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Movable cultural objects and the museums in which they are conserved constitute exceptional repositories of cultural diversity. As points of access for knowledge about cultures and centres of—formal and non-formal—education, museums also contribute to mutual understanding and social cohesion as well as economic and human development. – UNESCO


PALAWAN is, indeed, increasingly being recognized nationwide and internationally as a prime tourist destination. The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is currently a nominee to the New 7 Wonders of Nature and is inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List, together with the Tubbataha Reefs. El Nido, Palawan was featured in the Leg 12 of the Amazing Race Season 5 where the teams had to climb a 150-foot (46m) rock wall (Lagen wall) and find their next clue in one of four giant clams. Ploning, a film shot in the island of Cuyo, Palawan, is the Official Entry of the Philippines to the to the 81st Academy awards (OSCARS) for the Best Foreign Language Film Category. But despite its increasing prestige, most people are still unaware that  Palawan’s cultural and historical resources are as rich and diverse as its natural resources.

 Palawan is home to 87 different cultural groups and races. It is home to 3 national cultural treasures . The Tagbanuas, one of the indigenous groups in Palawan, are one of the few remaining ethnolinguistic groups in the Philippines that use a type of syllabic writing in the country prior to the coming of the Spaniards, which has been declared in 1999 by UNESCO as “Memory of the World”. The Manunggul Jar discovered in Quezon, Palawan is one of our solid proofs that we are from the Austronesian group of people. Pots, jewelry, language, musical instruments in Palawan speak of a rich multicultural society with a long history.


Museums, among many others, are means to showcase information found in artifacts and in the other creations of both man and nature in the past and in the present. These information are important for individuals and groups to learn something about their past, which they can use in understanding the present and in rewriting their own history.

The Palawan Museum was created in 1991 with a vision of serving as a center and repository of relics and artifacts in Palawan, as a genuine source of the rich natural and historical legacy of Palawan and as a source of a growing collection and reference on Palawan’s cultural heritage.

 In line with this vision, the Palawan Museum recognizes the NEED FOR INFORMATION found in artifacts to be SHARED to the PUBLIC not only as a source of entertainment or nice-to-know trivia but also for the public to understand and recreate their identity.

With our sections namely the anthropology, archaeology, biology, ethnology and historical sections, we are hoping that we are able to create an interest, keep the interest and make our visitors aware of the value of our heritage. Please check the Categories box and click on the Sections link to get more information about these sections.

A Library is also found at the Palawan Museum which is composed of donations from our partners of hard-to-find books on archeology, history, culture, ethnology, anthropology about Palawan and about the world. (Click the library link at the Categories Box to see the list of books that we have.)


The Palawan Museum is an economic institution as much as it is a social institution. With the decline of public interest in visiting museums in the Philippines, more lay-offs for their employees follow. It is thus trying to find ways on how to make the museum financially sustainable and not just rely on public support for its operational expenditures. The Museum is currently strengthening its ties with tour operators, teachers, different individuals and groups in the province of Palawan, aggressively marketing its services through this site and through other promotional activities, increasing the coverage of our exhibits by creating a CUYONON SECTION, and opening our membership and the museum to interested individuals or groups who want to tie up with the museum for events in Palawan.

We are also still in the process of improving our products and services through research and brainstorming. That is why we are inviting you to please answer the polls that you will find in this website or the survey forms at the Palawan museum.

Disclaimer: The exhibits at the Palawan Museum and the books at the library are donations from different groups and families living in Palawan and other generous individuals (Nicole Revel-McDonald) and are worth millions of pesos when appraised. The artifacts and material culture (handicrafts, baskets, etc) found at the museum speak of the rich history and culture of Palawan, some of which are still being used and produced by the indigenous groups of the province of Palawan, Philippines.  The Palawan Museum appreciates your participation on the polls below. This is a way to further improve the exhibits that we have and also to find out how much our exhibits are valued by its visitors and the Palaweno community.

 If you have other suggestions or inquiries,  please contact us at +63-48433 2963

Matamang salamat!!! Thank you very much!!!

We are looking forward to hearing from you, partnering with you and serving you…!


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The Library

The museum is home to hard-to-find books on Philippine and Palawan history, anthropology, archaeology, entomology, literature, and flora and fauna. The museum charges a minimal amount for the use of the library. (Click the link below to download the list of our collection of books).

The Natural and Historical Foundation of Palawan and the City of Puerto Princesa, Inc.

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 A Brief Profile of the Natural and Historical Foundation of Palawan and the City of Puerto Princesa, Inc.


The officers and members envision with deep optimism, the creation and organization of the foundation and a museum and library, to serve as center and repository of relics and artifacts as well as a genuine source of the rich natural and historical legacy and source of a growing collection and reference on Palawan’s cultural heritage.

The protection, conservation and preservation of the local and national patrimony are likewise hopefully expected.

Purpose of Incorporation:

1. To undertake, promote, directly finance and/or assist projects in relation with the Natural and historical wealth and heritage of the Province of Palawan and the City of Puerto Princesa.

2. To promote, assist and directly finance the establishment and maintenance of the museum and library.

3. To develop, promote and distribute learning materials pertinenet to its objectives.

4. To assist the government in its program to promote tourism.


1. To promote among Palawenos in particular and Filipinos in general a deeper understanding and appreciation of Palawan’s rich natural, cultural and historical heritage and patrimony.

2. To develop positive behavioral/attitudinal change in visitor’s and tourist’s view about Palawan and Puerto Princesa City.

3. To provide cultural awareness for the intellectual enrichment of our future generation.

Brief Description:

In 1986, the Committee on Education, Culture and Arts of the Puerto Princesa City Council, led by Hon. Antonio P. Romasanta, Sr. Chairman, and Hon. Carolina F. San Juan, Vice Chairman, organized the Natural and Historical Foundation of the City of Puerto Princesa through a resolution, with the approval of the City Mayor.

On September 1, 1987, the Foundation was created by virtue of Executive order No. 20 and signed by Hon. Alfred E. Abueg Jr., then city Mayor, for the establishment of a museum and library to serve as a repository of relics and artifacts and a venue of information on the rich historical, cultural and natural heritage of the city.

 The expansion of the scope of the foundation was decided, and on April 20, 1989, it was registered with the Securities and Exhange Commision as the Natural and Historical Foundation of Palawan and the City of Puerto Princesa, Inc.

The Museum

The Palawan Museum

The Palawan Museum was opened at the Old City Hall on March 4, 1991, through the kind assistance of Mrs. Cecille B. Mitra, Honorary Chairman, to coincide with the Foundation Anniversary of the City of Puerto Princesa, in the presence of the city government officials led by Mayor and Mrs. Feliberto Oliveros and Comelec Comissioner Alfredo Abueg Jr.

On its first year, promotion drives were undertaken and on its first Anniversary of the Palawan Museum, the old City Hall was fully occupied by the Museum, after it was renovated through financial assistance from the Countrywide Development Funds of Congressman Alfredo E. Abueg Jr. of the Second District of Palawan. On the same occasion, the Memorandum of Agreement was signed between the City Government and the Foundation, leasing the building to the Foundation for 25 years and embodying the pledge of financial support by the City Government through City Mayor Edward S. Hagedorn.

Since its establishment the Foundation has embarked on the following:

1. Networking with the National Museum, National Commision for Culture and The Arts (NCCA), National Historical Institute (NHI), National Library, Department of Tourism (DOT), and other museums in the country.

2. It is a member of the Philippine Association of Museum Inc. (PAMI) and actively participates in the Annual Museum Congresses.

3. It has co-sponsored Annual Historical Conferences of the Philippine Historical Association, National Commision for Culture and the Arts, Philippine Assoication of Museum, Inc. and National Historical Institute in Palawan.

4. It has facilitated the recognition of important historical sites in the province by the NHI whereby historical markers had been installed such in the Taytay Fort, the landing of the 1st Phil-Am radio operators which paved the way for the installation of communication system during World War 2 and resulted in the liberation of Palawan and Panay from japanese forces.

5. Staged the ethnic Cuyuno Cultural Festival in coordination with Cuyo and Magsaysay local government.

6. It has encouraged and promoted local artists by making the museum available for their exhibits; conducted art workshops among students and out-of school youth and conducted annual historical contest for the past 10 years.

7. Established a plant nursery after winning a project proposal from the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Foundation. This is intended for the purpose of planting forest tree species in the failed cultural village project, but the nursery has been continued for educational purposes source of seedlings for their annual tree planting project for the past 3 years and can be one source of funds for the maintennance of the museum.

8. Registered artifacts excavated in the province and coordinated with the National Museum for the issuance of permits for excavation.

9. Enjoined law enforcement agencies in the protection, preservation of our cultural resources.

10. Sponsored the printing of book entitled “Puerto Princesa During the Second World War.”. A Narrative History, a compilation of events, war experiences and personal testimonies edited by Mrs. Carolina F. San Juan.

Note: This website was created for purposes of extending the museum’s presence to the local, national and international community and is in line with the efforts of the museum to live up to its social function. The museum is also in the process of updating its services and strengthening its capability to earn money that could sustain it without the need for public financing. This project was spearheaded by Jocelyn Fabello.