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Visiting Fort San Andres In Romblon

Fort San Andres: A National Cultural Treasure

Aside from being the Marble Capital of the Philippines, Romblon is also blessed with historical and heritage sites. In fact, many Spanish structures from the 15th century are still intact in the town of Romblon.

Overlooking the town of Romblon
Overlooking the town of Romblon

People with interest in history and architecture would find this island a good treat. Among many historical sites, Romblon has is Fort San Andres. One could reach the fort from the Freedom Park by a short walk.


Constructed in 1645, the twin forts of Romblon, Fort San Andres, and Fort Santiago (now in ruins), were built under the supervision of Portuguese friar, Fr. Agustin de San Pedro, popularly known as Padre Capitan. The twin forts played a significant role in the history of the province of Romblon as part of the colonial military defense system. It was constructed from coral stone and served as a fortress against Moro pirates and Dutch invaders in the 17th century. (source:

Since the fort is within the Romblon town, it is easy to climb the stairs to it, and there are no visiting fees.

The Walls of Fort San Andres
The Walls of Fort San Andres

Fort San Andres was built to guard the Romblon town against pirates and reinforce Spaniards’ dominance on the common folk during those days. It overlooks the town and the sea, making it perfect to notice any intruders coming towards Romblon, either by sea or through the land.

One could see this fort looming over the hilltop. After the restoration, the steps have depicted sea life and the on-goings in the locality. Though there are no vaults inside anymore, the feeling that one would get once inside the fort is very similar to being in a vault. The numerous massive columns in square structures are made to withstand any attack or siege, perhaps even local revolt.

Fort San Andres in Romblon
Fort San Andres in Romblon

The tower that this fort has gives a complete and spectacular view of the entire harbor. This was meant to watch over the crucial junctions of logistics and any susceptible movement around the harbor.

Romblon Port
Romblon Port

Since 2012, when a massive restoration project took over, it is more accessible and beautiful than the pre-restoration ruins. The fort attracts many archaeological experts, architects, historians, and students interested in 15th century Spaniard history and architecture. Photographers gather here very often because they can get a panoramic view of the entire town and the Romblon port. This part is exponentially in favor of the trigger happy photographers.

Walking around Fort San Andres
Walking around Fort San Andres

Well, a lot of travelers and locals find it to be the perfect spot to be with their romantic companion. The ocean on one side, greenery on the other, and a colorful town around; gives three options to choose and settle at one side.

The wind is pretty charming and feels good, but the entire romanticism may get badly sunburnt under the afternoon sun. Hence, couples mostly visit in the evenings; after a long day of work or excursions.

Overall, Fort San Andres in Romblon is something that can’t be missed, and every visitor to this beautiful island should include this place in their list of places to visit while in Romblon.

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Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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