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Officially the Municipality of Victoria, is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Oriental Mindoro, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 50,492 people.
The Municipality of Victoria is known as "Fruit Basket of Oriental Mindoro" and celebrates its annual Kapakyanan Festival every October 15 as graces and thanks giving for the bountiful blessings that every Victoreños received from God. It is 36 kilometers (22 mi) from Calapan.
Victoria is politically subdivided into 32 barangays. Five (5) barangays are classified as urban (Alcate, Leido, Macatoc, Poblacion I, Poblacion III) and other 27 barangays are rural.
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Victoria was once part of the municipality of Naujan until its creation on October 15, 1953 and was originally known as Barbocolon or “a big river”.
The municipality was named after Victoria Quirino, daughter of President Elpidio Quirino.
Malayas River in Victoria
Malayas River is a clean and shallow river in between Barangay Sampaguita and Barangay San Antonio in Victoria, Oriental Mindoro. The water of Malayas comes from Gipit River upstream, and exits to Sampaguita River downstream. Along Malayas River is Villa Pando Resort, a decrepit picnic area that offers cottages (P100/cottage) and rooms (P150/room, good for two) for rent. The river facing the resort has been dug out to artificially deepen the area for swimming. While most residents wallow in the river fronting Villa Pando Resort, swimming in the other, quieter sections of the river is also possible, although not as deep. The deepest parts of the river can reach only above the knees, which is safe for kids.
Fruit Orchards in Victoria
Visiting Victoria, "the fruit basket of Oriental Mindoro," wouldn't be complete without touring its fruit orchards and tasting the freshest kind of fruits Mindoro Island has to offer. Located in Barangay San Cristobal, the farms comprise of three distinct orchards: Arago Farm, the Mangosteen Orchard, and the Dragon Fruit Orchard. The biggest and most organized among the three, Arago Farm harvests durian, lanzones, and rambutan. King Aurelio, the founder of the orchard, is known to be the man who popularized "Arago's Rambutan" in Metro Manila in the 90s. Upon request, Bong Sanchez, the current owner of the orchard, will tour you around, and give you a background on the fruits' life cycle from the pruning and flowering, to the ripening and harvesting season. Further down the road are the two other orchards, the Mangosteen Orchard and the Dragon Fruit Orchard. Unlike the organized Arago Farm, these two orchards produce fruits growing over wild tracts of land. The Mangosteen Orchard harvests mangosteen as its main produce, and sells seedlings of durian, rambutan, and lanzones on the side. Meanwhile, the Dragon Fruit Orchard produces kaymito, cacao, and of course, dragon fruit. The best time to visit the orchards is during the harvest season, between September and October, when the trees are fragrant and colorful with fruits. Aside from being picked fresh from the trees, the fruits are also sold at pre-selling prices, which is far lower than those found in local markets.
Planning a Trip
Pre-departure planning is important. Here are certain things you should watch for and plan for.
Check with the appropriate consulate or embassy in your country to find out if you will need a visa to visit the country of your destination, especially for an extended period of time. Some countries have extremely detailed and complicated entry/departure laws, and treat visits of a week or two very differently from longer stays.
If you’re traveling to one area, check the cost of living there. If it’s high you’ll probably want to budget more carefully and save some money before leaving. The lower the cost of living the less you’ll have to save, but be sure to have a back up reserve in emergency cases.
Talk to other people who have done a similar trip.
If you don’t know anyone personally, try any of the dozens of online travel web sites full of first-person travel stories covering every possible type of trip.
Plan big and loose. Read everything you can about the area.
There may be sights and attractions you didn’t know about. A rough outline of your trip might have three or four target points and a variety of ways to get between them.
You don’t want to find out that the weather isn’t what you thought, or the guide book was incorrect, after committing to 6 weeks in a specific spot.
Some trips will allow you more leeway than others. Travel plans in Asia can often be made day-by-day while summer travel in Europe should be organized at least a few weeks ahead, unless you’re prepared to hunt around for hotel rooms and train seats.
Set up a pre-trip time-line so you don’t end up with a full todo list your last week of work or school.
Things to consider are doctor’s visits for a check up, inoculations, and prescription refills; purchasing plane tickets; renewing passports and obtaining visas and other documents.
Check your insurance coverage abroad and purchasing additional travel insurance if needed. Don’t forget visiting friends and family members!
The longer the trip, the lighter you should pack. This might seem strange, but it’s true you can afford to lug a heavy bag around for a week or two, but do you want to have anything extra for a year?
Stick to the absolute basics and know what you can and cannot buy at your destination(s). There’s no point in bringing 6 months of toothpaste to Europe or buying a sarong at home to take to the tropics. If you are visiting several climates, try to arrange it so you visit the warmer places first and coldest last. That way you can purchase sweaters and long pants and not have to carry them any more than needed. Alternately, visit cold climates first and then ship unneeded layers home — or sell them off.
A good rule of thumb is to bring one outfit for the hottest day you’re likely to encounter, one for an average day, and one for the coldest.
Make sure everything goes with everything else (if that’s important to you), and remember that layers are always best.
Be prepared for uncomfortable trips. You will often find yourself in a busy, cramped, economy class environment and it could be for many hours – especially long plane trips.
If you want to arrive at your destination refreshed and able to enjoy the sights, then try a good quality travel pillow to support your head, some ear plugs to block out the screaming babies, and an eye cover to block out the sun or cabin lights.
Just avoid those cheap U-shaped pillows from airport shops – your head drops forward and you wake up with a stiff neck.
Make contact with the locals before you go.
Maybe you have a friend-of-a-friend or a foreign exchange student from high school you remember, or just found a friend through a travel web site; almost everyone is happy to welcome a foreign visitor to their home town. This might be as elaborate as a home-stay for a few weeks, or just coffee in their home town or dinner at a locals restaurant.
Although the main agricultural crop is rice, a great portion of the town’s land is planted with citrus and tropical fruits like rambutan, lanzones, and durian. These fruits are shipped in large quantities to Metro Manila and neighboring provinces. Victoria is presently known as the “fruit basket “of Oriental Mindoro. Kapakyanan Festival is a fruit festival highlighting the abundance of fruit produce of the town. Kapakyanan is a Mangyan term which means “kasaganaan” or abundance.
Travel planning is about more than just knowing where you're going. Prepares to navigate, take control and be ready for anything. This section helps you steer clear of disaster and stay open enjoy the unexpected.
- Banks– Open Monday to Friday 9am to 2pm. Some banks are closed for lunch.
- Emergencies– For police, dial a local phone number; for ambulance call a hospital.
- Internet Access– Wifi is standard in most hotels and free in many coffee shops.
- Mail– Buy stamps at the Post Office. Convenient post offices are located all cities. Most are open Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.
- Safety– Pickpocketing can be a common problem. It is suggested for men to keep wallets in their front pocket. Purse snatching also occurs at times.
Getting in from the airport and other arrival locations. Travel planning is about more than just knowing where you’re going. Prepares to navigate, take control and be ready for anything. This section helps you steer clear of disaster and stay open enjoy the unexpected.
- Plane– Flights arrive at the main airport near city center. If flying from European cities, you might land at a connecting airport. There is a tourist information office at the Terminal E, international arrivals, open 8am to 6pm.
- Train– A train station is on the lower level of the airport. To get into the city, follow the marked signs.
- Taxi– From the airport there is a flat-rate for the 1-hour trip, depending on traffic. Hotels charge up to $80 for shuttle service.
- Train & Bus– Trains and buses arrive a city center. This is the transportation hub for the city and is surrounded hotels.
A perfect place for exploring on foot, with local shops around every corner. You will eventually walk somewhere, it’s just going to happen. If you don’t like crowds, uneven cobblestones, heavy traffic or narrow sidewalks, take a taxi or rent a scooter.