Calapan is the capital city of Oriental Mindoro and known as the “Gateway to the Golden Isle”. It serves as the gateway to the Oriental Mindoro province with the implementation of the Strong Republic Nautical Highway, an integrated Roll On-Roll Off that extends further to the southern part of the Philippines. The Calapan City Seaport is the largest and busiest seaport in the Mindoro island with ships that travels to and from the Batangas City International Seaport. Calapan City is 45 minutes away from Batangas City and is accessible by ferry boat and RORO ships.
The city is also known for its colorful local festivities and glamorous santacruzan celebration. Two of the city’s recognized festivals are the Harvest Festival and the Sinkaw Festival.
The Oriental Mindoro Heritage Museum boasts an impressive collection of preserved artifacts that exemplifies the rich heritage and culture of the province of Oriental Mindoro. The combination of classic and modern designs is a tribute to Oriental Mindoro’s iconic symbols, including the Mangyan, Halcon, Tamaraw, and Naujun Lake.
Silonay Mangrove Conservation Area and Ecotourism is a haven of fireflies, migratory birds, various kinds of fish, and mangrove. It is recorded to have been the home of 15 species of mangroves, 29 species of birds, 2 species of bats and 5 species of reptiles and amphibians based on the 2014 flora and fauna survey.
Sto. Niño Cathedral is a historic and culturally significant religious site that serves as the mother parish of the Apostolic Vicariate of Calapan, and is also known as the “Seat of Christianity” in the province. The cathedral has a stunning architecture and spiritual atmosphere, which makes it a must-visit attraction for tourists and locals alike. It also provides a peaceful and serene space for reflection and prayer, and serves as a reminder of the long and rich history of Christianity in the region.