The Kuyonen Culture

Puerto Princesa FestivalThe Kuyonen (Cuyonon, Cuyuno, Cuyo, Kuyunon, Kuyunin) are the ethnic elite of Palawan, and are concentrated in Puerto Princesa (20,940), Roxas (13,405), and on the islands of Cuyo (12,470) and Dumaran (6690). The Ratagnon of Mindoro may be a subgroup. The basic susbsistence activities are central Philippine in character. The total population is about 97,000, with about 89,000 (NSO 1980) of this found in Palawan. The Kuyonen comprise the ethnic elite in Palawan, the place having been historically the Spanish capital of Palawan prior to Puerto Princesa. It has been contended that the Ratagnon, a subgroup of the Mangyan of Mindoro, are probably Kuyonen that migrated to Continue reading

The Agutayanen Culture

AgutayanThe Agutayanen (Agutayanen, Agutayano) are found originally in the island of Agutaya in the Cuyo group of islands in northern Palawan. The core area of the culture is in Agutaya which has a population of about 5,269 (NSO 1980), although there is a larger group in mainland Palawan estimated at some 7,225 with a total national population of about 25,475 (1980). The language is closely related to the Calamian Tagbanua. The culture is basically lowland island culture with a marine orientation and some agriculture. Agutaynen is part of the group of indigenous tongues spoken on the islands that make up the province of Palawan. There are six languages in the group, with Kalamianon and Agutaynen forming the Northern Palawan or Kalamian subgroup, and Continue reading

Quijano Windsurfing Retreat in Cuyo

Quijano Windsurfing Retreat CuyoAmid flat shallow water and a breathtaking seascape, the Quijano Windsurfing Retreat along the coast of Cuyo is the dream escapade for kitesurfers. Also known as the Anino Retreat, this site offers kitesurfers of all levels a vast virgin and reef-protected lagoon with sandy bottom sea, smooth onshore wind and small waves all at their beckoning. It gets very few to zero visitors at a time, which makes it safe for neophyte kitesurfers. This retreat center provides storage facilities for kitesurfing equipment. They do not rent out boards, sails or harnesses, so kitesurfers must bring their own. Continue reading

Capusan Beach, Cuyo Island

Cuyo IslandAt the western side of Cuyo Island is Capusan Beach, the largest beach on the island, and heralded as the best for kitesurfing. It is blessed with a wide expanse of aqua blue covered lagoon at the right-hand side, which becomes utterly flat on a low tide and a meter tall on a high tide. It gets a good share of side shore/on shore wind yet slightly choppy due to the strong and consistent wind blown by the Amihan or Northeastern wind. On one hand, the beach has a smaller front lagoon which overlooks the neighboring port. This part of the coast brings flat offshore wind, perfect for freestyle moves. The water is clear and shallow all the way out to the reef. Continue reading

Cuyo Fort in Palawan

Cuyo Fort PalawanDuring the early Spanish period, purposely to protect the Cuyonon from sporadic Moro attacks, Fort Cuyo was constructed and finished in 1680. The original complex of stone and mortar was a square with four bastions. The present complex, which occupies 1 ha, is a solid rectangular edifice with walls 10 m high and 2 m thick. It has a tall belfry and watchtowers; its canons, which face the sea, are now fired only during town celebrations. It is considered as one of the most ancient and unique forts in the Philippines. Unique in the sense that you can find the church, the convent and the Perpetual Adoration chapel all within the fort. In 1762 one of the British ships that invaded Manila fired at the Cuyo fort but it was not damaged at all. Another fort was started at Lucbuan seven kilometers away on the east side of Cuyo island, but it was never finished. Continue reading

Cuyo Island

Cuyo IslandCuyo Island is the major island of the Cuyo Island group that is part of an archipelago off the coast of Palawan Island in the Mimaropa region of the Philippines. This archipelago in the Sulu Sea is subdivided into the Quniluban group to the north and the Cuyo Island group to the south. Consisting of around 45 small islands, the Cuyo Island group is known for the beautiful coral reefs, clear water, beaches with powdery sand, and a number of historic attractions. Along with Bisucay, Caponayan, Lubid, Agutaya, and Manamoc, Cuyo is one of the few inhabited islands in the group. There are two towns on Cuyo Island: Magsaysay and Cuyo. The principal town, Cuyo, is located on the western side of the island. Continue reading