Puerto Princesa Day 4 – City Tour: Food and Heritage

Palawan - Puerto Princesa

For our last day in Palawan, we planned to have the city tour in Puerto Princesa. Buy souvenirs, eat local cuisines and discover local heritage.

Puerto Princesa Day 4 - City Tour: Food and Heritage

We don’t want to leave El Nido but it was time to go. We scheduled a pick-up the day before.

The van picked us directly from our accommodation. We rode the van around 4:00 AM and it stopped for a while at the terminal to wait for other passengers.

On our way back, I’ve seen how still rural Palawan is. Most of the area are covered in greens and houses are few and far away from each other. It is good news, if Palawan is a place of biodiversity, the local government should maintain this. Urbanization and too much tourism will surely destroy Palawan.

We stopped at a restaurant in the municipality of Roxas. It looks just like an ordinary one, where we have to eat and use the comfort room. At the back of it, was this hut in the middle of the sea which has a wonderful view. It was peaceful and very relaxing.

Puerto Princesa Day 4 - City Tour: Food and Heritage

Puerto Princesa Day 4 - City Tour: Food and Heritage

PUERTO PRINCESA

LRC 908 MARKET MALL

For our first destination in Puerto Princesa, we decided to buy souvenirs first. Luckily, the van dropped us at the front of LRC 908 Market Mall. It offers a huge variety of souvenirs and foods for us to take home, keychains, shirts, cashew nuts and much more.

Puerto Princesa Day 4 - City Tour: Food and Heritage
Souvenirs at LRC 908 Market Mall

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HAIM CHICKEN INATO

It’s lunch time and we’re planning to eat at Kinabuch Bar and Grill to try the crocodile sisig and tamilok but the restaurant opens at 4 PM. We were saddened by this because our flight is 5 PM. So instead, we were brought by our tricycle driver to a place called Haim Chicken Inato.

Haim Chicken Inato is famous for Grilled Chicken I thought it will just be like any grilled chicken but we were wrong. It is delicious especially eaten with the sauce. The place is cozy and offers trivia anything about Palawan.

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Puerto Princesa Day 4 - City Tour: Food and Heritage
Haim Chicken Wings

NOKINOCS SAVORY HOUSE

After our scrumptious lunch, we tried the Halo-halo at Nokinocs Savory House. Nokinocs is located in the junction along Rizal Avenue. We took a trike and paid 30 Pesos. Nokinocs Halo-halo is one of the must-tries in Puerto Princesa according to the blogs we’ve researched.

We ordered their special halo-halo with vanilla ice cream, crispies and leche flan on top. It is delicious! The ice was shaved perfectly and blended well with the sweet fruits accompanying it. It only costs 85 Pesos.

Puerto Princesa Day 4 - City Tour: Food and Heritage
Nokinocs Savory House
Puerto Princesa Day 4 - City Tour: Food and Heritage
Nokinocs’ Halo-halo

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CATHEDRAL

After our food trip, we proceeded to the Immaculate Conception Cathedral located along Rizal Avenue. One of Palawan’s famous churches, built during the Spanish Colonial Period. From being a small church, it is now a cathedral. It is very eye-catching because of its blue-painted walls and Gothic-styled spires.We took the time to pray and make a wish before going to Plaza Cuartel.

Puerto Princesa Day 4 - City Tour: Food and Heritage

Puerto Princesa Day 4 - City Tour: Food and Heritage

PLAZA CUARTEL

Plaza Cuartel is located opposite of the cathedral, a minute walk from the cathedral’s plaza. It is Puerto Princesa’s famous historical landmark. A place where 150 American soldiers were burnt alive by the Japanese soldiers during World War 2.

It is now renovated into a park, but the front gate and the structure where burning took place were maintained. In addition, a historical information was erected for tourists to read. As a World War 2 history fan, I took the time to read and be fascinated by the history that surrounds it.

Puerto Princesa Day 4 - City Tour: Food and Heritage
Plaza Cuartel

Puerto Princesa Day 4 - City Tour: Food and HeritagePuerto Princesa Day 4 - City Tour: Food and Heritage

PALAWAN MUSEUM

Palawan Museum is a two-floor museum which showcases archeological findings, ethnological things, and natural exhibits. The galleries include turtles, corals, traditional tools and stuff of the Tagbanwas’ and other ethnic groups in Palawan, and many more. Entrance fee is 50 pesos.

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Puerto Princesa Day 4 - City Tour: Food and Heritage

After our visit to the Palawan Museum, we decided to go now to the airport. Leaving Palawan was hard for us. If money and time were not an issue. We will stay and explore more. We were captivated by its rich natural resources. As a future plan to see Palawan again, We told ourselves to go to Coron someday.

 

 

This tour let me realize more that the Philippines is really a country to be proud of. A land blessed with beautiful natural creations.

 

Check out our ITINERARY and TRAVEL GUIDE in Palawan. Cheers!


TRAVEL DATE: JULY 2016

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