Region IV-B MIMAROPA

The region is also formally known as the Southern Tagalog Islands.



Oriental Mindoro Islands Philippines

History American Period
- History Evangelization
- History Post War Period
- History Prehistory
- History Province Mindoro
- History Spanish Era
- History Spanish Government
Oriental Mindoro Accomodations
Oriental Mindoro Climate
Oriental Mindoro Commerce Industry
Oriental Mindoro Demography
Oriental Mindoro Education
Oriental Mindoro Famous For
Oriental Mindoro Festivals
Oriental Mindoro Geography
Oriental Mindoro Historical Attractions
- Oriental Mindoro Manmade Attractions
- Oriental Mindoro Natural Attractions
- Oriental Mindoro Special Interest
Oriental Mindoro Natives
Oriental Mindoro The People
Oriental Mindoro Tourist Attractions




Oriental Mindoro Islands Philippines
Oriental Mindoro History - Pre-History and Indigenous Civilization

Legend has it that long before the Spaniards discovered the Philippines, Mindoro was already among the islands that enchanted pilgrims from other countries. It was said that vast wealth was buried in the area, and mystic temples of gold and images of anitos bedecked the sacred grounds of this relatively unknown land. The Spaniards even named the island Mina de Oro, believing it had large deposits of gold.

The history of Mindoro dates back before the Spanish time. Records have it that Chinese traders were known to be trading with Mindoro merchants. Trade relations with China where Mindoro was known as Mai started when certain traders from "Mai" brought valuable merchandise to Canton in 892 A.D. The geographic proximity of the island to China Sea had made possible the establishment of such relations with Chinese merchantmen long before the first Europeans came to the Philippines. Historians claimed that China-Mindoro relations must have been earlier than 892 A.D., the year when the first ship from Mindoro was recorded to have sailed for China.

Historians believed that the first inhabitants of Mindoro were the Indonesians who came to the island 8,000 to 3,000 years ago. After the Indonesians, the Malays came from Southeast Asia around 200 B.C. The Malays were believed to have extensive cultural contact with India, China and Arabia long before they settled in Philippine Archipelago.


Southern Philippine Cuisine

In Mindanao, the southern part of Palawan island, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, dishes are richly flavored with the spices common to Southeast Asia: turmeric, coriander, lemon grass, cumin, and chillies — ingredients not commonly used in the rest of Filipino cooking. Being free from Hispanicization, the cuisine of the indigenous Moro and Lumad peoples of Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago has much in common with the rich and spicy Malay cuisines of Malaysia and Brunei, as well as Indonesian and Thai cuisines.

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Oriental Mindoro Islands Philippines

Oriental Mindoro Travel Guides - Oriental Mindoro Travel Informations
History American Period - History Evangelization - History Post War Period - History Prehistory
History Province Mindoro - History Spanish Era - History Spanish Government

Oriental Mindoro Accomodations - Oriental Mindoro Climate - Oriental Mindoro Commerce Industry
Oriental Mindoro Demography - Oriental Mindoro Education - Oriental Mindoro Famous For
Oriental Mindoro Festivals - Oriental Mindoro Geography - Oriental Mindoro Natives - Or. Mindoro People
Oriental Mindoro Historical Attractions - Oriental Mindoro Manmade Attractions
Oriental Mindoro Natural Attractions - Oriental Mindoro Special Interest
Oriental Mindoro Tourist Attractions

Mindoro (divided into Occidental Mindoro and Oriental Mindoro), Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan (El Nido, Puerto Princesa)
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