Even when I have not started to travel on my own, I’ve known of the existence of Palawan since I was in elementary school. Not because of the dive sites of Coron, the limestone cliffs of El Nido nor the Underground River of Puerto Princesa but because of the pre-historical Tabon Caves of Quezon, Palawan.
Unfortunately, when I was still going to school I never had any interest in history. I only cared about my daily allowance, 50 centavo candies, Bazooka Bubble Gum Comics, 1 Peso junk food and many more unsanctioned by the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS) extra curricular activities such as sago shooting, patintero and cartoon watching (i.e. Shaider, Daimos, Zenki, Dog of Flanders, Power Rangers, etc.).
I was never fond of cutting classes even if I’m not interested in school before. Now that I think about it, maybe I treat my teachers as friends who are sharing their problems (daily). I don’t have to do anything, I just needed to be there and listen, and somewhere along the way I’ll learn or pick up something. And I did pick something, a seed of curiousity that made me want to visit the prehistoric Tabon Caves that was nourished by my passion for travel.