Once upon a time, in the bed of the Maybulao River, the indigenous people would find flecks and rocks of gold. Yelling, “May bulao!” which in English means, “there’s gold!” every time they find a small piece of fortune in their river. They called this simple settlement, Maybulao. Years later, it turned into what Mamburao is today.
The town of Mamburao in the province of Occidental Mindoro is a place where people from all over the country come and live together in harmony. Immigrants from Zambales and other places were among the first inhabitants that settled in Mamburao. Now, it is a melting pot of both culture and heritage, having hosted residents from all over the country.
The town is also home to beautiful shorelines and a delightful climate. The municipality doesn’t only boast of its diverse heritage but it’s also proud of its natural resources. Mamburao is home to the Mamburao Reef, one of the biggest reefs in the entire country, having a diverse marine life, almost as diverse as their people.
Mamburao has a rich history, as few know. It played an active role during the Spanish era, just before the Philippines was colonized, when the Spanish colonizers had attempted to conquer Moro lands and convert the Muslims into Christians. Fun fact, the capital of Occidental Mindoro was once the headquarters of the Moro people, which were then sentenced to be colonized by the Spaniards. Of course the Moro people did not accepted this. They retaliated violently and strongly refused to be under Spanish colonial rule. In turn, they ended up becoming pirates. In an act of vengeance, they continually looted and ravaged other towns in the vicinity, including Mamburao, their former headquarters.
This land of gold, however small, is a treasure of Occidental Mindoro.