Palawan Tribe Boy with Drum - The Palawano tribal people, also known as the Palawan or the Pala'wan tribe, are an indigenous ethnic group in Palawan. Palawanos have not been very assimilated into Filipino society and few speak Tagalog. Typically they keep to themselves in thier mountainous enclaves. Palawanos are a vulnerable tribe because they lack basic education even today. Activists claim that the government wants to keep the Palawan tribe in a primitive state as a tourist attraction. The Palawano diet is made up of rice, bananas, cassava, breadfruit, pork from wild pig, fruit andfreshwater fish.