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.
Tagbanua Guard who collect entrance fees.
Tagbanua Guards who take turns on looking after the lakes and lagoons.
They are so welcoming and let me in inside their home.
The attic where they sleep.
Gorgeous view from their room.
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).
Some sort of sea mollusk that stick on the stone, and can only be caught at night.
On the other side of the cliff, I spotted another lone house.
They also weave coconut leaves and make mat to be sold at the market.
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.
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.