Sunday, August 15, 2010

Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center

Also known as the crocodile farm, is both a tourist attraction and a research institute. About 30 minutes from Puerto Princesa city center, the Crocodile Farm also has a mini-zoo, which features some of Palawan's endemic species of wildlife.
Dave messing around with a crocodile statue.
We were taken then last year in 2009 by Mayor Ed Hagedorn and were given a tour inside the rescue facilities. About 300 wild mynah bird and parrot babies had been taken from poachers and brought there. Most of them died because of lack of funding for trained staff. My heart really bled when I saw all the starving babies and I didn't want to leave without feeding them, but we had to dash off with the Mayor and I haven't been back. We were only told that more than 80% of the mynah babies died and so with the baby parrots.

It was just too sad for me to see so many mynah bird and parrot babies starving.
So even though they were rescued, they still perished....what a shame. It was a terrible blow to our eco system to have tham many baby birds removed from our environment.

They do have a rambling park like area where there are enclosures with some of the endemic and endangered species, as well as some like the palawan bear cat whom have bred in captivity and were rescues.
Of course there are lots of crocodiles at the crocodile farm. All stages of development too.

An indigenous Palawan bear cat. This is part of a mated couple that had a couple of cubs in captivity! They are slowly becoming endangered. I recently heard in our village of someone eating one because it was eating their chickens...ack. Poor thing,

The park had some beautiful flowers in bloom when we went there in July.

New Patrol boats for Puerto Princesa, Palawan

August 15, 2010
Dave and I drove our electric trikes over to Honda bay, Bgy. Santa Lourdes and got a sneak preview of the new patrol boats. The boats to the local government units is a joint project of the governments of the United States of America and the Philippines.

US envoy to turn-over 4 new patrol boats to Puerto Princesa, Palawan.
Written by admin News, Provincial News Aug 14, 2010

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY NEWS- A representative of President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III and US Ambassador Harry K. Thomas Jr. are expected to lead the turn-over ceremonies scheduled on August 16 of four new patron gun boats (PGB) at the PNP-SBU headquarters in Barangay Sta. Lourdes, Puerto Princesa City.
The new patrol gun boats (PGB) compliment the expanding force tasked to keep illegal activities off Puerto Princesa City’s waters. FULL ARTICLE ONLINE
Smaller chase and rescue boats as well.

The new US donated PNP chaseboats - PNP Maritime Group

On August 16th, after the patrol boat turnover ceremony at Honda Bay in Sta. Lourdes, we met up with Mayor Edward Hagedorn, Governor Baham Mitra, and US Ambssador Thomas, at Badjao Seafront Restaurant situated in a mangrove forest. We found the new US Ambassador extremely affable and convivial!
At Badjao Seafront Restaurant after the turnover ceremony.
Front Left to Right: US Ambassador Harry K. Thomas, Jr., Diana Limjoco, Mayor Edward Hagedorn
Back left to right: Palawan Governor Baham Mitra, Helen Limjoco and EV consultant, Dave Dewbre

We were hoping to take the Ambassador for a ride in the etrike, but the day's schedule didn't allow for it. He said next time he was in town he would try them out.
To the left of the Electric Tricycle: Helen Limjoco and US Ambassador Harry K. Thomas, Jr
to the right of the Etrike- Etrike makers Diana J Limjoco and Dave Dewbre of Green Tech EcoCenter, Puerto Princesa

US Ambassador Harry K. Thomas, Jr. with Electric Tricycle

All photos copyright Diana J. Limjoco 2010

Raw Food and Yoga Retreat

Interested in doing a Holistic Raw Food and Yoga Retreat?
A three-day Raw Food Yoga Retreat with Monica Eleazar-Manzano and Inner Dance Healing with Pi Villaraza on September 17-19, 2010. Find the union between sacred movement, stillness and your mind-body-spirit connection, Bahay Kalipay Retreat Center, Puerto Princesa, Palawan and journeys to the beaches, mountains and hot springs of Palawan.

For inquiries contact Monica at 0915-294-3441

Learn Kirtans and meditation with Clayton Horton

Learn about live enzymes, organic gardening and inner Dance perception.

Lettuce, Arugula, Tomatoes, Carrots, Cucumber, Fennel, okra and  mushroom Salad.

Dairy Free Avocado Ice Cream with Chocolate Macaroon topping. Blend avocado, cocomilk and honey. Freeze for a few hours.
Yummy Raw Salad c/o Daniw of Bahay Kalipay

For inquiries about this retreat contact Monica at 0915-294-3441

Read an Article about this Holistic retreat on ABS/CBN:

Read more about Bahay Kalipay on their website:

Read Monica's Blog about her life in Puerto Princesa, Palawan:

For more things to do, visit the Office Puerto Princesa Tourism site: