The Negritos were the aborigines of the islands comprising the province of Romblon. The Mangyans were among the first settlers. Today, these groups of inhabitants are almost extinct with only a few scattered descendants living in the mountains of Tablas and in the interior of Sibuyan Island.
Romblon was liberated on March 12, 1945 by units of the 24th Infantry Division under the Command of Colonel Clifford and on January 1, 1947, about reconstituted into a regular province by virtue of Republic Act No. 38, which was authored by Hon. Modesto Fomilleza, then Congressman for the only Congressional District of Romblon.
The Island of Romblon, the capital of the Province is bounded on the north by Tablas Strait and Tablas Island. on the south by Sibuyan Sea and on the west by Sibuyan Island.
Romblon has a total land area of 21.7 sq. M. Located between Sibuyan and Tablas Islands, with a breadth of 10 miles; highest peak is Mt. Lagting in Sablayan which has a height of 444 meters; a deep landlocked harbor is found in its northern portion; huge boulders of marble and limestone deposits are found in the island barangays of Cobrador, Alad and Logbon. Alad has an intricate system of caves. Romblon has soil type of Lonos sandy Loam and Romblon clay.
MAIN TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
ST. JOSEPH CATHEDRAL AND BELFRY – A campanile constructed between 1640 and 1726 and still contains the old copper bell. The oldest Roman Catholic Church is located in Poblacion, Romblon. A product of every talented artisans that was built by Recollect Fathers out of coral blocks and bricks in the 15th century, it is a structure embellished with rich architectural details.
BISHOP'S PALACE OR VILLA DEL MAR – Found in Barangay Lonos and serves as the official residence of the Bishop of Romblon. It was constructed out of clay bricks by the first Bishop of Romblon. Msgr. Nocolas Mondejar
TALIPASAK BEACH RESORT – It is located at Barangay Ginablan 13 kilometers from town and offers a quite and restful place for tourists. Activities include swimming, snorkeling, beach combing and island hopping.
TIAMBAN BEACH – Located at Barangay Lonos and about five kilometers from the town proper the beach stretches to about 50 meter, its shoreline is covered with fine white sand.
FORTS SAN ANDRES AND SANTIAGO – Twin Spanish forts constructed out of coral blocks and bricks between 1644 and 1573, which overlook the whole town and harbor at 156 ft. above sea level. These served as a bastion to protect the people against Moro raiders and Dutch pirates.
MARBLE BEACH RESORT – It is located in Barangay Ginablan and is a perfect spot for nature lovers.
BONBON BEACH – Located at Barangay Lonos. five kilometers away from town proper of Romblon, this shoreline is covered with fine white sand and features a gradually sloping ocean floor free of sea grass and sharp stones.
NAGOSO CAVE IN COBRADOR – It is the largest natural cave in the islands and believed to be an ancient burial ground as manifested by the present of pottery and ancient works of arts.
COBRADOR BEACH – Barangay Cobrador's treasure are its beaches. This is located in the eastern side of the islet and has fine white sand and crushed corrals.
ROMBLON HARBOR – It offers a perfect shelter for sea vessels since Spanish times. Lying off the bay is a sunken galleon and the wreck of a Japanese battleship.
MARBLE QUARRIES AND FACTORIES – Anyone who is interested in how Romblon Marble is processed can take a tricycle in town and this will bring him/her to the marble quarries and factories. Romblon's marble can be compared to Italy's Carara because marble comes in a spectrum of shades ranging from white to black with a gamut of in-between tints like mottled white, tiger white, onyx and jade.
Marble mining in Romblon was recorded to have started since the early 1900's. However, it was only after World War II that the importance of marble was given due attention and introduction to the market. With various lively colors combined with the intricate natural art lines and shades. Romblon's marble easily transforms into an exotic material that is suitable and attractive for the construction industry.
The further strengthen and boost the marble industry in Romblon. The government funded and assisted a marble cutting plant that was formed in Romblon in 1998 and was subsequently completed after a year. Now with the computerized cutting tools and sophisticated polishing machines from Italy, the consumers are well assured of precision and high quality marble tiles.
Novelty items manually carved out from marble stones is also a very popular business in Romblon. With Stone expo activity, the small province of Romblon is now internationally exposed and recognized.
The power supply in Romblon is provided by the National Power Corporation by way of diesel generating sets in Barangay Capaclan with a generating capacity of 500 kilowatt and the power barge in Barangay Bagacay with 1100 kilowatts. It is distributed by the Romblon Electric Cooperative and as of December 2000, the whole of the required power distribution lines was installed.
Water supply of level 3 only has a 48-community irrigation system which serves 17,794. One private irrigation services 15 areas. It also has one community irrigation project and 27-service area.
PT & T, RCPI and BayanTel offer telegram, telex, facsimile and telephone services. Another telecommunication center that provides service is Romblon Telephone Corporation, which supports facsimile nationwide and international. In addition, Internet is available.
Romblon has a national port, which offers service to passengers bound for Mindoro, Batangas and Manila.
Coconut Oil Mill
Beaches and Resorts
Livestock and Poultry
HOW TO GET THERE
Take the Blessed Mother of MBRS Lines at Pier 8 Manila, which departs Manila every Monday and Friday at 5 o'clock in the afternoon.
Take the Blessed Mother of MBRS Lines, which departs Romblon every Wednesday and Sunday at 5 o'clock in the afternoon.
Take Princess Colleen of Shipshape Ferry, which departs Batangas every Saturday, Monday and Thursday at 5 o'clock in the morning.
WHERE TO STAY
Felmar Pension House
Romblon Plaza Hotel
Villa del Mar
Municipal Tourism Council
Hon. LEO G. MERIDA
RomblonTel No.: (042) 507-2202 to 2204; 412-2864