Visit Paluan!

Let us visit Paluan, Occidental Mindoro. Many knows Puerto Galera and other tourist destinations in Mindoro. For me, Paluan is truly rich in resources but remains unheard. Its beauty is impressive enough for tourism. Change for progress happens here so slow. That works in both ways, the good and the bad.


Paluan is a town where you find yourself submitting to the social, environmental and political aspects of society.

That is why I am here posting about my beloved Paluan and inviting the whole world to come and visit Paluan for I know that there are so many things that Paluan has and I will be proud of.


The villagers was formerly known as the religious district of Calavite in the early part of the 7th Century. It became a municipality during the early part of the American Regime bearing the name "Lipa", a place so called because of the abundance of this fern along the river bank. It was later change to Paluan which derived its name from the word "Palu" meaning to whip. According to the legend, the Muro Pirates who used to plunder the village where all whipped by the Barangay Chieftain. Today, such punishment are being practiced by the native Iraya Mangyans using "Yantok Mindoro" wherever a villager defy existing law. Paluan became a municipality in 1910.


Paluan is located in the northern tip of the province of Occidental Mindoro; lying along the northeast shore of Paluan Bay which is between Pantocomi Point and Camias Points approximately seven (7) miles Southeast of Cape Calavite. The town is straddled by rolling to steep mountain ranges under the majestic shadow of Mountain Calavite and is accesible by land and water transportation. The municipality houses the Major Shipping Lighthouse of the country.

Mt. Calavite


During the Spanish time, there had been close affinity between Paluan & Lubang Island from the standpoint of demography as evidenced by the close cultural background of the two areas. Early settlers of Paluan were migrants from Lubang and Looc.

As of 1996,population totals 21,078 at a growth rate of 15%. Of the province's 11 municipalities, Paluan has the lowest density of 0.25 square kilometers per person. This is the reason why there is so much available land area for development and expansion.


Life in Paluan is a picture of simple, rural living thriving mainly of farming and fishing. Other complementary occupations are: carpentry, fish drying, pebbles quary, livestock anf poultry, Apiary, orchard production and "pastillas" (Carabao Milk Candy) making.

Some traders regularly bring tune pebbles and other minor forest products to Manila via the "Door to Door" Jeepney.

There are a total of 1,075 business establishment in the locality.


Paluan has very rich history and an exotic culture. Its indigenous traditions are showcased in year round festivals. Paluan folks celebrate every feast with religious fervor, color and sounds. The town fiesta is celebrated March 19 of each year in honor of St. Joseph, its patron Saint. There is also the enchanting Sta. Cruz de Mayo & La Naval held on the first week of October. During Lent, re-enactment of the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ is performed in the church along with the "Pabasa" and the famous "Penetensya".

Paluan also offers a multitude of activities for visitors including:
* Sailing and fishing to Pamutusin Cove
* Horseback Riding
* Camping
* Hiking/Mountain Climbing
* Hot Spring Bath
It only takes 45 minutes land trip from Mamburao (capital town of the province) to Paluan. Lush green forest and grape orchards line the road which provide cool, soothing wind. Once there, one will marvel at thru its clean environ, the simplicity of the residents and its rural pristine setting -- a true respite for the urbanity and tourists.

This video is the Paluan March and Paluan Hymn

See Lionheart the Adventurer and I Love Paluan Blog for more


Malapit ba yan sa san jose, occidental mindoro?

May 11, 2008 at 9:34 PM comment-delete

Hello Red! 'Yung San Jose, Occidental Mindoro ay ang isa pang dulo ng Occidental Mindoro. Bale ang Paluan 'yung isang dulo. Hehe! Malayo 'yun.... 12 hours 'ata ang viaje from Paluan to San Jose.

May 12, 2008 at 6:10 AM comment-delete

hmmm...where to stay jan?

May 12, 2008 at 6:25 AM comment-delete

kasi may sister ako na nakapag-asawa and they're living in san jose now.

May 12, 2008 at 6:47 AM comment-delete

Ganda namang lugar niyan. Sayang pero labo akong makapaglakbay ng labas ng mainland. :(

Sana ok ka na.

May 12, 2008 at 9:57 AM comment-delete

Hi Richards, would you like to exchange links in my blogs? If you are interested, please let me know so that I will add you soon. Thank you and have a great day.

These are my blogs:
1. - Things That Go bump
2. - After Working Hours
3. - Easy Earning Dollars
4. – Words of my Tongue

May 12, 2008 at 1:12 PM comment-delete

@Dean: Pwede namang mag stay sa amin e! Try lang muna... Para namn makita ninyo ang ganda ng Paluan.

@Mugen: Try mo rito sa amin. Hehe :)

May 13, 2008 at 4:58 AM comment-delete

is it on Philippines ?
nice view....

May 13, 2008 at 6:00 PM comment-delete

...hayzzzz... talaga lang ha.. hehe taga paluan po ako..
well its nice to have this website for paluan... kala ko wala sa mapa tong bayan ko.. eh..hehe.. nice,,chad..

May 14, 2008 at 3:46 AM comment-delete

...for the viewers, try to visit paluan occidental mindoro... find out its hidden treasure.....

May 14, 2008 at 3:49 AM comment-delete

how i wish makapunta dyan. soon.. very soon.. :-)

May 14, 2008 at 8:24 PM comment-delete

that's what im waiting for. thanks richard coz i've been looking forward to your blog to feature mindoro. i've never been to this place (not either puerto galera).

i hope that you'll be posting more scenic place to visit that'll give me more reason why i should visit this place. i heard that mindoro is also home to the remaining tamaraws.

May 14, 2008 at 9:03 PM comment-delete

oi, thanks for visiting my site, im interested in visting paluan, ahehe, samahan mo ako ah! mukhang oks dyan.

May 15, 2008 at 8:00 PM comment-delete

i've never been to this beautiful island.. sana makabisita ako jan..

googled the word apiary..

hmm.. new word for me.. apiary = bee yard


May 16, 2008 at 12:43 AM comment-delete

bro,pano pumunta dyan?sa batangas pier din ba sasakay.gaano kalayo yan from there at magkano dapat budget ko?dami tanong,sorry.gusto ko pumunta eh.thanks!

May 16, 2008 at 9:14 PM comment-delete

ay for dat, pag pumunta ako ng oriental mindoro, sasaglit ako jan senyu. haha pakakainin mu ako ng masarap na isda haha!

May 17, 2008 at 11:50 PM comment-delete

mukhang maganda nga ah. thnx for the info, isasama ko yan sa mga next iteneraries ko.

May 22, 2008 at 3:26 AM comment-delete

@ Angel : Yes, nasa Pilipinas po ang Paluan... hehe :)

@ Arnel aka Ohxcie : Thanks for dropping by Kabayan!

@Richard : Katukayo, sure... welcome na welcome ka dito!

@ Dong : Sana kapag nag-invite ako ay makasama ka na... Hehe :)

@ Bleue/Lakwatsero : Sure... Lahat ay welcome!

@ Chase : Thanks po! Basta sana makarating ka dito sa amin.

@ kurisujae : Yes, sa Batanggas Pier din ang sakayan to Abra de Ilog Pier... Sa Occidental Mindoro po ito.

@ Rara : Sure! May mga exotic foods pa akong ipapatikim sa iyo. Hehe :)

@ Lawstude : Salamat! Basta magsabi ka lang... Ako ang magiging tourist guide mo.

May 26, 2008 at 12:41 AM comment-delete

nasa plan ko na puntahan ito, from paluan ba would you paano naman ako makakapunta sa romblon? balak ko din dumaan sa carabao island eh.

May 28, 2008 at 6:18 PM comment-delete

Occidental Mindoro is the place to be! My grandmother was a congresswoman there and presently working as the governor :)

May 31, 2008 at 2:03 AM comment-delete

I inclination not concur on it. I assume precise post. Especially the title attracted me to read the whole story.

January 14, 2010 at 7:02 PM comment-delete

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January 18, 2010 at 3:26 PM comment-delete

hello, may alam ka ba kung saan pwede magstay overnight at paluan? our magazine will feature paluan, hope you can reply... thanks ...

November 19, 2010 at 1:25 AM comment-delete

May I use your Calawagan Mountain Resort photos which includes the bridge, the nipa hut and the others. I will put it in my fiction story. Thanks!

May 28, 2011 at 7:59 AM comment-delete