Palawan Wedding Destination
Palawan – Philippine's
It is the country's last
frontier because it is the last unsettled area in the whole
archipelago. Several islands in Palawan are unexplored and uninhabited.
Composed of 1,780 islands
and islets, rocky coves, and white sand beaches, Palawan has
become one of the premier destination in the Philippines. It
offers an array of activities such as island hopping, scuba
diving, snorkeling, and swimming. Aside from this, the province
serves as the undisturbed sanctuary of various marine and terrestrial
animals, thus making it the biggest natural wildlife reservation
area in the country.
1. Population – 682,
152 (as of 2007 Census)
2. Land Area – 14, 649.7 sq. km
3. Capital – Puerto Princesa City
4. Language/Dialect – Tagalog, Cuyunin, Pinalwan, Ilongo,
English, and Filipino
Puerto Princesa City
- Brooke's Point
- El Nido (Bacuit)
- Rizal (Marcos)
- San Vicente
- Sofronio Española
A declared UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is an atoll coral
reef that serves as the habitat for over 1,000 marine species,
many of which are considered as endangered.
Subterranean River National Park
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts of its navigable 8.2
kilometer underground river, rich flora and fauna, and unique
stalagmite and stalactite formations.
El Nido Marine Reserve
Occupying an area of 96,000 hectares, this popular nature spot
boasts of diverse ecosystems such as rain forest, mangroves,
white sand beaches, coral reefs, and limestone cliffs.
Dubbed as the 'Cradle of Philippine Civilization”, remains
of the 22,000 year-old Tabon Man and his tools were f discovered
by Dr. Robert B. Fox and his team from the National Museum of
the Philippines in 1962.
Dugong (Sea Cows)
This endemic creature is the only known herbivorous mammal in
existence today. It has a fusiform body with no dorsal fin or
hind limbs, instead possessing paddle-like forelimbs used to
maneuver itself. It is easily distinguished from the manatees
by its fluked, dolphin-like tail, but also possesses a unique
skull and teeth.
Places of Interest
Location: Lipuua Point, Quezon, Palawan
Known as the “Cradle of Philippine Civilization”,
Tabon Cave served as the primitive dwelling place of the first
residents of Palawan. Dr. Robert B. Fox and his team from the
National Museum of the Philippines found bones and ancient utensils
and tools used by the 'Tabon Man' . The complex has 29 explored
caves, but 200 caves are known to exist on Lipuun Point. The
cave was named after the "Tabon Bird" (Tabon Scrubfowl,
Megapodius cumingii), which deposited thick hard layers of guano
during periods when the cave was uninhabited.
Location: Quezon, Palawan
Before heading out to the Tabon Cave, visitors head out to the
museum for a short lecture on the archaeological artifacts found
in the cave as well as the ethnology of the tribes of Palawan.
The museum houses some of the artifacts found in Tabon Cave.
Batak Tribal Community
Location: Brgy. Tagabinet, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
Brgy. Tanabag, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
Brgy. Concepcion, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
Brgy. Langogan, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
Several barangays in Puerto Princesa serves as the settlement
areas of the Batak tribes. They are of Negrito stock, and since
only less than 500 of them thrive today, they are considered
a ""disappearing people.
Location: Old City Hall Building, Rizal Avenue, Puerto Princesa
Other archaeological finds from Tabon Cave are located her as
well as those found in the town of Cuyo. The museum is also
provided with a library where books on Philippine and Palawan
Puerto de Sta. Isabel
Location: Poblacion, Taytay, Palawan
It was constructed from 1667 to 1738 under the supervision of
the Augustinian Recollect friars. The fort served as the stronghold
and first line of defense of the town against invading pirates.
Cannons can be found at equal distances.
Location: Poblacion, Cuyo, Palawan
This Spanish fortress, completed in 1680, is considered as one
of the most ancient and unique forts in the Philippines. Within
its walls are the church, the convent, and the only Perpetual
Adoration chapel in Palawan.
Location: Puerto Princesa, Palawan
On December 14, 1944, when the news that the Liberation forces
has landed in Mindoro, the Japanese forces gathered all 150
remaining prisoners of war in Palawan onto three covered trenches
which were then set on fire using barrels of gasoline. Only
Location: Busuanga - Coron, Palawan
There are 12 WWII Japanese shipwrecks sunk on September 24,
1944 by US Navy action. They range in depth from the surface
to 40M. This large variety offers exciting wreck exploration
for enthusiasts, from novice divers and snorkelers and recreational
divers to experienced divers.
- Irako (Japanese refrigeration ship)
- Okikawa Maru (Japanese Tanker)
- Akitsushima (Japanese seaplane tender)
- Kogyo Maru (Japanese freighter)
- Olympia Maru (Japanese freighter)
- Taiei Maru (Japanese oil tanker)
- Tirukaze Maru (Japanese submarine hunter)
- Japanese gun boat
- Skeleton wreck
Location: Balabac Island, Palawan
It is one of the oldest yet functional lighthouses in Palawan.
This 100-year old lighthouse serves as guide for international
vessels which pass through the Balabac Strait.
Port Miller and
Location: Brooke's Point, Palawan
Named after Sir James Brooke, the port is a cemented water tank
constructed as a source of potable water for the natives and
the settlers of the municipality. Remains of the original lighthouse
can still be seen near the newly constructed lighthouse tower.
Iwahig Prison and
Location: Brgy. Iwahig, Puerto Princesa, Palawan
This 37-hectare prison was originally set up in 1902 by the
United States to house Philippine prisoners who had fought against
the American colonization of the Philippines. Now, Iwahig is
known as the only prison of its kind where minimum security
prisoners are involved in livelihood activities and live in
dormitories instead of prison cells.
Rescue and Conservation Farm
Location: Brgy. Irawan, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
Formerly known as Crocodile Farming Institute, this crocodile
sanctuary is managed by the Department of Environment and Natural
Resources -Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau. (DENR-PAWB).
Inside the farm is a hospital for sick and disabled crocodiles.
Calauit Game Preserve
and Wildlife Sanctuary
Location: Calauit Island, Busuanga, Palawan
Established on August 31,1976 by virtue of Presidential Decree
No.1578, It serves as a game reserve and wildlife sanctuary
of exotic African animals and endangered endemic animals of
Subterranean River National Park
Location: Brgy. Bahile, Puerto Princesa, Palawan
This UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts of its navigable 8.2
kilometer underground river flows within a deep cavern under
rugged limestone and marble cliffs, special features of the
park. Within the hallowed recesses, one winds through the tunnel
aboard a paddle boat with outriggers to be enthralled at every
turn which reveals stalactite pillars, rock formations, and
Location: Cagayancillio, Palawan
It was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in December
1993. Over 1000 species inhabit in the reef; many are already
considered as endangered. Animal species found include manta
rays, lionfish, tortoise, clownfish, and sharks.
El Nido Marine Reserve
Location: Minloc Island, El Nido, Palawan
This 96,000-hectare marine reserve is the sanctuary of diverse
marine species, including the dugong (sea cow). There several
commercial resorts that offer trips and underwater activities
around the marine reserve area.
Location: Sta. Lourdes, Puerto Princesa City
Honda Bay is comprised of several islets with shallow reefs
bordering wonderful beaches which have become the much loved
swimming, snorkeling, and diving destinations of local residents
and tourists. These islets are the
- Cannon (Cowrie) Island
- Bat Island
- Lu-Ii Island (derived from the word ""lulubog-lilitaw"",
meaning floating and sinking island, is visible only during
- Meara Marina
- Starfish Island (known for its fine white sand and clear
water that teems with starfish)
- Snake Island (an island with a long stretch of fine white
sand shaped like a snake)
- Pandan Island
- Senorita Island (the breeding site of lapu-lapu fish)
Location:Brgy. Liwanag, Rizal Avenue, Puerto Princesa City,
Fr. Antonio Muro initiated the creation of the chaple where
the first mass celebrated in Palawan was held in 1872. It was
almost a century later in 1961 under the late Bishop Gregorio
Espiga that the cathedral was built. Its angular structure,
different from most churches, provides visitors an interesting
glimpse of unconventional religious edifice.
La Immaculada Conception
Church (Culion Church)
Location: Culion, Palawan
The church was first built in 1740 inside the Culion Fort. Back
then, the town was used as a leprosy segregation camp. As the
number of leper parishioners increased, the church was enlarged
in 1933, using parts of the fort as foundation. The Parola ruins
and a Spanish cannon can still be seen at the church grounds.
Place: Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
Date: Third week of June
It is a celebration of the founding of the civil government
of Palawan. Festival highlights include trade fair, garden show,
float parades, street dancing, and beauty pageant.
Place: Aborlan, Palawan
Date: Third week of January
The festival is observed by two ethnic tribes, the Tagbanuas
and Batak. For the Tagbanuas, it is a dance ritual comprising
the observance of the Pagdiwata. The Pagdiwata is a ritual asking
the gods to heal the sick. For the Batak tribe, it is a form
of war dance.
Place: Cuyo, Palawan
Date: August 28
Participants blacken their skin with soot and dance with abandonment
in the city streets to the frenetic percussion of drummers.
The event coincides with the feast of the town's patron saint,
Place: Dumaran, Palawan
Date: June 14 - 18
Kalabukay is the Cuyono word for Philippine Cockatoo or “katala,”
an endangered bird specie found only in the country, most of
which are in Palawan. The festival is one form of promoting
the conservation of the forests of Dumaran where one of the
last remaining populations of Kalabukay or “katala”