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Toggle Navigation Brief History of Palawan From the ancient times, colonization and war HOME PALAWAN’S CULTURAL HERITAGE HISTORY OF PALAWAN HISTORY OF PALAWAN From ancient times, colonizations and Japanese invasion Long before it became “The Best Island in the World” and became a major tourist destination, Palawan had a significant role over the years especially during those dark days of colonization from one colonizer to another. The early history of this province was determined by a team of researchers led by Dr. Robert Fox who has found the evidence of life from the remains they unearthed in the Tabon Cave – proving that man has continuously lived in Palawan for more than 50,000 years ago. They also found the remains of those they called “Tabon Man” in the municipality of Quezon. Although the origin of the cave dwellers was not yet established, anthropologists believe that they came from Borneo. Until now, excavations and explorations are still done in the Tabon Cave which was dubbed as “the Cradle of Philippine Civilization” to find other yet discovered items and remains that could be useful for further studies. During Ancient Times It is believed that the Palaw’ans people and the Tagbanuas people are direct descendants of Palawan’s earliest settlers. They have developed an informal form of government, their own alphabet, and their own trade system with sea-borne merchants. Ancient tribal artworks that managed to survive over time include reliefs of elephants, sharks, and fish found in the walls of the Tabon Cave. Approximately 50,000 years ago that a period of jar burials have begun – this era lasted until AD 500 and at present, over 1500 burial jar have already been found, along with a mural depicting a burial procession. Approximately between 220 to 263 AD, a new wave of recent migrants came during a period called the “Three Kingdoms” where “Little dark people” who were living in Anwei province in South China were driven South by Han people. Some settled in Thailand while others scattered farther south to Indonesia, Sumatra, and Borneo.

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