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.



Front View with Escalator

Corner View

Second Floor - Meat Section

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

Festivals and Other Events in Calapan City

        Festival and Events are the best of opportunities through which you can explore the cultural specialty of the Calapeños during your tour. You will be impressed to know what Festival and Events in Calapan City . These are:




       Kalap Festival

       Calapan City Foundation Day, March 21


The festival commemorates the founding anniversary of the City of Calapan highlighted by street dancing and colorful float parade depicting the history of Calapan and the origin of its name from which the festival derived its name. A merry mixture of socio-civic, cultural, historical and sports activities are part of the run of events.



       Sto. Nino de Calapan Festival

       City Fiesta, January 1


Calapan City celebrates its Fiesta on New Year’s Day. Fiesta activities begin during the first week of December with a series of religious activities. The celebration extends towards the Christmas season laced with nightly cultural presentation, yuletide activities topped by the lighting of the giant Christmas tree and fireworks, as well as agro-industrial and tourism fairs.



        Mardi Gras

        Fiesta, Foundation Day, Summer, Halloween


The ultimate street party that takes place along the entire stretch of J. P. Rizal Street. The hypnotic lights and upbeat music, together with various fun-filled activities, will bring together a bevy of party-goers to party the night away.



        Friday Nyt sa Bagong Calapan

        City Plaza, 7 PM to 12 PM


Sit back and relax by watching free movies. Groove through the night with the various bands filling the evening with rhythm and beats. With the good music, food and drinks, paint the town red, Calapan style.


We invite people from all over the world to come and experience the Calapñeos way of celebrating life!

Victoria, Oriental Mindoro (History, Local Gov’t Officials, Barangays)

Victoria is a 2nd class municipality. Regarding urbanization Victoria is classified as partly urban. Victoria occupies an area of 146.23 km². By the end of 2007 Victoria was the home of 44,932 residents. Thus by average 307.27 people are living on one km².


The province’s fruit basket, Victoria is noted for its citrus, durian, marang, lanzones and rambutan orchards.


Brief History 

Victoria was formerly a small barrio of Naujan called Borbocolon (from a native word meaning “continuously gushing water”). It became a separate municipality by virtue of Exec. Order No. 620 signed by Pres. Elpidio Quirino. The town was named after Quirino’s daughter.


Local Officials

Mayor: Alfredo Gasic Ortega Jr.
Vice Mayor: Luis Sabalan Castillet Sr.
Dolor Fortu Gasic
Rowell Palaganas Ganad
Carlos Arellano Moreno
Tanie Dalimot Malitao Jr.
Mercedita Abacan Dimaano-Dumas
Junie Rose Sanque Gahol
Imelda Nabor Callo
Arnaldo Asilo Barber Jr.


Victoria is politically subdivided into 32 barangays.
  • Alcate
  • Antonino
  • Babangonan
  • Bagong Silang
  • Bagong Buhay
  • Bambanin
  • Bethel
  • Canaan
  • Concepcion
  • Duongan
  • Jose Leido Jr.
  • Loyal
  • Mabini
  • Macatoc
  • Malibog
  • Merit
  • Ordovilla
  • Pakyas
  • Poblacion I
  • Poblacion II
  • Poblacion III
  • Poblacion IV
  • Sampaguita
  • San Antonio
  • San Cristobal
  • San Gabriel
  • San Gelacio
  • San Isidro
  • San Juan
  • San Narciso
  • Urdaneta
  • Villa Cerveza


Socorro, Oriental Mindoro (History, Local Gov’t Officials, Barangays)

Socorro is a 3rd class municipality. Regarding urbanization Socorro is classified as partly urban. Socorro occupies an area of 151.38 km². By the end of 2007 Socorro was the home of 38,052 residents. Thus by average 251.37 people are living on one km².


This inland town, located at the crossroad of commerce in the Pinamalayan-Pola-Victoria area (PIPOVIC), it is noted for its orchards of calamansi, citrus, rambutan and bananas. Coffee is also grown here.


Brief History

Socorro was formerly part of Pola. It became a separate municipality on June 22, 1962 by virtue of Republic Act No. 3609 and was inaugurated as such on July 27, 1963. The town was named after the wife of Cong. Luciano A. Joson, filer of the bill creating the town.


Local Officials

Mayor: Rolando Foronda Arreola
Vice Mayor: Marvin Guadania Umbao
Ronnie Marayan Dimaano
Elmar Gonzales Anyayahan
Junie Maranan Abalos
Rustico Jandusay Lasac
Emmanuel Baja Ricohermoso
Dennis Villar Brondial
Vilma Vida Carmona
Rodolfo Atienza Pacia


Socorro is politically subdivided into 26 barangays.
  • Bagsok
  • Batong Dalig
  • Bayuin
  • Calocmoy
  • Catiningan
  • Villareal (Daan)
  • Fortuna
  • Happy Valley
  • Calubayan
  • Leuteboro I
  • Leuteboro II
  • Mabuhay I
  • Malugay
  • Matungao
  • Monteverde
  • Pasi I
  • Pasi II
  • Zone I (Pob.)
  • Zone II (Pob.)
  • Zone III (Pob.)
  • Zone IV (Pob.)
  • Santo Domingo (Lapog)
  • Subaan
  • Bugtong Na Tuog
  • Mabuhay II
  • Ma. Concepcion


San Teodoro, Oriental Mindoro (History, Local Gov’t Officials, Barangays)

San teodoro is a 4th class municipality. Regarding urbanization San Teodoro is classified as partly urban. San Teodoro occupies an area of 341.00 km². By the end of 2007 San Teodoro was the home of 15,039 residents. Thus by average 44.10 people are living on one km².


San Teodoro lies on the coastal plain of Subaan Bay and has the largest gold reservoir in the province. The town is traversed by the Alag River, Binaybay River and the Subaan River.


Brief History

This town was first known as Subaan (after the Subaan River that traverses it) and was under the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of Baco during the Spanish era.

On February 1902, American forces under Theodore Hutchins and Sgt. Teodoro Viray attacked the town forcing the people to flee to the nearby hills. Upon their return, the people established the town at a new site and renamed it after the three Teodoros: Theodore Hutchins, Teodoro Viray and U.S. Pres. Theodore Roosevelt. San Teodoro was then a barrio of Puerto Galera. It was later transferred to Calapan from 1902 to 1919.

On February 16, 1929, San Teodoro was made a separate municipality by virtue of Act No. 3498.


Local Officials

Mayor: Apollo Evangelista Feraren
Vice Mayor: Aquilino Suerte Arguelles
Lourdes Garejo Alisna
Francisco Abena Marinduque
Allan Atienza Arguelles
Arlene Villanueva Aldaba
Willie Bae Felix
Anna Shiela Enriquez Garachico
Jorge Manalo Del Rosario
Cynthia Añonuevo Abutan


San Teodoro is politically subdivided into 8 barangays.
  • Bigaan
  • Calangatan
  • Calsapa
  • Ilag
  • Lumangbayan
  • Tacligan
  • Poblacion
  • Caagutayan


Santa Cruz, Occidental Mindoro (History, Local Gov’t Officials, Barangays)

Santa Cruz is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Occidental Mindoro region 4, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it had a population of 26,887 people in 5,407 households.


The original name of Sta. Cruz prior to the coming of the Spaniards to the Philippines was Talabasi. In the old map of Mindoro, this name appeared in the place where Sta. Cruz is located at present. According to the indigenous people, in their dialect, talabasi was the name of a kind of medicinal plant during the early days.

The name Sta. Cruz was believed to be given by Captain Juan de Salcedo to the small village he found near the area where the mouths of Ramayan, Salagan and Pola Rivers merged.

Another story traces the origin of the name of this community. Based on the story, the original name of this place was Bugo. It came from the name of a tree. A small community composed of the families of Benedicto Flores, Francisco Bernardo, Felix Gatdula, Eulalio Isidro and Damian Fernandez was formed here. The leader of the group was Francisco Bernardo. The community members drew water for household use from the stream of Timalon.

One day Eulalio Isidro found in the stream a wooden cross, one foot long. He showed it to his companions. The group considered the discovery of the cross as a miracle. Since they were religious by nature, they built a chapel and at the altar of the house of worship, they enthroned the cross. From that time on, Sta. Cruz became the new name of Bugo.

Since 1663, Sta. Cruz officially belonged to the Parish of Calavite which could be found at the north-westernmost part of Mindoro. It was only in 1876 when Sta. Cruz was again mentioned as a developing community. In April 1877, the king of Spain approved the establishment of a new town in Mindoro which would be called Santa Cruz de Mindoro. Due to his successful efforts, we could say that Fr. Pedro Muro de San Agustin was the founder of the town of Sta. Cruz.

Local Government Officials
Mayor: Filemon Mamaril Galsim
Vice-Mayor: Rose Calabio Malabanan

Ernesto Paglicawan Torreliza
Filemon Masangkay Galsim Jr.
Genesis Marquez Gatdula
Mabelle Morales Castro
Antonio Luis Bernardo De Borja III
Joseph Banzon Isidro
Johnny Saique Ramos
Divina Daprosa Paguagan


Santa Cruz is politically subdivided into 11 barangays.

Pinagturilan (San Pedro)
Poblacion I (Barangay 1)
San Vicente
Poblacion II (Barangay 2)


Roxas, Oriental Mindoro (History, Local Gov’t Officials, Barangays)

Roxas is a 2nd class municipality. Regarding urbanization Roxas is classified as partly urban. Roxas occupies an area of 85.26 km². By the end of 2007 Roxas was the home of 46,711 residents. Thus by average 547.87 people are living on one km².


The town’s Dangay Pier is the gateway to Boracay Island.


Brief History

Roxas started as a small barrio of Mansalay called Tikling by the banks of the Tikling River and settled by migrants from Panay, Romblon and Batangas. It was later named Paclasan (from palasan, a species of palm growing abundantly on marshy surroundings). Roxas became a separate municipality on October 15, 1948 by virtue of Exec. Order No. 181 and was inaugurated as such on November 15. The town was renamed after Pres. Manuel A. Roxas.


Local Officials

Mayor: Jackson Cinco Dy
Vice Mayor: Violeta Labis Dimapilis
Mae Arlene Manalo Talens
Juanito Abrenica Bacay Jr.
Eduardo Kunanan Soriano
Elsie Fabriquier Galaran
Arnel Fabello Fabon
Cesar Temple Baticos
Lee Medina Baculinao
Juan Salmorin Advincula


Roxas is politically subdivided into 20 barangays.
  • Bagumbayan (Pob.)
  • Cantil
  • Dangay
  • Happy Valley
  • Libertad
  • Libtong
  • Mabuhay
  • Maraska
  • Odiong
  • Paclasan (Pob.)
  • San Aquilino
  • San Isidro
  • San Jose
  • San Mariano
  • San Miguel
  • San Rafael
  • San Vicente
  • Uyao
  • Victoria
  • Little Tanauan


Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro (History, Local Gov’t Officials, Barangays)

Puerto Galera is a 1st class municipality. Regarding urbanization Puerto Galera is classified as partly urban. Puerto Galera occupies an area of 247.85 km². By the end of 2007 Puerto Galera was the home of 28,035 residents. Thus by average 113.11 people are living on one km².


Puerto Galera has made Oriental Mindoro as a popular tourist destination. It has numerous fine beaches with enchanting, sheltered coves with turquoise waters beneath a green mountainous backdrop. Spreading out about 10 kms. around the coast, the town’s focal point is the Poblacion (town proper) and its ferry dock. It is onsidered as the “Little Baguio” of Mindoro due to its zigzag roads and steep ravines, its excellent natural yacht harbor is effectively protected by Medio Island at the mouth of picture-perfect Muelle Bay.


Brief History

Puerto Galera was founded by the Augustinians in 1574 with Minolo as the earliest cabizera. It was a former provincial capital and a bustling trade port, it was a thriving settlement called Minolo even before the arrival of the Spaniards. It was transferred to Lagundian (now Brgy. San Isidro) and later to its present site inside the cove due to constant Moro raids. The town’s name was derived from the Spanish words meaning “Galleon’s Port.”

In 1974, the UNESCO Man and Biosphere Program International selected the town as a nature research center. Also, that same year, the town’s reefs were declared a marine sanctuary.

In 1983, a remarkably preserved, 500-year old Chinese dragon jar from a sunken ancient inter-island trading ship was discovered by Australian diver Brian Homan in the Manila Channel approach to the harbor. After the National Museum-directed salvaging operations, Homan and others opened several dive resorts along the coast adjacent to the town. In the early days, the area earned a bad name with hastily built huts to house the influx of foreign tourists, prostitutes and soft drugs. The drug problem is now a thing of the past and Puerto Galera is now a popular tourist destination, especially for divers. Many of the expatriates stayed and some intermarried with the local women and built basic resorts and diving operations. The residents and operators of the town actively support marine conservation and police their own reefs.

Last March 30, 2000, Puerto Galera was awarded exclusive and prestigious membership to the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club, an international non-government organization based in Vannes (France) which aims to promote, protect and develop marine and bay sources.


Local Officials

Mayor: Hubbert Christopher Atienza Dolor
Vice Mayor: Jaime Visayana Delgado
Marlon Lopez Lopez
Edwin Calda Suzara
Graciela Manongsong Magbuhos
Melchor Jumaquio Arago
Policarpio Castillo Lopez
Emmanuel Lutao Lineses
Mark Garry Villanueva Evangelista
Edwin Candava Axalan


Puerto Galera is politically subdivided into 13 barangays.
  • Aninuan
  • Balatero
  • Dulangan
  • Palangan
  • Sabang
  • San Antonio
  • San Isidro
  • Santo Niño
  • Sinandigan
  • Tabinay
  • Villaflor
  • Poblacion
  • Baclayan


San Jose, Occidental Mindoro (History, Local Gov’t Officials, Barangays)

San Jose is a 1st class municipality in the province of Occidental Mindoro, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 111,009 people in 22,464 households. According to the 2007 census, the population increased to 118,807 people. The population growth currently experienced by San Jose is attributed to a growing number of migrants.
San Jose is considered the main commercial port in the province. It is named after its patron saint, St. Joseph, the husband of Mary. Most of the people are Visayans, Batangueños and Ilocanos.



During the 14th century, Chinese traders anchored to trade at the shores of Mangarin, the oldest settlement in the southern portion of Occidental Mindoro. On May 1, 1910, Pandurucan, which was renamed San Jose, became the seat of the Civil Government with Don German Ramirez as its first appointed leader up to 1915. When the Japanese Imperial Forces occupied the town, Bonifacio Gomez was appointed as Mayor from 1941-1942 followed by Pedro Cuden, 1942–1943 and finally Isabelo Abeleda in 1944 until 1946. During the American reoccupation Bibiano Gaudiel replaced Isabelo Abeleda who regained his position in 1955.

San Jose figures prominently in Philippine history for its role during World War II. American forces led by General Douglas MacArthur with the Filipino soldiers staged a so-called “Second Landing” in the beaches of San Jose (the “First” being the famous Leyte Landing) on December 15, 1944, to retake the Philippine islands from the Japanese (the Battle of Mindoro). Securing San Jose and the whole Mindoro island proved decisive in the goal to recapture Manila and Luzon, and the eventual defeat of the Japanese Imperial forces by Filipino and American troops.

The Philippine government split Mindoro into two provinces, Occidental Mindoro and Oriental Mindoro in 1950. San Jose became the temporary capitol but was transferred to Mamburao on January 1950. Migration to Mindoro in the years after the war boosted population growth and spurred development. The Philippine Sugar Mill plantation in the northern Barangay Central helped San Jose become the center of commerce in those years. The economic base has since widened to include rice, corn, tobacco, salt, and aquaculture production.


Local Government Officials


Mayor: Jose Tapales Villarosa
Vice-Mayor: Rey Cajayon Ladaga
Victoria Abeleda Villaroza
Senen Mercado Zapanta Jr.
Joel Gaudiel Aguilar
Philip Zubiri Lim
Augusto Sese Abeleda
Norma Cabrera Gonzales
Renato Clarin Tan
June Salceo Palmares




  • Ambulong
  • Ansiray
  • Bagong Sikat
  • Bangkal
  • Barangay 1 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 2 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 3 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 4 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 5 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 6 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 7 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 8 (Pob.)
  • Batasan
  • Bayotbot
  • Bubog
  • Buri
  • Camburay
  • Caminawit
  • Catayungan
  • Central
  • Ilin Proper
  • Inasakan
  • Ipil
  • La Curva
  • Labangan Iling
  • Labangan Poblacion
  • Mabini
  • Magbay
  • Mangarin
  • Mapaya
  • Murtha
  • Monte Claro
  • Natandol
  • Pag-Asa
  • Pawican
  • San Agustin
  • San Isidro
  • San Roque 1 and 2


Pola, Oriental Mindoro (History, Local Gov’t Officials, Barangays)

Pola is a 3rd class municipality. Regarding urbanization Pola is classified as partly urban. Pola occupies an area of 159.34 km². By the end of 2007 Pola was the home of 32,635 residents. Thus by average 204.81 people are living on one km².


This quaint little town sits on a hilly area adjoining the waters of Pola Bay that curves from Anahaw to Dayap Points.


Brief History

Pola’s name was derived from the Tagalog word for “red,” the color its soil. During the 17th century, Spanish Recollect friars supervised the town. Pola Bay was convenient stopover and launch area of Moro pirates during their raids of Calapan and Naujan. In 1898, agitation against Spanish rule was more manifested here due to the instigation of Esteban de Jesus, a Taaleño from Batangas. In 1901, upon the arrival of the Americans, local government was established. On April 28, 1904, by virtue of Act No. 1135, it reverted back to a barrio and was consolidated with Bongabong and Pinamalayan. In 1910, by virtue of Exec. Order 31, it reverted back to a separate municipality and was proclaimed as such on January 1, 1912. In 1962, Socorro was carved out of the town.


Local Officials

Mayor: Leandro Pasco Panganiban Jr.
Vice Mayor: Raul Aldea Pagcaliwagan
Marvin Torres Rivera
Ancieto Jaqueca Villanueva
Efren Cabanig Montalbo
Rosie Lusterio Rivas
Ernesto Del Mundo Dajoyag
Archielito Ramos Dumaran
John Francisco Genabe
Leo Paul Lascano Fetizanan


Pola is politically subdivided into 23 barangays.
  • Bacawan
  • Bacungan
  • Batuhan
  • Bayanan
  • Biga
  • Buhay Na Tubig
  • Calubasanhon
  • Calima
  • Casiligan
  • Malibago
  • Maluanluan
  • Matulatula
  • Pahilahan
  • Panikihan
  • Zone I (Pob.)
  • Zone II (Pob.)
  • Pula
  • Puting Cacao
  • Tagbakin
  • Tagumpay
  • Tiguihan
  • Campamento
  • Misong
  • Regaps
  • Labuts