CULTURE AND ARTS
Culture and arts of Palawan are as diverse as its 1700 plus islands. Aside from the natives of the province, Palawan is now a place of convergence of Filipinos from different parts of the country.
Palawan has, among its cultural heritage, the Cuyunon, Agutaynen, Cagayanen, Calamian, Tagbanua, Batak, Pala’wan (Palawanon), Ken-uy (Ta’ut-bato) and Molbog.
Palawan culture originally came from the islands of Cuyo, Agutaya, Cagayancillo and Calamianes, but today has spread all over Palawan; the Tagbanua can be found primarily in the mainland and the Calamianes; the Batak and Pala’wan spread thinly in the mainland; while the Ken-uy or Ta’ut-bato are found only in the south-western towns of Quezon and Rizal. The Molbog is from the southernmost island town of Balabac, but has also spread in the southern mainland.
The most dominant among Palawan’s culture, is Cuyunon and mostly shared by the Agutaynen and the Calamians; the Cagayanens mostly inherited their culture from Panay island, particularly Antique; while the Tabanua, Batak and Ken-uy have similar culture. Molbog may have originated from its culture from Borneo and Basilan.
THE TABON CAVES – CRADLE OF PHILIPPINE CIVILIZATION
Tabon caves complex at Lipuun Point Reservation, Quezon, Palawan is known as the Cradle of Philippines Civilization, where the remains of the Tabon Man were discovered in 1962.
These remains, the fossilized fragments of a skull and jawbone of three individuals, were believed to be the earliest human remains known in the Philippines which date back to 16,500 years ago, until a metatarsal from “Callao Man” discovered in 2007 was dated in 2010 by uranium-series dating as being 67,000 years old.
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