The island of Palawan is clearly the Last Frontier of the Philippines. It is known for amazing white sand beaches such as El Nido, Honda Bay and the Amanpulo luxury beach, as well as two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the Underground River Park and Tubbataha Reef Marine Park. These wonders of Nature truly are among the best in the world, but they are many kilometers away from Puerto Princesa, the capital city and mostly accessible only on board hired vehicles. Is there a tourist destination right inside the city? There is one: Baker’s Hill.
Baker’s Hill is exactly what its name says. It is a place on top of a hill where a number of bakers and bakeries work together to cook deliciously baked goodies for tourists and visitors. Together they form a baker-based theme park that is complete with Disney character sculptures made from fiberglass. The place exudes a Disneyland-type feeling but without the rides. There is also a playground for kids while Mom and Dad go through the many choices of bread. The most popular items are chocolate crinkles, brownies, and hopia or bean filled pastry (specifically purple yam flavor). A box of purple yam hopia with 10 pieces costs PHP35 (US$0.79). A number of visitors bother to come all the way just to buy a box of hopia. [Read more…]