Calapan City Port

Calapan City Port is one of the main ferry links to the southern islands. The main ferry service is to and runs almost every hour.


Calapan was formerly a small village before the establishment of the first Religious District in Baco. The District convent was transferred to Calapan in 1733 and began its jurisdiction over the Northern Mindoro Ecclesiastical Area.

In the early 18th century, the town only occupied a strip of land stretching from Ibaba to Ilaya in a cross-shape facing the present church and cut-off by the river. Later on, succeeding barrios were founded

In 1837, the capital of the province was moved from Puerto Galera to Calapan. When Mindoro became a part of Marinduque on June 13, 1902, the provincial capital was once again moved to Puerto Galera. In November 10, 1902, Mindoro was detached from Marinduque. In 1903, Calapan once again became the provincial capital.

When Mindoro was detached from Marinduque on November 10, 1902, Baco, Puerto Galera and San Teodoro were annexed to Calapan in 1905 under Act. 1280, adding a total area of 843 sq. km. of land. In 1902, under Act 2824, the three (3) municipalities gained their independence.

In 1919, the boundary dispute between Calapan and Naujan was adjudicated by Presidentes Agustin Quijano of Calapan and Agustin Garong of Naujan over a portion of the territory of what is now known as the present boundary. The portion of agricultural area was awarded to Naujan, thus, making the area of Calapan much smaller as compared to that of Naujan which is now considered as the biggest municipality of the province.

At present, Calapan has an area of only 250.06 sq. km (according to LMB). It has also jurisdiction over the three (3) Baco Islets on the Calapan Bay and the two (2) Silonay Islets.

The City of Calapan has been transformed as a component city on March 21, 1998. Its conversion was based on Republic Act 8475, enacted by Congress and signed into law by President Fidel V. Ramos on February 2, 1998. In a plebiscite held on March 21, 1998, majority of Calapeños ratified the conversion of Calapan into a city. It is the first and only city in the province of Oriental Mindoro.

Since its creation as a city, Calapan has witnessed significant strides in commerce and industry, infrastructure and social services. New commercial establishments were opened providing employment and income opportunities for the residents. An expanded program on social services delivery, particularly in health care and education, were undertaken. The city's physical infrastructure was upgraded which includes the construction of new roads and drainage facilities, as well as a new City Government Center. Tourism was boosted with the opening of inland resorts and new hotels.


City of Calapan is politically subdivided into 62 barangays: Balingayan, Balite, Baruyan, Batino, Bayanan I, Bayanan II, Biga, Bondoc, Bucayao, Buhuan, Bulusan, Sta. Rita, Calero, Camansihan, Camilmil, Canubing I, Canubing II, Comunal, Guinobatan, Gulod, Gutad, Ibaba East, Ibaba West, Ilaya, Lalud, Lazareto, Libis, Lumangbayan, Mahal Na Pangalan, Maidlang, Malad, Malamig, Managpi, Masipit, Nag-Iba I, Navotas, Pachoca, Palhi, Panggalaan, Parang, Patas, Personas, Puting Tubig, San Raphael (formerly Salong), San Antonio, San Vicente Central, San Vicente East, San Vicente North, San Vicente South, San Vicente West, Sta. Cruz, Sta. Isabel, Sto. Niño (formerly Nacoco), Sapul, Silonay, Sta. Maria Village, Suqui, Tawagan, Tawiran, Tibag, Wawa, Nag-Iba II

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