The Palawan Tau’t Bato of Singnapan Valley

The Palawan Tau’t Bato of Singnapan Valley

The Tau’t Bato (Tao’t Bato, Taaw’t Bato) are really just a subgroup of the larger Pala’wan indigenous group. They speak the native Pala’wan language and practice many of the same beliefs of the Pala’wan. The only difference being this particular community, those living in the area of Singnapan valley, take shelter in the large nearby caves during the rainy season. Because of the heavy rains and flooding within the valley during the wet months taking shelter within the caves is their best protection. During the dry season each family has its own land and house within the valley. The name Tau’t Bato was given to these people by President Marcos back in the 70′s because of their cave existence.


Jacob Maentz

Documentary photographer and founder of Project Katutubong Pilipino.

There are 3 comments on this post
  1. May 31, 2012, 8:54 am

    thanks for the informative post.. this people should be given recognition by the government 🙂

  2. sonia
    February 23, 2013, 12:17 pm

    i met tau’t bato people last january …they are so fantastic ! the bad is that from Razang the gov is starting to destroy the jungle to make a new road to reach better their caves !

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