The island-province of Romblon, known as the “Marble Capital of the Philippines,” is ready to unravel it’s world-class attractions when it hosts the annual MIMAROPA Festival this coming November.
The Department of Tourism (DOT) disclosed that Romblon is now one of the country’s emerging tourist destinations.
According to DOT Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo, Romblon proves to be one of the best-kept secrets of the MIMAROPA Region, comprised of Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan.
Among the province’s jewels are its pristine seawaters, unspoiled beaches, wild rivers, and waterfalls. Attesting to its own historical wealth are Romblon’s centuries-old churches, Spanish forts and well-preserved ancestral homes.
Great treats awaiting international and domestic visitors are the authentic Filipino cusine and exotic fruits served with the genuine hospitality of Romblomanons.
“While Romblon has been known as the largest marble producer in the Philippines and exporter of best-quality marble products, the province possesses also the qualities of its neighboring Palawan province,” the tourism chief said.
The province also offers attractive crystal-clear seawaters and white-sand beaches in Tablas, Bon-Bon, Nonok-Nonok and Cobrador; the waterfalls in Trangkalan, Dagubdob and Busay; and the Cresta del Gallo Island’s stunning sandbar and the Cantingas River in Sibuyan.
These sites are ideal for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and other water activities like scuba diving and macro underwater photography, as the province’s more than 30 dive sites boast of diverse marine life including sharks, rays, tunas and snappers surrounded by immense coral walls and gardens.
For mountaineers, the 2,058-meter high Mount Guiting-Guiting poses and enjoyable challenge.
Moreover, Romblon’s old plaza has retained its historical character, featuring the marble statues of Dr. Jose Rizal, a large roaring lion, and a grotto with the life-size image of Our Lady of Lourdes. Many ancestral edifices also remain intact, like the Cathedral of San Jose with its antique tableau altar, stained-glass windows, and its vintage convent. While Romblon’s old municipal hall, built during the Spanish colonial period, remains perched on a hill overlooking the ruins of Fuerza de San Andres and Fuerza de Santiago, both declared as National Cultural Treasures.