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

  • 7 IP Groups Join Palawan Summit

    7 IP Groups Join Palawan Summit

    Around 260 members from seven tribal groups in Palawan recently attended a three-day Indigenous Peoples (IP) Summit in Puerto Princesa City.

    Ninfa Rubio, Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) coordinator, said the participants came from the Cuyunon, Agutaynen, Molbog, Tagbanua, Pala'wan, Cagayanen, and Batak tribes.

    She said the event with the theme "Bridging, Bonding, and Binding," aims to encourage the IP members to help in the development of the communities where they live.

    "Unti-unti ay ma-build-up natin ang kanilang self-confidence na hindi sila nagiging mahiyain at i ...

  • Barangays To Have Own IP Reps Soon

    All 66 barangays of Puerto Princesa City will have their own indigenous peoples mandatory representative (IPMR) by 2020, Councilor Nestor Saavedra said Tuesday.

    Saavedra, the IP representative to the City Council, said IPMRs in all villages will help in raising the recognition and protection of IP rights, and their social, economic, cultural, and political status in the society.

    Saavedra said only 22 of the 66 barangays in the city have IPMRs.

    These are Napsan, Manalo, Bagong Bayan, Simpokan, Tanabag, Marupinas, Tagabinet, Cabayugan, San Pedro, San Manuel, Bancao-Bancao, Tiniguiban, ...

  • 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 ...