What to do in Taytay, Palawan
[Credits: Laurin Arjel Cañete via FB DM] Taytay, Palawan signage before sunset.

As a person travels, they first check what attractions or where they should spend their vacation. Well, this one offers you a lot, you need a week or more to experience or discover them all. The town is populated by half with the mixtures of Filipino culture from Ilocos, southern island of Mindanao, and mostly came from Negros, Central Visayas and Cebu, Negros Island and native Cuyunons.

Taytay is a home of a wide species of birds, covered with forest, limestone islands, white sand beaches, and several species of endangered marine life which makes it a good destination.

The Municipality of Taytay was officially founded in 1623 under Spanish colonization. In 1818, it became the capital province of Calamianes in Palawan (Paragua). It is a first class municipality and consist of 31 barangays which includes Abongan, Banbanan, Bantulan, Batas, Bato, Beton, Busy Bees, Calawag, Casian, Cataban, Debangan, Dipla, Liminangcong, Maytegued, New Guinlo, Old Guinlo, Pamantolon, Pancol, Paly (Paly Island), Poblacion, Pularaquen (Canique), San Jose, Sandoval, Silanga, Alacalian, Baras (Pangpang), Libertad, Minapla, Talog, Tumbod, and Paglaum.

Attractions
[ Credits: taytay-palawan.com ] Coral Reefs in Taytay, Palawan

The Attractions you can find in Taytay, Palawan are Lake Manguao, Fuerza Santa Isabel de la Paragua, Taytay Bay, Mount Capoas, Cuyaoyao Nature Park, Islands and most especially their own Pasinggatan festival.

Fuerza Santa Isabel de la Paragua
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It was first built in wooden palisade in 1667, by the Agustinian Recollect fathers. It was replaced by coral limestone under Governor General Fernando Manuel de Bustillo and finished later on in 1738. It was named after Esabella ll to give honor to the queen in the 19th century in Spain and called it Fuerza Santa Isabel de la Paragua also known as Fuerza de Santa Isabel. It was mainly used against Moro Marauders along with cannon.

In 2018, an commenced renovation was made by the government of Taytay with the help of Estrella Del Norte Heritage Development Project of National Historical Commission. It is now under the provision of the National Museum. The Chapel and the cannon are still at the Fort.

Manguao Lake
[ Credits : taytay-palawan.com ] Aerial view in Manguao Lake

Lake Manguao is also known as Lake Danao, the only mainland freshwater lake in Palawan and a locally protected area. It has a 640-hectare water area that is situated in the midst of the forest and beyond the hills. It is a home of 137 species of birds from 47 families and the seven threatened species of birds and endemic fishes. There are also three species of freshwater turtles seen including the critically endangered Philippine forest turtle (Siebenrockiella Leytensis), the Malayan box turtle (Cuora amboinensis), and the Asian leaf turtle Cyclemys Dentata). This Lake isn’t recommended for swimming. There is evidence of red cyanobacterial blooms during the dry season.

Mount Capoas
[ Credits : taytay-palawan.com ] Mt. Capoas from afar

It is located in Barangay Banbanan, on the western coast of Taytay. It is 1,069 meter high, the highest peak in northern Palawan which makes it a good hiking destination. Along the road uphill, you can do camping and bird watching.

Cuyaoyao Nature Park
[ Credits: taytaypalawantourism / Facebook ] One of the waterfalls found in Cuyaoyao Nature Park

This is an ecotourism site. In this area, you will be fascinated by the five waterfalls as well as the native bird species like Palawan tit, Palawan peacock pheasant, Palawan flycatcher, Palawan blue flycatcher, and the famous Palawan stink badger. It is located in Cataban Village inside Malampaya Protected Landscape and Seascape.

Totally, the Municipality of Taytay is like a town in the jungle. It offers you a nature along with the modernized town and historical sites.

References

Laurin Arjel Cañete (passionate support on our community page).
taytay-palawan.com
en.wikipedia.org


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