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Cabatuan

Cabatuan is among the popular areas in the province in heritage tourism. More travelers are visiting remnants of Spanish culture in the area. The historic and cultural resources associated with…

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Cabatuan is among the popular areas in the province in heritage tourism. More travelers are visiting remnants of Spanish culture in the area. The historic and cultural resources associated with the people of Cabatuan, its events, or aspects in their community’s past gave the municipality its sense of identity and help tell its story.

The Second-Class municipality of Cabatuan is 24.2 kilometers away from the city. It is connected to a national highway passing through the towns of Pavia and Sta. Barbara. Four other national roads connect the town to its adjacent municipalities; Alimodian in the south; Maasin in the west; New Lucena in the north-east; and Janiuay in the north where the highway continues northward to Lambunao and Calinog and then to Tapaz, Capiz. It is politically subdivided into 68 barangays over a land area of 8,248 hectares.

Cabatuan is populated by 58, 442 (2015 Census on Population) Cabatuananons. Markey days is every Wednesdays and Sundays. It annually celebrates its Religious Fiesta every 10th of September in honor of their patron San Nicholas de Tolentino.

To get to Cabatuan one can take a jeepney at the Ungka Transport Terminal (fronting Christ the King Memorial Park) in Barangay Ungka-II, Pavia, Iloilo.

HISTORY

Cabatuan may have gotten its name from several Hiligaynon words: Kabatuhan – from the word bato, meaning rock; from Batu-an meaning to resist, oppose, challenge, defy, fight or contest. However elderlies believed that the name was derived from Batuan tree, its sour fruits being used in flavouring certain native soups and dishes.

Cabatuan was believed to be priginally planned by a certain tribal leader named Tono, along with two other leaders, Gomoc and Amihan. The site of the early settlement was on a level track of land near ythe northern bank of Tigum River where the poblacion is now located.

Cabatuan was officially organized upon the installation of Rev. Father Antonio Lopez as its first priest. The town’s founding in 1732 was justified by a huge cross made of hard thick Molave tree, the base of which still stands at Pamul-ogan Hill.

Following the Spanish procedure of founding settlements first involves dedicating the place to Christ, and claiming the area for the King, followed by the erection of a huge cross made of hardwood with the date carved on it. On the cross which was officially regenerated on April 9, 1972, during the celebration of the 239th Foundation year, was carved “1732,” although what remains of the cross now is only its base.

Elderly residents of the town recall the spiritual protection of St. Nicolas de Tolentino whom Cabatuananons still venerate today as their Patron Saint.

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ST. NICOLAS OF TOLENTINE PARISH CHURCH is of Neo-Classical architectural style. The first parochial church was finished in 1732, same year when it became an independent parish. The present church was constructed in 1834 under the supervision of Father Ramon Alquezar. It was finished by Father Manuel Ruiz in 1866 using bricks. A red brick convent was built under the supervision of Father Juan Porras in 1876. Minor restoration was done by Father Manuel Guiterrez in 1890.

Known to be one of the most beautiful churches in Iloilo during its time, it was described as the “Model of Temples” by El Eco de Panay and the Largest Brick Church in Panay. Every side of the church was a façade in itself. It was said to have looked more of a Basilica. It was accented by three domes where at each side of the church were big clocks and the last dome was at its center over the altar. It measured 50 meters in length and 20 meters in width. Its thickness was about a meter and a half. It used to have 19 circular, multi-colored window panes and 10 massive doors. The altar was flanked by two smaller altars. The belfry had four windows with four big bells. On its ceiling were paintings of Rome and chandeliers.

In 1942 it was burned by guerillas and totally destroyed by Japanese forces the following year. The front portion of the church however was not damaged. The bricks and the stones of the church were used to repair the landing field in Tiring.

CABATUAN ROMAN CATHOLIC CEMETERY in Barangay Banguit is a four hectare perfectly square shaped cemetery constructed in 1886 under the supervision of Father Juan Porres, Father Cesareo Prodigo and was continued by Father Manuel Guiterrez in 1890. The chapel is a fusion of Roman, Gothic, Byzantine, and Baroque architectures. The complex carvings on the chapel’s facade are considered to be the most distinct cemetery relief which can only be found in Cabatuan. With elegant iron grills, its walls and chapel were made of stones quarried from the mountains in Leon. It was heavily damaged during the 1948 Lady Kaykay earthquake and was reconstructed.

PAMUL-OGAN HILL is home to the shrine considered to be the cradle of Cabatuan’s History. At the peak of the hill lies a concrete cross reminiscent of the original cross planted by the Spaniards who first came in the region. Every lent, traditional devotee starts their journey from the mouth of Barangay Pamulogan to the peak of the hill as penitence.

TREE OF BONDAGE lies in the Town plaza directly in front of the Municipal Hall of Cabatuan. It is believed that the natives were tied in this tree and whipped if they refuse the polo or forced labor during the Spanish Era. The tree is an old and artistically skewed Plumeria tree (Plumeria rubra) currently fortified with a concrete base to withstand destruction.

FESTIVALS

TINUOM Festival is a celebration of the town’s popularly craved delicacy, tinuom, a soup made of native chicken with tomatoes, onions, potatoes and lemon grass added with a cup of water and wrapped in banana leaves. This festival is one of the highlights of the religious fiesta celebration of the municipality and is a colorful explosion of music, costumes and folk dance steps. There are six (6) competing tribes or “tribus” representing the six secondary schools of the town. A choreographed “chicken dance steps” is performed in the middle of the presentation.

CACAO celebrated every June is Barangay Acao’s way of giving tribute to its cash crop that had improved the lives of many residents of the barangay. The celebration is pure delight as it is inclusive of preparing various forms of edible goodies from chocolate and its accompanying chocolate-eating contest. Productio of native chocolate to form tablea or pressed chocolate tablets was a basic cash-earning industry that provided many families with a ready source of income. As a major effort of the community dedicated to this industry, the barangay council has encouraged the plkanting of more cacao trees to further strengthen the chocolate production business of the community and also as a form of identification of this part of the town.

PASYON and KAPIYA CONTESTS is celebrated evefry Good Friday, the town prepares for their famous Via Crucis by way of their annual Kapiya contest and Pasyon singing every Good Friday. You do not need to climb up mountains or walk through long distances in order to see these Lenten traditions. The Kapiya display is an annual competition of beautifully depicted series of sculptures made of indigenous materials popular in the area. The characters are life-sized and are even well-lighted during the evening. Pasyon is the singing of the account of the Sacred Passion of Christ. The singers, young and old are engage in marathon chanting of the Christ’s Passion in their little makeshift bamboo chapels situated beside the Kapiya that are clustered in the different streets of the town.

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New Lucena

The Fourth-Class municipality of New Lucena is situated in the central portion of the province and shares border in the northeast with the municipality of Pototan; in the southeast with…

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The Fourth-Class municipality of New Lucena is situated in the central portion of the province and shares border in the northeast with the municipality of Pototan; in the southeast with the municipality of Zarraga; in the southwest with the municipality of Sta. Barbara; and in the northwest with the municipality of Cabatuan and a little portion of the town of Mina.

The town proper of New Lucena could be traversed by land either way via Dawis-Zarraga or via Sta. Barbara. It is 9.8 kilometers away from Sta. Barbara, 15 kilometers away from Cabatuan, 6 kilometers away from Pototan, 6.6 kilometers away from Zarraga and 11 kilometers away from Mina. New Lucena is crisscrossed by the roads from the north to south and east to west thus providing roads for easy means of transportation. It has a land area of 4412 hectares that is politically subdivided into 21 barangays.

New Lucena is populated by 23, 240 (2015 Census on Population) New Lucenanhons. Market day is every Sunday. It annually celebrates its Religious Fiesta every 24th of January in honor of Nuestra Sra. De Buen Viaje.

It is a 45-minuter jeepney ride from Ungka Transport Terminal (fronting Christ the King Memorial Park) in Barangay Ungka-II, Pavia, Iloilo.

HISTORY

New Lucena was formerly known as Jimanban, a very small barrio organized sometime in 1800, which was a part of the Municipality of Cabatuan. In 1886 the boundary line separating the jurisdiction of Sta. Barbara and Cabatuan was defined and Jimanban was made part of Sta. Barbara.

Prominent residents of the barrio of Jimanban petitioned to the Governor-General that they be granted independence by putiing up a church, convent and a casa real (municipal building).

Lucena was separated from Sta. Barbara on Oxtober 9, 1877 in accordance with the Direksyon Heneral de Administrasyon Civil. It is not recorded when the name Jimanban was changed to Lucena, reportedly comes from the belief that it was after the name of the Provincial Alcalde Mayor, Pedro Gonzales Lucena, the 36th executive of the Province of Iloilo in 1716-1717.

When the Americans came, Pueblo de Lucena was again incorporated to the town of Sta. Barbara in 1902 for economic security and ease of government. In 1921, the prominent citizens of Lucena once again petitioned for its separation from Sta. Barbara. Thus, in January 1, 1947, Lucena became a new town in the province, now called New Lucena.

FESTIVALS

JIMANBAN is celebrated every 3rd week of January andl features product and information displays from its 21 barangays. The week-long celebration is highlighted daily special events. The festivity is one way of celebrating the gains and significant strides made in the agriculture sector and reinvigorating the sector through program advocacies. It is also their way of thanking the Patron Saint, Nuestra Senora de la Paz Y Buenviaje for all the blessings she provided the town.

CRY OF JELICUON is celebrated every 25th of October is a re-enactment of the Cry of Revolution in Iloilo in 1898. It is a momentous year of heroism among the patriots of those who overthrew more than 300 years of Spanish Domination. It was in Barrio Hilicuon, situated in the boundaries of the towns of Santa Barbara, Cabatuan and New Lucena that General Martin Delgado, with his volunteers gathered in an open field, with intense emotion, took out their cedulas, tore it and threw up in the air and with, while thundering “Viva La Independencia” (Long Live Independence). New Lucena commemorates the heroic acts of Gen. Martin Delgado and those who died in the battle for independence against the Spanish Forces in Iloilo.

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Santa Barbara

This progressive municipality has a colourful history which spans from its early occupation by Spanish authorities. The Spanish culture has left its mark on the historical sites of the town….

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This progressive municipality has a colourful history which spans from its early occupation by Spanish authorities. The Spanish culture has left its mark on the historical sites of the town. There are excellent selections of historic sites in the area and you can plan some other great things to see on your trips. However, this town is not just bricks and coral stones. Its spirit is the people who make them come alive and who welcome you warmly to enjoy and share their proud heritage.

The Second-Class municipality of Santa Barbara is 15.6 kilometers away from the city. It is politically subdivided into 60 barangays over its 7,748 hectare land area.

Santa Barbara is populated by 60, 215 (2015 Census on Population) Santa Barbaranhons. Market day is every Friday. It annually celebrates its Religious Fiesta every 4th of December.

To get to Sta. Barbara, one can take a jeepney at the Ungka Transport Terminal (fronting Christ the King Memorial Park) in Barangay Ungka-II, Pavia, Iloilo or at the Iloilo Terminal Market in Barangay Rizal Pala-Pala I, Iloilo City.

HISTORY

The beginings of the municipality was recorded bhy the Agustinian archives noting that as early as 1617, missionaries attended to the spiritual needs of a pueblo then known as Katmon. The name was derived from a fruit-bearing tree, which served as an imposing landmark in the area. The place was a rich and fertile plain traversed by Salug (present Tigum and Aganan Rivers) River, producing rice, sugarcane, and mongo.

During that time, Katmon was only a visita of the Jaro vicariate. In 1760, Hispanized as Catmon, the pueblo was canonically established as an independent parish, whose patroness was Santa Barbara, and the pueblo, was named after her, became the base of Revolutionary Forces in Iloilo, and from here Ge. Martin Delgado launched the campaign to liberate the whole province which culminated in the surrender of Iloilo City by Governor-General Diego de los Rios on December 24, 1898.

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SANTA BARBARA CHURCH AND CONVENT is of Baroque-Renaissance architectural style. The first church was built same time it became an independent parish in 1760. It was destroyed during the 1787 earthquake. The present church was constructed in 1849 under the supervision of Father Francisco Agueria and was continued by Father Mateo Rodriguez from 1855 – 1873.

It was continued and finished by father Calixto Fernandez in 1878. The convent was built the same time as the church by the same priests. It measures 63 meters in length and with a width of 19 meters.

Materials used in the construction of the church and convent were of adobe and coral stones quarried from Alimodian and were used for the flooring, walls and posts. Materials transported to the town by carts drawn by carabaos. Red bricks were also used.

Its elevated façade is of three main segments: the first is of paired pilasters with two main saint niches flanking the main entrance; the second has arched windows; and the third with paired finials and a niche of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the center.

Connected to the side door of the church is its L-shaped convent of Antillan architectural style. The ground floor of the convent serves as the office of the church and its second floor serves as the quarters of the priest.

The church served as the headquarters for the Ilonggo Revolutionary Forces in Western Visayas under General Martin Delgado in 1898. It was untouched during World War II and had withstood the 1948 earthquake. It was declared as a National Historical Landmark by the National Historical Institute in 2013.

ILOILO GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB was built in 1907. Known to be the Oldest Golf Course in the Philippines, it was constructed by 13 American and British expatriates and started out with nine short holes.

It is carved on natural 35 hectares of plains and rolling hills, the 18-hole golf course in Barangay San Sebastian claims an undisputed pre-eminence on golfing history as it also stands among Asia’s oldest greens.

VICTORY PLAZA is nestled in the heart of the town and landscaped in the time for the 1998 Philippine Centennial in the Victory Plaza and right in the middle is the Bandstand, an octagonal-shaped structure was constructed in 1925 and since then served as venue to various gatherings and other social activities.

FLAGPOLE PARK waves one of the country’s five giant flags; measuring 30 x 60 feet atop a 120 feet flagpole. It marks Santa Barbara as part of the Freedom Trail of Philippine Independence from Spain and was constructed in time for the 1998 Philippine Centennial Celebration.

SANTA BARBARA CENTENNIAL MUSEUM was constructed in 1998 as part of the Centennial Freedom Trail Site Project of the Philippine Centennial Commission, the museum, houses, antiques, artefacts and photos which tell the story of Santa Barbara’s history and heritage. It is also a depository of memorabilia donated by the townsfolk reflecting the town’s rich culture.

ROMAN CATHOLIC CEMETERY is one of the oldest landmarks of the town. Its facade bears the mark of the Spanish influence in the country and considered as one of the strongest structure in the town. It was constructed in 1845.

SANTA BARBARA IRRIGATION DAM was constructed in 1926, the irrigation dam is the first gravity irrigation system in the Visayas that has revolutionized farming. This is the oldest irrigation system in the country.

FESTIVAL

KAHILWAYAN is celebrated every November 17 is also known as the Cry of Santa Barbara that fueled the revolution in Visayas and Mindanao. Philippine history would have not been complete without the Ilonggos’ display of bravery and heroism in defiance against Spanish oppressors. So important was the role of this uprising in Philippine history that Santa Barbara was the only municipality outside Luzon that was declared as a National Trunk Site on the Centennial Freedom Trail during the Philippine Centennial Celebration in 1998.

On its 103rd celebration last 2001, the Municipal Tourism Council proposed an innovation in the telling of “Cry” history-one which will catch the attention not only of local folks but that of foreign tourists, as well Thus, Kahilwayan Festival was launched in public during the 2001 “Cry” celebration. Kahilwayan is an Ilonggo term which means freedom or liberty, or independence and Kahilwayan Festival is a cultural festival in a dance-drama form which showcased the events that led to the historic uprising of the Ilonggos against Spain leading to its ultimate victory and freedom now known as the Cry of Santa Barbara. Hundreds of students from different contesting groups parade all over the town in colorful period costumes ( e.g. rayadillo, saya, kimona and camisa chino) and revel in street dancing cum street theater to the tune of Marcha Libertador (composed by Posidio Delgado, brother of Gen. Martin T. Delgado, is was the official march of the Ejercito Libertador).
The highlight, however, is the dance-drama presentation depicting the events that led to the first “Cry of Santa Barbara”.

Three major events are given emphasis in the storyline of the Kahilwayan Festival, first the bringing of saber and flag to Santa Barbara by Lt. Honorio Solinap and Tia Patron Gamboa; second is the use of Marcha Libertador as background music and the third is the hoisting of the Philippine Flag. All these shall be witnessed in the course of every contesting group’s performance.

Amidst the hundreds of festivals all over the country today, Kahilwayan Festival may be considered as just one of the many. But what sets Kahilwayan Festival apart from them is its originality and uniqueness. This is the only festival all over the country, which resolves, in one, single storyline the “Cry of Santa Barbara “. It is unique for it strictly requires the contesting groups to dress-up their dancers in period costumes only. It is not only about dancing or drama but a celebration of life itself, it is about bringing back history and reintroduce them to the younger generation in manner that they can understand, they can relate, they can appreciate and enjoy. It is about looking back and giving honor to the people who fought and die for freedom that we are enjoying today.

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Leon

If you are looking for a fun family weekend destination, head over to Leon. It is known to be one of Iloilo’s most scenic and adventurous summer cool spots. It…

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If you are looking for a fun family weekend destination, head over to Leon. It is known to be one of Iloilo’s most scenic and adventurous summer cool spots. It is an old town that is full of fun with a plethora of activities including trekking, mountain biking, horseback riding, rock climbing, cave exploration and swimming to its falls.

There is something for everyone in Leon, and with just a little planning and pre-trip discussion, visitors can experience a rural vacation that will inspire, excite and leave lasting memories.

Leon is a Second-Class municipality located 28 kilometers in the west-southwest portion of Iloilo. It is bounded in the north by the municipality of Alimodian; in the west the municipality of San Remegio of the province of Antique; in the south by the municipalities of Tigbauan and Tubungan; and in the east by the municipality of San Miguel. It has a total land area 14,005 hectares politically subdivided by 85 barangays.

Leon is populated by 49, 875 (2015 Census on Population) Leonians. Market day is every Saturday. It annually celebrates its Religious Fiesta every 25th of November in honor of St. Catherine of Alexandria.

To get to Leon, jeepneys and air-conditioned vans at the ALEOSAN Transport Terminal in El 98 Street, Mandurriao, Iloilo City or at the ALEOSAN Transport Terminal in Barangay HIbao-an, Mandurriao, Iloilo City.

HISTORY

The municipality of Leon was formerly known as Camando, which was founded in the year 1730. However, the sitio got burned in 1865 causing a mass transfer of its people to Sitio Capan (present poblacion) , a vast rice-producing area. Two years after, the town was transferred and was given the name Leon in honor of the City of Leon in Spain, the place where Fr. Agustin Castrothen, parish priest of the town came from.

However, the inhabitants retained their surnames beginning with letter “C” which given to them through the order of Governor Narciso Claveria, the 71st Governor-General of the Philippines, who applied a system of giving family names to natives for ease of taxation, regulation and census, in 1894. The citizens of Leon retained their family names starting with the letter “C” in lasting memory of the former name of the town of Camando.

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ST. CATHERINE OF ALEXANDRIA PARISH CHURCH is of Doric and Byzantine architectural style. The present church was constructed around 1876 after the original town site in Camando was transferred in 1863 to its present site. It was under the supervision of Father Melquiades Arizmendi and was continued by Father Serapio Gonzales, Father Victoriano Garcia in 1879 and Father Manuel Guiterrez who also started constructing the convent in 1885.

Known to be the biggest stone edifice in Panay during its time, it measured 100 feet high and 300 feet long. It almost covered two streets of the town. The stones used were quarried from the hills of this town and were shaped into slabs shaped into parallelograms measuring of 1 x 2 feet.

The interior is of Renaissance-Romanesque architectural design with walls three and a half feet thick and five feet in height for each post that soared up to 32 feet to its roof. Big and long timbers from Negros were the support of the naves. The timbers of 100 feet long were rafted to Tigbauan, Iloilo and were hauled individually by 10 carabaos to the church site.

The church was burned during World War II and was transformed into a garrison for the Japanese Imperial Forces. It was rehabilitated by the Mill Hill Fathers after the war.

BUCARI was once the seat of government resistance against the Japanese in World War II. In 1996 via Executive Order 120, Governor Arthur D. Defensor, Sr. declared Bucari as the “Summer Capital of Iloilo.” It lures visitors year-round where hikers and mountain bikers traverse the mountains here to enjoy the sprawling panoramas of the expansive mountain ranges extending to neighboring towns and adjacent province. The cool climate is perfect for growing high-value produce such as carrots, cabbage, Baguio beans, chilis, eggplant and chayote or vegetable pear locally known as sayote. Farmers grow their crops along the hills and mountainside in terraces.

It is accessible by jeepney with one trip daily every 9 a.m. at P40.00 fare for every person and leaves Bucari for the town proper every 3 p.m. Normal travel time is one hour. For the adventurous in spirit, 30 units of motorcycle travel to Bucari at P150.00 one way for double occupancy or at P200.00 one way for single occupancy.

MANSIGA VIEWING DECK can be reached for almost an hour on foot on a normal pace of uphill climb where it will give you a panoramic view of the mountain ranges of Alimodian and Leon. There is also a fallen that can serve as a viewing spot where it offers a more scenic view of the surrounding.

PUTING BATO is another spot that you can go to and get amazing pictures of Leon mountain areas. It is a protruding rock formation that some tourists say resembles Pico de Loro in Batangas.

IMOY FALLS is almost an hour at normal pace, medium trek down that can be an ordeal for some. Visitors need to pass thru the hanging bridge. But when you finally reach a series of waterfalls that culminates to the alls, you will instantly forget all the hardships of your journey.

FESTIVALS

KAING is celebfrated every a basket made of bamboo strips. In Leon, it is used as a container of farm harvest such as fruits and vegetables. Because of its pervasive use it can be designed in different sizes. It is very common to see Kaings on top of jeepneys where it is used to transport products from the plantation site to the farm storage, from fresh harvest farmland to the market, from wholesale center to retail distribution outlet.

The Kaing is Leon’s basket of prosperity and symbol of quest for progress and unity as a people. It expresses a harvest of abundance being endowed with rich natural resource. But alongside with these naturally endowed gifts are the efforts of trying to sustain the already known identity of Leon as the fruit and vegetable basket of the Province of Iloilo. Kaing Festival showcases the talents and unique culture, achievements and progress of Leon. The festival is a name given as collective representation to that simple but potent image, tangible and relevant of a unique celebration in a community that seeks to inform its people of its tradition, share knowledge of struggle, stories of progress, identity of its own people amidst the vest humanity to the next generation.

HANDURAW ius a Hiligaynon word meaning “to reminisce,” or “flashback,” is celebrated every 1st week of September. It is an annual dramatic cultural presentation that commemorates the transfer of Pueblo del Camando, the old site of the municipality to Sitio Capan, the present site of the municipality. It is a week-long event that includes food festivals, trade fairs and a showcase of local agricultural produce.

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Alimodian

Alimodian is a beautiful and quiet town packed with great natural and historical attractions. It features amazing sites, views and landscapes that are surprisingly diverse, with remote upland barangays, rice…

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Alimodian is a beautiful and quiet town packed with great natural and historical attractions. It features amazing sites, views and landscapes that are surprisingly diverse, with remote upland barangays, rice paddies, tumbling waterfalls and vegetable plantations.

Alimodian is a Third-Class municipality situated south-central of the province. It is 24.6 kilometers away from Iloilo City. The town is bounded in the north by the province of Antique; in the east by the towns of Maasin and Cabatuan, Iloilo; in the south by San Miguel, Iloilo and in the west by Leon, Iloilo. It has a total land area of 14, 480 hectares that is politically subdivided into 51 barangays.

Alimodian is populated by 34, 408 (2015 Census on Population) Alimodianons. Market day is every Tuesdays and Sundays. It annually celebrates its Religious Fiesta every 22nd of September in honour of St. Thomas of Villanova.

To get to Alimodian, one can take a jeepney or van at the ALEOSAN Transport Terminal at El 98 Street, Mandurriao, Iloilo City or at the ALEOSAN Transport Terminal in Barangay HIbao-an, Mandurriao, Iloilo City.

HISTORY

Derived from alimodia or alimodias, the old Hiligaynon name for Coix Lachyrma-Jobi, a grain-bearing tropical plant of the grass family found to be abundant in the area. The town is also nicknamed as the Banana Capital of Western Visayas.

Founded in in 1754 by Capitan Agustin Magtanong, Alimodian was formerly an arrabal of Ogtong (Oton). In August 20, 1756, Alimodian was officially separated from Ogtong.

ATTRACTIONS

ST. THOMAS OF VILLANOVA PARISH CHURCH is of Baroque architectural style. The first church was built sometime in 1700 was destroyed by an earthquake in July 13 1787. The present church was built on the same foundation with the old church. It was under the supervision of Father Florencio Martin in 1859.

The stones used in the construction of the church were taken in Camando (Leon). The belfry of the church was one of the tallest and the most beautiful in Panay and Negros during its time. It had seven bells and was said to give the loudest and most melodious sound. The convent was completed in 1868 and was just as big as the church though longer in length.

However, in April 16, 1942, it was looted and burned. A month after the church was also burned for fear that Japanese Imperial Forces will use the church as its hideout and storage center for their supplies. The 1948 Lady Kaykay earthquake rocked the church totally destroying its convent and about 2/3 of its belfry. It was then abandoned. It was in 1951 when the ruined church was renovated and opened for public worship in December 22 of the same year.

The stone church of Alimodian was completed in 1864 and was dedicated to Saint Thomas of Villanova, the town’s patron saint. Fr. Florencio Martin, OSA was credited for building it while his successor, Fr. Ignacio Marcos, OSA, completed the stone and wooden convent in 1868. Its belfry was fitted with bells manufactured in 1876 by Juan Reyes in his foundry in Arevalo. The largest bell weighed 120 arrobas or 1,470 kilos where two pairs of bullcarts transported them from Arevalo to Alimodian. Both the church and the convent survived the earthquake of 20 June 1869 where a number of churchgoers got injured, and the tremor of 13 February 1882 where the image of Saint Augustine fell from its niche over the church’s main entrance.

During the outbreak of World War II, the convent became the refuge of the Ysmael and Caram families who were friends of Fr. Mariano Perez, the parish priest at that time. Shortly after the invasion of Iloilo by the Japanese Imperial Army on 6 April 1942, fleeing residents looted the convent and set it on fire.

A month later, Filipino guerrillas under Col. Macario Peralta torched the church to prevent Japanese soldiers from turning it into a garrison. Its roof was restored in 1943 by Fr. Genaro Ramos following the surrender of the town to the Japanese. Five years later, the church collapsed to the ground during the 25 January 1948 Lady Caycay 8.2-magnitude earthquake that also toppled the Jaro bell tower and the Oton church.

AGONY HILL is a venue for Religious Pilgrimage especially during the Holy Week. Stations of the Cross are located along the trekking area where people can pause for a moment and pray. The concept of Agony Hill emerged from the combination of the human appreciation of nature`s beauty with the amazing landscape designed naturally by the hill`s rolling slope and topography.

SEVEN CITIES is composed the seven barangays or villages located in the upland hinterlands of the town of Alimodian and are linked to the Bucari mountain range of the town of Leon. It is composed of the barangays Cabacanan (Proper and Rizal), Dao, Lico, Manasa, Tabug and Umingan. It is called the “Little Baguio of Iloilo” because of its cool climate. They produce high yielding crops such as cauliflower, carrots, broccoli and even strawberries. It is also known for its lush vegetation, thick jungle forest, diverse wildlife and plants such as wild berries and fruits, caves, steep cliffs and boulders, waterfalls and rice terraces.

UMINGAN PLATEAU On top of barangay Umingan lays the green grass covering a wide range of the plateau which blends with the foggy atmosphere and freezing breeze. An aerial picture of the entire area beneath exactly describes how high a traveller has reached. At night, a panoramic scene appears to be stars blinking at night but it was on the ground. Such view, most perfectly describe how the night spots on the quivering and meddling City of Iloilo look like.

LICO WATERFALLS is almost hidden within barangay Lico, located near the thick forest, is a haven where a series of mini waterfalls can be found. Splashes of cool and refreshing waters flowing endlessly show the abundance of water poured by nature. A quick dip would often lead to a prolonged craving to dive the crystal clear waters for a more relaxing experience.

BATO DUNGOK IN AGUA COLOGNIA is within the rugged and forested terrain and on the highest area of Agua Colognia, Bato Dungok invites one to discover its amazing natural landscape with sculptured rocks in an artistic and exquisite manner.

FESTIVALS

HIMUD-OS is celebrated every 2nd till the 3rd week of March

PASKUA SA ALIMODIAN is celebrated every 2nd week of December, the municipal park of Alimodian has been an attraction especially during this season as everyone enjoys walking around it and seeing the different lighted Christmas trees and lanterns or parols. It is an amazing local tradition that helps bring much a much needed sense of community to many Alimodianons. Barangay districts of the area take turns in the nightly holiday showcase featuring the talented people of this town.

MUSiKALIKASAN, EARTH DAY FEST is celebrated every April 22. The event is observed since 2014 as the town’s way celebrating World Earth Day. It is an ecological awareness and advocacy program of Alimodian through musical renditions in Hiligaynon and OPM on how we should take good care of Mother Nature. Alimodian is a beautiful town packed with great natural and historical attractions. It features amazing sites, views and landscapes that are surprisingly diverse, with remote upland barangays, rice paddies, tumbling waterfalls and vegetable plantations.

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San Miguel

San Miguel is a 5th class municipality is bordered by the municipality of Maasin and Cabatuan in the north; Sta. Barbara and Pavia in the northeast; in the south by…

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San Miguel is a 5th class municipality is bordered by the municipality of Maasin and Cabatuan in the north; Sta. Barbara and Pavia in the northeast; in the south by Oton; the city of Iloilo in the east; Alimodian in the west; and southwest with Leon and Tigbauan. It has a land area of 2,134 hectares and politically subdivided into 24 barangays.

San Miguel is populated by 27, 686 San Miguelnons. Market day is every Wednesdays and Sundays. It annually celebrates in Religious Fiesta every 8th of May in honor of St. Michael the Archangel.

To get to San Miguel one can take a jeepney or van at the ALEOSAN TRANSPORT TERMINAL in Barangay HIbao-an, Mandurriao, Iloilo City or at the ALEOSAN Transport Terminal in El 98 Street, Mandurriao, Iloilo City.

HISTORY

The first seat of poblacion of the town of San Miguel was in Fonda with its center in Ermita now in Sitio Langca in Barangay San Jose. A simple wooden church was constructed for the people to gather but when the church was halfway finished, the townsfolk decided to transfer the seat of the poblacion to an area known as Angoy. Here a little stone church was built and the plaza was laid out. When the church was completed, the Archdiocese of Jaro decided to separate the parishes of Alimodian, Leon and Angoy. Thus three patron saints (St. Catherine de Aragon, St. Thomas de Villanueva and St. Michael the Archangel) were sent into the three parishes. The images of these saints were carried by carabo-drawn bamboo carts.

Upon arriving in Angoy, it was decided to leave the image of St. Thomas de Villanueva there but the carabao carrying the bamboo cart where the image of St. Michael the Archangel was did not continue its journey to Alimodian. Instead, it stayed rooted on the spot where no amount of beating and prodding the animal succeeded in budging it, thus, did St. Michael the Archangel became the patron saint of Angoy, later becoming the town of San Miguel after the saint.

FESTIVALS

PASIDUNGOG KAY SENYOR SAN MIGUEL is celebrated every 3rd week of December. From the Hiligaynon root word dungog meaning honor or dignity, Pasidungog festival venerates the town’s patron saint, San Miguel.

Highlight of the celebration is the tribal dance-drama competition which recounts the story based on folk history, on the separation of the parishes of Alimodian, Leon and San Miguel. The storyline of competing tribes also recounts the miracle that happened in 1805 when the Archangel Micheael appeared and saved the town when they were besieged by Muslim bandits. The Moros reportedly saw the appearance of the angel and they immediately fled.

PALUPOK BAYONG is celebrated every December 30. It is a revival of the old Filipino tradition of celebrating the New Year by making loud sounds through bamboo cannons or bayong.

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Zarraga

This Fourth Class municipality is located in the northeastern portion of Iloilo, the municipality of Zarraga is 16 kilometers away from Iloilo City. Zarraga is at a converging point for…

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This Fourth Class municipality is located in the northeastern portion of Iloilo, the municipality of Zarraga is 16 kilometers away from Iloilo City. Zarraga is at a converging point for the two national highways: the main roads of Central Panay, including the provinces of Aklan and Capiz; and the northern towns of Iloilo Provinces. It has a total land area of 8, 253 hectares and is politically subdivided into 24 barangays.

Zarraga is populated by 25,605 Zarraganhons. Market day is every Sunday. It annually celebrates its Religious Fiesta every 15th of May in honor of St. Isidro Labrador.

To get to Zarraga, one can take a jeepney at Jaro Plaza or at the new Ceres Terminal in Barangay Camalig, Jaro, Iloilo City.

HISTORY

Zarraga was once a nameless jungle outback with an abundance of giant trees. It was in 1853 when the town was established and was named after Pedro Zarraga, then Alcalde Mayor of Iloilo whoserved eight years until his death in August 26, 1882. In the early part of 1904, Zarraga became an arrabal of Sta. Barbara and remained as such until 1940. It again became as an independent municipality by virtue of Executive Order No. 295, issued by former President Manuel L. Quezon.

FESTIVAL

PANTAT is celebrated every last week of December. It celebrates and aims to promote pantat (catfish) production in the the municipality. Started in 2003, a small group of individuals discussed the possibility of establishing a local event to promote their local produce, pantat. Considered as a delicacy, the people of Zarraga prepare pantat grilled as a barbecue that is a common sight as one enters the town.

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Leganes

LEGANES is a residential community being the only coastal municipality that shares a common border with Iloilo City. It is home to families with children, retirees, and seasonal residents. It…

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LEGANES is a residential community being the only coastal municipality that shares a common border with Iloilo City. It is home to families with children, retirees, and seasonal residents. It has a relaxed peaceful atmosphere and the charm of an old-fashioned friendly neighborhood. Although it is small community, the town is progressive within a short distance from the city with a hometown feel.

At many points along this narrow piece of land you can view bodies of water. It joins with the other coastal municipalities in welcoming visitors to its attractions and beautiful seascape. Despite its sleepy appearance, Leganes has its share of the tourist population.

This Fourth Class town is located along the Guimaras Strait, opposite the town of Buenavista in Guimaras. It is adjacent to the City of Iloilo in the south; bounded by Pavia in the southeast; Sta. Barbara in the west; and Zarraga in the north. It has a total land area of 3, 216 hectares politically subdivided into 18 barangays.

Leganes is populated by 32, 480 (2015 Census on Population) Leganesnons. Market day is every Sunday. It annually celebrates its religious fiesta every 5th of April in honour of St. Vincent Ferrer.

To get to Leganes, one can take a 20-minuter jeepney ride from Jaro Plaza.

HISTORY

The municipality of Leganes sprang from a small settlement in the early part of 1840 in the site of now known as Barangay Guihaman. The word “Guihaman” originated from the presence of wild boars of “guihan” which inhabited or foraged the place. The early founders of the municipality named the place “Valencia” in honor of its Patron Saint, San Vicente Ferrer of Valencia, a town in Spain. Learning the existence of the settlement, Don Ysidro A. Brudit, the Spanish Governor of Iloilo at the time, decreed sometime in 1856, that the settlement be registered as “Pueblo” otherwise a fine of P600.00 will believed on the inhabitants. In compliance with the decree, the place was registered as pueblo in 1858.

The little pueblo at that time had grown into a thriving community with the influx of settlers from the adjacent towns of Jaro and Sta. Barbara. One of its founders, Don Miguel Valencia seemed to enjoy unmerited, if not unusual honor after the settlement was named Valencia, while other founders protested and moved to have the name change through a petition to the Alta Mar of Spain. The Spain authorities, annoyed by the complaint, named the pueblo “Leganes”, named after the town in Spain, which is of little significance, just to settle the seemingly petty dispute.

Leganes became an arrabal of Jaro in 1916. Later on progress and peace easily flowed in when Iloilo Governor Tomas Confessor granted Leganes’ autonomy from Jaro to become a full-pledged town.

In January 1, 1940, Leganes was declared a municipality by virtue of Executive Order No. 241 signed by then Commonwealth President Manuel Luis Quezon. In the year 1918, Governor Jose Yulo signed the formal request for separation.

ATTRACTIONS

SAN VICENTE FERRER PARISH CHURCH was declared a Diocesan Shrine in April of 2008. The façade of the church is an elaborate example of the usual baroque church common in the Philippines. It shares a lot of similarities to the Church of Saint Theresa in Lithuania. Recently rebuilt, the architects and engineers chose the details that could make an astonishing façade that depicts nothing else but elegance, magnificence and faith.

The church is perhaps the most visited because people from all over the country would come to pay homage and display their acts of faith with hopes that the desires of their hearts might be fulfilled.

FESTIVALS

SAAD is celebrated every last week of January and depicts Leganesnons’ intense spirituality and religious faith. Saad, a Hiligaynon term for “vow,” it displays both Catholic and ancient influences. The celebration defines the presence of God in every Leganesnon’s life.

The highlight of the festival is the tribal dance-drama competition showcasing the suffering or shame of sin and expressions through movements of joy and worship. The dances also express healing and restoration.

Special feature of the presentations is the palapak, a Hiligaynon word meaning to tread on one’s head an image of a saint. For Saad , it’s the image of St. Vincent Ferrer, the central figure of the celebration, reputed for his piety, scholarship, and preaching and has touched the lives of many who believed and regarded by many as an angel who brings healing, is pressed upon the heads of devotees especially those who suffer from various sickness. It has been said several were healed through this act of intense devotion to the saint. Shouts of “San Vicente Ferrer, Igampo Mo Kami!,” with laughs and cries from performers as they dance for joy to praise their patron saint for his deliverance is also a common scene of every performances.

Saad was previously celebrated in April to commemorate the saint’s death but recently was moved to January to remember his birth.

BIRAY-PARAW is celebrated annually every last Sunday of June and showcases a day of skilled races. Competitions include sailing and visitors to the event can have the opportunity to experience the traditional biray-biray or sailing for a minimal fee. Enthusiasts are attracted by the chance to learn technical skills in the exposed sea and around the Leganes.

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Pavia

The Second-Class agro-industrial town of Pavia is situated in the northern portion of the province and is 9.6 kilometers away or a Thirty-five minute ride from Iloilo City. The town…

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The Second-Class agro-industrial town of Pavia is situated in the northern portion of the province and is 9.6 kilometers away or a Thirty-five minute ride from Iloilo City. The town is bordered by the municipality of Oton in the south; San Miguel in the east; Sta. Barbara in the north; Leganes in the west and Iloilo City. The town has a total land area measuring 3, 502 hectares, the smallest in the entire province, and is politically subdivided into 18 barangays.

Pavia is populated by 55,603 Pavianhons. Market day is every Wednesday. It annually celebrates its Religious Festival every 4th of May in honor is St. Monica.

To get to Pavia, one can take a jeepney at Jaro Plaza, Iloilo City.

HISTORY

One theory has it that the name Pavia came from a certain Colonel Pavia of the Spanish garrison in Iloilo who was supposedly responsible for initially establishing a Spanish presence in the area. Others believe that the name is a Spanish corruption of the Hiligaynon word biya-biya, as the area was originally considered a neglected patch of land that served mostly as a camping ground for city sophisticates and absentee landlords.

Others claim that the town was named after a Spanish Governor-General, Manuel Pavia y Lay Marquis of Novaliches, who eventually became a priest after his short tenure in the Philippines from 1853-1854.

However, the more credible theory seems to be the overlooked fact that the town’s religious well-being was placed under the jurisdiction and supervision of the friars of the Augustinian Order, and they simply named the place in honour of the town of Pavia, Italy, where the founder of their order, Saint Augustine, was buried.

Settled by Malays and later by Chinese approximately between the 15th and the 16th centuries, Pavia then had an estimated population of just about 200 – 400 villagers. Proof of the early setytling of the place can be derived from archeological work at a Chinese burial ground in Cabugao Sur.

Originally established in 1848, during the Spanish Colonial Era, Pavia became a part of Sta. Barbara in 1901 and then became a part of Iloilo City as an atrrabal of Jaro. In 1921, Pavia became an independent town. The town was equally popular with ots agustinian Church built in 1889 and patterned after the San Michelle Maggiore in Pavia, Italy.

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SANTA MONICA PARISH CHURCH in Pavia, lloilo is of Romanesque-Byzantine architectural style. The original church was built under the supervision of Father Policarpio Minayo sometime in 1864-1873. It was made of wood and bricks. Reconstruction of the church was under the supervision of Father Antonio Fermentino in 1888 and was finished in 1890. More reconstruction was done under the supervision of Father Lazaro Ramirez until 1899 and was finally open for public worship in the same year.

Made entirely of red bricks, two Greek crosses decorate the facade above its triple-arched main doorway. The church has large rose windows accentuating its arched windows and doors. It was used as a Japanese garrison during World War II. Filipino guerillas also raided the church where it was badly destroyed. Restoration of the church started in 2003 and was finished in 2011.

FESTIVALS

CARABAO-CARROZA is celebrated evety 3rd of May. A festival of and for the carabaos, it is known to be the longest existing festival in Iloilo Province.

The celebration starts with a grand opening parade that takes off at Ungka-I every 7 a.m. of May 3. Eighteen barangays are well-represented, each with gaily-decorated carrozas filled with the barangay’s farm produce or main backyard industry.
The barangay muse in a typical baro’t-saya serves as the carroza’s centrepiece and competes for the festivals fairest, the Festival Queen Search on the eve of the parade day.

The highlight of the opening day is the cafrabao race, a tradition since then, the race is of two major types: flat racing where carabaos driven by farmer run across the 100-meter long parallel grassy track; and the carroza-racing is driven by farmers with carrozas drawn by the carabaos. The race is based on speed and stamina of the carabaos.

TIGKARALAG is celebrated every 30th of October. Derived from the Hiligaynon word kalag, meaning soul with the prefix tig meaning season of attached to it.

The festival was conceptualized in 1991 by former 2nd District Provincial Board Member, Hon. Cecilia H. Capadosa. It has grown to become the most-anticipated Halloween event in this side of Iloilo.

With coordinated Halloween characters, costumes, make-up and decorations imaginable. And if you thought the event is just about costumes, think again. Tigkaralag just might surprise you. Tigkaralag opens with a Foot Parade of contesting barangays carrying torches and marching towards the public plaza area and followed by the contest proper where individual, group, Best Arch, Most Horrible and the Most Amusing awards will be given.

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San Joaquin

Offering up beautiful landscapes, unique culture, fun-filled festival and adrenaline pumping activities, it’s not a question of what to see and do in San Joaquin, rather, it is a question…

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Offering up beautiful landscapes, unique culture, fun-filled festival and adrenaline pumping activities, it’s not a question of what to see and do in San Joaquin, rather, it is a question of knowing which sights and experiences simply cannot be missed.

San Joaquin is a Second-Class municipality situated in the southernmost tip of the province. It is 85 kilometers away or an hour and a half ride from Iloilo City. The town is bordered by mountains in the north and Sibalom, Antique; west by the towns of Hamtic and Tobias Fornier in Antique; east by the town of Miagao, Iloilo; south is a coastline facing the Panay Gulf. It has a total land area of 23,135 hectares that is politically subdivided into 85 barangays.

San Joaquin is populated by 51, 892 San Joaquinhons. Market day is every Wednesdays and Fridays. It annually celebrates its Religious Fiesta every 3rd week of January in honour of St. Joaquin.

To get to the town, one can take a San Joaquin jeepney at the Don Benito Q. Acap Sr. Southern Iloilo Perimeter Boundary in Barangay Mohon, Oton or when in the city, take any bus at the Antique Terminal in Molo or at the Iloilo Terminal Market in Barangay Rizal Pala-Pala I, Iloilo City.

HISTORY

According to Maragtas, legend begins in the latter of the 12th century when ten (10) Malayan Chieftains or Datus together with their families, warriors and slaves on board ten “binidays” (boat for sea travel) landed at a place called Andona, near the north of the Siwaragan (Suagan or Sugan) River. The chieftains headed by Datu Puti fled from tyranny of Sultan Makatunao in Borneo in search of and establish a new land for the free.

At that time, Panay Island was inhabited by the “Atis” or Negritos under the rule of King Marikudo and Queen Maniwangtiwang. Datu Puti and his men, instead of subduing Chieftain Marikudo and the lowly Atis, made negotiations of all the lowlands of Panay at the price of one golden hat called “saduk”, along gold necklace believe to have touched the ground, called “manangyad” and various gifts. The said negotiations successfully took place at Imbidayan rock, Sinogbuhan, San Joaquin, Iloilo, now a historical site.

After the transaction was sealed, the Atis retired to the mountains and the Malay took complete control of the lowlands. Datu Puti continued his travel. The settlement was left to the able leadership of one of the chieftains, Datu Sumakwel whose wife was Kapinangan. Later Datu Sumakwel divided Panay Island into three districts- Irong-irong, Hamtic and Aklan. Irong-irong was given to Datu Paiburong as his territorial domain. It was Datu Sumakwel who decreed the Code of Kalantiaw and Panay Island lived in peace and prosperity for three hundred years until the Spaniards came.

San Joaquin was annexed to Miagao in 1904 for the purpose of efficient administration under the American rule. By virtue of Executive Order No. 21, Series of 1910 issued by the American Military Governor-General, San Joaquin became a municipality in December 10, 1910.

ATTRACTIONS

ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH OF SAN JOAQUIN is of Baroque architectural style. The first church was said to have been finished earlier than 1850. The present church was built on the same foundation with the old church in 1869 under the supervision of Father Tomas Santaren and was assisted by a Spanish engineer named Felipe Diez.

Considered as the most militaristic church in the Philippines, the pediment’s bass relief sculpture entitled “Rendicion de Tetuan” commemorates the 1859 victory of the Spanish over the forces of Morroco in Tetuan, North Africa. It revealed the cavalry and infantry led by St. James, the Moor-slayer, breaking the Moorish defenses under a minaret tower over a landscape of date palms. The sculpture is so intricate that even the expression of wounded soldiers is visible.

The church was made from gleaming coral stone called “sillar” that were rectangularly shaped into a given dimension. Skilled masons and craftsmen, famous sculptors and painters from Spain and Mexico were employed to work for the construction of the church. The limestone used in the construction of the church is found along the seashores on Punta Talisayan, Punta Malagting Tubus, Talus and Sinugbuhan in San Joaquin.
The church was used as a fort during the Muslim raids. It was burned in January 29, 1943 and was rocked by the 1948 Lady Kaykay earthquake. It was declared as a Historical Landmark in 1974.

ROMAN CATHOLIC CEMETERY is of Neo-Gothic architectural style. It was built in 1892 under the leadership of Father Mariano Wamba. This coral stone walled cemetery with an iron gate is fenced by wrought iron with walls of carved stone. The two pillars supporting the decorative archway were ornately carved with flowers and tendrils showing the influence of Gothic architecture. Its 20-steps ascending stairway is flanked a stone balustrade on both sides leading you to the grandiose hexagonal mortuary chapel popularly known as “Camposanto.”

NETWORK OF MARINE PROTECTED AREAS are seen along its coasts that protect its incredible variety of marine life and help sustain its communities. Of the 15 Marine Protected Areas that spans from it first Barangay nearing the border of the neighboring province of Antique, the Kulyatan Marine Sanctuary in barangay Sinogbuhan and the Bugnayan Point Marine Sanctuary and Park in the bordering Barangays of Lawigan and Igcadlum are two of the more popular and frequently visited MPAs of this town.

GARINFARM is an inland resort that has all the adventure you need on agriculture, leisure and pilgrimage. It offers extensive farm attractions open to the public. This inland resort offer unique experiences to see, feel, and taste agriculture at its source. It has a lot of activities and is great for friends and families especially the children. Enjoy gorgeous mountain views while hiking up to and down from its 480-step viewing deck at the base of its 100-feet Blazing Cross and Heaven. On your way to the steps from the main base, you will see nine life-sizes religious scenes from Creation until the Ascension of Christ. Visitors can also avail of golf carts on their way to and from the viewing deck. It is situated in Purok 11, poblacion and opens daily from 8 am until 9 pm. Jeepneys from the city bring their passengers direct to the entrance of the resort

FESTIVALS

BAYLUHAY is celebrated every 3rd week of January. Derived freom the Hiligaynon word baylo, meaning an exchange, freplace or barter, the festivity is based on folk history of the Maragtas Legend commemorating the flight of the ten Bornean Datus from Borneo to the island of Panay using their binidays or boats. It was said that sometime in the first half of the 13th the datus purchased the land from the Aeta Chieftain Marikudo for a golden Salakot and a Manangyad or golden necklace.

The festival also highlights the various ancient customs, colourful rituals and traditions that the people of San Joaquin have inherited from their Bornean ancestors.

PASUNGAY-PAHIBAG is celebrated every third week of January and third week of August. Bullfighting exists in San Joaquin and is an important part of their history and culture. The town has always been famous for its Pasungay. There is no other place in the region where bullfighting is observed. It is the most common thing associated with San Joaquin, and rightly so for its origins date back to early 1900s.
The San Joaquin Sports Stadium has long since been the focal point for this town’s annual celebration of Pasungay (bull fight) or Pahibag sang Kabayo (horse fight). In order to keep alive the traditions of the past, the local government has reintroduced this time-honored celebration which is unique to San Joaquin.

JUEGO DE ANILLO (Game of Rings) is celebrated every 31st of May. Originally, it is a traditional game of Spanish influence. In the hinterland barangay of Lomboyan, an ancient courtship ritual is still being practiced as single females, hoping to find their future partners in life, would hang their rings on a suspended wire attached to a tree or similar structure. The males on the otherhand are required to catch the ring of their future partner using a small bamboo or wooden stick while riding a horse.

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