Palawan Branch Museum
Baskets (bayong), dart holders, blowgun (supukan), darts (baslay) with several types of points
Tagbanua ritual paraphernalia: stoneware jar for the rice wine, porcelain plates and bowls to contain areca nuts and betel leaves, gongs and drums, bamboo pole on which hung dried pandan leaves, woven mat
Human bones, ceramics and other archaeological materials with dates ranging from 30,000 years ago to 14th century A.D.
Bamboo segments with indigenous syllabic scripts of the Tagbanua and Palawan.
Palawan flora and fauna.
Highlights of the Exhibit
The Pagdiwata Structure is a typical house of a balyanE(ritual specialist) where pagdiwataEritual paraphernalia are displayed. The pagdiwataEritual is a religious practice of the Tagbanua performed to cure sickness or to give thanks after a bountiful harvest or before planting. The colorful and elaborative ritual is executed inside the house of the balyanEwho acts as the medium. Drinking the rice wine (tabad) by participating local manungul jarresidents highlights the ritual.
Manunggul Jar (replica) Ea Late Neolithic burial jar found in Manunggul Cave. It has a cover depicting souls sailing to the afterworld in a death boat. (The original piece is displayed at the Museum of the Filipino People in Manila).
Category/Type of Museum: General
Location, Museum Hours & Contact No.
National Museum, Quezon Branch, Quezon, Palawan, Region IV
By air, Manila to Puerto Princesa is a one-hour flight via Air Philippines or Philippine Airlines. From Puerto Princesa City, Quezon can be reached within four hours by bus or shuttle van. Charing Bus Lines that regularly ply in the area is cheaper.
By sea. Overnight cruise via WG & A Super Ferry or Negros Navigation.
Mondays-Fridays / 9:00 am - 4:00 pm;
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays by appointment
ASBMD, National Museum Central Office; 527-4192