Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

The Batak, also called Tinitianes, are one of about 70 indigenous peoples of the Philippines. They are located in the northeastern portions of Palawan, a relatively large island in the southwest of the archipelago. There are only about 500 Batak remaining.

The Batak are considered by anthropologists to be closely related to the Ayta of Central Luzon. Still, there is some debate as ...

to whether the Batak are related to the other groups of the Philippines or actually to other, physically similar groups in Indonesia or as far away as the Andaman islands.

Batak have for centuries combined a hunting-gathering lifestyle with seeding of useful food plants, kaingin, a slash and burn farming method, and trading. It is believed that they may have had trading relations with Chinese merchants as early as 500 AD.

The Batak were once a nomadic people, but have since, at the behest of the government, settled in small villages. Still, they often go on gathering trips into the forest for a few days at a time, an activity which has both economic and spiritual value for them.

Some, called "Panyeon", are generally suspicious of humans but are tolerant of them, as long as people don't abuse or waste the resources of the forest. Other spirits, called "Diwata" are generally benevolent. All are capricious. Batak make regular offerings to these spirits, and Shamans undergo spiritual possession in order to communicate with the spirits and heal the sick.

Rapid depopulation, restricted forest access, sedentary living, and incursion by immigrants has devastated the group culturally. Today, very few Batak marry other Batak but tend to marry from other neighboring groups. The pattern has been than the children of these marriages tend to not follow Batak cultural ways, and today "pure" Batak are rare.

As a result Batak are being absorbed into a more diffuse group of upland indigenous peoples who are slowing losing their tribal identities, and with it their unique spirituality and culture; there is even some debate as to whether or not they still exist as a distinct ethnic entity.

Batak People Tinitianes News

  • Visiting The Batak Tribe Bushcraft Survival

    The Batak Tribe populates the remote mountain jungles of Palawan. They are the original natives of this area. The Batak still make their living by hunting and .A short video about a chicken trab that I got from my last visit at the Batak Tribe.Backpacking Palawan Philippines If you want to visit the palawan Batak tribe or do a trip into the jungle, then please contact Rosendo. He is the official tour.

  • Puerto Princesa Aims To Be PHs Caving Capital

    This city is batting to become the "Caving Capital of the Philippines," City Tourism Office (CTO) head Aileen Cynthia Amurao said Wednesday morning.

    She said that currently, Puerto Princesa is trying to fast-track the conduct of a research on this in order to determine how many caves are there within the territorial jurisdiction of the city.

    Documentation of these caves, Amurao said, is now underway as the CTO wants to already embark on full blast promotion of these emerging tourism sites.

    Amurao disclosed that the city has "so many caves," and in fact, it is the home of the Hundred C ...

  • Mga Katutubo Nagpakitang-gilas Sa Palawan Tribal Olympics

    Ipinamalas ng mga katutubo ng Palawan ang yaman ng kanilang angking galing sa mga palaro sa isinagawang Palawan Tribal Olympics noong Linggo sa Ramon V. Mitra Sports Complex.

    Nagtipon ang nasa 300 katutubo mula sa iba't ibang munisipyo ng Palawan na binubuo ng limang tribu - ang tribung Batak, Palaw'an, Tagbanua, Tangdulanen at Cuyonon.

    Nagsimula ang ideya ng tribal olympics nang isagawa ito noon ng Western Command sa bayan ng Rizal.

    "Nakita natin ang husay ng ating mga katutubong atleta naisip natin na we can do something province wide," ani Captain Cherryl Tindog, tagapagsalita ng W ...

  • Almaciga Refo Launched

    Almaciga Refo Launched

    To develop the dying almaciga trees in ancestral lands and tribal areas around the City, the Center for Sustainability (CS) conducted its second year of Almaciga Reforestation Inauguration in Batak Tribe Center on June 13 in San Rafael, Puerto Princesa City.

    With the theme "Saving the Almaciga Tree", the Center for Sustainability (CS) aims to empower the indigenous people around the city and to help propagate the reforestation of almaciga trees, also called bagtik, in the tribal lands of Puerto Princesa.

    The CS gave 10,863 almaciga seedlings for the tribe from grants extended by the Phil ...

  • How The Sacred Forests Of Palawan Maintain Balance Between Man And Nature

    How The Sacred Forests Of Palawan Maintain Balance Between Man And Nature

    Palawan is the largest province in the Philippines, comprising 1,769 islands and an assemblage of 87 cultural groups.

    Of these cultural groups, only the Pala'wan, Tagbanua and Batak remain indigenous to Palawan due to an influx of migrants to the region, who have displaced other groups that historically occupied the island.

    Palawan is categorised as a 'frontier province' due to the arrivals of migrants to the area and the island has grown rapidly over the past few decades due to an abundance of natural resources available for exploitation.

    In turn, Palawan's indigenous peoples (IPs) h ...

  • Indigenous Peoples Tribal Games Held In Roxas Palawan

    Indigenous Peoples Tribal Games Held In Roxas Palawan

    With the theme "Mahalin mo, Kultura mo, Galing mo, Ipakita mo " an Indigenous People (IP) 'Tribal Games' in the province was held on Friday, February 24, 2017 at People's Park, Roxas, Palawan.

    Different indigenous games were prepared by the organizers for the IPs, including kadang-kadang, pagbayo ng palsy, archery, supok, spear throwing, akyat yantok, relay, and cultural dance contest. The participants hail from the various ethnic and indigenous groups of Roxas, namely the Batak, Tagbanua, Tandulanen, Agutaynen, Cuyonenen and Cagayanen groups. Collectively, the said groups are also organize ...