The Official Website of Occidental Mindoro

REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO

REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO

Cultural Tourism/Festivals

CATEGORY:  Cultural Tourism
(Forts, cathedrals and churches, gardens, street and town sites, historical roads and paths, historic remains, museums, art museums, zoo and botanical gardens, aquariums, other structures and buildings, events and festivals, folk music and dance, local culture)

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CODE: 202
LOCATION: Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro

CODE: 205
LOCATION: Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro
DESCRIPTION: The first of its kind in Occidental Mindoro, it is a showcase of rich historical, cultural and biological wealth of the town. A unique feature is the nature section where one can have a simulated experience of the forest and underwater wonders. Established in 2007, its first collection of artifacts was built from effort of townsfolks who donated or lent family heirlooms and collections.

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LOCATION: Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro
DESCRIPTION: It is the showcase of the historical events of the Sablayan town. The dealings of early Mangyan with Chinese traders up to the Spanish, Japanese and American Eras, depicting the present-day achievements and icons that show why Sablayan truly trailblazing the future.

CODE: 204
LOCATION: Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro
DESCRIPTION: Unveiled in 2012, it is a homage to the Tao Buhid and the Alangan tribes, the first inhabitants of Sablayan. This work of art also acknowledges the harmonious relationship between the tribes and the lowland settlers.

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LOCATION: Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro

CODE: 206
LOCATION: Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro
DESCRIPTION: Established in 2002 and inaugurated on April 8, 2006, the Sablayan Eco-Waste Management Park is a 5-hectare waste collection and recycling park for the residents of Sablayan. It has a Materials Recovery Facility and an Ecology Learning Center

CODE: 602
LOCATION: Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro

CODE: 602
LOCATION: Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro

CODE: 602
LOCATION: Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro

CODE: 203
LOCATION: Lubang, Occidental Mindoro

CODE: 206
LOCATION: Lubang, Occidental Mindoro

CODE: 206
LOCATION: Lubang, Occidental Mindoro
DESCRIPTION: The lighthouse of Cabra was the first completed during Spain’s revitalized program of lighthouse construction in the Philippines.Lighthouse of Cabra was built by the Spaniards in 1889. it sits atop a cliff on the western side of the island overlooking the South China Sea. The walls of thequarters and the tower are made of tisa. The Lighthouse fence, gate, railinngs are made of wrought iron. The tower still houses the original glass reflectors, which are now rarely seen in other Spanish Lighthouses in the country.

CODE: 299
LOCATION: Lubang, Occidental Mindoro

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LOCATION: San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

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LOCATION: San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

CODE: 206
LOCATION: San Jose, Occidental Mindoro
DESCRIPTION: This building is located in Barangay Central that served as the first post office of the Municipal Government of San Jose. After the war in 1957, Fr. Thomas Pacano, SVD established the Holy Family Academy (HFA) that served as secondary’s library up to this time.

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LOCATION: San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

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LOCATION: San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

CODE: 206
LOCATION: San Jose, Occidental Mindoro
DESCRIPTION: In 1945, the present site of the Divine Word College of San Jose was the location of Southern Mindoro Academy (SMA), the first non-sectarian secondary school in the southwestern part of Mindoro. An old Quonset hut left by the Allied Armed Forces housed the classrooms of SMA students. After a decade and a half, specifically in 1960, the religious congregation known as Society of the Divine Word (SVD), Bought SMA from its incorporators and converted it into Catholic school.

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LOCATION: San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

CODE: 206
LOCATION: San Jose, Occidental Mindoro
DESCRIPTION: It is across the street, opposite the Central Heritage Park and old site of the Sugar Mill of Philippine Milling Company. The old water tank supplied clean drinking water to the residences of the administrators and employees of Philippine Milling Company from 1910 to 1944, when Japanese soldiers occupied the sugar Central. Now, it serves as Central Water Station.

CODE: N/A
LOCATION: San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

CODE: 206
LOCATION: San Jose, Occidental Mindoro
DESCRIPTION: On this site, the soldiers of the U.S. led Allied Armed Forces under Brigadier General William C. Dunckel, landed on December 15, 1944 to liberate the town of San Jose from the Japanese Imperial. There were about 120 warships involved in the liberation of this municipality. Landing crafts or LSTs were lined along the shores of Caminawit, Bubog, San Agustin and Adela. All other warships anchored nearby while the large aircraft carriers loomed in the distance.

CODE: 206
LOCATION: San Jose, Occidental Mindoro
DESCRIPTION: On this site, the administrators of the Philippine Milling Company dubbed as the first sugar central in Far East Asia, built their sugar mill in 1910. Millions of sacks of sugar produced here were hauled to wharf in Caminawit then shipped to Manila for export to the United States of America. When Philippine Milling Company ceased to operate in the late 1960s, the sugar mill’s building on this site was dismantled and many of its reusable milling machines and equipment parts were sold and shipped out to sugar milling factories in Negros Occidental.

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LOCATION: Sta. Cruz, Occidental Mindoro

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LOCATION: Lubang, Occidental Mindoro
DESCRIPTION: Our Lady of Cabra Island is a title of a purported Apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to several schoolgirls on Cabra Island.The children described the figure in the aleged apparitions as a beautiful lady wearing a white robe and a blue sash around her waist.

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LOCATION: Lubang, Occidental Mindoro
DESCRIPTION: Pandanggo sa Ilaw is popular dance of grace and balance from Lubang Island, Mindoro. This particular pandanggo requires skill in balancing three lighted oil lamps, one on the head and at the palmsof each hand. The lights of the lamps are said to represent fireflies that are fluttering in the night.Pandanggo sa Ilaw is usually performed during festivities and special occasions.

CODE: 204
LOCATION: San Jose, Occidental Mindoro
DESCRIPTION: The icon that represents the entire locality of San Jose, the Mangyan, were displayed right at the heart of the plaza. The bamboo that counts 39 surrounding it, explains the number of Barangays that the Municipality owns. And also, the rope that ties the bamboo symbolizes the unity among and within the barangays.

CODE: 206
LOCATION: San Jose, Occidental Mindoro
DESCRIPTION: In 1910, when Philippine Milling Company was established wooden houses were constructed for the prominent employees of the sugar factory. One of its employees, Moises Pablo, was allowed to stay in one of the houses at the mill site section of the company. The said house survived the Japanese occupation of Central from 1941 to 1944 and the conversion of the sugarcane plantation into ricefields. At present, it is the only original wooden house constructed by the Philippine Milling Company at Barangay Central.

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LOCATION: Looc, Occidental Mindoro
DESCRIPTION: Pre-war house based on locals it’s the lone surviving house when the Japanese occupied and burn the town. It became Japanese and American barracks.

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LOCATION: Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro
DESCRIPTION: It consists of rappelling, wall climbing and zip lining, considered as the longest island to island zip line in the World covering a total cable length of 1.7km, and the first inter-island zip line with back-and-forth motorized pulley. It starts from the Presing Park in the mainland and ends at Pandan Pequeno.

CODE: 413
LOCATION: Magsaysay, Occidental Mindoro
DESCRIPTION: Great for family bonding/outing. Clean facility and kids friendly. They have an outdoor pool for adult and kids with slides for more fun. They have four (4) conference hall for different events like: business meetings, training, wedding, birthdays and etc. They also have different rooms for accommodation with complete amenities like for couple, suite room, family and barkada room where the guest can relax and stay overnight and offer room service. Hillside Resort offer a sporty but enjoyable activity like zip-line and rappelling. They also offer a catering service for all event.

CODE: 602
LOCATION: Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro
DESCRIPTION: The main celebration of the town is its founding anniversary. Celebrated every March of the year through a procession as a thanksgiving to the bountiful year of the town. Sport activities were also held to unite the Mamburenos and to remind all to a solidity and firmness mindset in facing every circumstance.

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LOCATION: San Jose, Occidental Mindoro
DESCRIPTION: This used to be a monthly competition of talents in San Jose which gives an opportunity for the community, especially the youth, to showcase their endearing and extraordinary gifts in dancing and singing. Currently, this is conducted as the opening salvo that marks the beginning of the celebration of San Jose’s Founding Anniversary.

CODE: 206
LOCATION: San Jose, Occidental Mindoro
DESCRIPTION: In 1945, the led U.S. Allied Armed Forces built an airstrip in Barangay Murtha popularly known as Sitio Upper Mangyan while liberating other parts of the Philippines.

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LOCATION: San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

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LOCATION: San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

CODE: 206
LOCATION: San Jose, Occidental Mindoro
DESCRIPTION: This site is part of the Luzon: Dap-ayan Project from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). This serves as a cultural hub that serve as the office of the Art and Cultural Related Associations in San Jose. Likewise, this also serves as the venue for meeting and a propose location for the in-housing of the KaLiBaSib’s taxidermy.

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LOCATION: San Jose, Occidental Mindoro
DESCRIPTION: This is built as a way of commemoration to the Mangyan dialect and other dialects in the Philippines. Like other cultural structures, it serves as institutionalized patterns of social life that may be elaborated in more than one concrete construction of meaning. Likewise this also appears as a way of appreciation and showing value to the unique dialect that we have.

CODE: 206
LOCATION: San Jose, Occidental Mindoro
DESCRIPTION: In 1945, the present site of the Divine Word College of San Jose was the location of Southern Mindoro Academy (SMA), the first non-sectarian secondary school in the southwestern part of Mindoro. An old Quonset hut left by the Allied Armed Forces housed the classrooms of SMA students. After a decade and a half, specifically in 1960, the religious congregation known as Society of the Divine Word (SVD), Bought SMA from its incorporators and converted it into Catholic school.

CODE: 206
LOCATION: San Jose, Occidental Mindoro
DESCRIPTION: The San Jose Airport was named in honor of Thomas McGuire, Jr. He was the second highest American scoring pilot during World War II. The airport primarily served as base of the four engine B-24S heavy bombers.

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LOCATION: San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

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LOCATION: San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

CODE: 602
LOCATION: San Jose, Occidental Mindoro
DESCRIPTION: It is an institutionalized inter-barangay street dancing competition that reflects the natives and other salient features of San Jose. It is in line with the celebration of the Founding Anniversary of the Municipality of San Jose and the town fiesta to honor the Patron Saint Joseph, the Worker.

CODE: 602
LOCATION: San Jose, Occidental Mindoro
DESCRIPTION: It is an inter-barangay agro-tourism trade fair featuring best-dressed booth competition with the theme, “Sama-samang Pasasalamat at Pagdiriwang sa isang Masaganang Ani”. It shows thanksgiving of God’s generosity to our bountiful harvest, serene living and a celebration of life and customs.

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LOCATION: San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

CODE: 602
LOCATION: Occidental Mindoro
DESCRIPTION: Tamaraw month is celebrated every 1st of October. It is a month-long celebration of the endemic Tamaraw. This is to give importance and a reminder to conserve and protect Tamaraw.

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LOCATION: San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

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LOCATION: San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

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LOCATION: Paluan, Occidental Mindoro

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LOCATION: Paluan, Occidental Mindoro

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LOCATION: Paluan, Occidental Mindoro

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LOCATION: Paluan, Occidental Mindoro

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LOCATION: Paluan, Occidental Mindoro

CODE: 602
LOCATION: Calintaan, Occidental Mindoro
DESCRIPTION: Which came from the words Tamaraw, the magnificent buffalo that dwells only here, and Tau Buid who are the native tribes of Calintaan. From the name itself, it is celebrated to honor the Tamaraws and the Tau Buid every first week of May. The town held its 5th celebration of the festival last 2020. Street dancing competition is held in the morning where talented dancers from the seven barangays clad in enticing costumes and props. Each barangay exerts great effort in making and decorating its booth at the town plaza where different products are displayed and sold. Fun games are also prepared for the Tau Buids where they can enjoy themselves. Search for Binibining Tambuid is held at night which really showcases the beauty and talent of Calintaanians

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LOCATION: Calintaan, Occidental Mindoro

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LOCATION: Calintaan, Occidental Mindoro

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LOCATION: Calintaan, Occidental Mindoro

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LOCATION: Sta. Cruz, Occidental Mindoro

CODE: 206
LOCATION: San Jose, Occidental Mindoro
DESCRIPTION: This building was constructed in 1912, it served as the school building of children, not only of the employees and workers of the Philippine Milling Company but also of the neighbouring barrios. During the Japanese occupation of the municipality of San Jose, in 1942, the enemies used this as their garrison. Captured officers and members of the guerrilla movement, including their supporters and non-cooperating local officials were imprisoned here. Two municipal mayors who were imprisoned here were San Jose Mayor Fermin Barretto and Sablayan Mayor Pedro Gonzales. Mayor Gonzales was able to escape but Mayor Barretto was executed by the enemies.

CODE: 204
LOCATION: San Jose, Occidental Mindoro
DESCRIPTION: This significant statue can be found upon the entrance to Dap-ayan Center. It possesses relevant symbolisms that identifies the locality from the rest. The bamboo was displayed which acknowledges San Joseños’ resilience and symbolizes the local ingredient of the indigenous people when building structures. Also, the two tribes’ logo inhabiting the municipality namely Buhid and Hanunuo were exhibited in this statue together with the icon of Mindoro, the Tamaraw.

CODE: 206
LOCATION: San Jose, Occidental Mindoro
DESCRIPTION: In 1907, during the American Regime, the colonizers constructed a wooden lighthouse at the foot of the hill on the northeastern part of Ambulong. The light from this structure served as the guide of sailors and fishermen in going to and departing from coastal villages of San Jose and the wharf in Caminawit, especially during stormy weather. Years later, when the lighthouse was destroyed by typhoons, the Americans constructed another one, this time made of concrete, on top of the hill.

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LOCATION: Looc, Occidental Mindoro
DESCRIPTION: Wakayama Point is the place where Lt. Hiroo Onoda surrender on March 10, 1974 at Burol, Looc, Occidental Mindoro.

CODE: 302
LOCATION: Abra de Ilog, Occidental Mindoro
DESCRIPTION: Mun. Agriculture managed Demo Farm. Contains rice field, vegetable greenhouses, slaughterhouse, livestock raising, fishpond, vermiculture facility and other farm machineries exhibits.

CODE: 413
LOCATION: Magsaysay, Occidental Mindoro
DESCRIPTION: It is a Farm Tourist Site accredited by Department of Tourism (DOT). A learning Site for organic agriculture, integrated farming, vegetable farming and herbs accredited by Agriculture Training Institute (ATI) and also a TESDA accredited as farm school that offers two (2) qualification: a.) Organic Agriculture Production NCII, and b.) Production of High Quality Inbrid Rice.

– Lola’s Healthy Farm have a three (3) swimming pool with slides for Toddler, Kid and Adult. It has two (2) rooms that can accommodate 12 persons. It also offers a pick/fish and pay to every guest.               

-For event like meetings, training and birthday Lola’s Healthy Farm offer a multipurpose hall that can occupy up to 50 persons and Function room which can occupy up to 40 persons.

CODE: 602
LOCATION: San Jose, Occidental Mindoro
DESCRIPTION: It aims to search for candidates who possess not just the physical and intellectual attributes of the ideal San Joseño and San Joseña but also the face of San Jose who will represent the Municipality, the tourism industry and the municipality’s natural beauty and culture.

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO’S INTANGIBLE CULTURAL PROPERTY

A native term among the Mangyan that connotes “unity”, “cooperation” and “helping each other”. This is an annual historic event in Occidental Mindoro where the people of this province of various religious congregations, beliefs, and political differences, varying ethical & indigenous peoples, customs and traits are strongly “unified.” Each year, the people of Occidental Mindoro, the students, professionals, businessmen, government officials, together with the rural folks and indigenous peoples participate in the activities. The usual celebration highlights exhibition of this province natural attractions, agricultural, coastal and marine products, street dancing, fairs, sports, competition, parade of beauties and recognition to achievers or outstanding performers of the province.

ARAWATAN FESTIVAL

2021

ARAWATAN FESTIVAL

2022

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