Cuyo meets the Swiss developer

Cuyo was Palawan’s capital for 30 years beginning in the late-19th century (till 1903).

Cuyo Island Group is a group of 45 islets with a total land area of 50 square miles (130 km2). It lies south of Mindoro and between Northern Palawan and Panay. The biggest island in this group is Cuyo with an area of 22 square miles (57 km2). It measures 9 miles (14 km) long. The municipality of Cuyo is divided into three municipalities, namely Cuyo, Agutaya, and Magsaysay.

Cuyo is the oldest town in Palawan which has a culture of its own and was preserved for more than 350 years.

In 2008, the total population of the Cuyo Island was 25,000. Cuyo is divided into two island groups. North, by three to four hours by fast pumpboat, is the Quiniluban group to which Pamalican island is part and where the 89-hectare, exclusive Amanpulo Resort belongs. To the south are the Cuyo islands, where the three municipalities namely Cuyo, Agutaya, and Magsaysay are located.

Making that fact perfectly clear

Keeping that fact–that Cuyo is the oldest town in Palawan which has a culture of its own–at the center is the purpose behind this board in Cuyo’s municipal building.

Cuyo Mayors "Retired No Way"

Their first elected official goes back to the mid-18th century.

I think there’s something odd about the second word (below) that connects the first with the third.

Cuyo "Retired No Way"

The entrance to city hall. It uses an odd word to connect Municipio and Cuyo.

I would say that the name written on the entrance translates to: Municipality, Cuyo.

The regular connecting word is “nang” instead of “ang.” If nang were used instead it would read Municipio nang Cuyo. That would translate to Municipality of Cuyo.

Cuyo "detailed map" "Ulrich Von Schroeder"

Detailed map of Cuyo, created by Ulrich Von Schroeder

This is the most detailed map of Cuyo available today. A Swiss-German named Ulrich Von Schroeder created it. With his Filipina girlfriend, Ulrich owns and operates Quijano Windsurfing Retreat.

Herr Ulrich Von Schroeder

Nobody who knows geography or history can not fail to identify that as a European name.

Ulrich has an interesting background. He is a world-renowned expert in south asian sculpture. He says he was the first to photograph and catalog Tibetan Buddhist sculptures. He was able to create a market around it. And as they say, the rest is history.

Ulrich claims to be the world’s authority on Tibetan art. The club of collectors of Tibetan art are all fabulously wealthy. The four books he authored are sold on Amazon. As a market maker, he provided pieces to wealthy international art collectors. He had asked me where I lived. Chicago, I replied, and he named one of those he dealt with: the Pritzkers, descendants of Russian Jews, and a family of multiple billionaires. They made their fortune in Chicago.

He has been enjoying his fame for some time now. Since he doesn’t worry for money, he is free to devote his time to his passion. In this case it’s windsurfing and kiteboarding.

Ulrich is an intense person. He is the most intense person I have ever met. Totally unlike anyone I’ve ever met. Why do I feel free to share this? It’s because I’ve had this discussion with Ulrich already. He agreed which is why I feel free to share it.

Still, regardless of how I feel about Ulrich, it’s his resort I want to see. On the map above it’s located at the central eastern coast of Cuyo.

The resort’s name changed recently. It’s now known as Anino Windsurfing Retreat. Anino means ghost in Pilipino.

I don’t have a photo of Ulrich so he’s an anino for this story.

What I’ve heard about windsurfing and kiteboarding in Cuyo.

Amihan, the northeastern-slash-northern wind that sweeps through the Philippines, creates ideal conditions in Cuyo for windsurfing and the newer sport, kiteboarding. Amihan in Cuyo runs from October to May. Expert kiteboarders and windsurfers, I was told, can leap across the pier. That would be an awesome sight since the pier is large and tall.


"Retired No Way" Windsurfing



"Retired No Way" Kiteboarding


I plan to return to Cuyo next season.

Cuyo’s pier

I took this photo of the pier from about 10 meters (33 feet) above it. It was at the moment when the ship I was riding for the return trip to Puerto was taking in cargo and passengers.

It was a rainy night when I took this. In fact, there was a tropical depression (a massive low-pressure zone) that made it rain through central Philippines.

"Retired No Way" Cuyo Pier

Cuyo's pier from the uppermost deck of the passenger-cargo ship, "Ma. Isabel," of Montenegro Lines


4 responses to “Cuyo meets the Swiss developer

  1. “Munisipyo ng Cuyo” The Pilipino word “ng” is more use , because “nang” is actually just a short cut of the more formal word noon, to denote when or time.also in Pilipino.


  2. Greetings from China. My name is Mr. J.E. Sun, a Filipino based in China. I’m one of your many blog subscribers. Glad to know that Mr. Ulrich von Schroeder found a home in Palawan, Philippines. True to his words, Mr. Ulrich indeed is a world-renowned scholar and expert on Tibetan Art. Many Tibetan and Chinese scholars on Tibet Arts recognize him. I hope and pray he finds joy and peace in our home country.


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