Sumulong Highway, Antipolo City The land area, terrain and topography of the valley meet the criteria for a standard championship golf course. The clubhouse is the venue for special events and fellowship of club members and guests.
East Ridge Golf Club
Binangonan, Rizal Sprawled on an exciting vista of mountain ridges, rolling hills and ravines, the 18-hole par 72 championship course spans eighty hectares of an exciting golfing challenge.
Art Appreciation Tours
Angono, Binangonan, Tanay and Morong abound with art galleries and artist havens where traditional and contemporary paintings and masterpieces are arrayed. A visitor imbibes the culture and artistic genius of the Filipino. The galleries of Vicente Manansala in Binangonan; the galleries of Blanco and Nemiranda in Angono; the Pacheco Gallery in Morong. The Antipolo and Angono Art Galleries are excellent sources of artworks by the artists of Rizal.
Rizal province is well known for its bountiful harvest of fruits and the rich bounty of freshwater catch from Laguna de Bay.
Many native-styled restaurants rise above fishponds and beneath shaded groves, serving fresh fish, cooked to specifications.
Cainta is famous for coco jam, a sticky-sweet concoction. In summer, the stalls around the Cathedral of Antipolo sell hot cashew nuts, suman, a delicacy of sticky rice rolled and wrapped in coconut fronds and a variety of summer fruits like mangoes, duhat and sineguelas.
From Manila, MBRS lines operate three passenger vessels from Pier 8 at the Port of Manila ply the 10-hour Manila-Romblon route;
From Batangas Port, Montenegro Shipping and Viva Shipping Lines operate the 8-hour sea travel to the ports of Odiongan, San Agustin and Magdiwang in Sibuyan Island;
From Caticlan in Aklan, a 15-minute pumpboat ride will take you to San Jose town in Carabao island;
Sibuyan Island can also be reached from Dalahican Port in Lucena thru Monte Carlo Shipping Lines;
By Air, Laoag Airways service the Manila-Tablas route every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday;
Pump boats/motorized bancas have regular trips connecting various islands in the province;
Jeepneys and tricycles are available in all towns for local trips.
The early aborigines of Romblon were believed to be the Negritos from Panay island and the Mangyans from Mindoro. It was in 1582 when the Loarca expedition came to the islands and named them collectively as “ Lomlon”. The secular clergy administered the province until 1635.
Romblon was annexed to the province of Capiz in 1818 and was made into a political and military station by the Spanish colonial government. The Americans, who came to rule in 1901, appointed a civil government to run local affairs. About a century later in 1917, Romblon became an autonomous province, but it was only in 1947 when this was formalized by Republic Act No. 38, which repealed Commonwealth Act No. 581.
III. BASIC FACTS
Total Land Area - 135,690 hectares
Population - 264,357 (NSO 2000)
Capital - Romblon
November to April - dry season
May to October - wet season
1. Fort San Andres and Fort Santiago
Poblacion, Romblon, Romblon Twin Spanish forts constructed from coral blocks and bricks between 1644 and 1573, the fort provided a vantage view of the town at 156 feet above sea level. These sentinels of bygone era once served as protection of the town against raiders and pirates.
1. Bonbon Beach
Barangay Lonos, Romblon, Romblon Half a kilometer in length with a width of approximately 18 meters, the shoreline is covered with fine white sand and features a gradually sloping ocean floor free of sea grass and sharp stones. Across the beach is a small islet, which is accessible by foot during low tide. This islet has a secluded swimming area with a short stretch of fine white sand beach.
2. Tiamban Beach
Barangay Lonos, Romblon, Romblon
Shoreline of approximately 50 meters is covered with fine white sand. Its features are much the same as the Bonbon Beach except that it has a narrow beachfront.
3. Nagoso Cave
Barangay Cobrador, Romblon, Romblon The largest natural Cave in town and is believed to be a burial ground due to the presence of ancient works of art, according to the local lore.
4. Marble Beach Resort
Barangay Ginablan, Romblon, Romblon Cottages are available for rent.
5. Cobrador Beach Resort
Barangay Cobrador, Romblon, Romblon Among the treasures of Cobrador are its beaches. One is located the eastern side of the islet. A wide expanse of the shore is covered with fine white sand crushed corals, with a gradually sloping ocean floor. It is free of seaweeds but about 15 meters from the shores big boulders abound. Cottages are available for rent.
6. Talipasak Beach Resort
Barangay Ginablan, Romblon, Romblon A beach resort proximate to the Marble Beach Resort.
7. Kawilihan Falls
Barangay Calabogo, Romblon, Romblon A natural falls amidst lush greenery and tropical vegetation, it is approximately 12 kilometers from the town proper.
8. Marble Quarries and Factories
Romblon, Romblon One’s stay in Romblon is not complete without a visit to one of its marble quarries and factories. Comparable to Italy’s Cararra, Romblon’s world famous marble comes in a spectrum of shades ranging from white to black with in-between tints of mottled white, tiger white and onyx. A guided tour to one of the marble factories is enlightening on how marble is processed into works of art.
9. Binay-we Beach
Gui-ob, Alcantara, Romblon
The site is about a kilometer from the national road and Poblacion. It is located at the eastern side of Gui-ob with natural rock formations and hills. The beach is a small cove with fine white sand, with waters that remain calm the whole year round. It is partly cut-off from the public with the presence of big boulders.
10. Bonlao Beach
Barangay. Bonlao, Alcantara, Romblon Approximately 5 ½ kilometers from Poblacion, the beach is along the eastern side of Brgy. Bonlao and very near the national road. The beach is a good swimming spot because the shores are clean and sandy.
11. Tugdan Beach
Barangay. Tugdan, Alcantara Romblon The beach has a wide shoreline covered with clean gravel of uniform sizes. The waters from this part of the island are calm with deep ocean floor.
12. Calagonsao Beach
Barangay Calagonsao, Alcantara, Romblon A beach beside the national highway. It has a pebble-covered shoreline. Its ocean floor though, is sandy that dips abruptly about six meters from the shoreline. A cluster of boulders jutting from the shore to about 10 meters into the sea provides a perfect diving spot for swimmers.
13. Guyangun Caves
Banton, Romblon Believed to be a burial site of Banton’s ancestors, the centuries-old coffins made of hallowed logs were discovered in the caves.
14. Cawa-cawa Falls
Barangay Lumang Este, Cajidjocan, Romblon The falls is approximately 7 kilometers away from the Poblacion. The cascading water falls into kettle-shaped pools below which were carved from the solid rock formation by the force of the cascading waters over the centuries.
15. Little Baguio Falls
Cambijang, Cajidiocan, Romblon The falls has crystal clear cool water surrounded by big rocks and forested environs providing shade to its visitors. It is about 4 kilometers from the Poblacion.
16. Tinagong Dagat
Barangay Talisay, Calatrava, Romblon
A circular pool of salt water about 10 meters from the sea. It is about 40 meters in diameter and seven fathoms at its deepest. According the local folks, it defies the law of gravity for it rises when the tide is low and subsides during high tide.
17. Oregon Rock
Off the coast of Barangay Talisay, Calatrava Romblon It consists of two black boulders standing guard at the entrance to Romblon Pass. The bigger rock towers over 20 meters high and in between the rocks, there is a small patch of white sand where nature lovers can spend the day in solitude.
18. Aliwanyag Beach
Guinhayaan, Looc, Romblon The beach is a secluded cove along Looc Bay. It has a narrow shore covered with white sands and crushed corals.
19. Roda Beach
Camandag Looc, Romblon An ideal place for swimming, it is very popular because it can be reached by land and sea. The beach has a bit of local history. A footprint of Talabokon, the legendary hero of the local folks was left imprinted on a rock.
20. Looc Bay
Town Proper, Looc, Romblon The sanctuary of the marine vessels during typhoons and inclement weather. It has clear blue waters good for swimming, scuba diving and water skiing. Surrounding the bay is a panoramic view of mountain ranges and rolling hills. In the middle of the bay is a submerged coral island where the lighthouse stands. Sunset is a sight to behold at Looc Bay.
21. Buenavista Beach
Buenavista, Looc Romblon A favorite swimming area. It has fine sand and blue-green waters. A few meters away from the beach is an ideal for photographic compositions.
22. Malapantao Beach
Camandag Looc, Romblon
A beach with some uniquely formed rocky portion ideal for diving. It has clean blue-green waters good for swimming.
23. Pili Falls
Barangay Pili, Looc, Romblon The waters from the falls form a natural deep pool for swimming. The water is always cool even during summer and anyone can leave bottles of drinks under the water to cool. There are also huge vines that can be used for diving.
24. Looc Reservoir
Barangay Punta, Looc, Romblon It supplies potable water to Looc town. It has a man made swimming pool surrounded with ornamental plants and fruit-bearing trees planted by the local government and other government agencies. The place also serves locals the venue for events, conferences and local events.
25. Agojo Beach
Barangay Agojo, Looc, Romblon A beach with fine white sands and clear blue water. There is an islet made of rocks where various species of shells abound.
26. Lambingan Falls
Barangay Silum, Magdiwang, Romblon About 8 kilometers from Poblacion, it lies amidst lush greenery and vegetations. The falls has a natural pool ideal for swimming and picnics.
27. Mt. Guiting-guiting
Straddles the towns of Magdiwang, San Fernando and Cajidiocan in Sibuyan, Romblon Mt. Guiting-guiting is the highest peak in Romblon. Considered among the more formidable mountains of the country, it rises a little more than 6,000 feet above sea level and has a rugged terrain that presents a series of challenges to mountaineers and climbers
28. Poctoy Beach
Barangay Poctoy, Odiongan, Romblon It has a wide shoreline stretching for about 3 kilometers with gray sand beaches, which is free of grass. Dotting the shoreline are resorts with cottages and picnics huts.
29. Mainit Falls
Barangay Patoo, Odiongan, Romblon
As its name implies, it pours out warm waters and lies amidst the lush greenery of the highlands of Odiongan. It has a three-tiered falls that pour into deep pools where one can bathe luxuriously.
30. Garing Falls
Progreso West, Odiongan, Romblon The cool waters from the falls form two lakes- the second pool has depth of three fathoms and a width-span of 15 meters ideal for swimming while the first pool is smaller and more shallow in depth.
31. Dubduban-Bita Falls Busay Resort
Border of Brgy. Dubduban and Bita, San Agustin Romblon It has seven-tiered falls and lies amidst dense vegetation and cool surroundings. The first tier is on top of a hill with a 70-foot drop into a deep pool of clear blue-green waters.
32. Kambaya Beach Resort
Barangay Binonga-an, San Agustin, Romblon A long and white sandy shore with cottages and amenities for tourists . This place provides a full view of Romblon island
33. Mablaran Falls
Barangay Linawan, San Andres, Romblon The falls lies amidst lush greenery and wild foliage. It pours into a pool of cool, blue-green waters with depth of about 20 ft.
34. San Andres Beach
Town proper of San Andres, Romblon Fine gray sand line the three-kilometer stretch of San Andres shoreline. Good for swimming during the months of January to May, it has several attractive native cottages where one can relax during the picnics.
35. Cantingas River Resort
Barangay Taclobo, San Fernando, Romblon
It is a natural swimming pool and the water is cold, crystal clear and ever-flowing where one can quench his thirst while swimming. Around 4 kilometers away from Poblacion. It has a cottage with a conference hall.
36. Busay Falls
Barangay Panangcalan, San Fernando, Romblon A scenic spot with natural pool and is about 2.5 kilometers from the town proper. The upper portion is the water reservoir serving the town with its water requirement.
37. Cresta de Gallo
Barangay Azagra, San Fernando, Romblon A five-hectare kidney-shaped islet with verdant terrain sloping down to the powdery white sand beach and surrounded by beautiful coral reefs. The islet is rich with different species of marine life and is an ideal place for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving.
38. San Jose Island
San Jose, Romblon It is a flat landscape of around 28.9 square kilometers and has the most beautiful beaches in the province of Romblon. Its beaches is covered with powdery fine white sands, with clear warm water and a gradually sloping ocean floor. The transportation around the islet is limited to bancas, horse rides and motorbikes.
40. Canyayo Beach
Barangay Canyayao , Sta. Fe, Romblon The beach is a combination of white sands and crushed corals. Its ocean floor drops abruptly.
41. Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe Romblon The mountain-zigzag road leading to Santa Fe is where one can view the beautiful Tablas Strait, Looc Bay, the neighboring islands of Panay , San Jose and Boracay Islands. The place is excellent place for hiking and sight seeing
42. Japar Islet
Off the coast of Brgy. Guinbirayan, Sta. Fe, Romblon A small islet dotted with golden-hued sandy beaches. The sea around it is generally calm the whole year round and considered the richest fishing ground in the province.
43. Bayani or Tamaraw Hill
San Vicente, Corcuera Romblon
A battleground between the Japanese and Fil-American forces during the World War II.
44. Suba Bay Lagoon
San Roque & Mabini Corquera Romblon A 28-hectare body of water that lies ensconced between barangay San Roque and Mabini. Provides a magnificent view of serene seascape.
45. Guiniwagan Cave
Barangay Mahaba, Corcuera, Romblon A domelike structure abounds with stalagmites and stalactites. There is also a pool of cool water ideal for swimming.
47. Batom Beach
San Roque, Corcuera, Romblon A wide stretch of white beaches.
48. Manaha Beach
Barangay Manaha, Corcuera, Romblon A wide stretch of white beaches.
49. Cotta Tower
Poblacion, Corcuera, Romblon The remains of Spanish fort constructed between 1860-1855 by San Agustin de Pedro to ward off pirates. It is situated on a hill over-looking the town.
50. Panorama Point
Barangay Tacasan, Corcuera Romblon A point along the road where passing inter-island vessels can be viewed. The area serves as shelter during typhoons.
Mangansag, Corcuera, Romblon Located at the peak of Mount Andradoon is a grotto of the Immaculate Concepcion where pilgrims and devotees usually go during Lenten season
52. Lis-ong Cave
Colong-colong, Corcuera, Romblon A cave where stalactite aand stalagmite formations abound.
53. Mayo’s Peak
Tampayan, Magdiwang, Romblon A primary forest suited for biological research because of its biodiversity and endemic species of flora and fauna.
54. Libong Bato
Dulangan, Magdiwang, Romblon A natural spring resort
Tuburan, Odiongan, Romblon
A natural resort with seven major and minor waterfalls, where three limestone caves, with numerous mineral springs that gush with curative properties.
56. Romblon Bay
Romblon, Romblon Reputed to be the best harbor in the country. Romblon Bay boasts of a deep landlocked bay. During inclement weather, inter-island ships take shelter here. Facing the sea is the capital town of Romblon with colorful bancas and quaint houses lining the dock.
Off the coast of Romblon town Tranquil and undisturbed by the modern world, Alad has several stretches of beaches on its southeastern portion. Generally with off- white sand and crushed corals, the shorefronts are wide and the waters are warm. The ocean floor slopes abruptly downwards and at about 15 meters out at sea, at the depth of approximately eight feet, are scattered big boulders. Behind the line of trees along the shore are the houses of the community. Tourists rarely go this far but there are lodging houses available for visitors.
Off the coast Romblon town Logbon is the nearest islet to Romblon. It lies directly along the path of ocean-going vessels calling at this port. The three island barangays of Romblon town is practically surrounded by white sand beaches. On the western side in Barangay Lanas, lies a long stretch of white beach. Spanning about one and a half kilometers and 30 meters wide. It has clear waters and sandy ocean floor that drops abruptly. Approximately 50 meters from the shore, at the depth of about 10 feet, are big, black boulders.
59. Poctoy Beach
Barangay Poctoy, Odiongan, Romblon Barangay Poctoy has a wide shoreline stretching for about three kilometers. Its white sand beach is free of sea grass but has an abrupt downward slope. Dotting the shoreline are resorts with native cottages with huts for lodging and picnics.
60. Aliwanyag Beach
Barangay Ginhayan, Looc, Romblon Aliwanyag beach is a little way off the beaten track. The nearest road ends at about half a kilometer from the beach which necessitates a 10 to 15 -minute trek across rice fields. The beach is secluded cove along Looc Bay. It has a narrow shoreline covered with white sand and crushed corals. This beach is a favorite picnic ground of local folks.
61. Canyayo Beach
Barangay Canyayo, Sta Fe, Romblon This beach is a combination of white sand and crushed corals. Its ocean floor with pebbles drops abruptly. Facilities like picnic huts, restaurants and others are still non-existent. Visitors are advised to bring provisions like food and drinking water.
1. St. Joseph’s Cathedral
Town Proper of Romblon
Built by the Recollect Fathers in the 15th century, the church features an altar and houses a veritable collection of antique icons and religious paintings.
2. Bishop’s Palace
Barangay Lonos, Romblon, Romblon
Constructed out of clay bricks by Msgr. Nicolas Mondejar, the first Bishop of Romblon, it is the official residence of the Bishop of Romblon.
1. Mountain Climbing
Mt. Guiting-guiting is the highest peak in Romblon. It is considered to be among the more formidable mountains in the country. Rising to approximately 6,000 feet above sea level, its rugged terrain presents several challenges to professional mountaineers and climbers who scale the rugged terrain before reaching its peak. This mountain straddles the towns of Magdiwang, San Fernando and Cajidiocan in the island of Sibuyan.
2. Sightseeing Make a circling tour covering the historic Fort of San Andres, the beaches of Looc and Odiongan, fisherman’s boat ride to Sta Fe, a swim at the pebble beaches of Alcantara, then to the capital island for sweeping and majestic view of the province. Include a trip to San Agustin where one can view the seven-tiered falls of Dubduban-bita and an observation cruise off the shore of Tablas Island in Calatrava. Here, take a spellbinding look at the menacing big black boulders of Romblon, looking like titans from the deep standing guard at the entrance to the bay.
3. Swimming Swimming is best in many parts of Romblon, particularly along the foamy beachwaters of Logbon with its powdery white sands and the beaches of Cobrador Island and Alad.
4. Diving Diving enthusiasts will find the underwater of Calagunsao Beach in Alcantara as well as the rich marine gardens and awesome ocean floor of San Jose, an unforgettable experience. Here the big black boulders common only in Romblon, surround the coastline of the province, like mighty walls of a medieval port.
5. Shopping Romblon is home to the high quality of marble deposits that are crafted into a variety of products and sculptured pieces. Furniture items, vases, figurines and various décor pieces and souvenir items made of marble are on sale at the pier in Romblon Island.