PAWIKAN

pawikan
sea turtle, marine turtle


Filipino sea turtles belong to the to the families Dermochelyidae and Cheloniidae. T
here are five species in the Philippines. 

green turtle (Chelonia mydas)
hawksbill  turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)
loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta)
Olive Ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea)
leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)


Morong in Bataan holds a Pawikan Festival during which tourists go to the sanctuary and see turtles come up to shore at night to lay their eggs.  Their Pawikan Conservation Program was started in late 1999.


The more common Tagalog word for a small turtle is pagong.