Palawan is a rough diamond, and everyone hopes it stays that way. It is raw in a sense that it does not give in to the lure of big shopping malls yet. It does not have the posh, the expensive, the coveted brands that you normally find in famous places. Palawan is not really the place designed for shopping; rather, it is a place which markets its very self, beautiful and innocent self. Who needs fancy stuff when you are already in a paradise?
What it has is the small independently owned boutiques. Some are awkwardly positioned between a vulcanizing shop and a hardware store. Some are the size of a pig pen. Palawan has markets where you can find affordable fresh seafood, small stores that sell pearl jewelry, snacks, and knickknacks.
But this kind of character is what draws travelers to this place. Palawan does not strive to be something else. It is unique, innocent, and perhaps naïve. It is a diamond contented in its roughness.
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