Monday, April 21, 2008

Palawan: My Adventure series

Map of Palawan showing the location of Puerto Princesa City.April 22, 2008

This summer, its work with pleasure :) and its nice to be given this rare opportunity to visit the last frontier of the south- Palawan.

I will be spending my 4 days here and hope to share with you something memorable experience that any adventure traveler like me would like to know. This week Puerto Princesa City is hosting the 2008 Palarong Pambansa at the Ramon V. Mitra Jr. Sports Complex from April 20-26 and for sure this would be my first stop to get a glimpse of the 10,000 strong contingents of the said sporting event.

Wes and I aboard the plane via Air Philippines bound for Puerto Princesa by 9:15 am and its my first time to travel by plane in day time. I'm glad that I got an advantage corner (beside a window) and got a wonderful shot of fractus culumus cloud formation while flying in 25000 ft above sea level. The sight is really breathtaking and its feels like your at the middle of a giant cotton white candy less the white angels that sings alleluyah... alleluyah.. :).

The bird's eye view of Palawan islands is also magnificent, as you can see in these photos, its very clear that the government of Palawan under the leadership of Mayor Edward Hagedorn, had done so much to preserve its natural beauty and protected its marine ecosystem.

When we land 55 minutes later, we were greeted by a military band. The tarmac is small but its clean and surrounded by lush green forest. Puerta Princesa is really booming as a tourist haven. Welcome banners promoting their rich natural wonders scattered all over the airport, its main thoroughfare and not to mention the banners welcoming the delegates of the Palarong Pambansa.

I'm not here for the sports but rather for a Librarian event where our projects WikiPilipinas and will be presented over 200 delegates for the Philippine Association of Academic and Research Librarian (PAARL) Summer Conference tackling the theme: Finding the Library's Place in the 2.0 Environment: Providing for interactive, collaborative and web-based technologies, resources and services.

We have no "sundo" that's why we have rented a 100 peso tricycle ride going to "St. Ezekiel Moreno Spirituality and Development Center" a sort of a retreat house. Hotel's are fully booked maybe because of the occasion that prompted the organizers to held its venue here. Anyway, the place is cool and really have to relax for a while.

More for tomorrow...

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