Region IV-B MIMAROPA
The region is also formally known as the Southern Tagalog Islands.
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Romblon Islands Philippines
Romblon Natural Attractions
Mt. Guiting-Guiting (Sibuyan, Romblon)
The sheer jagged peaks of Guiting-Guiting rise 2,075 meters above sea level in the middle of Sibuyan Island. Wild and unexplored, the mountains present a challenge to seasoned climbers. Hiring experienced guides is a must. Wild ferns, orchids, and bonsai dot the rugged trails. The summit provides views of the entire island and neighboring Romblon and Marinduque.
Bonbon Beach (Brgy. Lonos, Romblon)
Stretching for almost 50 meters, this great expanse on the eastern shores of Romblon Island boasts of fine white sand and a gradually sloping ocean floor. Right across the beach is a small islet accessible by foot at low tide. The islet has a secluded swimming area on a short stretch of fine white sand.
Tiamban Beach (Brgy. Lonos, Romblon)
Covered with fine white sand, this stretch of beach is narrower than Bonbon but almost as long. It is located due north of Bonbon Beach.
San Jose (San Jose, Romblon)
The coastline of San Jose town harbors some of the most beautiful and isolated beaches in the province. Notable are the ones located in Barangay Lunas and Bignay. Access to the coastal village is limited to bancas. Horses are the major means of transport to visit inland villages.
Mablaran Falls (Linawan, San Andres, Romblon)
Set amidst lush foliage, the waterfall cascades into a 20-foot deep pool of cool, blue-green water. This is one of the most frequented 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 (Romblon, Romblon)
Cobrador is the largest among the islets dotting the seas around Romblon. It 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.
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 home to several species of saltwater fishes and seashells. The route to Tinagong Dagat traverses a shoreline of sheer cliffs, interesting rock formations, small coves, and a fishing village.
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 River (Taclobo, San Fernando, Romblon)
It is a natural swimming pool; the water is crystal-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.
The attention of a traveller, should be particularly turned, in the first place, to the various works of Nature, to mark the distinctions of the climates he may explore, and to offer such useful observations on the different productions as may occur. William Bartram
Philippines Cuisine Characteristics
Vinegar is a common ingredient. Adobo is popular not solely for its simplicity and ease of preparation, but also for its ability to be stored for days without spoiling, and even improve in flavor with a day or two of storage.
Tinapa is a smoke-cured fish while tuyo, daing, and dangit are corned, sun-dried fish popular because they can last for weeks without spoiling, even without refrigeration.
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