Trekking, Palawan native community immersion
PALAWAN, Philippines - If you're looking for something offbeat to include in your Puerto Princesa itinerary, try spending a few hours with the Batak tribe in Kalakwasan in Sitio Tanabag. Learn about their lives, practices, and how you can be of help.
The Batak, the smallest tribe in Palawan, live up in the mountains. With just 49 families left – that’s more or less 300 people – they’re slowly disappearing.
The word “Batak” in Cuyonon means “mountain people.” While the Batak’s origins haven’t been determined, it’s inferred that they are of Aeta descent because of their physical attributes — dark skin, kinky hair, and small but well-defined bodies.