Palawan is an island province of the Philippines located in the Southern Tagalog Region. Its capital is Puerto Princesa City and it is the largest province in terms of land area. The islands of Palawan stretches from Mindoro to Borneo in the southwest. It lies between the South China Sea in the northwest and Sulu Sea in the southeast. Palawan is part of Region IV-B (Mimaropa).
The province is named after its largest island, Palawan Island.
|Region||MIMAROPA (Region IV-B); to be transfered to Western Visayas (Region VI) per Exective Order No. 429,May 23, 2005|
|Governor||Mario Joel T. Reyes|
|Area|| 14,896.3 km²|
|Total (2000)|| 755,412|
During World War II, in order to prevent the rescue of prisoners of war by the advancing allies, on 14 December 1944, the Japanese herded the remaining 150 POWs at Puerto Princesa into three covered trenches which were then set on fire using barrels of gasoline. As prisoners tried to escape the flames they were shot down. Some escaped by going over a cliff that ran along one side of the trenches, but were later hunted down and killed. Only 11 men escaped the slaughter and between 133 and 141 were killed. The site of the massacre can still be visited. The massacre is the premise of the recently published book "Last Man Out: Glenn McDole, USMC, Survivor of the Palawan Massacre in World War II" by Bob Wilbanks, and the opening scenes of the 2005 Miramax movie, "The Great Raid".
Honda Bay kidnappings
In May 2001 Palawan hit the headlines when the militant Islamic group Abu Sayyaf abducted 20 guests from the Dos Palmas Resort, located in Honda Bay outside of Puerto Princesa City. The kidnapping raid led to a massive U.S.-backed security operation, and unfortunately two hostages were later killed. Significantly, there have been no repeat incidents of this kind in Palawan, and the combination of a beefed-up military presence and radar surveillance has considerably boosted security.
Is famous for
Calauit Game Preserve & Wildlife Sanctuary.
- It is a unique game reserve and wildlife sanctuary of exotic African animals and endangered endemic animals of Palawan.
- Established on August 31, 1976 by virtue of Presidential Decree No.1578, this was initiated in response to the appeal of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature to help save African wildlife when former President Ferdinand Marcos attended the 3rd world Conference in Kenya. By virtue of RA 7611 (SEP), administrative jurisdiction of DENR was given to the local government of Palawan, effective December 31, 1993. Management of the area is the responsibility of the PCSDO (Palawan Council of Sustainable Development Office). It is located in Calauit Island, Busuanga, Palawan.
Coron Reefs, Coron Bay, Busuanga.
- Seven enchanting lakes surrounded by craggy limestone cliffs attract hundreds of nature lovers to Coron Reefs in Northern Palawan, near the town of Coron.
- Busuanga Island, whose main town is Coron, is the jump-off point for numerous dive operators. The principal dive sites 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 TEC divers. Dive operators offer PADI dive courses ranging from Discover Scuba to Assistant Instructor, Technical and Enriched Air Diving, as well as other specialty courses. Dive operators offer day diving, snorkeling trips, and overnight dive safaris. Live-aboard and charter boats also offer diving in the area.
Kitesurfing Cuyo Island
For nearly a generation kitesurfers from around the world have been flocking to the Philippines and Boracay has been their destination of choice. As it grew to become what it is today it has been losing it's appeal to these visitors who have been gradually discovering other hot spots within the archipelago. One of these places is Cuyo Island, a place many had heard of but few had actually visited. All that changed a few years ago when a so-called kitesurfing retreat appeared and began a promotional campaign to attract these sports enthusiasts now arriving in droves. They typically arrive with the beginning of the habagat wind season and are all but gone by mid-March. The Cuyonon culture is unique and the province of Palawan is justifiably proud of it's strong influence and contribution to self-identity. Tourism is a cornerstone of it's economy but all it's resources are directed to high-profile destinations i.e. Underground River and El Nido being the most obvious while Cuyo struggles with the seasonal impact of these visitors. Most of the economic benefits go to just a select few while the Municipal Tourism Office has yet to break-out of it's ineffectual role. It's hoped the impact of sports-tourism's future in Cuyo can be mitigated by thoughtful, enlightened leaders who place the interests of all the people of Cuyo first.
UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES:
Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park 1999
This park features a spectacular limestone karst landscape with an underground river. One of the river's distinguishing features is that it emerges directly into the sea, and its lower portion is subject to tidal influences. The area also represents a significant habitat for biodiversity conservation. The site contains a full 'mountain-to-sea' ecosystem and has some of the most important forests in Asia. -UNESCO
Tubbataha Reef Marine Park 1993
The Tubbataha Reef Marine Park covers 332 km², including the North and South Reefs. It is a unique example of an atoll reef with a very high density of marine species; the North Islet serving as a nesting site for birds and marine turtles. The site is an excellent example of a pristine coral reef with a spectacular 100 m perpendicular wall, extensive lagoons and two coral islands. -UNESCO
Palawan Resorts and Hotels
- Coral Bay Beach & Dive Resort
- Sheridan Beach Resort & Spa
- Crystal Paradise Resort
- Dos Palmas Island Resort & Spa
- Marina Garden Beach Resort
- Coco Verde Beach Resort(website under construction)
- Palawenos' Interactive Website
- Palawan at the Open Directory Project suggest site
- Port Barton Marine Park
- Pioneer Expeditions website
- The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park
- Hotels in Palawan - Philippine Hotel Reservations Service