“Alamat ng Biniray”

The festival isn’t just about celebrating the bountiful harvest but also commemorates the day when the typhoon surges the Spanish galleon, which carries the replica of Cebu’s Sto. Niño. According to history, the Sto. Niño was forced to go back to Romblon because of the typhoon. After the Spanish brought the Sto. Niño to...

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Bon Bon Beach

Romblon Island is the hub of the Romblon Province and home to the famous Bonbon Beach. However, there is a slew of other attractions just waiting to be discovered. Romblon had arguably the best beaches of all the islands in the Romblon Province, which made it a much more relaxing island. However, it also had...

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San Fernando, Romblon

Sky above, sand below and peace within. Cresta De Gallo San Fernando, Romblon San Fernando is a coastal municipality in the island province of Romblon. The municipality has a land area of 196.87 square kilometers or 76.01 square miles which constitutes 12.84% of Romblon's total area. Its population as determined by the 2015 Census was 23,271. This represented...

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Carabao Island Romblon

By staying at home today, we can travel tomorrow. Where to go after this pandemic? #ROMBLON! Carabao Island, Romblon Carabao Island, popularly known as Hambil to the locals, exudes with gorgeous coastlines and turquoise beaches blissfully devoid of luxury trappings. Overshadowed by its sister – the world famous hedonistic Boracay, this unassuming island has managed to...

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Corcuera, Romblon

Unspoilt paradise unlocked! Hidden yet wonderful. Buyaran Beach Corcuera, Romblon Corcuera is a coastal municipality in the island province of Romblon. The municipality has a land area of 28.53 square kilometers or 11.02 square miles which constitutes 1.86% of Romblon's total area. Its population as determined by the 2015 Census was 10,283. This represented 3.51% of the total...

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San Jose, Romblon

Carabao Island, also known as the town of San Jose, said to have the most beautiful beaches in all of Romblon. Just a short boat ride away from Boracay Island, you'll find the peaceful island of Carabao - a perfect antidote to the party scene in Boracay. San Jose - "With its mystical caves, powder...




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Carabao Island – the southernmost island of the province

It is also known as Carabao Island, or Hambil Island, the southernmost island of the province. Throughout much of its Spanish and American colonial history, the island and its inhabitants repeatedly changed hands between the political jurisdictions of Romblon and Capiz provinces, before becoming a separate municipality of Romblon in 1969. Majority of the town's...

“Alamat ng Biniray”

The festival isn’t just about celebrating the bountiful harvest but also commemorates the day when the typhoon surges the Spanish galleon, which carries the replica of Cebu’s Sto. Niño. According to history, the Sto. Niño was forced to go back to Romblon because of the typhoon. After the Spanish brought the Sto. Niño to the church and had a mass, the statue was said to be unbudging when the Spanish tried to bring it back to the galleon. Since then, the Sto. Niño is said to perform some miracle, including covering the island with the thick cloud to protect them during World War II. Experience Tonton To those who aren’t yet familiar with Tonton, this is a religious event happening the day before the festival. Good thing we were with Rodne Galicha – a multi-awarded environmentalist who happened to be a Romblomanon. To better witness the religious event, Rodne assisted us to the elevated Choir Section to get a better vantage point. From where we are, we stayed till the end of the mass and witness the start of traslacion. Tonton is a traditional practice in which the 400-year-old replica of the Sto. Niño de Romblon is taken down from the altar and paraded on the streets. The crowd chants “Viva Señor Sto.Niño! Viva!” as it’s being brought back to the church with a well-choreographed move. The Fluvial Parade The locals usually wake up early in the morning to catch up with the parade starting from the St. Joseph Cathedral. The fluvial parade goes around the Romblon Bay seven times, which also symbolizes the seven attempts of the expedition of Loarca to sail out of the Poblacion. Another notable thing during the festival is that people who join the Biniray paint their bodies to achieve the black coloring that symbolizes the “ATI.” But of course, no festival is ever complete without having to dance accompanies with traditional instruments such as gongs, drums, bamboo tubes, and sticks. The Festival Experience From Dream Paradise Mountain Resort about 15 minutes away from the town center, we left early in the morning to catch the start of the street dance parade. There were lots of people colored in soots to portray the “Ati,” while some are donned in a vine and flower ensemble. If Cebu has Sinulog, then Romblon has their Biniray. The overall festival experience, together with some media friends was worth it, as we get to immerse in their rich culture and socialize with the hospitable locals. Even the locals also get to join the parade and adorned themselves with flowers and vines as a sign of the vibrant festivity. This festival, without a doubt, is one for the books. The Biniray Festival of Romblon might not be as famous as other Sto. Nino Festivals of the Visayas Region, but it was one of the few I truly enjoyed. Walking on the narrow streets while taking photos was more pleasant, and the crowd smiles at you like an old friend. More than just a religious festival, it was a happy reunion of friends and relatives, and for a visitor like me, I genuinely felt I was one of them. For most of them, it was a homecoming, but for me, it was about discovering a new home away from my hometown. And YES, I was #RomBlownAway by Romblon’s beauty, tradition, people, and food! Viva Senior Sto. Nino. Book a flight to Tablas and, from there, catch a ferry to Romblon Island. You can also check out a direct ferry from either Sibuyan or Tablas. From Batangas City Port, you can take a ferry ride to Romblon Island. Another option would be taking an overnight ferry to Tablas and then a ferry to Romblon. Read our Romblon Island Travel Guide for a detailed guide on how to get to Romblon.

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Pinamitinan Falls

Surrounded by the rainforest and also some coconut plantages the Pinamitinan Waterfall is actual the tallest waterfall on Sibuyan Island. Unfortunatly he shows his full beauty especially after a rainshower or after a rain in the night. On the photo you can see some massive black rocks and also a white mix of clay. This guided tour, hosted by Sibuyan Adventures, starts from the Boathouse | Olango Bay with a Tricycle or Motorbike to drive to the entrance of the hiking point. You will have two possibilities to enjoy the Pinamitinan Fall: - 1st - within the guide you hike up to the source of the fall   - 2nd - the guide brings you to the lower area and you can take a bath or a shower under this fall. Of course you can combine also both possibilities 😉 At least this Pinamitinan Tour needs approx. a half day.

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Dagubdob Falls

The Dagubdob fall is one of the most popular destinations between San Fernando and España. Located near Cross Country the environment of the Dagubdob waterfall consists of several natural pools that spread over 4 levels. The entire area has also protected plants as so-called pitcher plant (nepenthes sibuyanensis) as well as some wild orchids. The redesign of the terrain was in 2011 by the ABS-CBN Foundation chaired by Gina Lopez, as a Foundation commissioned and made available to the tourism. Meanwhile here are a few shady cabanas are located, as well as a viewing platform with a wonderful view over the area of the Dagubdob Falls. Of course, bathing in the pools is possible and also allowed. Get out passing to the "yellow orchids" in the surrounding rainforest. This pleasant trail will give you a first "taste" of one of the major rainforest tours, or even a hike to the Mount Guiting Guiting. Day trips can be booked accordingly.

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Bila-Bila falls

The Bila-Bila Waterfall, also a child of the ABS-CBN Foundation, is located in the vicinity of Canjalon and is the official protection zone for several species of butterflies. Previously, it was extremely difficult to be able to reach this waterfall. It went through rivers and massive rock formations had to be overcome. Through the Organization and donation of the ABS-CBN Foundation, it was made the visitors now a little easier. While it was extremely sure that the landscape loses not his flair. The natural water slide that empties into a natural swimming pool is probably unique. Gina Lopez as also the commentators from Sports Unlimited have the Bila-Bila waterfall opened in September 2012 and obviously they had fun. The beautiful Bila Bila Falls are located nearby Canjalon, Sibuyan Island. The trek to this water wonder leads to nine levels of waterfalls, including this one at level four, where one can take a slide from the top. Bila-Bila means "butterfly" in the local language. A neighboring province, Marinduque, celebrates its butterflies in its annual Bila Bila Festival in December. The cache is hidden nearby the level four of the waterfalls. You have to cross several rivers and you have to climb some stones beside the river. You can go further if you are experienced in hiking ... You will find a petling, directly beside the footpath and the bathing place under "the slide". If you are not sure to find the way, there are some guides in Canjalon which will show you the way. I placed some photos at the "river-crossings". Later you can find some signs like "This way". Have a nice trekking and bathing experience and be careful!

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Banton Island

Banton, officially the Municipality of Banton (formerly known as Jones), is a fifth-class municipality in the province of Romblon, Philippines. According to the 2020 census, it has a population of 5,737 people. Its territory encompasses the entire island of Banton located on the northern portion of the province and lies on the northern portion of the Sibuyan Sea near the southern tip of Marinduque. It is a town of about 5,000 people majority of which speak the Asi language (also known as Bantoanon), one of the five primary branches of the Bisayan languages. Banton is thought to be already inhabited by Filipinos since the pre-colonial period, based on analysis of human remains, coffins, an ancient burial cloth and other archaeological finds discovered at the Guyangan Cave System by the National Museum in 1936. The present settlement was founded in 1622 by the Spanish and is the oldest settlement in the province. During the American colonial period, the municipality changed its name to Jones in honor of American congressman William Jones, who authored the Philippine Autonomy Act of 1916. Today, Banton is one of Romblon's thriving municipalities, with an economy dependent on copra farming, fishing, raffia palm weaving, and tourism. The island is collectively known as a cultural landscape due to its historical, cultural and archaeological value to humanity. Banton Island is a rocky volcanic island situated in the Maghali Island Group of Romblon Province, around 7-12 hours south of Manila. This island municipality of more than 6,000 people is surrounded by the Sibuyan Sea which boasts one of the most preserved marine life in the Philippines. The island was originally named Batoon due to its rocky coastline and topography. Prior to the arrival of the Spanish, an ancient civilization has already existed in the island as suggested by the various artifacts recovered from the island’s caves in 1936. One of the artifacts is a boat coffin with a well-preserved mummy and burial cloth. The burial cloth is reportedly the oldest in Southeast Asia. The island municipality is also one of the oldest in the Philippines, having been established as a town under Spanish rule in 1622. The Spanish built a fort called Fuerza de San Jose and a church in honor of San Nicolas de Tolentino, all of which were built under the supervision of a Spanish captain and priest, Padre Agustin San Pedro. The fortifications protected the town from recurring raids from Muslim pirates which used to infest the country’s waters. Today, the island municipality is known for fishing, copra farming and various cottage industries but it also has lots of potential for tourism and development. The town of has a newly expanded ferry port and seawall that caters to interisland ferries and motorized boats that regularly plies the Sibuyan Sea. The town features numerous Spanish era houses and fortifications. One example is the aforementioned Fuerza de San Jose and the Ugat Faigao Museum and Ancestral House. The roads are narrow yet concrete and the only mode of transportation are the numerous passenger motorcycles called habal-habal which carry people and goods around the island. Due to its distance to the main island of Romblon and to the Luzon mainland, electricity in the island is an issue as it only lasts from late afternoon to around midnight. In recent years, cellular phone service from Smart Telecom and Globe Telecom became available in the island. A public satellite phone service is also available in the island The island municipality has its own language called Asi or Bantoanon. Majority of the islanders speak the local language but they also capable in communicating in Filipino and English. If you wis to learn basic Asi you can report to the Asi Studies Center for Culture and the Arts along Fortunato Fadriquela street. Scattered along the island’s coastline are various white sand and coral beaches like Macat-ang Beach and Mainit Beach both in Barangay Mainit, the farthest barangay of the municipality. Macat-ang Beach offers cottages, huts and beach umbrellas for beach lovers and features a lovely view of Bantoncillo Island, an islet approximately two miles from the beach. Mainit Beach, meanwhile, has a longer coastline and boasts hot springs in the middle of the sea. Tourists and locals alike can bathe in the lukewarm water produced in the area. Other beaches include Tabonan Beach (located in an inhabited island a few meters from the island and famous for its fine golden sands), Siocan Beach (opposite Tabonan Beach and accessible only by boat) and Recodo Beach in Barangay Banice. Spelunking enthusiasts might find Banton Island exciting as it is also rich in caves filled with history and culture. Among the many caves in the island are Ipot Cave in the Guyangan Cliffs where prehistoric artifacts were found in 1936 (now displayed at the National Museum in Manila) and the Silak Cave in Barangay Togbongan. Banton Island was also cited in the book “Diving the Philippines and Southeast Asia” by Heneage Mitchell as one of the best diving sites in the country. Some of the diving sites in the island he noted are the island’s West Side, the Northeast Wall (just off the Moro Caves) and the Dos Hermanas Islands (two inhabited islands several kilometers northwest of the island). Unfortunately, diving enthusiasts have to bring their own equipment as the island has no diving facilities.

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Busay falls

Sibuyan Island, Romblon at a little past 1PM. We were hungry. We tried many times to look for eateries but their stock of food was no longer available. We were hungry. Then we tried going to go inside the public market and we got lucky to see a karinderya still open. The atmosphere wasn’t really conducive for eating as the karinderya was beside the river but the food tasted really good! The prices were affordable too. We finished our meals at around 1:30PM. We though of what we should be doing for the rest of the day. We wanted to go to Cresta de Gallo but it was too expensive. That leaves us with nothing to do except to try going back to Busay Falls.From the town proper we decided to walk. Taking a right turn to the National Highway and asking people along the way where the small street is going to Busay Falls. After about 15 minutes of walking we were back on the large dry river, walking back to the house where we took shelter from the rain on our first attempt. This time no rain could be felt but the sky was still white with clouds. We followed the trail through thickening green plants and trees. Passing by houses with lumps of coconut husks from making copra. There were 3 dogs that barked at us on one of the houses but the owner was very kind to hush them away. Plus she told us the way to the falls. At around 3:40PM we decided to go back to town. Walking back to the rocky trail, back to the dogs, the big dried up river, into the small road and to the National Highway. This time faster. 45 minutes of walking back to town. Busay Falls is not as spectacular as other falls I’ve seen but it’s one of my favorites as it has that untouched feeling. Void of tables and chairs, concrete pathways and huts. Plus I had to walk for an hour to get there. I hope it stays the same.

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Sanctuary Garden Resort

The best place in the island. The hospitality of the owner Mr Edgar and his wife,They are both very kind and friendly. We felt like we are not just a guest. The room is clean and espicially the restroom. In just a small island this place is more than perfect compare to any other place we been. To there staff espicially Bong who always been helpful to us.. This guy is amazing he only smile.. We highly recommend this place for your stay in Sibuyan.. You feel like home, very quite, clean, the food is fresh. This place is located in very beautiful nature setting. We stayed at the executive bungalow that had a nice balcony and very clean and spacious bathroom. Nothing to complain about the accommodation at all. However, nothing else we experienced in this place was satisfying. We read a lot of nice reviews about the staff but our experience was totally opposite. All the staff were very young girls who barely spoke any english. They were clearly not taught any basic customer service skills and made us feel absolutely uncofortable and not appriciated with their rudeness. Nobody around the resort greeted us, usually not even when we first greeted them. They didn’t understand basic questions and were not cabable of helping us planning our stay in Sibuyan. We booked and prepaid this resort for four nights in advance but left after one night. We figured it’s better to loose money for 3 nights than to stay here. We even requested to meet the owner but this was never arranged for us.