Plaza Cuartel

Attraction Taft St Puerto Princesa Palawan Philippines Published on: 13-11-2015

2 hours
08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
09:00 AM
11:00 AM
Second-time visit
Attraction
Family
Historic
Landmark
Nature
Outdoor
Kids
Free
0.00 USD

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Plaza Cuartel is a historic site in Puerto Princesa that people learn about history of Pilipino. It's easy to locate by going to the opposite side of Immaculate Conception Cathedral.

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Why Plaza Cuartel is special ?

Plaza Cuartel is a historic site in Puerto Princesa City near the wharf of Puerto Princesa so one can get a good view of the blue ocean. At present, it is now a part of the town plaza complex. Built sometime in the 1940s, Plaza Cuartel once served as a stronghold of American and Filipino soldiers until they were overrun by Japanese invaders. The stronghold, once a haven of our brave warriors, became a prison.


This tragic event happened when the World War II was about to end. The Plaza Cuartel was a garrison of Spaniards, overtook by Americans and then by Japanese. When the Japanese soldiers realized that they were losing the war, put all its prisoners in the dungeon, poured out drums of petroleum over them and lit them up alive. The eleven survivors who escaped narrated the story.


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What to explore at Plaza Cuartel?

The plaza has a bronze marker that contains the name of eleven prisoners of war (POW) who managed to survive the horrible massacre that happened in this place. The bronze marker is placed above the area where main underground bunkers existed. These bunkers became the cage for the unfortunate prisoners. You will discover and learn about history of Pilipino in World War 2. Seeing the monument with the names of the soldiers who were burned to death and the prison where hold American soldiers. Moreover, you can visit a small and beautiful garden here.

This is a good spot to take a rest and just enjoy the beauty of nature by looking out to the clear blue sea of Palawan. Aside from getting close to nature, the place also has a lot of tales to tell. Plaza Cuartel has a colorful history because of the events that happened here during the World War II.

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How to get to Plaza Cuartel?

Take a tricycle at the city proper and tell the driver to take you to any of these places. The fare is usually P8 from the city, a little bit more if you’re farther from the city center.

Selling points

  • A small park with a lot of interesting history
  • Amazing Plaza
  • A nice park and relaxing view
  • Learning about history in a beautiful, serene place..”
A nice 4 day trip to Puerto Princesa

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Duration
4.0 days
Estimated
114.98 USD
Total travel distance
km
Number of places
13 places

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Taft St Puerto Princesa Palawan Philippines

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Tips for you

  • Learn about World War 2 of Pilipino
    Hictoric
  • The best vehicle to come here is tricycle
    Transportation
  • Take beautiful pictures about monument of soldier, small and nice garden.
    Photography
  • Avoiding visiting n the rainy day because you cannot take photos and go to visit.
    Weather
  • The prison and other are degraded.
    Environment
  • Ask your tour guide to understand more about the writings in the shrine/monument and everywhere you want to know.
    Other
  • Moving carefully when visiting inside the prison because many barbed Wires
    Safety
  • Do not worry about fees because everything is free
    Ticket and Pricing

Reviews

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The stories are worth noting as these gives the visitor a more appreciation of the place. But all in all, it is just a park. The experience would have been more complete if they have explored the tunnel underneath, verify the safety, cleaned it and made it accessible to the public. I think it would have been more dandy..

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Very cool place to relax and sleep.The importance of the place will not be admired by tourist without knowing the history and and it's symbolism.

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Takes you back in time. Sad memories from our past. Educational yet depressing to visit knowing that men were killed in this place.

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The stories are worth noting as these gives the visitor a more appreciation of the place. But all in all, it is just a park. The experience would have been more complete if they have explored the tunnel underneath, verify the safety, cleaned it and made it accessible to the public. I think it would have been more dandy..

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