Provinces

Oriental Mindoro Province

Written by Patrick

ABOUT

Oriental Mindoro is a province in the Philippines located on the island of Mindoro under MIMAROPA Region in Luzon. Its capital is Calapan. Oriental Mindoro’s rich and arable land is suitable for agriculture. It produces large quantities of rice, corn, coconut, vegetables and fruits like calamansi, banana, rambutan, marang or uloy, lanzones and durian. For that, Oriental Mindoro is also known as the Rice Granary and Fruit Basket of Southern Tagalog.

LOCATION

Oriental Mindoro

Coordinates: 13°00′N 121°25′E

FAST FACTS

The following are a few useful and interesting details about this province.

Province:
Oriental Mindoro
Location:
13°00′N 121°25′E | View Map
Year Founded:
1955
Capital:
Calapan
Area:
4,238.38 km2 (1,636.45 sq mi)
Population:
908,400
Density:
200/km2 (520/sq mi)
Division:
Region:
Cities & Towns:
1 City, 14 Towns (Municipalities)
Demonym(s):
Oriental Mindoreño/a
Elevation:
(Mount Halcon) 2,586 m (8,484 ft)
Time Zone:
PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code:
5200–5214
Area code:
+63 -(043)-XXX-XXXX
Electricity:
Standard voltage is 220V.
Plug commonly used is Type A but Types B and C are used as well.
Bring A to B adapter(s).
Currency:
Philippine Peso (PHP)
Exchange Rate:
Approximately 1 USD = 50 PHP | click for exact exchange rate
Income Class:
First Class
Religion(s):
A very large portion of the population are of Roman Catholic conviction (81%)
Language(s):
Tagalog, Mangyan, English
Known For:
Major Industries:
Agriculture, Tourism
Climate:
Tropical
Best Time to Visit:
April and May
Clothing:
Casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.
Airport(s):
Pinamalayan Airport
Bus Terminal(s):
COMING SOON

CLIMATE

The climate in this province has no distinct wet or dry season. Average temperature ranges from 28 to 32 °C (82 to 90 °F). The province experiences maximum rainfall during the months of June to September. Relative humidity is registered at 87%.

The best time to visit this island is between April and May, which is also the time when the beaches get really crowded.

The most appropriate clothing in this province is casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.

READ MORE: Climate & Weather in the Philippines

CITIES & TOWNS

Oriental Mindoro Province Map

The Oriental Mindoro provinceis divided into 14 Municipalities, 1 City:

  • Baco
  • Bansud
  • Bongabong
  • Bulalacao (San Pedro)
  • Calapan
  • Gloria
  • Mansalay
  • Naujan
  • Pinamalayan
  • Pola
  • Puerto Galera
  • Roxas
  • San Teodoro
  • Socorro
  • Victoria
 

ISLANDS

There are outlying islands surrounding the mainland of Oriental Mindoro which are under the jurisdiction of the province.

  • Baco Chico Island
  • Horca Piloto
  • Medio Island
  • Paniquian Island
  • Pulong Gitna
  • Pulong Munti
  • Silonay Island
 

POINTS OF INTEREST

The following is a list of points of interest relating to the Oriental Mindoro province:

  • Aninuan Beach
  • Aninuan Falls
  • Baluarte Watch Tower
  • Bancuro Church Ruins
  • Boquete Island
  • Buktot White Beach
  • Caluangan Lake
  • Haligi Beach
  • Harka Piloto
  • Jolly Waves Waterpark & Resort
  • Mangyan Village
  • Marble Quarry
  • Mount Halcon
  • Mount Malasimbo
  • Muelle Cross
  • Naujan Lake National Park
  • Pebble Beach
  • Punta Guarda Beach
  • Sabang
  • Sto. Nino Cathedral
  • Suqui Beach
  • Talipanan Beach
  • Talipanan Falls
  • Tamaraw Beach
  • Tamaraw Waterfalls
  • Tukuran Falls
  • Tukuran Hanging Bridge
  • Underwater Cave
  • White Beach

FESTIVALS

The following is a list of festivals celebrated in Oriental Mindoro throughout the year:

  • Adyawan Festival (San Teodoro)
  • Bahaghari Festival (Pinamalayan) – 3rd week of April
  • Banana Festival (Baco) – March 18-19
  • Basudani Festival (Bansud) – January 19
  • Biniray Festival (Bulalacao) – June 29
  • Coco Festival (San Teodoro) – December 8
  • Dabalistihit Festival (Naujan) – September 10
  • De Galera Festival (Puerto Galera) – May 9-12
  • Lechon Festival (Pola) – June 24
  • Kalap Festival (Calapan City) – March 21
  • Kapakyanan Festival (Victoria) – October 14-15
  • Kawayanan Festival (Gloria) – October 1
  • Malasimbo Music and Arts and Festival (Puerto Galera) – March
  • Mahalta Festival
  • Pakapya-agtike Festival (Socorro) – July 26
  • Palayan Festival
  • Pamugu-an Festival (Mansalay) – 3rd week of October
  • Pandang Gitab Festival – November 15
  • Sabutan Festival and Mini- Trade Fair – August 13
  • Sabuyan Festival (Pola)- June 25
  • Sanduguan Festival (Calapan City)
  • Sayaw Lahi Festival (Naujan) – September 10
  • Sipag Festival (Roxas) – July 28
  • Sulyog Festival (Bongabong)

FAQs

The following are the most frequently asked questions about the Oriental Mindoro province.

Where in the Philippines is Oriental Mindoro located?
Oriental Mindoro is occupies the eastern section of Mindoro island.

Is Oriental Mindoro a city or province?
Oriental Mindoro is a province.

What is the Capital of Oriental Mindoro?
The capital of Oriental Mindoro is Calapan.

What is Oriental Mindoro famous or known for?
Oriental Mindoro is famous or known for Puerto Galera.

How do I get to Oriental Mindoro?
There are several ways to get to Oriental Mindoro, the most common being from Manila:

  • Bus ferry | 7 hours | $9-$11
  • Bus to Batangas Pier | 3 hours | $3-$5 + Fast craft to Calapan | 1.75 hours | $3-$5

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How many islands are in Oriental Mindoro?
There are 7 islands in Oriental Mindoro province.

What does Oriental Mindoro mean?
Mindoro is derived from the Spanish term “mina de oro” which means “gold mine”.

How Safe is Traveling in Oriental Mindoro?
Oriental Mindoro is very safe for locals and tourists.

Is the climate in Oriental Mindoro the same as the rest of the Philippines?
The climate in Oriental Mindoro province is considered tropical with significant rainfall most months.

To learn more about the various climate types in the Philippines, and for a Climate Map, click the link below…

READ MORE: Climate & Weather of the Philippines

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About the Author

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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