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Discovering El Nido’s ancient Cuyonon Culture

You can learn all about one of the oldest ethnic groups in the Philippines on this half-day Sibaltan Community Tour…

Rae Hewlett
Sales Executive, El Nido Resorts

Sibaltan Weavers

El Nido isn’t just pretty beaches and marine life, it’s also the heart of ancient Cuyonon culture. You can learn all about one of the oldest ethnic groups in the Philippines on this half-day Sibaltan Community Tour, where you’ll also get to try traditional weaving and visit a Cuyonon stilt-house museum.

The trip starts after breakfast with a boat transfer to El Nido’s main wharf, where you’ll meet a local guide for the hour-long bus ride to Sibaltan. This small farming and fishing community on the east coast of El Nido is home to the Sibaltan Weavers Association, which aims to preserve craft traditions handed down through the generations. Your visit directly helps the association and supports sustainable, responsible tourism.

You’ll be welcomed by the expert weavers who’ll give you a demonstration of how they work. Getting to interact with the women is a real highlight and you’ll learn just how passionate they are about their art. The tour allows you to see first-hand how intricate the weaving process is, you get to appreciate every detail from start to finish. Guests love to try it out for themselves with help from the weavers – it’s harder than it looks!

Afterwards, there’s a chance to learn about local roof-making techniques and how the Sibaltan community makes its famous coconut wine. To end the trip, we visit Balay Cuyonon, a small museum set in a typical wooden house by the sea, followed by a trip to the Pangko Museum which showcases the wooden boats locals used to explore neighbouring islands. Relax on the bus and boat trip back to the hotel, you’ll arrive around 2pm.


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Alfred & Rae Hewlett

Rae is an experienced hospitality sales professional and has been working for the El Nido Resorts group for the last six years. She deals with guests and clients day-to-day for business opportunities including travel and events management. A traveller herself, Rae has become more passionate about the ocean since joining the team and has even achieved her PADI open-water certification.
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