Getting to Know a Prime Glamping Spot: Romblon

Glamping in the Philippines is guaranteed be an enjoyable event, what with all its natural beauty. With its white, sandy beaches; its rolling hills, its lush greenery; and its dazzling sunsets – the country is a prime pick for enjoying the beauty of the outdoors.

One of the top locations for glamping is Romblon. Located in Luzon as a part of Mimaropa, it consists of the islands of Tablas, the largest of them all; Sibuyan, Corcuera, Banton, Conception, San Jose, and Romblon.

A Brief Look at its History

Indigenous Filipinos lived in Romblon before the Spanish invasion. Those people consisted of Negritos from Panay and Mangyans from Mindoro. They remain on the island even to this day, although they now prefer to live in the mountains due to the arrival of Tagalog migrants in 1870.

When the Spanish arrived, a conquistador by the name of Martin de Goiti was ordered by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi to explore parts of Visayas, including the islands of Romblon and Mindoro. By the year 1637, the Spanish had put up missionary centers, forts, and churches, and even watchtowers to be able to fight against the raids by the Moros. During the revolution, the military governor of Romblon, Don Carlos Mendoza, surrendered and ended the Spanish rule in the province; in the American Period, Romblon became a sub-province of Capiz but was reinstated in 1940; in the Japanese period during World War II, major battles happened near Romblon, such as the Battle of Leyte Gulf and the Battle of Sibuyan sea.

It is in stark contrast to the Romblon of today, which is a peaceful, natural paradise for all those who reside there.  75% of the island consists of rainforest, which in turn houses a wide variety of animals within its ecosystem. It is also home of the cleanest bodies of water in the country – the Cantigas River – while also having 34 beautiful waterfalls dotted all over the location.

 

romblon island's marble

Romblon’s high-quality marble products.

 

Romblon Today

Today, Romblon is famous nationwide for being a prime ecotourist spot. Its white sand beaches are a particular standout draw for the people, as well as are its many diving spots, mountain trails, and rainforests. It is also home to a fruitful marble trade, with its output being of Italian quality marble. The abundance of the material has earned it the loving moniker the “Marble Capital of the Philippines.”

Despite all the attention it’s getting, though, it remains steadfastly loyal to the practice of agriculture. Rice and Copra are its main crops, although others such as roots, a variety of fruits, and vegetables are also grown there. Marine resources are also abundant; the locals depend on fishing as a livelihood as well. To prevent environmental destruction, though, the municipalities of Romblon have passed laws and have established fish sanctuaries in order to maintain the island’s natural biodiversity.

With that, experience the majesty of nature in Romblon today! See all that it has to offer, and relax while enjoying the surrounding picturesque environment.