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Mendoza Park (Puerto Princesa)


Mendoza Park, Rizal Avenue. Named after Dr. Higinio Mendoza, war hero of Palawan. Doctor Mendoza's resistance to Japanese control led to his execution at Canigaran on January 24, 1944. His remains and those of several unknown soldiers were entered into the memorial found on one side of the park.

by Jhaypee Guia on August 27, 2012
Mendoza Park (Puerto Princesa)

Dr. Higinio Mendoza Monument

Mendoza Park, Rizal Avenue. Named after Dr. Higinio Mendoza, war hero of Palawan. Doctor Mendoza's resistance to Japanese control led to his execution at Canigaran on January 24, 1944. His remains and those of several unknown soldiers were entered into the memorial found on one side of the park. The park is shaded by age-old acacia trees and surrounded with ornamental plants. On the east side of the park is an amphitheater where countless presentations are year-long.

The park is shaded by age-old acacia trees and surrounded with ornamental plants. On the east side of the park is an amphitheater where countless presentations are year-long.

Playground

Promenade

List of Hotels in Puerto Princesa City

  • Asturias Hotel - Km. 3 National Highway, Tiniguiban, Puerto Princesa City
  • Hotel Centro - San Pedro, National Highway, Puerto Princesa City
  • Hotel Fleuris - Lacao Street, Puerto Princesa City
  • La Chari'ca Inn - 126 Abad Santos, Puerto Princesa City
  • Legend Hotel - Malvar Street, Puerto Princesa City
  • Microtel Inn & Suites (Palawan) - San Manuel, Puerto Princesa City
  • Dolce Vita Hotel - Romasanta Wescom Road, San Pedro, Puerto Princesa City
  • Moana Hotel - Rizal Avenue, Puerto Princesa City
  • Pads by Legend Hotels - Malvar Street, Puerto Princesa City
  • Palawan Village Hotel - Rizal Avenue, Puerto Princesa City
  • Rengel Hotel - Valencia Street, Puerto Princesa City
  • Royal Oberoi - South National Highway, Esteban Road, Santa Monica, Puerto Princesa City
  • White View Paradise Hotel - Manalo Extension, Puerto Princesa City

Getting There

By plane

Puerto Princesa is slightly more than an hour away by plane from Manila. Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Air Philippines, Zest Air all have daily flights from Manila to Puerto Princesa. Air Philippines and Cebu Pacific also operate flights to and from Puerto Princesa to other major cities such as Davao and Cebu City. SEAIR offers flights from Busuanga Tu/F/Su and El Nido on Tu/F. Starting from this year 2012, there are now daily connecting/return budget flights by Philippines AirAsia from Clark/Angeles City in Luzon direct to Puerto Princesa.

The airport is practically in the city center so you can ignore the overpriced tricycles waiting in front of the arrival and catch a tricycle on the main road for a fare of 7-10 pesos per passenger.

The airport is small and can be closed at certain points in the day (e.g. between 2pm and 3pm) and there are only 2 cafes and some local eateries outside the airport, therefore don't plan to kill any time here.

By ferry

SuperFerry and Negros Navigation  both have a weekly ferry to Puerto Princesa from Manila. The ferry trip is about 22 hours long.

Milagrosa Shipping has a weekly ferry that sails between Puerto Princesa - Cuyo Islands - Iloilo. It departs Iloilo at 7pm on Thursday, arrives at the Cuyo Islands at 8am Friday, departs Cuyo Islands 3pm Friday and arrives in Puerto Princesa at 8am on Saturday.

Getting Around

MultiCab and tricycles are the most common means to get around Puerto Princesa. As in Manila, jeepneys usually have standard routes which they ply. Tricycles on the other hand are fairly limited to certain areas and would not be able to go very long distances. Standard tricycle fare around the city is 7-8 pesos per person.

The bus terminal is located a few Km outside the city center. A tricycle from the station to the town center should cost around 50P

For touring, it would possibly be a good idea to arrange special transport whether it be a jeepney or, for more comfort, air-conditioned vans or AUVs. This way, you will not be subject to the hassles of public transport availability.

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