Palawan’s Famous Rock Lobster

Rock lobster

Lobsters, also known as langouste or rock lobsters, are a family (Palinuridae) of about 60 species of achelate crustaceans, in the Decapoda Reptantia. Spiny lobsters or rock lobsters, in some countries, sometimes called crayfishsea crayfish or crawfish, terms which elsewhere are reserved for freshwater crayfish.


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Palawan Fresh Cashew Nuts

            Palawan is not only known for its breathtaking sceneries and crystal-clear waters, it is also the cashew capital of the Philippines.

            Being the third most import nut in the world, next to almond and hazelnut, cashew or kasuy in Tagalog is the leading nut crop in the country.

          90 % of the country’s annual cashew production estimated at 116,900 tons came from Palawan. It is because there are numerous cashew trees planted there. Roxas, El Nido, and Dumaran are the top three municipalities in Palawan which produce these nuts.

            In fact, there is the Cashew Festival Week celebrated every second week of May at Roxas, the province’s cashew capital. It presents cashew as their main product.

            Cashew nuts are made salted, fried, roasted, brittle, caramelized, and chocolate-coated. Cashew apples are also processed as prunes, wine, vinegar and juice. Aside from that, they also make cashew tarts, otap and cakes out of them.

            Majority of the farmers there sell their raw nuts to local traders and processors, processed in Antipolo for marketing to food companies like Selecta, Nestle, Goldilocks and Red Ribbon.

            They also have this cashew nut shell liquid or CNSL, a brownish, sticky and caustic substance take out from the dried testa of the seed or nut. It is an industrial ingredient in cardolite, a raw material used in paints, varnishes, inks, lubricants and some other preservatives. A Filipino entrepreneur won an international award using cashew by-product as disinfectant to eliminate facial warts.

            Palawan Cashew Industry Council composed of the DA, DTI, DOST, the local government unit, the Palawan Chamber of Commerce & Industry Inc., the Palawan Food Processors Association and a farmer sector representative was organized for a coordinative and integrated implementation of the cashew development program. This is to recommend actions and suggestions to open up the many issues and concerns of the cashew nuts industry. Some of its issues are low level of production, lack of product/marketing development and lack of money for post-harvest facilities.


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The Good and the Odd ‘Tamilok’



How adventurous are you? Are you with those extreme and death-defying activities? Well, let’s see if you’re not just great with those activities but also one who never back out with any challenge dared, especially when it comes to an odd as well as very good kind of food.

Try the famous delicacy in Palawan, the Tamilok. It is a worm-like but actually a mollusk (same group as squid and octopus), found in rotten trees around the mangroves. It is translucent, quite slimy and really tastes like an oyster (talaba).

Just never mind the looks, and surely, you’ll enjoy eating this famous delicacy.  Eat it fresh and raw, by just dunking in a bowl of vinegar laced with other spices.


Tamilok in PalawanIf you’re a first-timer, seeing a bunch of intertwined slimy grayish worms won’t really boost up your appetite. Courage to eat this type of dish does not come with a fork. Eating tamilok just requires your picking out a fat strand of this wood worm. Swallowing the tamilok is a tough challenge. It will stick to your esophagus like an extra slippery and long oyster.

“Don’t judge the book by its cover” is seems like don’t judge the tamilok by its looks. Dare to taste it, and surely, you’ll never regret it. And maybe, you will ask for more tamilok to eat.

This delicacy is becoming more popular with both foreign and local tourists that would definitely put Palawan on the map making it one of the hottest tourist spots in the country.



Palawan, A Seafood Haven

Palawan is blessed with its wonderful seas, no doubt that there are abundant and various kinds of seafoods there.

Your tour in Palawan is not complete without visiting their markets, especially the Puerto Princesa public market and taking a glance to different kinds of seafoods that you’ll surely love to taste. The seafoods there are undeniably fresh plus the fact that they can sell them to you at a very affordable price. Seafoods like prawns, blue marlin, lamayo, tuna, crabs, lobsters, dried tahong, dried squid and tangigue are low-priced compared to those in Metro Manila.

Different restaurants in Palawan offer seafoods dishes that attract many of their tourists.

Kalui Restaurant- the most famous restaurant in Puerto Princesa and a recommended place to tourists.

Aside from their delicious seafood recipes, they also provide the best service one would surely love; friendly and accommodating staffs, good and relaxing ambience and their unique way of letting their customers enter their restaurant barefoot.

Jambalaya Restaurant- located at Port Barton, their specialty are gumbo (a New Orleans dish), fresh home baked bread, cornflakes with fruit, milkshakes and imported coffee are  also included on the menu. They also have board games for those who want to play after eating.

Badjao Seafront Restaurant- also in Puerto Princesa, the restaurant settled over the water at the end of  a raised boardwalk over mangroves is considered high class in terms of service and table settings, but the view of the mountain and the sea make it above the  others.

Balay Tubay- located in El Nido, Palawan, is designed with bamboo instead of brass and mirrors.Customers enjoy the live music every night. Grilled and sizzling seafood along with burgers, pizza and pasta are being served any time of the day.

Squido’s Restaurant- also in El Nido, Palawan, its widescreen TV is never turned off with a screening of  Holywood action movies and music videos to entertain the customers while eating or waiting for their food. They serve the best dishes in El Nido particularly stuffed squid,baked mussels, T-bone steak and chicken goulash.

Bamboo House Restaurant- also in Port Barton, a restaurant perfect for the whole family with picnic tables and few small nipa huts in the yard. Fish curry and shrimp sinigang are undeniably good here.

We all love to eat, and tasting different kinds of delicious delicacies is always included in our list whenever we’re having our vacation or tour to different places, As for Palawan, they are possessing different kinds of seafoodss and trying them would be a great satisfaction to your stay there.:)



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Palawan National School (History, Mission, Vision, Contacts)

Formerly known as the Palawan High School, which was establish in 1907, in the island municipality of Cuyo. Province of Palawan. This started as a Junior High School for the first two years of secondary education. The first building was composed of six room which was made of light materials such as “pawid” and “sawali” (pawid was [Read more…]

Palawan State University (History, Academic Programs, Campus, Contacts)

PSU was established on March 2, 1972, as a teacher-training institution known as the Palawan Teachers College by virtue of Republic Act 4303 with Dr. Walfrido R. Ponce de Leon as its first president. It had an initial student population of 101 students enrolled in the BS Elementary Education and BS Education programs, and 40 students in Master of Arts (with several major fields) and Master of Arts in Education.
Through Republic Act 797 on February 27, 1984, the Palawan Teachers College was transformed into the Palawan State College enabling it to continue offering its [Read more…]

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