Region IV-B MIMAROPA
The region is also formally known as the Southern Tagalog Islands.
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Romblon Islands Philippines
Romblon Is Famous For...
Mountain Climbing at Mt. Guiting-Guiting
This mountain, found in Sibuyan Island, is the highest peak in Romblon and considered to be among the more formidable mountains in the country. Wild and unexplored, Mt. Guiting-Guiting presents a challenge to seasoned climbers. Rising a little more than 6,000 feet above sea level, its rugged terrain never fails to lure mountaineers to scale its peak; the sheer jagged peak rises 2,075 meters above sea level. The summit provides a magnificent view of the entire island and neighboring Romblon and Marinduque. Wild ferns, orchids, and bonsai dot the rugged trails. Hiring an experienced guide during a climb is a must.
Mt. Guiting-Guiting straddles the towns of Magdiwang, San Fernando, and Cajidiocan in the island of Sibuyan. From the ports of San Agustin or Romblon, board the ferry bound for the town of Magdiwang, the jump-off point to the site.
Recognized as Marble Country of the Philippines, Romblon is famed for its rich marble deposits. Cobrador Island, the largest among the islets dotting the seas around Romblon, is reputed to hold deposits of rare black, gold, and green marble. The best sweetsop and papaya are also grown here. The 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.
St. Joseph Cathedral and Belfry
Located in the poblacion at Romblon, St. Joseph Cathedral and Belfry is the oldest Roman Catholic church in the province. It was built by the Recollect fathers out of limestone and brick in the 15th century. The structure is embellished with rich architectural detail.
Held in early January, the province’s very festive celebration begins with a fluvial parade at sea and ends with merrymaking in the streets of the capital.
Traveling, you realize that differences are lost: each city takes to resembling all cities, places exchange their form, order, distances, a shapeless dust cloud invades the continents. Italo Calvino
Philippines Cuisine History and Influences
During the pre-Hispanic era in the Philippines, the preferred Austronesian methods for food preparation were boiling, steaming and roasting. The ingredients for common dishes were obtained from locally raised livestock. These ranged from kalabaw (water buffaloes), baka (cows), manok (chickens) and baboy (pigs) to various kinds of fish and seafood. More details at Philippines Cuisine History and Influences
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