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).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.These people grew rice, ginger, coconuts, sweet potatoes, sugarcane and bananas. Most of their economic activities were fishing, farming, and hunting by the use of bamboo traps and blowguns.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.
Although the origin of the cave dwellers is not yet established, anthropologists believe they came from Borneo.
The local people had a dialect consisting of 18 syllables.
Surviving Buddhist images and sculptures are primarily in and near Tabon Cave.
Sixth through tenth were Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands in Australia, Santorini and Cyclades in Greece, St.
John in the US Virgin Islands, Kangaroo Island in Australia, and Big Island in Hawaii.Surviving ancient tribal artwork include reliefs of elephants, sharks, and fish found at Tabon Caves.