# 35 Malvar Street, Puerto Princesa City, 5300 Palawan Philippines
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Immaculate Conception Cathedral
This historical landmark celebrated the first mass in Puerto Princesa in 1872 where a Spanish expedition proclaimed the Immaculate Conception of Mary as the Patroness of Puerto Princesa.
One of the famous tourist destinations in the city, the blue-colored cathedral with its pointed symmetrical arches has a touched of Gothic craftsmanship style in which reminds you of Medieval Europe era.
It was the late Father Antonio Muro who ideally planned to contruct the chapel for the settlers. History says that he was the one who planned to level a portion of the hill for the building of the small church. Additionally, by the year 1961, the construction of the Cathedral using cements was realized changing the small church into a grandeur minster.
During my nth visit of the city of Puerto Princesa, i was given a chance again to visit this magnificent work of architecture. Same as before, I am being awed by its marvelous edifice reminding me of Medieval Europe.
Every 8th of the month of December, Puerto Princesa City celebrates its Fiesta which is the feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. Accordingly, the activities begin during the first week of December with a series of religious activities. The celebration extends towards the Christmas season giving the month-long activity as "Pista Na, Pasko Pa".
Puerto Princesa City Baywalk Park
From Plaza Cuartel, we went on to the last stop of our city tour, the Puerto Princesa Baywalk where locals and tourists can witness beautiful sunsets while relaxing on top of the dikes, jogging around its pathways, chatting with friends, having a drinking spree, or eating dinner. Just look at the For a small fee, you can rent a bike or a bike with side-car. That’s cool! We can see Puerto Princesa’s potential as a green, clean, bicycle-friendly city.place. It’s brimming with activity!
After a few minutes, Puerto Princesa’s sun began to call it a day. Spectacular sunsets like these never fail to enthrall us. As travelers, mountaineers, adventurers, and climbers, we are grateful to Mother Nature for giving us the opportunities of witnessing stunning sunsets, each different from one another.
Its a 25 minutes away public beach good for swimming for only Php 40 entrance fee, tricycle is Php 100 from the hotel.
Local residents of Puerto Princesa city go to pristine beach to celebrate birthdays and other get together reunion. Good for guest with children specially during low tide, there's a wide white sand to play sand castle and others.
The Philippines was a major player in the Pacific Theater of World War 2. Thus, it is not really surprising that many remnants of the Great War remain. Dark, bleak remnants that remind us of untold suffering and horrible destruction. Remnants that remind us of the costly sacrifice that our warriors suffered to preserve our freedom.Earlier, we went to a reliquary of some of these remnants, the Palawan Special Battalion World War 2 Museum. As the sun neared her bedtime, we visited another bastion of World War 2 in Puerto Princesa, the Plaza Cuartel.
Built sometime in the 1940s, Plaza Cuartel once served as a stronghold of American and Filipino soldiers until they were overrun by Japanese invaders. The stronghold, once a haven of our brave warriors, became a prison. As we entered the Plaza, we immediately saw this menacing, foreboding looking iron gate. Behind it is a story of horror and incalculable suffering.
That is the entrance to a tiny, stuffy, narrow tunnel, which is behind the iron gate. 143 American prisoners were routed and stuffed in this tunnel with virtually no food or water. Then on December 14, 1944, soldiers of the Japanese Imperial Army poured fuel on the prisoners and set them on fire. 11 prisoners narrowly escaped the massacre. In the middle of the park stood this memorial, which lists down the names of the 143 POWs who were burned alive and the 11 survivors.
Across Plaza Cuartel is this neo-classical church called the Immaculate Conception Cathedral. It was built in the late 1800s in tribute to the Immaculate Conception of Mary, who is the patron saint of Puerto Princesa.