Our last full day in Palawan was spent touring the city. Unfortunately, the weather gods were not as cooperative as we would’ve liked, with the downpour beginning exactly the time we stepped inside the van for the tour. Talk about impeccable timing. Not only that, our trip to historical landmarks were cut short because of the weather condition. We weren’t even able to alight the van to take pictures by the baywalk because of the heavy rains. Besides, there was no view in sight.
That being said, our Puerto Princesa city tour’s first stop was at the Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral. A few steps from the church is Plaza Cuartel, a historical landmark.
They say that you are to “make a wish” when you visit a church for the first time. This belief also holds true for this church, although our tour guide told us to knock on the door before doing so.
I am not sure if I heard the tour guide correctly, but I believe she mentioned about an underground tunnel in this area. The memorial statue on the right was for the American soldiers who were burned alive during World War II. According to our tour guide, some soldiers were fortunate enough to survive by swimming to sea when that tragic event happened.
And off we went for some souvenir shopping, specifically pearl accessories at Delma’s and Cora’s! We shopped for quality (and inexpensive pearl earrings in both stores).
And look what I saw across Delma’s…
Afterwards, we went to this picturesque farm at Mitra’s Ranch. What used to be the center of attraction is a house perched on a hill. The house used to be open to the public, but after several incidents of people taking souvenirs along with them as they leave, visitors are now left with the exteriors to admire.
Mitra’s Ranch is not only for sightseeing. In fact, my cousin Karl even rode a horse for a few minutes! He wanted me to join him, but I don’t like sudden, jerky moments. Besides, I also have not-so-good memories of riding a horse even only for a photo-op (Experience filed under Baguio, when I was little, never again. LOL).
We then hopped inside our van to go to Baker’s Hill. It’s a few minutes’ drive away from Mitra’s Ranch. Apart from freshly baked hopia, it’s also home to several life-sized figures, perfect for touristy photo-opportunities!
If you are planning to buy shirts as pasalubong, you might want to get your shirts here at Baker’s Hill. Just take a look at the shirts on display! Among all these, the Palawan Underground River shirt is my pick.
And this wraps up my series on Palawan, 2013.