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