Thursday, August 05, 2010


The Last Wilderness, Palawan is consisting of 1,768 islands and islets – many still wild and undeveloped where jungles thick with are wildlife. Home to rare species of flora and fauna, it is a mini-archipelago of Virgin Islands where its dramatic landscape is amazingly diverse from beach’s coral reefs to mountain forest and stark cliffs of sheer limestone. From the bird’s eye panoramic view above, Palawan is a spectacular vista set against cloud-shrouded mountains and while the dazzling white sand beach is located in a sheltered cove among lush tropical gardens and rainforest.

Dubbed as Philippines’ “Last Frontier”, Palawan is the known-remaining place in the country where people and animals are living together without stinting and fairly sharing the wonder of Nature. Has the grace of timelessness, Palawan sits window back to the dawn of time. The past is living today, it is an invitation back to Nature where its forests are havens of the wildlife flowers, birds, animals and plants including the century-age trees. Simply is the place where all creations of God are perfectly bonding.

Stunning natural beauty, Palawan elegantly sits upon a sophisticated coral jewel set amid waters of emerald and topaz lapping empty sands beneath thousands of acres of blue skies. Unspeakably breathtaking undersea world of places, below is a kaleidoscope of colourful corals and marine life.

The dazzling mosaic of crystal-clear water and fine sugar-white sands perfectly paint the artist’s masterpiece. With the long coastline and pristine beaches, Palawan attracts the tourists to visit the paradise. Just to say one, Honda Bay, with seven islands to choose from, is the pride and one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in the country. Aside from the awesome natural landscape, awaiting are schools of different fish species and various types of corals.

The St. Paul Subterranean River National Park, known as St. Paul Underground River, winds its way through spectacular underground caves at 8.2kms – it is reputed as the world’s longest navigable underground river. Inside, caves studded with different amazing shapes of stalactite and stalagmite formations, all were naturally formed, will fill the tourists with awe. All in all, visiting Palawan is never complete without seeing Underground River.

Home to various species of exotic African and Palawan wildlife threatened with extinction, Calauit Island hubs the open wildlife sanctuary of tropical safari where animals are roaming freely. Calauit Game Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary is a site of exotic animal propagation that saves the various endangered species of animals. From then it has evolved today as a repository of endemic and important Philippine wildlife and a free-ranging island habitat. Truly a place of all life, Palawan yet houses butterfly and crocodile farm.

Without walls, the Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm is the living testimony of peace and order in Palawan. Unlike most prisons in the world, the unique Iwahig Prison is literally no wall, not locked up, no bars involved, no chains and no weapons. Out of Bonds – it is something to see to believe. But for the record, Iwahig prison is a prison where the inmates (minimum security prisoners) can roam around freely, get involved in agricultural works and tend to farms and forestry, making hand-make crafts and surprisingly, their families can live and stay with them.

Palawan, in many places fulfils the greatest recipe for happiness. Once again, I have fallen in love with Nature; I have fallen in love with Palawan. If time comes I want to settle in calm, cool and peaceful place, and escape from disorder and worldly city, I want to recluse in Palawan.

Alex V. Villamayor
July 2010

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