Lighthouse at Barangay Wawa | Things to do in Pinamalayan-Oriental Mindoro
|Open:||Closed to public; can only be viewed from outside.|
|Address:||Brgy. Wawa, Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro|
A multipurpose spacious ground, Pinamalayan Municipal Park is sprawling with rain trees, pine trees, a playground, and a butterfly garden. Visitors can also jog here, read a book, have a picnic, or simply hangout. Other than its natural features, the park is designed with a sense of Pinamalayan's history, culture, and people. Some of these are the rainbow colors (the town's symbol) splashed on one bridge, the relief sculpture of town leaders on one stage, and the sculpture of a tamaraw, the dwarfed buffalo endemic to Mindoro Island. Also found in the park are two podiums, the Open Auditorium and the Rizal Cultural Stage; a Filipino-Chinese Arch; a statue of Dr. Jose Rizal, the National Hero; and a shrine called Dambana ng Kagitingan (Shrine of Valor), where names of the town's homegrown heroes are engraved.
Bulaklak Beach is a short section of Mahabang Buhangin Beach, separated by limestone rocks and other landforms. While Mahabang Buhangin Beach covers three barangays'Pili, Banilad, and Ranzo Bulaklak Beach covers only Barangay Pili. The beach stretches about 200 meters, with grainy, cream sand. While the beach itself is public, using the cottages and swimming pools nearby require an admission fee (from P20 to P100/head admission; and about P500/cottage rental) depending on the resort. About four beach resorts dot the coastline of this beach, including the similarly named Bulaklak Beach Resort. Bulaklak Beach is readily accessible by riding a tricycle in Pinamalayan. However, going to the rest of Mahabang Buhangin requires chartering a boat (1 hour). Mahabang Buhangin Beach is similar to Bulaklak Beach, only longer and grainier, with more corals. This beach is quiet and idyllic, with no amenities or electricity.
If danggit is to Cebu, dried biya is to Oriental Mindoro. Dried biya, or dinaing na biya, comes from the freshwater fish called "goby", from the family "gobiidae". The gobies in this province are harvested from Naujan Lake, the fifth largest lake in the Philippines. Like Cebu’s danggit, Oriental Mindoro’s dried biya is dunked into a pan in medium heat and fried to crispness. The fish is dipped in vinegar with garlic and chili, and, in a typical Filipino breakfast, is eaten with sinangag (fried rice), sunny-side up eggs, and sliced tomatoes. The freshest dried biya can be found where it is salted and dried: in the town of Socorro. In a road trip to Oriental Mindoro, visitors may buy dried biya along the Nautical Highway, at the Bagsakan Center in Pasi II.
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