Provinces

Romblon Province

Written by Patrick

ABOUT

Romblon is an archipelagic province of the Philippines located in the MIMAROPA Region. Its capital is the municipality of Romblon. Romblon is known as the Marble Capital of the Philippines, home to the “Galapagos of Asia” (Sibuyan) and the cleanest river in the Country. The province is composed of three major islands that one must visit – Romblon Island, Tablas Island, and Sibuyan Island.

LOCATION

Romblon

Coordinates: 12°33′N 122°17′E

FAST FACTS

The following are a few useful and interesting details about this province.

Province:
Romblon
Location:
12°33′N 122°17′E | View Map
Year Founded:
1901
Capital:
Romblon
Area:
1,533.45 km2 (592.07 sq mi)
Population:
309,000
Density:
190/km2 (490/sq mi)
Division:
Region:
Cities & Towns:
17 Towns (Municipalities)
Demonym(s):
Romblomanon
Elevation:
(Mount Guiting-Guiting) 2,058 m (6,752 ft)
Time Zone:
PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code:
5500–5515
Area code:
+63 -(042)-XXX-XXXX
Electricity:
Standard voltage is 220V.
Plug commonly used is Type A but Types B and C are used as well.
Bring A to B adapter(s).
Currency:
Philippine Peso (PHP)
Exchange Rate:
Approximately 1 USD = 50 PHP | click for exact exchange rate
Income Class:
Third Class
Religion(s):
The people of the province are predominantly Roman Catholic.
Language(s):
Romblomanon, Onhan, Asi, Hiligaynon, Tagalog, English
Known For:
Local marble and unspoiled beaches
Major Industries:
Agriculture (coconut, rice), Livestock, Fishing, Mining (marble, nickel ore, gold), Tourism
Climate:
Tropical
Best Time to Visit:
October, June
Clothing:
Casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.
Airport(s):
Bus Terminal(s):
COMING SOON
Website:
None

CLIMATE

The climate in this province falls under Type III of the Corona climatic classification system which was devised in 1920. It is characterized by no pronounced wet and dry seasons. Generally, the wet season is from June to November and sometimes extends up to December when the southwest monsoon is predominant. The dry season is from January to May but is sometimes interrupted by erratic rainfall. The annual mean temperature is 27 °C (81 °F), with February as the coldest month with temperatures dropping to 20 °C (68 °F), and May as the warmest month with temperatures reaching up to 35 °C (95 °F). Habagat monsoon winds pass through the province from June to October while northeasterly winds or Amihan blows through the islands from December to February.

Best time to visit Romblon is from October to June, but you can dive in Romblon all year round.

The most appropriate clothing for this province is casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.

READ MORE: Climate & Weather in the Philippines

CITIES & TOWNS

Romblon Province Map

The Romblon province is divided into 17 Municipalities:

  • Alcantara
  • Banton (Jones)
  • Cajidiocan
  • Calatrava
  • Concepcion
  • Corcuera
  • Ferrol
  • Looc
  • Magdiwang
  • Odiongan
  • Romblon
  • San Agustin
  • San Andres
  • San Fernando
  • San Jose
  • Santa Fe
  • Santa Maria (Imelda)
 

ISLANDS

There are 22 outlying islands surrounding the mainland of Romblon which are under the jurisdiction of the province.

  • Alabat Island
  • Alad Island
  • Alibijaban Island
  • Bachawan
  • Balesin Island
  • Banton Island
  • Cagbalete Island
  • Calilayan Island
  • Carabao Island
  • Carlota Island
  • Cobrador Island
  • Guindauahan ni Bendoy Island
  • Isabel Island
  • Jomalig Island
  • Katakian Grande Island
 

POINTS OF INTEREST

The following is a list of points of interest relating to the Romblon province:

  • Alad Island
  • Apunan Point Lighthouse
  • Bagacay Caves
  • Banton Island
  • Bantoncillo Island
  • Bila-Bila Waterfalls
  • Bonbon Beach
  • Cobrador Island
  • Cresta de Gallo
  • Dagubdob Falls
  • Fort San Andres
  • Gakot White Beach
  • Guyangan Caves
  • Lambingan Falls
  • Lapus-Lapus Point
  • Lugbung Island
  • Lumbia Falls
  • Mablaran Falls
  • Mainit Beach
  • Marble Beach
  • Margie’s Beach
  • Mt Guiting-Guiting
  • Ramon Magsaysay Park
  • Romblon Provincial Tourism Office
  • Saint Andrew, the Apostle Parish
  • Sibuyan Island
  • St. Joseph Cathedral
  • Tiamban Beach
  • Tinigban Falls
 

FESTIVALS

The following is a list of festivals celebrated in Romblon throughout the year:

  • Biniray Festival (Romblon) – 2nd week of January
  • Saginyogan Festival (Alcantara) – March 21
  • Sanrokan Festival (Banton) – Black Saturday to Easter Sunday
  • Talabukon Festival (Looc) – 3rd week of April

FAQs

The following are the most frequently asked questions about the Romblon province.

Where in the Philippines is Romblon located?
Romblon is located in the middle of Sibuyan Sea which separates Luzon from Visayas.

Is Romblon a city or province?
Romblon is an archipelagic province.

What is the Capital of Romblon?
The capital of Romblon is Romblon.

What is Romblon famous or known for?
Romblon is famous or known for local marble and unspoiled beaches.

How do I get to Romblon?
There are several ways to get to Romblon, the most common being from Manila:

  • Bus to Batangas Pier | 3 hours | $3-$5 + Ferry to Odiongan | 4 hours | $24-$30
  • Plane to Tablas | 1.5 hours | $50-$140
  • Plane to Caticlan | $42-$200 + Car ferry to Odiongan | 3 hours | $6-$30

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How many islands are in Romblon?
There are 22 islands in the Romblon province.

What does Romblon mean?
Romblon came from the local word “nagalumyom”, pertaining to a chicken in the act of sitting on its eggs on a nest. It eventually evolved to “lomlom”, later on to “donblon”, and finally Romblon.

How Safe is Traveling in Romblon?
Romblon is generally safe for locals andt tourists.

Is the climate in Romblon the same as the rest of the Philippines?
The climate in Romblon province is considered tropical. It is similar to most provinces of the Philippines.

To learn more about the various climate types in the Philippines, and for a Climate Map, click the link below …

READ MORE: Climate & Weather of the Philippines

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About the Author

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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