As the last unsettled area in the country, Palawan is also known as the Last Frontier of the Philippines. The island is a popular attraction for both local and foreign tourists as it offers beautiful mountains covered in lush forests and crystal clear blue waters.
Puerto Princesa, the provincial seat of Palawan, is a coastal city popular for its beach resorts and seafood restaurants. It is the second largest city in the country in terms of geographical area, just next to Davao, but is the least densely populated. The city has been considered as the cleanest and greenest city in the country several times.
If you are a history and culture buff looking to dive deep into the roots of Palawan, visiting its museums is a recommended activity.
This museum is the best place to get more information about the Tabon Cave, which is where the oldest human skeletons in the Philippines were found. You can also get more details about the indigenous people found in the Palawan including the Tagbanuas, Pala’wans and Cuyunons. Of course, if you want to know more about the wildlife in Palawan, you can also see that inside, too.
The museum is located in the Old City Hall Building and is open from Monday to Saturday, from 8:30am to 5:00pm. Entrance fee is at 50 pesos for adults, 20 pesos for students and 10 pesos for children.
Palawan Heritage Center
This 480sqm interactive museum showcases the culture and history of Puerto Princesa. The displays in the PHC are not just educational but also entertaining. Not only does it have photos, artifacts and life-size dioramas but also fun and interactive modules that kids and kids-at-heart will love.
The PHC is open from Mondays to Fridays at 9am to 4:30pm, with an entrance fee of 50 pesos.
Palawan Special Battalion World War II Museum
The WWII museum was built in honor of Dr. Higinio Mendoza, Sr., who was a local hero and guerilla slain by the Japanese troops during WWII. The museum has five galleries containing relics of each of the major war players: Americans, British, Russians, Germans and Japanese.
The museum can be found along Rizal Avenue Extension in Barangay Bancao-Bancao and is open every day from 8am to 12pm. Entrance fee is at 30 pesos but children below 10 years can enter for free.