Plaza Cuartel | Things to do in Puerto Princesa City-Palawan

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The iconic brick gate facing the cathedral square is what remains of the structure that used to be a former military base. Plaza Cuartel is notorious for being the site where 143 American prisoners of war (POWs) were burned underground in December 1944. Transformed into a public park, the trees offer a quick and easy refuge from the tropical heat, while the rear end provides a good view of the city bay. Several information panels inside explain the bigger role that Puerto Princesa played during the World War II. An artwork is also featured in the park that was made by one of the 11 American soldiers who made it out alive from the cuartel.
Open: Open daily, 8am - 5pm
Address: Taft St., Brgy. Liwanag, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
Fee: Free
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Nearby attractions

Immaculate Conception Cathedral
Attraction
0.08 km away

This cathedral is a historical landmark where Puerto Princesa's first mass was held in 1872. At that time, the Spanish expedition also proclaimed that the Immaculate Conception of Mary is the patroness of Puerto Princesa. Painted light blue, the cathedral has pointed symmetrical arches redolent of Gothic architecture. A parish was initially erected here, followed by the current structure built in 1961, almost a century later. The cathedral houses some of the finest examples of wood carvings found on the island, which were made by the craftsmen in the Iwahig Penal Colony.

Palawan Museum
Attraction
0.82 km away

Tucked right in the center of Puerto Princesa City beside the old city hall, the Palawan Museum provides a good introduction as to why Palawan is truly a cultural and natural powerhouse. Some of the highlights of the museum are the replicas of the province's three National Cultural Treasures: the Manunggul Jar, the Tabon Man skullcap, and the Leta-leta yawning jarlet. The second floor showcases the various indigenous groups of the province and their material cultural artifacts. These groups include the Palaw'an, Tagbanua, and Tao't Bato, among others. The museum also features the richness of Palawan's biodiversity by putting on display hundreds of different shells, and taxidermized endemic animals such as the Palawan pangolin.

Princesa Eulalia Park
Attraction
0.84 km away

Across the road adjacent to Rizal Park, near the Immaculate Conception Cathedral is Princess Eulalia Park where Don Jose Sostao, head of the colonizing expedition, read the decree of the Foundation of Puerto Princesa on March 4, 1872. The monument of a princess serves as a marker of the event. The park was titled after the same Spanish princess to whom Puerto Princesa was also named after.

Things to do nearby

Midsummer Night's Dream 2019:  Palawan's Biggest Outdoor Dance Music Festival
₱500.00

Midsummer Night’s Dream is Palawan’s biggest outdoor dance music festival, taking place during Puerto Princesa’s annual Pangalipay sa Baybay Celebration. it is the highlight event in Palawan every summer and comes built in with travel packages to further promote tourism.

Wild Expeditions in Palawan
₱600.00
Experience
Local sightseeing
0.65 km away

WILD Expeditions in Palawan is a local tour operator that specializes in nature-themed activities from simple trekking tour to more complex expeditions trips and wildlife documentaries including birdwatching, marine mammals search, herpwatch, wildlife photography (macro, birds, mammals, etc.), remote wildlife expedition trips and more.

Underground River and Island Adventure in Puerto Princesa
₱6099.00

Make the most of your trip to wonderful Puerto Princesa, and go on an adventure before heading to one of the 7 New Wonders of the World. Explore its rich city with an airdonditioned service and a trusty tour gruide. Eat delicious homey food from local restaurants. Go island-hopping at Honda Bay and enjoy the colors of the ocean at sunset. Then, go kayaking to the wondrous Underground River. Here in Explora, our partner travel and tours are screened to deliver the top services we can find in the Philippines. Secure your slots in advance for these can soon become fully-booked!

Where to stay

Puerto Pension Inn
₱1946.00
Hotels and homes
0.36 km away

Puerto Pension Inn has comfy aircon rooms and it's in Puerto Princesa city, Palawan, Philippines. Its charm & hospitality brings true Palawan culture. 

D' Lucky Garden Inn
₱1190.00
Hotels and homes
0.85 km away

Quietly nestled at the heart of Palawan's Tropical Paradise, Puerto Princesa City. D' Lucky Garden Inn and Suites will delight you with it's unique charm, tranquil gardens and friendly atmosphere. Accredited by the Philippine Department of Tourism. We are committed to providing our guests with the highest standard of hospitality service possible; affordable accommodations, superior cleanliness and a quiet, traditional guest house atmosphere. 

Believing that everyone is a familiar face, the staff at D'Lucky Garden Inn & Suites welcomes all guests with superior level of courteous service and personalized attention to details. The house features wireless internet access, comfortable guest rooms, beautifully decorated with character and color. Superior housekeeping, soap and fresh towels are provided. 

Skylight Hotel
₱1400.00
Hotels and homes
1.01 km away

At the center of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan is one of the Philippines' famous landmarks. Located 10 minutes from Puerto Princesa International Airport, and a stone's throw away from the city's financial district and best attractions, Skylight Hotel Palawan is the place to go and stay. The hotel is surrounded by Palawan's culturally rich and well preserved historical points of interest, such as Iwahig Penal Colony, Baker's Hill, Mitra Ranch and many more! Skylight Hotel Palawan has forty-one (41) elegantly furnished guestrooms. All guestrooms are equipped with air-conditioning system, cable television, hot and cold shower, NDD telephone and Wi-Fi connection for free. Skylight Hotel Palawan's restaurant and Veranda serves Orientel and International cuisines. Its natural ambiance makes guests comfortable and enjoyable during parties with different occasions (weddings, debuts, birthdays and conventions).

Getting there and around

Taft St., Brgy. Liwanag, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

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