Taking Back Your Own Environment
Taking Back Your Own Environment
   The Puerto Princesa Model
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Responsible Environment Puerto Princesa
Responsible Environment
Puerto Princesa

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CORON - SEA KAYAKING THE PHILIPPINES LAST FRONTIER
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Mindanao
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PALAWAN EXPLORATION 1995
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PUERTO PRINCESSA - FEB 2006 - Love affair with nature

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Pista Y Ang Kageban (Festival of the Forest) Photo GalleryPhoto Gallery >>
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Puerto Princesa Restaurants
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PUERTO PRINCESSA - JUNE 2006 - Festival of the forest

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Princesa City Dancers
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Pista Dawn Patrol - Planting
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Onstage inc dancers
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Indigenous people
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Pista Stars
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Wrap-up
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Philippine Crocodile (Crocodylus mindorensis)
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Palawan Peacock (Polyplectron emphanum or napoleonis)
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Ernie Takes Us Around Princesa
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Handicrafts
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Where is the Mayor
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PUERTO PRINCESSA - JUNE 2007 - Festival of the forest

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Pista
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Mayor Hagedorn Wins Again
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Dos Palmas & Honda Bay
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Ernie's Overnight trip / Underground River
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Ernie's Overnight trip / Freshwater River
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Ka Lui Restaurant
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MESSAGE From the Focal Mayor


The first thing that strikes everybody about Puerto Princessa is the cleanliness. Streets are clean, yards are clean, everywhere is clean. It's eerie - something is wrong here. An hour ago I was in Manila. Now I'm antiseptic - and still in Asia.

My first visit was in 1995 on the invitation of a rare Asian animal - another environmentalist. I am a skeptical journalist, a political animal who's seen all sorts of politicians, yet I found Mayor Ed Hagedorn to be an authentic charismatic - primarily because he's such a Down To Earth character. He walks with a swagger and a twinkle in the eye, always with a slight smile that says everything OK and under control - and isn't this "feeling" a fun experience. Despite a non-stop chain of VIPs, at official functions Hagedorn finds a way to leave a Senator or Government Minister in good hands so the Mayor can mingle with his people.

Mayor Ed had a right to be happy. He was, and is, leader of Utopia. There must blemishes in Princessa, but over the past eleven years, my skeptical and curious eye hasn't found them. I gave it ten years to follow Puerto Princessa before I endorsed the place - it just had to be too good to be true, and Asia is always full of surprises.

There were some setbacks, but the legend of Puerto Princessa grew with each new environmental achievement. Now I've put together this website - pro bono - to spread the word that "Pepperland", the mythical Utopia of the Beatles Movie Yellow Submarine, does exist, and you find it in the Philippines.

Asia and our entire Planet need more Princessa's - and fast. Hopefully, my small effort encourages journalists, academics, planners, environmentalists, government officials, and families to visit, observe, enjoy and communicate this remarkable civic phenomenon, then plant similar seeds back home.

Bring your children so they see with their own eyes that it is possible to recover and preserve the environment, and it is their duty to continue the cause. Our kids will inherit tough environmental challenges requiring creative solutions, and the foundations of those solutions already exist in Puerto Princessa.

When folks do think of Puerto Princessa, the legendary Mayor Ed Hagedorn is their first thought.

However, the humble mayor is first to admit the Princessa success story is a grassroots effort inspired by several truly creative people including Jane Timbancaya-Urbanek, author of "Pista Y Ang Kageban, the Festival of the Forest, an inspiring Children's' book for kids up to 100 years.


Jane Timbancaya-Urbanek

I'm proud to say this is the one and only on-line version, and my first attempt at an online large format picture book. Jane Timbancaya- Urbanek

The tree planting is held the last Saturday of every June, so come then and plant some trees - and bring your kids. If you want to contact Jane Timbancaya-Urbanek, her email is jurbanek9@yahoo.com Support her inspirations by buying some books for your kids.

"Pepperland", a generic opener, chronicles my two week inspection in February, 2006. It started and ended with major festivals, and plenty of functions in between. If you are into civic planning or environmental activism you will find this show intriguing.

Then I tease you with shorter shows on funky restaurants, pension-style lodging, sea kayaking, handicrafts and the Palawan Wildlife Center. There's a list of direct emails for hotels, pensions, Princessa Tourism Office, travel agents and those crazy sea kayakers. Use them to organize your own visit.

Transiting Manila might put some folks off, so I selected Malate' as the best neighborhood for an overnight Princessa transit and spent a day inspecting lodging in that district to provide you with a variety of fair deals. Go to their websites for the sales pitch, or use their direct emails

Makati also works but you have to fight the traffic each way and it doesn't have the variety and style of Malate'. The Mayor's office is also in Malate'.

That's it. Academics can research, planners can plan, writers can write, and families can enjoy one of the most bountiful environments still around. Princessa is a living laboratory, a roadmap for future generations. One municipality won't save the Planet, but creating many more is a good start.

Enjoy.



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