Ethnic Groups of the Philippines


Puerto Princesa, Palawan is the home of the Tagbanwa. Their language may also be known as Aborlan Tagbanwa or even Apurawnon, and is classified under the other Palawanic languages. However, it has some lexical similarities with Cuyonon, a Bisayan language. Tagbanwas are also said to have their own script.

The traditional clothing of the Tagbanwas came from the barks of trees. Transforming the bark into clothing material is a tedious process. Accessories, such as necklaces and anklets, are also essential to their everyday attire. Men and women wear their hair long.

The Calamian Tagbanwas are primarily located in the northern part of Palawan in the Calamian and Linapacan islands. Interestingly, they do not belong to the Palawanic subgroup, but are directly classified under the Philippine subgroup. This subgroup is known as the Kalamian group, which includes the Agutaynon. Calamian Tagbanwas do not use of the Tagbanwa script.

Though the languages of the Aborlan and Calamian Tagbanwa belong to different subgroups, their culture and practices are similar.

In addition, the Central Tagbanwa can be found in the northern Palawan Island in the MIMAROPA region. They are on the brink of losing their language.