The Pala’wan Culture

Brooke's Point DancerThe Pala’wan belong to the large Manobo-based languages of southern Philippines, with two generalized subgroupings. The population number approximately 40,630 and is found in the southern half of the island of Palawan. The Tau’t Batu of Singnapan Valley of Ransang is one of the subgroups occupying a specialized environmental niche. The areas of highest concentrations are in Brooke’s Point (17,875) and Quezon (11,610 NSO 1980). The people, depending on the annual seasonal cycle, move their residences from caves to the open field. One of the unique protein captures are from birds and bats that live in the habitation caves, a subsistence strategy which appears to have been Continue reading

Brooke’s Point in Palawan

Bonbon PalawanBrooke’s Point is located in the southeastern section of the island of Palawan. It is located on the West part of the Sulu Sea, South of the Municipality of Sofronio Española, North of the Municipality of Bataraza, and East of the Municipality of Jose Rizal. Brooke’s Point is about 192 kms from Puerto Princesa, about 167 km from Honda Bay, about 317 km from El Nido, about 290 km from Turtle Islands Park, about 293 km from Taytay, and about 58 km from the Tabon Caves.

The city of Brooke’s Point was named after British captain James Brooke, first White Rajah of Sarawak, who landed therein 19th Century. Continue reading

Ursula Island Game Refuge & Bird Sanctuary

Ursula Island Game Refuge Bird SanctuaryUrsula Island Game Refuge and Bird Sanctuary were declared through Administrative Order No. 14 on April 30, 1960. The islet of Ursula is approximately 20 kilometers off Brooke’s Point in southern Palawan, about one hour by boat from Rio Tuba, Bataraza. The vegetation is made up of old growth lowland forest with moderate undergrowth, consisting mostly of tree saplings and seedlings. Fishermen frequent the island and there are numerous trails to wells dug in the interior and some small nipa huts. Ursula has been promoted in the past as an ecotourism destination, but it is apparently not visited by many tourists at present. Continue reading