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I posted an inquiry about Palawan earlier but didn't get a reply from anyone who actually live there.  I'll try again, maybe I'll get lucky this time.    Palawan is one of the three areas I've ID'd as possible retirement home for me.   And I have narrowed it down to Puerto Princesa and immediate surrounding areas...maybe as far south as Aborlan.
    I'd like to hear from any expat currently living in Palawan...or perhaps someone who used to live there and left to go elsewhere...for whatever reason.   Local folks (Filipinos...including balik bayan.s) are of course welcome to chime in.  I want to make it clear first....I have visited Palawan before, so I know a little bit about the place...but I'm far from being an expert.
   So I'd like to hear from those folks about the weather patterns in that region.  I heard some parts of Palawan do not get typhoons that frequently ravages the other regions.   Is this true?  How about medical service?  Let's assume I settle in Puerto P.   I don't expect it to be as high quality as that of Manila...but at least adequate?  I am a minimalist by nature so I can get by on very little as far as conveniences go and can easily live like the local folks there.  I don't need a job to earn an income to survive as my pension will adequately cover my needs.  I don't drink nor smoke....but am very sociable and make friends very easily and pretty much get along with everyone.   Whatever experience you can share that might help me decide....both good and bad.  Maraming salamat!

I live in Palawan actually, and I'm selling a Lot in Aborlan Palawan! :-)

Larckcarrey-  that's great but I don't think I'm at that stage yet.   I am just in the area researching stage at the moment..but perhaps later once I'm settled there I can look into checking out properties there.

Most of our visitors here from other country they said it's hot, but the place are amazing.

According to lonelyplanet.com
Mar–early May The best time for sea travel.
June–Oct The southwest monsoon, with heavy rain, at least in the afternoon.
Nov–Feb Cooler and drier; a popular time to go.

While holiday-weather.com
April is the hottest month in Palawan with an average temperature of 29°C (84°F) and the coldest is January at 26°C (79°F) . The best month to swim in the sea is in April when the average sea temperature is 30°C (86°F)

Thank you.   I have the most recent copy of Lonely Planets - Philippines and have read the basic weather stats of the various regions....but I really wanted to hear first-hand experience from expats or anyone....who has lived in Puerto Princesa and/or nearby areas at least a year or more.  That goes for information (the experience) dealing with day-to-day matters.

I don't plan on living too far outside of Puerto Princesa.....perhaps 30 to 45 minutes. I believe PP has decent hospitals.....it's a town of about 250,000 people and from what I've heard the medical care is pretty good. Anything too major and I'm then an hour out of Cebu or Manilla. Someone else mentioned living 2 hours outside of Manilla.....well, I'll be within 40 minutes of a hospital in PP, or once there an hour out of Manilla should there be the need. Anything slow progressing and major, I'd return to the US. It's all a risk. Even living in the US one could catch something in the hospital and die, or be 40 minutes from the hospital due to traffic and distance and not make it. (from Pogi originally from USA expat in the Philippines)

When Pablo hit Cateel and Baganga in Davao Oriental, the common refrain was, these towns were never hit by typhoons before. But the Jesuit Miguel Selga, who succeeded Faura, has a different account. He wrote about a typhoon that hit parts of the Philippines on Aug. 10-30, 1892: “Coming from south of the Palaos (Palau), this typhoon crossed Mindanao from Baganga to Dapitan (in the Zamboanga peninsula), proceeded to northern Palawan and, inclining in the China Sea more to the northwest, reached the (Asian) continent north of Hainan.”
Davao and southern Mindanao typhoon-free? Not according to Selga: “October 8-11, 1904, a depression formed far to the southeast of the Visayas, and moved west, passing south of Mindanao.” Then this, “October 29-31, 1904, a depression entered the archipelago south of Cape San Agustin (part of today’s Davao Oriental), passed close to Sarangani Island, crossed the Jolo group and entered the China Sea.” Or this: “October 26-November 1, 1909, a typhoon formed south southwest of Palau, moved west northwest, entered Mindanao by the south of Caraga, passed north of Davao, crossed the province of Cotabato (yes, Cotabato), went out to the Sulu Sea by the south of Dapitan, traversed the southern part of Paragua (Palawan) and entered the continent between Bangoi and Ninhhoa. Manay, Santa Cruz and Mati (currently Davao Oriental towns except Santa Cruz which is now a Davao del Sur municipality) suffered heavily.
Other points of Mindanao were equally ravaged. “October 1870, a strong hurricane was felt in the province of Misamis (note that until 1930, there was only one Misamis province). Many houses and rice fields were destroyed. The river overflowed its banks and many herds of carabaos and cattle were drowned and numerous houses were washed away. A banca was wrecked, and its cargo of 400 cavans of rice was totally lost.”
More: “October 23-24, 1898, starting from east southeast of Palau, a depression reached Mindanao, crossed Davao, Cotabato and the Zamboanga peninsula and continued to the China Sea across southern Palawan.” I have come across ethnographic books that describe southern Palawan as also typhoon-free.
This one should surprise residents of Cateel and Baganga: “November 24-December 2, 1912, a typhoon formed east southeast of Guam, moved rapidly on a west course to Mindanao, entering between Cateel and Baganga.” Or this: “November 28-December 6, 1910, a typhoon formed over the southern part of the western Carolines, moved west close to the south of Palau, passed very near Davao and Mati, then to the north of Cotabato in a northwest direction.” Then this: On Dec. 15-21, 1909: “a typhoon recurved east of Visayas; a secondary center entered Mindanao, passed over Butuan, crossed Bohol and Cebu and filled up over Negros. Strong winds and heavy rains were experienced at Baganga, Butuan, Garcia Hernandez, Duero and Cebu.” opinion.inquirer.net

There's no recorded typhoon hit in southern Palawan, only flood in some town. Palawan is a good place, they said it's an earthquake free but I don't believe, I've heard in the news there is possibility that a chance to have a tsunami in some area.

Fascinating!   No matter how long ago the meteorological history you depicted is indeed fascinating.   So there is always something to learn.   I always prepare myself for uncommon occurrences even though they rarely happen.   I was hoping to hear more recent weather events....like the last few years or even more recent.  But thanks for the info...it's good to know.

Good point!  I will concentrate more on PP as you suggested for obviously practical reasons.   I am hoping to keep healthy as best as I can....but it's good to be prepared for any eventualities.    If need be  I can use either the U.S. VA facility in Manila or any health facility anywhere in the world using my Blue Cross.   I am going to research medical care in PP some more...see what I can come up with.
  You're right, even in the U.S., one can catch something in the hospital and die from it!  So I'll take my chances in PP!

Great!  This is the information I needed.   I intend to live in an area a few meters higher than sea level or the banks of a river .   Yes, I know....I fell in love with PP the moment I walked out the plane.   Even if there is occasional storms, I'm ok with that...and the heat....doesn't bother me.   I recently lived in Palm Coast, Florida....where the daily temperature reached 90F +, 100% humidity and thunderstorms.   I survived....even enjoyed it.

Try to live in 3 months or more, if you can't fit in then back to US. My uncle is American, he lives here for almost 2 years or more with Filipino wife. :-)

Good point...but I recommend trying to stay at least for the two seasons....the dry and the rainy seasons.  Although in Palawan the hot and dry season are not always clearly defined as in other regions of the country.    Many who start out as tourists arriving when the weather is at its best...thinking "Wow!  This is  my kind of weather."  Then make the move...and later discover that the weather they experience at the initial visit is really not what they thought....once the season changes to pouring rain almost daily along with all the misery it brings.
  On my initial visit this winter I'll try to secure a one-year balikbayan visa if not, the one month normally given to tourists will do.

You can stay for more months, just go to PPC DFA at Robinson place Palawan.

I'm looking forward to meet you.

Likewise!   :)

Really, what brings you to go in Palawan? Are you a tourist or looking for retirement place?

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