Photographer's Note

The Tagbanua, one of the oldest indigenous ethnic groups in the Philippines live in remote islands in the central and northern Palawan. They are believed to be one of the original inhabitants of the country. Indigenous people are usually referred as IPs in the Philippines.

The pristine aqua green and blue waters in this unspoiled paradise with the towering limestone cliffs and white sand beaches are the site of the 22,000 hectares of land and sea awarded to the Tagbanuas in 1998 thru the Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT). It is said to be the first-ever claim on ancestral water by an indigenous group in the country. The CADT is the title to the land and sea that have sustained the community for centuries. The title gave the Tagbanuans the right to manage, protect and preserve its marine and land resources. The Indigenous People’s Rights Act (IPRA) upholds the pursuit of ethnic groups on ancestral domain rights.

I took a photo of this Tagbanua patrolling the area at the Skeleton Wreck dive site in Coron, Palawan while local and foreign tourists either snorkelled or wreck dived. I was one of the local tourists who went on a solo backpacker trip to this paradise.

This image is for Lisa (delpeoples) whom I have an impression to be a strong advocate of indigenous peoples rights in Australia as well as related environmental issues in her home country.

PS: Hi Lisa, kindly correct if I am wrong on my impression of you.

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