During the Spanish time, San Agustin was known as Badajos in commemoration of the Spanish Officer Jose Terran of his native town in Spain. It was already a port town going to Romblon Island, Mindoro, Batangas and Manila. It has two municipal ports located in Poblacion and Barangay Carmen. In Pre-Spanish time it is known as Guintigian where the natives built a cotta or fort a Payong-payong hill which serves post for raiding Moro pirates. The remaining limestone wall of this Cotta is still intact as of these days in Barangay Cagboaya.
San Agustin is in the northeastern part of Tablas Island. It is bounded on the north by the Municipality of Calatrava, on the South by the Municipality of Sta Maria, on the east by Romblon Pass facing the Romblon capital and on the west by the municipality of San Andres. San Agustin has the second highest mountain of the provice, the Mt. Payaopao, overlooking Carmen Bay where the Sunken Galleon was submerged.
San Agustin is a fourth class municipality with a total land area of 8,405 hectares. A mountain range shields San Agustin from south easternly winds but is completely and barely exposed to northeasternly typhoon which often visit the province. San Agustin has the following soil classification: Laylay sandy clay loam, Romblon clay, Lonos loam and Malaglag Farson complex.
MAIN TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
DUBDUBAN AND BITA FALLS – Located at the interior of Barangay Dubduban. The seven-tiered falls lies amidst dense vegetations and cool surroundings. The first tier falls from the top of a hill with a 70-foot elevation from a pool of clear blue-green waters. The bottom tier ends in shallow pool of water.
LONG BEACH – a long wide sandy beach located at the foot of Mt. Payaopao, noe being developed as the center of eco-tourism in the municipality.
SUNKEN SPANISH GALLEON – The site is highly recommended for sea explorers. This Spanish Galleon can be found in the deep waters of Barangay Carmen and is good for scuba diving. Also the newly opened Fish Sanctuary is one of their tourist atteaction.
KAMBAYE BEACH RESORT – Possesses a white long sandy shore with cottages and amenities that will comfort ant tourist. This place provides a full view of Romblon Island. It is located in Barangay Binonga-an.
TRANGKALAN GROTTO AND AN ICON OF 14 STATIONS OF THE CROSS –This sacred place can be found in Barangay Bachawan. The place offers a tranquil atmosphere for the religious and a cascading falls to refresh the pivnickers.
CAWAYAN PARK – The terrain is hilly and thickly forested, making it a honey refuge for wildlife flora & fauna. The place is also famous particularly for wild boar and monkeys.
PUNTA GORDA STAIRWAYS – a concrete steps from the shoreline of Barangay Cawayan to the hill top. Constructed by the national government in 1950, it is one of the most beautiful tourist spots in the area.
Must try: While in San Agustin, one can enjoy mountain climbing, treasure hunting, scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming and other special interesting activities.
San Agustin has mineral resources such as marble, granite, clay, gravel and sand. There are also cottage industries such as raffia production (bags, baskets, mats, hats, etc) rattan and nitto basket and plate weaving.
NAPOCOR and TABLAS Island Electric Cooperative (TIELCO) supplies electricity to the entire municipality.
San Agustin has a level 3 water supply. It has 2 community irrigation projects with 50 service area.
Public Utility Jeep (PUJ), tricycle, private vehicles are the main transportation in San Agustin.
San Agustin has PLDT, Liberty Telecom communication facilities which offers services locally & internationally.
Small Scale Mining
HOW TO GET THERE
PLANE TRIP FROM MANILA-TABLAS AIRPORT
Located in the eastern coast of Tablas, this hilly coastal town is an hour drive from the Tugdan provincial airport after an hour travel from Manila airport. 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
For those who take the leisurely 10 hour sea trip of MV Virgin Mary of MBRS Lines from Manila's Pier 8 to Odiongan port, which regularly departs every Monday and Friday at 5:00 PM, a two hour jeepney ride through lush farmland brings you to San Agustin.
Or take the Mary the Queen also of MBRS Lines at Pier 8 Manila, which departs every Wednesday at 5:00 PM. A 10 hours travel will take you directly to the port of Odiongan.
Take Montenegro Lines every Sunday and Tuesday at 5:00 PM. Public Utility jeep stationed in the Odiongan port terminal will bring you to san Agustin for two hours drive. Another vessels regularly plying the Batangas-Odiongan route is M/V Princess Colleen which departs Batangas every Monday and Saturday at 5:00 PM. An 8 hours travel will take you directly to the port of Odiongan.
Take Camille which departs Batangas every Monday, Wednesday & Friday at 5:00 PM. A 10 hour travel will take you directly to the port of San Agustin.
WHERE TO STAY
Doña Julita Madrigal Lodge
Montesa Lodging House
Kamella Lodge & Restaurant
MARIO M. MANCUYAS
Pub. Info. Officer II
San Agustin, Romblon
PLDT (PCO) San Agustin, Dial 109 (Operator)
Tel No.: (042) 198-1221/1222