THE PROVINCE AT A
Oriental Mindoro has
the natural asset for attracting tourists. It still has the
unspoiled envireoment, tropical climate, an agricultural
setting, numerous beaches, interesting mountain areas, lakes,
rivers, rain forests, wild animals, rare fora and fauna and the
existing cultural minorites.
Special interest tours in the province such as mountain
climbing, trekking, hiking, camping, butterfly watching, game
fishing, adventure trips to the wilderness, visiting Mangyan
settlement areas, natural caves and waterfalls exploration,
island hopping, scuba diving, snorkeling and swimming could be
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 industry.
HOW TO GET THERE
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