Palawan’s Cultural Heritage

Discover Palawan’s fascinating history and traditions

Discover Palawan's rich cultural heritage through its vibrant traditions, arts, and crafts. Immerse yourself in the island's colorful festivals and experience the warmth and hospitality of its people. Explore the historic landmarks and museums that showcase Palawan's fascinating history and learn about the indigenous communities that call this paradise home. Join us on a journey to discover Palawan's cultural treasures.

View of the Taytay Spanish Fort

History of Palawan

Palawan, a province located in the western part of the Philippines, has a rich history dating back to prehistoric times. The arrival of various settlers, including Chinese, Malay, and Spanish, greatly influenced the province’s culture and traditions.
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Queen of the Balayong Festival in Puerto Princesa

Palawan’s Festivals and Events

Palawan’s festivals are a feast for the senses, with lively street parades, pulsating music, and colorful traditional dress. These celebrations are a testament to the province’s rich cultural heritage and traditions.
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Batak woman in Palawan

Palawan’s Indigenous People

Palawan is home to several indigenous communities, such as the Tagbanua and Batak. These groups have a rich cultural heritage and maintain their traditions through music, dance, and handicrafts.
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Souvenir shop in Palawan

Palawan’s Handicrafts and Souvenirs

Palawan is known for its exquisite handicrafts and unique souvenirs. From intricately woven baskets and mats to hand-carved wooden sculptures and the famous “Palawan pearls,” these items are a reflection of the province’s rich cultural heritage and artistic talent.
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Palawan Do’s and Don’ts

Palawan is a beautiful and culturally rich destination that requires visitors to be respectful of its customs and traditions. From showing proper etiquette when visiting indigenous communities to preserving its pristine natural environment, here are the essential do’s and don’ts when in Palawan.
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A group of dancer performing a street parade

Calendar of Palawan’s Festivals and Events

Stay up-to-date with the latest events and festivals in Puerto Princesa, El Nido, and Coron with our comprehensive calendar. Don’t miss out on your favorite celebrations and public holidays. Discover your next great experience with the Calendar of Palawan Festivals and Events.
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