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Tulang Islet
Tulang is located in Philippines
Location in the Philippines
Location Camotes Sea
Archipelago Philippines
Length 1.6 km (0.99 mi)
Width 0.6 km (0.37 mi)
Province Cebu
Population 1,000 (as of 2010)
Density 2,500 /km2 (6,500 /sq mi)
Tulang is located in Camotes Islands
Location of Tulang Islet among neighboring islands

Tulang is an island in the province of Cebu. Located east of Cebu Island and west of Leyte Island.

Tulang is a part of brgy Esperanza in the municipality of San Francisco. Tulang islet (known locally as Tulang Diot) is a five-minute boat ride from Tulang Dako on the main island of Pacijan. The islet is almost entirely covered with coconut palms: the residential area is confined to a small triangle at the southern end. It measures about 1.6 by 0.6 kilometres (1.0 by 0.4 mi), total area about 40 ha (99 acres), of which only 3.5 ha (8.6 acres)(8.8%) is inhabited.


Carl Guthe, director of the University of Michigan Anthropological Museum, during his 1923-25 collecting trip and explorations of archaeological sites in the Philippines,[1] conducted an archeological dig in a cave site on Tulang. Located on the southeastern coast of the island, the cave measures about 3.7 by 2.7 metres (12 by 9 feet). Guthe reported it to contain bone fragments and teeth of about 60 individuals. Associated grave goods included earthenware pottery, shell bracelets, bronze and iron artefacts (iron tang, bronze chisel, iron blade), glass and stone beads, hammerstone and pestle. Filed teeth were also recovered from this site.[a]

21st century[edit]

Just before Typhoon Yolanda struck on November 8, 2013, the mayor of San Francisco ordered the evacuation of all the residents (approximately 1,000) to the main island. This was credited with saving their lives as all houses on the island (about 500) were completely destroyed.[2]


  1. ^ Carl Guthe explored 485 sites comprising 120 caves, 134 burial grounds and 231 graves all over the Philippines that are contained in an inventory report now deposited at the University of Michigan.


  1. ^ Guthe, Carl E. (1927). "THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN PHILIPPINE EXPEDITION". American Anthropologist (University of Michigan / Blackwell Publishing Ltd) 29 (1): 69–76. doi:10.1525/aa.1927.29.1.02a00040. ISSN 1548-1433. 
  2. ^ McElroy, Andy (15 November 2013). "Evacuation saves whole island from Typhoon Haiyan". United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 

Coordinates: 10°43′N 124°19′E / 10.717°N 124.317°E / 10.717; 124.317