Puerto Princesa City

For the uninitiated, Puerto Princesa City is the capital of Palawan located on its western side. As of 2015, its population has grown to 255, 116 people, and still growing because its rate of migration is probably one of the fastest in the Philippines at present.

Who wouldn’t like to live in this place, anyway?


The PUERTO PRINCESA UNDERGROUND RIVER is one the most popular sites in the city with around 900 visitors each day.


According to folklore, the name Puerto Princesa is owed to “to a princess-like maiden who, in the early days, was said to have roamed around the port on certain nights of the year.”

On the other hand, some people attribute the name to the geographical advantages of the place as a seaport – naturally protected the whole year round and endowed with a depth that can accommodate any size of shipping – a royal haven for vessels or a virtual princess of ports as thus indicated by Spanish colonizers on the country’s map.

Historically, however,old residents claimed that the place was actually “named after Princess Asuncion,” who was born to Queen Isabella II and her husband Francisco de Cadiz in 1864. The princess suffered an “untimely death,” and to always remember her, the queen named the city to Puerto de la Princesa.

In the years that followed, its name was shortened to Puerto Princesa, and it was to have 66 barangays or districts. Around 35 of this number are considered urban barangays, and the rest rural areas.