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Top Tourist Destinations In Calapan City
Itinerary 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM : Petron Station Calapan City 11:30 AM – 12 PM : CALAPAN CITY HALL AND MUSEUM 12:00 PM – 12: 30 PM : MANGYAN HERITAGE CENTER 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM : CALAPAN CITY PLAZA and CALAPAN RECREATIONAL AND ZOOLOGICAL PARK 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM : SILONAY MANGROVE CONSERVATION AREA AND ECOTOURISM CALAPAN CITY HALL AND MUSEUM Photo By: Jay Ermitaño Address: Brgy. Guinobatan, Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines Hours: Weekdays, 8am – 5pm. It takes about 20mins to tour. Budget: Free Description: The Calapan City Hall and Museum is known for its one-room museum which are divided into three sections. There are three sections in the museum. First is the Visuals of the Town section that displays old photographs of the town’s previous mayors since 1901. Second is The Faces from the Past section that exhibits various Philippine stamps and the memorabilia of historic figures in Calapan. Lastly, is the Birth of a New City section displays old banknotes and coins from the American and Japanese occupation. Most notable in the museum is the remains of a Tamaraw, the endemic dwarfed buffalo of Mindoro Island. The tamaraw’s remains were ossified and turned into a statue, greeting visitors at the entrance. MANGYAN HERITAGE CENTER Address: Bishop Finneman Cmpd., Brgy. Calero, Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines Hours: Weekdays, 8am – 5pm. It takes about 20mins to visit. Budget: Library Fee: P10/student; P25/post-graduate students; P50/foreign researchers. Description: Mangyan Heritage Center comprises a souvenir shop and a small library dedicated to Mindoro Island’s aborigines, the Mangyans. The library catalogues more than 2,000 documents about the life and culture of Mangyans. Research materials include books, theses, and articles from magazines, and local and international newspapers. Several documents in the library come from anthropologists such as Harold Conklin of the United States of America, Dr. Masaru Miyamoto and Yasushi Kikuchi of Japan, and Antoon Postma of Netherlands. The last is hailed as a Mangyan expert, having worked and lived among the Mangyans since 1965. Meanwhile, the souvenir shop sells items created by the Mangyans themselves. Some of the items include woven baskets, beaded bracelets, pen holders, kitchen utensils, wooden musical instruments, and handbooks on Mangyan culture. CALAPAN CITY PLAZA Photo By: www.ormindoro.gov.ph Address: Brgy.Ibaba East, Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines Hours: Everyday, open 24 hours. Budget: Free Description: Calapan City Plaza serves as a rotunda, in the middle of which lies a cemented gazebo. The gazebo is wrapped with a spiral staircase, leading to its rooftop. At the rooftop you’ll find statues of a Mangyan next to a tamaraw, a dwarf buffalo endemic to Mindoro. The Mangyans are the indigenous people of Mindoro Island. Also found in this plaza are a relief sculpture of Mindoro and a monument of Dr. Jose Rizal, the National Hero. At the outskirts of the plaza, vendors sell refreshments and snacks. The plaza is located across Calapan’s old City Hall, and next to the oldest Catholic educational institution in Mindoro, the Holy Infant Academy. SILONAY MANGROVE CONSERVATION AREA AND ECOTOURISM Photo By: MBFCI/Mindoro Biodiversity Address: Sitio Singalong, Brgy. Silonay, Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines Hours: Everyday, 6am – 6pm.Takes at least 1.5hrs to tour and kayak. Budget: P25/head Contact No: 0929 105 8746 Description: A 42-hectare protected area, Silonay Mangrove Conservation Area and Ecotourism is a haven of fireflies, migratory birds, various kind of fish, and of course, mangrove. Upon entering the area, travelers can leisurely walk deep into the mangrove forest through a 300-meter bamboo bridge. Found in the area are various types of mangrove such as the River Poison Tree, Asiatic Mangrove, Mangrove Apple, and Tall-Silted Mangrove. Best visited during high tide, this ecotourism zone offers kayaking (P50/hour, two seats), birdwatching (bring your own binoculars, November to March), and dolphin watching (April and May). Kayaking is the highlight of this destination. Aboard the colorful plastic kayaks, visitors would cruise through fishermen’s trails, in between mangroves, and exit to Silonay River. During low tide, however, the mangrove forest reveals a muddy ground, where kayaking is not possible.
Anilao Eco Village, Bongabong Oriental Mindoro
“Anilao Eco Village, Bongabong Oriental Mindoro” An- ecosystem and community based tourism program initiated by Atty. Reynaldo Umali is now on hit! It is a good tourism adaptation that aims to maximize the productivity of an area while conserving its coastal resources. He is developing his land while conserving the nature within, this village is such a good example of a biodiversity friendly enterprise, indeed! How did it happen? Development with conservation? Atty. Umali is urging to make it a reserved and protected area of diverse mangrove and beach forest species such as rhizophora, aroma, pipisik, bungalon, piapi and a lot more. And Since it is a protected area, soon it will serve as a haven for the migratory birds, fireflies, mud crabs and fishes. This eco village is the site of model mud houses, they have one single unit, one family sized house and one dormitory, and by chance this can provide additional income to local fisher folks in the form of room rentals or homestays. Bongabong, Anilao Eco Village Anilao Eco Village Anilao Eco Village Anilao Eco Village Anilao Eco Village Anilao Eco Village Anilao Eco Village Another source of income of the fisher folks during their lean fishing season is that they may serve as tour guides in the village, they may also opt to tour the guests by the sea and may visit nearby beach attractions and also the families nearby, they may cook meals for the guests. this tourism activities will surely generate income to its program beneficiaries. According to village tenants, Atty. Rey Umali will pursue the development of this area while conserving the mangrove. he is urging to conduct and inviting guests to join their mangrove and beach forest planting. He loves to bring guests to this village. To date, senate and congress law makers were regular visitors of this village brought by Atty. Umali. They are House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Farinas, Deputy Speaker Raneo Abu, Deputy Speaker Ferdinand Alvarez, and other Congressmen of the different congressional districts of the Philippines. He is also conducting several fund raising activities , the proceeds of those charity events are intended for the development and capacity building of the fisher folks to efficiently handle guests during their stay. upon entrance, your eyes will be filled with a conservation and nature’s fresh ambiance, guests and travelers can have a short walk on their concrete mangrove path walk while bird watching (bring your own binoculars) on their view deck , best view are during high tides where the green mangrove leaves are reflecting on the clear brackish water with schooling of juveniles of different fishes. Though there’s no swimming pool construction yet, you can still enjoy the sea, with fine gray sand and sea water. They have different cottages that fit for any kind of occasion, beautiful garden landscapes decorated with boulders, Bermuda grass and concrete blocks path walk perfect for garden weddings and pre-nuptial pictorials. Though we have no price quotations of their cottages and lodging, you may simply drop your queries to their facebook account@_________________________. Or call___________________ for your reservations.
Target Island BULALACAO, ORIENTAL MINDORO
Aside from Puerto Galera “the heart of Asia” the province of Oriental Mindoro (my hometown) has many more magnificent places to offer. Most of the unspoiled island and pristine white beaches are located in the southern part of the province, the town of Bulalacao. I regret why I visited other places first before my hometown (so sad but, we can’t go back to the past so let’s move on). I decided to explore the islands of Bulalacao last April 2018 together with my cousin. I am so astonish that every island has its own unique beauty that makes you never want to leave and stay forever (e walang poreber kaya uuwi at uuwi ka talaga). One of this island is called target island I don’t know where they got the named but it’s so attractive and yes! it’s one of my favorite islands. Why not? This is the true definition of paradise. From town proper of Bulalacao you can book a motorized banca for island hopping approximately one hour travel boat ride going to the islands. Going there is a bit difficult due to rough sea, the big waves is normal even if the weather is good but there’s no need to worry all boats has lifejackets and the boatmen are properly trained. Best time to go is during summer (March-May). One of the best view here in target island is the house above the rocks. Imagine?! A house above the rocks?? Just wow! I wondered how long they had to done this. Sorry to tell you but going inside the house is prohibited. 😊 The waves say it all. Perfect for proposal and pre-nuptial. How about honeymoon? Oh, it’s a no no! Ocean breeze, salty hair and sun-kissed hair. SUMMER NEVER ENDS 😊 The mini Palawan spots Dreaming of Palawan but no budget? Target island got your back buddy! 😊 Look at that very clear water that almost can see your soul! Kidding aside. This one is located in the very edge of the island. Underwater photography When we went here there’s no much people so, we enjoyed the island so much. It felt like we rented the whole place. There’s no need to worry about the photobomber because the place is all yours and take note you don’t need to filtered your photos! Come and see for yourself. We stayed here for almost an hour before going to another islands. When I saw the beauty of this island it makes me proud because we have this kind of hidden gem in my hometown. HOW TO GET HERE: By land/sea (8-9hours travel time) From Manila, take any bus going to Batangas Pier Board a ship going to Calapan Or. Mdo From Calapan ride a bus/van going straight to Roxas (tell the driver to drop you off in Bulalacao terminal) Ride a van to Bulalacao town proper Via air (2hours travel time) Take a domestic flight to San Jose, Occidental Mindoro Ride a bus or van going to Bulalacao town proper SUGGESTION: Book a motorize banca ahead of time so you won’t get any problem upon arriving in Bulalacao town proper. I highly recommend Kuya Kano 09483460772, just contact him to know the price. He is one of the best tour guide. WHERE TO STAY: There’s a lot of hotel you can stay in Bulalacao like South Drive Beach Resort and By the sea hotel just search their number for bookings/inquiries. WHAT TO BRING: FOOD/WATER – there is no available restaurant in Target island. SUN BLOCK – no cottage in the area A gently reminder “take nothing but pictures leave nothing but footprints kill nothing but time”