Tagbanua

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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  • 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 ...

  • Tagbanuas Seek Education After Suspicious Election Tragedy Hope In The Most Beautiful Island

    Tagbanuas Seek Education After Suspicious Election Tragedy Hope In The Most Beautiful Island

    Who listened to the call of the children of the sea?

    Palawan may be the most beautiful in the world but hidden in its coves and towering limestones are stories of both tragedy and hope. One of which is the tale of the Tagbanuas in the northern part of the island.

    It is believed that they are descendants of some of the oldest people in the country like the Tabon Man. Archaeologists claim that evidence of the earliest Homo sapiens in the Philippines were found in a cave in Lipuun Point in Quezon, Palawan. Named after the large-footed bird that frequent the cave, the Tabon Cave is believed ...

  • The Indigo Project Reviving The Art Of Traditional Dye Weaving

    The Indigo Project Reviving The Art Of Traditional Dye Weaving

    Indigo was once widely favored by the local weaving industry as a traditional way of adding color to fabrics due to its excellent resistance from fading or running. Yet, over the years, this natural dye was pushed to the sidelines by the emergence of cheaper and easier to obtain synthetic dyes which were quick to be embraced by textile manufacturers.

    But not all is lost. A collaborative network of non-governmental organizations and community-based organizations in South and Southeast Asia called Non-Timber Forest Products ??" Exchange Programme (NTFP-EP) has started working on The Indigo Pr ...