Coron! Coron Island is the third largest island in the Calamian Island in northern Palawan in the Philippines. It is about 170 nautical miles (310 km) southwest of Manila. It is known for several Janapenese Shipwrecks in World War II. Some people in coron are called the Tagbanua people (Tagbanua ancestry). The climate in Palawan can be different compared to the other places in the Philippines. In general temperatures in Coron range between 24 & 33 degrees Celsius. The lowest temperature measured was 19 degree Celsius. It has two seasons six months dry, and six months wet.
Palawan is biogeographically part of Sundaland, with a fauna and flora related to that found in Borneo. The province of Palawan harbors vast tracts of topical rainforests and a huge expanse of marine wilderness. Palawan probably has more protected areas than any other province in the Philippines. Proclaimed as Game and Wildlife Sanctuary in 1967, Palawan is the habitat of 232 endemic species.
FAUNA Palawan Peacock-pheasant (Polyplectronnapoleonis) Palawan Peacock-pheasant is found in the humid forests of Palawan Island in the southern part of the Philippine archipelago. Palawan Bearded Pig (Susahoenobarbus) They are 1 to 1.6 metres (3.3 to 5.2 ft) in length, about 1 metre (3.3 ft) tall and weigh up to 150 kilograms (330 lb). Philippine Mouse-deer (Tragulusnigricans) It has a black and brown coat with white stripes on the throat and chest. It is a solitary nocturnal animal, feeding on leaves, flowers and other vegetation in the dense forest undergrowth.
FLORA Tigre (Grammatophyllum scriptum) Tigre is an epiphytic orchid with clustered, robust and stout pseudobulbs; 20 cm long, and 8 cm wide; young pseudobulbs clothed with membranous sheath, each pseudobulb terminating with 4-8 leaves. Anoran ( Clerodendrumvillosum ) This shrub or small tree has leaves that are broadly ovate, with cordate base, and acuminate apex, covered with soft and velvety white hairs. Rhizome Ferns (Sticheruslaevigata) This is found at the edge of forests in Palawan and other parts of the Philippines where it usually forms dense thickets.
It is important to have such biome as what Palawan has, because the vast biodiversity and the pristine natural environment inherent in Palawan allows visitors and tourist’s alike to experience nature in its finest, unhampered by the disturbing invasiveness of human interaction. Since I am a SHRIM student, I think it helps the tourism industry to enlarge in our country since we have this kind of pure natural resource.