For many people, caves may just be a boring piece of hollowed-out rock. Well, this will prove them wrong as we will explore a few of the most amazing caves that exist in the world.
Palawan is one of the largest provinces in the Philippines and one of the most beautiful places in the world. It consists of a few large islands and hundred of small islands, full of stunning white sand beaches and hidden lagoons. There are many things to do in Palawan: wreck diving in Coron, island hopping in El Nido,
‘It’s a dream come true for all of us here,’ says Park Superintendent Elizabeth Maclang of the power plant which is expected to be operational by 2019
Sabang Renewable Energy Corporation (SREC) on Tuesday, April 23, broke ground to launch Palawan’s first hybrid power plant with a micro-grid to fill the growing needs of the area that hosts the Puerto Princesa Underground River, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
SREC, a Department of Energy-registered renewable energy (RE) developer composed of WEnergy Global, Gigawatt Power Incorporated, and Vivant Corporation, aims to provide over 650 households and tourism establishments in Barangay Cabayugan with uninterrupted power supply.
The hybrid power plant will consist of a 1.4 megawatt peak solar photovoltaic with a 2.3 MW hour battery storage system and 1.2 MW diesel generators to power its 14-circuit kilometer distribution facility.
“The solar PV/Battery system enables SREC to provide an average of 50% of clean energy to the grid,” said Walden Tantuico, president/CEO of both SREC and Gigawatt Power.
Read more from source: Hybrid power plant to rise in Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park
The world is full of wonderful places and we all have a bucket list of places we want to experience. If you think that list is complete, think again. We are about to shake you off terra firma and take you to a whole new level.
Like the song says, ‘it’s a whole new world’. There’s just one catch. It’s underground. Ready to explore?
Explorers have dug, burrowed and explored new places and have found some real gems for us – an underground waterfall, an underground cave, a mountain etc. Here’s a brief list for you.
1 Longyou Grotto, China
Discovered by accident, Longyou Grotto is a series of man-made underground caves in China. These caves were originally found by a villager in the year 1992 and were flooded.
Over the years, the government has taken the initiative to open, clean and drain the routes for tourists. Upon further discovery and understanding of the place, it was revealed that they go back to at least 2,000 years.
2 Son Doong Cave, Vietnam
Read more from source: 11 Underground Wonders In The World That Should Be On Your Bucket List
If you trace my history as a travel blogger, you’ll probably find the very roots of it in Puerto Princesa City.
It happened over 10 years ago. My grandfather had passed away and I needed to fly to Puerto Princesa to attend the wake and the funeral. In the middle of mourning, I was captivated by the city. I had never seen one as clean, green, and organized as the Palawan capital. Prior to this trip, I had never traveled far for leisure, not counting the Boy Scout jamborees I joined as a child. I was already keeping a blog then, not this travel blog but just an online personal journal for my random musings. After that trip, I found myself writing about a place for the first time. I planned to return just to explore the city, something I wasn’t able to do that time, but it didn’t happen soon enough, for financial reasons. It would take more than two long years before I set foot in the city again; thanks to a company outing.
Read more from source: PUERTO PRINCESA ON A BUDGET 2018: Travel Guide & Itinerary | The Poor Traveler Blog
Last year I managed to visit Palawan’s Puerto Princesa City —one of my favorite nooks in the country—for the third time. It was not hard to gather immediately upon stepping into the city that they have been enjoying very much the latest title they have coveted for their most important destination and asset; so much so that it has gone a bit too much.
In my three days in the city, with a day devoted to visiting again the underground river, I never met anyone who described the park in other terms aside from that it is one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Right there and then, I knew that there was a looming crisis.
Wondering the Wonder
Since its proclamation in 2012 as one of the New 7 Natural Wonders of the world, the Philippines’s Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, or more commonly known nowadays as the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR), has nearly been singularly using this title to highlight its supposed integrity, and, subsequently, in promotions.
Puerto Princesa is the heart of Palawan, the Philippine’s last frontier. Dubbed as “City in the Forest”, it boasts of being the only city in the country who has successfully balanced the harmony between the development and environment. Considered as the Ecotourism Capital of the Philippines, it is also a model in local governance, cleanliness, environmental protection and conservation.
The city’s most famous attraction is he world’s longest navigable underground river – the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Enjoy island hopping in the white sand beaches and islands of Honda Bay, dive on its numerous sites, experience the underground river ride, indulge in its wide array of restaurants offering native foods and exotic delicacies, commune with nature and experience the genuine hospitality of Palaweños!
Experience it all in Puerto Princesa!
How to Get to Puerto Princesa
Puerto Princesa City is accessibly by air from Manila, Clark, Cebu, Davao and Iloilo via Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air and Philippines Air Asia; from Busuanga, Cuyo, Sipalay, San Vicente via Air Juan.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will be cracking the whip in Palawan, particularly in the Subterranean River National Park in Puerto Princesa City and El Nido, according to officials.
The DENR has added Palawan to Panglao Island in Bohol and Boracay where it is going after establishments violating clean water and easement laws.
Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said on Tuesday the DENR could not afford to have another problem similar to that of Boracay.
Last week, President Duterte called Boracay a “cesspool” and threatened to close it down in six months if the sewage and garbage problems were not solved.
Speaking at the opening of the 2nd Philippine Environment Summit in Cebu City, Cimatu cited the condition of the Subterranean River National Park in Puerto Princesa, a Unesco World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.
Considered the longest navigable underground river in the world, it flows directly underneath St. Paul Mountain Range, passing through caves and rock formations.
Cimatu told reporters that the ceiling of the caves had darkened, which might be caused by too many people passing through.
Have you heard of Palawan Underground River in the Philippines – it’s one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, to give its full name, is the world’s longest navigable underground river at 8.2 kilometres. Its unusual in that it flows directly into the sea, and you reach it from Sabang beach by banca boat, a traditional Philippine vessel with bamboo outriggers giving fantastic stability.
Palawan Underground River
Although it’s known as Puerto Princesa underground river, it’s actually located 80 kilometres from the town of Puerto Princesa in a protected national park on the West Coast of Palawan island. Borded by the St Paul mountain range, it’s an unspoiled bay with a very casual atmosphere. You can buy underground river tour packages that include the bus journey from the centre of Puerto Princesa, or tickets at the information center on the pier. Alternatively, if you’re staying at one of the Sabang beach resorts, they also sell underground river tour packages although you’ll pay a little bit more.
Itinerary: Cebu – Bohol – Puerto Princesa – El Nido – Coron – Boracay – Manila
Reaching Puerto Princesa from Cebu: You get direct flights from Cebu to Puerto Princesa. Upon reaching Puerto Princesa airport you can take tricycle/cab to reach your hotel. If it’s evening time Jomar Chavez (+63 910 884 1892) can drive you to your hotel at a reasonable price. Try giving him a call once you reach the airport.
Where to stay: We stayed in Rizal Avenue, which is about 10 minutes walking distance from city bay walk. The area also has many restaurants, popular pubs and discs, and SM Mall.
One of the options: Teofila Pension
Commute: It is easy to travel in Puero Princesa City. You can take jeepney, tricycle or rent a bike.
Things to do:
1.) Go spelunking in Puerto Princesa Subterranean National Park: A UNESCO World Heritage site, considered among new 7 wonders of the world.