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!

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

Calapan City is a 3rd class component city. Regarding urbanization City Of Calapan is classified as partly urban. City Of Calapan occupies an area of 250.06 km². By the end of 2007 City Of Calapan was the home of 116,976 residents. Thus by average 467.79 people are living on one km².


Calapan City is an agricultural city (the first and only city on the island), it is one of the biggest producers of rice, mangoes, lanzones, rambutan, calamansi and banana.


Brief History 

Calapan was founded on a swampy area at the mouth of a tidal river. Its name have been derived from word kalap or “firewood.” The name was first recorded in 1679. Calapan’s parish was founded by Recollect Fr. Diego dela Madre de Dios. It started as a small village of Baco, steadily developed and soon became the capitol in 1837. Calapan’s jurisdiction then extended to Abra de Ilog, Baco, Subaan (now San Teodorio) and Minolo. Moro raids were frequent and the largest and most devastating occurred on October 23, 1753 when Moros in 17 boats burned the town, destroyed crops and captured 191 people to sell as slaves. After this, the poblacion along the seashore was abandoned and the people settled inland at the site of Lumangbayan near the headwaters of the Calapan River and close to the Sapul foothills to the east. When the original poblacion was secured, the people eventually abandoned it and returned to the poblacion. Big fires occurred in 1853, January 1, 1866 and the biggest on August 12, 1887 when the whole town was burned. Calapan was made into a chartered city on February 1, 1988 by virtue of Republic Act No. 8475 and ratified by a plebiscite held on March 21.


Local Officials 

Mayor: Paulino Salvador Cueto Leachon
Vice Mayor: Antonio Santos Perez Jr.
C. Voltaire Siapco Brucal
Eric Chua Apasan
Gilberto Upao Repizo
Aselo Mendoza Agua
Edilberto Carena Ilano Jr.
Jojie Escobio Malapitan
Adelina Rosario Luna Ignacio
Roy Basco Raquepo
Federico Mendoza Cabailo Sr.
Jose Castillo Leynes


Calapan City is politically subdivided into 62 barangays.
  • Balingayan
  • Balite
  • Baruyan
  • Batino
  • Bayanan I
  • Bayanan II
  • Biga
  • Bondoc
  • Bucayao
  • Buhuan
  • Bulusan
  • Sta. Rita
  • Calero
  • Camansihan
  • Camilmil
  • Canubing I
  • Canubing II
  • Comunal
  • Guinobatan
  • Gulod
  • Gutad
  • Ibaba East
  • Ibaba West
  • Ilaya
  • Lalud
  • Lazareto
  • Libis
  • Lumangbayan
  • Mahal Na Pangalan
  • Maidlang
  • Malad
  • Malamig
  • Managpi
  • Masipit
  • Nag-Iba I
  • Navotas
  • Pachoca
  • Palhi
  • Panggalaan
  • Parang
  • Patas
  • Personas
  • Puting Tubig
  • San Raphael (formerly Salong)
  • San Antonio
  • San Vicente Central
  • San Vicente East
  • San Vicente North
  • San Vicente South
  • San Vicente West
  • Sta. Cruz
  • Sta. Isabel
  • Sto. Niño (formerly Nacoco)
  • Sapul
  • Silonay
  • Sta. Maria Village
  • Suqui
  • Tawagan
  • Tawiran
  • Tibag
  • Wawa
  • Nag-Iba II

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