Culion Museum and Archives is located in Balala, Coron, Palawan. The museum houses the most detailed and significant information about the establishment of the leprosarium in the island in 1906 up to the development of the cure, the multi-drug therapy, in the 1980s.
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Culion Island in Palawan is not your typical mainstream tourist destination. Locals say that most people have either never heard of Culion, or know it only for once being the world's largest leper colony. In fact, the island was isolated for over a century. The Culion leper colony was established in 1906, and patients from different parts of the Philippines and hospital staff were brought to Culion. But in 2006, the island was declared leprosy-free by the World Health Organization.
It was more than 15 hours ship ride from Manila to Coron. I know it is one grueling trip, but I'm excited to know what Culion has for us. We left the port of Manila, 1PM of Holy Tuesday and arrived at Coron, Palawan around 5am the next day.
Excitement is in me as it has been years already since I last visited Coron. Coron is actually not our escapade that Holy Week, although part of our itinerary is to spend the weekend there. Our main destination is Culion, a far flung island almost forgotten for many years.
A ferry ships passengers everyday from Coron to Culion at 2PM. Travel time is a ...
I've been to Puerto Princesa quite a few times; saw its many tourist attractions from the beaches of Honda Bay to the off-the-beaten-track lush rainforests. But I've never been to Northern Palawan, which the province is really famous for. A cluster of islands located at this part of the province is where paradise can be found??"limestone rock formations surrounded by azure waters home to beautiful corals and thousands of colorful tropical fish.
It was June and the start of the rainy season. One can never be too sure about the weather in tropical Philippines. Although storms are quite rare i ...
From the Church of the Immaculate Conception and Culion Fort, we moved on to the Culion Sanatorium where we were to visit the Culion Museum and Archives. Here, we met up with Pastor Hermie Villanueva of the Coron Tourism Office, a resident and the grandson of a former leper patient, who gave us a guided tour of its exhibits. Though this was my first time to visit this museum (as well as Culion town), I featured it in my book "A Tourist Guide to Notable Philippine Museums" (New Day Publishers, 2010).
This unique two-storey museum, established in 1997, is housed in what was the first labora ...
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Somewhere in Palawan, just a few hours away from Coron, is an island that has been cut off from the rest of the Philippines for more than a hundred years. Welcome to Culion, Palawan, often called "the land of no return" because of its unique history.
In the past, people established leper colonies because of the belief that isolating patients with leprosy is one of ...
Not a lot of people have heard of Culion Island, the place that was once considered to be the world's largest leprosy colony. Located in the northern tip of the Province of Palawan and only two hours south of Coron Town, this district was the ultimate destination for all Filipinos suffering with leprosy during the American period. Along with nurses, doctors, and other medical professionals, the lepers lived in Culion with the chance of getting treated and living a normal life away from the judgmental eyes of the public.
Although Culion Island has been declared to be leprosy-free since 2006 ...