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- Bulalacao and Oriental Mindoro -

Bulalacao is the southernmost town in the province of Oriental Mindoro. Due to its location it is still a mostly undiscovered treasure, offering clear waters with a cooling breeze, white sandy beaches, charming villages and several islands to explore along with caves, waterfalls and the local Mangyan community.

 

Bulalacao is home to the second largest population of Hanunuo Mangyans, the most civilized and educated Mangyan tribe in the province. The Mangyans have their own language and their rich culture can be seen through their use of unique script which dates back before the arrival of the Spanish. The Mangyans have several crafts including bead making, embroidery, tapestry weaving and basket making, all of which can make for some lovely gifts to take home. They have some unique musical instruments including the Gitgit - a 3 string indigenous violin, using human hair for strings. Their main source of income comes from Fishing and farming. The local Mangyans come down from the hills on Saturdays to sell their products.

 

Bulalacao is lucky to experience the longest dry season compared to the rest of the province. The best time to visit for weather is between October to May. The hottest months are March to June with April usually the hottest with a usual high of around 34 degrees, and the driest months are February and March. Rain is usually at its highest at the end of July and August. Humidity is low in March and highest in September. The windiest month on average is March where it can regularly be around 11 knots.

Mindoro is the 7th largest island in the Philippines, The island is split into 2 sections, Oriental Mindoro on the East of the island and Occidental Mindoro on the West. Mindoro is within region IV-B (MIMAROPA) and within the island group of Luzon.

 

MIMAROPA

1.      Marinduque Province

2.      Mindoro Occidental Province

3.      Mindoro Oriental Province

4.      Palawan Province

5.      Romblon Province

 
- Seasons of Bulalacao -

December – February – Warm and dry, average temperature 33 degrees Celsius and little to no rain, mild humidity and medium winds.

March – May – Warm and humid, average temperature 32 degrees Celsius with little to no rain, low humidity and stronger winds.

June – August – Warm but cooler, average temperature 25 degrees Celsius with increasing downpours, high humidity and mild to medium winds.

September – November – Warm but cooler average temperature 28 degrees Celsius with decreasing downpours, high humidity and mild to high winds

 
- Getting to Bulalacao -

From Manila by land:

Take a bus/car/taxi to Batangas port – travel time roughly 2 hrs

Take fastcat/ferry or Roro boat to Calapan – travel time 1-2 hrs

Take van/bus to Bulalacao – travel time 3-4hrs

 

Batangas Port: +63 43-723-1701

 

Bus direct from Manila to Bulalacao:

Philtranco: www.phbus.com/philtranco-bus/

+63 917-860-4418

+63 851-8078 to 79

Ceres Liner: www.phbubs.com/ceres-bus/

Roro Bus: www/phbus.com/roro-bus

 

By Air:

Fly from Manila to San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

 

Cebu Pacific: www.cebupacificair.com

Flight time around 45mins

Take van/taxi/bus towards Roxas, Oriental Mindoro passing Bulalacao

Travel time - 1 hr

 

COMING SOON – Flights available from Clark International airport, Mabalacat City.

 

By Ferry –

Fastcat operate a ferry direct from Caticlan, Boracay to Bulalacao and vise versa

Travel time – 3hrs

www.fastcat.com.ph

Main office: +63 2-842-9341

Caticlan: +63 928-748-8448

Bulalacao: +63 946- 576-0544

 

COMING SOON – Fastcat - Bulalacao – Coron