Marbles in Romblon
Tourists who flock to Romblon are in for two huge treats. For one, there’s the province’s continuing focus on preserving its rich natural biodiversity. Second, there’s a whole lot of Marble! Being the nation’s marble capital, Romblon is the country’s biggest producer of the said resource, with its quality rivaling that of the best in the world. Aside from being a good part of the area’s economy, they have also turned it into a booming segment of the tourist industry.
But what’s so exciting about looking at rocks, you may ask? Mind you, they’re gorgeous rocks. Plus, the citizens of Romblon have created several activities that you will surely enjoy. Here we have the best!
Romblon is a town that is practically set in Marble, considering the huge variety of things you can make from this stone. Anything you think of can have a marbled equivalent from tableware to souvenirs, from furniture to accessories. But it’s a lot better to visualize just how creative you can get with Marble with Dream Paradise Resort’s Marble Zoo.
This marble zoo showcases various finely sculpted images of animals, all made out of pure, smooth Marble! You have elephants, hippos, tigers, and even a carabao. You can see just how beautiful the quality of Romblon marble is — it’s very mature, making it very hard. That also illustrates just how much effort is put into these sculptures!
They can also serve your meals here in Dream Paradise, and even these come in marble plates!
Marble Craft Workshop.
For sculptures in other images, you can visit the workshops outside town. Around 20 minutes from the center, there are life-sized sculptures with religious and oriental themes. Here you can see the painstaking process needed to carve the fine shapes and make the marble shine like the precious stone. You can also buy sculptures, of course. These range from a few thousand pesos to tens of thousands.
Romblon Shopping Center.
If you want something more souvenir-sized, then there’s the market that has all things, Marble. There are standard keychains that are priced at just around Php30. Some vases cost around Php 500, depending on the size and quality. There are ashtrays, lamps, and even miniature sculptures around Php 750. There are also kitchen implements such as little pot-like containers (with spoons!), mortars and pestles, goblets, glasses, and the like for the more utilitarian.
One thing to appreciate here is the variety of colors that Romblon marble comes in, from pure white, golden, gray, and rare onyx black. But since Marble is still heavy, make sure you don’t exceed your luggage weight limit while shopping!
As you go around the different tourist spots in Romblon, you will find that there are lots of Marble, too. The Sanctuary Garden Resort, for example, has tiles in pure Marble.
Even now, the art of marble sculpting in the province continues its progress as improvements in the way Marble is cut have been made. Marble may be simply a stone, but it’s part of Romblon’s identity. And the art keeps on evolving for everyone to see!