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Upscale luxury hotels in Puerto Princesa
An upscale full service hotel facility in Puerto Princesa that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Puerto Princesa hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

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Boutique hotels of Puerto Princesa are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Puerto Princesa boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Puerto Princesa may be classified as luxury hotels.

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Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Puerto Princesa travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Puerto Princesa focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

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A bed and breakfast in Puerto Princesa is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Puerto Princesa bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Puerto Princesa B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Puerto Princesa
Puerto Princesa hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Puerto Princesa hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Puerto Princesa
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Puerto Princesa hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Puerto Princesa lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Puerto Princesa
Puerto Princesa timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Puerto Princesa often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Puerto Princesa on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

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Puerto Princesa
Highly Urbanized City
City of Puerto Princesa
Puerto Princesa - The Emerald Beach and Nature Park.jpg
Dos Palmas RP.JPG Docking area to Underground River.jpg
Palawan Capitol.jpg Puerto Princesa seafront.JPG
From top, left to right: Emerald Beach and Nature Park, Dos Palmas Resort, Sabang, Palawan Provincial Capitol, Puerto Princesa seafront
Official seal of Puerto Princesa
Nickname(s): The City in the Forest
City of the Living God
Peacock Capital of the Philippines
The Queen City of Western Luzon
Map of Palawan showing the location of Puerto Princesa
Map of Palawan showing the location of Puerto Princesa
Puerto Princesa is located in Philippines
Puerto Princesa
Puerto Princesa
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates:  / 9.75; 118.75  / 9.75; 118.75
Country Philippines
Region Mimaropa (Region IV-B)
Province Palawan (geographically only)
District 3rd District of Palawan
Founded 1872
Cityhood June 21, 1961
Highly Urbanized City July 9, 2007
Barangays 66
• Mayor Lucilo R. Bayron
• Vice Mayor Luis Marcaida III
• Total 2,381.02 km (919.32 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)
• Total 255,116
• Density 110/km (280/sq mi)
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP code 5300 to 5301
IDD:area code  +63 (0)48
Income class 1st class city; highly urbanized
Languages Tagalog, Cuyonon, Hiligaynon, English
Website puertoprincesa.ph

Puerto Princesa, officially City of Puerto Princesa (Cuyonon: Siyudad i'ang Puerto Princesa; Hiligaynon: Dakbanwa sang Puerto Princesa; Filipino: Lungsod ng Puerto Princesa; Spanish: Ciudad de Puerto Princesa) and often referred to as Puerto Princesa City, is a city located in the western province of Palawan, and westernmost city in the Philippines. Though the seat of government and capital for the province, 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 2015 census, Puerto Princesa had a population of 255,116 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' 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.

Puerto Princesa: Etymology

Historically, the place was named after Maria Cristina, one of the princesses born to Isabella II of Spain and her consort, Francis, Duke of Cádiz. When the princess suffered an untimely death, the Queen changed the name to Puerto de la Princesa. Eventually, the name was shortened to Puerto Princesa.

Puerto Princesa: History

Puerto Princesa: Spanish period

A 1904 map of Puerto Princesa

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.

Puerto Princesa: American period

In 1911, the New American Administration made Puerto Princesa the seat of the Palawan Provincial Government with Major John Brown as Lieutenant Governor.

In the year 1936, Governor Heginio Mendoza made a directive on the transfer of the Palawan High School (currently Palawan National School) from the island municipality of Cuyo to the central place of the province, which was the Municipality of Puerto Princesa.

In 1951, the barrios of Tinitian, Caramay, Rizal, Del Pilar, Malcampo, Tumarbong, Taradungan, Ilian, and Capayas were separated to form the town of Roxas.

Puerto Princesa: Post World War II

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 the luxury Dos Palmas Resort in Honda Bay just off 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: Geography

Puerto Princesa is located in the midsection of Palawan Island. It is bound to the east by the Sulu Sea, to the west iby 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.

The Puerto Princesa Underground River.

Puerto Princesa: Barangays

Administratively and politically, Puerto Princesa is divided into 66 barangay or 1st to 2nd district s, 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)
  • Inagawan Sub-Colony (Rural)
  • Irawan (Urban)
  • Iwahig (Rural)
  • Kalipay (Urban)
  • Kamuning (Rural)
  • Langogan (Rural)
  • Liwanag (Rural)
  • Lucbuan (Rural)
  • Luzviminda (Rural)
  • Mabuhay (Urban)
  • Macarascas (Rural)
  • Magkakaibigan (Urban)
  • Maligaya (Urban)
  • Manalo (Rural)
  • Mandaragat (Urban)
  • Manggahan (Urban)
  • Barangay ng mga Mangingisda (Rural)
  • 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 Manuel (Urban)
  • San Miguel (Urban)
  • San Pedro (Urban )
  • San Rafael (Rural)
  • Santa Cruz (Rural)
  • Santa Lourdes (Urban)
  • Santa Lucia (Rural)
  • Santa Monica (Urban)
  • San Isidro (Urban)
  • Sicsican (Urban)
  • Simpocan (Rural)
  • Tagabinit (Rural)
  • Tagburos (Urban)
  • Tagumpay (Urban)
  • Tanabag (Rural)
  • Tanglaw (Urban)
  • Tiniguiban (Urban)

Puerto Princesa: Climate

Puerto Princesa features a tropical wet and dry climate (Köppen climate classification Aw). It is usually wet from May to December and with very little rain from January to April. Average temperature is 27.43 °C (81.37 °F) while the annual average rainfall is 1,563.8 millimetres (61.57 in) per year. It is warm and humid all year round.

Climate data for Puerto Princesa City
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 30.7
Daily mean °C (°F) 26.8
Average low °C (°F) 22.7
Average precipitation mm (inches) 30.7
Average rainy days (≥ 0.10 mm) 4 2 4 5 12 15 16 17 16 16 14 9 130
Average relative humidity (%) 83 81 79 80 82 85 86 86 86 87 86 86 83.9
Source: PAGASA

Puerto Princesa: Demographics

View of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral and Rizal Park
Population census of Puerto Princesa
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1903 1,208 -
1918 6,427 +11.79%
1939 10,887 +2.54%
1948 15,177 +3.76%
1960 23,125 +3.57%
1970 37,774 +5.02%
1975 45,709 +3.90%
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1980 60,234 +5.67%
1990 92,147 +4.34%
1995 129,577 +6.60%
2000 161,912 +4.89%
2007 210,508 +3.69%
2010 222,673 +2.07%
2015 255,116 +2.62%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority

In the 2015 census, the population of Puerto Princesa was 255,116 people, with a density of 110 inhabitants per square kilometre or 280 inhabitants per square mile.

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 255,116 (as of 2015), of which three-quarter of the population resides in the city proper, an urban settlement on the shores of Puerto Princesa Bay. Although the predominant language is Tagalog, Cuyonon is widely spoken and used throughout the whole city, as well as Hiligaynon, other Visayan languages, and English.

Puerto Princesa: Economy

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 shopping malls, including the recently completed Robinsons Place Palawan, NCCC Mall Palawan and Unitop Mall Puerto Princesa, as well as the upcoming SM City Puerto Princesa.

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.

Puerto Princesa: Transportation

The Puerto Princesa International Airport

Puerto Princesa: Air

The Puerto Princesa International Airport is within the city proper. Puerto Princesa is accessible by direct flights to and from the major cities of the Philippines, such as Manila, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo & Clark, as well as other parts of Palawan, such as Cuyo, Busuanga, San Vicente and El Nido.

Puerto Princesa: Sea

The city is served by domestic passenger ferries to Cuyo, Manila, Coron and Iloilo at the Port of Puerto Princesa.

Puerto Princesa: Land

The main modes of transport are via tricycles, jeepneys and vans-for-hire (or PUVs/public utility vehicles). Taxis started operating since April 2015, plying through the city center and nearby tourist destinations. Provincial buses and jeepneys operate from the San Jose terminal located 7 km north of the city center off the National Highway.

Puerto Princesa: E-tricycle

Puerto Princesa then 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 did not discourage the previous mayor Hagedorn from pursuing a dream of seeing all electric vehicles, especially replacing the gas tricycles in the city. There was a dealership for these trikes on the north highway but it closed down in 2011.

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.

Puerto Princesa: Health

Hospitals in the city include the MMG-PPC Cooperative Hospital, Ospital ng Palawan, Palawan Adventist Hospital, Palawan Medical City, and PuertoGen Clinics & Infirmary

Puerto Princesa: Local government

Elected and appointed public officials have governed Puerto Princesa, with a strong mayor-council government. The city political government is composed of the mayor, vice mayor, ten councilors, one Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation representative and an Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) representative. Each official is elected publicly to a three-year terms.

The following are the current city officials of Puerto Princesa:

  • House of Representatives Congressman: Gil P. Acosta (NPC)
  • Mayor: Lucilo R. Bayron (NPC)
  • Vice Mayor: Luis Marcaida III
  • Councilors: (NPC)
    • Maria Nancy M. Socrates
    • Rolando Amurao
    • Nesario Awat
    • Jimmy Carbonell
    • Henry Gadiano
    • Peter Maristela
    • Matthew Mendoza
    • Victor Oliveros
    • Modesto "Jonjie" Rodriguez II
    • Gregorio Roy Ventura

Puerto Princesa: Twin towns and sister cities

Puerto Princesa: Local

  • Philippines Santiago City, Philippines
  • Philippines Quezon City, Philippines

Puerto Princesa: International

  • Malaysia Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
  • Taiwan Hsinchu, Taiwan
  • Indonesia Jayapura, Papua, Indonesia
  • United States Maui County, Hawaii, USA

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