Saint Joseph Cathedral in Romblon – Oldest Roman Catholic Church in Romblon

Romblon, the capital town of Romblon Province has many things to boast about. Aside from natural wonders, Romblon has heritage and religious sites that every tourist must explore. Considered as the oldest Roman Catholic church in the province, Saint Joseph Cathedral was one the 26 colonial churches declared as National Cultural Treasures in 2001.

Image of Virgin Mary
Image of Virgin Mary

Built by recollect fathers way back in 15th century, Saint Joseph Cathedral showcases a multitude of artistic and tasteful craft. The windows with stained-glass, Byzantine altar, religious paintings and antique icons; all of it mesmerizes the visitors. Every year the residents of Romblon and nearby islands celebrate the traditional fiesta. This is to honor the patron saint of Romblon; St. Nino. The cathedral still makes use of the exponentially old bell made of copper; which was part of the construction in the years of 1640-1726.

Saint Joseph Cathedral in Romblon
Saint Joseph Cathedral in Romblon

In 1991, the image of the Nuestra Señor Sto. Niño de Romblon placed at the altar of the Saint Joseph Cathedral was stolen. It was only recovered in Jan 2013 by local Catholic authorities after 22 years of missing.

Belfry of Saint Joseph Cathedral in Romblon
Belfry of Saint Joseph Cathedral in Romblon

The entire structure is made from the local resources, which include the bricks and blocks made of corals. This cathedral is rich in history, but the best time to visit it is when the church is open for the mass. As the keepers of the church do not allow anyone inside, if there is no scheduled gathering of the cathedral. However, moving around the outside of the church and in the campus, gives a fabulous feeling. The place is majestic and carries a lot of history.

Image of the Nuestra Señor Sto. Niño de Romblon
Image of the Nuestra Señor Sto. Niño de Romblon

The cathedral is the main centre of many fiestas, the baptisms, as well as the final farewells. Every Roman Catholic of Romblon has been baptized in this cathedral, which makes it more of a pride and glory for the locals.

Inside St Joseph Cathedral in Romblon
Inside St Joseph Cathedral in Romblon

For visitors who come here, if they stand at the plaza and face the cathedral; they would clearly feel that they have been sent back in the colonial days. The entire feeling is majestic, grand and overwhelming.

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