MIMAROPA, also referred to as Region IV-B is a region in the Philippines located in the western part of the country. The name is an acronym derived from its constituent provinces: Mindoro (Occidental and Oriental), Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan.
The province of Palawan is the largest and most well-known province in the region. It is recognized as one of the world’s best islands, with stunning limestone cliffs, clear waters, and biodiverse marine ecosystems.
Mindoro, the second-largest island in the Philippines, is divided into two provinces: Oriental Mindoro and Occidental Mindoro. Oriental Mindoro is admired for its beaches, including Puerto Galera, which offers diving and snorkeling opportunities. Occidental Mindoro is characterized by its agricultural lands, mountains, and natural attractions like Mount Halcon.
Marinduque is a small island province recognized for its vibrant festivals, including the Moriones Festival, which attracts tourists and devotees during Holy Week. The island also offers scenic landscapes, waterfalls, and historic sites like the Boac Cathedral and Bellaroca Island Resort and Spa.
Romblon, another island province, is known for its marble industry, with marble quarries scattered across the province. The capital town is also known for its old Spanish colonial houses and the centuries-old St. Joseph Cathedral.
The MIMAROPA region is also rich in cultural heritage, with indigenous groups such as the Mangyan in Mindoro and various tribes in Palawan. These ethnic groups have their distinct languages, traditions, and crafts, which tourists can learn about and appreciate.