The Philippines and its History

Philippines-Regions-Map.pngThe Palawan island

The Palawan tribe is located in the Philippines where  7,107 islands are located. The Palawan tribe lives on the Palawan island which is the fifth largest island with an area of 12,189km^2. The Palawan island is the largest province in the Philippines and it is home to several indigenous groups such as Batak, Tagbanwa, Taaw’t-Bato, Molbog and the Palawan


 

The Philippines’ Uneven Economic Boom. (n.d.). Retrieved February 07, 2016, from http://www.geocurrents.info/economic-geography/philippines-uneven-economic-boom

Batak 

Batak is a small tribe located in the northeast of Palawan. They are the oldest indigenous tribe of the Philippines and it is believed that they arrived here 50’000 years ago. Now they are only a couple of hundred left of them and they are facing several threats to their existence. (Batak means “mountain people”)

Tagbanwa

Philippines-2014-57_web-lrg.jpgThe Tagbanwa tribe meaning people of the world are located in the central and northern Palawan.  They live in villages of 45- 500 individuals. They are quite similar to the coastal people and most of them dress like the non-tribe lowlanders. Marriage is very important for them, if you are not married then you are consider odd among them.

Visiting the Batak Tribe, Palawan, The Philippines. (2014). Retrieved February 07, 2016, from http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2014/10/batak-tribe-palawan-philippines/

Taaw’t-Bato

The Taaw’t-Bato tribe lives in the Singnapan valley in southern Palawan and Taaw’t- Bato means “People of the rocks”. They were given this name from the president Marcos because of their cave existence. They are very much alike the Palawan tribe the only different thing is that during rainy seasons they take shelter in big caves. They get a lot of heavy rain and floods so taking shelter in the caves is their best protection. In the dry season each family gets it’s own land and house within the valley.

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The Palawan Tau’t Bato of Singnapan Valley | Travel Photographer Jacob Maentz. (2012). Retrieved February 07, 2016, from http://www.jacobimages.com/2012/05/palawan-taut-bato-singnapan-valley

Molbog

The Molbog tribe is located in the Balabac Island in Southern Palawan. They do a lot of farming, fishing and they trade with another group nearby called Sulu. The Molbog tribe was ruled by the Sulu in the past. The Molbog tribe is very religious and they chant daily. They are muslims and Islam for them is a way of life.

Palawan 

Palawan_0537_8496-Edit-Edit.jpgThe Palawan tribe is located in the south of Palawan and they are a total of 40’000 people. They either live in mountainous interior or in the lowlands. Some of them are very isolated and have very little contact with the outside world. The Palawan are shifting cultivators which means that they clear a small area of land in the forest and grow food there before they move on allowing it to regenerate. The Palawan’s favourite meat is wild pig and they must make a request to the pig animal ‘master’ before catching it. They grow rice and coconut and collect wild honey and resin to sell. The principle on which the Palawan base their life is called ingasiq, meaning ‘compassion’. They have big ceremonies and healing dances, once every seven years they have a ceremony to ‘cleanse the world’ and restore the cosmic balance.

The Palawan Tau’t Bato of Singnapan Valley | Travel Photographer Jacob Maentz. (2012). Retrieved February 07, 2016, from http://www.jacobimages.com/2012/05/palawan-taut-bato-singnapan-valley

History 

About 7’000 islands make up the Philippines but the bulk of its fast-growing population lives on just 11 of them. Much of the country is mountains due to the earthquakes and eruptions around the twenty active volcanoes. The Philippines was a Spanish colony for over three centuries and the Philippines is named after a 16th century Spanish king. The Philippines was taken over by the US in the early 20th century. Spanish and US influence are still seen today in the Philippines especially in the language, religion and government and they became independent in 1946. The Philippines now have a population of 96.5 million people and their major religion is Christianity. PicMonkey Cjollage.jpg

 Top 10 Beaches in The Philippines. (2013). Retrieved February 07, 2016, from https://toptensofrandomthings.wordpress.com/2013/09/08/top-10-beaches-in-the-philippines/
Beautiful Place. (n.d.). Retrieved February 07, 2016, from http://place-beauti.blogspot.ch/2011/12/beautiful-places-in-philippines.html#.VrcoqIQobdk
Mayon Volcano, Philippines (photo by Melvin Baroga) [1200×797] • /r/EarthPorn. (n.d.). Retrieved February 07, 2016, from https://www.reddit.com/r/EarthPorn/comments/2ya34p/mayon_volcano_philippines_photo_by_melvin_baroga/

(Works cited in other blog post)

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