TRAVELING TO PARADISE ISLAND OF MINDORO....my husband's homeland...
During Spanish era, the island was called Mina de Oro by the Spaniards, meaning gold mine.
The place where I was born is an urban place in greater Manila area, the same place where I grew up. Within the same region I studied, finished my baccalaureate degree, and earned my master's degree. From childhood, I have been with the city rush. Busy, noisy streets with heavy traffics, people who seem to be always in a hurry, and a clock which seems to run so fast as if the place has a faster hour hand, different from other places in the same time zone. I love the city, as it is where my roots are....
But the place where I met the man of my life is exactly the opposite of my origins. And you can bet that not only the chivalry of this man has captured my heart, he can owe it on the very place where he was born... the same place where we decided to build our nest...the same place where our children were born... and the place is called......... Mindoro.
Before we explore and plunge into its crystal blue waters and exciting wilderness, let me give u a short backgrounder or historical glimpse about Mindoro.
Mindoro (Wikipedia) is the seventh-largest island in the Philippines. It is located southwest of Luzon, and northeast of Palawan. In past times, it has been called Ma-i or Mait by ancient Chinese traders and, by Spaniards, as Mina de Oro (meaning "gold mine") from where the island got its current name. The island was divided into its two present-day provinces, Occidental Mindoro and Oriental Mindoro, in 1950. Before then, since 1921, the entire island was one province.
According to the late historian William Henry Scott in his book Prehispanic Source Materials For The Study of Philippine History (rev. ed., 1984), an entry in the official history of the Sung Dynasty for the year 972 mentions Ma-i as a trading partner of China. Other Chinese records referring to Ma-i or Mindoro appear in the years that follow. ( Wikipedia)
Whether you are a nature lover or not, you will love the beautiful twin provinces of Mindoro, the seventh largest island in the Philippines. Mindoro island boasts of its panoramic beauty from the wide array of white sand beaches, mountains, golden rice fields, crystalline blue water and teeming marine life.
Foreign and local tourists may indulge in a number of special interest activities and tours while in the province, from mountain climbing to trekking, hiking, camping, butterfly watching, game fishing, and adventure trips to the wilderness.
Let us explore the beauty of the ''Gold Mine". Take a look to some photos that captured the beauty of my husband's homeland.
The Apo Reef
One of the dive sites frequented by most divers in Occidental Mindoro is the Apo Reef. It is acclaimed as the best in Asia, and as the diving mecca of the Philippines. It is a 34-kilometer reef, located 20 miles west of Mindoro proper, with a narrow channel running east to west, dividing this reef into two lagoon systems, north and south. Underneath, the clean waters, fine white sand, and numerous corals are visible.
The Apo Reef Marine Park includes the fascinating bird-populated islands of Binangaan and Caios del Bajo, which have a variety of birds that can irresistibly lure birdwatchers. The surrounding waters are abundant with marine fauna and luxuriant coral growth represented by approximately 400-500 kaleidoscopic coral species. Marine life includes varieties of sharks, stingrays, and manta ray
Scientific Name : Bubalus Mindorensis, Common name: Tamaraw
The Tamaraw (Bubalus mindorensis) or Mindoro Dwarf Buffalo is a small hoofed mammal belonging to the family Bovidae. It is endemic to the island of Mindoro in the Philippines and is the only endemic Philippine bovine. It is believed, however, to have once also thrived on the greater island of Luzon. The tamaraw was originally found all over Mindoro, from sea level up to the mountains (2000 meters above sea level), but because of human habitation, hunting, and logging, it is now restricted to only a few remote grassy plains and is now an endangered species.
Contrary to common belief and past classification, the tamaraw is not a subspecies of the local carabao, which is only slightly larger, or the common Water buffalo. In contrast to the carabao, it has a number of distinguishing characteristics: it is slightly hairier, has light markings on its face, is not gregarious, and has shorter horns that are somewhat V-shaped. It is the largest native terrestrial mammal in the country.
Mindoro Salt Beds....Southern Occidental Mindoro is a known producer of iodized salts.
Watch out for more photos and videos on part 2 of this hub...soon!
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