Published: April 2011. For a more updated guide, visit: Puerto Princesa Travel Guide.

Puerto Princesa City may look vibrant today but like many cities in the Philippines, it also has a dark history. This is most evident in a small park in Barangay Liwanag called Plaza Cuartel.

Plaza Cuartel looks like your ordinary city park with concrete pavements, towering trees and benches. The ruins of an old garrison and tunnels are proof of its grim past. Plaza Cuartel is the site of Palawan Massacre. The tunnels were where 150 American prisoners of war were kept during World War II.  But on December 14, 1944, the Japanese decided to kill them all by burning them alive. Many perished but eleven prisoners were able to survive and escape the mass execution.

Adjacent to Plaza Cuartel stands the Immaculate Conception Cathedral. During the Spanish era, it was just a small church. But in 1961, it was reconstructed and was made a Cathedral.

My friends prayed for a moment and then we decided to go back to Casa Linda to have lunch and pack up because our flight was at 2pm that day.

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Sydney Roque

this is a good place but unfortunately they closed na the tunnels and you wont see much in this place but this monument

Gene Ortiz

This place is grim but worth visiting.

David Passaro

Marines for ever, no man left behind, there never be forgotten, god bless the American marines…USA action 4:20

Metchilyn A Lantaca

wow nice… I wish i could go there…

Bodette Thelmo

Evilness in the face war!!!

Jay

his places hehehe;0)

Jay

I mis this Places ;0)

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