To make up for lost time and experiences due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many are resorting to “revenge travel”.
If the term is unfamiliar to you, dictionary.com defines it as “a trip for pleasure which follows a period of incapacity to travel”.
Filipinos living in Metro Manila are flocking to Eastern Mindoro.
In particular, the municipality of Puerto Galera has always been the favorite beach destination for metro travelers due to its proximity to Manila. This is probably why Willie Revillame also bought an Amanpulo-type resort in the province,
But there’s actually more to Oriental Mindoro than its popular white sand beaches and bustling nightlife in Puerto Galera.
In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) via email, Oriental Mindoro Provincial Tourism Officer Dhon Calda revealed that one of Oriental Mindoro’s must-see tourist spots is actually at outside Puerto Galera.
POCANIL BEACH RESORT AND KWEBATO ADVENTURE
Pocanil Beach Resort and Kwebato Adventure are located in the municipality of Bulalacao.
The tourist destination boasts of vertical caves and towering limestone formations, earning it the nickname “El-Nido” from Eastern Mindoro.
Dhon told PEP.ph: “The most prominent feature of the area is the limestone rock formation, which is about three storeys tall.
“Atop the towering limestone formation, a panoramic view of nearby islands and the mountainous landscape of Bulalacao can be enjoyed after hiking through dense forests and rocks.”
He added: “This formation is a known habitat for different flora and fauna such as monkeys, bats, vines and hanging plants.
“Besides the complex and the rock formation with a vertical cave, this site also serves as a starting point to the island of Buyayao, one of the most pristine islands in the municipality of Bulalacao.”
HOW TO GET TO POCANIL
To get to Pocanil, tourists can take a two-hour ferry from Batangas Port to Calapan. Ferry tickets to Calapan are priced at PHP 300.
From Calapan you can take a van to Roxas and then take another van to Bulalacao.
Another travel option is to use the Roro Bus to San Jose, Oriental Mindoro at the PITX. You can ask the bus driver to drop you off at Bulalacao.
Oriental Mindoro is happy to welcome more tourists, both domestic and foreign.
Indeed, the province had already welcomed 36,156 tourists from July to December 2021.
This number has since doubled: from January to June 2022, no less than 70,111 tourists came from different parts of the country and the world.
The launch of the province’s Travel Oriental Mindoro app and website has greatly contributed to the revival of Oriental Mindoro’s tourism industry.
Dhon said, “This increase in tourist arrivals can be attributed to the intense promotional campaign and marketing projects of the Provincial Government of Eastern Mindoro, with the assistance of national government agencies such as the Ministry of Tourism and the Council promoting tourism”.
A year after its launch, the Travel Oriental Mindoro app has added two key new features: online souvenir and an online booking portal.
Tourists can now book everything they need for their trip, even souvenirs—through the Travel Oriental Mindoro app. This is one of the province’s efforts to help local businesses recover from the pandemic.
Dhon told PEP.ph: “This digital innovation brings tourists closer to the benefits of e-commerce, as it allows you to quickly access the latest travel information and offers direct communication between travelers and tourism service providers.
“With the product and service offerings of a growing community of over 150 trusted hotels, resorts, dive shops, travel agencies, tourist transportation, wellness centers and gift shops in Oriental Mindoro, you can use the app or the website to book your trip or buy any souvenir you like and continue enjoying your trip.
He added, “The portal also leverages loyalty points at your preferred accommodation or service provider, awarding consumers reward points that unlock more travel incentives.”
For more details, visit travelorientalmindoro.ph or send a message to 0912-590-8757.
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