|Highly Urbanized City|
|Nickname(s): The City in the Forest|
Map of Palawan showing the location of Puerto Princesa
|Region||MIMAROPA (Region IV-B)|
|Province||Palawan (geographically only)|
|District||3rd district of Palawan|
|Cityhood||June 21, 1961|
|• Mayor||Lucilo R. Bayron (UNA)|
|• Vice Mayor||Luis M. Marcaida III (Independent)|
|• Total||2,381.02 km2 (919.32 sq mi)|
|• Density||94/km2 (240/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PHT (UTC+8)|
|Income class||1st class city; highly urbanized|
Puerto Princesa, officially City of Puerto Princesa (Filipino: Lungsod ng Puerto Princesa) is a city located in the western provincial island of Palawan, Philippines. Though the provincial seat of government for Palawan, the city itself is one of 38 independent cities within the Philippines not controlled by the province in which it is geographically located and is therefore an independent area located within Palawan.
As of 2010, Puerto Princesa had a population of 222,673 people, making it the least densely populated city in the Philippines. In terms of land area, the city is the second largest geographically after Davao City with an area of 2,381.02 square kilometres (919.32 sq mi). Puerto Princesa is the location of the Philippines's Western Command headquarters.
Today, Puerto Princesa is a popular tourist city with many beach resorts and seafood restaurants. It has been acclaimed several times as the cleanest and greenest city in the Philippines.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Economy
- 5 Culture
- 6 Attractions
- 7 Transportation
- 8 Media
- 9 Hospitals
- 10 Twin Towns and Sister cities
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Folk etymology attributes the name "Puerto Princesa" to a princess-like maiden who in the early days is said to have roamed around the place on certain nights of the year. On the other hand, practical people attribute the name to the geographical advantages of the place as a seaport – naturally protected the whole year round and endowed with a depth that can accommodate any size of shipping – a royal haven for vessels or a virtual princess of ports as thus indicated by Spanish colonizers on the country’s map.
Historically, the place was named after Princess Asunción, born in 1864 to Queen Isabella II and her consort, Francisco de Cádiz. When the princess suffered an untimely death, the Queen changed the name to Puerto de la Princesa. Eventually, the name was reduced to Puerto Princesa as it is known today.
Spanish Colonizers founded the settlement on 4 March 1872 in the course of their exploration of the province. As they scanned the Palawan shoreline for a capital site, they came upon a hill with steep declivity. Rowing to shore, they surveyed the hill and discovered an extensive plateau which they decided as ideal for settlement.
Soon after, Fr. Antonio Muro levelled a portion of the hill to make way for a chapel. (That section is now occupied by the Catholic Cathedral, the P.C. Barracks and the Rizal Park. The Old Municipal Building used to be there, as well as an Elementary School). The first mass celebrated in Puerto Princesa took place at a site where a marker now stands.
In May 1872, the Port of Puerto Princesa became the center of Spanish Naval Operations in the area because the Bay met all the Navy’s requirements. Royal Decrees later provided incentives to settlers, and by 1883 the settlement had flourished into a town of twelve roads, a hospital and well-built port.
In 1894, Puerto Princesa was recognized by government authorities as one of the most beautiful towns in the country by virtue of the orderly distribution of streets, buildings and houses as well as the cleanliness of the community.
In 1911, the New American Administration made Puerto Princesa the seat of the Palawan Provincial Government with Major John Brown as Lieutenant Governor.
In 1955, the sitios of Materingen, Tandayag, Nasedoc, and Panlawagan were separated from the barrio of Maroyogon and elevated into a barrio.
In 1956, the sitios of Calagbenguen, Tarabanan, Bendoyan, Talabigan, Tagbuan, and Langogan were constituted into the barrio of Concepcion.
In 1957, the barrio of Tapul was renamed to Salvacion.
The town was converted into a city on 1 January 1970 under R.A. 5906 as amended by P.D. 437, through the effort of then Congressman Ramon Mitra, Jr. Feliberto R. Oliveros, Jr. became the first City Mayor.
In May 2001, Abu Sayyaf gunmen entered a luxury island resort in Honda Bay just of the coast of Puerto Princesa and kidnapped 20 people from the resort, including four resort staff and three Americans.
Since its foundation, Puerto Princesa has been the nerve center of activities in Palawan. Aside from being the seat of public administration, it is the heart of trade, commerce, service, and industry in the province.
Puerto Princesa is located in the midsection of Palawan Island. It is bound to the east by the Sulu Sea, to the west by the South China Sea, to the north by the municipalities of San Vicente and Roxas, and to the south by the municipality of Aborlan. It is approximately 306 nautical miles (567 km) from the Philippine capital of Manila, 205 nautical miles (380 km) from Panay Island, and 250 nautical miles (460 km) from Zamboanga City on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao.
66 areas (or districts) known throughout the Philippines as barangays, 35 of which are classified as urban barangays and 31 as rural.
- Babuyan (Rural)
- Bacungan (Rural)
- Bagong Bayan (Rural)
- Bagong Pag-Asa (Urban)
- Bagong Sikat (Urban)
- Bagong Silang (Urban)
- Bahile (Rural)
- Bancao-bancao (Urban)
- Binduyan (Rural)
- Buenavista (Rural)
- Cabayugan (Rural)
- Concepcion (Rural)
- Inagawan (Rural)
- Irawan (Rural)
- Iwahig (Rural)
- Kalipay (Rural)
- Kamuning (Rural)
- Langogan (Rural)
- Latud (Rural)
- Liwanag (Rural)
- Lucbuan (Rural)
- Mabuhay (Urban)
- Macarascas (Rural)
- Magkakaibigan (Rural)
- Maligaya (Urban)
- Manalo (Rural)
- Manggahan (Urban)
- Maningning (Urban)
- Maoyon (Rural)
- Marufinas (Rural)
- Maruyogon (Rural)
- Masigla (Urban)
- Masikap (Urban)
- Masipag (Urban)
- Matahimik (Urban)
- Matiyaga (Urban)
- Maunlad (Urban)
- Milagrosa (Urban)
- Model (Urban)
- Montible (Rural)
- Napsan (Rural)
- New Panggangan (Rural)
- Pagkakaisa (Urban)
- Princesa (Urban)
- Salvacion (Rural)
- San Jose (Urban)
- San Miguel (Urban)
- San Pedro (Urban )
- San Rafael (Rural)
- Santa Cruz (Rural)
- Santa Lourdes (Urban)
- Santa Lucia (Rural)
- Santa Monica (Urban)
- Seaside (Urban)
- Sicsican (Rural)
- Simpocan (Rural)
- Tagabinit (Rural)
- Tagburos (Rural)
- Tagumpay (Urban)
- Tanabag (Rural)
- Tanglaw (Urban)
- Barangay ng mga Mangingisda (Rural)
- Inagawan Sub-Colony (Rural)
- Luzviminda (Rural)
- Mandaragat (Rural)
- San Manuel (Urban)
- Tiniguiban (Urban)
According to the Köppen climate classification, Puerto Princesa features a tropical wet and dry climate. It is usually wet from June to December and with very little rain from February to May. Average temperature is 29 C while the annual average rainfall is 1,148 mm per year. It is warm and humid all year round.
|Climate data for Puerto Princesa, Philippines|
|Record high °C (°F)||37
|Average high °C (°F)||30
|Average low °C (°F)||24
|Record low °C (°F)||20
|Population census of Puerto Princesa|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
Puerto Princesa is known as the Eco-Tourism Center of the Philippines. In recent years, the city has seen a remarkable increase in the number of tourists bringing with them trade and businesses for the city. Many hotels ranging from basic to five-star luxury accommodations have been developed since the 1990s to cater to a growing number of foreign and local tourists in the city. There are also a large selection of restaurants, bars, and shops including the recently completed Robinsons Place Palawan shopping mall.
Most tourists come to Puerto Princesa to visit the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park located 50 km north of the city. It was named one of the New7Wonders of Nature. The city is also the jump-off point for exploring the Tubbataha Reef.
Waves of migrants from other Philippine provinces, and even other countries, have turned Puerto Princesa into a melting pot of various cultures. Among the original inhabitants are the Cuyonons who have a rich legacy of folklore and traditions. Indigenous groups include the Tagbanwas, Palawanos, Molbogs and Bataks, each group with its distinct culture and system of beliefs.
Total inhabitants number about 161,912 (as of May 2000), Three fourths of the population resides in the city proper, an urban settlement on the shores of Puerto Princesa Bay. While Cuyonon is widely spoken, the predominant language is Tagalog; Visayan, as well as English are widely spoken.
New Coral reef protected by city ordinance and three falls, the largest of which is around 50m, located 5km from the barangay.
Puerto Princesa Subterranean River
The most famous landmark of Puerto Princesa, this subterranean river is the longest navigable underground river in the world. It features a limestone karst mountain landscape and many stalactites and stalagmites formations.
Tubbataha Reef, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located 181 km southeast of the city in the Sulu Sea near the island municipality of Cagayancillo. Over 1000 species inhabit the reef; many are already considered as endangered. Animal species found include manta rays, lionfish, sea turtles, clownfish, and sharks.
Honda Bay contains several islands, including Arrecife Island where the high-end Dos Palmas Resort is located. Several local guides and boatmen offer island-hopping tours in the area, where snorkeling is also a popular activity in Pambato Reef.
Located just outside the Underground River Park, Sabang Beach is a quiet white sand beach lined by several resorts facing the vast South China Sea.
A 75-foot limestone formation in the middle of farmlands and karst forests located near the Underground River. Main activities in the site include spelunking and zip line.
Iwahig Penal Farm
A penal colony established in 1904, this prison turned rehabilitation center is a 37-hectare picturesque farm.
- Palawan Museum: located next to Mendoza Park.
- PSU Museum: located on the campus of Palawan State University.
- Ethnographic Museum: located in the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River Park.
- Special Battalion WWII Memorial Museum: Brgy Bancao-Bancao.
- Heritage Center: Legislative Bldg, Fernandez Street.
- South Sea Pearl Museum: located in Irawan Watershed Flora and Fauna Reserve. Bgy. Irawan
Puerto Princesa's main commercial strip where one can find various shops, as well as banks, restaurants, and budget inns.
The city is just one and half kilometers from the Puerto Princesa International Airport. Puerto Princesa is accessible by direct flights from the major Philippine cities Manila, Cebu, Davao and Iloilo as well as Busuanga and El Nido and the Malaysian city of Kota Kinabalu.
The main modes of transport are via tricycles, jeepneys and vans-for-hire (or PUVs/public utility vehicles). Provincial buses and jeepneys operate from the San Jose terminal located 7 km north of the city center off the National Highway.
Puerto Princesa Mayor Edward S. Hagedorn unveiled the environment-friendly and economical electric-powered “Trikebayan” (which does not emit any noise or carbon monoxide) at the Kapihan sa Sulo forum, Sulo Hotel, Quezon City. The Trikebayan costs only P48 or $ 1.20 per day to operate, while a gasoline-powered tricycle operation would cost P200. Rolly Concepcion, who conceptualized the Trikebayan, said that converting a tricycle engine to electric costs P68,000. The rechargeable battery under the passenger seat can run for 12 hours. Mr. Conception died before the project was completed.
This has not discouraged Mayor Hagedorn from pursuing his dream of seeing all electric vehicles, especially replacing the gas tricycles in his city. He continued to purchase several styles from various manufactures to find the best unit for his city in the forest. There is now a dealership for these trikes on the north highway.
Although Puerto Princesa has this bold plan for electric vehicles, the municipal government and tourist office has stated (when asked by a tourist in August 2011), that it has no published or announced plan for providing for the current and future needs and safety of pedestrians or bicycle riders. Spaces for walking and bicycling from one place to another are not being considered.
Television Networks/Cable Station
- AZ Communications/TV5:DYAZ-TV Channel 2, AksyonTV: Channel 31
- People's Television Network: Channel 4
- ConAmor Broadcasting Systems/9TV: Channel 5
- Rural Airwave Media Services: Channel 6
- ETC: Channel 43, 2nd Avenue: Channel 29
- BEAM: Channel 33
- GMA Network: Channel 12 (Via Ilocos); GMA News TV: Channel 27
- Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation: Channel 13
- ABS-CBN: TV-7 Palawan; ABS-CBN Sports and Action: Channel 23, MYX Channel Palawan: Channel 62
- Sonshine Media Network International: Channel 35
- Puerto Princesa CATV 4
- Western Wave TV 9
FM Radio Stations
- 90.5 Star FM Palawan (DWAZ-FM 90.5 MHz), owned by Bombo Radyo Philippines
- 91.1 MHz in Puerto Princesa, owned by ZOE Broadcasting Network
- 92.7 MHz in Puerto Princesa, owned by Interactive Broadcast Media
- 94.3 MHz Natural 94.3 (formerly Home Radio) in Puerto Princesa, owned by Aliw Broadcasting Corporation
- 95.9 KiSS FM (DYEH-FM 95.9 mHz), owned by ConAmor Broadcasting Systems
- 96.7 DYMS-FM, owned by Romeo Servando (Rolin Broadcasting)
- 97.5 Barangay 97.5 (formerly Campus Radio) (DYHY-FM) owned by GMA Network Inc.
- 98.3 Love Radio (DYEZ FM) owned by Manila Broadcasting Company
- 98.5 Radyo Cabayugan (DWWA-FM), owned by Palawan Council for Sustainable Development
- 99.1 RJFM Puerto Princesa, owned by Rajah Broadcasting System
- 99.9 MOR My only Radio for Life! (DYCU-FM 99.9 mHz), owned by ABS-CBN Corporation
- 103.1 Brigada News FM (formerly Bay Radio), owned by Brigada Mass Media Corporation
- 103.9 RMN Palawan (DWAR-FM), owned by Radio Mindanao Network
- 105.5 MHz in Puerto Princesa, owned by VTV
- 106.3 DYWA-FM also known as LIPS-FM, owned by AMP Broadcasting Network
- 107.1 MHz in Puerto Princesa, owned by Rural Airwave Media Services
- 107.9 Win Radio (DYLX-FM), owned by Progressive Broadcasting Corporation
AM Radio Stations
- DYEC 1062 kHz Environmental Radio
- DYPH 693 kHz (local frequency of DZRH), owned by Manila Broadcasting Company
- DYAP-AM 765 kHz Abante Palawan, owned by ABS-CBN Corporation
- DWRM 648 kHz Radyo ng Bayan Palawan, owned by Philippine Broadcasting Service
- DYSP 909 kHz Super Radyo Palawan, owned by GMA Network Inc.
- DYEH 729 kHz owned by the ConAmor Broadcasting Systems
- DZIP 864 kHz RADYO PALAWEÑO, owned and operated by ITRANSMISSION INC.
Palawan News Programs
- MMG-PPC Cooperative Hospital
- Ospital ng Palawan
- Palawan Adventist Hospital .
Twin Towns and Sister cities
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- Sea Tensions Deepen With China's Rise June 7, 2012
- Tourist city venue for PNRC event.(Tourism), highbeam.com
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- Inquirer.net, Finally, a tricycle we could all love
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- Official City Puerto Princesa website
- Official Website of Puerto Princesa Underground River
- Electric Tricycles Puerto Princesa, Palawan
- Philippine Standard Geographic Code
- 2007 Philippine Census Information
- Local Governance Performance Management System
- Staying in Puerto Princesa City
||South China Sea||San Vicente
|Honda Bay (Sulu Sea) / Cagayancillo|