LAND AREA: 4,364.7 sq. km.
TEL. AREA CODE: 043
NO. OF MUNICIPALITIES: 15
ZIP COD: 5200
Created on February 20, 1921, Mindoro is the seventh largest island
in the Philippines. In the early years of Spanish rule, Mindoro
was administered as part of the province of Batangas. But during
the 17th century, Mindoro was separated from the Batangas having
Puerto Galera as its capital. However, it was in 1950 that the island-province
was divided into two through Republic Act. No. 505 designating the
eastern portion of the island as Oriental Mindoro with Calapan as
its capital and the western part as Occidental Mindoro with Mamburao
as its capital.
Rice, copra, sugar, corn, abaca - all can be grown without difficulty.
So, too, other fruits and vegetables. Good quality coal can be obtained.
There are white marble and slate deposits. Sulphur, gypsum, hot
springs, salt springs and guano deposits for fertilizer are present.
Numerous rivers with falls and rapids assure energy and power for
economic developments. The waters around support a lucrative fishing
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HOW TO GET THERE
Access to Oriental Mindoro from Manila is by a two and a half hour
land trip to Batangas City, and then by a two-hour ferry boat ride
either to Calapan or Puerto Galera. There are several commercial
buses that regularly ply the route from Manila to Batangas City.
Ferry boats have daily trips from Batangas City to Calapan or Puerto
Kuta (Anilao, Bongabong)
Constructed by the Jesuits during the early part of the Spanish
Era, Kuta is the oldest Spanish fortress in the country. It includes
old Spanish cannons and a Spanish boat.
Baluarte in Lumang-Bayan (Lumang Bayan, Naujan)
A watch tower was erected on top of a hill overlooking the Bay,
used by the Christian settlers to warn the townspeople of Muslim
The Cross at Muelle
Located at the Puerto Galera town proper - This marble cross
is one of the historical landmarks of Puerto Galera. It was erected
to commemorate the sinking of the battleship Canonero Mariveles
at the Manila Channel on November 18, 1879.
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Mangyan Settlement (Brgy.
Ethnic groups known as the Bukids are found in the mountains of
Batongan and Siange.
Located at the Puerto Galera town proper. It houses several collections
of Chinese and Siamese pottery from the 15th to the 19th centuries
and Ming Dynasty burial jars as well as fine collection of shells.
Baclayan Mangyan Settlement (Puerto Galera)
It is an area reserved for Mangyans under the auspices of Fr. Erwin
Thiel of the SVD Missionary.
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Hidden Paradise (Baco)
It is a natural spring with a swimming pool and picnic cottages.
Located at northeast of Bacunagan Points. It is a five-hectare
island noted for its white sand. A half-hectare lake is found in
the island. The place serves as the breeding place for seagulls
and turtles. Oral and oysters can be found all around the area.
The island is also called the "Target Island" because
bombing practices in 1946 were made in this place by the Americans
staying in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro.
Located off the coast of Mansalay. This island is rocky except for
the area facing Buyayao Peninsula. Big snakes called "sobre
kama" are found in the mountains. The waters around are suited
for deep sea fishing.
Mt. Halcon (Baco)
Towering 8,488 feet above sea level, it is the country's third highest
Suqui Beach (Suqui, Calapan)
It is a public beach built with cottages and other facilities.
Banilad Beach (Pili, Pinamalayan)
A good spot for picnicking and swimming.
Bongol Beach (Bongol, Pinamalayan)
It is a secluded beach with a two-kilometer white sand beach.
Tamaraw Falls (Brgy. Villaflor,
It is a 423-ft. waterfalls located alongside the road. The cascading
waterfalls attract the attention of passers-by.
La Laguna Beach (Laguna,
This area is more popular for its social life than for swiming and
snorkeling. Cottages stand close to each other with entertainment
Located east of Puerto Galera. This area is more popular for its
social life than for swimming or snorkeling. Cottages stand close
to each other with entertainment facilities available.
Small La Laguna
Located beside Sabang Beach. It has coral reefs, good for
snorkeling and scuba diving. There are diving equipment for rent
at nearby dive shops. Contrary to its name, it is bigger than La
Laguna and has more facilities.
Talipanan Beach (Puerto Galera)
The area is not as busy as the other beaches located in Puerto Galera.
Good site for swimming with privacy.
White Beach (Brgy. San Isidro,
It has nice beaches good for swimming with some entertainment facilities.
Punta Guarda Beach (Puerto
A beach far from the busy areas of Puerto Galera. It is good for
those who seek privacy and retreat from the home.
Melco Beach (Roxas)
It is a beige-colored sandy beach with cottages for rent.
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Simbahang Bato (Brgy. Bancuro, Naujan)
It is an old church with a chapel constructed on its original site.
Celebrated during the week before Easter (Holy Week). It is a religious
festival held annually by the local folks to re-enact the "Pugutan"
as part of the ritual.
Celebrated every November 15. It is a re-enactment of the first
historical trade and cultural contacts between the natives of the
island of Ma-I (Mindoro) and traders from China. Sanduguan was derived
from the native word "Sandugo" which literally means "brother".
It is also done in consonance with the founding anniversary of Mindoro
source: Department of Tourism
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