Puerto Princesa, Palawan: Sabang Beach– a walk to remember

Sabang beach is a nice place to spend time while waiting for your underground river tour.  It is really a wonderful and picturesque place; with fine sand beach and crystal clear waters.

sabang beach puerto princesa, such a wonderful place!

While waiting for your schedule for your underground river tour, you can stroll down the fine sand beach of Sabang. You can also opt to have the mangrove river tour while waiting for your UR tour. Sabang Beach is near the port where you will ride the boat going to the underground river.

Sabang Beach Puerto Princesa view.

The amazing wind that blew in my hair is really a feeling that I will never forget, the sea breeze is really refreshing and relaxingwhich I needed  the most after 3 painstaking months of hard work in Law school! It’s really a blessing to be able to savor the beauty of nature after everything I went through. And also the blue colored water greeted by green grass and tall coconut trees are really a view to be cherished--something you will never see if you live in a landlocked state or in a vibrant city anywhere in the world.

A picturesque view! 🙂

The beach is a long one. It will be tiring just to walk from end-to-end, so I decided to pick my spot, sit on the sand and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Take note that I don’t like the sun that much– being an Asian like me, I prefer being fairer than tanned, and in the Philippines being fair means being beautiful– even though this is the case, I still went forward to the beach where waves gently crashes the sand– this sight is really beautiful, the sound of the waves are really relaxing– as if I’m in a yoga class!

waves gently greets the sand 🙂
waves greets the sand– I don’t know why in this picture the sand looks black but in actual it is flesh 🙂

It was scorching hot when we get there so the weather is very nice to take photos of the place. The water is as blue as the sky above it. It is really a wonderful view, a place to inhale fresh air and feel relaxed.

The blue skies and the greeneries

You can also lounge in the recliners near the sea, just order some refreshing shake in Sheridan Beach Resort 🙂

Furthermore, I really LOVE the sand, it is so cuddly fine. I love walking bare foot since you are like walking in powder, it is really fine, as fine as the one in Boracay although not as white.

seaweed in the fine sand

There are also some resorts or restaurant establishment near the beach (it is usually beachfront) but it does not cover the picturesque view, the place is still picture perfect.

One of the best hotel resorts in Sabang is the Sheridan beach resort, the place is also beautiful with mountains as its backdrop.

the Sheridan Beach Resort in Puerto Princesa near Underground River
other view of the Sheridan Beach Resort in Sabang, Puerto Princesa

I ordered Melon Milkshake in Sheridan Beach Resort in Sabang Beach and lounged on one of their cozy chairs. The place is really beautiful.

The milk shake ordered in Puerto Princesa’s Sheridan beach resort

You can also eat your lunch in Sabang beach after or before touring the Underground River. There are various restaurants in the area that offers affordable and delicious food

eating area (tables and chairs) of various food establishment in Sabang Beach

We ate a Penao like an Inasal/chicken barbecue near the beach. It only cost P89.00/ 2 USD with unlimited rice. You can also try their buffet for only P200.00 or $5USD. The taste of the food is good and the price is also perfect.

Penao Restaurant in sabang beach puerto princesa
P200 buffet in Sabang Beach Puerto Princesa
Panao/ Inasal/ Chicken Barbecue for only P89.00 or 2USD

So basically going to the Underground River is not a waste of time, amazing scenery awaits you even before you enter one of the new 7 wonders of nature

How to get here:

1. You can ride a van (Lexus) to go to Underground River for only P200.00 per person (one way)

2. You can rent a van for P3500 good for 7-14 persons (roundtrip)

3. You can also rent a tricycle good for 2-4 persons


You can also opt to stay in Sabang beach for the night but I do not advice it since there is an undercurrent during the night. And undercurrents are dangerous even if you are an experienced swimmer.

Warning sign that says that there is strong undercurrent after 6:30pm


Puerto Princesa, Palawan: Mitra Ranch–Simply Breathtaking!

The Sta. Monica Ranch or most commonly known as Mitra Ranch is located uphill of Sta. Monica, Puerto Princesa, it is basically a ranch with cows and horses, with vast land and a beautiful view deck. This is owned by the Philippine Senator Ramon Mitra.

The sign that says Sta. Monica Ranch
A place with cows and beautiful scenery

You might think that there’s nothing going on in this place, but I should tell you now, that the place has indeed a good location where you can ponder and wonder about your personal life or even allow yourself to be “emo” emotional.

A scenic view… this looks like as if it is painted. mountains, trees, grass = wonderful place.

What makes this place different is its location. The location gives you a beautiful view of the sea, the mountains and the city. Sta. Monica offers the most breathtaking view of Palawan. It is a  hundred feet above the rest of the city, giving you the nicest view of Puerto Princesa.

Traversing this uphill road towards the top— it is just a few distance away to a more scenic view 🙂

The place made me relax, inhale the fresh air, enjoy the very moment where I see green landscape amid blue background.The place is really beautiful because of the view, it is just breathtaking.

Breathtaking scenery!
another beautiful view, you can see here the zipline facility

Inside the Ranch, you can either 1.) savor the panoramic view 2.) zipline 3.) picture taking with the horses. I just did #1 since I was easily captivated by the beautiful and serene landscape.

some of the horses in Mitra ranch

What is also appealing in this place is that there is no entrance fee so people can come and go as they like, although you cannot enter the view deck or the house as I call it but you can explore the grounds.

beautiful view deck
tables in the view deck of Mitra Ranch

How to get here:

1. I suggest you hire a van/trike/multicab in going here, especially if you are in a group, since you might want to tour this together with the Crocodile Farm and Baker’s Hill

2. If commuting, ride an “Irawan” jeep from Rizal St. and tell the driver to drop you off the intersection going to Baker’s Mill / Mitra’s Ranch (P7.50 fare). From the intersection, ride a tricycle going to Mitra’s Rangce (P15 fare)  (From Puerto Princesa Tourism Office)


Puerto Princesa, Palawan: Crocodile Farm

Puerto Princesa houses the infamous Underground River which is listed not only as a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE but also a member of the NEW 7 WONDERS OF NATURE. However, we should not forget that Puerto Princesa is a big city, and as such it houses a lot of tourist attractions aside from the UR…. and one of them is the Crocodile Farm.

During my 1st day in Palawan, me, my mom and her friends, went directly to Puerto Princesa’s Crocodile Farm where a lot of crocodiles, deemed to be endangered, were kept and fed until they are able to sustain themselves.

The croc in crocodile farm. If only crocodiles are this friendly 🙂

We rented a multicab, since the van that my mom’s friend contacted was brought to the repair shop. The multicab rental is for P1400.00 or $32 USD. we are 14 persons all in all carried by the little multicab– believe me, it wasn’t a nice experience!! 

The way to the crocodile farm is a smooth to bumpy ride. There are roads that are still under construction, so having a multicab or tricycle to get you there is totally not a good idea. Due to the dusty road and of course the summer heat that you’ll be suffering. But, for a budget traveler, these kinds of problems are not considered as problems at all. In Filipino, Tiis tiis lang… We budget travelers can do this, however for some, these situations are far from perfect, so hiring an airconditioned van will be better.

the roads going to the crocodile farm are still under construction.. so COVER YOUR NOSE! 🙂

The farm is not only a crocodile haven where you can see crocodiles and crocodiles alone…. Actually, it is also a nature park where you can see other endangered species that are currently enclosed in a cage but will be released as soon as they are capable of surviving in the wild.

the signage upon entering the crocodile farm
Nature Park within the Crocodile farm grounds

Upon paying P40.00 per person for the entrance fee, the first thing you will see is a crocodile skin which somehow tells you that “I can be your purse, wallet or even your shoes!” oooppss.. environmentalist/ or PETA members might kill me if they read this.. harhar! The tour guide in the crocodile farm was the one to suggest that usually the skin of this crocodiles are used for purses, shoes and other luxury items since they are very durable. But since, crocodiles are “doomed” to extinct if not taken care of, these kind of practices are being banned by laws and environmental organizations. So good bye croc leather bags! 🙂

Crocodile skin

You can also see a collection of bones of a sperm whale here, the guide said that once upon a time a sperm whale visited the waters of Palawan and they found its bones and put it here for display. (Honestly, I don’t even know what is a sperm whale and its difference to other kind of whales! haha)

the sperm whale’s bones

We passed-by a very informative hallway where you can see frames of pictures about other animals found in Puerto princesa.

Hallway towards the crocodiles 🙂 yikes!

and next stop is the hatchling house where 2-6 year old crocodiles are being bred. Honestly, I didn’t think that they are cute, they are far from cute, they look scary! 🙂 The guide told us not to put our fingers or any parts of a body near the small crocodiles or even the big ones, as these “babies” are practiced that whatever falls near them or touch them ARE FOOD!  I didn’t want to go home fingerless so I avoided putting my lenses in a close range.

the hatchling house in crocodile farm in palawan

There are a lot of crocodiles here, from saltwater crocodiles to freshwater ones. I realized that the saltwater crocs are bigger than the freshwater ones especially when they are 3-6 years old. And mind you, they grow old just like the humans do, they take years before they truly mature 🙂

After skimming through the hatchling house, we went to where the bigger crocodiles can be found. We crossed a metal bridge and under that bridge are where your friendly animals are staying. And remember the phrase: anything that falls are always considered food.  Remember you are crossing a bridge here! and below you are your friendly and cuddly animals.. Just think about Final Destination!  😀 

While walking in that bridge I thought of Final Destination. My imagination ran wild, as if the bridge will break leaving me, my mom and her friends food for the hapless crocodiles…  I don’t want it to happen because really this place scares the hell out of me especially when I saw a crocodile opened its mouth! But it’s a nice experience all together.

The Hungry (?) Crocodile 🙂

After the crocodile encounter, we realized that the show hasn’t ended yet, there is still a nature park. My mom and I, adventurers at heart, left the others who are already tired of walking, and went to explore the nature park.

path towards the nature park

There are cages meant for birds, there are talking mynah, parrots, serpent eagle and others. But I failed to take good pictures since my dslr died on me.

There is also this cute cat named as Palawan bear cat. Isn’t he adorable? If only I can touch him, I will! except for the warning that they are not to be touched, they are somehow ready to attack!

Look at that fluffy bear cat! It’s so fluffy I’m gonna die!!! 🙂
ooohhh… 🙂
Can you see the other one hidden in the treehouse?
Bird. Only pic I took since my cam died on me 😦

You can also buy souvenirs there, as told by my mom’s colleagues, the price here are lower than buying anywhere in Puerto Princesa– but that’s just hearsay.. I don’t know the real prices since I didn’t buy any souvenir except for the chocolates I bought near the Underground River.

After the long walk in the Nature Park, you can take your pictures with the small/baby crocodiles for a small fee. I haven’t tried it because I’m quite scared. A friend of mine said that they smell like fish– and I don’t want to smell like fish so I didn’t try it!– naah, I’m just scared!

After that we went to Mitra Ranch 🙂


Puerto Princesa, Palawan: ITINERARY, BUDGET and TIPS

My itinerary for my Puerto Princesa, Palawan trip last April 18-21, 2012


Click the links to see my posts/reviews about it! 🙂 


10:05 am– flight going to Puerto Princesa

12:00 nn — arrive Puerto Princesa, go to Hotel, eat lunch

2:00 pm — start city tour (go to Crocodile farm, Mitra Ranch, Baker’s Hill)

2:30 pm– 4:00 pm — Crocodile Farm

4:30pm— 5:15pm —  Mitra Ranch

5:15 pm — 6:15 pm — Baker’s Hill


6:00 AM– Go to Puerto Princesa Underground River (but this will depend on the time written on your permit)

8:00 AM- arrive to Sabang Port (underground river jump off point), register with the desk office (make sure you have an environmental entry permit or else you cannot enter, they are very strict with this, we were told to go back by 2pm since our permit states 2pm 😦

8:00 AM- 1:00 PM — Sabang beach escapade. I just love the fine sand and the melon shake in Sheridan beach resort

2:00 pm — lined up and register for underground river tour

3:00 pm — started underground river tour until 6:00 pm. Waiting time is very long! 😦

6:00 pm — go back to hotel (very sleepy and tired)


7:00 am– went to Honda Bay port

8:00 am– arrive Honda Bay port

9:00 am- started Honda Bay tour

9:30 am- 10:00 am — Pambato Reef snorkeling

10:00 am- 11:30 am — stay in Starfish Island for fish feeding

11:30 am- 1:30 pm — stay in Pandan Island

1:30 pm – 2:15pm – travel back to the port

2:30-3:00 pm — travel back to the hotel

3:00 pm -6:00pm — rest in the hotel

6:00- 7:00pm – dinner/socials

7:00pm – 8:00 pm — Baywalk in Puerto Princesa

8:30– inside the hotel already

4TH DAY (BACK TO MANILA)— just go to the airport and wait for flight.


1. Air ticket (roundtrip via Cebu Pacific)                                                 P3664.00

2. Hotel (P1200 per night for 4 persons w/airport transfer)            P    900.00

3. Tours

City Tour (Crocodile Farm, Baker’s Hill, Mitra Ranch)

transpo   for 14 persons (P1400.00/ 14 persons)                                  P   100.00

Crocodile Farm entrance fee                                                                     P     40.00

No entrance fee for Baker’s Hill and Mitra ranch

Underground River tour

Van Rental for 14 persons (P3500/6 pax)                                               P  583.00

Entrance Fee for Underground River including boat in UG                 P 175.00

Environmental fee for Underground River                                              P   40.00

Boat hire to take you from Sabang Port to UG (P700.00/7) only 6 pax  P100

Wharfage dues for Port of Sabang (P18/7) only 6 pax                            P    3.00

Lunch in Sabang Beach                                                                                 P89.00

Melon Shake in Sheridan beach Resort                                                    P160.00

Honda Bay Tour

Tricycle Rental (Hotel to Honda Bay Port)  500 for 4 persons max   P500.00

Boat Rental for Island Hopping  P1300 good for 8 persons              P1300.00

environmental fee                                                                                      P      40.00

Entrance Fee for Pambato Reef                                                               P     50.00

entrance Fee for Starfish Island                                                               P    50.00

entrance fee for Pandan Island                                                                P 100.00

lunch (1 kilo of crabs) 1/2 kilo of rice   (cooked, Pandan Island)     P 450.00


Tricycle going to baywalk (P8.00 each)                                                P8.00

Bicycle rental   (25.00 for 1 hour)                                                           P25.00

Tricycle going back to hotel (15.00 each)                                             P15.00


Tricycle (50.00 for 4 persons)                                                                P12.50

                                                    TOTAL EXPENSES: P8404.5 /$191USD


1. travel in group. You will save a lot in transportation costs especially if you want to tour the city or go to underground river and honda bay

2. make sure you have a permit if you wanna go to the Underground River

3. Do it yourself, you will save a lot of money! 🙂


Hotel Accommodation/ Airport Transfers/ Tricycle etc:  09198094745  click here to see my post about the hotel accommodation

Van Hire (for Underground River tour/honda bay transfers) — 09173335340 click here to see my post about the van service


Puerto Princesa: City in a Forest

Puerto Princesa is indeed a place  blessed by God with natural wonders. From the newly awarded (7 wonders of nature) Underground River, to beautiful fine white sand beaches to scenic limestone mountains.

The entrance of the Underground River
Sabang Beach (a fine sand beach near the Underground River)

Everything in Puerto Princesa is beautiful, scenic, indescribable. With a lot of different animals that are rarely seen in other places in the Philippines (like birds that are only seen in Palawan, squirrel–yes, squirrel–not found in Legazpi city nor Manila, monitor lizards, eagles, crocodiles, and other animals.

Crocodile in Crocodile Farm

Puerto Princesa’s tagline being a city in a forest is not a joke nor it is bluff, it is indeed a city within a forest. The city is surrounded with lush greeneries and beautiful landscape. It has also a vast territory, compared to other cities in the Philippines. You won’t be able to tour the city in one day, unlike my hometown, Legazpi City where your 30 minutes of riding the tricycle will be enough, but here a day won’t suffice.

I went to Puerto Princesa last April 18, 2012 to April 21, 2012. I went to the Underground River, Honda Bay, and toured the city itself. It was a wild 4 days in my life, seeing those beautiful landscape made my heart flutter with delight. The only thing I said is “ANG GANDA! (So Beautiful).

I admit that living in Manila (center of the Philippines) made me a city girl where tall buildings, wide roads and night bars are my usual delight, but as I stepped into Palawan (no, as I looked in my window during my flight) I can totally say that Puerto princesa captured my heart.

I want you to join me as I tell you the story how this wonderful city captivated the heart of a city girl like me.


Fort Santiago: A Spanish Fortress within the Walled City

During the Spanish era, not only did the Spaniards create a walled city which is known as Intramuros, they also created a fortress that lies on the endmost portion of their walled city. This Fortress is where they hide there arsenals and where Spanish soldiers rest and guard the city throughout the day.

The entrance fee is P75.00 for adults while P50.00 for children and students (just present your i.d.).

The Fortress is strong enough to wade off invaders like Chinese pirates and some other nationalities who also thinks the same way as the Spaniards—that the newly centralized Philippines is such a great place! — a lot of reserves and spices.

The Fortress has also a moat to delay invaders and lots and lots of walls where canons are located…

the Moat in Fort Santiago
Canons found in Fort Santiago

Fort Santiago had became a part of our history, not only it was present during the Spanish colonization centuries ago, it was also present during the World War II, where the Japanese almost destroyed all of what is left to Intramuros.

The buildings in Fort Santiago was destroyed during the WWII but was restored by the Philippine government. But most of the ruins inside the area are the original ruins during the Spanish or American era. But the arch you see here is only a replica since the original arch was destroyed during the WWII.

Nowadays, Fort Santiago became a beautiful park where you can stroll amidst a beautiful landscape, you won’t even notice that thousands of death took place where you lay your feet into….

Fountain in Fort Santiago
Beautiful 🙂
The beautiful green landscape

Aside from being the base of Spanish military during their 333 years of colonization of the Philippines, Fort Santiago is well known for being the prison of the Philippine national hero Jose P. Rizal—a person who is really determined of fighting against the Spanish colonizers but not through strength of the body but through the strength of the mind.

Upon entering the Rizal Shrine, you will see Rizal and the guestbook 🙂
Look at the walls, it depicts the life of our national hero, Jose Rizal

In Baluarte de Santa Barbara, there is this place where antique furniture of the Rizal family was preserved and is open for viewing. But, there is an additional P10.00 entrance fee to gain entry.

Furniture of the Rizal Family
The clock of Jose Rizal's family... so antique.. so beautiful
Other furniture of the Rizal Family

A Simple Introduction for Jose Rizal–Philippines’ national hero

Jose Rizal is a medical doctor, ophthalmologist, lawyer, journalist, novelist, scholar, engineer, linguist and a lot more… His head is really tough! He is really a talented person with a lot of knowledge in different fields– He is simply a genius–But he is a genius not only in this fields but also in the field of love 🙂

He had several girlfriends with different nationalities, one of the most known is her Japanese Girlfriend Oseisan and her Irish decent but with American citizenship, Josephine Bracken–which he is rumored to be married to… Anyway, he had a lot of girls here and there using his great genius mind 🙂

Jose Rizal is indeed a great man, he wrote several seditious and insightful novels during his lifetime. Those novels depicts the life of the Filipinos during the Spanish period. It gives an overview on how bad the Spanish treats the Filipinos–The unending discrimination of race, the rape of women, the unrelenting killings of the innocent, the strict and corrupt system of the friars.

some part of his novels was written during his stay in Spain where he had no money to spare and the publication of such is only through solicitation and sponsorship of other people. His stay in Spain made his mind opened widely to the reality that Spain wasn’t that great, it also a trashy place with full of corruption and such, he realized that Philippines is better off without them…And to realize such aim, he made a lot of novels with words derogatory to the Spanish Colonial Government.

Because of what he wrote, he became a criminal. He knew that once he lay his feet in the Philippines, he will be severely punished; Unperturbed, he still went back and faced all the charges against him and continued writing novels even if he was exiled and later on imprisoned and executed.

Jose Rizal became a criminal to the eyes of the Spaniards but to the eyes of the Filipinos, he became the white and shining armor against all the bad things that the Spaniards had made to the Filipinos….he became the inspiration of other Filipinos who later on joined the rebellion. Andres Bonifacio is one of the people who lead the arms race and who admitted that he was inspired by the works of Jose Rizal that is why he lead this vicious rebellion against the Spaniards.

During Rizal’s exile, he was told by the armed rebels to come with them and be their head, that they will help him escape, however, Jose Rizal refused stating that the “pen is mightier than the sword” in which he implies that peaceful rebellion is better than the one that they were doing. He doesn’t want Bloodshed of innocent lives, he believes that its better if only his life will be taken, he is always ready to face his “punishment” wholeheartedly because of his love of his nation. —Though in a way he’s right, but there something in my heart that wishes that he had joined the rebellion 🙂

So after some time, he was brought to Fort Santiago, where he was imprisoned then later on brought to the present-day Luneta to be executed. While he was imprisoned in Fort Santiago, he wrote his Mi Ultimo Adios (My Last Farewell) where he put into a lamp and passed it to his sister.

The lamp where the mi ultimo adios was hidden by Jose Rizal

This is the Mi Ultimo Adios in Original version and in English. Copy is from wikipedia.

“Mi Último Adiós”Adios, Patria adorada, region del sol querida,
Perla del Mar de Oriente, nuestro perdido eden,
A darte voy alegre, la triste, mustia vida;
Ya fuera mas brillante, mas fresca mas florida,
También por ti la diera, la diera por tu bien.En campos de batalla, luchando, con delirio,
Otros te dan sus vidas, sin dudas, sin pesar.
El sitio nada importa: ciprés, laurel o lirio,
Cadalso o campo abierto combate o cruel martirio,
Lo mismo es si lo piden la Patria y el hogar.Yo muero, cuando veo que el cielo se colora
Y al fin anuncia el día, tras lóbrego capuz;
Si grana necesitas, para teñir tu aurora,
Vierte la sangre mia, derramala en buen hora,
Y dorela un reflejo de su naciente luz!Mis sueños, cuando apenas muchacho adolescente,
Mis sueños cuando joven, ya lleno de vigor,
Fueron el verte un dia, joya del mar de Oriente,
Secos los negros ojos, alta la tersa frente,
Sin ceño, sin arrugas, sin manchas de rubor.Ensueño de mi vida, mi ardiente vivo anhelo,
¡Salud! te grita el alma, que pronto va a partir;
¡Salud! ah, que es hermoso caer por darte vuelo,
Morir por darte vida, morir bajo tu cielo,
Y en tu encantada tierra la eternidad dormir!Si sobre mi sepulcro vieres brotar, un dia,
Entre la espesa yerba sencilla humilde flor,
Acercala a tus labios y besa al alma mia,
Y sienta yo en mi frente, bajo la tumba fria,
De tu ternura el soplo, de tu hálito el calor.Deja a la luna verme, con luz tranquila y suave,
Deja que el elba envie su resplandor fugas;
Deja gemir al viento, con su murmullo grave;
Y si desciende y posa sobre mi cruz un ave,
Deja que el ave entone su cántico de paz.Deja que el sol, ardiendo, las lluvias evapore,
Y al cielo tornen puras, con mi clamor en pos;
Deja que un ser amigo mi fin temprano llore;
Y en las serenas tardes, cuando por mi alguien ore,
Ora también, ¡oh Patria!, por mi descanso a Dios.

Ora por todos cuantos murieron sin ventura;
Por cuantos padecieron tormentos sin igual;
Por nuestras pobres madres, que gimen su amargura;
Por huerfanos y viudas, por presos entortura;
Y ora por ti, que veas tu redención final.

Y cuando, en noche oscura, se envuela el cementerio,
Y solos solo muertos queden velando alli,
No turbes su reposo, no turbes el misterio;
Tal ves acordes oigas de citara o salterio;
Soy yo, querida Patria, yo que te canto a ti.

Y cuando ya mi tumba, de todas olvidada,
No tenga cruz ni piedra que marquen su lugar,
Deja que la are el hombre, la esparza con la azada,
Y mis cenizas, antes que vuelvan a la nada,
El polvo de tu alfombra que vayan a formar.

Entonces nada importa me pongas en olvido,
Tu atmósfera, tu espacio, tus valles cruzaré;
Vibrante y limpia nota sere para tu oido;
Aroma, luz, colores, rumor, canto, gemido,
Constante repitiendo la esencia de mi fe.

Mi Patria idolatrada, dolor de mis dolores,
Querida Filipinas, oye el postrer adois.
Ahi, te dejo todo: mis padres, mis amores.
Voy donde no hay esclavos, verdugos ni opresores;
Donde la fe no mata, donde el que reina es Dios.

Adios, padres y hermanos, trozos del alma mia,
Amigos de la infrancia, en el perdido hogar;
Dal gracias, que descanso del fatigoso dia;
Adios, dulce extranjera, mi amiga, mi alegria;
Adios, queridos seres. Morir es descansar.

“My Last Farewell”Farewell, my adored Land, region of the sun caressed,
Pearl of the Orient Sea, our Eden lost,
With gladness I give you my Life, sad and repressed;
And were it more brilliant, more fresh and at its best,
I would still give it to you for your welfare at most.On the fields of battle, in the fury of fight,
Others give you their lives without pain or hesitancy,
The place does not matter: cypress laurel, lily white,
Scaffold, open field, conflict or martyrdom’s site,
It is the same if asked by home and Country.I die as I see tints on the sky b’gin to show
And at last announce the day, after a gloomy night;
If you need a hue to dye your matutinal glow,
Pour my blood and at the right moment spread it so,
And gild it with a reflection of your nascent light!My dreams, when scarcely a lad adolescent,
My dreams when already a youth, full of vigor to attain,
Were to see you, gem of the sea of the Orient,
Your dark eyes dry, smooth brow held to a high plane
Without frown, without wrinkles and of shame without stain.My life’s fancy, my ardent, passionate desire,
Hail! Cries out the soul to you, that will soon part from thee;
Hail! How sweet ’tis to fall that fullness you may acquire;
To die to give you life, ‘neath your skies to expire,
And in your mystic land to sleep through eternity !If over my tomb some day, you would see blow,
A simple humble flow’r amidst thick grasses,
Bring it up to your lips and kiss my soul so,
And under the cold tomb, I may feel on my brow,
Warmth of your breath, a whiff of your tenderness.Let the moon with soft, gentle light me descry,
Let the dawn send forth its fleeting, brilliant light,
In murmurs grave allow the wind to sigh,
And should a bird descend on my cross and alight,
Let the bird intone a song of peace o’er my site.Let the burning sun the raindrops vaporize
And with my clamor behind return pure to the sky;
Let a friend shed tears over my early demise;
And on quiet afternoons when one prays for me on high,
Pray too, oh, my Motherland, that in God may rest I.

Pray thee for all the hapless who have died,
For all those who unequalled torments have undergone;
For our poor mothers who in bitterness have cried;
For orphans, widows and captives to tortures were shied,
And pray too that you may see you own redemption.

And when the dark night wraps the cemet’ry
And only the dead to vigil there are left alone,
Don’t disturb their repose, don’t disturb the mystery:
If you hear the sounds of cithern or psaltery,
It is I, dear Country, who, a song t’you intone.

And when my grave by all is no more remembered,
With neither cross nor stone to mark its place,
Let it be plowed by man, with spade let it be scattered
And my ashes ere to nothingness are restored,
Let them turn to dust to cover your earthly space.

Then it doesn’t matter that you should forget me:
Your atmosphere, your skies, your vales I’ll sweep;
Vibrant and clear note to your ears I shall be:
Aroma, light, hues, murmur, song, moanings deep,
Constantly repeating the essence of the faith I keep.

My idolized Country, for whom I most gravely pine,
Dear Philippines, to my last goodbye, oh, harken
There I leave all: my parents, loves of mine,
I’ll go where there are no slaves, tyrants or hangmen
Where faith does not kill and where God alone does reign.

Farewell, parents, brothers, beloved by me,
Friends of my childhood, in the home distressed;
Give thanks that now I rest from the wearisome day;
Farewell, sweet stranger, my friend, who brightened my way;
Farewell, to all I love. To die is to rest.

He wrote this during the eve of his execution. And after that, he was escorted out of his cell and was sent to the present day Luneta where he was executed by firing squad. 😦

Jose Rizal's prison cell in Fort Santiago....
The last footsteps of Jose Rizal towards the place where he will be executed
The place where Jose Rizal went out to face his untimely death