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Welcome to Palawan, Philippines
Palawan is the country's largest province not only in terms of land area but also of natural resources, which attract local and foreign visitors of either business or tourism inclinations. Its stunning, pristine beauty is unsurpassed. Palawan boasts of exotic flora and fauna like the mouse deer and the scaly ant eater are found nowhere else. Palawan waters are among the best in the world not only for diving but also for fishing. Many Manila-based fishing operations have built fortunes from the flourishing fish trade, supplying Manila other parts of Luzon with produce from the sea.
Today, the number of leisure travellers to the province continues to grow, especially those drawn to underwater sports, mountain-trekking and exploring. A Japanese and Filipino partnership have even built a resort in El Nido, famous for it's cliffs which house the swift, a bird species that makes the famous edible bird's nest. Anthropologists also found the biggest and best known skull of the oldest Filipino, the Tabon Man (approximately 22,000 years old), high up in the cool recess of Tabon Cave Quezon 157 kilometers southeast of the provincial capital.
A diver's paradise, Palawan has miles of sub-surface coral and rainbow reef walls which surround the costs and coves teeming with a multitude of marine life. The province also boasts of extraordinary scenic wonders like the St. Paul Underground River, the Calauit Wildlife Sanctuary and the Honda Bay Islands, among others.
Palawan engages in the nation's most intensive environmental program. The provincial government has mobilized its citizenry to actively participate in various environment conservation and protection programs such as : the "Bantay Gubat" for forests and the "Bantay Dagat" for the seas.
A. Brief History
However, it was American who established the province of Paragua in 1902, with Cuyo as the capital. Eventually in 1905, the name was changed to Palawan and the capital moved to Puerto Princesa by virtue of Republic Act 1363.
A chain of mountain ranges cut down the length of the main island. The mountain eights average 3,500 in altitude with the highest peak rising to 6,800 feet at Mount Matalingahan. The vast mountain areas are the source of valuable timber. The terrain is a mix of coastal plain, craggy foothills, valley deltas, heavy forest interperesed with riverine artiries that serve as irrigation.
C. Political Subdivision
Municipalities of Palawan
Aborlan - Agutaya - Araceli - Balabac - Bataraza - Taytay - Busuanga - Cagayancillo - Coron - Cuyo -
Eleven (11) municipalities are located in the mainland, while 11 others are island municipalities which are accessible by motorized bancas and barges plying the neighboring municipalities from Puerto Princesa City.
Palawan is the melting pot of 81 cultural groups and races who lives together in peace and harmony. Generall, the people are of Malay origin, but there is a strong influence from Borneo, China and the Middle East.
G. How to get there
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