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Occidental Mindoro

BY GRANT LEISHMAN

I want to highlight a Philippine island that for many people may well be considered; “off the map” – the island of Mindoro, and more specifically the western side of the island, Occidental Mindoro.

Mindoro, a large, tear-drop shaped island is the seventh largest Island of the Philippines, at roughly 10,600 square kilometres, and lies off the south-west coast of Luzon, the main island. Its two provinces, Occidental and Oriental Mindoro are clearly delineated by a range of mountains that form the spine of the centre of the island. Although not generally seen as a tourist destination, Oriental Mindoro does contain one famous resort in Puerto Gallera, a popular spot for divers and sun-seekers, located on the far north-west tip of the island. However, I want to focus on Occidental Mindoro, on its sheer unspoiled beauty and the immense potential that exists there.

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Samodivi — Witches of Darkness or Thracian Goddesses?

BY RONESA AVEELA 

Veelas, Wilis, Yuda, Samovili, Vili. These are a few names of nymphs of Slavic folklore, each group a little different from the Bulgarian Samodivi. Are they real or merely myths that have survived throughout the centuries? 

Who are these creatures? Where did they come from? And why do people fear them so much they are willing to leave their homes and move to another village or town?

You may be familiar with some of these nymphs already. The beauty and enchantment of Veelas has been portrayed in the Harry Potter series, and Wilis in the ballet “Giselle” dance men to their death.

But who are the Samodivi? Where did they come from?

Picture: Samodivi by Nelinda

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