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Friday, March 29, 2024

Travel Guide: Exploring the Capital of Romblon

On this blog, I will be sharing my recent journey to one of Philippine's best secrets. I finally ticked Romblon on my travel bucket list and I will be sharing my experience on the vibrant municipality of Romblon, the capital of Romblon. As someone who advocates tourism, I have a penchant of uncovering hidden gems and Romblon, Romblon left me utterly mesmerized with its charming streets, structures and scenic vistas.


Romblon, known as the "Marble Capital of the Philippines," is an archipelagic province located in the MIMAROPA region. It has 3 major islands: Romblon, Tablas and Sibuyan. Each of these islands adds to the rich mosaic that is Romblon, giving tourists a taste of the natural beauty, rich cultural history, and fascinating legacy of this captivating province. Whether you're swimming into the pristine waters of Sibuyan, hiking through the lush woods of Tablas, or touring the marble quarries and the culture-rich town of Romblon Island, each is sure to leave you in awe with its unique charm and allure.


There are many places that you can enjoy when going to Romblon, Romblon. Check this list. 

St. Joseph Cathedral

St. Joseph Cathedral Romblon

St. Joseph Cathedral is the seat of faith in Romblon. Built in the 17th century, this majestic cathedral, dedicated to St. Joseph, the patron saint of the city, stands as a symbol of faith and devotion for the local community. It is one of the 26 colonial churches declared as National Cultural Treasures in 2001.

St. Joseph Cathedral Altar Romblon

Fort San Andres

Fort San Andres Romblon

A historical site, Fort San Andres is situated in the municipality of Romblon. It was constructed in the 17th century during the Spanish colonial era to defend the town against pirate raids. Perched on a hill overlooking the town, the fortification provides panoramic views of the surroundings. As a tourist destination today, Fort San Andres offers breathtaking views of Romblon and gives guests a peek into the area's colonial past.

Fuente de Belen

Fuente de Belen/ Traida de Aguas Romblon

The town of Romblon is home to the centuries-old fountain known as Fuente de Belen. The fountain was a crucial supply of water for the community when it was constructed during the Spanish colonial era. Given its significance as a source of life-giving water analogous to the historical Bethlehem, its name, which means "Fountain of Bethlehem" in Spanish, is probably not surprising. The fountain's elaborate features and historically significant architecture are a reflection of Spanish influence. This 'Traída de Aguas', the ancient system of waterworks or aqueducts, supplied water to Romblon town during the Spanish colonial era.

Puente de Belen

Puente de Belen Romblon
Puente de Belen, a Spanish-era bridge, is situated along P. Mayor Street in Barangay I, close to the Old Municipal Building and the Traída de Aguas fountain. Constructed in the 1860s, the bridge features three abutments supporting its two arches. Its parapets have brick wedge coping, but the two stone benches on either side are part of the structure itself. Our tour guide mentioned that the 'seats', which are a unique feature of the bridge, are where soldiers would sit while waiting for their horses to drink at the Traida de Aguas.

Madrona House

Madrona House 1925 Romblon
We were privileged to have been given access to the elegant house of the Madrona's. Built in 1925, visitors are greeted by a sense of nostalgia and reverence for the past. The Madrona House is a fine example of traditional Filipino-Spanish architecture, characterized by its intricate wooden carvings, wide windows, and spacious verandas. From the ornate dining room to the cozy sala, every corner of the Madrona House exudes warmth and hospitality, I can imagine family celebrations, cultural events, and intimate gatherings, fostering a sense of belonging and kinship among its owners.

Romblon Marble Shopping Center

Marble Center Romblon
If you're looking for 'pasalubong', this is the place to be. Of course what you can buy here is everything marble! This marble center serves as a hub for showcasing the craftsmanship and artistry of local marble artisans. Visitors can explore a wide range of marble products, including sculptures, furniture, decor items, and souvenirs. The center also offers opportunities to learn about the marble industry in Romblon, its history, and the traditional techniques used in marble crafting. You'll be surprised how affordable their products are. I got a small almires, a mortar and pestle, for only PHP 120! For an addition of five pesos, you can customize it by requesting to have it engraved with any text you want.

Cajimos Marble Processing

Marble Rocks at Cajimos Marble Processing
One's visit to Romblon is never complete without visiting a marble processing area. At Cajimos, I witnessed firsthand the meticulous process behind transforming raw marble into exquisite works of art. Each stroke and polishing motion made me appreciate the dedication and expertise passed down through generations. Indeed, it is a beacon of craftsmanship.

Cajimos Marble Processing

Bon Bon Beach

Bon Bon Beach Romblon
Bon Bon Beach, located in Barangay Lonos, is known for its pristine white sand and crystal-clear turquoise waters. The beach offers stunning views of nearby islands and is a perfect spot for swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing, and beach picnics. The tranquil atmosphere and natural beauty make it a favorite among both locals and tourists seeking relaxation and adventure. This is also the best place to chase sunset.

Cobrador Island

Cobrador Island, Romblon

Cobrador Island is known for its stunning coral reefs, diverse marine life, and secluded beaches. The island is a popular destination for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts due to its rich underwater ecosystem. Visitors can explore vibrant coral gardens, swim alongside colorful fish, and even encounter turtles and other marine creatures. Cobrador Island is also ideal for beach camping and day trips, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in nature and escape the hustle and bustle of city life. I heard that some locals are renting their spaces for a homestay, so if you're planning to stay overnight here, please check with the locals.

Cobrador is relatively remote. Boat tours and transportation services are available for visitors who wish to explore this hidden paradise.

HOW TO GO TO ROMBLON (from Manila)

Fly to Romblon via Air Swift

By Air

The nearest airport to Romblon is Tugdan Airport in Tablas. During my trip here we flew via Air Swift which has a direct flight to Tugdan Airport. You can also fly via Cebu Pacific or PAL to Caticlan and then take a ferry to Odiongan Port.

By Sea

There are ferries from Batangas Port to Romblon Island. 2Go, Montenegro and Starlite Ferries have regular trips to Odiongan and travel time is around 10-12 hours. Check their website for the trip schedule.


Cobrador Island Romblon

The quaint town of Romblon, Romblon is a treasure trove of culture, history, and natural beauty, just waiting to be discovered. From exploring historical churches and ancestral homes to wandering through bustling markets and pristine beaches, Romblon offers something for every traveler. Whether you're drawn to the allure of its marble quarries, the serenity of its hidden coves, or the warmth of its hospitable people, one thing is certain – Romblon will capture your heart and leave you longing for more. It is high time you discover the timeless charm of Romblon.

Thank you to Romblon LGU and to the Tourism Promotions Board for this Domestic Tourism Invitational Program in Romblon.


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1 comment:

  1. Ohhh ROMBLON ,kay Ganda Mo 💯
    Ang dami Niyo Napuntahan Sir Allan
    Nakakainlove talaga itong lugar at hindi nakakasawa balik balikan


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