Tuesday, March 15, 2011

My First Trip to Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Puerto Princesa Airport
Brgy. San Jose, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
by lakwatserong tatay

It is Sunday, February 13, the day that we've been waiting 12 trippers will go to a place that is called "Last Frontier" Destination, in our country. Palawan becomes unique with its megadiversity, bountiful resources, abundant wildlife and extraordinary natural beauty. We were divided into two groups because this trip was originally design as a trip of a partner celebrating birthday and valentines in Palawan, but due to some circumstances, we got bigger and reach up to 12 persons...hehehehehe...Im part of the first group that will depart at NAIA Terminal 3 via Airphil Express fleet flight 2P941 bound to Puerto Princesa. Our flight is supposed to be depart at 730am but what do you expect...hehehehe...for my 1st time flght via Airphil, once again like my previous experiences with other fleet "CP", it is late again....hehehehehe...^_^....
NAIA Terminal 3 @ Gate 118
This is the first time that i arrived at the airport late in a group flight....^_^...1 hour before the boarding time, because i really forgot to set my alarm clock...hehehehe...(nasobrahan sa pagiging excited), i go to bed really late because of preparing my things. I arrived at the airport around 6am, and my co tripper already check-in...actually i thought i could not get a better view of my first flight via Airphil, but i was really lucky, i got a window seat...hahahaha....
One of the Cebu Pacific Airbus Fleet
Upon waiting for a delayed flight, and upon curiosity together with my camera , i've taken some shots while waiting, like the 1st picture, maybe this little girl is really bored, got up early by his/her parents and then she could not do anything in the airport, she's actually running and walking around this 6 pieces chair...hehehehe...
Next one is the long file of passengers waiting for our flight.....hehehehe...^_^.
I just noticed this kid because she is really bored walking around this aisle of chairs....^_^
The awaiting passenger of Flight 2P 941 AirPhil Express
At last after waiting for more than 30 minutes, our plane ride is beyond site, in fact i've taken a shot while our plane is unloading baggages from the previous passengers of this plane.
At last our Fleet.....hehehehehe....
After almost 1 hour flying in the air i got a view of beautiful mountain ranges and some of the islands before approaching and landing at Puerto Princesa Airport. Below are some of my shots....^_^
Mountain ranges views before landing @ PP Airport
One of the Islands before landing @ PP Airport
At last, we reached the grounds of Puerto Princesa Airport. I was really shocked to see one of my "kababata" and who happens to be a previous barangay official of our barangay at Sta. Mesa, Manila. Kuya Allan is also in vacation, spending few days in Puerto Princesa in celebrating love month together with her wife, Ate Niña. I thought he get back to Canada after celebrating New Year last December at Sta. Mesa....hehehehe...It is really true that our country is really small, because in any place and time you could meet someone, either friend, relative or anyone....am i right?
Carlo's 1st photo opps inside a plane
Photo-opps w/ "Kuya Allan" & Ate Niña @ PP Airport
Puerto Princesa Airport

Serves as the gateway on one of the wonders of the world....The "Palawan Underground River" and other tourists spots of Palawan. Here's the latest travel information and guidelines about this airport.

This airport is only used by 3 airlines. The biggest airline is Cebu Pacific Air, Other airlines operating in this airport are Air Philippines and Zest Airways. Not only used domestically it also serves a flight departure for international flights by Cebu Pacific Air serving 12 countries, most of them are Asian countries. (you may visit the airlines' official websites for their latest flight schedules and information).
Puerto Princesa Airport, Palawan
A P40.00 terminal fee charge is required upon checkin departures in this airport. An x-ray machine used for security and checking of hand-carried and checked-in luggage is available. There are also small stalls that are selling some snacks and some items for pasalubong that is located within the waiting lounge and checked-in lounge. There are also eateries and restaurants outside the airport terminal for those who want more food choices. Where we eat our breakfast just along side, City Tourism Office of Puerto Princesa. Most of the tourist that dont have accomodations and contact on Palawan proceed on this place. To get some information regarding toursit destination, map of Puerto Princesa and other necessary things needed when staying at Puerto Princesa.
City Tourism Office, Puerto Princesa
A large poster of tourist map and city map is placed outside the City Tourism Office of Puerto Princesa.
Puerto Princesa Tourist Map
Puerto Pincesa City Map
Tricyles are parked inside the airport premises that can take you anywhere in the city proper or you may have a special transaction to tour beyond city proper. Vans for hire are available at the airport too or through accredited travel agencies and tour operators (like Manny Guest's House, Lakwatserong Tatay's accomodation in Puerto Princesa, Palawan).
Tricycles of Puerto Princesa..........
Upon curiosity, and aiming to go back in Palawan in a DIY Trip, i've ask our driver/tour guide Kuya Ronald regarding going to Palawan's Underground River and Honda Bay Tour. He told me that outside the airport (Rizal Ave.), multicabs and jeepneys goes to different routes, you will find the Central Transport Terminal in San Jose New Market (where you could ride a jeepneys to Sabang for DIY Trip to Palawan Underground River, FYI.....dont forgot to get the necessary permit before going to Sabang), Vans for hire going to El Nido, and Cheap Souvenir Items and Shirts, much cheaper than "Tiangge Tiangge Pasalubong and Souvenir Shops and other buses to other towns of Palawan.

To get to San Jose New Market, you could ride tricycle (fare is around P15/per head) or a multicab w/ signboard New Market (fare is P12/per head). The trip to Sabang - Puerto Princesa (v.v) is approximately 2 hours as per Kuya Ronald said and the fare is P125/per head. So I think, this enough information that i've shared to you hope to be helpful and of course to me too.....ill be back Palawan.....^_^
I thought this trike was owned by my ex-sup....Rowell...^_^
So let's get back, to my travel story......hehehehe...After waiting for almost an hour, the next batch of trippers arrived via Cebu Pacific flight. After huddling up and spotted Kuya Ronald waiving the banner of Liway's name, we proceed to Manny Guest's House (will post separate entry for our accomodation).
Some of the Trippers...boarded Cebu Pacific flight to PP
As Mac Arthur said when he departed Leyte, "I shall return", and now, as im doing this different entries of stories about my Palawan Adventures, i will borrow and used that said quote as "Lakwatserong Tatay, will shall return to this place"........^_^.
L.T. @ Puerto Princesa Airport, Palawan
This story is part of: Five Days of Trip at Palawan


pusang kalye said...

namiss ko bigla ang Puerto Prinsesa. ang ganda ng lugar tas napaka organized pa ng mga tours so marerelax ka talaga.

lakwatserong tatay said...

@pusang kalye....hehehehe...ako nga halos sakto 1 month palang nakakalipas...miss ko na kagad ang Palawan...next year talaga promise ko sa sarili ko...babalik ako at pupuntahan ko ang hindi ko napuntahan...

Pinoy Boy Journals said...

i haven't been to Puerto Princesa kaya imagine na lang ang saklap para sakin! booo!!! Awesome trip, buddy!

lakwatserong tatay said...

@pinoy boy journals....malamang po unti nlang mapupuntahan nyo rin to.
yap it was a awesome trip..pero bitin pa...heheheh ^_^...btw, i have an inquiry nga pala sa nagin trip nyo sa iloilo & guimaras...hope you could help me out..thanks po...more travels to come to you din po.

lakwatsera de Primera said...

I agree, it's organized and easy to get around, at P40 lang ang terminal fee :)

lakwatserong tatay said...

@ms.claire...yap po organized talaga..saka ung experience namin sa Kuya Manny's Guest House, d best...ang bait po nya eh...saka very accomodating...


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