Oriental Sabang Hill Resort, Puerto Galera

Probably one of the most comfortable resorts in Puerto Galera is the Oriental Sabang Hill Resort. By comfortable we mean the place is generally nice with rates that are very affordable considering the kind of service the staff extends to its guests.

Facilities

Oriental Sabang Hill Resort has the following facilities: bar and restaurant, swimming pool, spa and reflexology, laundry service, wireless Internet access, fitness gym, and pool table.

Accommodations

Rooms in Oriental Sabang Hill Resort are classified into Standard, Superior Gold Room, Deluxe Room, and Family Room. The rooms are equipped with aircondition, extra fan, cable TV, safety vault, hot and cold shower and minibar.

Oriental Sabang Hill Resort - Puerto Galera - affordable, room rates, accommodationsThese rates are for the high season (October 1 to April 30).
Standard Room – PHP 1850
Deluxe Room – PHP 2400
Superior Gold Room – PHP 2400
Family Room – PHP 2600

The rates include continental breakfast for maximum number of persons I supposed. Rate per extra person, extra bed per night is P500.

For inquiries and reservation details, you may e-mail Oriental Sabang Hill Resort at info@sabanghill.com or contact them through these numbers: landline – (043)287-3559 | mobile – (0915)6018402.

Photo: www.sabanghill.com

Why Puerto Galera Belongs to Most Crowded Destinations During Holy Week

One of the busiest periods in Puerto Galera is during the Holy Week where people take advantage of the four days off from work. For years now, it has been one of the idyllic destinations for local and foreign tourists who want to soak up under the sun.

Because of its proximity to Metro Manila, as compared to Boracay, Puerto Galera can be enjoyed even for an overnight stay. However, accommodation rates go rocket high since it’s peak season. Super peak, actually.

Aside from being closer to the metro, it’s kind of cheaper to go on vacation here than in most of the much coveted Holy Week destinations in the country as you won’t be spending huge chunk of your budget for airfare.

Holy Week in Puerto Galera

BUT, just like falling in line in airport terminals on a Holy Week, you can expect similar scene on the bus terminal going to Batangas, more so on the port. So you’ve got to have unlimited patience until you reach the infamous shores of Puerto Galera.

BUT, since it’s Holy Week, you have to share the entire stretch of White Beach with hundreds of beach-bumming people crowding the shoreline. If this isn’t your kind of beach escapade, Puerto Galera on Holy Week isn’t much of a bright idea.

BUT, for those who want some time to reflect and observe Holy Week traditions, you can still do so by visiting the Immaculate Conception Parish Church in Poblacion, Puerto Galera.

Whichever way we choose to spend Holy Week, take some time to say a little prayer and reflect on what the Lenten Season is meant for.

Photo: myfaithandfate.blogspot.com

Real Property Tax Owners na Maagang Magbabayad ng Buwis, Bibigyan ng 10% Diskwento

*This story was first published on www.pia.gov.ph

LUNGSOD NG CALAPAN, Oriental Mindoro, Marso 15 (PIA) — Ipinababatid ngayon sa publiko ng Provincial Treasurer’s Office sa lahat ng “real property tax owners” ang pagbibigay ng 10 porsyento diskwento sa mga maagang magbabayad ng kanilang mga buwis.

Aniya, kung hindi makakayang bayaran ang buwis ng buo, maaari itong bayaran ng apat na hulog na walang interes sa mga sumusunod na itinakdang petsa: unang hulog, bago sumapit o sa petsang Marso 31; ikalawang hulog, bago sumapit o sa Hunyo 30; ikatlo, bago sumapit o sa petsang Setyembre 30; at ikaapat na hulog ay bago sumapit o sa petsang Disyembre 31 ng taong kasalukuyan.

Oriental Mindoro news - tax discount 2013Samantala, magkakaroon naman ng interes o multa na dalawang porsyento sa babayarang buwis ang hindi makasunod sa itinakdang petsa. Sa mga hindi makasusunod sa patakarang ito pagkatapos ng taon ay maaaring patawan ng solusyong pang-administratibo na itinatadhana sa Local Government Code hinggil sa pagpapatupad ng pangongolekta ng buwis.

Maaaring magbayad ng mga nabanggit na buwis sa pinakamalapit na tanggapan ng ingat-yaman na nakasasakop sa kanilang munisipyo kung saan matatagpuan ang binubuwisang ari-arian.

Kailangang magbayad ng maaga upang maiwasan ang multa at nang di mapasama ang ari-arian sa pagsusubasta. (CPRD/LTC/TBO-PIA4B, Calapan)

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Bamboo Cove in Puerto Galera, a Tranquil Escape

If you can live without all the pampering amenities; just you and your company, a decent room to sleep in, and the mesmerizing tranquility of the beach in front of you, then you’ve landed on the right place.

Bamboo Cove in Bulabod Beach, Puerto Galera is the perfect escape for those who can survive without luxurious bed, Wi-Fi, TV or any other amenities that other accommodations boast of. The rooms here are plain and simple. It’s even surprising they’re air-conditioned.

Rates per room per night:
Aircon room (good for 2-4pax) – P1,800
Fan room (good for 2-4pax) – P1,500
Breakfast not included add P250 per person for breakfast

Full Board (with breakfast, lunch, dinner) – add P750 per person per night

Bamboo Cove Beach Resort - accommodation, rates, amenities, reservationThey have a humble restaurant which is open for the guests only. There’s an extra charge if you want to make use of the kitchen.

In Bamboo Cove, you can have the best time by enjoying life’s simplest pleasures. Be awed with the natural beauty of the beach all day long.

Bamboo Cove is located 7 kilometers away from the town proper though. They can pick you up from the port, free of charge. There are only a few rooms here so you better secure your booking as early as you can. For reservations, jump to this link.

Photo: www.travelpod.com

Renewable Energy Project in Mindoro Promises Many Benefits for the Locals

This story was first published on philstar.com.

CALAPAN CITY, Philippines – The planned P3.425-billion wind project in the southernmost town of Oriental Mindoro will be granted incentives by the Board of Investments.

In a statement, PhilCarbon Inc. said the BOI registered the renewable energy project, making it qualified for fiscal incentives under the Renewable Energy Act of 2008.

Phil Carbon is conducting pre-development of the 33.4-megawatt wind project, one of the two similar big amount power projects in the island province to date. The other big energy project s the P6-billion Wind Energy Power System (WEPS) project in the northern town of Puerto Galera by the Philippine Hybrid Energy System Inc.

“The BOI has approved our application for registration as a new renewable energy developer of wind power energy resources to avail of incentives, such as duty-free importation of capital equipment, as we prepare for the construction of our wind power projects,” Yu-Owen said.

According to the PhilCarbon head, the funding for the project would come from a mixture of debt and private equity, or from their capital and outside borrowings.

Called the Bulalacao Windpower Project, the proponent company is targeting to start the construction of the wind facility by September 2014 and to complete the project in January 2016.

To read the complete story, please refer to this link.

OMPH to Conduct Medical Mission on January 28-31

This story was first published on pia.gov.ph by Luis T. Cueto

CALAPAN CITY, Oriental Mindoro, Dec. 27 (PIA) — The Oriental Mindoro Provincial Hospital (OMPH) will conduct a grand medical mission on January 28-31.

The team will provide surgical, dental, and optical services to the community.

Oriental Mindoro Provincial HospitalThe provincial government of Oriental Mindoro announced that those from the southern municipalities may now register at OMPH to avail themselves of medical services. There will be free operations on goiter, hernia, mass lumps, and other gynecological diseases. There will also be a distribution of free eyeglasses.

Operations on malignant cancer, cataract, and harelip are not included in a medical mission. Those who are interested to undergo operations must get medical clearance as pre-requisite from the OMPH, Pinamalayan Community Hospital and Bongabong Community Hospital.

Said medical mission will be sponsored by the provincial government and the two congressional districts of the province in coordination with doctors from the University of the Philippines and the Oriental Mindoro Association of Southern California. (LBR/LTC-PIA4B, Calapan City)

Mindoro Supports Cross Breeding Program of Mud Crabs

This story was first published on sunstar.com.ph by Henrylito D. Tacio.

Mud crabs, especially females that have fat or “aligue,” are highly-esteemed gourmet seafood in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, China, and Japan. The Philippines is a mud crab exporter to these countries.

Growing mud crabs and other fish species is envisioned to be a major agriculture program since the Philippines is among world’s biggest fishery producers. In 2011, the country produced 15,730 metric tons of mud crabs.

The Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) said growing mud crabs is a profitable venture. A farmer can harvest 1,200 kilograms of mud crabs per hectare per cropping of five months. At P400 per kilo, it can give an additional income to farmers of P480,000 per cropping or P960,000 for two croppings a year.

cross breeding mud crabs in mindoroAlthough a viable project, it has one big problem: continuous seedstocks for continuous mud crab production.

BAR, a line agency of the Department of Agriculture, thought of one possible solution: cross breeding the giant mud crabs from Zamboanga Sibugay and the native crab of Mindoro.

The program has been supported by Oriental Mindoro Congressman Reynaldo V. Umali. Last December 12, 2012, massive mangrove planting took place in the province after the Unified Tree of Life (UTOL) Program. It aims to plant 12 million trees from the highlands to the coastal areas.

To read the complete story, please refer to this link.

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Robinsons Mall is Now Open in Calapan City

It becomes Oriental Mindoro’s first and largest commercial establishment to rise within the project Xevera Neo Calapan, in Calapan City.

It brings to Oriental Mindoro the Robinsons brand of shopping, with its seal of quality, efficiency and convenience. Though there are other places of shopping and recreation around the province, Neo Calapan Mall is a notch higher as it will house Robinsons’ signature stores, namely Robinsons Supermarket, Department Store, Appliance Center and Handyman Do-it Best Home Center.

Aside from these, spa and wellness centers, games and amusement arcade, and two 150-seater cinemas, among others, will also operate inside the mall, offering entertainment and recreation. These establishments are expected to turn shopping and relaxation into a first-class experience in the province, providing Mindoreños a taste of the urban lifestyle.

 

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Calapan City’s New Modern Public Market

A new and state of the art two-storey public market has been operating for almost two months after being introduced and inaugurated by President Noynoy Aquino together with local and provincial officials on December 15, 2011 in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro.

In his message during the inauguration of the New Calapan City Public Market here, the President commended the locals for facing up to the challenges and showing unity in such trials.

“Tunay na sagisag ang gusaling ito sa kasipagan at katatagan ng mga Mindorenos. Ilang beses man tinupok ng apoy ang inyong naipatayong pamilihan, hindi kayo nagpatinag. Bumangon kayo at muling nagsumikap”, the President said.

From the old public market which was burned to ashes for the third time in May of 2008, the 200 million-new public market was built not just as a state-of-the-art edifice, but more over, as a significant structure symbolizing progress and testament to the resiliency and strength of an entire city.

Contradicting to the ordinary public market design, its wet market like meat, fish and vegetable stalls can be found on its second floor while those of dry products such as RTW and household items can be found on the first. The 188 million mall-like public market was colored orange, followed after the color of Calapan City Mayor Doy Leachon.

The new modern public market and passenger terminal won the Outstanding Development Projects award for 2010 by the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP).

The ADFIAP award recognizes and honors institutional members which have undertaken and assisted projects that have created development in their respective countries. ADFIAP is the focal point of all development banks and other financial institutions engaged in the financing of development in the Asia-Pacific region. Founded in 1976, its mission is to advance sustainable development through its 120 member-institutions in 43 countries.

 

PICTURES OF CALAPAN CITY – NEW MODERN PUBLIC MARKET

Front View with Escalator

Corner View

Second Floor - Meat Section

St. Lorenzo Ruiz Statue at the Center of the Public Market