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Romblon
Province
Island Group Luzon
Region MIMAROPA
Capital Romblon
Area 1,533.45 km²
Cities 0
Municipalities 17
Population
- Total 279,774
- Density/km² 182.45
Income class 3
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Romblon

Romblon is an island province of the Philippines located in the MIMAROPA region in Luzon. The province consists of numerous islands sitting in the Sibuyan Sea. The three major islands are Romblon Island, Tablas Island and Sibuyan Island. Romblon is subdivided into 17 municipalities. Its capital is the municipality also named Romblon located in Romblon Island. The province lies south of Marinduque and Quezon, east of Mindoro, north of Aklan and Capiz, and west of Masbate.

The province of Romblon was formerly called Lomlom,which refers to an act of a hen nesting to warm her eggs. This is based on the fact that when a Spanish soldier was ordered to ask the natives the name of the island; he accidentally pointed to a place where a hen is nesting and the native answered lomlom, hence a misinterpretation. The name was later corrupted to the word Domblon.

The majority of the inhabitants of Romblon are Visayan; some Negritos are found in the interior of the province. There are three distinct languages spoken as a native language by Romblonís inhabitants; they are Romblomanon or Tiyad Ini including many variants of Sibuyanon dialects; Bantoanon or Asi; and Inunhan or Onhan. Hiligaynon, Tagalong and English are also used in the province. The people of the province are mostly Christians; about 75% belongs to Roman Catholic and 25% to other Christian denominations.

Romblon is endowed with lush vegetation and mineral resources. It is the countryís leading producer of high-quality marble, comparable to that of Italy. Aside from marble, the province is also rich in granite, nickel, silica, mercury, zinc, copper, silver, limestone, sulfide, ores, kaolin, clay, magnesium and quartz. Gold panning sites have sprouted in some of the mountain stream areas in Magdiwang, Sibuyan Island.

The fertile soil nurtures varied agricultural crops like coconut, rice, corn, bananas, rootcrops, fruit trees, vines and many others. Offshore, Romblon is a rich fishing ground. The islands lie in the migratory path of fishes from the Sulu and Visayan Sea, passing the Tablas Strait, Sibuyan Sea and Romblon Pass.

The province of Romblon is classified as a third class province. Since it is situated at the center of the archipelago, Romblon links the supply areas of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The province is also an ideal location for supply distribution and light manufacturing ventures. The capital town of Romblon and the port town of Odiongan are the provinceís trade and commercial centers.

The most populous cities and municipalities in Romblon are:

City/Municipality City class Area
in km²
Income
class
Urbanisation Population
Total Density/km²
Odiongan Municipality 185.67 2 partly urban 42,062 226.54
Romblon Municipality 86.87 3 rural 37,544 432.19
San Fernando Municipality 196.87 0 partly urban 22,325 113.40
San Agustin Municipality 140.48 4 partly urban 22,118 157.45
Cajidiocan Municipality 201.85 4 partly urban 21,292 105.48
Looc Municipality 132.82 4 partly urban 20,787 156.51
Santa Fe Municipality 63.52 5 partly urban 16,315 256.85
Alcantara Municipality 60.12 5 partly urban 15,370 255.66
San Andres Municipality 112.00 5 partly urban 14,120 126.07
Magdiwang Municipality 100.75 5 partly urban 12,924 128.28



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