Aborlan, Palawan

Central Tagbanua People, also called Tagbanwa, are found in the western and eastern coastal areas of central Palawan. They are concentrated in the municipalities of Aborlan, Quezon, and Puerto Princesa.

Tagbanua 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 agri ...

cultural 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.

Central Tagbanua People Tagbanwa News

  • Store For Tagbanua Products Now Open

    Store For Tagbanua Products Now Open

    As part of an effort to empower the tribal communities in Puerto Princesa City, Delta P Inc., in partnership with the Palawan Conservation Corps (PCC), has opened a cooperative store under the Programang Pangkaunlaran para sa Tagalungsod na Katutubo (PPTK).

    The tribal cooperative store was opened by the PCC for business on Wednesday, July 18, with an initial capital of P50 thousand from Delta P.

    The store, which is located at Purok Unang Lahi, Barangay Sta. Lourdes, is being managed by the PCC to sell basic commodities to Tagbanua communities composed of 33 families.

    "Sana ay maging m ...

  • Swimming With The Mermaids In Northern Palawan

    Swimming With The Mermaids In Northern Palawan

    'This gentle marine mammal living the simplest of lives is one of the best caretakers of our seagrass habitats and the animals that live in them,' says dugong conversationist Dr Teri Aquino.

    With underwater photographer Danny Ocampo and expert guides from the Tagbanua tribe, we're finally hoping for some downtime with a dugong.

    Dugongs are legendary sea creatures, having inspired lonely seamen's "sightings" of mermaids (being out at sea for months or years, who can blame them). Their last relatives were Stellar's sea cows (Hydrodamalis gigas), which were wiped out by hunters just 36 year ...

  • Palawans Flying Fox

    Palawans Flying Fox

    Palawan has suddenly become the "in" island to visit from among our more than 7,000 islands. But did you know the following bits and pieces of information about this famed island?

    From afar the so-called Black Island looks black because the island is rich in limestone covered with decayed plants and other dead organisms. The local tribe of Tagbanua are the assigned keepers of Black Island since its declaration of ownership by Cultural Minorities in 1996.

    Kaweg (Flying Fox) Found in Tangtangen Island, there are about 4,000 of them in existence.

    Dr. Mariano Roy Duya states that there ar ...

  • 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 ...

  • What Media And Bloggers Should Know About IPs

    The Philippines as a multi-cultural nation prides itself with its diverse indigenous communities that are spread throughout the archipelago. An estimate of fourteen to seventeen Million Indigenous Peoples belonging to over a hundred ethno-linguistic groups are found in these islands and a fraction of that particularly those in Luzon are the focus of a study that we undertook on cultural sensitivity.

    With the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and its mandate to preserve, develop and promote the varied arts and integrate traditional culture to create expressions that further ...

  • On Sacred Grounds And Respect For Cultural Taboos

    While bloggers and social media influencers are getting more mileage online than the traditional scribe, non-cinema cameramen and wedding photographers are also getting more creative in producing audio-visual presentations of their clients.

    One striking pictorial of a groom and bride was shot taken at a place considered sacred by the upland people of Northern Luzon. The shot of a couple in an intimate pose just below the hanging coffins of Sagadas Echo Valley was probably meant to depict and conform to the old adage till death do us part but the whole thing is simply not acceptable to all c ...