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Rizal Occidental Mindoro - Beauty & Wonder of Life In Its Pure Simplicity

Occidental Mindoro: A promising sustainable tourism hub - RIZAL, OCCIDENTAL MINDORO - Tamaraw Gene Pool Farm. Occidental Mindoro offers more than its awe-inspiring views of paddy fields and mountain ranges. With unspoiled white beaches, underwater paradise, and other captivating sights, the province is a promising hub for sustainable tourism.

Rizal, officially the Municipality of Rizal (Tagalog: Bayan ng Rizal), is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Occidental Mindoro, Philippines.

Town of Rizal - HISTORY OF RIZAL Occidental Mindoro

Before the coming of the Spaniards to the Philippines, the area which comprises the municipality of Rizal, at present, is covered with forests. Later on, a few families of tribal Filipinos, known as Ratagnons, settled near the mouth of a river which was called Bogsanga.

Rizal is a coastal municipality in the province of Occidental Mindoro.

The municipality has a land area of 242.50 square kilometers or 93.63 square miles which constitutes 4.13% of Occidental Mindoro's total area. Its population as determined by the 2015 Census was 38,263. This represented 7.85% of the total population of Occidental Mindoro province, or 1.29% of the overall population of the MIMAROPA region. Based on these figures, the population density is computed at 158 inhabitants per square kilometer or 409 inhabitants per square mile.

Rizal, Occidental Mindoro Region: Region IV-B (MIMAROPA)

Province:  Occidental Mindoro Municipal:  Rizal

Barangay:  Region Code:  17 Province Code:  51 Municipal Code:  08

Kalibasib was the first and only Philippine tamaraw born and bred in captivity, housed at the Mindoro Biodiversity Conservation, Research, and Educational Center, formerly the Tamaraw Gene Pool Farm, located in Brgy. Manoot, Rizal, Occidental Mindoro.

Occidental Mindoro: A promising sustainable tourism hub


Tamaraw Gene Pool Farm

As the last leg for one's Occidental Mindoro tour, it is good to spend time with Mindoro's icon animal -- the Tamaraw. Among others, visiting the last of its kin bred in captivity would raise one's awareness that there are only a few hundreds of them left in the wild.

In 2018, Bubalus Mindorensis’ count in Mindoro grew to 523, still less than what one would have imagined.

Kalibasib, short for Kalikasang Bagong Sibol, is the only Tamaraw breathing in the Tamaraw Gene Pool Park, after his parents Charlie and Mimi died of old age.

Kalibasib is already 19 years old. While already near 25, the average life span of a wild dwarf buffalo, Kalibasib can still chase and gore a person, his caretaker, Oni Ordo, said.

Although housed within a half-hectare fenced area at the gene pool farm in Rizal, Occidental Mindoro, Kalibasib lives in conditions like the way Tamaraws would sprawl in the wild.

The farm now serves as a park for tourists and locals after it stopped the captive breeding program.

Summer, of course, is the optimum time to visit the beaches and scattered underwater paradise of Occidental Mindoro. But in November this year, not to be missed is the huge Mimaropa Festival that will be hosted in Mamburao, the provincial capital. 


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