Nov 20, 2012
The Ruins of Fort Santiago, Romblon Island
Who is Santiago?
I don't really know who "Santiago" is, but his name pops up in Spanish forts. There is a Fort Santiago in Intramuros, Manila and I found out there is also a Fort Santiago here in Romblon Town. It's perched on top of the hill across town opposite Fort San Andres. This way, with 2 lookouts armed with canons, the harbour is protected against marauding pirates (or foreign invaders).
Unlike Fort San Andres which is a true fort (a fortified garrison that can house an army), Fort Santiago, from what's left of it, seems like an auxilliary lookout point - just a tower, perhaps with a canon or two. Much of it is gone except for its base, but even with that, much of the forest has taken over. From town, you can see the imposing presence of Fort San Andres, but won't see Fort Santiago. Its hilly peak is covered by mossy forest. It's like looking for an Easter Egg.
You get there the same way as going to Calvary, so I suggest you do both in one visit. When you see the ruins, you'll what looks like a tower stump. It's not much, but it gives you a sense of what it's like when it ruled high and mighty during its glory days.
- this place is within town, so there's no need to take a tricycle. You get there the same way as getting to Calvary (add link). Walk towards Maestro Inn (just ask around, it's on the main road by the docks). From there, ask the locals again where to go to see Calvary. The path will take you past the cemetary then along a dirt road. There are a few forks on the way. Just keep asking the locals. They are helpful and friendly. When you see the first station of the cross, follow that main path. When you get the station with a painting of 3 crosses, take the obscure foot path through the brush trail. 25 meters further, you should see the ruins.
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