Dos Palmas: Prelude.


Note: I took a short course in travel writing recently and this was one of my assignments.  Hence, the unusual text-heavy blog post :)

My original plan was to go to Puerto Princesa to see the Underground River, which was then recently hailed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. But weeks before the trip, things became a little hectic for me and what originally was a wish for an adventure-seeking journey suddenly turned into a desire for an R&R vacation.

All I wanted to do was to lie down on the beach, drink a margarita, and read a book. So I scrapped the Underground River excursion and booked ourselves in an upscale resort located on an island that was accessible from Puerto Princesa. When I mentioned the name of the resort, T got worried. 

Isn’t that where the kidnappings took place?”, he asked. 

In 2001, twenty people were abducted from the resort by terrorists who call themselves the “Abu Sayyaf”. Among those kidnapped were Martin and Gracia Burnham, missionaries from the United States who were there to celebrate their 18th wedding anniversary. 

Not a pretty picture but I thought lightning rarely strikes the same place twice. Besides, the kidnappings happened more than a decade ago and the perpetrators have been caught and imprisoned since. 

But isn’t that where Rico Yan died?”, T asked, still not convinced. 

The year after the Abu Sayyaf kidnappings, famous Filipino matinee idol Rico Yan died in the resort for reasons unknown to all. The doctors say the actor had a cardiac arrest due to acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis, or in layman’s terms, he died in his sleep while having a nightmare. But until now, no one really knows for certain what happened.

But despite these two unfortunate incidents, T and I still pushed through with the trip.   And we were so glad that we did. 




As soon as we got sight of the island, all of our worries have vanished completely. Blue skies over crystal green water? It seemed like a place where nothing could go wrong. It was paradise. 


 continue to part 1...


Dos Palmas
Travel Date: 2-4 November 2012

Part 4 - Snorkeling at Helen's Garden


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2 comments

  1. Nakakabitin! Sana part 2 agad hehehe

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  2. The water is soo clear.. prang ang sarap magbabad sa ganyang water..

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