Legend has it, that the inhabitants found an ODIONG (local term for arrow) struck to a tree so the story goes how the place was called INODIONGAN (meaning struck by an arrow) which later metamorphosed to ODIONGAN.
In 1885, a big number of Tagalong settled in Odiongan as traders having found the town as a land of opportunities.
In 1896, Odiogan has its Revolutionary Government until the early years of American occupation. From the rich memorable past emerged a strong untied and charming people of the present and progressive town.
Odiongan has a total land area of 137.90 sq. km. The town has lowland and coastal area rolling hills, inner portions, and mountainous forest area at the interior.
MAIN TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
MAINIT FALLS – The falls pours in the lush greenery of the highland of Barangay Pato-o. It has a three-tiered falls that forms a deep pools where one can bath luxuriously.
GARING FALLS – Located at Progreso Weste. The cool waters from the falls form two lakes, the second pool has a depth of three fathoms and a width-span of 15 meters ideal for swimming while the first pool is smaller and shallower.
TUBURAN FALLS – A natural resort with seven major and minor waterfalls, where limestone caves penetrate four rock walls. Mineral springs and fresh cool river wind blows. The cave near the falls is believed to be leading to "Cayatong", the land of fairies.
POCTOY BEACH – A wide shoreline with fine gray sand beaches with breath-taking sunset.
Odiongan enjoys a 24-hour electrification. National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR) supplies electricity to the business establishments and residents of Odiongan through TIELCO.
Drinking water in the town is supplied by Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA). Potable water is also available in 15 barangays. There are 3 water stations selling purified water.
A 24 hectares, timberland reservation at Barangay Amatong, Rizal and Pato-o are now under the integrated Sociallized Forestry Program of the Bureau of Forestry Development. Barangays Progreso Este, Rizal and Tuburan have substantial remaining forested area.
Fish Culture and Processing
Cut Flower Industries
Tourism Related Facilities
HOW TO GET THERE
PLANE TRIP FROM MANILA-TABLAS AIRPORT
Odiongan is located in the western coast of Tablas and this hilly coastal town is one and half hour drive from the Tablas Airport. Travel time from Manila to Tablas is less than an hour. Effective February 2nd 2004, Flight DG605 of South East Asian Airlines will depart Manila Domestic Airport at exactly 1045 and ETA is 1145 in Tugdan airport in Alcantara, Tablas Island. The plane Flight DG606 flies back to Manila at exactly 1205 and ETA is 1305 in Manila Domestic Airport in Pasay City, in the afternoon of the same day. Normal fare is P2,790 while promo fare is P1,990. For online booking, visit SEAir website at: http://www.flyseair.com/ourservices/eticket/eticket.htm
Take the MV Virgin Mary of MBRS Lines in Pier 8, which departs every Wednesday and Friday at 5 PM. A 10-hour travel will take you directly to the port of Odiongan. Also take the MV Mary the Queen of MBRS Lines ar Pier 8 Manila, which departs every Wednesday at 5 PM. A 10-hour travel will take you directly to the port of Odiongan. For inquiries & Booking call 426-1612; 426-1613; 243-5886; 241-8497 & 243-5888.
Take Montenegro Lines every Sunday and Tuesday at 5:00 PM. Public Utility Jeep or tricycle stationed in the port will bring you to town proper. Or take Princess Colleen every Monday, Thursday and Saturday at 5:00 PM. An 8 hours travel will take you directly to the port of Odiongan.
Pumpboat MB Claring departs Roxas at 11:00 AM. A 4-hour trip will take you directly to Odiongan port.
WHERE TO STAY
Haliwood Inn & Restaurant
Poctoy Beach Resort & Restaurant
Sir Anthony's Place
Municipal Tourism Council
Hon. FERNANDEZ, JEMLY H.
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Odiongan is a progressive municipality in Tablas Is land. Along with the modern development, it still has "Mother Nature's" gift.
Odiongan is located in the Mid-western part of Tablas Island. The area is bounded on the north by San Andres, on the south by Ferrol, on the west by Sta. Maria and on the east by the Tablas Strait. It is an ideal place for scuba diving and water skiing with its waters stretching to about 17,400 meters from coast to coast.
Historic Odiongan… dates back in the Negritos belonging to the tribe of Juan Marikudo of Iloilo, Mangyans of Mindoro, Onhans and Nayons of Panay. In 1810 and 1840, Bantoanons, highly civilized and industrious group who exhibited unity and social awareness, settled but is often attacked by Moros so they look for a site safe from any outside attack of the settlers. This place, the COTA (Spanish word for FORT) was maintained by this civic spirited and deeply religious group.
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