"When we arrived here there were so many fish and giant clams living in the shallows near the shore - you could hardly walk in the water..."
Gemma Fabrigas, local resident, El Nido 2014.
Palawan is one of the most abundant coral reef environments on earth, a place where an intimate understanding of the marine world has been passed through generations for thousands of years.
Human fossils discovered in the Tabon Cave suggest that Palaweños were among the first islanders to settle in Southeast Asia. A neolithic burial jar found nearby depicts two people paddling into the afterlife on a small boat.
For centuries, Palawan was a place almost forgotten by time and people here were dependent on the islands’ abundant reefs and thick forests for all their needs. A balance with nature developed that defined every aspect of their lives from the practical to the spiritual.