Oriental Mindoro

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Oriental Mindoro (Filipino: Silangang Mindoro) is a province of the Philippines located in the MIMAROPA region in Luzon. Its capital is Calapan City and occupies the eastern half of the island of Mindoro; Occidental Mindoro is at the western half. On the east of the province lies the Sibuyan Sea and Romblon. To the north is Batangas across the Verde Island Passage. The Semirara Islands of Antique are to the south.

Province of Oriental Mindoro
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Region MIMAROPA (Region IV-B)
Governor Arnan C. Panaligan
Barangays 426
Physical characteristics
Area 4,364.7 km²
(27th largest)
Total (2000) 681,818
(34th largest)
Density 156/km²
(28th lowest)

Oriental Mindoro is famous among tourists for Puerto Galera. This municipality, only a few hours from Manila, boasts of splendid white beach resorts and diving spots. For the adventurous, Mt. Halcon, on the western border of the province provides one of the most challenging mountain climbing experiences in the Philippines.


People and culture

Oriental Mindoro is the home province of current Philippine vice-president and former ABS-CBN news anchor Noli de Castro. He is from the town of Pola.


Oriental Mindoro relies on tourism, and harvest of fruits for an income. IT is relatively new there, but it is having progressive development.



Oriental Mindoro is subdivided into 14 municipalities and 1 component city.

City/Municipality No. of
Pop. density
(per km²)
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Bansud <center> <center>
Bongabong <center> <center>
Bulalacao (San Pedro) <center> <center>
Calapan City <center> <center>
Gloria <center> <center>
Mansalay <center> <center>
Naujan <center> <center>
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Socorro <center> <center>
Victoria <center> <center>

Local Officials

Local Officialss.

  • Governor Arnan C. Panaligan
  • Vice Governor Maria Estela Felipa M. Aceron
  • Board Member Ireneo Apasan
  • Board Member Ramil Dimapilis
  • Board Member Luis Castillet
  • Board Member Ernesto Liwanag
  • Board Member Corazon Agarap
  • Board Member Romeo Infantado
  • Board Member Abraham Abas
  • Board Member Ronald Panaligan
  • Board Member Claro Recto
  • Board Member Susan Cobrado
  • Board Member Juan Paolo Luna ( Pres. Councilors' League, Oriental Mindoro)
  • Board Member Rogeto Cometa ( Pres. Association of Barangay Chairmen, Oriental Mindoro)
  • Board Member Kathleel Cyrele Cuyas Pres. Sangguniang Kabataan Federation, Oriental Mindoro)


Spaniards first arrived on Mindoro in the 16th century and initially administered it as part of Batangas. The island gained full provincehood in 1921. In 1950, the island was divided into the provinces of Oriental Mindoro and Occidental Mindoro.

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