In the Philippines he discvered many inactive volcanoes, including sisteen (16) in Palawan. These are Aguado, Agutaya, Boctong, Bisucay, Bonbon, Canipo, Caponayan, Cocoro, Di’t, Lubid, Maracanao, Matarawis, Patunga, Paya, Tagbubuk, and Tagauyan.
If you are familier with the namesof the islands in Cuyo, Agutaya and Magsaysay, all of the above mentioned inactive volcanoes belong to Cuyo Island Group. Based on latitude and longitude, these island are all close to each other.
For many years now, people from other place had been making comments that the rocks in Cuyo are of volcanic origin and are similar to those found near Mayon Volcano. Now we can conclude that indeed, they are
unfinished but was later utilized also as a Church now known as the Parish of St. Michael
Tiny and remote as it may be, Cuyo certainly had its day of glory. In an 1879 population census , it was the most populated town in Palawan which probably justified the transfer of the provincial capital from Taytay to Cuyo. It was only in 1909 that Puerto Princesa become the capital of the province and with that declaration, all government establishments were moved from Cuyo to where it is now. However, the office of the Education Division of Palawan remained in Cuyo until 1926 and Palawan High School until 1937. To date, the oldest school in Palawan is Miller School in Bancal, Cuyo, established by the American Thomasites in 1900. In fact, one of the first American teachers merried a Cuyonon lass and died in Cuyo. His tomb is at Porok, Amianan, Cuyo near the Cuyo District Hospital.
Since there is not enough space for expansion in Cuyo and its islets, it was the cuyonon people who spread their wings and settled in mainland Palawan and now even in as far away as Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna and other nearby provinces as well as the throughout the world. It is very heartening to hear someone speak in the Cuyonon language somewhere faraway but disappointing that the younger Cuyonons in Cuyo itself are slowly losing interest in their own mother tongue and culture . Cuyonon used to be the language spoken in the whole province of Palawan but with the influx of new settlers outnumbering the “real Palaweños”, it is now sadly on the verge of extinction.
FROM – BARAGATAN y ANG CUYONON
By Rosanna Pediapco Trampe