About Romblon

About Romblon.

The Province of Romblon is a cluster of twenty islands lying at the center of the Philippine archipelago. It is completely surrounded by deep waters with Sibuyan Sea on the north, east and south, and Tablas Strait on the west. Romblon’s three major islands are Tablas, Romblon, and Sibuyan, forming the largest and populated areas.

 

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Dubbed as the “Marble Country” which fittingly describes the rich deposits of marble found all over the province. In fact, all the islands of Romblon have marble. It is believed that the substructure of the island and its neighboring islets are of marble. Quarries on these islands produce raw marble for sculpture and construction purposes. Romblon is the only place in the Southeast Asia with the marble deposits of commercial value. Experts say that Romblon marbles are equal to Italian marbles in quality.

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The people of Romblon, mostly Visayans, are mainly engaged in farming and fishing. The farmers’ primary products are rice, copra and abaca. Fishermen harvest the bounty of the surrounding seas. Romblon is also famous for its traditional weaving and basketry. Handicrafts are a major home industry in which the women are engaged. The province is noted, especially, for it fine and delicate crochets laces and bedspreads.

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Tablas is the biggest of its major islands. Fine beaches abound in this island like the 3-km stretch of  sand in Poctoy Beach, the pebble-covered shores of Calagunsao and Tugdan Beaches in Alcantara, the pool of salty water in Tinagong Dagat and the Canyayo Beach in Santa Fe that has a combination of white sand and crushed corals. Tablas is also blessed with beautiful waterfalls such as the Mainit Falls and Garing Falls in Odiongan, Mablaran Falls in San Andres, and the Dubduban Bita Falls in San Agustin.

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Sibuyan, is second largest island is very mountainous, with a good covering of natural forest. The island is dominated by Mt. Guiting-Guiting, the highest peak in Romblon at 2057 meters.

 

 

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Though the smallest of the three major islands, Romblon is the seat of the provincial government and center of commercial and economic activities in the province. Romblon Island is situated between the two major islands of Sibuyan and Tablas. It has a well protected harbor, which is considered to be the best landlocked harbor in the country. A few kilometers away from the town proper are the beaches of Bonbon and Tiamban. Off the coast are Logbon, Alad and Cobrador, three islets with white sand beaches.

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Tourist Activities:

  • Island Hopping
  • Fish & Marine Sanctuary’s
  • Caves & Spelunking
  • Waterfalls
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkeling with the family
  • On /Off Road Bikes, Buggys, Trucks
  • Fishing Trips
  • Mountain Springs
  • Agri Tourism
  • Medical Tourism
  • Mountain Bike Trails
  • Beach Exploration
  • Sun Set Boat trips
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
Tablas is the largest island of Romblon Province, Philippines.
The island is deeply indented by Looc Bay, in the southern part of the island.
Odiongan is the island's major port and largest population center.
Tablas is administratively subdivided into the municipalities of Alcantara, Calatrava, Ferrol, Looc, Odiongan, San Agustin, San Andres, Santa Fe, and Santa Maria.
Access to Tablas is usually by ferry from Batangas in southern Luzon disembarking at Poctoy Pier, near the island's main town of Odiongan.
Montenegro Lines serves Odiongan from Batangas Pier six days per week with roll-on roll-off vessels, then going on to Romblon island from Poctoy, and returning the next day.
Trip time from Batangas to Poctoy is about 10 hours and costs about 1,000 pesos, one way, economy.
Trip time from Poctoy Pier to Odiongan town is about 10 minutes by motorcycle for 20 pesos. Tricycles are also readily available.
SeaAir serves Tablas four times a week.
Romblon State College (an accredited educational institution) has a large campus at Odiongan town, focusing on vocational and administrative courses, including bachelor degrees.
Tablas is relatively undeveloped with only light industry.
Main occupations are rice-farming and fishing.
Education is considered important, with most college graduates leaving Tablas to work in Batangas or further afield.
Tablas has been little impacted by tourism.
Foreigners are a welcome diversion for college students, who are the main part of the population which can speak English.
Visayan is the usual language on Tablas with Tagalog as the second language.
Mainit Falls is an interesting natural site about 1 hour hike north of Poctoy Pier. It is on private property and not signposted, but the owners are good about letting people visit and swim there.Odiongan - "The waterfalls in Odiongan offers breathtaking sights, serenity and peace to one's soul."Odiongan is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Romblon, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 39,069 people in 8,624 households. Odiongan is located in the Mid-western part of Tablas Island.Bantoanon or Asi is the native language of majority of the municipality's inhabitants, while Onhan (Loocnon style) is the medium of communication in southern barangays bordering Ferrol and Looc municipalities respectively.Geography
Located almost at the center of the Philippine archipelago, the province of Romblon lies in the Sibuyan Sea.

It is composed of three islands: Romblon (main island), Tablas Island, and Sibuyan Island. It has a total land area of 135,690 hectares.

It is bounded on the north by the province of Marinduque, on the south by Panay Island, on the east by Masbate, and on the west by Mindoro. From Manila, it is about 187 nautical miles or 169 air miles.

Largely mountainous and rugged in terrain, the islands of Romblon are volcanic in origin. The highest peak is 2,057 meters above sea level.

Climate
The climate in Romblon is characterized by seasons that are not very pronounced. November to April is relatively dry and the rest of the year is wet.

Population
According to the National Statistics Office, population as of May 2000 was 264,357, with an annual growth rate of 1.67 percent.

Language / Dialect
The people of Romblon speak a variety of Visayan dialects, notably a mixture of Cebuano, Hiligaynon, Aklanon, and other minor tongues. Tagalog is widely understood, and English stands as the medium of communication in business and trade.

Political Subdivisions
Romblon has 17 municipalities, which are further subdivided into 213 barangays. The main island of Romblon comprises the municipalities of Romblon, Banton, Concepcion, Corcuera, San Jose; Tablas Island comprises Alcantara, Calatrava, Ferrol, Looc, Sta. Fe, San Agustin, San Andres, Odiongan, Sta. Maria; Sibuyan Island comprises Cajidiocan, Magdiwang, San Fernando.

Historical Attractions

St. Joseph Cathedral and Belfry (poblacion, Romblon)
The Recollect fathers built the oldest Roman Catholic church in the province out of limestone and brick in the 15th century. The structure is embellished with rich architectural detail.

Fort San Andres (poblacion, Romblon)
Guarding the hills of San Andres in Romblon town proper, this coral brick structure once served as a lookout point for marauding pirates during the Spanish era. Today, Fort San Andres is being used as a weather station.

Cultural Attractions

Guyangan Caves
Believed to be the burial site of our ancestors and has the oldest depositories of 'Ikat' or 'Banton Burial Cloth' in Southeast Asia . Centuries-old coffins made of hollowed logs were discovered in the caves. Guyangan caves was discovered in 1936 and not after the war. It is located in the island of Banton, Romblon

NATURAL TOURISTS ATTRACTIONS

Mt. Guiting-Guiting (Sibuyan, Romblon)
The sheer jagged peaks of Guiting-Guiting rise 2,075 meters above sea level in the middle of Sibuyan Island. Wild and unexplored, the mountains present a challenge to seasoned climbers. Hiring experienced guides is a must. Wild ferns, orchids, and bonsai dot the rugged trails. The summit provides views of the entire island and neighboring Romblon and Marinduque.

Bonbon Beach (Brgy. Lonos, Romblon)
Stretching for almost 50 meters, this great expanse on the eastern shores of Romblon Island boasts of fine white sand and a gradually sloping ocean floor. Right across the beach is a small islet accessible by foot at low tide. The islet has a secluded swimming area on a short stretch of fine white sand.

Tiamban Beach (Brgy. Lonos, Romblon)
Covered with fine white sand, this stretch of beach is narrower than Bonbon but almost as long. It is located due north of Bonbon Beach.

San Jose (San Jose, Romblon)
The coastline of San Jose town harbors some of the most beautiful and isolated beaches in the province. Notable are the ones located in Barangay Lunas and Bignay. Access to the coastal village is limited to bancas. Horses are the major means of transport to visit inland villages.

Mablaran Falls (Linawan, San Andres, Romblon)
Set amid-st lush foliage, the waterfall cascades into a 20-foot deep pool of cool, blue-green water. This is one of the most frequented picnic and swimming spots in town, although picnickers are advised to bring their own food and gear.

Santa Fe Trail (Santa Fe, Romblon)
The mountain-zigzag road leading to Santa Fe where one can see the beautiful Tablas Strait, Looc Bay, the neighboring island of Panay, San Jose, and Boracay Islands.

Cobrador Island (Romblon, Romblon)
Cobrador is the largest among the islets dotting the seas around Romblon. It is reputed to hold deposits of rare black, gold, and green marble. The best sweetsop and papaya are also grown here. The other treasures of Cobrador Island are its beaches – the most prominent being the wide expanse of fine white sand for about one kilometer on the eastern side of the islet.

Tinagong Dagat (Brgy. Talisay, Calatrava, Romblon)
Measuring 40 meters in diameter and about seven fathoms at its deepest, this “Hidden Sea” is a circular pool of saltwater barely 10 meters from the sea on the north-most tip of Tablas Island. It is home to several species of saltwater fishes and seashells. The route to Tinagong Dagat traverses a shoreline of sheer cliffs, interesting rock formations, small coves, and a fishing village.

Mainit Falls (Brgy. Patoo, Odiongan)
Earning its name from its warm waters, Mainit Falls is a three-tiered cascade that forms three deep pools ideal for bathing. Visitors are advised to bring their own food, drinking water, and gear as the area is secluded and undeveloped.

Cantingas River (Taclobo, San Fernando, Romblon)
It is a natural swimming pool; the water is crystal-clear, odorless, tasteless, and ever-flowing; one could quench his thirst while swimming. Around four kilometers away from the poblacion, it has a cottage with a conference hall.

Festivals

Biniray Festival (January)
Held in early January, the celebration begins with a fluvial parade at sea and ends with merrymaking in the streets of the capital.

Special Interest Tours

Mountain Climbing
Mt. Guiting-Guiting is the highest peak in Romblon. It is considered to be among the more formidable mountains in the country. Rising a little more than 6,000 feet above sea level, its rugged terrain presents a challenge, which lures mountaineers to scale its peak. This mountain straddles the towns of Magdiwang, San Fernando, and Cajidiocan in the island of Sibuyan. From the ports of San Agustin or Romblon, board the ferry bound for the town of Magdiwang, the jump-off point. Once in Magdiwang, inform the Mayor’s Office of your climb. The office provides assistance to climbers.

Sightseeing
Make a circling tour covering the historic Fort San Andres, the beaches of Look and Odungan, a fisherman’s boat ride to Sta Fe, a swim at the pebbled beaches of Alcantara, and the capital island where a sweeping view of the province from the hilly terrains may be had. Include a trip to San Agustin where one can view the seven-tiered falls of Dubduban-bita and an observation cruise off the shore of Tablas in Calatrava. Here, take a spellbinding look at the menacing big boulders of Romblon, looking like titans from out of the deep, which guard the entrance to the bay.

Swimming
Swimming is fun at Romblon, particularly along the foamy beach-waters of Logbon with its powdery white sands, and the beaches of Cobrador Island and Alad.

Diving
Diving enthusiasts will find the underwater of Calagunsao Beach in Alcantara as well as the ocean floor of San Jose a storehouse of experience. Here, the big black boulders common only in Romblon surround the coastline of the province, like mighty walls of a medieval port.

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