Friday, February 21, 2003
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Mayor Lourdes Corpin Madrona
recently launched a public information campaign to promote the tourism potentials
of her scenic town of San Agustin in response to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's
call for grassroots approach to the industry.
Population of San Agustin is 21,160 as of 1999. 3,362 live in the town proper or Barangay Poblacion. Residents are mostly of Tagalog, Bicol, and Visayan ethnic origins.
The people of San Agustin engage in the following agricultural and small-scale industrial occupations:
" Coconut farming
San Agustin has mineral resources such as marble, granite, clay, gravel and sand. There are also cottage industries such as ruffia production (bags, baskets, mats, hats, etc.) rattan and nitto basket and plate weaving.
Almost 45% of the households in San Agustin have electric service provided by NAPOCOR and TIELCO (Tablas Island Electric Cooperative).
San Agustin has a level 3 water supply. It has 2 community irrigation projects with 50 service areas.
San Agustin has 14 public elementary schools, two private high schools, 1 national high school. It has one college under RSC - San Agustin Campus.
San Agustin has its own hospital (Tablas Island Emergency Hospital) and 4 Barangay Health Stations.
Public utility vehicles such as jeepneys (PUJ), tricycles and pedicabs locally known as "padyak" are the main modes of land transportation in San Agustin.
San Agustin has PLDT, Liberty, RCPI, and Bayantel long distance communication facilities.
The people have three festivals, namely: the Agbayan Festival which is held during the month of May, the Kalipayan Festival (Biniray and street dancing) during the month of August in celebration of the feast of Saint Augustine, and the Sabwagan Festival every month of July at Barangay Carmen.
Scenic Places to See:
Dubduban and Bita Falls - Located at the border of Barangay Dubduban and Bita, in the town of San Agustin. The seven-tiered falls lies amidst dense watershed vegetation and cool surroundings. The first tier is on top of a hill with a 70-foot fall to a deep pool of clear blue-green waters. The bottom tier ends in a shallow pool of water. The year-round water supply of San Agustin comes from upstream Bita watershed.
Mahabang Baybay (Long Beach) - A long, wide sandy beach located at the foot of Mount Payaopao. It is also a rich fishing ground.
Sunken Spanish Galleon - This site located at the Carmen Bay is recommended for sea explorers, treasure hunters and scuba divers.
Kambaye Beach Resort - White long sandy shore with cottages and amenities for comfort of tourists located in Barangay Binongaan. The place provides a full view of Romblon Island and Mt. Guiting-guiting in Sibuyan Island in the background.
Trangkalan Grotto and 14 Stations of the Cross Icons - This sacred place can be found in Barangay Bachawan. The place offers a tranquil atmosphere for the religious tourists.
Cawayan Park - This terrain is hilly and thickly forested, making it a good hunting ground for wildlife birds, wild boars and monkeys.
Punta Gorda Stairways - Concrete steps from the shoreline to the mountaintop were constructed by the national government in 1950. It is one of the most beautiful tourist spots in the area.
Dubduban and Bita Falls
Mahabang Baybay (Long Beach)
|Kambaye Beach Resort Trangkalan Grotto|
to Get There:
Plane trip (Manila-Tugdan Airport) - The flight from Manila to Tugdan Airport is less than an hour. The drive to San Agustin from the airport is less than an hour.
Ferry Boat Trip (Manila-Odiongan) - For those who take the leisurely 10-hour boat ride either on Virgin Mary or Mary the Queen of MBRS Lines from Manila's Pier 8 to the Port of Odiongan. The Virgin Mary departs every Monday and Friday at 5:00 pm. The Mary the Queen departs Pier 8 every Wednesday at 5:00 pm. Going to San Agustin is a two-hour jeepney ride through lush and farmland scenery.
Ferry Boat Trip (Batangas-Odiongan) - Take Viva Shipping boats, which depart every Wednesday and Friday at 4:00 pm, the Montenegro Lines which depart every Sunday and Tuesday at 5:00 pm, or the Princess Colleen which departs every Monday, Thursday and Saturday at 5:00 pm. From Manila one may take the shuttle bus, vans for hire or private cars.
Where to Stay in San Agustin:
Accommodation can be availed at the August Inn, Dona Julita Madrigal Lodge, Montesa Lodging House, Felnor Lodge and the Kamella Lodge & Restaurant.
For more information contact the San Agustin Tourism Information and Souvenir Center.