Halina’t ating libutin ang “Isla ng Sibale” upang ating mapagmasdan ang kariktan ng kanyang kapaligiran. Baybayin natin ito sa pamamagitan ng isang banca de motor at pagmasdan nating mabuti ang kanyang malinis na dagat, makinis na mga pangpang at mapuputing buhangin, mga bulubundukin, mga punong kahoy at mga luntiang halaman sa palibot. Siya ay isang espesyal na regalo sa atin ng Poong Maykapal na dapat nating pangalagaan at dapat i-pagpaslamat sa Diyos.
Halika’t simulan natin ang biyahe – lakbayin at i-pagmamalaki natin ito sa iba!
a tropical island where the enchantment begins…
Situated east of Oriental Mindoro, southwest of Marinduque and north of Romblon is an Island commonly called SIBALE, one of the Island municipalities of Romblon. Originally, it was under the province of Mindoro. Romblon and its neighboring islands were then under the province of Capiz, now Roxas Province. When Romblon was created as a regular province, Sibale was annexed to the new province to comply with population requirements in creating a province. On the map, the island looks like an irregularly shaped starfish. The topography is more of a rolling hills covered with coconut trees.
“SIBALE” is the name commonly used by the people. There are two versions on how this name is acquired:One was, when another Spanish galleon sought shelter inside the bay, a native noticed the interest that one of its crewmembers had shown while scanning the beauty of the town and the bay. He asked the Spaniard in his native language. “BALE ANO?” (It’s beautiful isn’t it?). The Spaniard approvingly answered; “SI, BALE!” (Yes, it’s beautiful!). Imitating the sound of the answer, the native spread the news that the name of the town is SIBALE. Another version is that, when the English vessel sought shelter inside the bay, an officer was heard to make a comment about the beauty of the town and the bay. That is a “VALLEY NEAR THE SEA” and called it a “SEA VALLEY’. From the sound of the name given, the native who over heard the comment again spread the news that the name of the town is really SIBALE.