So for our third and last day in Palawan, we toured Puerto Princesa and visited the major tourists attractions such as the Crocodile Farm and the Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm. Sharing these blessings with my favorite people in the world made my vacation all the more fulfilling!
Our first stop was Plaza Cuartel, where they used to hold American prisoners during the World War II. There’s a monument stating the names of the prisoners, and the prisoners who were able to escape and lived to tell the tale. War makes me sad. 😦
After the plaza, we swung by Immaculate Conception church, and thanked God for being able to experience the wonder of His creations. Thank you, Lord!
Our next stop: Palawan Wildlife Rescue And Conservation Center or also known as the Crocodile Farm. 🙂
What greeted us at the main entrance was this big, genuine crocodile skeleton and skin!!! They told us that this certain crocodile died due to old age (he was like 65 years old) and stress. He accidentally killed a person, and the humans captured him. His skin has no commercial value anymore, because as crocs grow older, it’s skin grows thicker. I later learned that baby crocodiles were captured and killed for their precious skin!!! Vowed never to buy anything made from any skin. 😐
Caught in the act: Cito and Shae touching the thick skin! It felt.. thick. Lol!
I have never seen so many crocodiles in my life! This certain room (Hatchling House) has rows and rows and rows of crocodile-filled bathtubs! Cito was shitting gold by the time we exited. “If there’s anything I’ll love as much as I love monkeys, it will be crocodiles.” – Cito
We never really understood why he’s “our future”. Maybe he’s being romantic? Or telling us that the future of the world depends on crocodiles? Lol, we never listen to tour guides. Tsk tsk.
It’s a biiiiiiig one!!!
With a baby croc! ❤ Cito’s face = epic!
And a bearcat named Ella!
Before leaving the farm, we saw an open cage!!! Eeeeeeeekkkk
Next stop: Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm! Probably one of my favorite stops in the whole tour! We loved this quote. Prisoners are still human after all, and if God can forgive them, why can’t you? Everyone deserves another chance. It’s a complete community here! There’s a church, a post office, and various buildings where they hold events.
In this prison, the prisoners were separated by their crimes. They wear blue if it was a “minor” crime, and orange if they had a “major” crime. But regardless of their crime, they weren’t placed in jail cells nor are they behind bars. They were free to roam around the entire place! They were rehabilitated and were given a choice to “serve sentence” by farming, fishing, forestry, carpentry and making souvenirs! All the souvenirs found there are made by their hands!
The Iwahig dancing inmates. They were really entertaining to watch! They were all smiles, and watching them made my heart soar! I was really proud at how they managed to turn their life around, unlike people at urban cities, where even politicians are the bad guys. If I were to become President someday (hopefully), I would make all prison cells like this, instead of criminals who were abused and rotting inside jail cells.
Sooo.. what do you think? Think I’d fit right in? 😉
A cross in the middle of the farm! A quote can also be found here, “Life began in a garden.” referring to the Creation of Man in the Bible. It goes to show that no matter what your sins are, God will always be there to accept and forgive you, once you show full repentance. We all have to ability to start anew, live a new life, and strengthen our faith in God.
Next stop: Baker’s Hill! The smell of fresh bread in the morning, sigh. One of the best smells ever! We had a mini shopping spree here, because everywhere we look, we see DELISH!
Ham and Cheese Pandesal. HANDS. DOWN. The best thing I have ever eaten!! I can still remember my first bite, when the cheese just oozed into my mouth. Gaaaah, why are you only in Palawan!!!! 😦
Cheese bread!!! I looove everything cheese!
Some treats we bought! Brownies all around!!!
Would you like to have a bite on one of these scrumptious cakes?…
Oh well, too bad!! Ha ha ha ha. They look so pretty and realistic, I just want to take them home and let my Barbie dolls play with it! ❤
After satisfying our fill, our next stop: Binuatan Creations! One of Palawan’s proud makers of anything weaved!
Aww, look at me weaving! It probably takes me about 5 seconds to get to weave a piece of straw while for the more practiced ones, they take about 30 minutes to weave a whole bag!!! Mindfuck. It’s fun to watch them weave! It’s like magic! Lol. 🙂
Their shop, where you can buy all sorts of pretty bags and knickknacks! These were all handmade. I could never make such pretty things! I wish I were a little more creative. 😦
And yes, you have to go barefoot to get inside! Don’t worry, it’s squeaky clean!
Had lunch, halo-halo and mais con yelo at Noki Nocs after! It was a pretty hot day.. only to be raining at around 2 PM. So we slept the whole afternoon at the hotel until it’s time for our flight back to Manila. 🙂
Good bye Palawan!!! Every photo taken is taken from Gold Arcilla and Inna Olarte. ❤