Saturday, May 19, 2012

VirtualTour: Taytay, Palawan

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Palawan has three capitals: Taytay was founded in 1623 and became the capital of the entire territory of the Calamianes; Cuyo became the second capital of Palawan from 1873 to 1903; and the present Puerto Princesa as the seat of the Palawan Provincial Government in 1911 by the New American Administration. This article is the 2nd of three parts about the Palawan capitals.
Taytay is a first class municipality of Palawan, it is the gateway to El Nido and the Apulit Island and Flower Island resorts.

During the Spanish colonization of the Philippines, Taytay was founded in 1623. Taytay became the capital of the Province of Calamianes, the entire territory of Palawan, in 1818; and the Province of Castilla, a land area occupying the northern part of Palawan, in 1858. During the American era, Taytay ceased being Palawan’s capital, and its administrative boundary was reduced by approximately 500,000 hectares upon the creation of the Municipality of El Nido in 1916.

The most prominent structure in Taytay is the historic Fort Santa Isabel; built in 1667 under the Augustinian Recollect Fathers and named in honor of Spain’s Queen Isabela II in the 19th century, was used as a military station during that period. This famous relic was completed on 1738. It was mainly used to defend against Moro raiders in their colorful war boats while the Spanish soldiers fire at them with their huge cannons. The fort’s small chapel and cannons are still intact. The fort is now under the supervision of the National Museum.

UNESCO describes the fort thus -“a quadrilateral fort with four bastions each of which has a bartizan. Each bastion is attributed to following Saints; San Toribio, San Miguel, San Juan and Sta. Isabel.“

Atop the fort is also a small museum that contain several artifacts during the colonial period of Taytay, also display is a complete skeletal remains of an Irrawaddy dolphin, these mammals make their home in the waters of the Malampaya Sound where the Abongan River empty into the sea.

The Irrawaddy Dolphin is a close relative of the Orca and has the dominant feature of a high and rounded forehead, and the absence of a beak. The WWF lists these Malampaya Sound Irrawaddy Dolphins as being “in immediate danger of extinction due to low numbers, limited range, and high mortality.” At last count, which was in 2007, there were only 44 left, and they exist nowhere else in the Philippines.

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