Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm, Puerto Princesa
(2.9/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web)
For an eye-opening experience, head to Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm. The prison was originally built in 1904 during the American occupation to home prisoners who were fighting against American colonization. Interestingly, in 1959 the government decided to distribute colonial land for cultivation to deserving colonists. Prisoners were divided into settlers and colonists, and those settlers who were approved were granted land to cultivate and develop. Today, the prisoners live in dormitories and work on various agricultural projects within the prison farm (except for high security prisoners). Visit the souvenir shop, where you’ll find various products on sale, all made from recycled materials and by the prisoners themselves. Money raised through the sale of souvenirs goes to supporting the prisoners' families. Use our Puerto Princesa travel itinerary maker to visit Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm on your trip to Puerto Princesa, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • We rented an automatic scooter from puerto (400p) and went there on our own. About a 40 minute drive. At Iwahig we spoke to several people with long to live sentences for murder and other heavy crimes...  more »
  • Today the Iwahig Prison visited. Very impressive. When you arrive, the fence all open for you and you can continue inside. Apart ... You come first the minimum compound against and if you proceed further you arrive at the recreation hall. Enter here the medium compound prisoners a rehearsed dance routine on and they ask you to buy souvenirs. If you have the time for she takes than they tell you their stories. We have spent such a 1.5 hour. Chat, play cards play. All very unrealistic if you think that these guys almost all stuck for murder. If you have a special experience for your stay on Palawan then you should definitely go here. Remember for some to take them, such as toothbrush, cake, sweets etc. They are very happy with it.
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  • This was a awesome place to visit. The inmates put on a matinee performance for us & they had handmade wares for sale of good quality & they offered shoulder & hand massages. I didn't know what to exp...  more »