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“Souvenirs”

Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm
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Private Puerto Princesa City Tour in Palawan
Antipolo, Rizal, Philippines
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Souvenirs”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2012

some of my souvenirs from palawan are from here, they are selling souvenir items hand crafted by the prisoner themselves they are the one also selling their goods and they are performing dance routines to entertain visitors.

Visited November 2011
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“a unique penal farm”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2012

We were scheduled for the half day city tour. first on the list is the Iwahig prison and penal farm.
A unique penal system is implemented wherein the prisoners are not totally locked up, they can roam around the area and are given the privilege to choose whatever activities they want from farming, fishing and handicraft making. The place is a one stop shop for souvenirs. a little pricey than what you can buy in the city but the products sure are worth it. handcrafted by the inmates, the sales income will go to the inmates and their families by the time their sentence is lifted.

Visited July 2012
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Cervo, Italia
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“An excellent place to buy souvenirs”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2012

We were quite surprised to see inmates run the souvenir shop, illustrate the artifacts, take money, give you change. Very original and good value, with everything produced by hand by the inmates.

Visited February 2012
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Scotts Valley, California
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“Exemplary rehabilitation of prisoners”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2012

A prison with no bars where prisoners are given a chance to get back their dignity and rehabilitate themselves. They are provided farms to cultivate, furnished the tools to accomplish this and allowed to earn income from activities like farming, carpentry, wood carving and the like. Some inmates are allowed to live with their families inside the colony. Minimum security inmates are allowed to mingle with the guests. This was a very interesting experience for me.

Visited May 2012
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“Overpriced gift shop, but worth half an hour of your time”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2012

If you take a Puerto Princesa city tour, there's a good chance you'll be taken here for half an hour. Don't be fooled though, the main purpose of the trip is to take you to the gift shop, you don't actually see any of the prison except for a view of prisoners working in the rice fields as your van takes you up to the main prison shop complex. The shop is full ofthe usual tourist tacky souveniers that can all be bought cheaper in PP City. However, it's worth taking the city tour and seeing things like the prison and Baker's Hill...etc

Visited January 2012
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