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 very beautiful rocks. Plus, the citizens of Romblon have created several activities that you will surely enjoy. Here we have the best!
Dream Paradise. Romblon is a town that is practically set in marble, considering the huge variety of things you can make from this stone. From tableware to souvenirs, from furniture to accessories, anything you think of can have a marbled equivalent. 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 you 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 to make the marble shine like the precious stone it is. 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 the standard keychains that are priced at just around Php 30. There are also vases that cost around Php 500, depending on the size and quality. There are ashtrays, lamps, and even little sculptures that are around Php 750. For the more utilitarian, there are also kitchen implements such as little pot-like containers (with spoons!), mortars and pestles, goblets, glasses, and the like.
One thing to appreciate here is the variety of colors that Romblon marble comes in, from pure white, to golden, to gray, to the 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!