Palawan’s Underground River – Key to Booming Tourism

By , on January 4, 2015

Puerto Princesa Underground River (Wikipedia photo)
Puerto Princesa Underground River (Wikipedia photo)

MANILA – Palawan continues to be a favorite tourist destination among locals and foreigners alike. With its lush greens and clean bodies of water, many flock the province, especially the city of Puerto Princesa where one of the new Seven Wonders of Nature can be found – the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park or the Underground River.

Because of the location’s fame, local establishments in the province are also benefiting. One of which is the Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa located 15 minutes away from the Underground River.

According to resort resident manager Michael S. Villegas, business has been good ever since the Underground River gained recognition.

“And so we want to give back to the community. This is the first time that we have exercised our corporate social responsibility,” said Villegas.

One of the hotel’s projects is called Star of Hope. This is a special fund driver that aims to benefit the following organizations: The Community Park Warden of the Jungle Trail and the Bird Guide Association of the National Park. The said project targets the members of the Tagbanua tribe.

The hotel offers a romantic, candle-lit dinner for two, room accommodations and spa treatments for the guests to choose from. There are optional add-ons and even souvenir items that can be bought including wine, pastries, and others. Every purchase allows the hotel to donate part of the proceeds to the beneficiaries.

Villegas shared that the company is always on the lookout for ways on how they can give back to the community. Through Star of Hope, they are able to provide assistance to their chosen beneficiaries.

Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa offers reasonably-priced accommodations. Other facilities include convention center, ballrooms, business center, meeting room, organic farm, and the Jungle Trail.

The Jungle Trail is a special project spearheaded by Elizabeth Maclang. This provides employment opportunities for the Tagbanua people. They serve as the tourist guide for the guests.

If you want to spend your vacation in a unique but fun way, opt to visit the resort and help the people of Tagbanua earn a living.