Sep 24, 2011

Puerto Princesa City: Plaza Cuartel and the Cathedral

A few minutes’ walk from the Puerto Princesa Baywalk is the Plaza Cuartel, a restored ruin of an old Japanese garrison, wherein the evening of December 14, 1944, Japanese soldiers burned around 150 American prisoners of war in a tunnel found beneath the park's portal which now stands as a grim reminder of World War II carnage.
As of now, strolling and enjoying the scenery of the plaza is free, an eye catching sculpture of the agony place there. It was renovated and became a leisure park in year 1997.

The City Cathedral
Catholicism is one of the influences of the Spaniards this is why are a lot of old churches in the Philippines. Located along Rizal Avenue in Brgy Liwanag across Plaza Cuartel is the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, just one of the tourist attractions in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

“This Church was built in 1871, it was named as such because Immaculate Conception became the patroness of Palawan. The very first mass in that cathedral was held in 1872 and the feast day of Immaculate Conception is being celebrated there every December 8th.It was in 1961 when it was developed into a cathedral. In 1872, the Spanish government proclaimed the Lady Immaculate Conception of Mary as the patroness of Puerto Princesa, Palawan. (In fact, the Immaculate Conception is officially the patron saint of the Philippines.)”

Note: This is just part of the City Tour.

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