Coron, Palawan

The Calamian Tagbanua or Tagbanwa, one of the oldest ethnic groups in the Philippines, can be mainly found in northern Palawan.

In 1998, the Calamian Tagbanua of Coron Island were awarded a Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) over more than 22,000 hectares of land and sea. CADT is the title to the land and the sea that have sustained the community for centuries. It gives t ...

he Tagbanwa the right to manage the area and preserve its rich marine and land resources.

The Coron Island Ancestral Domain of the Tagbanwa people covers the two villages of Banuang Daan and Cabugao, and the neighboring Delian Island. The ancestral domain is currently ruled by HM Tribal Chieftain Rodolfo Aguilar I, assisted by his Council of Elders.

They cultivate rice in swidden or kaingin field that is intercropped with sweet potato, corn, and cassava. Those in the coastal areas indulge in fishing and exchange it with agricultural products for consumption. They also gather forest products such as gum, rattan, and honey for cash.

The highest potential source of income for the Tagbanwa are handicrafts particularly woodworking, mat making and basketry, the raw materials for which are readily available to them.

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  • The 2018 IP Summit And Palawan Progress

    The 2018 IP Summit And Palawan Progress

    October of every year is National Indigenous Peoples Month, by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 1906 issued by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2009. In observance thereof, last October 10-12, the Provincial Government of Palawan (PGP), led by Governor Jose Chaves Alvarez, held a three-day Indigenous Peoples Summit at the Capitol, which brought together close to 300 delegates from the various tribes of indigenous peoples (Agutaynen, Batak, Cagayanen, Cuyunon, Molbog, Palawa'an, and Tagbanua) in the province.

    Activities during the triduum included capability-building sessions and ...

  • Playing With Dugong Aban In Calauit

    Playing With Dugong Aban In Calauit

    A few weekends back, this reporter finally met the elusive but beautiful dugong, or sea cow, a vulnerable species thats almost endangered in Calauit, Busuanga, Palawan.

    Overwhelmed by its size compared to mine, while this reporter was trying to freedive at the back of the dugong, Aban, as what the tribes call this sea cow, was very playful and has been acquainted with the presence of humans.

    Going to Calauit Island was very challenging. We immersed ourselves among the Tagbanua tribesmen for four days and three nights. We thanked them for accommodating us and for taking care of this wonde ...

  • Legislative Sessions Done In Tribal Dialects Proposed

    Legislative Sessions Done In Tribal Dialects Proposed

    Provincial IP representative Joel Lumis is encouraging Palawans municipalities to designate at least one session day every month where the native dialect of their majority tribe during the deliberation will be used.

    Lumis said the proposal will help preserve the culture of indigenous peoples.

    "Alam po natin sa bawat munisipyo ay may mga native dialect, katulad po ng Aborlan mga Tagbanua ang mas nakakalamang doon kaya gusto po natin na magamit nila yun ganoon din po sa ibang mga munisipyo," Lumis said.

    He said that it is one way to foster the preservation, respect, promotion and protec ...

  • Tagbanua Culture And Heritage Get Childrens Book Treatment

    Tagbanua Culture And Heritage Get Childrens Book Treatment

    PanyƔan: Three Tales of the Tagbanua," the newest book from the Center for Art, New Ventures and Sustainable Development (Canvas), features stories informed and inspired by the rich culture of the Tagbanuas of the Calamianes Island Group in Coron, Palawan province.

    With the United States Agency for International Development's Ecosystems Improved for Sustainable Fisheries program, Canvas had gone to Palawan to learn about and document the culture of Tagbanuas from three communities: Banuang-Daan, Cabugao and Calauit.

    The research provided the backbone to the three children's stories writ ...

  • How Tagbanua Communities In Coron Recovered From Yolanda

    How Tagbanua Communities In Coron Recovered From Yolanda

    Civil society groups and government units working in the town of Coron in Palawan province are using indigenous peoples' (IP) old knowledge on the environment and disasters to ensure their communities are climate change resilient.

    When Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) battered the resort town of Coron in November 2013, international aid groups and non-governmental organizations rushed to help.

    "There were more than 10 NGOs that came in after Yolanda. But most of them used the dole-out system so most of the communities got used to just receiving assistance without relying on their own capac ...

  • Rocks And Shells As Teaching Aids Nanay Lilia Braves Raging Sea To Educate Tagabanuas

    Rocks And Shells As Teaching Aids Nanay Lilia Braves Raging Sea To Educate Tagabanuas

    How far can you go for your countrymen?

    Culion, a 500-square kilometer island in the Calamian Archipelago in Northern Palawan, used to be called as the Island of the Living Dead or the Island of No Return as it was once the largest leper colony in the world. Back when leprosy was still an incurable disease in the early 1900s, the American colonial government rounded up Filipino lepers from all over the country and sent them for isolation in the remote island.

    The island may now be a municipality of free men but its original settlers, the Tagbanuas, are still bound by the inadequacy of ba ...