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About Palawan and its History


Palawan is the largest province in the Philippines based on total area of jurisdiction. It is composed of 1,780 islands and islets, and is home to beautiful rocky coves, white sand beaches, and lush forests that carpet a series of mountain ranges. In particular, Coron and El Nido are visited by many tourists for the diversity of things that can be found under its waters – from historical shipwrecks to colorful corals. On the other hand, Puerto Princesa is famous for its Underground River that has been recognized around the world.

Brief History

Fossils of the Tabon Man were discovered in Palawan and were believed to have settled on the island some 22,000 years ago. Early settlers include the Malays and Indonesians. Palawan was once called “Paragua”. In 1930, the province was reorganized with surrounding islands and renamed Palawan.

Palawan plays a significant role in history as it was the place where Japanese colonizers burned live Filipino prisoners during World War II. The “Palawan Massacre” was done to prevent the rescue by Filipino allies.

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