An exhibit showcasing the natural and cultural richness of Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) and Jeju Island was launched at Robinsons Place Palawan on Wednesday, November 8.
The launching was attended by the key officials of both sites, recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites and New 7 Wonders of Nature.
According to City Environment and Natural Resources Officer, Atty. Carlo Gomez, the activity is part of the conditions set under the sisterhood agreement signed between the local governments of Puerto Princesa and Jeju.
“The City Government of Puerto Princesa signed a partnership for sustainable development, ecotourism and environmental conservation with the Jeju government, and they are here to implement the condition of that sisterhood,” Gomez, speaking on behalf of Mayor Lucilo Bayron, said.
The largest island and smallest province located in south-west of the Korean Peninsula, Jeju has a surface area of 1,846 sq km, home to 77 types of mammals, 198 types of birds, eight types each of reptiles and amphibians, 873 types of insects, 74 types of spiders, according to Jeju Tourism Organization’s website.
Sungsoo Yi, general manager of Jeju’s Tourism Research Center, said the exhibit is their strategy of “making a close relationship” not just with the city government, but also with Puerto Princesans whom he called “very kind people.”
PPUR Park Superintendent Elizabeth Maclang said PPUR and Jeju share the same attitude towards cultural preservation and nature conservation, making the sisterhood partnership enduring.
“These commonalities will make that partnership long-lasting,” she said. “Through the exhibit, they want our city people here to experience what it’s like to be in Jeju.”
At the exhibit, Yi and his assistant, Alfie Jo, have brought Korean traditional dress for people to try.
Maclang said the exhibit will last until Thursday, Nov. 9 for Jeju, and Sunday, Nov.12 for PPUR.