The island is a treasure land, with so many things to learn and discover – the names of the places, old stories and tales alike, the beautiful sceneries, among many others.
History tells us of the various results of the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade, among them the continued industry of ship building. Some of the names in Mindoro which have managed to remain through the years are directly related to this. There is Calapan which, if pronounced without the present city in mind, would definitely give us a general idea of ‘collection’, in particular the preparation of the logs to be used for constructions of the ships. Naujan, on the other hand, was where the naos or galleons were actually built. The name Puerto Galera is a giveaway already: this is the place where the newly-built ships were kept or moored.
We also have an account that a certain business trip was made by Emilio Aguinaldo in Mindoro (to where, accounts do not tell us), after which he was elected capitan municipal of Kawit (or Cavite el Viejo, as it was call then) in 1894.
Allow me to reminisce my stays and tours in Mindoro Oriental.