Had a quick getaway and break from all of Manila's busyness, and all the grim and unwanted, like traffic, pollution and stress. We hopped on a Zest Air flight (which was already booked long ago) to Puerto Princesa City in Palawan. Our destination: San Vicente Palawan, in time for the the municipality's festivities, called the Malagnang Festival or Mud Festival. My friend, Aliah, her husband Jordan, and I, did not have a planned itinerary so we decided to wing it when we got there. Besides, commuting is not as bad, if you are friendly and you know how to ask for directions.
It wasn't my first time in Palawan, but it certainly was our first time in San Vicente, so we did not have any clue on how to get there. We just knew that we had to take a bus or a shuttle which will bring us there. Luckily, Carmela Pie Alvarez, the mayor of San Vicente, just flew in the city a few minutes after we did, and so she brought us with her aboard a chopper (which took around 30-45 minutes) to San Vicente (compared to the 3 to 4 hour rough road ride which we took going back).
She hosted us in their resort, Capari, which had its own cove. It is where the Survivor Philippines, or part of it, was shot. In fact, the tribal council scene was filmed there, and the structures still exist up to date. The place is simple, which has its own charm. But what I rave most, besides the waters, is the food. Almost anything you order from the menu, I guarantee that you'll be having a great meal. Props to the chef, which hails from Palawan. Here are some of the food we ate:
We had a great time in San Vicente. Definitely, we would come back to one of the Philippines' paradise. :) Photo below (Jordan, Aliah, Sharon - Resort Manager, and I) and photo of myself in Long Beach, a 14 km stretch of white sand beach.
Special thanks to San Vicente Mayor Carmela Alvarez, Capari Resort, and the wonderful people of San Vicente Palawan. :) We'll be back! :)