Monday, October 25, 2010

Asiano Wooden Carvings

"Asiano" - A really good place in Puerto Princesa to get authentic made in Palawan souvenirs.  Made with many recycled sticks and objects.  Real locals and some indigenous tribes make the wares. The owner, and designer of many handmade items, actually walks several hours to buy the carvings and raw materials for the native tribes.

Asiano has wood carvings and other handmade items made in Puerto Princesa and other tribal places or towns.

It's one of my favorite places to shop for one of a kind carved items or wall hangings. They even have fashion items like cool bracelets, necklaces, earrings and such made from beads, terra cotte, wood carvings etc.

It's just before a restaurant called "Palayok at Bilao" on Rizal Avenue towards the airport from the Capitol Bldg. Every day something new comes in so check it out for unique gifts to take away with you from Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

They carry hand carved bangle bracelets, household items, wooden statues, wooden bowls and really interesting and unique wall hangings. Great souvenirs to bring home with you are at Asiano! You can be assured they are made locally and nothing imported from China!

A local artist making beaded items.
A little shop filled with native creations. Many by local tribes.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Butterfly Eco Garden and Tribal Village

Bgy Santa Monica, Puerto Princesa
Opens at 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Cell:  0917-597-5544

The Butterfly Garden of Palawan has expanded and it is inside a screened in delightful garden.  Butterflies roam freely hatched from cocoons on display in a covered area.
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This little guy got attacked by ants.Tried
to save it but too late.
The butterfly garden was constructed to educate visitors through a video on how butterflies develop and survive in a particular environment as well as an exhibit of the pupae. Another objective is to attract tourists and make them aware of the beautiful butterflies that are natural to Puerto Princesa and now in the Tribal Village you will meet real members of the Palaw'an tribe who will give you their blow dart demonstrations and invite you to try it or let you pet and be photographed with their pet boa constrictors.

After exploring the butterfly enclosure, you will step into the life of the native Palaw'an. Palaw'ans are only one of the many indigenous peoples of Palawan that have been living in the province for many thousands of years. A few traits and trades have been preserved since younger generations are now adopting to modernisation. The tribal village is to preserve those remaining traits and trades and by its Cultural shows, visitors will get a rare chance to interact with these native people that still holds pure Palaw'an bloodline. Visitors will learn the Palaw'an way of hunting, survival, daily life and even the Palaw'an way of hanging out. At the end of the tour, visitors will get a chance to bring home Palaw'an made crafts and other souvenirs that are hand crafted by the local village folks.

Entrance fee is very cheap. I can't remember the exact cost. But trust me, it's cheap and they do accept senior discounts and for children under a certain age.
There is a little shop that sells souvenir items and house  decorations near the exit.
There is a display of humongous black scorpions, usually with young on its back.
Apparently there is a guy that can handle them, but you won't catch me
doing that.

Butterfly pupa. They look like they are made of gold.
Two rescued bear cats can be seen at the Butterfly garden.

One of the pet boa constrictors you can hold and have a photo with at the Tribal Village
One of the lizards on display.

A strange and unusual flower at the Butterfly garden. A batflower!

A butterfly pupa