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Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm

Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island, Philippines
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I realized i don't know much about my history. Iwahig prison is a very ideal prison. I would like to think that a lot of books were written based on the mechanics and system of this one of a kind prison. It is a very big land property which the prisoners farm and take care of. organic vegetable gardens, fish... More

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Dasmarinas City, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

The place is not scary because it does look like just an ordinary farm and not a prison place. Prisoners mingle with the law enforcers inside the penal farm. They were given a chance to experience life that is same as outside the farm.

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Manila, Philippines
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

i am amazed how they managed the prisoners to work in the fields...but then be ready of your butts as you enter the place...hahaha...i felt sorry to my hubby who sits in front of the taxicyle...

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Arnhem
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We went to the prison farm from Puerto on tricycle. When we entered the gate we had to put down our names, then we could proceed to the main square of the farm. On our way we already saw some minimum security inmates walking around. When we arrived at the souvenir shop some inmates asked if they could dance for... More

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Manila, Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Nature and farm abound in this place, although neglect has left the buildings deteriorating but this is a prison where no one wants to leave. The prisoners are free to roam and earn a living.

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Manila, Philippines
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm is under the Bureau of Corection, Department of Justice. Iwahig Prison is the subject of an award winning documentary film “out of Bonds” way back 2005 by a French Director Alexandre Lebergne. Iwahig is an open air penal colony with 38,000 hectars. Prisoners of Iwahig are those long term prisoners who passed the probationary period.... More

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philippines
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

The amazing thing about this prison is the inmates are not behind bars. When you enter the gates and when you exit, the guard does not stop you, nor does he inspect your car or van. You get to the main building and there are prisoners dancing to greet you. Lots of souvenirs for sale. I don't understand why the... More

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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

We took motorbikes out here so we didn't go on a tour - this is probably why not much seemed to be going on inside the prison. We wandered around a bit and the prisoners are friendly but mostly just wanting to sell you stuff. The swimming area is a nice place to cool off with covered areas to relax.... More

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Bacolod, Philippines
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72 reviews 72 reviews
35 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

It's a lovely place with a river resort that lets you have a cool dip. The place has a different take on penal rehabilitation. Cute souvenirs made by inmates.

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Cavite, Cavite City, Philippines
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

I always wanted to see this prison. It's a prison without the cell! I mean wide open space that prisoners can roam around. Don't worry. They are nice people. Don't judge them abruptly. My son even played with them. Once you enter the prison gate..you need to log in your name. Prisoners are the one's tending the rice fields, taking... More

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