Miagao Town about 35 kilometers west of Iloilo City is one of the major highlights in going to Iloilo City and Province due to the famous Miagao Church. The Church is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Unique Baroque Churches of the Philippines" in 1993. There are basically three modes of transport in going to miagao from Iloilo...more
Final Part of my Three part tip with pictures of both inside and outside the ChurchThe Miagao Roman Catholic Church in Miagao Town about 35 kilometers west of Iloilo City is one of the major highlights in going to Iloilo City and Province. The Church is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Unique Baroque Churches of the...more
Part two of my Three part tip with pictures of both inside and outside the ChurchThe Miagao Roman Catholic Church in Miagao Town about 35 kilometers west of Iloilo City is one of the major highlights in going to Iloilo City and Province. The Church is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Unique Baroque Churches of the Philippines"...more
the town of San Joaquin is about 65 kilometers west of Iloilo City and about a 1 1/2 drive if via a rented van or 2 1/2 hours if taking a jeepney from Iloilo City. It is located at the western end of Iloilo Province, at the Boundary of Antique Province. The things to see are the Basang Basa Coral Resort, Garin Farms and the San Joaquin ChurchHow to...more
Part two of my Veranda Restaurant tips with more picturesThis Restaurant of the Garin Farms is located midway along the hill straddling the 14 hectare complex and is where the man made lake and the entrance of the Noah's Ark is located. The Restaurant is where you can have breakfast, lunch or dinner and even snacks and it offers a variety of...more
This will be a two part tip with more picturesThis Restaurant of the Garin Farms is located midway along the hill straddling the 14 hectare complex and is where the man made lake and the entrance of the Noah's Ark is located. The Restaurant is where you can have breakfast, lunch or dinner and even snacks and it offers a variety of regional Ilonggo...more
-Guimbal Church is also known as Church of San Nicolas of Tolentino and was built in 1774-Some parts of the Church have gone through renovations and reconstructions except for the inner stone core which has remained stable and unchanging-Guimbal Church is known for its watchtower and bellsmore
Most of the locals are Catholics who believe in miracles. If you are not Catholic but just visiting the church as a curious tourist, it would be wise to exercise prudence by keeping quiet and listening attentively to locals' account of miracles instead of arguing.There are three popular stories that you might hear. The first story is about the...more
Just like in other towns in Iloilo, the town plaza of Guimbal is just across the Church and the Municipal Building. It also has hedges of nice flowering shrubs, trees, benches and a monument of Dr. Jose Rizal. There is a children's playground, too.I rested in one of the benches of the plaza facing the church, waiting for the other tourists and...more
Within the Tigbauan Church is a small chapel in honor of Sr. Sto. Nino de Tigbauan. The townsfolk believe in the miraculous icon of the Sto. Nino de Tigbauan so they put up a separate chapel where devotees can venerate the image and offer prayers. The story of Sr. Sto. Nino de Tigbauan dates back to the Spanish times in San Joaquin, Iloilo. While...more
From Iloilo City, take a jeepney bound for Miagao, or if you’re coming from Miagao, take a jeepney or bus bound for Iloilo City and ask the driver to drop you off at Tigbauan Church. It is along the highway so you won’t miss it.I don't know how much is the jeepney ride from Iloilo City direct to Tigbauan. We went to Tigbauan after our visit to...more
-To Allan's from Oton Town (public market), need to take another jeepney with signage “Oton Derecho”-A local of Oton says that Allan's first restaurant is closer to town but they moved to another (farther to town center going to Guimbal direction)-But it is still conveniently accessible for about 5 minute jeepney ride and now beside Soriano's Beach...more
On the northern part of Iloilo lies the Municipality of Ajuy. It is 87 kilometers away from Iloilo City. It extends from Piliwan, its southernmost sitio, to Serruco River on the north. Ajuy Bay bounds its jurisdiction in the south, in the north by the town of Sara and in the west by the town of Barotac Viejo.
The present municipality of Ajuy started from a small settlement established by the early Malayan freedom-seekers on the north side of the Gubaton River near the present site of Barangay Lanjagan. It was originally called “Asui” by the natives. How the name “Ajuy” was later adopted could not exactly ascertained because of the many versions related about it. The most popular story, however which was latter accepted as credible is the following.
On the Old Spanish times, a Spaniard who was assigned to list the coastal villages of this portion of Iloilo, came to his place. He met a native who was gathering fuel. Talking in Spanish, which as accompanied by signs to make himself understood, the stranger asked for the name of the settlement. The native who could not understand Spanish thinking that the Spaniard was asking what he was gathering answered “kahoy”. The Spaniard did not distinctly hear the word but instead noted down the word “Ajoy” which was later changed to Ajuy, the present official name of the town.
After several years from its founding, the settlement prospered and the population increased. The source of livelihood became varied. Many people engaged in trade with the neighboring islands and towns. They found much difficulty in transporting their goods to those places from Asui so they looked for a more convenient place. Thus, the present site of the Poblacion was chosen because of its ideal location
There's a national park situated near our city. Named Bulabog Putian, it is situated in the municipality of Dingle and boasts of 30 caves. It is a pleasure to trek from cave to cave because the trails are shaded by trees. The area also teems with wildlife. One time, we crowded around a snake coiled right beside the trail. Excitedly, we took pictures of it but were also careful enough not to be bitten. It is truly one amazing place to visit.
I love to keep coming back to this place by myself to unwind or to bring my tourism students with me for them to experience nature by trekking and caving. This way, I hope that the students will be able to love and care more for the environment.
Interested to visit this place? I can arrange a trip package for you and your group. Just contact me for more information.