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MIMAROPA Festival: The next big thing in the Philippines

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It started with a simple vision of the five governors of the MIMAROPA provinces to gather in an event where they would be able to showcase and share their products and services to fellow MIMAROPANs. What was supposed to be a simple vision is now the next big thing in the Philippines.

The first MIMAROPA Festival was held in Calapan City on November 9-15. The Provincial Government of Oriental Mindoro hosted the event. It coincided with the celebration of the 65th founding anniversary of both Occidental and Oriental Mindoro. Representatives and guests from Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan, Calapan City and Puerto Princesa City participated in the celebration’s activities. The festival highlighted the region’s best products through agri-trade and tourism fair, dance parade competition and search for MIMAROPA festival queen.

As one of the agreements during the RDC meeting, the MIMAROPA festival will become an annual event to be hosted by the provinces on a rotation basis. It will be one of the tourism strategies to promote and market the region to attract tourist and investors. With this activity, the future is bright for the region to achieve its vision as “The Destination of Choice”.

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Ms. Sharla Santillan (center) from the Province of Palawan crowned as the first ever MIMAROPA Festival Queen together with Ms. Marielle Sarmiento of the Province of Oriental Mindoro (left), 1st Runner Up, and Ms. Princess Ahne Noche from the Province of Marinduque (right), 2nd Runner Up

Dance Parade Competition Winners

Baragatan Festival (Palawan) – Champion

Bila Bila Festival (Marinduque) – 1st Runner Up

Biniray Festival (Romblon) – 2nd Runner Up

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Baragatan Festival (Palawan)

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Bila Bila Festival (Marinduque)

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Biniray Festival