Monday Window: Philippines windows or not….

Palawan island in the Philippines, referred to as the last frontier, for a variety of reasons. A new island for me, with some very different windows….

Palawan officially the Province of Palawan, is an island province of the Philippines that is located in the Mimaropa region. It is the largest province in the country in terms of total area of jurisdiction. Its capital is Puerto Princesa City, but it is governed independently from the province.

The islands of Palawan stretch between Mindoro in the northeast and Borneo in the southwest. It lies between the South China Sea and the Sulu Sea. The province is named after its largest island, Palawan Island , measuring 450 kilometres long, and 50 kilometres wide.

Bamboo is the construction basis for all housebuilding outside main towns. Palm fronds are also put into use too. Shops selling every conceivable part of bamboo, from stems to woven panels line the road outside Puerto Princesa. Tricycles and jeepneys laden with bamboo and palm fronds were not an uncommon sight.

The climate is hot and humid. In small remote settlements, electricity is not part of everyday life, fans and air-conditioning seem a luxury confined to towns, so window openings are a necessity rather than a design function.

I checked the Oxford dictionary for window definition whilst writing this post as I’m not sure some of these “windows” can be defined as windows.

An opening in the wall or roof of a building or vehicle, fitted with glass in a frame to admit light or air and allow people to see out.

You can decide for yourself….


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26 comments on “Monday Window: Philippines windows or not….

  1. These are very definitely windows! And very wonderful,they are too. Your photos remind me of when I was 5 and used to live in Malaya. There were definitely lorries loaded like that, and similar wooden houses.

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    • Thanks PB, the humble bamboo plant seems to be utilised magnificently in Asia… I love the fretwork created, I missed SO many photo opps as we were whizzing past, all these were car window photos, except the beautiful eyes, I chased away her shyness to get that one…


    • Thanks Mick- yes “wow” describes it well, so much vibrancy, colour and ingenuity, I loved every minute of my visit, even after the mosquito feast on my tasty, white, western flesh! I shall have scars for a wee while to remind me of the good times 🙂 Expect more Palawan posts for a further view, we travelled extensively… it was fantastic.

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  3. This is the first I’ve seen anything that indicated a window had to have glass to be a window. Always thought an aperture in a wall that let in light and air was a window, with or without covering, but if the Oxford Dictionary defines it that way it must be true! Now I’m curious. Do those slatted bamboo windows make for more air flow inside or less? I imagine they might create a gentle swirling, keeping the air moving enough to prevent that stifling feeling.


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  6. Loved this article! Such wonderful observations. I also loved seeing these photos of Palawan as I was last there in 1986 and this certainly nudged my memory of the style of homes on the island something that I didnt step back and evaluate so thank you!


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