Spend Holy Week Tranquility in the Beaches of Romblon

A huge number of people flock in the Philippines’ most in demand beaches during Holy Week. Boracay becomes the country’s busiest island, cradling thousands of tourists extending post-Lenten Season. Puerto Galera also shares heavy influx of beachgoers longing for days of relaxation.

But, if spending Holy Week in overcrowded shorelines and staying in over-priced accommodations are two things you are totally avoiding, then it’s time to explore the hidden wonders of Romblon!

Here are some places where you can have a quiet time this hour and go bask under the sun the next. Awesome destinations. See the pictures?

Cresta de Gallo, Azagra, San Fernando, Romblon – a.k.a. Isla de Gallo; known for its white sand beach and surrounding dive sites

Cresta de Gallo, Romblon

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Manaha Beach, Barangay Mahaba, Corcuera, Romblon – a stretch of white sand beaches

Manaha Beach, Romblon

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Saba Bay Lagoon, San Roque and Mabini, Corcuera, Romblon

Stolen Nuestra Senior Sto. Niño de Romblon Image Set to Return Home, Feb. 9

The image of Nuestra Senior Sto. Niño de Romblon will return home after 22 years.

The Sto. Niño image which was believed to yield miracles was stolen in 1991 at the St. Joseph Cathedral. The lost image landed on the hands of an antique collector from an antique dealer based in Aklan.

Sto. Niño de Romblon lost image found in AklanWhen the antique collector bought the Sto. Niño image, the gold crown was already missing. It was Fr. Joebert Villasis, a friend of the collector, who asked Professor Jun Mijares of Aklan Catholic College for confirmation if it was the stolen Sto. Niño de Romblon. It turned out that it really is.

Archbishop Jose Corazon Talaoc of Kalibo, Aklan, a former bishop of Romblon, shared that the image will be brought back home on February 9.

It will be a momentous event for the people of Romblon to welcome a significant religious symbol that was once lost and found.

Source: ph.news.yahoo.com

Romblon to Host Regional Athletic Meet in February

MIMAROPA - Regional Athletic Meet 2013More than 2,000 participants from various delegations of Palawan, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, and Romblon will compete in the biggest sports event in the region, the Regional Athletic Meet which will transpire on February 19 to 23, 2013.

Romblon will be the host province this year. This will be the second time that the Regional Athletic Meet will be held here. It was in 2009 when the province hosted the said event which happened in Odiongan.

The athletic meet will be held at Romblon National High School. This will be another momentous event for the young athletes of MIMAROPA as they are set to achieve bigger heights after the Regional Athletic Meet.

Source: pia.gov.ph

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Firefly watching in Romblon

firefly Have fun watching fireflies at Magdiwang River  Cruise Association in Romblon! Entrance is just Php10 per person and the paddle boat tour for firefly watching is Php 200.

You’ll surely enjoy the boat tour and the fireflies that look like Christmas lights on the trees sparkling at a silent night, making the night more wonderful. You’ll be amaze by these wonderful scenery!

Operating Hours

The watching starts at 6PM onwards. It will only begin when the tide is high since the paddle boats will not be able to reach the trees or location where the fireflies are.


10 Pesos per person Entrance Fee
200 Pesos per person Paddleboat Firefly Watching



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Perfect Summer Getaway? Visit the awesome Lagting Falls!

Lagting FallsOne of the perfect place to visit this summer is Romblon’s amazing Lagting Falls, located in barangay Taclobo, 3 kilometers away from barangay Poblacion.

The falls is fitted for tourists who want to achieve an extraordinary enjoyment of the blazing hot sun of summer. It has two natural swimming pools that can be used as an oasis after the long play with the sun.

Because Lagting Falls is also a part of the Camp Christ in the Mountains, it can be utilized as seminars and retreats venue. Its natural beauty and silent ambiance would surely bring everyone to a never-ending satisfaction and fulfillment.

Lagting Falls 2Source: http://www.localphilippines.com/attractions/


The Next Boracay: Carabao Island in Romblon

Carabao Island 2Located at the southern part of the Tablas Island, Carabao Island is said to be the “next Boracay.” Why? Let’s find out why.

The island has two main beaches that attracts people: the Lanas Beach and the San Jose Beach. The former is located on the western part of the island while the latter is on the eastern side.

Though the beach in the Carabao Island is white but not really the same as the ones in Boracay wherein the sand is ultimately white and powdery, you would surely not regret spending your summertime in this island because of the different water activities you could enjoy in here.

On the other hand, the San Jose beach has the same white sand like in Boracay that tourists can bury their bodies under it. But unlike Lanas Beach, it is more private because no guest houses, resorts, and restaurants operate in this area. Thus, making it a spot for a quick swim in the vast sea.

But, hold it, beach bums. There is still one place you can be accommodated in this area. The place is called “The Republic of Inobahan” which is own by the mayor of San Jose. Though the rent in its cottages and rooms is quite expensive, you would love to stay in here because of the lovely sceneries.Carabao Island

Another option is to stay on the seashore and build a camp. You don’t have to worry about disturbing your sleep along with your friends in the middle of the night because camping is permitted by the authorities. In here, you will have the serenity and peace you needed if you are tired of your party and fun modes in Boracay. Just a boat ride away from Bora and voila! Carabao Island is at your disposal.

There are also caves you can visit in the island.

Because of the continuous prominence of the Carabao Island, the local government is planning to build an international airport that would give direct access to the island. But the plan is still a plan right now. No further actions have been initiated throughout the years that the residents are  getting afraid if this is to be implemented or not.

How to go to Carabao Island? Check out these guides from Claire Raborar (www. lakwatseradeprimera.com).

From Manila or Batangas: Catch an overnight ferry to Odiongan port, Tablas. From there take the first jeep of the day to Santa Fe where you can catch ferry to San Jose on Carabao Island (45 mins). You’ll probably need to stay overnight on Tablas somewhere (either Odiongan or Looc would be good options). If you miss the public ferry to San Jose, you may be able to charter a private boat to take you.

From Boracay/Caticlan: From Caticlan you can arrange a boat ride to San Jose (about 45 mins). Timetables and prices vary, so ask around in Caticlan or Boracay.

San Jose to Lanas Beach: To reach Lanas beach from San Jose take a habal-habal (P120 for 2 pax).





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No oil spill in Romblon – Coast Guard

Real Admiral Luis Tuason Jr.
Rumors said that an oil spill has took place in Tablas Island, Romblon, but the Philippine Coast Guard said that the rumors are not true – there is no oil spill in the island.
It is testified by PCG officer-in-charge and vice commandant for operations Rear Admiral Luis Tuason Jr. He made it clear to the public that the rumors spreading are all wrong.
Tuason also said that the Coast Guard in Romblon conducted a foot patrol along the shoreline of Sugod village in San Agustin to ensure that no oil can be found.
Coast Guard Romblon personnel will continue to monitor the oil spill boom, Tuason addded.
M/T PSC Matibay encounteed big waves and strong winds at Romblon due to Tropical Storm Ofel (Son-Tinh) that brought out the certain issue. However, the captain decided to anchor in Carmen Bay, Tablas Island, to avoid wreckage of the machine. It was a safe decision for all that the oil spill was prevented. It could have happened, though, if the captain did not decide to anchor in the nearest bay.
“The crew later reported to Coast Guard Detachment in San Agustin that while anchored, they experienced (a) heavy swell, strong winds and (were) incapable of maneuvering out from shallow water and by October 25, M/T PSC Matibay was reportedly half submerged while Barge Kayamanan III ran aground about 150 to 200 meters away from its present location,” the Coast Guard said.
Source: www.gmanetwork.com
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MCC approves programs for Looc

The Millineum Challenge Corporation, an American Advertising Agency, granted a 5.4M contract to the municipal government of Looc to be allocated for projects and further beautification of four barangays in the said municipality.

The barangays include Balatucan, Tuguis, Manhac, and Pili. The barangays proposed for health centers, water system, and the development of the farm-to-market roads.

As MCC  approved such grant, the local government also gave an P810,000 contribution for the said projects.

Also, an earlier program was initiated to 12 barangays of the municipality called the Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum-Participatory Resource Allocation (MIBF-PRA), under the Kalahi-CIDSS program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

A mini-gallery composed of the barangay’s sub-project proposal with pictures were displayed in this program.

The MIBF is a strategy for community empowerment through localized decision-making. It is a venue for the Barangay Representation Teams (BRTs), who are volunteers of KALAHI-CIDSS, to present their sub-project proposals and choose which among the community projects will be prioritized. The forum participants will choose what they think is the most viable and feasible based on the criteria set by the KALAHI-CIDSS volunteers themselves.

MCC Washington Associate Director from the Department of Compact Operations Michelle Inkley said she was thrilled to know what sub-projects the barangays have proposed.

Meanwhile, Ernesto Panes, the Acting Mayor, said that he was honored that the guests graced the event. “Malaki ang pasasalamat namin dahil bahagi kami ng Kalahi-CIDSS. Napakalaking tulong ito sa amin dito sa Looc.” (We are truly grateful for being part of Kalahi-CIDSS, this is truly a big help here in Looc).


Source: www.pia.gov.ph

Romblon StateU SSC partakes bloodletting activity

RSUThe Supreme Student Council (SSC) of the Romblon State University organized a bloodletting project at the campus’s quadrangle and at the Community Outreach Center, Dec. 11.

The activity was initiated by Alice Fetalvero, chairperson of the Romblon Provincial Blood Council, with the cooperation of the local government of Romblon, particularly from Governor Eduardo C. Firmalo and also from Dr. Arnulfo de Luna, RSU president.

The bloodletting aims to open the minds of the students to help save the lives of other people by donating blood. It also aims to encourage fellow students to share the same advocacy of helping those in needs, and to participate in every activity conducted.

The activity started at 8 o’clock in the morning and ended at 3 o’clock in the afternoon.




A Malaria-free Romblon for 2013


The Department of Health (DOH) confirmed that the province of Romblon is now malaria-free as of the month of December from its further investigation and experiment August of the current year.

According to the research of the department, there have been no cases of malari in the province because of the strong advocacy of the present administration in preventing the spread of this deathly disease. Furthermore, the local government of Romblon has its newest program entitled, “Traveling Net Campaign” that would control the malaria promulgation.

The national advocacy against malaria had for its theme, “Saving Lives, Preventing Deaths, and Sustaining Against Malaria.” It was based on the Long-Lasting Insecticide-Treated Net or LLIN which symbolizes the malaria control program in the local and international areas.

According to Governor Eduardo C. Firmalo, the campaign against the disease was prioritized by the local government that resulted to a higher level of awareness to the residents to ensure their safety from the mosquitoes carrying malaria fever.

The program aims to: 1. acquire support from other local provinces to strengthen the campaign; 2. massive awareness for the residents about the infectious disease and how to treat it immediately as well as to prevent it in the first place, and; 3. help one another destroy the mosquitoes’ habitat to control their reproduction.

Meanwhile, according to the LLIN organizer, the campaign was similar to Tony Blair Foundation for the information dissemination strategy that reached mainland Africa to fully stop, or control, the malaria infection.