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REGION - 4B : MIMAROPA REGION

YOUR PHILIPPINE ADVENTURETRAVEL EXPERIENCE
THE REGIONAL AREAS

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MIMAROPA, also known as Region IV-B, is a region of the Philippines located in Luzon. The name is an acronym that stands for its provinces, which are: MIndoro (Occidental Mindoro & Oriental Mindoro), MArinduque, ROmblon and PAlawan. There are only two cities in the entire region: Calapan City in Oriental Mindoro, and Puerto Princesa City in Palawan Province.

POINTS OF INTEREST 
PROVINCES 
TOWNS / CITIES 

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More than being the Marble capital of the country, the Province of Romblon is also a mountaineer's destination for trekking to the summit of Mt. Guiting-Guiting- the highest in the Province located in the island of Sibuyan.

ROMBLON
 

Romblon is an island province of the Philippines located in the MIMAROPA region in Luzon. Its capital is the municipality also named Romblon.

Romblon consists of numerous islands sitting in the Sibuyan Sea. It lies south of Marinduque and Quezon, east of Mindoro, north of Aklan, and west of Masbate. The three major islands are Romblon Island, Tablas Island, and Sibuyan Island.

Romblon is the country's leading producer of high-quality marble, comparable to that of Italy.

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El Nido area in northern Palawan

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Some African wildlife are also found in Palawan Province, in Calauit island. 
 

Palawan is considered to be the Philippines' "last frontier". The province boasts of many splendid beaches and has two World Heritage Sites: Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park and the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park.

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Tabon Cave in Quezon, Palawan, is the Cradle of Philippine civilization

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Aerial view of Tubbataha Reef off Palawan area

PALAWAN 
 

Palawan is an island province of the Philippines located in the Southern Tagalog region. Its capital is Puerto Princesa City and it is the largest province in terms of land area. The islands of Palawan stretches from Mindoro to Borneo in the southwest. It lies between the South China Sea in the northwest and Sulu Sea in the southeast.

Palawan is the Philippine's largest province in terms of total land area. It consists of the long and narrow Palawan Island, plus a number of other smaller islands surrounding the main island. The Calamian Group of Islands, to the northwest consists of Busuanga Island, Culion Island, and Coron Island. Durangan Island almost touches the westernmost part of Palawan Island, while Balabac Island is located off the southern tip, separated from Borneo by the Balabac Strait. In addition, Palawan covers the Cuyo Islands and Cagayan Island in the Sulu Sea. The disputed Spratly Islands, located a few hundred kilometers to the west is considered part of Palawan by the Philippines, and is locally called the Kalayaan Group of Islands.

Palawan's almost 2,000 kilometers of irregular coastline are dotted with 1,780 islands and islets, rocky coves, and sugar-white sandy beaches. It also harbors a vast stretch of virgin forests that carpet its mountain ranges.

The province is named after its largest island, Palawan Island.

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The Tamaraw- the most elusive beast that still roams the wilderness of Mindoro, is also one of the country's endangered animals. 

OCCIDENTAL  MINDORO 
 

Occidental Mindoro (Filipino: Kanlurang Mindoro, “Western Mindoro”; Spanish: Mindoro Occidental) is a province of the Philippines located in the MIMAROPA region in Luzon. Its capital is Mamburao and occupies the western half of the island of Mindoro; Oriental Mindoro is at the eastern half. The South China Sea is to the west of the province and Palawan is located to the southwest, across Mindoro Strait. Batangas is to the north, separated by the Verde Island Passage.

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ORIENTAL MINDORO 
 

Oriental Mindoro is a province of the Philippines located in the MIMAROPA region in Luzon. Its capital is Calapan City and occupies the eastern half of the island of Mindoro; Occidental Mindoro is at the western half. On the east of the province lies the Sibuyan Sea and Romblon. To the north is Batangas across the Verde Island Passage. The Semirara Islands of Antique are to the south.

Oriental Mindoro is famous among tourists for Puerto Galera. This municipality, only a few hours from Manila, boasts of splendid white beach resorts and diving spots. For the adventurous, Mt. Halcon, on the western border of the province provides one of the most challenging mountain climbing experiences in the Philippines.

Oriental Mindoro occupies the eastern half of Mindoro, the Philippines' seventh largest island. It also encompasses 39 named and 89 unnamed islands and islets.

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The annual "search" for the legendary Longinus- a Roman soldier-turned-christian, comes alive in the community-participated festival of the Moriones (masked men)...

MARINDUQUE 
 

Marinduque is an island province of the Philippines located in the MIMAROPA region in Luzon. Its capital is Boac. Marinduque lies between Tayabas Bay to the north and Sibuyan Sea to the south. It is located south and west of Quezon, east of Mindoro, and north of Romblon.

Marinduque is a nearly circular island situated about eleven miles from the main island of Luzon. It is 370 square miles making it the thirteenth largest island in the Philippine archipelago.

Marinduque is a heart-shaped island between Tayabas Bay in the north and Sibuyan Sea to the south. It is separated from the Bondoc Peninsula in Quezon by the Mompog Pass. Some of the smaller islands to the northeast are Maniuayan Island, Santa Cruz Island, and Mompog Island. The highest peak in Marinduque is Mt. Malindig (formerly, Mt. Marlanga), a potentially active volcano with an elevation of 1157 meters.

The island has two major seasons--the dry season (November through February) and the rainy season (June through October), with a transitional period in between.

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