16 Amazing and Interesting Facts About Palawan

9. Philippine Mouse Deer – World’s Smallest Hoofed Mammal

calamian deer

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South of Palawan, lies the Balabac Island, home of the world’s smallest hoofed mammal – the Philippine mouse deer. Locally known as Pilandok (Tragalus nigricans), this ruminant stands only about 40 centimeters at the shoulder level

10. The largest crocrodile in the world was caught in Palawan. Its name was Lolong.


Lolong (died 10 February 2013) was the largest crocodile in captivity. He was an Indo-Pacific or saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) measured at 20 ft 3 in (6.17 m), and weighed 2,370 lbs (1,075 kg), making him one of the largest crocodiles ever measured from snout-to-tail.

11. It has its own natural gas field called Malampaya gas field. It was discovered in 1992 and was developed by Shell Philippines.


12. The Tabon Cave in Puerto Princesa, Palawan was the site where the remains of the oldest Homo Sapiens in Southeast Asia were found, dating to 47,000 years ago.

"Tabon Cave 2014 03" by Jimaggro - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Commons.
Tabon Cave 2014 03 by Jimaggro

13. There are 52 languages and dialects spoken in Palawan.

More than 50 percent of the people speak Filipino (Tagalog). Other languages include Cuyonon, spoken by 26.27 percent of the population, followed by Hiligaynon and Palawano.

14. Palawan is known as the country’s last frontier. El Nido

This is because the island has managed to preserve its natural beauty, which is home to a wide variety of tropical flora and fauna. With more than a thousand islands and islets, Palawan is the perfect breeding ground for monkeys, bear cats, zebras and squirrels, as well as tropical plants and corals.

15. Puerto Princesa City is nicknamed “the city in a forest”.

The nickname is attributed to both its natural wonders and its commitment to protecting the environment. Puerto Princesa has been named the cleanest and greenest city in the Philippines, and has also been recognized internationally for environmental excellence.

16. Palawan is home to two World Heritage Sites.


The Puerto Princessa Subterranean River National Park and the Tubbataha Reef Marine Park are both listed as Unesco World Heritage Sites. A World Heritage Site is a place listed by UNESCO as of special physical or cultural significance.