It was one hour and fourty five minutes travel time from Batangas Port to Calapan. You can reach the City by means of Fast Cat/ Super Cat or via RO-RO. Of all the places I visited, Mindoro has its distinguish profile to me. Its a mixed of bucolic- semi- urbanized island that offers nature and city living.
Aside from its famous Puerto Galera, Mindoro has more to offer than beaches. My first night in Mindoro, I tried their street foods ar their night market.
Just when the Calapan Public Market closed at 5pm, the line of food stalls kicks in. Famous in this place are their home made siomai, balut na puti and barbeque.
After that, we stroll around the city and tooked photos of few landmarks in the city.
Calapan’s religious fortress, the Sto. Niño Cathedral facade by night. Pope John Paul II divided the Island into two. The Apostolic Vicariate of Calapan that covers the whole Occidental Mindoro and the San Jose Vicariate with twelve parishes under its roof in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro.
Not far from the Cathedral, the Calapan City Plaza where Rizal statue is situated. You will be amazed by the colorful lamp post in the plaza as it gives more flavor by night in the park.
Of course, I have to have a photo in this place. In front of me in this picture is the map of the Mindoro Island (7th largest island of the Philippines).
If you are looking for gastronomical discoveries, try their famous sumang lihiya. Others you may try their local restos and cafes. Like Auntie Lola’s that is home for hearty food like their well known bulalo. The Dutch Cafe that serves as the ‘Starbucks’ of the city (they dont have starbucks there).
My third day of my travel in Mindoro, I headed to San Jose, Occidental’s largest municipality. From Calapan, there are few vans that offer a daily trip to the latter as it is the southern part of the island. Travel time from Calapan to San Jose is staggering six hours. Vans are the mode of trannsportation there and they leave at dawn. Though the trip were to long, you can barely enjoy the sceneries of the island. Beaches, mountains,vast rice fields,rivers. No wonder why this place is not so urban. We crossed the Pinamalayan, a municipality in Oriental Mindoro that is two hours from Calapan. One thing that caught my attention here is that, despite of how rural is the area, Jollibee erected there. A sign of turning into a semi urban living?
Other areas we traversed is the Bulalacao Beach. Famous for its breath taking, aesthetic view of the sand and beach.
And we finally made it to San Jose. I came across the Cathedral in San Jose.
Mamburao is the capital city of Occidental Mindoro San Jose has the most number of satellite office in the province. With port and airport are the largest.
Capping this blog, Mindoro is an island to discover. They have mountains that is good for hiking, beaches that still untouched by tourists. And natural resources that under the care of the locals. Or lets just say it is better to keep that as status quo.