Established in 1995
Puerto Galera, one of the oldest Spanish settlements in the Philippines, was founded in 1574, becoming the first provincial capital in Mindoro Island. As early as the 10th century, Chinese, Malay and Indonesian merchants were already doing business with local traders, and Puerto Galera is where they replenished their provisions.
More recently, in 2005, Puerto Galera hit the international tourism limelight when it was given “The Most Beautiful Bay in the World” award by UNESCO. Only the third bay in Southeast Asia to receive this prestigious rating.