraus gehen Flüge nach Palawan. Panay,
Boracay, Mindanao um nur einige Verbindungen zu nennen. man kann auch per Überlandbus
oder mit der Fähre die Inselwelt erkunden. Wer das vor hat sollte auf
jeden Fall den aktuellen "Jens
Peters" dabei haben. In diesem Reiseführer finden Sie die
meisten Infos zu Hotels, Fähr und Busverbindungen. Ein absolutes Muss
für den "Phillistrotter".
Luzon is the biggest island in the
Philippine archipelago and is home to about half the country’s population.
It importance as an agricultural
and industrial region is manifested in its contribution to the country’s
economic growth;Luzon accounts for more than half of the country’s gross
national product.For travelers,Luzons attraction are as diverse as ist provinces
and the cultural groups found on the island.
and Spanish Ways
ILOCOS SUR and ILOCOS NORTE are two
provinces with intertwined souls.The two provinces have a lovely,if
spartan,landspace of sand dunes,mountain and coastal plains.The geographic
conditions and coastal plains.The geographic conditions created a society made
up of industrious people and saturdy structures.
The north is basically Marcos
country,and here you can find several memorabilia of the countrys most notorious
president,including his refrigerated remains in the marcos mansions in Batac.Probably
the best and most attractive location Ilocos norte has offer,however,is Pagudpud on Bangui Bay,which is more known to the locals as the back drop to several
capital city of Ilocos Sur,is known for its Spanish-inspired architecture as
shown in this turn-of the century houses called bahay na bato and
churches.Vigans allure is hinged on its preserved antiquity and quaint setting
reasons enough for citified antique enthusiasts to frequent this sleepy town,the
long drive notwithstanding.
church Ilocos Norte
La Union is
a strectch of land bounded by China Sea on the west and the Cordillera Mountains
on the east.Tourist attractins are numerous and varied,with the presence of
beach resorts,hotels and other tourist facilities found in the towns of San
Fernando(the provincial capital)Bauang,San juan,Caba and Agoo.The
province is five hours away by car from Manila.
Located north of Manila,Pangasinan province is known for its lovely beaches.The Hundred Islands National Park is
its major tourist attraction.Scattered off the coast of Lucap in Alaminos are 123 islands and islet looking like giant turtles.Some of the islands
have facilities for swimming,boating and snorkelling.
climate and Rice Terraces
The central part of Luzon
features the Cordillera Administrative Region which is composed of the
five provinces of Abra,Benguet,kalinga-Apayao,Mountain province and Ifugao,as well as the chartered city of Baguio.
fertile valley which grows various crops,among them,rice,corn and tobacco.One of
its attractions is Victoria Park on Casamata Hill which has a lovely view
of the Abra River and the surrounding Cordillera mountains.other attractions
include the famous Licuan Rice Terraces,Lagayan Caves, the Sibudsibud
Cave,the Ar-Arbis waterfall and the Consoliman Cool Spring.One
can also find a number of hot spring resorts.the Don Teodoro Brillantes
Family Museum offers some of the best exhibits on Abra’s culture.
Province is composed of 10 municipalities.Sagada,one of the
nine towns comprising the Mountain Province,is known for its limestone
structures,while pine trees surround the place,Sagada’s points of interest
include numerous subterranean caves used as burial grounds by the natives as
well as the so-called"hanging coffins".Aside from caves,the Bokong
Falls,located 30 minutes from the village proper,is an attractive waterfall
with a natural pool.from Baguio,one can travel to Sagada via Bus,jeepney or
Bontoc is the capital of the Mountain Province,and is the
center of the ruch and colorful Ifugao culture.The town has an Igorot Museum which showcases the culture of the different tribes in the Mountain Province.Mainit
Hot Spring is a mineral spring located about 8kms.from the towns
proper.Bontoc also has its own rice terraces,the Malegcong Rice terraces.
Ifugao has gained fame for its rice
terraces.Considered the Eighth Wonder of the world,the terraces were contructed
some 2,000 years ago by the Ifugao tribes people using only their hand and
Benguet is located 5,000 feet above sea
level.Lying on top of the Cordillera Mountain,Benguets terrain valleys have
attracted foriegners from various part of the world.They have a nice tourist
spots including the Kabayan mummies,Ambuklao and Binga
Dams,Timbak Caves,La Trinidad Valley and Mt.Pulog.The second highest
mountain of the Philippines,is a spot among mountain-climbers.
Baguio City is where one can appreciate the scent of the pine
trees,the beauty of fresh flowers,the freshness of vegetables and fruits.The
countrys summer capital with a 1500 meter altitude enjoys cool climate most of
the year.It also has many scenic spots which make it an important destanation
especially during Easter holidays.Burnham Park is located in the heart of
the city and serves as the venue for programs and festival,most notable of which
is the Panagbenga or Baguio Flowers Festival.
The Mines View Park allows
one to see a panoramic view of calleys,hill of Cordilla and gold mines of
Benguet,The Lourdes Grotto which has 252 steps leading to the grotto and
allows one a view of the city,And St.Louis Silvershop,a well-known silver
handicraft and jewerly center.Several domestic carriers offer one hour flights
to Baguio,cutting the usual six-hour land travel time.
Cagayan Valley is
interlocked by the Central Cordillera on the west and the Sierra Madre to the
east.It is made up of the provinces of Nueva Viscaya,Quirino,Isabela,Batanes and
referred to as "The Home of the Winds"is the smallest province in the
Philippines.The capital town is Basco is about 860 kilometers north of
Manila.There are several attractions,ranging from the dormant Iraya,Volcano,Naidi Hills,Mt.Matarem,Radar tukom to the Spanish Churches and Limestone houses
reminiscent of Irish country homes.Visitors can also explore the Racujaide
Cave,Sarokan Cave,as well as the burial caves.The island favors such
activities as trekking,fishing,swimming,diving,camping and adventure
photography.For those who go for stormy weather,Batanes is the island for you
as it is exposed to storms seven months of the year.Best months to visit are
from April to May.
Cagayan is rich in natural resources.Interesting sights
include the Cagayan River,the longest and widest river in the country.Callao
Caves located in its capital,Tuguegerao.The caves and its seven
chambers are wonderful sights to be hold.The Sierra cave in Penablanca,20
meter from Callao caves,has attractive calciten formations which look like
popcorn or a cauliflower.Cagayan is also known for interesting historic baroque
churches.One worth visiting is the more than 300 years old Pamplona Church which once served as a Japanese garrison and is said to be the exact site of the
famous Yamashita treasures.
Nueva Viscaya is
some 260 kms.from Manila.Its attraction include the majestic Caraballo
Mountain and the zigzag road that leads to the historic Dalton Pass(formely
Balete).The Pass offers an enchanting view of the country two valleys:the
Pampanga Valley and the Cagayan Valley.Other attraction are the Salinas salt
spring,the century-old church located at the heart of the provincial
capital,bayombong,The Spanish-inspired architecture of Solano,the industrial
center of the province.
countrys major tobacco-producing province.Its rice and tobacco farm are
nourished by the Cagayan River.Isabela lies along the typhoon belt,but the
province is protected by the presence of two mountain ranges:the Cordillera
ranges and Sierra Madre. The Magat Dam is located in Santiago,one of the more
than 30 towns in Isabela.The dam is an important source of water in the
province.Resorts can be found in various parts of Isabela.
town,is known in the philippine history as the town where Gen.Emilio
Aguinaldo,the countrys first president,was captured by the Americans on May
largest provonce in the Central Luzon,has total area of 550,718 hectares.Scenic
spots include the Minalungan National Park in Gapan,the hot springs in
Rizal and Talugtog,the waterfalls in Carranglaan and San Jose,the Pantabangan
Dam in Pantabangan,the Diamond park in San Jose City and the Rubber Dam in
Llanera.Another attraction is the Aurora Park which covers more than 5,000
hectares of jungles.
occupied an important part in history of the Philippines.Filipino and American
troops retreared to the island during the World War II.a national monument to
the victims of the Battle of Bataan marks the battle field where American and
Filipino soldier died.
The name Corregidor was derived from
the Spanish word“corregir“meaning to correct or to check,as this island
served as a checkpoint for vessels entering the port of Manila.
Corregidor is located about 41
kilometers south of Manila and can be reached by sea or air.Several fast ferries
carry passenger daily to and from the island and trips include a guided
tour.Buses made to look like turn-of the century streetcars are used as
tranportation around the island and usually ply island routes.
day tour include roundtrip ferryboat transfer and guided island tour by
bus,overnight accommodation,shrine and terminal fees.The ferries are docked at
the Bay Cruise Terminal at the CCP complex in Manila.
After decades of silence,the island
comes back to life.rehabilitated into a war memorial it offers,aside from World
War II memorabia,a good hotel,lush green surrounding,a small golf course and
a beautiful beach.One of historical sights in the island is the Malinta
Tunnel which was contructed during during World War II.The tunnel was used
as a shelter for embattled Filipino and American forces whose planned effort
delayed the Japanese occupation of the country.Almost a kilometer long,the
tunnel is now the venue of a vividly staged Light and Sound Show which features
a reenactment of the islands role in the war.
Pampanga is still trying to recover from the tragedy brought
about the eruption of Mt.Pinatubo in 1991.The provincial capital is San
Fernando,whish named after King Ferdinand III of Spain.
Pampanga province can
be accessed through the North Expressway.The expressway passes through flat rice
lands,until a lone volcano Mt.Arayat,slowly
rises magnificently in the cane and paddy fields.
Mt.Arayat national Park has swimming
pools fed by free-flowing spring water,picnic areas and trails leading to the
top of the volcano.Adventures who want to trek the Mt.Arayat have to allot two
days for the journey.A day for the climb up,spend the night at the summit and
then descend following day.Be sure to hire a reliable local guide before your
Aside from Arayat,Pampanga is the site
of old churches which dates back during the Spanish era.These churches are
sturdy,and extensively decorated,especially those in Betis,Sta.Ana and Arayat.Fine furniture is carved by artisans in Betis and Guagua.However,some
Pampanga towns are suffering from mud flows as a result of Mt.Pinatubo eruption.
Village or Christmas Village is another attraction the province offers to
travelers.Only an hours drive north Manila by car,the village is visible as you
take the San Fernando exit of the north expressway.Actually a small amusement
park shaped like an over sized Christmas star,it houses a number of shops
specializing in Christmas decor made from native materials.The busiest month of
the village is,of course,December,when it plays host to the Pampanga Lantern
Festival.the event hosts a parade of large paper lanterns that are colorful
marvels of folk design,all lit up in moving swirls of kaleidoscopic colors and
Altar,Gua Gua ,Pampanga
Angeles was known as the home of the Clark Air Base of the
US Armed Foeces.Sudden withdrawal of its former American Residents.However,have
been made to clean what is now called the Clark Special Economic Zone which
is planned to become a world-class industrial,airport and tourism complex.
In the town of Arayat,the Arayat
Mountain is the best known tourist destanation and is now a national park.Mt.Arayat is also being flocked by the mountain climbers.The town of Guagua and Lubao are
known for their woodcarvings,Dau,another town of Angeles City has many
stores selling imported goods.Pampangas pride lies in its cuisine,which has been
unqualled by any of the countrys group.Its cured meat,tapa and tocino,as
well as the native sausage,longganisa,are delicious.
town is Capas,where Filipinos and American prisoners captured during
World War II staged the infamous Death March,where thousands of the
prisoners died.A monument now stands in memory of that event.Another World War
II memorial is the Camp O'Donnel,where the prisoners marching from Bataan
Bulacan has carved its name in the Philippine history as the
birthplace of the heroes and the sites of the historic events such as the
Constitution of Biak -na-Bato in 1897 and the declaration of the
first Philippine Republic in 1899.
The town of Meycauayan is
known for its leather tanneries,while Bocaue has it famous Bacaue River,where
a cross,believe to be miraculous,was found 200 years ago.The Barasoain Church in the town of malolos was constructed in 1844 and was the site of the Malolos
In Quezon Province
Most popular of Quezon
Provinces tourist attractions is Villa Escudero.This rice and coconut farm
situared by a lake best typifies Filipino country lifestyle.As visitors pass
through the coconut groves and rice fields,they are welcomed by resort staff
dressed in native costumes and are first led to a pink chapel which has been
transformed into a veritable museum of religious icons and other turn of the
To reach the main
resort area,visitors ride a carabao(wasser
bufallo)or water buffalo-drawn cart while being serenaded by the staff with
local folk songs en route.The resort area has several cabanas for overnight
visitors,two large swimming pools, a lake for swimming and boating and a
man-made waterfall where diners can eat native dishes while thier feet are
immersed in cool running waters.bikes are also rented out those who want to
explore the hacienda on their own.
attraction is the light and sound show on the Philippine history usually
schedule in the late afternoon.travelers who want to include this resort in
their itinerary should make arrangements with local travel agencies prior their
Pahiyas sa Quezon Prov. Lucban
is approximately 2 hours drive from Manila,and is the favorite destination of
those pinning for some sea and sand without the long commute.Matabungkay is
home to some of the most popular beaches frequented by visitors from Manila.Nasugbu have gained popularity for their white sands and watersports
facilities.Several first-class resorts are based in Nasugbu.For serious scuba
diving,however,the best place to visit is the town of Anilao.
you like old houses of vintage Spanish architectural lines,you should try a
walking tour of the town of Batangas.Only two hours drive from the scenic
Tagaytay ridge,this is a great destanation if you have a day to spare to extend
The walking tour,more formally called
the Taal Heritage Tour,was organized by the taal Heritage Foundation to given
the Filipino youth land Foriegn tourists an opportunity to experience the
lifestyle of a glorious race from a bygone era.Its culture,cuisine,religious
devotion,crafts,its charm and the warm hospitality of its people has endeared
Taal to many a visitor.Anyone in taal can point you to the location of Heritage
The tours highlight includes a list of
ancestral houses cum museums,shrines and churches.Topping the list is a visit to
the massive centuries-old Basilica of
St.Martin of Tours,which is licated right at the very top of this hill town.
The heritage Itinerary also includes a
tour of the factories of various local crafts that make great souvenir
items.Batangas is known for fan knives called balisong in various forms.There is even a knife hidden inside a regular ballpoint pen ala
James Bond gadget,giving a new meaning to the world,penknife.There are also tiny
balisongs made to look like key chains.Taal is likewise popular for
In Las Pinas
city of Las Pinas is famous for its unique bamboo organ in the San Jose
Church.Started in 1816 by Spanish father Diego Cerra,it was made from bamboo to
save money and was finally completed in 1824.Standing over five meters high,it
has 832 pipes of bamboo and 122 of metal.From 1973 to 1975 it was overhauled in
Germany and now sounds as good as new.The public can view the organ from 2p.m.
to 4 p.m. on regular weekdays.Bamboo organ music played during Sundays when mass
in the church is celebrated.It is best heard however during the Bamboo Organ
Festival which is held every second weel of Febuary.
If you desire a
keepsake of the visit,there is a small shop in the church porch that sells
records and cassettes of organ music.
Las Pinas also makes
jeepneys-those public transportation that you see all dressed up in brightly
colored paint and many decals on manilas clogged arteries.
of the better known brands of jeepney is called“Sarao“which has a factory
located about three kilometers further south on the main street.People working
in the factory are cordial and happy to have visitors look at their
of its high altitude(2,500 feet above sea level)and cool climate.Tagaytay is
seen by many as an alternative resort to Baguio.The spawling town offers
visitors a marvelous view of ist main attraction,Taal
Volcano .The volcano is the smallest in the world and the only one located
in a lake within a volcano.Viewed
from any place along the slopes
city’s highway,Taal Lake beguiles with deep blue waters that seem like folds of satin around the mystical volcano.Because the water of
Taal Lake tend to be rough in the afteernoon,it is best to defart from a point
close to landing area.The trips to the volcano island takes about 45
minutes.Ittakes about 15 minute uphill walk from the base of the volcano to the
small crater.The older crater and central lake is an hour further,and is best
accessed with the assistance of an experienced guide.
Travelers are always welcome;there are
tent farms,inns,hotels,hostel and especialty restaurants around the area.The
rich climate yields an abundant array of fruit and vegetables.A visit to the
tagaytay market on the way home is a must.Best buy are fresh beef,sweet
delicacies,fresh like pineapple and tiny but very sweet
10 kilometers east of Tagaytay on Mt.Gonzales is the Peoples
Park ,formely knowns as the Palace in the Sky of former Philippine president
Marcos.The unfinished villa was originally intended as a resthouse for the
ailing dictator and his wife Imelda Marcos.Its contruction.
in 1981 but was discontinued after 1983.From
this vantage point,you can get a terrific view of Lake Taal to the south and
almost as far as Manila to the north.
56 kms.south of Manila.A part of Cavite province,the city overlooks the
Laguna de Bay and is a heaven for those who want to rediscover nature and all
its splendors.Rising 2,500 feet above sea level,Tagaytay is known for its
mountains and cool climate.From Tagaytay,one can get a good view of Taal Volcano,an
active volcano in the middle of the lake.There are several good picnic spots of
every budget along main road which offer scenic view of the volcano and lake.
From Manila,one can
take a bus or a car to Tagaytay.The drive takes only 45 minutes to an hour
depending on the traffic.Organized tours are also available,with local travel
agencies able to arrange for accommodation and other travel needs.
the birthplace of the countrys national hero,Dr.Jose Rizal.The house in Calamba where he was born has been transformed into a memorial and museum.Laguna de Bay
has been an important source of livehood for fishermen living in its vicinity.
who have been to Pagsanjan are often awed by the stark natural beauty of the
Pagsanjan River and its spectacular falls.Located roughly 100 kilometers from
Manila,Pagsanjan is on zhe southeast side of Laguna de Bay,the largest
freshwater lake in Southeast Asia.The falls are a part of an early Spanish
settlement city.Pagsanjan’s name was derived from the Tagalog
word“sanga“meaning branch,as it sits on the fork of two rivers.
is famous for“shooting the rapids“, one of the best-loved activities for
visitors in the manila area.Tourists are treated the picturesque canyon walls
and through the rapids at breathaking speed to the falls.
bangkeros or boatmen will padle you upstream againts the strong current in a
banca or canoe.It begins benignly enough in the still headwaters of the
river,then rapidly churning to make it the ride of your life.With the dexterity
and skill of boatmen who have spent their whole life on the river,navigator and
a pilot will safely guide your banca on an exciting three hour journey.At times
you will be skimming through the gorge with walls of rock mass and vines that
rise up over a hundred meters.There will also be times where youll be tossed and
twisted through the rapid as you speed downstream to the two towering
waterfalls.Upon reaching the secong falls,you can transfer from the banca to the
raft that will take you through the cascading water to a hidden cave formed by
the walls of the gorge.
Many tour operetors organize trips to
Pagsanjan and it is recommended that you avail of their services for a hassle
This southern province
of Luzon is home to several hot spring resorts,ice cold mountain pools and Mt.Makiling,a
favorite among amatuer and expert climbers.Most of Laguna’s towns are home to
private and public resorts and resthouses complete with swimming pools that
contain water fresh from the hot springs.These are usually leased for the day to
locals on a family outing or a company excursion.Among the most popular of these
resorts is Crystal Springs with its
There are also resorts that offer cool
running streams like those in the town of Liliw.Another famous resort that best
exhibits Laguna’s glorious flora is Hidden
The town of Calamba is best known as
the birthplace of the national hero,Dr.Jose Rizal.His home has been turned into
a memorial and museum.
Laguna is also known for its native
delicacies,often made from coconut that harvested in all over the province.The
most popular of these is the buko pie or coconut pie.Be warned,however,of
buying these from several touts along the highway who offer“the original buko
pie“.It is best to ask the locals for the location of the shop that sells the
authentic-and best tasting-pie.Other excellent take home goodies are the mango
pie,pineapple pie,the espasol or
sticky rice cake rolled in rice flour,pinipig or sweet rice puffs,panutsa or
peanut brittle and candied tamarinds.
The Bicol region is unique area
most noted for the MayonVolcano,pilinuts,basketware and its hot and spicy dishes.
of the smallest provinces in the Bicol Peninsula,is also a gateaway to Visayas
and Mindanao islands.Sorsogons rolling hills and greenvalleys grow all kind of
food crops.Sorsogon offers visitors many interesting natural man-made places to
see:Bulusan Volcano,with height of 5,077 feet above sea level is a
sprawling volcano in the middle of a forest land,which was declared a national
park.Bulusan lake lies in the heart of the park.Bato Limestone Cave of
Bacon is famous for the artifacts unearthed by a group of archaelogical team in
1956.Masacrot Spring,a man-made pool of natural water,The Namuat
Waterfalls of Casiguran,surrounded by different flower plants;Bulus
Spring and Mapaso Spring of Irosin, a hot spring with curative effect
and the Sombrero Island.
The capital of Albay province in Bicol is Legaspi,popularity known as the home of the active Mayon
Volcano.Mt.Mayon rising 2,462 meter high.Mayon came from Bicol word Magayon,which
means beautiful.Despite its beauty,Mt.Mayon can be as dangerous as any other
Norte,serves as gateaway to Bicol Region
and is the site of fine white sand beaches.The town of Paracale is a
center of gold mining activities,producing gold products at par with other
cities such as Baguio,Masbate and Surigao.
Camarines Sur is
famous for its Spanish-inspired church which was constructed in 1735 in the town
of Milaor.Naga City is the home of Our Lady of Penafrancia that
celebrates its feast day in September and the Metropolitan Cathedral,one of the
largest churches in the country.Pili,another town,is famous for its nut
which was named after the town.Other tourist destinations include MT.Isarog,Lake
Buhi and Mt.Iriga.
Masbate province consists of Masbate Island and the smaller
island of Ticao and Burias.Although the island group was declared part of Bicol
region,its proximity to Visayas reflected in the culture of the Masbate people
speaking Visayan dialect such as Cebuano,Prior to World War II,Masbate was a
known gold center;now its has become an important meat processing site.Fishing
and cattle-raising are two of the major sources of livehood in the
province.Masbate Island and the surrounding smaller islands are famous for their
lovely beaches and fishing villlages.
Mindoro has several points of interest:The Apo Reef,considered
the Diving Mecca of the Philippines;the Ambulong Island,which has attractive
white sand beaches;MT.Iglit,a reservation areas and game sanctuary for tamaraws or wild water buffalos;the Busuanga River where rare Philippine tamaraw
are hunted,and other beautiful beaches.
Oriental Mindoro is popularly
known as the home of the Mangyan Tribes and the Puerto Galera super scuba diving grounds as the
area was used extensively during the days of colonial Philippines as anchorage
for the Spanish galleons.As a result.much priceless artifacts have been
recovered by serious divers in the watery vicinity.Now a top tourist spot,it has
a large expat community that can make any foreign visitor feel right at home.
Capital is Puerto Princesa.The island known for its white sand
beaches,magnificient landscape,rainforest and fishing villages.The two buzzwords
of modern travel,eco-tourism and adventure travel,are
things which,just like the beaches,forest and coral reefs,
Palawan has in abundance.The
province has several sites which attract divers from various parts of the
Palawans attraction lies in the presence of marine and wildlife in the
island.The province boasts of having the biggest reservation of the Philippine
wildlife and earned the title"Haven of Rare Philippine Wildlife".Other
points of interest include:St.Paul Subterranean National Park which also
has underground river;Tabon Caves,where fossils and crude tools of
ancient man dating some 50,000 years were unearthed;Ursula Island,a birds
paradise and sanctuary:Iwahig Prison and Penal farm,a rehabilitation farm
established for prisoner;El Nido village,which boasts of beautiful beaches and
diving sites and the town noted for edible birds nest,the prime ingredient for