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MAIN TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
The caves and the museums give the tourists a healthy dose of nature and intellect.
GUYANGAN CAVE – Trek the burial caves where some of national treasures were excavated. It is believed to be the site of ancient burial ceremonies and source of the “Ikat” or “Banton Burial Cloth” considered the oldest in Southeast Asia. Centuries old coffins, made of hallowed-out logs and ancient artworks, which have been discovered in 1936 in these caves.
FORT SAN NICOLAS – Visit one of the oldest bastions of Christianity in Romblon, the san Nicolas Church and its fort, built by the famous Recollect friar Fr. Agustin San Pedro, otherwise known as El Padre Capitan, in 1621. This Intramuros of Banton served as the local folks shelter from the Moro raids.
FABELLA LIBRARY – One of the oldest houses in the island built during the Spanish regime. It served as the home of Faustino Fabella, Sr., one of the most illustrious sons of Banton High School, the earliest high school outside the provincial capital.
TOGBONGAN ROCKY BEACH – This long beach of stones and rocks provides a different experience. It is beside of one of the diving areas around the islands. One can take to climb the Silak Cave.
THE UGAT-FAIGAO MUSEUM – Home of Banton's social and cultural heritage. The house itself, one of the oldest in Banton, is a historical heritage. This Spanish house of limestone and hardwood served as home of Rufo Faigao, the first Municipal President of Banton, and Cornelio Faigao, a well-known Bantoanon poet.
THE MUSEUM TO TREASURE – National treasures from Banton are now displayed in the national museum - the coffin and pictures of the ikat, the oldest burial cloth in Southeast Asia.
MACAT-ANG BEACH – A little paradise with golden fine sand, hot springs and exquisite sunset.
Home of world class diving sites, hot springs and mysterious caves. "Banton Island is one of the world-class diving sites in the region. It is also a consistent awardee in the government's Clean & Green Program for it's beauty and maintained cleanliness"
History and nature culminates in Banton, Romblon. Caves and beaches please the stressed while forts. Libraries and museums satisfy the curious mind. The waters that surround the island are great areas for diving
Banton has a total land area of 3,244,654 hectares including the uninhabited islands of La Carlota, Isabela and Bantoncillo, Located in the northern most part of the province, this island is covered by Volcanic rocks. The soil type in Banton is Zamboangia sandy loam.
Welcome to the
"Marble Country of the Philippines"
Banton is primarily agricultural with copra as the main product. The people also engage in fishing, livestock production, handicraft and the indigenous rafia industry.
NAPOCOR provides the island's electricity and distributed by the Municipal Government.
The town's potable water supply comes from various sources such as a level III water systems, artesian wells, open wells, shallow wells and some open wells.
Liberty Phones and Romblon Telephone Corporation.
Motorcycles for Hire (MCH) and a multi-Cab take travelers and commuters around Banton.
Fish Culture and Processing
Marble Mining and Processing
Tourism Related Facilities
Other Non-Pollutive Industry
HOW TO GET THERE
MANILA VIA ODIONGAN
Take the M/V Virgin Mary of MBRS Lines which departs Manila every Monday and Friday at five in the afternoon for Odiongan Port. Travel time: 10 hours a two hours jeepney ride from Odiongan will take you to Calatrava then a two hour hour travel thru pump boat will take you to Banton Island.
MANILA VIA LUCENA CITY
Take Bus bound to Lucena City Grand Terminal (Tuesday morning). Take a jeep to Cotta. From Cotta, take motorboats to Banton, estimated Travel time: 14 hours.
MANILA VIA MINDORO
Take early morning trips from Pasay or Lawton Bus Terminal bound for Batangas City Pier 9about 2 AM). Take Super Cat for Calapan City and then Bus or FX Taxi for Pinamalayan Oriental Mindoro where pumpboats leaves for Sibale then Banton at 10:00 AM everyday except Monday and Thursday: Travel Time: 12 hours.
WHERE TO STAY
Municipal Guest House
Municipal Tourism Council
Hon. FERRERA, PATROCINIO F.
Satellite Phone No.: 0981-992028
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