Puerto Galera in Mindoro Oriental is known especially for its wonderful white sand beaches and world class dive sites. But if you’re in the area or plan to be there around the second week of May, the feast of Our Lady of Fatima is celebrated with a fluvial procession! It’s a break from the usual festivals as, after the morning mass at the church, colorfully decorated boats of different sizes dock at the Muelle port and await the image of the Our Lady of Fatima….Continue Reading “A fluvial procession in Puerto Galera”

We stopped at a dirt road just before a beautiful wooden bridge made from bamboo. Beyond it, were native bamboo houses neatly lined up in one part and another just beside the river. To the left were other bamboo buildings that were bigger in size, more open and there was a beehive of activity. There on the bamboo floor were several Mangyan men, women and children of different ages, busily weaving handicrafts that this Mangyan Village in Sitio Talipanan, Puerto Galera, Mindoro Oriental is known…Continue Reading “Beautiful handicrafts at a Mangyan village”

I was at it again! This time, not the full loop as what I did before. When I was going home for the holidays from Makati to Cebu last month, I decided to go via the torturous and draining western land route. While shorter than the trip via Bicol, it’s no less than tiring.

My gear during the entire trip while aboard the roro from Calapan.

theLOOP mindoro route This is the 16th and last installment of the Luzon – Visayas – Luzon Loop series. Click the image on the right to check out the rest of the posts.

It’s the end of the road for my first Luzon – Visayas – Luzon roadtrip or what I fondly call, theLOOP. Its been really an arduous but enjoyable adventure across many provinces, thousands of kilometers and new discoveries. The total cost might be more than taking a plane Manila-Cebu-Manila but the experiences I gained, PRICELESS!

Will I do this again? SURE! And I will not only repeat it if time and budget allows but I’m looking at longer routes ahead!

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