Palawan represents diversity in both biodiversity and culture. It is home to Palawan Subterranean River Park, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Apart from the wonders of nature that is protected and maintained by the government, the province is also known for its warm, hospitable, and talented locations. Indigenous residents such as Tau't Bato (People of the Stone) and Tau't Daram (People of the Darkness) dwell on some of the remote areas in the province, such as Bataraza, Narra, and Brooke's Point.
Palawan is also reach with folklore and stories, which represent the colorful tradition of its people. You'll see these customs during their festivals. For many tourists, the best time to go to Palawan is not just during summer months when the seas are calm and the views are spectacular. Many prefer to visit the province when there are festivals.
Here's a list of festivals in the province that you may want to experience:
- Love and Affair With Nature. This happens every February 14th when residents, government officials, and tourists take part in mangrove planting activities through the coastlines of Palawan. The effort of the government in protecting the environment resolved in Puerto Princesa city receiving the title “a city in a forest.”
- Balayong Festival. The best time to go to Palawan is every March 4th when Puerto Princesa commemorates its founding anniversary through street dancing and colorful floral parade.
- Pangalipay sa Baybay. Puerto Princesa has its own version of fireworks display, which happens during the first week of April. Street dancing, modeling competitions, and other forms of local celebrations happens along the Puerto Princesa Bay.
- Kamarikutan Pagdiwata Arts Festival. This event is held during the full moon of April and is one of the best times to go to Palawan. The festival highlights music and arts presentations from professionals and students, representing the province's culture and traditions.
- Seafood Festival, which happens on the third week of April, features different seafood delicacies, which the province is also famous for.
- Karagatan Festival. This famous event takes place on the first week of May, when the province plans different beach activities, including coastal cleanup.
- Feast of the Forest. During the third week of June, the provincial government supports environmental awareness and protection through acts of reforestation. This is their way of giving back to Mother Earth for good harvests and security.
- Baragatan sa Palawan. “Baragatan” in Cuyunon means convergence or meeting of people. This is held to unite the local folks in sharing their culture and history.
The Philippines is popular for the colorful festivals that happen around the country through out the year. When you want to experience the unique culture of Filipinos, start by planning a trip to Palawan.