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One of the Philippines oldest marine sanctuaries, Puerto Galera is breathtakingly beautiful both above and below its calm, clear waters, Below, its Kaleidoscope of colourful corals and marine life, and above, a spectacular vista set against cloud-shrouded mountains, a haven for divers, yachtsmen, fisherman and nature lovers alike.
Puerto is a Resort Town located in the north-eastern shoreline of Oriental
Mindoro. lt is the eastern half of the island of Mindoro, an island
which is the third largest in the Philippine archipelago. The island
is south-west of Metro Manila. Puerto Galera itself is about seventy
(70) statute miles away from Metro Manila, and can either be reached
by seacraft straight from Manila, or by land transportation from Manila
to Batangas City (100 kms), and by ferryboat onwards to Puerto Galera.
The land travel takes between one and a half to two hours ride depending
on the traffic situation, while the connecting boat ride takes either
forty minutes or one and a half hours depending on the ferryboat taken.
Travel Quotes: We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. T. S. Eliot
It is better to travel well than to arrive. Buddha
Merienda is taken from the Spanish, and is a light meal or snack especially in the afternoon, similar to the concept of afternoon tea. If the meal is taken close to dinner, it is called merienda cena, and may be served instead of dinner.
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For festive occasions, people band together and prepare more sophisticated dishes. Tables are often laden with expensive and labor-intensive treats requiring hours of preparation. In Filipino celebrations, lechón (also spelled litson) serves as the centerpiece of the dinner table. It is usually a whole roasted pig, but suckling pigs (lechonillo, or lechon de leche) or cattle calves (lechong baka) can also be prepared in place of the popular adult pig.
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