by Grant Leishman
I want to highlight a Philippine island that for many people may well be considered; “off the map” – the island of Mindoro, and more specifically the western side of the island, Occidental Mindoro.
Mindoro, a large, tear-drop shaped island is the seventh largest Island of the Philippines, at roughly 10,600 square kilometres, and lies off the south-west coast of Luzon, the main island. Its two provinces, Occidental and Oriental Mindoro are clearly delineated by a range of mountains that form the spine of the centre of the island. Although not generally seen as a tourist destination, Oriental Mindoro does contain one famous resort in Puerto Gallera, a popular spot for divers and sun-seekers, located on the far north-west tip of the island. However, I want to focus on Occidental Mindoro, on its sheer unspoiled beauty and the immense potential that exists there.
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