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PPUR SEND TO 2861 or go to

PPUR SEND TO 2861 or go to

Only two days left for the world’s texting capital to vote the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.    

Please Vote for the underground river so we could win one of only seven slots before the deadline on November 11. 

Top 10 finalists in no particular order

  1. The Dead Sea 
  2. The Grand Canyon in the United States
  3. The Great Barrier Reef of Australia and Papua New Guinea 
  4. Halong Bay of Vietnam 
  5. Italy’s Vesuvius.          
  6. Jeita Grotto  
  7. Jeju Island 
  8. Komodo Island 
  9. Puerto Princesa Underground River 
  10. Sundarbans             

Losing ground

The underground river made it to the top 10 in a recent ranking update in the contest website, but as of Tuesday the voting trend was going downward. 

There is a need to close ranks and demonstrate patriotism in order for our entry to get into the magic seven.


PPUR send to 2861 

President Benigno Aquino III had ordered national line agencies to launch a campaign urging every Filipino to vote online or via text messages for the underground river.
The report about PPUR’s overall standing was encouraging, but let’s be cautious against being complacent and let’s take note that only seven would be chosen among the 10 finalists. 
The help of each and every Filipino citizen is very crucial at this critical juncture.

Telecommunications giants Smart and Globe have mounted a text voting campaign that offers cash prizes as much as P25 million to lucky voters.

According to its website, the New7Wonders of Nature campaign started in 2007, immediately following the successful drive to choose the man-made Official New 7 Wonders of the World.

From December 2007 to July 7, 2009, over 440 locations from more than 220 countries were nominated through a national qualification and raced to become one of the Top 77.

From the 77, the New7Wonders panel of experts supervised the selection of the 28 official candidates, which were announced on July 21, 2009.

The Official New7Wonders of Nature is now in its third and final phase, and an estimated one billion people worldwide will cast their vote for their chosen seven.
The final seven will be proclaimed based on the total number of Internet and text votes they have received.

Eamonn Fitzgerald, head of communication for New 7 Wonders, however, stressed that the winning list could still change in the final week and days.
With millions of votes still set to come in, finalists who are not in today’s top 10 could still make it into the chosen 7. The first count indicating the provisional voting result will be announced at 19:07 p.m. GMT on November 11 (3 a.m. Nov. 12 in Manila) on ww,

Go Vote now!



Join Pera Sa Kweba now!


Text PPUR ON to 2861.

The Philippines was blessed to hold pride of its rich and diverse natural resources that carved its scenic bays, fine white beaches, breathtaking mountain tops and enchanting forests.

Rallying this pride, the Philippines celebrate as the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) gives honor to and makes tourism alive in our country. 

With Pera sa Kweba, we can truly say that Philippines’ natural resources are riches we must treasure. Be rich with our natural resources!

Join Pera Sa Kweba now!

Text PPUR ON to 2861.


As a support to the Puerto Princesa Underground River, a text promo was launched last September 30, 2011 called “PERA SA KWEBA” where the telecommunications industry unites in a cause to promote PPUR, not only to our citizens but also to the global community. Simply text PPUR to 2861 for a chance to win! A whooping P32 M is at stake for the 105 winners of the promo.

Prizes are as follows: 


1 Grand Prize Winner

P 25 Million

5 Consolation Prize Winners

P 1 Million

3 Monthly Winners

P 250,000

6 Bi-Weekly Winners

P 100,000

90 Daily Winners

P 10,000

The promo mechanics as follows:

Eligible players:
(1) For a texter to qualify, he/she must:
a. Be a subscriber of Smart, Talk N Text, Globe, TM or Sun whether in postpaid or prepaid plans;
b. Be a registered user of Puerto Princesa Underground River (Pera sa Kweba) Text Promo Service.
c. Have sent his/her entry/vote within October 1, 2010 – December 28, 2011.

How to earn entries:
(1) For every unique trivia the subscriber receives when he votes from October 1, 2010 to November 10, 2011, in the Puerto Princesa Underground River (Pera sa Kweba) Text Promo service, he will be entitled to two (2) raffle entries or;
(2) For every unique PPUR trivia the subscriber downloads from November 11, 2011 to December 28, 2011, he will be entitled to one (1) raffle entry.
(3) To download trivia and vote, users have to enter the following information in the correct format and sequence:

PPUR or PPUR ON to 2861.

October 1, 2010 – November 11, 2011:
PPUR = 1 download with vote/2 raffle entries
PPUR ON = 1 download with vote/2 raffle entries per day

November 11, 2011 – December 28, 2011:
PPUR = 1 download with vote/1 raffle entry
PPUR ON = 1 download with vote/1 raffle entry per day

(4) The entry should be sent to 2861 for Globe, Sun, Smart and Talk N Text subscribers.

(5) Entries with the correct syntax will receive a confirmation of their entry.

(6) One text vote costs Php 2.50 per message.

How to register:

(1) Subscribers will have to register first to validate their entries. To register, users have to enter the following information in the correct format and sequence as shown below:



Example: PPUR REG Andy Cruz/18 Sct Freedom/23

(2) Registration is a one-time process per SIM card and is free of charge.

(3) All information sent will be kept confidential and will be used solely for the PPUR “Pera sa Kweba” electronic raffle.

Determination of Winning Text Entries:

(1) Winners must be a subscriber of Smart, Talk N Text, Globe, TM or Sun whether in Postpaid or Prepaid Plans.

(2) Postpaid subscribers that are charged/billed properly.

(3) Prepaid subscribers that are properly decremented.

(4) The 105 winners will be chosen from the qualified entries/votes received from October 1, 2010 to December 28, 2011.

Amidst a century of technological advancements, humans will always be in wonder of those masterpieces created by Mother Nature. Use that cellphone and support the masterpiece of Nature now na! And have the chance of a lifetime to win 25 million in COLD CASH!



The Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) is an 8.2 km long navigable subterranean river that spreads directly into the sea, one of the most unique of its type.

The La Venta Geographical Association discovered remarkable findings inside PPUR which makes it truly a rich treasure the Philippines housed.

They were able to unearth unique and remarkable finds that shakes scientific discovery and human history.

It is a habitat for biodiversity conservation that includes flora and fauna, speleotherms, cave minerals, karst morphologies, and one of its greatest discovery is the 20-million-old Serenia fossil.

The Puerto Princesa Underground River was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on December 1999.

Puerto Princesa Subterranean Underground River National Park -a compact info

Puerto Princesa Subterranean Underground River National Park -a compact info

Puerto Princesa Subterranean Underground River National Park is located in the Saint Paul Mountain Range on the northern coast of the island. It is bordered by St. Paul Bay to the north and the Babuyan River to the east. It is about 50 kilometers north of the city of Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Transportation are readily available from the city to Sabang Port.

The entrance to the Subterranean River is about three hour hike from the town of Sabang depending on your pace. Since 1992 the Puerto Princesa National Park was supervised by the City Government of Puerto Princesa . The park is also known as St. Paul’s Subterranean River National Park, or St. Paul Underground River.

Tip: Beware of Monkey who snatches anything in plastic bags, it is better not to bring any food if you choose to do the monkey or jungle trail. Put on a lot of insect repellant! Warning the trail is very steep specially during wet season. So if you lack the stamina don’t even dare!

In Sabang you can secure a permit to enter the Underground River @ the yellow and blue building conveniently located besides the basketball court. Downside during peak season, you might be scheduled late in the afternoon or the following day. In which case you would have to stay overnight in Sabang. Because the last trip going back to the city is at 3:00 P.M.

Sometimes if there’s delay, LAST TRIP is at 4:00 P.M. depending if the jeep is full already. You could also tell the driver that you intend to come back with them.

And if worse comes to worst enjoy the beach, immerse yourself with the culture of the locals, sing in the videoke or avail of the mangroove paddleboat tour. They say it was a beautiful experience. I could not vouch it for myself though ‘cuz I wasn’t able to try it.

If you choose a boat ride from Sabang Port to the location of Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park ( maximum of 6 people per boat, P 700 divided by 6 is equals to P120.00/pax) 1 whole boat would cost you P 700 plus 3.00 each terminal fee. That’s a total of P 718 for a group of 6 people. Prepare coins.

RECOMMENDED!!!! I saw 2 americans who wanted to go back by boat but couldn’t because they took the 3 hour monkey/ jungle trail going to the Underground River. ( nagtitipid?? Maling pagtitipid ) Almost all the boats going back to Sabang Port are full.

Popularly known as the Palawan Underground River, this magnificent beauty found in Puerto Princesa, Palawan in the Philippines average around five hundred(500)tourists per day during peak season. With the more specific name of Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, it is one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. It was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site on December 4, 1999 similar to the Banaue Rice Terraces (in 1995).

The Palawan Underground River is a Subterranean Thrill with 8.2 kilometers of navigable river underneath a tunnel with stalactites and stalagmites. It is the world’s longest subterranean river located in Sitio Sabang. Bats and insects live inside the tunnel creating some unpleasant smell during the cruise.

A guide with a paddle-powered outrigger and a lamp takes you inside the Palawan Underground River. The local government collects a permit fee of P 150/person. To be paid in their new office in the city. The permit is inclusive of entrance fee and a 45 minute-boat ride inside the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, plus the use of lifevest and helmet. Usually, a group of 4-6 people ride the paddle-powered outriggers going inside the Palawan Underground River. Head lamps are very useful during the trip so you can see what’s inside.

Tip: Do not ride in front of the boat, the one in front will be the one holding the lamp for the entire duration of the underground cruise.

Palawan Underground River winds through a cave before flowing directly into the South China Sea located in the western part of the Philippines. Major formations of stalactites and stalagmites and large chambers are some of the beauty that the cave holds. The lower portion of this subterranean river has big tidal waves coming from the open ocean

The Park is open to the public the whole year round. However the best time to visit is from January to June when the weather is drier making it easier to get around.

Other activities which can be enjoyed in the National Park are jungle trekking, wildlife watching, mangrove paddleboat tour, and swimming/snorkeling in the white sand beaches. For more information, you can check Palawan Underground River’s official website at You can contact them at telephone number (+63)(48)434-2509 or email them at

Tip: Cave photography is not an easy task specially while in a boat. Your ideal set up would be a point and shot with a hot shoe, a flash, a wireless trigger to set off your flash off camera, a powerful lamp to help you to focus on your subject and a dry bag that could fit all you gears .

Unless it’s a photo trip, don’t bring slr because it’s bulky and focusing with your camera’s live view would not be easy, you have to do it manually with a powerful head lamp to help focus on your subject. Using your on board flash is also your best bet, but orbs from water particles due to humidity will be all over your photo specially when shooting at high iso. You can get rid of those orbs in photoshop but you will loss a lot of details and time doing it. Hope this helps. Happy shooting.

Puerto Prinsesa Underground River Park Entry Requirements

Puerto Prinsesa Underground River Park Entry Requirements:

1. VISITOR ENTRY- All persons are required to secure a Visitor Entry Permit (VEP) at the Underground River Information and Booking Office before entering the PPSRNP. Permit forms should be accomplished clearly in writing indicating the name of visitor, place of visit, purpose of visit, date of visit;

2. PERMITS – Management strictly enforces a “No Permit, No Entry” policy. Permits shall be issued only upon payment of the necessary entrance fees. Permits issued shall indicate the details of visitor entry.

3. GROUP TOURS – Groups of more than forty (40) people are required to secure bookings at least three (3) days before the planned visit or may be refused entry to the Park.

4. NON-TRANSFERABLE – Permits are non-transferable and may be only used by the person whose name appears on the permit.

5. CONFIRMATION – Visitors are required to confirm tour by registering at Sabang InformationOffice not less than thirty (30) minutes prior to the schedule of tour indicated on the permit. Failure to arrive on time may result in the cancellation of space reserved;

6. VISITOR ACCESS – Visitors shall have access only to areas and time indicated in the permit. Proper arrangements should be made with Management for visits to additional places not indicated in permit or for visits beyond regular office hours;

7. REFUNDS – Permits paid for but not used on date as indicated may be refunded or rebooked to another date only upon payment of a 10% surcharge;

8. SUBJECT TO SEARCH – The Park reserves the right to search the visitor and his luggage for any prohibited materials or items;

9. LIABILITY – The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park will not be liable for any loss or damage to property or personal belongings of visitors, nor to the injury or death due to accidents that may be fall to visitors during their stay in the Park;

10. RECOGNITION- Proper acknowledgement shall be accorded to the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park by any producer of film or video documentary conducted inside the Park.

Prohibited Acts

Pursuant to R.A. 7586, the following acts are considered a crime and punishable by law:

* Hunting , destroying, disturbing or more possession of any plant or animal products derived there from without permit, specifically authorizing such activity;

* Dumping or otherwise disposing of any waste detrimental to the protected area or to the plants and animals or inhabitants therein;

* Use of any motorized equipment without permit;

* Mutilating, defacing or destroying objects of natural beauty, or burial grounds, religious sites, artifacts or other objects belonging to the cultural communities;

* Damaging and leaving roads and trails in damaged condition;

* Squatting, mineral exploration, or otherwise illegally occupying the land;

* Constructing or maintaining any kind of structure, fence or enclosures and conducting business enterprise without a permit;

* Leaving in exposed or unsanitary condition, refuse or debris, or disposing wastes in bodies of water;

* Altering, removing destroying or defacing boundary marks or signs.



A DIY Guide From Puerto Princesa City to the Underground River. It is accessible by land via a 75 km road. It takes around one and a half hours of travel over mostly paved road from Puerto Princesa City to Sabang.

It is served by public utility jeepneys and air-conditioned shuttle vans.

At the New San Jose Terminal, take the jeepney for only P 125 per way.

or take the bus which would cost you P125 per person per way.



7:00 AM – D’ Christ Jeepney is the First trip

9:00 AM – D’Christ BUS

12:00 NOON- 3rd trip

3:00 P.M.- Last trip


7:00 AM

9:00 AM

12:00 Noon

3:00 P.M.

You could also take the shuttle service being offered by the PPSRNP office at P140 per person per way but you need to have this booked as soon as you get your permit as the seats are on a first book first seat basis.

At New San Jose Lexus shuttle Terminal going to Sabang trip will take 1 1/2 hour via the shuttle van that they offer at P 140/ per person per way.

The available trip schedules are :



Once you reached Sabang, you need to book your return schedule as well.

The trips going back to San Jose from Sabang are scheduled at



Or you can rent a van for P 3,500 (back and forth from the city to Sabang) trip is about 1 ½ hour as well.

These days, you can’t just go to underground river without getting your permit in the city because they now impose time.

Many who went to Sabang in Barangay Cabayugan were not able to enter the subterranean river because they can’t readily get permits.

Please take note that you need to follow their scheduled trips.



Step 1- Fill up a form at the PPSRNP Information and Booking OfficeNo. 350 Rizal Avenue, Bgy. Bancao-bancao Puerto Princesa City, 5300,Philippines. PPSRNP office is open from 8AM – 5PM with 12-1PM as the lunch break.

Step 2- Present the form to the City Hall’s cashier. 

Step 3- Pay for the cave’s entrance fee of P150. Permit is inclusive of a 45 minute-boat ride inside the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, plus the use of lifevest and helmet 
Step 4-Go back to the PPSRNP office to get your permit.


The city hall is located far from the PUERTO PRINSESA UNDERGROUNDRIVER office so be ready to travel back and forth from the PPSRNP office to the city hall just to pay.

A tricycle ride going from the office to the City and vice versa usually costs P8 per person per way. You could also take the MULTICAB.





Park Rates and Other Fees:

General Entrance Fee
P 75.00 and P 50.00

Cave Entrance Fee*

21 – 59 yr. Old (P 200.00)

18 – 20 yr. Old (P 100.00)

13 – 17 yr. Old ( P 75.00)

6 – 12 yr. Old (P 50.00)

Commercial Video Fee (P 3,000.00)

*Filipino Senior Citizens 60 yr. old and above, Children 5 years old and below, and the handicapped are exempted from paying entrance for the Underground River Tour.

Management strictly enforces a “No permit, No entrance policy”. 

Visitor Entry Permits can be obtained at the Underground River Booking Office located at 

PPSRNP Information and Booking Office
No. 350 Rizal Avenue, Bgy. Bancao-bancao Puerto Princesa City, 5300,Philippines.

Office hours: 8AM – 5PM with 12-1PM as the lunch break.

Other Fees

Van Rental from the City Proper
P 3,500.00 – two way (average van rental price)

Boat to Underground River Beach
P700.00 for 6 persons – two way (round trip in Pinoy lingo)





AMANPULO PALAWAN PHILIPPINES- So near and yet so far! Ordinary mortals like you and me could only dream staying in this place which they described as 

A private island, where sea and sky meet as one, where velvet white sand is caressed by the lap of crystal water, where palms bow to vermillion bougainvillea in tropically kissed vegetation, where nature’s hand streaks the sun’s iridescences on its unbridled canvas, where night skies are admired beside the crackle of a ‘tepee’ beach fire, where sleep is submerged in pristine white, where luxury is defined by its earth-given beauty, where peace embraces its island host. This place is Amanpulo, in thePhilippines, a realisation of a dream.

My Lucky friend L is a living testimony that nothing is really impossible in this world! Here is some of her snapshots in AMANPULO…
Amanpulo rests on the Pamalican Island, about 360 kilometers southwest of Manila. Seven square kilometers of reef surround the island.
She took this photo on board a chartered plane that took them to AMANPULO PALAWAN from MANILA.  Guests fly directly to Pamalican Island in a 19-seat, twin engine turboprop, landing at the resort’s private airstrip. Flight time is one hour.
Dry Season usually runs from November to May and the wet season with scattered rain showers from June until October.
Laze around in style
Vermillion bougainvillea
Casitas room
Beach CASITAS one of the 29 Seafront Accomodation
You have a view of the ocean when you eat here.

 Special credits to L Thanks for the wonderful pictures and story! If not for your photos and first hand experience I would not be able to come up with this article my dear friend L.

Palawan Pension House

Cheap Pension House in Palawan near the airport.

Whenever I travel, I personally prefer staying in a hostel, inn or pension house rather than staying in a hotel, ‘coz I am practically out the whole day exploring places, and all I need is a decent bed and place where I can sleep at night and take a bath in the morning. 

Much that I wanted to stay in an expensive hotel my budget won’t be enough to pay for a P10,000/ a night accommodation.

So if you are a practical person like me then read on…

I am practical not a cheapskate I don’t compromise my safety and health over a few hundred pesos, I still prefer a bed without bed bugs, so please be very careful in choosing a place to stay, you won’t want your vacation be ruined by bed bugs or your safety compromised.

Here are a list of some Pension House in Palawan:

Badjao Inn
350 Rizal Avenue, Puerto Princesa City. Telephone: 6348.4332761 Website: Email:
Price Range: Php350 – 950

De Loro Inn
PEO Rd. Bancao-Bancao, Puerto Princesa City. Telephone: 6348.4348408
Price Range: Php780 – 1500

D Lucky Garden Inn
Rizal Avenue, PEO Road, Puerto Princesa City. Telephone: 6348.4337869/4336576 Email:
Price Range: Php690 – 1090

One Rover’s Place
355 Rizal Avenue, Puerto Princesa City. Telephone 6348.4341338 / 4332245 Email:
Price Range: PhP 950 – 2000

Pagdayon Traveler’s Inn
Rizal Avenue, Puerto Princesa City.
Telephone: 6348.4349102
Price Range: Php600 – 700