Palawan: Treasures & Histories

Palawan is one of the well-known provinces not only in the Philippines, but also in other countries.  It became popular when the Subterranean River, popularly known as the Underground River, was discovered and became one of the 7 Wonders of Nature.
Subterranean (Underground) River
This is the only island in the Philippines that was rated by National Geographic Traveler as the best island destination in East & Southeast Asia.

It was also dubbed as the 13th best island in the world to have incredibly beautiful natural seascapes and landscapes.  It is known to have a lot of endangered species.
Binturong (Palawan Bearcat)
Among them are the Palawan Peacock-pheasant, Philippines Mouse-deer, Philippines Pangolin and Palawan Bearded Pig.  Binturong or Palawan Bearcat is also endemic in the island. 

Other than the treasures, Palawan is also rich in history.  One of the tragedies of the World War II happened here, the Palawan Massacre.
Statue of a burnt man at Plaza Cuartel
Prisoners of war captured in Bataan were brought here and killed.  They were burnt alive by the Japanese to prevent the rescue.  Others who tried to escape the flame were shot.  Those who climbed and jumped over the cliff to escape were haunted down and killed. 

Only 11 POW out of 159 survived. They swam 5 miles to the safest bay just to survive. A memorial was built at the exact place to commemorate what happened then.  And now, it has become one of the tourist spots in Palawan.


Palawan, the Land of Promise and the Philippine’s Last Frontier, was almost became part of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao, but people made a petition in the inclusion and became part of the Region IV.

Later on, Region 1V was divided into 2 and Palawan was included in Region 1V-B, also known as MIMAROPA, combination of the first 2 letters of the provinces Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon & Palawan.    The 2nd part, Region 1V-A was called CALABARZON, stands for Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal & Quezon.
Karst Mountain
Palawan is a proud home of the beautiful Coron and El Nido islands and the disputed Spratly Islands. The latter is known to be rich in natural resources. That’s the reason why all countries near the islands file a claim.

Even though the biggest source of power is located in Palawan, big part of the province still lacks electricity.

I was only able to visit Puerto Princesa and it has a lot to offer.  I can’t wait to explore more and finally see the fireflies!

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