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With its cerulean waters surrounding stretches of white sandbars, majestic nature trails harboring rare flower species, and sites honoring a not too distant historical event, Antique has piqued the interest…

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Anini-y

There is a simple explanation as to why this town is called Anini-y. Back when it was newly settled in the mid-15th century, people saw that the place was irrigated…

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Experience Antique, where mountains meet sea

Welcome to Antique! The homeland of the Antiqueños is a rustic idyll of pristine islands, hot and cold springs, ancient churches and ruins, scenic beaches, and wooded mountain trails. It…

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Taiwan Guide: Places, food, experiences in the ‘beautiful island’

Taiwan wasn’t high in my list of must-visit places, but two trips later and it had become one of my favorite destinations. The capital Taipei was bustling without being chaotic,…

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Dapitan celebrates Kinabayo Festival

Street dancing, a music festival, and a motocross with live band are just among the activities lined up by the Dapitan City Government for the Kinabayo Festival 2017. Held annually…

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Ajuy

The fishing and agricultural town of Ajuy is quite a remote area although it has popular island beaches that remain a site with minimal disruption. Locals usually find that the…

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The fishing and agricultural town of Ajuy is quite a remote area although it has popular island beaches that remain a site with minimal disruption. Locals usually find that the island beaches are enough of a reason to visit the area all by itself. It has popular restaurants and scenic mainland resorts and its own share of historical attractions.

Regardless who you are visiting while on vacation in the island or mainland, with friends, your family or as a couple, you will truly enjoy the beauty and the things you do here. And if you want a break from the beautiful island beach experience, there are a number of mainland attractions and things to do.

The Second-Class municipality of Ajuy is situated in the northern portion of the province. It is 91.9 kilometers away or a two-hour drive from Iloilo City. It is bounded in the north by Sara; south by Ajuy Bay; and the west by Barotac Viejo. It has a land area of 19,346 hectares that is politically subdivided into 34 barangays.

Ajuy is populated by 52, 268 (2015 Census on Population) Ajuynons. Market day is every Sunday. The town celebrates its annual Religious Fiesta every 10th of September in honour of San Nicolas de Tolentino.

To get to Ajuy, busses are available daily at the new Ceres Bus Terminal in Barangay Camalig, Jaro, Iloilo City.

HISTORY

Folk history posits the municipality of Ajuy started as a small settlement established by the early Malayan immigrants on the northern side of the Gubaton River near the present site of Barangay Lanjagan.

The natives originally called it “Aswe.” Based on folk history, it is said that during the Spanish time, a Spaniard who was assigned to list the names of coastal villages in this part of the province, came to Aswe where he met a native who was gathering wood. The stranger asked for the name of the settlement. The native did not understand what the stranger was asking thought he was inquiring about what he was gathering and so he answered, “kahoy.” And so the Spaniard noted down the word “Ajoy” which was later changed to Ajuy, the present official name of this town.

Ajuy was formerly a part of the town of Sara and became a separate full-fledged municipality in 1917.

ATTRACTIONS

BARANGAY PEDADA is a small and rich community of mangrove forest with an estimated 42.5 hectares. Worldwide, more than 70 species of mangroves exist. Around 35-40 species are found in the Philippines; and 29 of it are found in Barangay Pedada.

TERRA VERDE FARM AND FOREST PARK is a remnant of an old Hacienda in Barangay San Antonio converted into an inland resort designed to inspired visitors by its surrounding lush and green scenery. The facilities and the amenities blend perfectly with its natural environment surrounded by lush trees, established landscaping, and an ever-so-peaceful environment.

It promises to its guests a unique and comfortable stay. The calmness of nature and the soothing landscapes of the nearby areas make one’s stay an unforgettable one. The resort offers a wide variety of leisure and recreational facilities to its nature visitors. Fishing, camping, paddling, cycling, nature walks and picnic areas are just a few of the many recreational opportunities to be enjoyed when in the resort.

MARBUENA BEACH RESORT in Binongan-an Island is a beautiful holiday destination especially in the bright sunlight of summer. There are plenty of things to do. Activities include sailing, fishing and scuba diving and trekking. You can beach-hop your way down the Island situated seven kilometers from the poblacion. It boasts of white sand surrounding the island; home to birds and fruit bats; and perfect for scuba diving and snorkeling.

NASIDMAN ISLAND offers a place for relaxation, land and sea playground and fishing. There are residential units clustered in the northern portion. Easy motorized boat access of almost 30 minutes motorized boatride from Culasi Wharf makes this among the favorite location when visitors would want to enjoy one of Ajuy’s the best in terms of water, sand and hospitality.

Nasidman is also rich in marine life. It has a Marine Protected Area that is slowly becoming a major attraction for water activities such as snorkeling, paddle boating and diving and promoted continuously by the locals. A holiday weekend is also definitely more fun with friends and families. The island is also a perfect place to witness Tabagak-drying and buy some to bring home. It is only 500 meters away from Calabasa Island.

ISLA BIDA in Barangay Pantalan-Nabaye, Sitio Binongan-an, is a great beach experience that very few people find. It is a small sheltered hidden gem and a magical spot for a dip and a picnic. This is a perfect destination for those of you who want to find a beautiful secluded island, far from the crowds, and the frenetic city life.

CALABAZAS ISLAND commonly called “Parola” has a functioning lighthouse managed by the Philippine Navy. It houses the 1884 Parola or Lighthouse known to the Second Oldest Lighthouse in the country. Tourists can spend a good time swimming, snorkelling, fishing, boating or for just a simple respite.

BAY-ANG POINT in Barangay Peninsula has a clean beach with smooth stones instead of sand thus making its waters crystal-like clear. It is an ideal place for swimming, fishing, skin diving, boating snd solitude.

PANALIKDIKON FALLS is situated in Barangay Tipacla four kilometres away from the town center. It has a cool environment and clean water for swimming and areas for picnic.

FESTIVAL

TAMBOBO is celebfrated every 2nd week of September. Derived from a Hiligaynon word tambobo or a structure from storing agricultural products such as grains, it celebrates the abundance of harvest of crops and the bounties of the seas with series of special events daily for the whole community to enjoy.

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Lemery

Lemery is a Fourth-Class municipality situated in the eastern portion of the proince. It is 87 kilometres or two hours and twety-five minute ride from Iloilo City. It is bounded…

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Lemery is a Fourth-Class municipality situated in the eastern portion of the proince. It is 87 kilometres or two hours and twety-five minute ride from Iloilo City. It is bounded in the north by Sara; Ajuy in the west; Barotac Viejo in th east ; and, San Rafael in south; and the towns of Dumarao, Maayon and Pontevedra in Capiz in the northwest. It has a total land area of 11, 900 hectares that is politically subdivided into 31 barangays.

Lemery is populated by 30, 851 (2015 Census on Population) Lemernhons. Market day is every Wednesday. It annually celebrates it Religious Fiesta ever 28th of January in honur of Sr. St. Nino or the Child Jesus.

To get to the town, one can take a bus or van at the Baldoza Transport Terminal in Zone 3, Barangay Baldoza, Lapaz, Iloilo City.

HISTORY

There are different stories and version as to how the town got its name. The most popular one is based on the tree, the tall Palo-Maria tree that served as a landmark. It was said that during the Spanish era, settlements were usually named in honour of saints. Relative to the tall Palo-Maria tree, it served as a permanent landmark of a thriving community at a tall hill “Pitk-pitik,” the settlement’s name was “El Pueblo de la Maria.”

Lemery was created from the barrios of Lemery, Tabunan, Tuburan, Nagsulang, Daga, Tuguis, Singcua, Agpipili, Pacuan, Milan, Alagiñgay, Tuga, Bajo, San Antonio, Capeñahan, Bankal, Geroñgan, Omio, Nasapahan, Abuac-Dalipe, San Jose, Cabangtohan, Dapdapan, Butuan, Anabo, and Buenavista from the municipality of Sara by virtue of Republic Act No. 197, enacted June 22, 1947. It was named after Spanish governor-general José Lemery e Ibarrola Ney y González.

Lemery became and independent town in 1984 by virtue of R.A. 197, sponsored by then representative of the 5th District of Iloilo, Hon. Juan V. Borra.

ATTRACTIONS

ABUAC FALLS, DALIPE FALLS, ALAGUINGAY FALLS, ALCANTARA – TABUNAN FALLS, NAGSULANG – NASAPAHAN FALLS

FESTIVAL

SAUG is celebrated every last week of January. Originating from the Hiligaynon word Saug meaning to haul an object with the use of a carroza or bamboo sled pulled by a waterbuffalo, the town celebrates its agricultural heritage with a tribal dance competition highlighting this practice. Suag defines the primary vehicle or mode of transport farmers used to haul their bountiful agricultural produce to be sold . Such practice is still being done inspite of more modern forms of transportation to haul their produce to the market.

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San Rafael

San Rafael is a Fifth-Class municipality located in the eastern portion of the province. It is 72 kilometres or almost two hours drive from the provincial capital, Iloilo City. It…

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San Rafael is a Fifth-Class municipality located in the eastern portion of the province. It is 72 kilometres or almost two hours drive from the provincial capital, Iloilo City. It is bordered by Dumarao, Capiz in the north: Lemery in the east: Barotac Viejo in the south; and, Passi City in the west. It has a land area of 14, 578 hectares that is politically subdivided into nine (9) barangays.

It is populated by 16, 532 (2015 Census on Population) San Rafaelnons. Market day is every Sunday. It annually celebrates its Religious Fiesta every 24th of October in honour of St. Rafael the Archangel.

To get to the town, one can take a bus or van at the new Ceres Terminal in Barangay Camalig, Jaro, Iloilo City.

HISTORY

From more than a century, San Rafael remained a barangay of Barotac Viejo. However, in June 21, 1969, all or part of the 16 barangays of Barotac Viejo were separated from the town and consolidated into a new municipality. It was in 1971 via Republic Act No. 6267 that decreed the five barangays be restored to Barotac Viejo, with Barrio Omio becoming part of the municipality of Lemery.

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Barotac Viejo

Barotac Viejo is currently experiencing fantastic growth and interest as a tourist destination in the province of Iloilo. The town hopes to offer everything visitors could want in privacy, beauty…

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Barotac Viejo is currently experiencing fantastic growth and interest as a tourist destination in the province of Iloilo. The town hopes to offer everything visitors could want in privacy, beauty and breathtaking views. If you are looking for moments of solitude in the fast bustling city life, what you need is a trip to the town which will bring you peace and closeness to nature. Come discover Barotac Viejo’s best kept secrets.

The Third-Class municipality of Barotac Viejo is situated in the northestern portion of the province. It is 52 kilometers away or an hour and forty-five minutes drive from Iloilo City. The town is bounded in the northwest by the Municipality of San Rafael; in the south by the Municipality of Banate and the Visayan Sea; in the east by the Municipality of Lemery and the Province of Capiz, and; in the west by the Municipality of Passi and San Enrique. It has a land area of 14, 230 hectares that is politically subdivided into 26 barangays.

Barotac Viejo is populated by 45, 808 (2015 Census on Population) Barotacnons. Market day is every Thursday. Iyt annually celebrates its Religious Festival every 29th of June in honour of St. Peter the Apostle.

To get to the town, one can take a bus or van at the new Ceres Terminal in Barangay Camalig, Jaro, Iloilo City.

HISTORY

Barotac Viejo was founded in 1754. The town started as a small settlement near San Juan Bay, surrounding the estuaries of Paywan and Barotac Viejo River. The first settlers were a clan of families from Cebu who escaped from Marauding Muslims or Moros. The settlement grew and was elevated to a barangay in 1765

In 1771, bonds of Moros swept through the Visayas, striking mortal fear among people living in coastal pueblos. The cabeza de barangay elders decided later to move the community from the seacoast to a safer haven inland. Transfering inland, out of danger from the Moro marauders, a small clearing by the bank of the river was chosen where a new community was established. This was called bagong banwa or new town.

The frequency of Moro attacks in the Visayas prompted the Spanish Governor Simon de Anda to put up a fleet of light gunboats for the defense of the coastal towns. After having to transfer sites several times, the latest site was established. Known as Bagong Banwa it was renamed “Baro-lutak” or “Barrotak.” The name was a combination of two words, one in Spanish and the other in Hiligaynon and both were synonymous, meaning “mud.”

When anther town was named Barotac some years later, the preceding town, which was the original, became known as Barotac Viejo, and the new town became Barotac Nuevo.

ATTRACTIONS

ULYSSES VALDEZ FARM is a tourist farm resort privately owned by Dr. Ulysses L. Valdez situated in the scenic Barangay of Rizal, 6 kilometers away from the poblacion of Barotac Viejo, Iloilo. It prides itself on being a family-friendly resort with many activities available for both parents and children. Spread over 14 hectares of land surrounded by varieties of fruit-bearing trees, coffee plantation, fish pens, flower gardens, plant nurseries and poultry and cattle areas, the resort presents a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere that is ideal for mediating, reading and writing. Visitors can also spend some time fishing or taking nature walks through the property.

BALBOA FARM situated at Barangay Vista Alegre, 7 kilometers from the poblacion offers activities and adventures to fulfill your every desire. Find yourself on a relaxing nature hike. Glide down mountain byways through their custom zipline measuring 37 feet in height with a length of 130 meters. Be as active as your heart desires by enjoying their firing range, horseback riding and fishing. Enjoy playing football and volleyball in their well-trimmed fields. It has areas for fruit bearing trees and coffee. It has a pavilion that can accommodate 50 persons for small group activities.

NAGPANA AETA COMMUNITY in Barangay Lipata, 12 kilometers from the poblacion of Barotac Viejo lies hidden from view to those visiting the area.
Everything about the Aeta community reflects sensitivity to the environment and respect for the area’s traditional Aboriginal owners. The sitio covers 938 hectares of verdant forest land where 200 hectares is identified as a “reserved area” for its watershed.

Framed by stunning mountain views, it is home to Nagpana Falls where guests can enjoy a host of activities revolving around it, while still having time to explore the spectacular scenery surrounding the community.

FESTIVAL

TALTAL, celebrated every Good Friday, is considered as one of Iloilo’s longest running Lenten traditions. The community take this event very seriously that it has been religiously observed for the last 39 years as the local government helps in providing logistical and technical support. It is a well-celebrated Lenten event although not as grand as the one in Guimaras is fast gaining in importance.

A huge crowd annually show up for this dramatized tribute performed in Hiligaynon by volunteer actors in the community. No professional actors are hired and the cast is drawn from all walks of life from within the municipality. Almost a hundred people participate in the production.

BAROTO SA LUTAC RACE is celebrated every last week of June. It is a boat racing festivity participated in by barangays competing in pairs. The boat race is of two categories, the de layag where the raceboat is propelled by saild and windpower. The second, the de bugsay is where contestants use paddles to head towards the finish line. The event is observed annually to honor the town’s history and industry.

PATUBAS is celebrated every 3rd week of December and was taken from the Hiligaynon word meaning “harvest.” It is a food festival that celebrates the bounty of the town and its blessings. It showcases an exciting range of culinary delights the town is known for.

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Banate

Banate is in a unique position being a great jumping-off point to explore the 5th District of the province. The town can surprise those willing to spend a few days…

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Banate is in a unique position being a great jumping-off point to explore the 5th District of the province. The town can surprise those willing to spend a few days exploring it. It may not be as appealing as its adjacent municipalities, but if you are looking for an all-day adventure, the coastal and mountain areas of Banate provides a glorious backdrop attractive all year-round. The town is a great place for outdoor experiences, from snorkeling to challenging wilderness hikes.

The Fourth-Class municipality of Banate is situated in the northern portion of the province. It is 50 kilometers away or an hour and thirty minute ride from Ilooilo City. It shares border with Barotac Viejo and San Enrique in the northwest; Banate Bay in the southeast; and Dingle and Anilao in the west. The town has a total land area measuring 11,886 hectares that is politically subdivided into 18 barangays.

Banate is populated by 32, 532 (2015 Census on Population) Banatenhons. Market day is every Wednesday. It annually celebrates its Religious Fiuesta every 24th of June in honour of ST, John the Baptist.

To get to Banate, one can take a bus or van at the new Ceres Terminal in Barangay Camalig, Jaro, Iloilo City.

HISTORY

The settlement of Banate is of ancient origin. It was among the organized Pre-Hispanic territories of the Confideration of Madja-as in Panay. It was known to the Spanish missionaries during the earliest dates of the colonization as Bobog. The Spanish Augustinian historian Fray Gaspar de San Agustin mentions it in an account about Dumangas and other coastal towns of the island, where in ancient times, there was a principality and trade ceneter that had the most illustrious nobilities in the whole island of Panay.

Bobog (Banate), Araut (Dumangas), Anilao and Hapitan were among the ancient coastal civilizations in Panay. Another Agustinian historian Fray Juan Fernandez, in his Monografias de los pueblos de la isla de Panay, affirms that Banate was known in the ancient times as Bobog or Bog-og. The more modern name banate might have been derived from a species of tree that grew abundantly in the place.

ATTRACTIONS

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH CHURCH was built in 1870 under the supervision of Father Eustaquio Torres. The convent was established by Father Manuel Santos in 1883. Made of stone and wood, the façade is very simple with no decoration at all.

SAN SALVADOR BEACH is a motorized boatride away from the town center where backpackers frequent this destination because of its beautiful sunset. There are adjoining beaches in the area, the Solongan and Punta Magkil which are separated by rock formations. It was also a part of the history of the province as it served as a citadel during the Spanish times.

CANIAPASAN FALLS located in the wilderness area of Barangay Managopaya, 13 kilometers from the town proper. Fairly located in a remote barangay, this relatively small but scenic cascading waterfall has series of smaller water falls on the rugged, upturned rocks. Located in a sheltered, beautiful spot, the water gushes much over a wide ledge and drops about 10 feet. The walk to the falls is moderate. The trailhead is not so difficult to reach but physical stamina may be required.

HIBOTKAN ROCK SANCTUARY is a good snorkelling and diving spot, a popular place for tourism. Just two kilometres away by motorized boat from Sulagan, it is found in between the municipal waters of town and Guimaras Strait, the sanctuary covers 25 hectares but only 1 hectare is exposed to the sun during low tide. As a precious resource for this town, the site has 16 families of corals with 34 species being observed. The sanctuary also provides shelter for a wide variety of marine life.

FESTIVAL

KASAG celebrates the contribution made by the blue crab industry by those persons involved in the local fishing industry. It became the starting point for the annual festival that also showcases its unique and pulsating choreographed steps. The dance maps out the crab’s journey through movement where it traces its connection from the sea to land. The synchronized movement symbolizes the crab, often accompanied with arched legs, and movement of arms and hands like scissors. Dancers also present the color change on crabs from blue to orange through their suggestive costumes. Banate welcomes its visitors with a weekend of fun and pure pleasure. The celebration is a tasty and entertaining tradition, with music, great food, arts and crafts, and featuring Kasag Cooking Contest. This family fun and feasting event draws visitors from all across the province and region.

ANG PAGTALTAL involves a cast of almost nearing a hundred of performers playing key roles in the Biblical story. No professional actors are hired for the play, which is performed only by those who were born in the towns mentioned. The play’s cast is drawn from all walks of life from within the municipality. The play is performed in Hiligaynon.

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Anilao

ANILAO is a lovely little town that for some reason does not often get a mention in the papers or site or any other for that matter. In fact, there…

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ANILAO is a lovely little town that for some reason does not often get a mention in the papers or site or any other for that matter. In fact, there is so much to see and do here. It is a very cultural little community with beautiful natural sites in and around the town itself. It is a great little town very much worth a visit, any time of the year.

The Fourth-Class municipality of Anilao is located in the northeastern portion of the province. It is 40 kilometers away from Iloilo City. It is bounded in the north by the town of San Enrique; the highest mountain of the town in the west; in the south by Barotac Nuevo; and the Guimaras Strait in the east. It has a total land area of 7, 538 hectares and is politically subdivided into 21 barangays.

Anilao is populated by 28, 684 (2015 Census on Population) Anilaonons. Market day is every Friday. It annually celebrates its Religious Fiesta every 22nd of May in honour of Sta. Rita de Casia.

To get to Anilao, one can take a van or bus at the new Ceres Terminal in Barangay Camalig, Jaro, Iloilo City.

HISTORY

Like other towns along the coast of the island of Panay. Anilao was founded by fishermen during the Pre-Colonial times. Its name was reportedly derived from the anilao tree growing abundantly along the bank of Anilao River.

It was formerly an arrabal of the Banate and became an independent town in 1939 by virtue of Executive Order No. 220 signed by President Manuel L. Quezon under the sponsorship of Governor Tomas Confessor and Assemblyman Victorino Salcedo.

ATTRACTIONS

MT. HAMUGNAW situated in Barangay Manganese is dubbed as the “Cold Mountain of Anilao,” It is this town’s highest mountain peak. To get to the barangay is more than 5 kilometers from the Poblacion. Passing by the area, one will see remnants of an old sugar mill center where a century-old chimney and sugarcane grinder sits quietly in one of areas to the peak. It is ideal for adventure tourism that offers good trekking and mountain climbing activities.

AGTAMBO FALLS in Barangay Balunos is a popular tourist destination of the locals especially during the summer.

GUINAMOS / SHRIMP PASTE PROCESSING in Barangay Poblacion is this town’s One-Town-One-Product (OTOP). Anilao is the leading producer of shrimp paste in Iloilo. Guinmos is a common ingredient used in many Ilonggo cuisines. It is made from fermented ground shrimp mixed with salt. Some versions are in its wet form and other versions are sun dried and either cut into fist-sized rectangular blocks or sold in bulk. It is often an ingredient in dip for fish or vegetables and even fruits. It is commonly eaten as a topping on green mangoes or used as a major cooking ingredient. It varies in appearance, flavor, and spiciness depending on the type.

FESTIVAL

BANAAG celebrated in the last week of October till the first week of November is a celebration of life and spirit of its people. The festivity seen through the mesmeric and enchanted performances revisits the significance of fire that once saved their lives as they fought for freedom against the Spanish authorities. It celebrates life and spirit through their pathways of music and movement. Dancers work with fire or light, taming and shaping its flames that flicker on poles carried by performers or dancers. They even spin flaming torches and hoops of fire to the beat of drums and percussion instruments as they raise their voices to chant, dancing and bringing their hearts in sharing this fantastically fun cultural presentation of fire and festival with the community.

The community come together to explore the beauty and mystery of life: its history through this light-hearted image ritual of upbeat performances in ecstatic bliss of modernized theatrical interpretations of its history.

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San Enrique

San Enrique nestles in the rolling hills of the northern central mountain ranges and behind the long stalks of sugar cane, expanses of bamboo, terraced rice paddies and giant, century-old…

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San Enrique nestles in the rolling hills of the northern central mountain ranges and behind the long stalks of sugar cane, expanses of bamboo, terraced rice paddies and giant, century-old trees. Its scenic beauty is land-locked with the presence of Mounts Cañapasan, Bayoso, Gepiz, Cararapan, Cabas-an and Puti-an — a potential ecotourism site known with caves located at Barangay Rumagayray and runs contiguously to Bulabog-Putian National Park at the boundary of Dingle and San Enrique. The town also offers a great combination of cultural expedition and trekking that allows guests to know these remote hospitable villages.

The Third-Class municipality of San Enrique is situated in the north-central portion of the province and is 54 kilometers from Iloilo City via the Passi City route. It is bounded in the north by Passi City; in the south by Dingle; the east by Banate and Barotac Viejo and; west by Duenas. It has a total land area of 8, 772 hectares and is politically subdivided into 28 barangys.

San Enrique is populated by 33, 911 (2015 Census on Population) San Enriquenhons. Market day is every Wednesday. It annually celebrates its Religious Fiesta every 24th of May in honour of St. Mary.

To get to the town, busses via Passi City are available daily at the new Ceres Terminal in Barangay Camalig, Jaro, Iloilo City.

HISTORY

The town was then known as Barrio “Bontoc that was organized as a pueblo through the persistence of the rich influential residents of the community. It stood as as a pueblo with its own streets and church. It was once a folk tradition to have a patron saint in every pueblo where the act of choosing San Enrique to be the town’s patron saint was intentionally done; however, it was found out that the act of making San Enrique as the town’s patron saint could not be granted due to financial problems. The town ha dno funds as hyet to buy the image of the saint witih its own expense.

When ex-Teniente Simon Padios offered the image of Sanctum Auxillum Christianorum would replace San Enrique as the patron saint of Bontok, he admonished the people by saying that the spirit of San Enrique would be displeased. The priest suggested that in order to appease the spirit of the saint, they should name the pueblo Bontok as pueblo San Enrique. By virtue of a Real Orden (Royal Decree) from King Alfonso XII in 1879, the Pueblo de San Enrique was established. The municipality of San Enrique was first established in 1881.

ATTRACTIONS

BINUL-UGAN FALLS in Barangay San Antonio is a bumpy off-road drive to an old cane road from the poblacion. It is a 45-minuter moderate to hard trek. Halfway to the falls lead visitors to series of swimming holes that graces the trails where guests can frolic to their hearts’ content. These waters from the falls continue to shape a dramatic landscape of valleys, streams and cliffs. These holes add to the uniqueness of the exhilarating journey.

FESTIVAL

KALAMAY celebrated every 2nd week of July, highlights the town’s sugar cane farming and the production of raw sugar as well as the impact of the sugar industry to the town for almost 40 years. Series of special events daily were prepared to attract people of all ages to the town’s fairgrounds. Moreover, appealing to tourists as well as local residents, the festival will generate significant tourism-related income.

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Passi City

Passi City prides itself as the “Sweet City at the Heart of Panay” because of its vast plantations of sugarcane and pineapple. Not known to many, the title rests on…

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Passi City prides itself as the “Sweet City at the Heart of Panay” because of its vast plantations of sugarcane and pineapple. Not known to many, the title rests on the foundation of a rich cultural heritage. It has its share of attractions and activities that are popular to local tourists.

The component city of Passi is situated at the central portion of the province using the Iloilo-Capiz National Highway. It is 50 kilometers away from Iloilo City. It shares boundaries with San Enrique in the north; in the south is Dumarao, Capiz; Calinog in the east; and in the west is Lemery. It has a total land area measuring 25,068 hectares that is politically subdivided into 51 barangays.

Passi City is populated by 80, 544 (2015 Census on Population) Passinhons. Market day is every Mondays and Saturdays. It annually celebrates its Religious Fiesta every 10th of February in honour of San Guillermo.

To get to the city of Passi, busses are available daily at the new Ceres Terminal in Barangay Camalig, Jaro, Iloilo City.

HISTORY

Three migrant Malayan Datus who were brothers were considered to be founders of an ancient settlement prior to the arrival of the Spanish authorities. The brothers Dig-on, Tokiab and Umawang established a settlement where the present Passi church now stands.

According to folk legend, the anme Passi was used to identify the place when Spanish foraging party came about an old woman winnowing rice. Asked by the Spaniards what the name of the place was, the elderly woman, not understanding the language, thought the foreigners were asking what she had in her hands at that moment. She showed them kernels of unhusked rice and replied pasi which was what they were in the local language. The Spanish recorded the name and referred to the place as sitio de Pasi.

Passi is considered to be one of the oldest panish settlements in Iloilo, it was converted as a pueblo in 1766 under the leadership of Don Martin Saligumba.

Passi became progressive, its strategic location made it as the center of trade and commerce bringing more investment opportunities. Its high income and population growth and a sizeable area made it as the first component city in the island of Panay, made possible through the signing of R.A. 8469 on the 30th day of January, 1998 by former President Fidel V. Ramos.

ATTRACTIONS

SAN GUILLERMO PARISH CHURCH is of Baroque architectural style. The magnificent structure of the first church and convent were built in 1614 under the supervision of Father Alonso Baraona. They were partially damaged by an earthquake in 1612 and 1787. It was reconstructed between 1821 and 1837. More reconstruction was supervised by Father Pedro Ceberio in 1856 and was finished in 1876. However, a powerful typhoon blew its roof in 1932. Massive buttresses support its front and back walls. An added attraction of the present church is its Garden of the Saints or “Jardin delos Santos.”

CAVE EXPLORATION is one the most popular activities in the area. It boasts of 16 caves namely: Cueva ni Musyo Cave in Barangay Bayan; Cuadrado Cave in Barangay Agtambo; Suhoton Cave in Barangay Agtambo, Tinay Cave in Barangay Imbang Grande; Bitas Cave in Barangay Imbang Grande; Erimnat Maya Cave in Barangay Agtambo; Irimnan It Maya Spring Cave in Barangay Magdungao; Santos Cave in Barangay Magdungao; Baboy-baboy and Amorotik Cave in Barangay Magdungao; Tubigon Cave in Barangay Magdungao; Ninfa Cave in Barangay Aglalana; Kweba ni Wening in Barangay Aglalana; Ibajay Cave in Barangay Bacuranan; Bita-ogan Cave in Barangay Bita-ogan; and Cabugon Cave in Barangay Imbang Grande. They offer both self-exploring and guided opportunities.

MIDWAY in Barangay Bacuranan is a one stop organic and environmental shop with a public organic farm that combines education, recreation and nature appreciation. Visitors can explore the farm on their own or with a guided tour upon request. It has a greenhouse with plant nurseries of popular local fruit-bearing trees such as atis, chico, duhat or lumboy, durian, guava, papaya, jackfruit, lansones, mangosteen, marang, santol, sambag, pomelo, rambutan, dalandan, bananas and mangoes. They also grow lettuce, basil, tomatoes, cucumber, rosemary and thyme. The area also boasts of its fresh market and restaurant where it serves breakfast meals, lunch and snacks only. It also has a convenient store and pasalubong center. Everyone will surely enjoy its garden cottages built closely around its garden of fruits and vegetables, fishpond, chicken house and its mini-aviary. Midway has spacious parking areas, a very clean restroom and is wi-fi ready. Midway opens daily from 7 a.m. till 5:30 p.m. only.

GIANT BALETE TREE stands along the sugarcane plantations in Barangay Imbang Grande. It is said to be the biggest of its kind in Passi, because of its gigantic structure it would take around 20-25 men to encircle its huge trunk. Though people believe that it is a dwelling place of a supernatural being, it has become an attraction for many who are drawn to its massive root system. It had become a popular spot to take souvenir photos and had served as a wonderful shade for everyone passing by the barangay.

PASSI PRESIDENCIA also known as the old Municipal Hall was completed in 1930 under Former Mayor Jose Paloma. This 2-storey white building with wooden floors houses the Passi City Gallery where it showcases old photos, coins and info about historic Passi. The gallery is joined by the Special Project Office of the City Mayor and the Population Commission. The ground-floor is occupied by the Post Office, Commission on Elections, Parole, City Registrar and Department of Agrarian Reform.

OLD JALAUR RAILWAY BRIDGE also known as the Watanabe Terror Bridge, it is one of the fewest railroad bridges left in the whole Panay.

MUSCOVADO CHIMNEY RUINS in Barangays San Antonio, Imbang Grande, Quinagaringan Pequeno and Agtambo were operating in full force during the city’s agricultural heyday. These ruins are a familiar sight to all driving along sugarcane plantations in the area. The muscovado chimney of Passi Sugar Central is the largest and tallest in the whole Panay island.

FESTIVAL

PINTADOS DE PASI is celebrated every 2nd week of March. The presentation foretells Passi’s pre-Spanish history from battles, epics and folk religion. Spaniards came to central Panay and found in the area heavily tattooed men and women, whom they called Pintados. The name “Pintados” is derived from what the native warriors, whose bodies were adorned with tattoos. They had a culture of their own, commemorating victories by holding festivals and honoring their gods after a bountiful harvest.
The festivity displays the rich cultural heritage of the city, incorporating tribal music and dances. The streets in the city are filled with body-painted dancers in patterns looking a lot like tattooed warriors of old. Guests get a glimpse of the history of the people that once lived on the islands of Panay so long ago. The festival serves as the last bastion of an unbroken tradition of tattooing in Panay. The festival keeps the focus on creativity — without leaving behind the character at the root of tattoo traditions.

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Duenas

DUENAS is a unique destination. Culturally enriched and colourful, it offers visitors a unique experience. The beauty of this town is not natural. Many are isolated in its remote barangays….

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DUENAS is a unique destination. Culturally enriched and colourful, it offers visitors a unique experience. The beauty of this town is not natural. Many are isolated in its remote barangays. Many who fancy a little outdoor adventure and getting away to the remote locations and enjoying the activities that come with it is much more satisfying. The town is a perfect day trip outing.

The Fourth-Class municipality of Duenas is situated in the eastern portion of the province and is 46.1 kilometers away from Iloilo City. The town is bordered in the north by Passi City; east by Lambunao; south by Pototan, northeast by Calinog; southeast by Dingle and southwest by Badiangan. It has a total land area of 9, 052 hectares and is politically subdivided into 47 barangays.

Duenas is populated by 34, 242 (2015 Census on Population) Duenasanons. Market day is every Sunday. It annually celebrates its Religious Fiesta every 30th of September in honour of St. Jerome.

To get to the town, air-conditioned bus is available daily at the new Ceres Terminal in Barangay Camalig, Jaro, Iloilo City.

HISTORY

Pre-Hispanic relic establishes the fact that the early beginings of the town of Duenas was already exposed to international trade as proven by Chinese porcelain from Sung (960 – 1279) and Ming (1368 – 1644) Imperial Dynasties.

Duenas has its foundation and Christianization in 1590 with the name of Sumandig. In 1599, it was moved to Sibucao and in 1603 Sumandig was annexed to Dumangas and two years later in 1605 it enjoyed her independence.

In 1608, Sumandig was absorbed by Laglag, now Barangay Pader and remained so until 1667. It had only five barrios, namel: Sibucao and Sumandig in the lowlands; Misi, Camatugan and Malonor in the upland area. In 1668, Laglag was joined to Passi, only to be separated a year later in 1669. From 1669 – 1844, Laglag was still the name it was known, reason as to why most family names of Duenas begin with letter “L.”

In 1845, Laglag was moved four kilometres eastward and finally given the name “Duenas” in memory of the birthplace of Fr. Florencio Martin, the author of the transfer, in Duenas, Palencia, Spain. The death of a Spanish priest at the hands of a native shaman occurred during the town’s period of Spanish Christianization. In 1663, the Parish Priest, Fr. Francisco was killed by a Babaylan (shaman) named Tapar who refused to accept the new religion and went about trying to reconvert the natives back to their original religion based on superstition and folk magic.

The word Duenas or Duena was derived from a Latin word domina, which means landlady or madam who has dominion over a certain house or estate.

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ST. JEROME PARISH CHURCH is of Baroque – Romanesque architectural style. The first church was made of wood but was destroyed by an earthquake in 1787. The present church was constructed under the supervision of Father Nicolas Gallo in 1878. Materials used were stone and bricks. Its interior of Tuscan design with an exterior of Doric design measured 65 meters in length and 16 meters wide. The church was damaged during World War II and in the 1948 earthquake. The dome and transept were reconstructed in 1982.

CALANG ECO-HISTORICAL TREKKING ADVENTURE in Barangay Calang could be reached by a 15-minute trek. Several points of interests are found in the area where sets of historical spring wells can be seen. Most popular is the Pitong Bubon or the seven (7) century-old natural spring wells in the heart of a forested area. It is said that it existed since the pre-colonial period and were said to have served as drinking and washing areas. Another group of eight (8) Tuscany Wells are located in a cliff of the same barangay, just 20 meters away from Pitong Bubon and approximately 30 meters away from Ered Falls in the east. Ered Falls got its name from the word “air raid” since the area was used to be an air raid shelter during the Japanese Occupation. The Ginoong Tawo form a series of spring wells on an adobe bed flowing towards a huge spring forming mini falls and is found at the base of a century-old Balete tree. Another cluster spring wells are found in the area that has become a popular bathing site.

MILLER HOUSE RUINS believed to have been the ancestral house of an American family during World War II in Hacienda Jaguimit is abandoned and in ruins. It has a crumbling beauty on its own and they inspire dreams of what they might be turned into if these former mansions, once owned by rich businessmen during the early 19th centuries in rural Iloilo. The house had been stripped of nearly every architectural element–from doors to floor tiles to fixtures. Yet, it retains elegance in the middle of a sugarcane field. A few meters across the house is the famous remain of a Muscovado Sugar Mill.

FESTIVAL

ANIHAN is celebrated every week of September. It started in 2003 highlights its tribal dance competition by showcasing its practices, customs and traditions before or during the harvest season. The dance is this town’s expression of thanksgiving for bountiful production of agricultural crops. Dueñas is an agricultural area that mainly depends on farming as its major source of livelihood.

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Dingle

Dingle is extraordinarily scenic, also an awe-inspiring site and the best place to go nature tripping. It has successfully marketed itself as an Eco-cultural destination of the province and continues…

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Dingle is extraordinarily scenic, also an awe-inspiring site and the best place to go nature tripping. It has successfully marketed itself as an Eco-cultural destination of the province and continues to attract eco-tourists. It is also known for a number of natural, historical and cultural attractions.

From the magical, underground caverns to the beautiful and historical structures, we invite you off the beaten track to experience this municipality like you have never done before.

The Third-Class municipality of Dingle is 37 kilometers away from Iloilo City. It is bounded in the northeast by Anilao; northwest by San Enrique; southeast by Pototan and Barotac Nuevo; and southwest by Duenas. It has a total land area that measures 7,750 hectare that is politically subdivided into 33 barangays.

Dingle is populated by 45, 335 (2015 Census on Population) Dingleanons. Market day is every Saturday. It annually celebrates its Religious Fiesta every 24th of June in honour of St, John the Baptist.

To get to the town, a jeepney or van is available at the Northern Central Iloilo Transport Terminal, Inc. in Barangay Tagbak, Jaro, Iloilo City.

HISTORY

Dingle started as a pre-colonial settlement of Sumandig (Duenas), which was under the jurisdiction of Simsiman, a barangay of Laglag. The settlement was also known as Sibucao, Ba-ong and Orvat. The Augustinian priest, Fr. Francisco Manuel Blanco, first founded Dingle as a visita of Pototan in 1593.

Dingle became independent on April 23, 1611. In 1629 however, it was annexed to Dumangas and to Dueñas in 1641 until 1825. In August 16, 1850, by order of Governor General of the Philippines Antonio de Urbiztondo, Dingle again became independent and was officially named the town of Dingle. The first town head was Julio Dator (1823–1827). In 1865, Fr. Fernando Llorente ordered the construction of the Dingle Catholic Church which was completed in 1886.

ATTRACTIONS

BULABOG PUTI-AN NATIONAL PARK in Barangay Moroboro in Dingle extending San Enrique, can be enjoyed as a day visit to the area since one does not have to go on extensive trail blazing. Combining trekking and cave exploration, the trip offers a rare opportunity to get close to one of Iloilo’s rarest limestone rock formation in Panay excluding Guimaras. This old growth forest is also a perfect laboratory for the study of flora and fauna. It was designated as a National Park through Congressional Bill No. 1651, and such is considered a “Nationally Significant Area.”

The centerpiece of the park is its 33 known and named caves where most are undeveloped, so there are no lights, stairs, nor walkways. The Maeztranza Cave, the most popular is historically important as it served as a hide-out of the revolutionary forces during the Spanish colonial period and on its stone walls are Spanish inscriptions of the revolutionary troops. Hike up and go cave exploration while enjoying the gorgeous view of the park over its wild and luscious forests. It has a land area of 834.033 hectares covering five of Dingle’s 33 barangays.

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH CHURCH is of Filipino-Baroque architectural style. The first church was constructed in Baong but no records as to who supervised the construction of the church and its convent. The present church was constructed under the supervision of Father Juan Fraile in 1829. It was continued under the supervision of Father Fernando Llorente between 1865 and 1874; by Father Melquiades Arizmendi in 1876 – 1877. Father Rafael Murillo supervised its completion in 1887 – 1893. The roof was however destroyed by a typhoon in November 5, 1912. Father Fernando Llorente restored its convent that was however destroyed in 1960. The materials used were granite stones quarried from the mountains of Bulabog Puti-an in Dingle and San Enrique in 1829. The church has one unfinished bell-tower that makes it unique from the other neighboring churches. It is elevated by a 9-step stairway with rose windows in its façade. It was used as a Japanese garrison during World War II.

RIVER CRUISE AT MOROBORO DAM is a 7-kilometer cruise that starts in Barangay Licu-an (approximately 3 kilometers away from the town center). Its base is at the upper portion of the Jalaur Irrigation Dam, popularly known as Moroboro Dam, built in 1955 and had since then provided irrigation to this town’s agricultural lands and nearby towns. Perfectly blending with the river’s serene atmosphere is a ruined post-World War II suspension bridge that traverses the Jalaur River. The cruise is more intimate that takes place on smaller-scale motorized boat and winds its way through passing the barangays of Moroboro, Lincud and Tinocuan where beautiful white limestone cliffs and other limestone rock formations are seen. Views of small barangays along the river banks are one of the best ways to explore this town’s simple, yet absorbing lifestyle. This nearly to an hour leisurely cruise ends in Barangay Tinocuan. Visitors can also enjoy eco-bird watching river cruise.

MOUNT MANYAKIYA provides a natural viewing deck that allows visitors to have a panoramic view of Negros Island as well as the low lying towns of the province of Iloilo. Nautod Wall, one of the major rock-climbing destinations in the Philippines, can be found here.

FESTIVALS

PAGDIHON celebrated every last week of October is a traditional community festivity filled with music, dance and competitive events that will highlight its culture, heritage and tradition. The street dance and tribe competition of the festival remains at the heart of the festival’s identity. Performers, in a moving story-telling unfold history with Gen. Adriano Hernandez, their local hero as the central figure of the presentation. Gen. Hernandez secretly organized a rebel movement in Iloilo against the Spaniards and staged the first armed uprising in the Province of Iloilo in October 28, 1898. This occurred in Barrio Lincud, Dingle. The event was known as the “Cry of Lincud.” Because of his excellent display of gallantry and knowledge in military strategy, General Hernandez became the trusted aide of General Martin Delgado designating him as the Chief-of-Staff of the rebel government in the Visayas that was inaugurated in November 1898. When Iloilo fell into the hands of the Americans he became the leader of the guerilla movement in the whole province.

12 NIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS is celebfated every December 16 – 30. it features the magnificent brightly-lit Christmas Floats parading around the poblacion area where all the lights on the float after dusk are turned on in order to give viewers an unexpected treat. Other activities include the drum, bugle and lyre competition and the inter-provincial fireworks display. Event runs every December 16-30.

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