Early in the 12th century, the 10 Datus of Borneo arrived and settled in Panay Island and the rest of the Visayas.
Before the Spaniards came in 1521, trade and commerce already existed between the people of Mai or Minolo (the former name of Mindoro) and the Chinese traders from the Kingdom of Cathay (China). A Chinese historian Chau Ju-Kua gave an account on the honesty of the early Mindoreños. According to him, it was the custom of the people of Mindoro to take with them whatever Chinese goods they liked, and even if one could not distinguish one from the other, the Mindoreños would always return to pay the Chinese traders.
Three hundred years after, the Spaniards arrived. Like Chau Ju-Kua, a Spanish historian likewise recorded the business activities existing between the people of Mindoro and the Chinese traders.
American and Japanese Rule
With the coming of the Americans, trade and commerce increased between Batangas and Mindoro. When the American educators who were called “Thomasites” arrived in early 1900, health and education steadily improved. But this suffered a setback in 1942 when the Japanese invaded Calapan and controlled the whole island down to Bulalacao. They constructed a railway and built ports to transport coal, rice and animals. They shipped them to Batangas where many of the imperial army officers held offices during World War II.
Republic Act 505 was signed into law separating Oriental Mindoro and Occidental Mindoro. On November 15, 1950, Oriental Mindoro became a province with Calapan named as provincial capital. Years later during the time of Pres. Diosdado Macapagal, Rep. Luciano Joson of Mindoro authored a bill creating the Municipality of Gloria in honor of Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo who was then a young girl.
Mindoro Today – A Paradise Island
A look at the whole province today reveals the key factors why the Golden Isle has indeed been rewarded with monumental opportunities virtually manifested in the past celebration of its golden anniversary which reminisced the ties of brotherhood that its ancestors forged with Chinese merchants. Such is the glory that the past relives; the enthusiasm that the present provides; and the optimism the future offers.
Oriental Mindoro, the "Paradise Island" has eventually been recognized as one of the country's economic centers and finally emerged as a prime destination for tourists, travelers, businessmen, investors and families.
"Vital Link to the Visayas through the Strong Republic Nautical Highway"
North – Verde Island
East – Maestro de Ocampo Island and Tablas Strait
South – Semirara Island
West – Occidental Mindoro
• Land Area : 4,364.72 sq. kms.
• City : 1
• Congressional Districts : 2
• Municipalities : 14
• Barangays : 426
Rugged terrain and irregular coastline, numerous rivers and streams traverse the province but none are navigable by large vessels.
Vast array of unique species and subspecies, broad spectrum of fauna and flora from Luzon, Palawan and the entire region.
Warm and friendly, Mindoreños welcome each visitor with open arms, indicative of their genuine hospitality. Generally, Mindoreños experience life in simple ways. Largely rural - 70% of the province’s population is engaged in agriculture and fishing - with only 30% living in urban centers. They also enjoy the luxury of fresh air and the sweet scent of the countryside.
Visiting Oriental Mindoro does not entail one to memorize bits of conversational lines in dialects other than Tagalog. As the national language, Tagalog is widely spoken in the province. Also, the people are equally conversant in the English language.
How To Get There:
Oriental Mindoro is only 45 minutes away from the Batangas International Port. With about 50 round trips daily on a 24/7 schedule, visiting the island becomes a pleasurable trip.
• Mt. Samat
• Shipshape Ferry
• Besta Shipping Lines
• Supercat Fast Ferry
• Montenegro Shipping Lines
About 30 minutes travel time is all it takes from the Manila Domestic Airport or the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to any of Oriental Mindoro's airports located in Calapan City, Pinamalayan and Mansalay.
Airports in Oriental Mindoro:
First District Second District
Hon. Patrick M. Dela Rosa Hon. Ramil O. Dimapilis
Hon. Ryan Z. Arago Hon. Ferdinand Thomas M. Soller
Hon. Abraham R. Abas Hon. Corazon F. Agarap
Hon. Romeo G. Infantado Hon. Martin S. Buenaventura
Mayor: Paulino Salvador C. Leachon Mayor: Ma. Angeles C. Casubuan
Puerto Galera Victoria
Mayor: Hubbert Christopher A. Dolor Mayor: Alfredo G. Ortega Jr.
Mayor: Leandro P. Panganiban Mayor: Rolando F. Arreola
San Teodoro Baco
Mayor: Apollo E. Feraren Mayor: Graciano P. Dela Chica
SECOND DISTRICT MAYORS:
Mayor: Wilfredo L. Hernandez Sr. Mayor: Loreto S. Perez
Vice Mayor: Roberto A. Morente Vice Mayor: Romeo D. Alvarez
Mayor: Ronaldo M. Morada Mayor: Hercules A. Umali
Vice Mayor: Donato M. Manato Vice Mayor: Alfonso A. Montalbo
Mayor: Jackson C. Dy Mayor: Jose Ildefonso M. Maliwanag
Vice Mayor: Violeta L. Dimapilis Vice Mayor: Renato T. de Lara
Mayor - Ernilo C. Villas
Vice Mayor - Teresita S.Bantugan