The Tagbanwa or Tagbanua, one of the oldest ethnic groups in the Philippines, can be mainly found in the central and northern Palawan. Research has shown that the Tagbanwa are possible descendants of the Tabon Man; thus, making them one of the original inhabitants of the Philippines. They are brown-skinned, slim, erect stood and straight-haired ethnic group. There are two major classifications based on the geographical location where they can be found. Central Tagbanwas are found in the western and eastern coastal areas of central Palawan. They are concentrated in the municipalities of Aborlan, Quezon, and Puerto Princesa. Calamian Tagbanwa, on the other hand, are found in Baras coast, Busuanga Island, Coron Island and in some parts of El Nido. These two Tagbanwa sub-groups speak different languages and do not exactly have the same custom. 
    *** Text taken from Wikipedia

 "On June 13, 1884 I was able to measure about eleven Tagabanuas about the same type as those of Palawan. They have the same name and are, for me, of the same family, even though one encounters some differences in the language... I have encountered here no one knowing how to write Tagbanua; only some old men recalled having known some individuals who knew how to write"... "Although belonging to the archipelago of Cuyo, they (the Agutaya people) speak the language of the Tagbanuas of the Calamianes. 
   *** Alfred Marche, Lucon et Palaouan: Six annees de voyages aux Philippines (Paris, 1887)


The Tagbanua

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Welcome to the Tagbanua tribe blog. We put this blog for the sole purpose of showcasing the culture and traditions of the Indigenous People of Palawan, mostly that of the Tagbanua. All the photographs and stories here are copyrighted. The stories are handed down through generations during celebrations and family gatherings. Otherwise, we quote from the book authored by Dr. Robert Fox ( Religion and Society among the Tagbanua of Palawan Island, Philippines, 1982 ).

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