LUBANG ISLAND, OCCIDENTAL MINDORO (INTRODUCTION)


 
Municipal Hall of Lubang, Occidental Mindoro Note: Banner from a photo courtesy of the Municipality of Lubang


 

Interior view of - Our Lady of the Assumption - church - Poblacion, Lubang, Occidental Mindoro
Church of - Our Lady of the Assumption - Parish Lubang, Occidental Mindoro

In the 2008/2009 Christmas Holiday period I, (David Hyde) stayed for three weeks in the Municipality of Lubang, Lubang Island, Occidental Mindoro, Philippines. This was my first visit and this web-site records some of my impressions - primarily by the use of photographic images.

This is a personal web-site, but when the Tagbac Barangay Captain, Arnel De Lara learned of my interest in creating this site, he was very helpful in assisting me to acquire information in the short time span available. Many other people also helped and I thank everyone for their assistance.

It can be noted that I use the "nom de foto" 'David de la Hyde'.

In January 2010 and 2011, I revisited the Philippines, including Lubang, and have included some more material. This includes places I visited which are not in Lubang - I do not wish to create any other websites at present - but the Lubang Islands are, and will remain the primary theme.

For the last four years I have been in poor health but I managed a short visit each year - the last being in 2014.


Spanish sailors discovered the Lubang Islands in the 16th century. The Islands - other than the volcanic Island of Ambil - were found to be inhabited by people. They have proved to be primarily of Malayan descent.

Prior to the arrival of the Spanish sailors Chinese Merchants traded with Lubang residents as proved by pottery and kitchen utensils that have been excavated.

Reference: HISTORY OF LUBANG by Rudy Candelario - translated into English by Benjamin Walata. (http://occidentalmindorohistory.googlepages.com/historylubang)

The first church in the Municipality of Lubang appears to have been built by Fr. Muriel in 1865. In 1918 there was a strong typhoon which destroyed many houses and buildings including the church.

In 1935 the present concrete church in Barangay Poblacion was built with Fr. Enrique Rixner, SVD. (Divine Word Missionary), being the main proponent.

Basketball stadium - Poblacion, Lubang, Occidental Mindoro

One of the requirements for a Barangay, (the smallest government unit in the Philippines), is that it must have a place to play, and they usually have a basketball court. Other requirements include a chapel, plaza, barangay hall, school and health centre.

In the NSO Popcen 2007 the population of Lubang is given as 28,267 people, and the Municipality of Looc as 11,310.

NOTE: The only WWW contact with the tourism section of the Municipalipy of Lubang appears to be through Lubang Tourism on Facebook. The Tourism Officer is Gina Julaton. Guides to such places as the Onoda Trail can be obtained through her.
(7 April 2013)

Hyde Cottage - Residence of Engr. David and Mrs. Myrna Hyde
Palawan Pawn Shop - Lubang Poblacion
Rural Bank of Lubang (Occ. Mindoro) Inc.

The only bank in Lubang. Of little use to a tourist because it has no ATM and does not change foreign currency. A tourist is dependent on money sent by friends/relatives to Western Union while staying on the Island.

Western Union - Lubang

I understand that Western Union will hold money for a maximum of 20 days.

Araw at Bituin Barangay Hall
Lubang Police Station, Occidental Mindoro
Street vendor outside the Lubang Multi Purpose Mall, Occidental Mindoro
4 k Pizza House
Isla Cafeteria

The take-away food stalls located close by to the Municipal Center seem to be the best choice for a quick snack.

Lubangs Best Burger Stall
Lubang - Amazing Islandsign
Church of 'Our lady of the Assumption Parish', Lubang

Lubang Island is relatively close to Manila (about 120 km) , accessible by high speed launches from Luzon. Private aircraft and helicopters can fly to Manila. A weekly ferry service to Manila exists.

Lubang Island is within the Verde Island Passage (VIP) Marine Biodiversity Conservation Corridor which is known as the center of marine biodiversity in the Indo-Malay-Philippine-Archipelago. The VIP is dubbed as the marine counterpart of the Amazon River basin.

Most of the western coastline bordering the MPA (Marine protected Area) is inaccessible by road. Relatively isolated camp-sites/resorts could be easily set up in Lubang for bio-prospecting and general exploitation of marine life by interested parties.

"The earliest Philippine medical biotechnology discovery was erythromycin, a common antibiotic from Philippine soil bacteria that was commercialized in 1952 by pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly. The soil bacteria was extracted from samples submitted by Filipino scientist Dr. Abelardo Aguilar."

An example of applying the procedure for obtaining genetic sampling permits is at http://pinsky.marine.rutgers.edu/?page_id=97 It appears that the process has been modified since the original publication in 2008.

Executive Officers of the Municipality of Lubang

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