Mindoro means “Mina de Oro; Mine of Gold Reply

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“Mina de Oro”.
Mindoro Island’s name meant “Mine of Gold”. So far, it’s jade.

There are many resources abundantly found here, one I like best is the natural still-virgin swatches of forest. I never thought for the name “Mindoro” to also be a literal meaning.

We got to this Island not knowing this little tidbit. Not until I attended an opening exhibit of
the Philippine Jade de Mindoro display and workshop.

The owners are a friend of mine and they were kind enough to show me a room full.. a room full of raw jade! I never imagined raw jade to be these huge chunks of rocks. They are just that- chunks of rocks. They come in huge blocks, some weighing 70 kilos each.

For decorative purposes, I think I like “raw” chunks better than jewellery.
What’s your preference?

Stay tuned for more pictures as the workers polish up their pieces.

For the Ladies; SHOPPING! Excellent Handicrafts and Nature’s art to appreciate. Reply

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A sample of Rocks I’ve collected. This one is called simply- “Green Heart” ’cause of its shape. It is for this picture, wet with water to show the strains and coloration. And yes, it is spoken for! 

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These are broken shells that if you look closely, resemble the finest art nature could do! 

I love collecting these shells and rocks as a way to relax and meditate after my work. 

Soon as I pick up something, a “name” flashes in my mind, and I go with that. We (my staff) will one day turn these

beauties into souvenir items.

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These wooden flower vases came straight from lathe. The craftsman has not done any finishing to it nor colouring. The colours you see are natural to this wood from what we call domestically as Kamagong tree. 

Quiet different from mahogany really, this is excellent craftsman’s sample. 

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Projects: Tourism Business & Ecological and Environmental Issues- Balance & Harmony Reply

Environmentalists, Ecologists, and Businesses can and oftentimes do come together for common interest and good. Sniping and unconstructive critiques do not help anyone.. we in the Philippine Islands do need help and locally we are trying to rehabilitate an endangered coral population, protect exotic fishes, and retain flora underneath the waves.

Indifference from political leaders IS the single most deadly aspect of this preservation, more than a starving fisherman going out spear-fishing, or netting…
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The Dolphin Room- Aptly Named for Dolphin Sighting, High Class Back Pack Divers Reply


The Dolphin Room rate check here

What’s back pack divers and dolphins have in common?

Plenty really.

The Dolphin Room is our modest priced accommodation available now. If you’re on a “back pack diver” budget but want all the comforts of a Western- style hotel room, this one’s for you.
This room is a bit smaller at 13 feet by 14 feet as compared to our Coach Room, but it has a large closet in it for all your diver luggages.

For a single person you will not want for material comforts in this room. It has all the amenities you want like hot water in a large shower room, Queen size imported mattress with ultra luxe cotton beddings. 

Who says ‘thrift’ and ‘bargain’ is synonymous with ‘poor?’ Definitely you are not. Feel like a King and sleep well- wake up around 5:00 am, open your drapery and look out the ocean.

Do you see “it?” Yeah- there are dolphin pods that come along this bay and get THIS up- close!

The Dolphin Room. You are richly deserving of all those extra pamperings we offer at the Resort, and your plushy accommodation at The Dolphin Room is not a King’s ransom but a bonus.

Hey, what else could you want? Please do tell us, we will get to it!

The Coach Room- Super Bargain Western-style Accommodation @The Palms Mindoro Reply

The Coach Room
How much- The Coach Room rate here

Continental Breakfast included daily for 2

So called because at the time I was putting away the keys I had it threaded on a Coach purse keychain. That pink leatherette label is easy mark even in the dark.
So there you have it! ;) No great secret.

But also that it is the kind of quality that the name evoked is the reason why I stayed with the name “Coach”. It denotes quality craftsmanship, high quality materials, REASONABLY PRICED! For the money you pay.

And to add- “Coach” is a noun which denotes ‘leader’, ‘teacher/ instructor’, guide.. ok feeble attempt. I’ll stay with the first explanation.

When I go on vacation, ‘shopping’ is my favourite activity and the ‘purses’ department is where I pay homage to first. Ok, laugh.

And Coach is almost always what I take home!

‘Almost always’ because I also have a ‘love’ for utilitarian-designed leather Italian purses.

So now you know my mindset. Hey, Woman is who makes Executive decisions around here, and it counts what’s important!

Now you know…

To-Do Land Adventures @the PALMS Mindoro, Philippines Reply

Visit us at The Palms Resort Mindoro and explore caves, go rock climbing, meet the Mangyan Indigenous Peoples who have the sweetest smiles, and let them guide you into the jungles and see what you’re made of without your GPS!
It truly is falling off the edge of earth and disappearing.. however bring your gear just in case you want to get back up and join the civilised world again. Or employ the tractor beam and beam you up Scotty!
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Outrigger Tourister and Liveaboard Cruiser at Your Service in the FUN Dept! Reply

We are looking for adventurous souls to go on our maiden voyage of the 4-ton boat you see below. The smaller watercraft will escort her.

She’s in final preps for a motor then a cabin for live aboards, then final paint.

Itinerary is The Palms Resorts- Pandan Island- Coron Bay- Puerto Princesa- then back. The voyage will take about 2 weeks. We will  be crossing the South Philippine Sea formerly known as the South China Sea.

Out on the horizon is the Mindoro Strait shipping lane which also used to be the Japanese Armada choice of waterway when they sailed off to Leyte Gulf to play cat-and-mouse with the Pacific Fleet of General Douglas McArthur during WW11.

Coron Bay is the graveyard of 3 Japanese warships and is now a top destination for hotshot wreck divers. I want to see the much-heard-of beauty of Coron Bay Lagoon where these ships lie.
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This boat is Mindoro Palms #3. She’s going to be a 4-ton outrigger cruiser when we’re done with her. She’d shed off her old skin and put on a new one.

IMG_2220 We totally gutted her, made the top wider to accommodate more load. We also made the outriggers longer and more floats to compensate. Soon we will be putting in a new R4 engine.

IMG_2208 We have an excellent boat maker in our neck of the woods. This boat was scraggly and ugly when we got it. After about a month of work, lots of hardwood, lots of marine epoxy glue and paint and soon a new engine, she’d turned into a beauty.

IMG_2206This one is Mindoro Palms #1.

Yes it does take these many people to beach this baby. Altho the new weight is 1/3 more than the old shell now she is more buoyant, carries more passengers with ease up to 10 people with no problem.

IMG_2214 She’s fast too hence the “Tourister” designation.

Here the Capt. inspects for algae and eagle’s claw, a kind of shellfish that attaches itself to the submerged part and eats up your boat. We don’t want that.

Any takers on the cruise let us know here.

I can’t wait!! I DOUBLE-DARE YOU to come with me!! Dramamine’s ready. ;)

The Palms Resort Mindoro Edison Luxury Suite Now Open for Reservation Reply


How much- The Edison Luxury Room rate here
Shown is The Edison Luxury Suite in our newly completed 3-bedroom Duplex. It is our main entry into the luxury Western- style accommodation here in the island.

We are very proud of the fact that this is the first of its kind luxury accommodation in all of Occidental Mindoro. It is highly affordable at our initial Grand Opening offering of $99.00 or P4100 Philippine Pesos.

The first week of this duplex being available we had a full house.

We had a “show and tell” for the Vice Governor of Occidental Mindoro and his party. We heard lots of “ohhs” and “ahhs” from the ladies especially. The bathroom was the main attention- getter. It does feature a whirlpool jacuzzi, a rain style massager shower with room big enough for two.

One other feature of this luxury suite is a sun deck facing the beach. It is excellent venue for a cozy intimate party for up to ten people.

The Edison is ample room for the Executive who needs accommodation for an extended stay and for making the Resort his home base away from HQ. We can add office furniture upon request.  Please make this request as soon as possible during the Reservation process.

Contact us here for Reservations.