Pineapple Capital of Palawan: Bataraza
[Credits: Darl Reyes Laxamana / Municipal Tourism Office] Bataraza Town Center, the landmark of the municipality

The Municipality of Bataraza was declared as the Pineapple Capital of the Province of Palawan.

After it was declared, the municipality of Palawan celebrated the first Pineapple festival in 2019 wherein they proudly present their sweet pineapples and hole various activities. This festival is held every July 15-18. The town has approximately 600 hectares of pineapple fields, the most was located in Barangay Bulalacao. The government expects more people to come to enjoy the festivity and boost their tourism industry.

This is a municipality in the Province of Palawan that is located in the southernmost province. It belongs to the first class municipality and has 23 barangays. Bataraza was once part of Brooke’s Point but separated by the Virtue of Philippine Republic Act 3425 in1964 and named after Datu Bataraza.

Palawan has been known by having beautiful nature wonders, it simply encourages travelers and those who are seeking adventure spots. The fact we can’t deny is that Palawan’s tourism soared higher than what the governments and locals expected.

So, what can we do in Batarza?
[Bataraza Public Information / Facebook Page] Batarza sunset view

Well, you got choices! You can go hiking and explore the natural waterfalls, discover caves, island hopping in Capayas Island and Pirates Island, or relax on the white sand beach.

Bataraza has majestic waterfalls, yes waterfalls. There are a total of five waterfalls in Barangay Malihud named Kapangyan Falls, Pabatingan Falls, Zigzag Falls, Patunton Falls and the most popular Lalatuan Falls. Lalatuan Falls is located at the top mountain, surrounded by the flora and fauna and the overlooking mountain view is a good plus!

Let’s jump into their cave! There’s a cave in this municipality, the Gangub Cave!

The cave was also known as Panuyon Cave, derived from a Pala’wan word “panoy” which means “paniki” or bat. There are different species of bats living in the cave, and a source of bat guano. A bat guano ( bat’s poop) is a high value fertilizer, a natural fungicide and controls nematodes on the soil. Before the government of Bataraza protected the area, the caretaker of the cave said that people sneak and steal guanos. The stealing stopped after the government opened this as a tourist destination and implemented rules and regulations. This cave also served as the church of Seventh Day Adventist since 1987.

They also have Bataraza Town Center (BTC) the municipality’s pineapple landmark, a plaza wherein you can sit and watch kids play, along with their parents or friends.

Aside from this, you can relax and enjoy the white sand beaches in Batarza. There are resorts, restaurants and other leisure establishments that can provide you during your vacation, from basic to luxurious accommodations. You can also tour around the town, buy local souvenirs, observe their local cultures or learn the local language. The fun you can have during your trip is your imagination and mood.

References

palawan-news.com
en.wikipedia.org
web.facebook.com/BatarazaPalawanTourismOffice


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