Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Weekend in Palawan


Thick virgin forests on the mountain ranges are typical views in Palawan. This can be seen while still on the plane and while boarding off at the Puerto Princesa City airport. Above is a very pleasant sight for Metro Manila dwellers, away from the madding crowd!

 Some hillsides are already used for agricultural purposes, either for livestock or crop production. Views of the horizon are still beautiful with the layers and degrees of blue of the mountain ranges. When there are some patches of brown, denoting some quarrying or construction, it always feel like an eyesore inside the verdant greens.

This is the driveway to the Mitra Ranch, the provincial home of the late Senator Ramon Mitra, now tended by his sons. The ancestral home is located on the promontory overlooking the hills and the plains below.

This is the main building at Baker's Hill, where restaurants and bakery stores are available. The area is well landscaped and a new product line addition are the ornamental plants for sale. Many families and groups come here to eat and rest on the grounds. The garlic vine near the gate is blooming profusely, while the dome of bromeliad makes a beautiful front accent. A hut inside the compound is attractive also with full bromeliads as its roof, and dischidias hanging on the eaves. 

 This is an old Adenium obesum or dessert rose plant when started from seeds. They are prized for the unusual forms of the caudex or base of the plant. Below are rows of newly trimmed adeniums.


This trellis covers the walkway to the ancestral home of the Mitra clan. It is grown with a few varieties of Thunbergia gigantea. One is violet flowered and one is white, one is green leaves and the other is variegated leaves as shown in the photo below.  I wonder if these leaves just mutated already here or are already variegated when planted.


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27 comments:

  1. It all looks so lovely and lush.

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  2. What a great place to visit. Very interesting plants and the Baker's Hill home is beautiful.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  3. What a beautiful place to visit. Everything looks very well cared for! Wonderful photos, thanks for sharing your visit.

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  4. What a lovely place. That first picture is absolutely beautiful and I love the shot of the road as well.

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  5. I envy your stay in Palawan, such a gorgeous place!

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  6. So beautiful and peaceful! What a wonderful place to stay.

    FlowerLady

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  7. What a beautiful place! Colorful and great photos!

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  8. Great tour!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  9. Wonderful shots of the landscapes and plants. I love the first shot with the mountain range and airplane.

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  10. looks beautiful, specially the first view of the mountains

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  11. so green, so soothing.

    this is my #1 must see destination in PI when i get to save $$$$$$.

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  12. It looks lovely! My son lived in Manila for 18 months, I wondered if he visited here.

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  13. Lovely photos. Those are amazing plants in the pots!!

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  14. Wonderful shots. Especially love the top one.

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  15. What a beautiful place. Your photos are marvelous. I'm really intrigued by the adeniums, but all the plants are gorgeous.

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  16. Hi Andrea. I always enjoy seeing what is going on with my blogging friends in other parts of the world. That is truly quite some trellis at the ancestral home of the Mitra clan

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  17. I've been thinking about visiting the PI and Palawan with all it's gorgeous islands, hopefully some day.....

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    1. Hi Noel, you should be visiting us soonest. I suggest you visit El Nido instead of just Puerto Princesa City only. You will not regret it and you can expand your collection of island experiences.

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  18. Love seeing the propellers of the plane actually work! The roots of these plants/trees are amazing!

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  19. Hi Andrea, Looks like you had a great time in Palawan. I love the entrance to the Mitra Ranch. The main building at Baker's Hill is GORGEOUS.... And those Veriegated leaves are beautiful... Thanks for sharing all of this beauty.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  20. What a lovely post Andrea. You have an enjoyable way of writing. Thank you for linking into Nature Notes ... Michelle

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  21. I love that trellis! Rustic and very substantial, it makes a statement! Thank you Andrea!

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  22. What a lovely place to visit...I really love the row of Adenium obesum.

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  23. I haven't heard of the word caudex before and I didn't know they could look so unusual. Each plant has its own personality.

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  24. I love the view of the mountains from across the runway, it is beautiful. Every thing is so green and lush. I really like the way plants are used to give a roof to the trellis and even the hut.

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