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

  • Batak Craftmanship Gets Support From Social Entrepreneurs

    Batak Craftmanship Gets Support From Social Entrepreneurs

    A Manila-based social entrepreneur is seeking support to bring indigenous handcrafts of the Batak tribe to the international market through the Project Bamboo Crowdfunding Campaign to help it survive and thrive in the modern economy.

    Lara Frayre, a multi-disciplinary designer and founder of Batak Craft hopes to address the poverty problem of the vanishing indigenous peoples of Sitio Mangapin, Barangay Langogan by creating sustainable livelihood opportunities out of their artistries.

    We are a community-led organization called the Batak Craft, and we are essentially helping the Batak tribe ...

  • Xingu River Brazil And Palawan Philippines Which One Of 2 Isolated Naked Tribes Has A Better Life

    Kalapalo tribe lives in alto rio Xingu river (Brazil). This tribe lives naked and and their life is very primitive.The second one is Batak tribe of Palawan (Philippines). Even this tribe lives in a very primitive way. In your opinion which of these tribes are better?

  • Batak Palawan Tribes Philippines Isolated Tribe In The Jungle Nice Topless

    Palawan is the island of nice Batak indigenous people. I gave up the seductive wonderful blu sea to reach the impenetrable forest of north Palawan, where an ancient people live. The Batak is one of the indigenous people of Palawan. Since ancient time they have inhabited a series of river valleys along the 50 kilometers stretch of coastline Northeast of what is today Puerto Princesa City. They are considered to be of negrito stock.

    Their physical attribute shows short structure, dark skin and curly hair, that earned these distinctive looking people their name. They build everything with ...

  • 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 ...