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House by the cliff and the Tagbanua tribe

 7th Feb 2016

Article by Melissa Fox

Few Days ago I had a great opportunity to visit Coron Palawan again, if you missed the previous article please click here. Coron Palawan is one of the top tourist destination in the Philippines and it serves as the ancestral domain of the “Tagbanua tribe”. The Tagbanua people are descendants of some of the oldest people in the Philippines likely coming from Borneo and historically had strong relations with Brunei.
The tribe opened their home to the outside world and this gave an opportunity to  see how beautiful their place is and with the help of local government the Tagbanua people  acquire funds that brings food to their plate and portion of their funds goes towards their community.
Was lucky enough to be invited and meet them up close in person and be able to witness what it’s like to live inside their own home.

 

house by the cliff coron

coron tagbanua guard

Tagbanua Guard who collect entrance fees.

coron tagbanua guard in a boat

coron tagbanua guards

Tagbanua Guards who take turns on looking after the lakes and lagoons.

tagbanua kids

coron tagbanua guard cooking

They are so welcoming and let me in inside their home.

coron tagbanua home

The attic where they sleep.

house of tagabanua in coron

Gorgeous view from their room.

house of tagabanua in coron

coron tagbanua home

sea cucumbers tagbanua

Sea cucumbers are harvested and dried to be sold in the foreign market.I was told it will be used for herbal medicine, but the larger darker colored one in the photo sells for around 3,500 a kilo ($83).

sea stone molusk

Some sort of sea mollusk that stick on the stone, and can only be caught at night.

sea stone molusk

sea stone molusk

mangrove palawan

coron tagbanua guard

coron tagbanua guard

coron palawan lagoon

coron tagbanua guard

On the other side of the cliff, I spotted another lone house.

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coron tagbanua home

They also weave coconut leaves and make mat to be sold at the market.

coron tagbanua home

coron tagbanua home

coron tagbanua guard

coron tagbanua guard

coron tagbanua palawan

coron tagbanua birds nest harvest

Climbing caves is a part of life for the Tagbanua. they collect swift nests during the summer months that will be sold to Chinese traders. This is a practice the Tagbanua on Coron Island have been doing for many years.

coron tagbanua birds nest harvest

coron tagbanua birds nest harvest

market

The Tagbanua on mainland Coron are still ocean dwellers and depend on the sea for their food, and some of their produce goes straight at the market if not on their own plate.

tagbanua produce

tagbanua produce

tagbanua produce

tagbanua produce

tagbanua market

coron tagbanua palawan