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The local people had a dialect consisting of 18 syllables.
Surviving Buddhist images and sculptures are primarily in and near Tabon Cave.
It is the largest province in the country in terms of total area of jurisdiction.
Its capital is the city of Puerto Princesa, but the city is governed independently from the province as a highly urbanized city.
Pottery, china and other artifacts recovered from caves and waters of Palawan attest to trade relations that existed between Chinese and Malay merchants. Most of their settlements were ruled by Malay chieftains.
Some settled in Thailand, others went farther south to Indonesia, Sumatra, Borneo.They were known as Aetas and Negritos from whom Palawan's Batak tribe descended.A Chinese author referred to these islands as Kla-ma-yan (Calamian), Palau-ye (Palawan), and Paki-nung (Busuanga).Because of Palawan's proximity to Borneo, southern portions of the island were under the control of the Sultanate of Brunei for more than two centuries, and Islam was introduced.During the same period, trade relations flourished, and intermarriages among the natives and the Chinese, Japanese, Arab and Hindu.