Relive Palawan History, Visit Palawan Museum

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The introduction of Christianity to Palawan in the 15th century is not only of religious significance but also of international historical significance. Because of this, Palawan became the first Catholic province in the whole of Asia.


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The Museum keeps a collection of marine shells that can be found in Palawan including the very rare Conus Gloria Maris and the Golden Cowrie.

 Palawan Marine Shells

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January 7, 2009 at 2:34 pm


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The focal point of this section is the Manunggul burial jar carbon-dated to the late Neolithic Period. The cover features a ship of the dead with 2 oarsmen. This is the only jar of this period that has been recovered intact therefore it has been declared a National Cultural Treasure. This is also the logo of the Palawan Museum.

Manunggul Jar

Other features of this section include jars from the Sung Dynasty (960-1279) recovered from land and underwater excavations in Southern Palawan and blue and white porcelain from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).


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The Museum’s ethnological exhibits showcase cultural materials from the paraphernalia of a significant ritual like the Pagdiwata of the Tagbanua to ordinary tools, fishing and hunting equipment baskets, woven out of indigenous materials colored with natural dyes that retain their color even under the heat of the sun.

The Pagdiwata Ritual of the Tagbanua Group of People

Another featured sub-section is the part of the exhibit of Nicole Revel-Mcdonald at the Cultural Center of the Philippines titled Pananw Palawan. This exhibit focuses on the oral tradition of the Palaw’an highlighting various aspects of their cultural life.

 Palaw'an Literature



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This section features the skullcap of the Tabon Man unearthed by Robert Fox of Quezon, Palawan in 1962 and is the paramount feature of the museum. This fossil which was dated by radio+carbon-14 technique to be around 23,000 years old is internationally recognized as the first Filipino.

 Skull cap of the Tabon Man

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January 7, 2009 at 2:06 pm