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Palawan is an island province of the Philippines located in the MIMAROPA region in Luzon. Its capital is Puerto Princesa City and it is the largest province in terms of land area. The islands of Palawan stretches from Mindoro to Borneo in the southwest. It lies between the South China Sea in the northwest and Sulu Sea in the southeast.

Palawan is considered to be the Philippines' last frontier. The province boasts of many splendid beaches and resorts and it is where the Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park, one of the World Heritage Sites, is located.

Province of Palawan

Region: MIMAROPA (Region IV-B)
Capital: Puerto Princesa City
Founded: March 10, 1917
2000 census—755,412 (31st largest).
Density—51 per km² (3rd lowest).
Area: 14,896.3 km² (largest)
Component Cities—1.
Congressional districts—2.
Languages: Tagalog, Ilonggo, Cebuano, English
Governor: Mario Joel T. Reyes (2001-2004)

Table of contents
1 People and Culture
2 Economy
3 Geography
4 History
5 External Links

People and Culture




Palawan is subdivided into 23 municipalities and 1 city.

The Philippine government claims most of the Spratly Islands, locally called the Kalayaan Group of Islands, in the South China Sea Islands to be under the jurisdiction of Palawan.



  • Aborlan
  • Agutaya
  • Araceli
  • Balabac
  • Bataraza
  • Brooke's Point
  • Busuanga
  • Cagayancillo
  • Coron
  • Culion
  • Cuyo
  • Dumaran
  • El Nido (Bacuit)
  • Kalayaan
  • Linapacan
  • Magsaysay
  • Narra
  • Quezon
  • Rizal (Marcos)
  • Roxas
  • San Vicente
  • Sofronio Espaņola
  • Taytay


Palawan consists of the long and narrow Palawan Island, plus a number of other smaller islands surrounding the main island. The Calamian Group, to the northwest consists of Busuanga Island, Culion Island, and Coron Island. Durangan Island almost touches the westernmost part of Palawan Island, while Balabac Island is located off the southern tip, separated from Borneo by the Balabac Strait. In addition, Palawan covers the Cuyo Islands and Cagayan Island in the Sulu Sea. The disputed Spratly Islands, located a few hundred kilometers to the west is considered part of Palawan by the Philippines, and is locally called the Kalayaan Group of Islands.


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MIMAROPA: Marinduque | Occidental Mindoro | Oriental Mindoro | Palawan | Romblon