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Abra de Ilog
Officially the Municipality of Abra de Ilog, is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Occidental Mindoro, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 31,306 people.
Abra de Ilog is politically subdivided into 10 barangays. The newest barangay, Santa Maria was created in 2014 from Wawa.
|Population census of Abra de Ilog|
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
Abra de Ilog was formerly a small settlement founded by Spanish religious missionaries sometime in the early part of the 17th century. According to folk history, its former name was Abre de Ilog. The name was derived from the Spanish verb abrir (to open) and the Tagalog noun ilog (river). Later on, the name evolved into its present name: Abra de Ilog, a Chabacano-like terminology which can be loosely translated as bucana ng ilog, or "opening of the river." This can be attributed to the numerous rivers and creeks that traverses strategic areas of the municipality.
In 1902, during the American Occupation the town was officially organized. Abra de Ilog's first "municipal president" was Rosaleo Miciano. But with the passage of Republic Act No. 1280 (An Act Reducing the Fifteen (15) Municipalities of Occidental Mindoro into Eight (8) Municipalities) on January 4, 1905, Abra de Ilog was made a barrio of the Municipality of Mamburao.
Five years later, in 1910, Abra de Ilog regained its status as a municipality. On June 13, 1915, the government under US Governor-General Francis Burton Harrison approved Rep. Act 505 creating the "New Province of Occidental Mindoro". This new province comprised the municipalities of Abra de Ilog, Looc, Lubang, Mamburao (now the capital of Occidental Mindoro), Paluan, Sablayan, San José and Santa Cruz.
HOW TO GET THERE?
1. From Manila, ride a bus going to Batangas Port. Travel time is two hours.
2. Book a ticket via Montenegro Shipping Lines Inc (MSLI) going to Abra de Ilog. Travel time is three hours.
3. From the port of Abra de Ilog, walk a little further to go to Iraya Hotel.
Apo Iraya Festival
Apo Iraya Festival A celebration of the culture and traditions of indigenous group Iraya Mangyan in Abra de Ilog in Occidental Mindoro province. The event highlights their belief in Apo Iraya, a supernatural being who guides them in their daily activities.
6pm-8pm Travel to Batangas Port from Manila
10pm-1am Travel time from Batangas Port to Abra de Ilog
2 am Rest/ Check in to Hotel
6am-7am Breakfast at restaurant
7am-3pm Tour Papali, Agbalala, and Apyas Falls
3pm-4pm Go back to hotel or visit an Iraya-Mangyan community
8am-10am Trek to Kalong River
10am-1pm Rest and Lunch
1pm-2pm Travel to Munting Buhangin Beach
2pm-5pm Rest by the beach
5-6pm Travel back to hotel
7pm-9pm Rest/ Prepare for Departure
10pm-1am Travel from Abra de Ilog Port to Batangas Port
1 am- 3pm Travel back to Manila