OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen it comes to tourism gem Palawan, it seems the best time to visit is summer, where its beaches and its famous tourist attraction the Underground River (Puerto Princesa Subterranean River Park) show their most vibrant colors. But do you know that there is another best time to visit Palawan, particularly Puerto Princesa?
Every year, in the two weeks leading up to Palawan’s Foundation Day on June 23, all the 23 municipalities of Palawan meet and gather at the capital to showcase the best of their places – their products, and their people. The festival is called Baragatan, which in Cuyunon (the main language in Palawan), means to “meet,” or to “gather.”
Coming to Baragatan as a tourist is like doing a meet and greet with all the beautiful places and cultures in Palawan. You need not physically go to each place to experience it; the locals will bring it to you, and perhaps what you see will entice you to stay longer. Or perhaps, it is enough that you meet and hear the stories of locals from remote areas like Kalayaan, that controversial group of islands also claimed by China.

 

Source: http://www.rappler.com/

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