The Tagbanwa Culture

Tagbanuwa, Apurahuano, Tagbanua, Kalamian, Calamiano, Kalamianon, Kalamianen, Tangdula’nen, Silanga’nen, TagbanouaThe Tagbanwa (Tagbanuwa, Apurahuano, Tagbanua, Kalamian, Calamiano, Kalamianon, Kalamianen, Tangdula’nen, Silanga’nen, Tagbanoua) are the more dominant of the ethnic groups of Palawan. Mainly associated with dry regimes of cultivation, they are found in central Palawan and northward of the island. The area of concentrations are in Coron (4,366 NSO 1990), Aborlan (3,115 NSO 1980), and Puerto Princesa (1,415 NSO 1980). The known subgroups in the mainland are (1) Apurahuan, (2) Inagauan, (3) Tandula’nen, and (4) Silanga’nen, while (5) the Kalamianen of the Calamian island group constitute more variable groups that are marine-oriented. The estimated total population is 13,643 (NSO 1990). 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