Romblon

BRIEF DESCRIPTION

Recognized as Marble Country of the Philippines, Romblon is famed for its rich marble deposits. Marble, however, is not the province's only treasure.

Existing in relative isolation from the rest of Luzon, Romblon retains much of its Spanish legacy and its natural attractions are largely unexplored. Lining the shores of the province's three major islands – Romblon, Sibuyan, and Tablas – are some of the best, most unspoiled beaches in this part of the country. Ringed by palm-fringed white sand, these beaches boast a wealth and variety of marine life offshore. Inland, there are a number of waterfalls and an inland salt lake.

GEOGRAPHY

Located almost at the center of the Philippine archipelago, the province of Romblon lies in the Sibuyan Sea. It is composed of three islands: Romblon (main island), Tablas Island, and Sibuyan Island. It has a total land area of 135,690 hectares. It is bounded on the north by the province of Marinduque, on the south by Panay Island, on the east by Masbate, and on the west by Mindoro. From Manila, it is about 187 nautical miles or 169 air miles. Largely mountainous and rugged in terrain, the islands of Romblon are volcanic in origin. The highest peak is 2,057 meters above sea level.

CLIMATE

The climate in Romblon is characterized by seasons that are not very pronounced. November to April is relatively dry and the rest of the year is wet.

POPULATION

According to the National Statistics Office, population as of May 2000 was 264,357, with an annual growth rate of 1.67 percent.

LANGUAGE/DIALECT

The people of Romblon speak a variety of Visayan dialects, notably a mixture of Cebuano, Hiligaynon, Aklanon, and other minor tongues. Tagalog is widely understood, and English stands as the medium of communication in business and trade.

POLITICAL SUBDIVISION

Romblon has 17 municipalities, which are further subdivided into 213 barangays. The main island of Romblon comprises the municipalities of Romblon, Banton, Concepcion, Corcuera, San Jose; Tablas Island comprises Alcantara, Calatrava, Ferrol, Looc, Sta. Fe, San Agustin, San Andres, Odiongan, Sta. Maria; Sibuyan Island comprises Cajidiocan, Magdiwang, San Fernando.

  • BANSUDANI FESTIVAL/FEAST OF THE DEVINE SAVIOR

    Bansud, Mindoro Oriental

    January 17-19

  • FEAST OF THE THREE KINGS

    Poblacion, Gasan, Marinduque

    January 3

  • BINIRAY FESTIVAL

    Romblon, Romblon

    January 9

  • DUGOY FESTIVAL

    Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro

    January 18

  • FEAST OF STO. NIÑO

    Buenavista, Marinduque

    January 19

  • HARING KALABAW

    Brgy. Hupi, Sta. Cruz, Marinduque

    January 3rd Week

  • Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival

    Puerto Gallera, Oriental Mindoro

    February 18-19

  • PUERTO PRINCESA FOUNDATION DAY

    Puerto Princesa City

    March 4

  • BANANA FESTIVAL

    Baco, Mindoro Oriental

    March 18- March 19

  • SULYOG FESTIVAL

    Bongabong, Mindoro Oriental

    March 19

  • KALAP FESTIVAL

    Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro

    March 21

  • MALASIMBO MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL – THE MANGYAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL

    Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro

    March 2-4

  • MORIONES FESTIVAL

    Marinduque

    April 2-7

  • KAMARIKUTAN PAGDIWATA ARTS FESTIVAL

    Kamarikutan Kape at Galeri, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

    April (Fullmoon)

  • BAHAG-HARI FESTIVAL

    Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro

    April 25

  • INDAK PADURUKAN FESTIVAL

    San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

    April 28

  • KALIPAYAN FESTIVAL

    San Agustin, Romblon

    April 30

  • FEAST OF OUR LADY OF BIGLANG AWA_(MARINDUQUE)

    Boac, Marinduque

    May 10

  • PASINGGATAN FESTIVAL

    Taytay, Palawan

    May 1-5

  • FEAST OF THE HOLY CROSS

    Sta. Cruz, Marinduque

    May 3

  • DE GALERA FESTIVAL

    Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro

    May 9-12

  • PANALAMINAN FESTIVAL

    Roxas, Palawan

    May 15

  • BARAGATAN SA PALAWAN (FOUNDATION DAY)

    Provincial Capitol Compound, Puerto Princesa City

    June 10-23

  • PISTA Y ANG KAGUEBAN

    Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

    June 20- June 27 (3rd week of June)

  • PISTA NG KALIKASAN

    Provincewide, Palawan

    June 19

  • BINIRAY FESTIVAL

    Bulalacao, Mindoro Oriental

    June 29

  • KANIYOG'N FESTIVAL

    Brooke's Point, Palawan

    June 28

  • SAB'UYAN FESTIVAL / FEAST OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST

    Pola, Oriental Mindoro

    June 24

  • PAKAPYA-AGTIKE

    Socorro, Mindoro Oriental

    July 26

  • ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF PAYE

    Brgy. Balimbing, Boac, Marinduque

    July 31

  • FEAST OF OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION

    Boac, Marinduque

    August 15

  • SAYAW LAHI FESTIVAL

    Naujan, Mindoro Oriental

    September 10

  • ANNIVERSARY – BATTLE OF PULANG LUPA

    Torrijos, Marinduque

    September 13

  • KAPAKYANAN FESTIVAL

    Victoria, Mindoro Oriental

    September 14-15

  • PASSINI KAT ABORLAN

    Aborlan, Palawan

    September 28-October 1

  • PANGALIPAY FESTIVAL

    Magsaysay, Palawan

    September 29

  • PAMUGU-AN FESTIVAL

    Mansalay, Mindoro Oriental

    October 16-22

  • KAWAYANAN FESTIVAL

    Gloria, Oriental Mindoro

    October 1

  • KARAKOL FESTIVAL

    Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro

    October 10

  • KAALDAWAN IRAYA

    Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro

    October 12

  • TAMARAW FESTIVAL

    Province wide, Occidental Mindoro

    October (no definite date)

  • MALAMPAYA FESTIVAL

    New Guinlo, Taytay, Palawan

    October 8-12

  • FLUVIAL PARADE

    Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro

    October 11

  • FEAST OF NUESTRA SEÑORA DEL PILAR

    Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro

    October 12

  • PANDAG-KITAB ORIENTAL MINDORO (PROVINCIAL FESTIVAL)

    Main Avenue, Calapan City

    November 14

  • FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY OF OCCIDENTAL MINDORO

    Provincial Capitol, Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro

    November 15

  • FEAST OF IMMACULATE CONCEPTION (BURUNYUGAN)

    Puerto Princesa City

    December 8

  • PAG-ALAD FESTIVAL

    San Fernando, Romblon

    December 7-8

  • ADYAWAN FESTIVAL

    San Teodoro, Oriental Mindoro

    December 8