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Here again is an article from John Ray of Palawan Anecdotes. He is kind enough to be a guest writer at times for my site. Our friendship developed back in January when, as a follower of my site mentioned he wanted to move his blog from blogspot to its own domain. With my help we registered his domain and I put his site on my hosting service. The rest is history and we have become good friends, even though we never met in person. I hope one day to visit him in Palawan and he can be my tour guide and show me his beautiful island. The following is the words of John Ray:

Palawan?by John Ray Arquisola

Last May 26, 2009 was my 10th year of residency here in Palawan. Originally, I am from Cebu City. It is there I spent the 14 years of my life. The first two years of my life was spent in Mindanao. Basically, you could say, I have been traveling for quite a while. But any way, I as I said, it’s my 10th year here in Palawan and I have been a witness to many good and some not so good things of this place. I have decided long ago that I will probably die in this place someday. That is of course if nothing comes up in the near future.

When I decided to finish my secondary studies here 10 years ago, I never thought I would be able to get this far. Originally, my plan was to go back to Cebu and finish tertiary education there. I spent most of my life in the city and it was even unthinkable back then to see myself living in a barrio. I thought I would go insane.

However, my first months turned out to be anything aside from boring. My uncle, a pastor, and some of the people I know taught me to fish, dig for crabs in a nearby island, open up sea shells and eat sea urchins. It was also here that I experienced swimming while numerous fish swam around me. Before, I only get to see these happen in television. Now I don’t have to watch television to know how it feels, I have lived it. So as the months moved on, my love for the place also grew. Thus four yeapalawan-1rs ago, I finished my tertiary education at Palawan State University and three years ago I decided to marry my long time friend and college classmate. My love for Palawan has evolved from just mere admiration and adventure. It may not be perfect place. There are many what if’s and could have’s in this place. Things are not yet quite mature (even most of the politicians are not). But Palawan is still starting to progress and with technology becoming more available to the masses, progress is not far to achieve.

Nine years ago on a summer, I told my former classmates where I now live and described to them the beauty of this place. They just stared blankly at me and said, “Ah, so where is Palawan?” I was taken aback by the question. Why on earth were they clueless about Palawan considering that they live in the Philippines? I realized that back then; Palawan did not receive much media attention. Yes, Puerto Princesa city was the cleanness and greenness city in all of the Philippines, but despite this prestige many remained clueless about the island.

That was ten years ago. Now, whenever I get to meet people in the internet and I tell them where I live, they get so excited about Palawan. I believe that the media attention and the affordability of communication have widened the knowledge of most people. Though Palawan is still considered the last frontier in the Philippines, I think today, it is most of the time the prioritized destination for tourist.

So where exactly is Palawan? Here is a textbook answer for those who do not have any clue.
Palawan is an island which is (1990 pop. 528 287) 4, 550 sq mi (11 785 sq km) and is the 5th largest in the Philippines. It is north of Borneo and between the Sulu Archipelago and the South China Sea.


Basically, Palawan is most famous for its white sand beaches. I have been to beaches in Puerto Princesa City, here in my hometown-Roxas -San Vicente and EL Nido. Most of Palawan’s famous resorts can be found in Puerto Princesa city, El Nido and Coron. There are other famous resorts in some of the other municipalities but the majority is found in the places mentioned above. I have not been in those five star resorts because the cost per night ranges from 4,000 to 15,000. The most expensive resort in Palawan, Amanpulo, is near the island of Cuyo. A night in Amanpulo costs around Php. 47,000 + per night. According to one of my friend who once worked there, they had many guests who were Hollywood actors and actresses.

My favorite beaches can be found in El Nido. My wife grew up there and their family owns a beach.  One thing I love about El Nido is that I do not have to pay a fortune to experience the bounty of nature.

Aside from beaches, Palawan is also rich many forms of natural resources. Palawan boasts of many different kinds of animals and plants. Mineral resources also abound.  Two of the Philippine’s world heritage site can be found here in Palawan—the Tubbataha reef and the Puerto Princesa subterranean river. There are also offshore gas natural deposits.
pangulasian-island*WILL YOU VISIT PALAWAN?*

I invite you to visit Palawan someday. If you live here in the Philippines or live abroad, do make it a point to visit Palawan. I am sure you will enjoy it.


I cannot cover everything in this short post, but if there is anything you would like to know about Palawan, please leave a comment. I will try to cover it in my next post here or in my blog, Palawan Anecdotes.

28 Responses to “Palawan”

  1. Ken Harmes says:

    Palawan looks extremely nice. Maybe a visit in the future?

  2. Vanessa says:

    I had the opportunity to visit Palawan 11yrs ago. It was beautiful, i thought it was heaven’s paradise. We stayed at El Nido Resort for 5days and did tour the other islands and caves, just could not remember the names. Went and had dinner at the other sister resort one day, the boat ride was pretty bumpy i remember. It is one of a kind place one shouldn’t miss when in Philippines.

    • Bruce says:

      I hope to visit Palawan some day and maybe my friend John Ray will be my tour guide. Maybe your “Rich” husband, (joke with word) will take us all there for a visit.

  3. Evelyn says:

    what a lovely place..i hope to visit this place someday also, is now well known all over the world…i think the tubataha reef won in a recent contest ..i forgot the senior moments attacking me again..LOL

    • Bruce says:

      Maybe we ll can plan the trip together. The more the merrier.

      • Evelyn says:

        ok…that would be great…it would be fun i guess..i am planning to get a vacation break dec of next year..i wonder if dec is a good time to visit palawan..i have a friend from nebraska who would like to go with me to the Phil on my next visit and i am now planning where to bring him..He is actually the farm manager of my employer and he wants to travel to the Phil,.well, i hope we could get a response from your friend whether dec would be a good time to go to Palawan

  4. Evelyn says:

    now i know what the contest was i was referring’s called “the 7 Wonders of Nature” and i guess number 1 slot went to the Tubataha Reef..just a guess..please ask your friend ..maybe he knows…

  5. johnray says:


    Tubattaha did not make it into the new 7 wonders of nature it was only second to the puerto princesa city underground river…I think the Underground river made it…

  6. Evelyn says:

    thanks,mr johnray,for your response..
    my other question is,”is it a good time to visit palawan during dec?”

  7. ceblogger says:

    i’ve been to palawan for only two short days. work as usual. I’ve never been to the beaches or to the beautiful places heard and known all over the world. i met john ray though. maybe my next trip would be for leisure. that first visit was like i’ve never been to palawan.

  8. Yolly says:

    Hi John Ray,

    We are coming over to your place on March 10-15, 2009. We are booked already through CP. I want to inquire from you the places of interest we can visit, all I know only is Underground River, Honda Bay, what more? Where’s that wildlife sanctuary located? Is it very far? What is the mode of transportation in going there?

    Thank you so much

    • Bruce says:

      I have not heard from John Ray for many months and do not know if he still visits here. I sent him a copy of your comment for him to contact you if he wishes.

  9. Chuck says:

    Hi this is my first time posting here. Have to say Bruce this site is impressive.

    Im married to a Filipina from Davao. She grew up in Malagamut Panacan Davao City and ive been there 3 times over the years most recently in 2007. Her parents now live in Port Barton Palawan. I cant say enough about Palawan. It truly is like heaven especially when you escape the relative bustle of Puerto Princessa (while its nothing compared to Davao or Manila). Her parents own a home on the beach between resorts there and there is so much to see, snorkeling, waterfalls, wildlife, sealife.

    Be prepared however because there is only power 6 hours a day and you will be on generator the rest. I cant wait to get there more often and longer which we are planning soon.

    • Bruce says:

      Thank you for visiting and enjoying my site. I have seen photos of Palawan and hope to visit there someday. From what I hear and seen it is a beautiful location.

  10. sheryll says:

    what’s the name of that place first picture in your documents

    • Bruce says:

      I did not write that article. It was given to me by the writer from Palawan. Unfortunately he has not done anything with his site or with any contact to me by email or cell text. I am sure if you Google their images of Palawan, you can find out the name.

  11. flornitz says:

    I am from Palawan and all the things that John Ray posted her are true. It is really amazing and enjoyable living in this paradise.

  12. anita says:

    hi,i’m from philippine but i’ve never been palawan..only in my dream!:(

  13. edith says:

    palawan is nothing short of magical!!!

  14. robelta says:

    Hi, I am going to visit Palawan this coming august 2011.I’m from the philippines but never been this place before.

  15. Leonila says:

    We are planning to go to Palawan this October. I’ve heard that it is very dangerous there now especially with foreigners. I am Filipina married to an English guy. I am scared if we will go there our lives might put in danger. Could you clarify this for me pls.
    I will wait for your reply soon.
    Thank you very much.

  16. rochel says:

    palawan is beutiful place that is palawan i vote palawan is the beutiful place in philippines.

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