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The vanishing Batak Tribe of Palawan

Batak Tribe of Palawan

Like many endangered species on this planet, these indigenous people are vanishing too.

But if their voices are heard, they might have a chance of survival.

After 1 hour long trek, 5 river crossings without the bridge, we found them in the midst of the mountains. I do wonder how they survive living in the middle of nowhere, like what will happen in case of emergency.. it will take a reaaally long time for them to get to the hospital.

Significant observations though:

1. They still chew nganga or betel leaf, which is similar to what I observed with burmese people.

2. Women are topless, I felt uneasy considering that my trek companions are guys. But it is in their culture.. which reminds us how are ancestors lived once upon a time.

3. Houses have no doors. I’ve heard of houses in remote areas in the Philippines where houses have no doors and this is one of them. Indication of how open and trusting they are of nature maybe.

4. One of their sources of livelihood is to sell almasigas, it’s a crystal like hard stuff that burns very slowly. Ideal for bonfire camping I guess. You should buy some when you get to visit them to help in their livelihood.
5. Education levels are low, the highest learning a tribe member have earned is Grade 5 and they cant pursue it further due to many factors especially that you have to trek 1 hour and cross 5 rivers to the nearest school. And of course, there is not enough funds for a member to go to high school or college.

It is very interesting to note that one of my trek buddies is from head hunting tribe in the north of the Philippines and he is now a nurse. I hope the Batak tribe can produce the same among their members.

I’ve read quite a few articles on why they have ended up to be in the mountains and it will take a long process to get indigenous people to level up to how our current society is living.

But even if I wonder of how they are able to survive in the mountains, maybe they are also thinking of how are we able to survive the pollution, traffic, and all the bad elements in the city.

How to get there and visit the vanishing Batak Tribe in Palawan:

From san jose terminal in Puerto Princesa, ride a bus going to Batak Center. Travel time is around 1 hour and fare is around 70-80 pesos. There is no entrance fee but you have to pay 300 pesos for a guide if you dont want to get lost in the mountains.

**BIG thanks to Josiah Sicad of  www.lakas.com.ph and friends for being great travel buddies, I did plan to do this alone but I guess dudes are helpful companions just in case I tumbled down in one of the rivers

source: www.grasya.com

 

 

 

 

 

this video is not in english, but still very interesting to watch

Missing Malcapuya Island, Palawan

Malcapuya Island, Palawan

I’ve been to Malcapuya Island, Palawan in 2010, but I’m writing this post because I really miss that quiet island and because I noticed that a lot of my readers are interested in going to Malcapuya!

About Malcapuya
Malcapuya Island is part of the Calamianes group of islands. In 2010, there weren’t a lot of people in the island. We didn’t even have to pay for the beach or anything.

There was no “resort”. There were NO restaurants! There were no inns or hotels where you could sleep over night. If you wanted to stay over, then you’d have to bring your own tent.
What I liked about it though was that the sand was really white and pino! The beachfront is also wide so there’a lot of space to laze around, run around, and take pictures!

 

How to Get to Malcapuya
You can go to Malcapuya from Coron or Culion. You just need to hire a bangka and agree with the price. Going there takes at least an hour, so estimate the cost to be from PHP 1500-3000 per bangka. It will depend on where you will come from, how many you are, and if you are visiting other islands or not.

My friend, Kring, and I were in Culion then so we hired a bangka and it cost us PHP 3000 but we were able to go to three islands: Malcapuya Island, Bugur, and another island (I forgot the name) where there were a lot of squids swimming! We opted not to go anymore to Banana Island. :)
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Palawan, not Boracay, is next tourism bright spot

Palawan favorite tourist destination

MANILA, Philippines – Boracay, a favorite tourism destination of tourists, is not being eyed by big real estate firms for future development.

They are considering other island tourism spots, including Palawan, and other areas where the government will be putting up new or expanding existing airports.

At the Asia Pacific Real Estate Investment Summit in Makati on Wednesday, November 14, a panel of executives from key real estate players were asked what areas they consider to be “bright spots.”

Ayala Land’s Antonino Aquino cited their investments in 3 island resorts in El Nido in northern Palawan.

He said they are “encouraged by support of government,” especially in terms of incentives.

He also shared their group’s hopes that “tourism estates [will be] more organized than Boracay.”

When Jose Roberto Antonio, Managing Director of Century Properties Inc., was asked if they are looking at Boracay for their high-end development projects, he replied: “No comment.”

“We’re looking at Palawan, and those that have infrastructure play, like those where airports are being built,” he said. -

Source Rappler.com