The morning before we flew back to Manila, we did the city tour. It took us half the day going by the bay, visiting their church, a former fort, the Crocodile Farm, Mitra’s ranch and Baker’s Hill.
Plaza Cuartel witnessed the massacre of 140 plus American soldiers by the Japanes. 11 survived by swiming across the the bay to the next island.
This was sculpture made by one of the soldiers who survived. He came back decades after to erect this memorial for his fellow prisoners of war.
Here are the names of all those who died. They were Death March survivors but perished in the most horrific way. The were told by the Japanese to go inside the tunnels and then burned alive.
Next stop was their church across the street…
After the church, we went to the Crocodile Farm.
Before Lolong, this was the biggest crocodile at 18.5 feet. Most crocodiles who die in captivity die because of stress.
We went to former Sen. Ramon Mitra’s ranch. There were different activities you could do in the ranch: horseback riding trampoline and zipline. We decided to just sit around because the view of Honda Bay was enough.
The house used to be closed for viewing, but they recently opened it to the public. For P10, you can go around the house, although limited to the living room and dining area. We were asked to remove our foot wear too.
Last stop was Palawan’s famous Baker’s Hill. It has a bakeshop with super yummy treats, and a restaurant. There was also a portion of the property with a garden…
They have Shrek’s house!
From Baker’s Hill, we went straight to the airport. It was a fun vacation and it was a good idea to travel without the kids… not that we didn’t want them around. But we needed some mommy and daddy time. We were already planning to go back, and we’ll definitely bring the kids next time.