San Rafael Cave | Things to do in Roxas-Oriental Mindoro
|Open:||Weekdays, 6am - 5pm; One-way trekking to the cave takes 45mins, while exploring the cave itself ta|
|Address:||Sitio Bintulagan, Brgy. San Rafael, Roxas, Oriental Mindoro|
|Fee:||P5/student; P10/domestic tourist; P50/foreign tourist|
Pres. Manual A. Roxas Museum is a small museum dedicated to the fifth Philippine President, Manuel A. Roxas. He is also the last president of the Commonwealth, and the first president of the Third Republic. The museum's centerpiece is the bust of President Roxas, surrounded by photographs and memorabilia about the president and the previous mayors of Roxas. The museum also has a relief map of the town, and a shelf of books and encyclopedia donated by its town residents.
An unremarkable indigenous plant called anabo (Abroma augusta) has found use as a durable material for handloom weaving in the town of Mansalay. Members of the Mansalay Corn-Based Farmer-Scientists Association (MCFSA) in Barangay Waygan have been using anabo fiber to produce shawls, place mats, table runners, and other woven products. The fiber is also ideal for making handicrafts. With the assistance of the local government and other agencies, the MCFSA was able to open a handloom weaving center, which provides an additional source of income for local communities.
Now overgrown with humongous balete trees (strangler tree), Kuta Shrine is a relic of the 400-year-old Kuta Church. The church was built from corals and limestone by Augustinian Recollects in the early 17th century. At that time, the church served as a place of worship and a walled fortress against Moro invaders. While legends have it that the church was constructed overnight, studies from the UP Archaeological Studies Program show that the church was constructed over time, through many years of constant renovations. In 1737, however, the church was abandoned due to the Moro's constant attacks. The church is believed to have been burned down. Today, the shrine merely serves as the town's symbolic feature. Local visitors light candles on the spot where the church altar used to stand.
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