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A Visit to Saint Joseph Cathedral and Belfry


Romblon is endowed with huge deposits of marble. The province has yet to fully exploit its mineral resource for its development and progress. During the Spanish era, the colonizers were among the pioneers to utilize Romblon marble.

by Jane Dacumos on June 30, 2012

Romblon is endowed with huge deposits of marble. The province has yet to fully exploit its mineral resource for its development and progress. During the Spanish era, the colonizers were among the pioneers to utilize Romblon marble. They trained local craftsmen to produce adornments for churches and public buildings. They learned to carve columns for altars, holy water fonts, candle holders, and other art pieces which can still be found in the town Cathedral and some century-old churches around the country.

St. Joseph Cathedral and Belfry is located at Poblacion, Romblon. The church was built by the Recollect Fathers and the main structure itself is rich in architectural detail and was made of limestone and bricks from the 15th century. At the present, it is considered as the oldest Roman Catholic Church in the province.

How to Get There

Situated at the center of the archipelago, Romblon links the supply areas of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Tugdan Airport in Alcantara, Tablas Island is only less than an hour away from Metro Manila via flights once a week by South East Asian Airlines and three time a week by Zest Airways. Direct ship routes from Manila, as well as the southern Luzon ports of Batangas City and Lucena City, intensify its linkages with industrial CALABARZON Region, making the province an ideal location for supply distribution and light manufacturing ventures. The capital town of Romblon and the port town of Odiongan are the province's trade and commercial centers.

Accommodations: By The Sea Resort - Sitio Campong, Brgy. Canyayo, Tablas Island, Romblon, Philippines 5508

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•    Romblon Plaza Hotel
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