Taytay in Palawan has signage ala Hollywood

The town of Taytay with its own "Hollywood" sign

And Governor Vilma Santos of Batangas is thinking of putting a huge Batangas signage on Binintiang Malaki in Taal? The remote northern town of Taytay in Palawan did it first. The huge sign has been constructed on the side of a mountain, cutting down the patch of forest just to place it.

I was indeed shocked and at the same time, smirking at the rather curious view which was quite unexpected in this part of the country. Oh well, its not only tacky, another gayagaya mentality put into action.

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.


  1. » 5 reasons why Ate Vi drop planned sign on Taal | Langyaw: Sojourns and Off-the-Beaten Path Travels
    October 20, 2011 @ 17:56

    […] already been done in Taytay, Palawan Yes, they already did it. The remote northern municipality of Taytay in Palawan built theirs perched on a mountainside dominating the landscape and cutting a forested patch just to place their […]

  2. Elal | The Shades of Grey
    October 20, 2011 @ 18:44

    Haha. Cool lang. Batangas also planned but was not pushed through.

  3. halfwhiteboy
    October 20, 2011 @ 20:26

    who really did it first, taytay or coron?

  4. estan
    October 20, 2011 @ 21:13

    @mel, i’m not sure who did first

  5. Edmaration
    October 20, 2011 @ 22:21

    Who would expect that a remote mountainous town in an island province of Palawan is actually having a Hollywood fever pala. Is this a recent visit of yours to Taytay sir? This is town has a future.

  6. estan
    October 21, 2011 @ 9:14

    @ed, just this year 🙂

  7. KY
    October 26, 2011 @ 7:05

    OMG. One ugly sign from a certain Hannah’s resort in Maira Ira blue lagoon up north looks like this too! 🙁 Totally fuglyfied the place.

  8. Anonymous
    October 30, 2011 @ 12:28

    Frankly, I don’t like that resort. cemento lang ang alam nilang gamitin, not harmonizing the place with their resort

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