Palaypay Burial Ground in Mansalay | Things to do in Mansalay-Oriental Mindoro
|Open:||Everyday, open 24 hours.|
|Address:||Brgy. Del Mundo, Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro|
Buktot Beach gets its name from the word "buktot", which means "hunchback" in Hiligaynon. The shores of Buktot Beach plunges gradually into the sea, like that of a hunchback. The beach has coarse, cream-colored sand, with thorny aroma trees lining the shore. Both ends of the beach have sharp, jagged rocks extending into the sea. Buktot Beach has about 12 cottages for rent and a designated cooking area. Visitors are advised to bring their own charcoal should they plan to grill their food. They can also rent outrigger boats, and paddle to nearby beaches. Backpackers can freely set up their tents for overnight stay at the beach. Right across the stretch of deep sea is Buyayao Island, 30-minutes away by boat.
Panaytayan Mangyan Settlement was developed into a tourist-friendly community by Antoon Postma. A notable Dutch anthropologist and paleographer, Postma has been living with the Mangyans since 1965. Postma, considered one of the experts in deciphering ancient script in Asia, and his Mangyan wife, Yam Ay, work together towards promoting and conserving the rich Mangyan heritage. Panaytayan Mangyan Settlement is an upland Mangyan community that is home to an estimated 500 Mangyan residents. With the help of Antoon Postma, the community has become focused on education, particularly on the preservation of the Hanunuo script and language. Visiting the settlement, you'll find a primary school, a chapel, a basketball court, houses made of nipa, and a small hut that serves as the community's receiving area.
Mansalay Ecopark rests on the hills of Barangay B. del Mundo, overlooking the lowlands and the sea (Tablas Strait). While the ecopark's development have stopped abruptly, you may still visit the place for its 360-degree views and breezy atmosphere. Other than these, the ecopark serves as a pilgrimage site during Holy Week. Fourteen Stations of the Cross are erected along the dirt road going to the two view decks of Mansalay Ecopark. The first view deck is located right after the Stations, while the second is located at the next hill, with a telecommunications tower as its landmark. Thus, you may opt to trek from the Stations to the view decks (1.5 hours), or simply ride a motorcycle going straight to the second view deck itself.
Where to stay
Southdrive Beach Resort is located on the southern tip of Oriental Mindoro and is a family-run business. We started as a small restaurant (South Drive Grill) in the peaceful municipality of Bulalacao as the small town gained popularity because of its pristine white-sand beaches and islets. We recognized the need for good food and accommodation and became one of the first hotels and restaurants in Bulalacao.
Getting there and around
Brgy. Del Mundo, Mansalay, Oriental MindoroGet directions