St. Ezekiel Moreno was an Augustinian priest from Spain. He was born on April 9, 1848 and came to Manila, Philippines on February 10, 1870. He was ordained priest in Manila on June 2, 1871. His first assignment as a priest was in Calapan, Mindoro in 1873. He became the Parish Priest of Calapan and later became the Vicar Provincial of the island of Mindoro. As parish priest of Calapan, he propagated the devotion to the Sto. Nino and discharged his duties with utmost fidelity, missionary zeal and holiness. He is invoked as the Patron of Cancer patients.
After his stay in Calapan, he served in Palawan, Las Pinas, Sto. Tomas, Batangas, Intramuros, Manila, and Imus, Cavite. He was later appointed Bishop in Columbia. He died of cancer in Spain on August 19, 1906. He was beatified on November 1, 1975 and was canonized as a saint on October 11, 1992 by Pope John Paul II.
Almost if not all of the country's main road is named in honor of our national hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal. I would like to believe that the monument depicts him analyzing a game of chess though most likely writing "Noli Me Tangere" and "El Filibustirismo".
The Monument engraved wordings as follows:
Filipino Patriot and Hero
Born on June 19, 1861 in Calamba, Laguna.Executed by the Spanish colonial regime on December 30, 1896. In a brief span of his life, Rizal had mastered many fields that would have taken lifetimes to learn. He was an an ophtalmologist the best eye specialist in Southeast Asia at that time; he was a famous novelist, a poet, a painter, a scholar, a historian, a scientist, a sculptor, a land surveyor, a linguist fluent in fifteen languages, a journalist, a bioligist, a swordsman and a sharpshooter with the pistol.
Above all, Rizal fought for liberty and justice for his people through the power of his pen. As a writer, Rizal wrote his immortal novels, the Noli Me Tangere and El Filibustirismo, where he exposed the conditions in his country under foreign colonial rule. In these novels. Rizal revealed his ardent love for his country, his passion for justice, his devotion, to the cause of human liberty and his aspiration for the independence of his people.
It was Rizal who first conceived the idea of all the people of the Philippines as one nation trascending tribe, ethnicity, religion, language, and custom sharing a common identity and destiny. For this, Jose Rizal has been aptly called "The First Filipino".
Favorite thing: If you want to see history unfold right in your very eye, don't miss to visit the City Museum. You wouldn't expect that it houses 105 year old Tamaraw. It was formerly located in Calapan Central School but eventually transfered to the City Museum to preserve it more! The Museum contains old Philippine and other currency coins, the priceless pictures of the Presidents of the Philippines who visited the Island, the Bishop who served the Province before he became a saint, the clothes of previous Mayors of the town now a city.
Calapan City Plaza is the landmark of Mindoro. On top of the cave is the symbol of Mahalta. MA - ngyan, HAL - con and TA - maraw.
Mangyan - is the generic name for the eight indigenous groups found in the Philippine island of Mindoro, each with its own tribal name, language, and customs. The total population may be around 100,000, but no official statistics are available because of the difficulties of counting remote and reclusive tribal groups, many of which have no contact with the outside world.
The ethnic groups from north to south of the island are: Iraya, Alangan, Tadyawan, Tawbuid (called Batangan by lowlanders on the west of the island), Buhid, Hanunoo. An additional group on the south coast is labelled Ratagnon. They appear to be intermarried with lowlanders. The group known on the east of Mindoro as Bangon may be a subgroup of Tawbuid, as they speak the 'western' dialect of that language. They also have an alphabet which is called the Ambahan.
Mangyan are mainly subsistence agriculturalists, planting a variety of sweet potato, upland (dry cultivation) rice, and taro. They also trap small animals and wild pig. Many who live in close contact with lowland Filipinos sell cash crops such as bananas and ginger.
Their languages are mutually unintelligible, though they share some vocabulary. Tawbuid and Buhid are closely related, and are unusual among Philippine languages in having an /f/ phoneme. Tawbuid is divided into eastern and western dialects. Western Tawbuid may be the only Philippine language to have no glottal phonemes, having neither /h/ or /ʔ/. They use Hanunó'o script to write.
Their traditional religious world view is animistic. Around 10% have embraced Christianity, both Roman Catholicism and Evangelical Protestantism. New Testaments have been published in six of the languages.
Mount Halcon or Monte Halcón - is a mountain located in the island of Mindoro in the Philippines. Its height of 2,586 m (8,482 ft) makes it the 18th highest peak in the Philippines. Its slopes have earned it the title to be the most difficult mountain to climb in the country.
Tamaraw - (Bubalus mindorensis) or Mindoro dwarf buffalo is a small, hoofed mammal belonging to the family Bovidae. It is endemic to the island of Mindoro in the Philippines and is the only endemic Philippine bovine. It is believed, however, to have once also thrived on the greater island of Luzon. The tamaraw was originally found all over Mindoro, from sea level up to the mountains (2000 meters above sea level), but because of human habitation, hunting, and logging, it is now restricted to only a few remote grassy plains and is now an endangered species.
My wife told me to stop what I am doing as there is a need to accompany her in buying plants for our home. There where several if's and but's as I was busy making travelogues but in the end gave in to her request. I thought we will just pick up and pay the plants but that was not to be...
Fondest memory: Kalamansi or Calamansi in the picture undergone the process of Marcotting - (or air layering) is an asexual or vegetative method of plant propagation, can be easily performed with less skill. Air layering is just slightly different from other methods of layering such as tip layering, simple layering, compound or serpentine layering, etc. In all these methods, the induction of root development is usually done by wounding the part of the plant to be rooted.
This is the first time that I saw a product of these method and it amazed me no end!
"Mang Danny" started his crop in 1979. He was able to send his six children thru selling of plants. All now have college degree two of which are working abroad. His clients include government offices and individuals.
Address: Sitio Acob, Lumangbayan, Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines
Calapan City is a third class component city in the First Congressional District province of Oriental Mindoro, Philippines. It serves as the provincial capital. It is known as the "Gateway to the Golden Isle" but is also referred to with other different titles such as "The Discipline City", "The City of the Golden Grains", "The Agropolis of the South", and "The Provincial Capitol" . According to the 2010 Census, it has a population of 124,173 people. Its citizens are called Calapeños.
Fondest memory: When you visit Calapan City, don't miss our Public Market. It is a public market like no other in the Philippines. It has escalators to facilitate the public in going to the second floor to buy different varieties of fishes like tuna, tilapia etc..., chickens, pork to name a few. The market's parking lot is home for Utility Vans and Jeepneys to different towns in the province like Puerto Galera, Naujan, Victoria, etc....