Sometime in late October 2008, over 10 years after my first visit, an opportunity came for me to go to Palawan again. Because of my good memories, I did not hesitate to pack my bags to fly once again to this huge but richly blessed province.

The first time I visited Puerto Princesa, the capital city of Palawan, long ago in the mid-90’s, I described my visit as “made in heaven.” This, despite the fact that our trip to the town of Sabang, the jump off point to then already famous Undeground River, located about 80 kilometers north of the city center, took us at least 2 hours of travel over rocky, unpaved and dusty road. This also, despite that when we got to the Underground River, armed with a local permit, there was a long line of at least 100 people waiting to get inside.