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

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/

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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).

 

Source:

http://www.localphilippines.com/attractions/1986/carabao-island

http://www.lakwatseradeprimera.com/romblon-exploring-carabao-island/

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Reminiscing the Historical Twin Spanish Forts in Romblon

SAN ANDRES

FORTS SAN ANDRES AND SANTIAGO – These Twin Spanish forts were constructed out of coral blocks and bricks between 1644 and 1573 on the two adjacent hills in the town of Romblon, which overlook the whole town and harbor at 156 ft. above sea level. These served as a bastion to protect the people against Moro raiders and Dutch pirates.

Almost four centuries past, what were left are remnants of the twin forts – neglected and forgotten. Not even a historical commemorative marker or marble epitaph are there to remind Romblomanon of its existence and the role it played in history.

The San Andres Fort now houses Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA) Romblon observatory. The trail from ground zero to the fort is still evident, with stone steps that are still in good condition up to midway. The steps on the upper half of the trail are already broken. The walls of the fort are still standing but its grandeur is already lost and overpowered by the structures and equipments of PAGASA.

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The ruins of Fort Santiago

If the Fort San Andres suffered a sad fate, the Fort Santiago was worst. The trail to the fort is completely covered by soil, grass and bushes. People took sometime to find it just to see it almost empty. A barely noticeable wall covered by trees and grass is what’s left. Rumor has it, that there used to be a tunnel from this fort to the ground zero.

It has been centuries since these twin forts were built, but their remains will not have to be forgotten for these two sites will highlight the history of our country. These should not live only in the history books, online chronicles, memories and word of mouths. A part of Romblon’s past will not remain buried on its own soil unless the local or national government do something to restore and revive their lost grandeur.

Source: www.lakwatsero.com
romblon.homestead.com

Images from: travelblog.org
thelonerider.com

Ultimate Destination: Aglicay Beach Resort’s Haven on Earth

Aglicay-Beach

Aglicay Beach Resort is the ultimate destination for those who seek a haven for rest and recreation! An idyllic place where a perfect balance of nature and adventure exists, the resort boasts of turquoise waters sweeping into a long and wide stretch of soft white sand  which nature has generously and naturally  deposited  at the edge of  its  long, rolling hills, after centuries of wafting amihan breezes on the Aglicay shores.

Tucked in a secluded peninsula in southeastern Tablas island, (the biggest island of the province of Romblon), in barangay Comod-om, municipality of Alcantara, the Aglicay Beach Resort is waiting to be discovered. Invigorating sea breezes throughout the year, spectacular views, clear waters, powdery white-sand beaches, corals dazzled by the colors of tropical fish, unspoiled forest, rolling hills and steep mountain peaks await the adventurer.

Where clear water kiss powdery-white sand beach and corals are dazzled by the colors of tropical fish.  Where the hills are alive with the sound of birds and the views are spectacular and breathtaking.

Aglicay Beach Resort is lushly romantic, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.1adfad9c-d953-493a-b779-35b1eaa50f3f_1

How to get to there:

From Manila

Take a 10-hr. cruise from Manila (Pier 8, North Harbor) to Odiongan via MBRS Lines (Tel: 2435886) or a 45min. flight via SEAIR to Tablas Airport. Transfers from Odiongan or Tablas airport to Aglicay Beach by car.

From Batangas

Take an 8-hr. cruise from Batangas Terminal to Odiongan via Montenegro Lines (Tel: 043-723-8294).

From Caticlan

Take a 2-hr. cruise from Caticlan (Boracay) to Odiongan via MBRS Lines, or a 90-min pumpboat ride (daily trip) to Looc, Romblon, or 90-min. pumpboat ride (direct, by charter only) to Aglicay Resort.

From Odiongan

Take an hour ride by car or jeepney to Aglicay Beach.

From Romblon

Take a 45-min. pumpboat ride from Romblon (the capital) to San Agustin, then an hour jeepney ride to Aglicay Beach via Alcantara.

From Looc

Take a 20-min. car, motorcycle or tricycle ride to Aglicay Beach.

Aglicay Beach Resort is also just mins. away from the World War II “Battle of Sibuyan Sea” marker, in Alcantara. It is likewise mins. away from several marine sanctuaries in Looc, the enchanted “Kalatong Hill” of Guimbirayan, or the treasure-hunting playgrounds of Ferrol.

Hotel_76_2172Contact Information:

Address: Alcantara, Tablas Island, Romblon
Phone: (02) Mobile Nos: 0915-4256898 / 0919-6346708/ 0906-48134709375064 /

Amenities

  • Facilities
    – Villas (single, twin, family) – Open Huts / Kiosks – Pitch your own tent – Dormitory style – Beach cottages
  • Main Conference Hall / Banquet Hall
    – Conventions – Seminar – Concerts – Weddings
  • Indoor / Outdoor Cafe, Sundown Bar
    – Beach Concession – Indoor / Outdoor Cafe and Grill

Sources:

Aglicay Beach Resort

http://www.localphilippines.com/hotels-and-resorts/tablas_island/1088/aglicay-beach-resort

http://www.aglicaybeachresort.com/

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A Nostalgic Experience: Visiting the Old Virgin Mary of Candelaria Church

ChurchOne of the most fascinating finds in the churches of Romblon is the old church of Virgin Mary of Candelaria in Azagra, a small barrio in San Fernando, Romblon in Sibuyan Island. According to the old caretaker, this church is believed to be the second oldest church constructed by the Spaniards, after the famous Sto. Niño Church in Cebu. Azagra itself is a place with a rich, colorful past. According to San Fernando historical notes, it was first inhabited by Datu Puti, one of the 10 chieftains of Borneo who sailed to the country in the 13th century where it was first known as Punta Kawit. When the Spaniards came, it acquired the name Azagra and gained greater importance as a flourishing municipality. However, lack of water resources led to the relinquishing of the capital to one of its barrios, Pag-alad (now San Fernando) in 1900 where Azagra has since become a barrio (barangay) of the former.
Sources:
Aline Parrone
http://sanrokan.com/newsanrokan/archives/jul22/feature_churches.htm

Delightful Dishes in Republika Restaurant in Romblon

This little place (formally known as Jack’s Bar), is located almost next door to Romblon Deli, and serves good tasty food. Service is friendly and efficient, and the place is reasonably priced. Guests can also avail of the book exchange, and learn some local knowledge from the friendly English owner, Bob and his Filipina wife.

Getting into the dishes, you can enjoy the steak here- served with big chunky chips and salad (though something other than onion and cucumber in the salad might have been nice!), Goulash, Chicken Paprika, pizzas and Thai Chicken Curry.

Pizza is the best on the Island, and the Fresh bread is great, with full English breakfasts, Shepard’s Pie, Fish and Chips, with a wide selection menu, from Filipino Cuisine to many foreigner delights.

For desserts, ice creams in rocky road and fruit salad flavor could quench your appetite and fruit shakes as well. This is a great place to hang out and meet many other Expats living and vacationing on Romblon Island.

Republika Restaurant

Front of Republika Restaurant

 

Republika Restaurant

Dining area of Republika Restaurant

Sources: virtualtourist.com
romblonlifestyles.com

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Rencio’s Resort: A Perfect Getaway

Rencio's Resort

Rencio’s Resort

A well established, family owned and operated business where you will always find a warm, friendly atmosphere. Offer a comfortable lodging in the hotel rooms, chinese-filipino-style cooking in their restaurant, and a place to relax and socialize in the Videoke Bar.

Rencio’s Resort was just a big salt-water fishpond located at the heart of the town proper, Odiongan. The owner brought it just to have a place to go fishing with his family and friends.

Sometime in 1997, the idea of developing the place into a resort was conceptualized. A small part of the fishpond was turned into a swimming pool for adults and kids. Then construction continued a building for a restaurant with videoke bar and a second floor for function rooms. Then eight-room hotel for accommodations, two annexes buildings were added and also a native inspired bamboo nipa hut. The surroundings are not only fish ponds but have well-landscaped beautiful gardens.

Business officially started March, 2002.

The place is open for all types of wedding, birthday or baptismal parties, all kinds of celebration, private and government meetings and seminars.

Enjoy their Chinese and Filipino dishes, relax at the pool, see beautiful gardens and have a peaceful stay at Rencio’s Resort, probably the best in the province of Romblon.rencio's

Rencio's Resort

Rencio’s Resort

FACILITIES

Rencio’s has around 12 rooms of different sizes, starting at P1200 (air con) or P500 (fan) for two people. The rooms are only of average quality for their price, with aging furnishings, tiny TV (cable) and basic amenities. They are at least clean (smelling of disinfectant) and adequately comfortable for a night’s stay.

 

 

There is a large dining and entertainment area (suitable for large parties), with pleasant outdoor garden seating adjacent. There is a videoke machine and TV also in this area. The restaurant seems to be popular with the locals in the evenings, where people meet for eating, drinking and singing.

There are large fish ponds around the resort, too.

Source:

Rencio’s Resort

southtravel.com

Romblon and its Natural Attractions

Romblon is another tourist spot in Region IV-B. There are many natural attractions that the residents are proud to have. Here are some of those natural spots in Romblon.

mt.guiting guiting

Mt. Guiting-Guiting (Sibuyan, Romblon)
Mt. Guiting-Guiting rise 2,075 meters above sea level in the middle of Sibuyan Island. Wild and unexplored, it is a challenging mountain for seasoned climbers. Before hiking, hiring experienced guides is a must. Wild ferns, orchids, and bonsai dot the rocky trails. The entire island and neighboring Romblon and Marinduque can be seen at the summit of the mountain.

Bonbon Beach (Brgy. Lonos, Romblon)

Bonbon beach

This great expanse on the eastern shores of Romblon Island possesses fine white sand and a gradually sloping ocean floor. A small islet accessible by foot at low tide is just right across the beach. The islet has a secluded swimming area on a short stretch of fine white sand.

tiamban beach

Tiamban Beach (Brgy. Lonos, Romblon)
Located due north of Bonbon Beach, this beach is covered with fine white sand, narrower than Bonbon but almost as long.

 

san jose, romblon

San Jose (San Jose, Romblon)
The coastline of San Jose town harbors some of the most beautiful and isolated beaches in the province. Famous are the ones located in Barangay Lunas and Bignay. One should ride banca to get access to the coastal village. Horses are the major means of transport to visit inland villages.

mablaran falls

Mablaran Falls (Linawan, San Andres, Romblon)
Set amidst luxuriant foliage, the waterfall flows into a 20-foot deep pool of cool, blue-green water. This is one of the most common picnic and swimming spots in town, although picnickers are advised to bring their own food and gear.

Santa Fe Trail (Santa Fe, Romblon)
The mountain-zigzag road leading to Santa Fe where one can see the beautiful Tablas Strait, Looc Bay, the neighboring island of Panay, San Jose, and Boracay Islands.

cobrador island

Cobrador Island (Romblon, Romblon)
Cobrador is the largest among the islets dotting the seas around Romblon.Reputed to hold deposits of rare black, gold, and green marble. The best sweetsop and papaya are also grown here. Other treasures of Cobrador Island are its beaches – the most prominent being the wide expanse of fine white sand for about one kilometer on the eastern side of the islet.

TINAGONG DAGAT

Tinagong Dagat (Brgy. Talisay, Calatrava, Romblon)
Measuring 40 meters in diameter and about seven fathoms at its deepest, this “Hidden Sea” is a circular pool of saltwater barely 10 meters from the sea on the northmost tip of Tablas Island. It is a home to several species of saltwater fishes and seashells. The route to Tinagong Dagat crosses a shoreline of sheer cliffs, interesting rock formations, small coves, and a fishing village.

mainit falls

Mainit Falls (Brgy. Patoo, Odiongan)
Earning its name from its warm waters, Mainit Falls is a three-tiered cascade that forms three deep pools ideal for bathing. Visitors are advised to bring their own food, drinking water, and gear as the area is secluded and undeveloped.

 

 

cantingas riverCantingas River (Taclobo, San Fernando, Romblon)
A natural swimming pool; the water is clear, odorless, tasteless, and ever-flowing; one could quench his thirst while swimming. Around four kilometers away from the poblacion, it has a cottage with a conference hall.

Because of the residents’ care about their natural environment, Romblon stays beautiful just like any other tourist destinations in the Philippines.

Source:

http://romblon.islandsphilippines.com/romblon_natural_attractions.php

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