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Region VI (Western Visayas)

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Hazel Magno

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Probinsya it Akean
The word akean itself connotes the warbling of running waters, from the root word akae, meaning "to boil". Akae-akae means "to bubble" or "to boil" or "to make the sound of bubbling or boiling" in the Aklanon language.
The Beach Capital of the Philippines
Aklan (Kalibo)
Ati-Atihan Festivals
Negros Occidental

Region VI (Western Visayas)

Bariw Festivals
Bugna Festivals
Kali-Ugyon Festivals
Tourist Spots
Boracay Island
Basang Cold Spring
Ignito Cave
Bakhawan Eco Park
Saylo Cuisine
Chicken Inubaran
The Spanish chroniclers, influenced by the French, recorded the region's name as Hantique, which was then read as 'antique (silent 'h'). The locals then pronounced the name into its present name "Antique" (än-ti-ké).
Antique (San Jose)
Binirayan Festivals
Panguyang Festival
Pahinis de Laua-an Festivals
Tourist Spots
Nogas Island
Pula Waterfalls

Sira-an Hot Spring and Beach
Danao Lake

Bugtong Bato Waterfalls
Seco Island
Capiz (Roxas City)
The Seafood Capital of the Philippines
the Placuna placenta oyster shell that has the same name locally and is used for decoration and making lampshades, trays, window and doors.
Saot Capiz
Sinadya sa Halaran Festivals
Pangahaw Festival
Guyum-Guyuman Festival
Talahong Festival
Tagbuan Festival
Tourist Spots
The Ancestral House of Pres. Manuel A. Roxas
Ang Panubli-on, the Roxas City Museum
Moro Tower
Suhot Cave and Spring
Baybay Beach
Saint Monica Parish Church
Balisong Cave
Guimaras, formerly known as Himal-us, was a sub-province of Iloilo until it was made an independent province on May 22, 1992.
Land of the Sweetest Mangoes
Manggahan Festival
Balsahan Festival
Pagtaltal sa Guimaras
Tourist Spot
Guisi Beach And Lighthouse
Tourist Spots
Guisi Beach and Lighthouse
Balaan Bukid Shrine
Roca Encantada
Trappist Monestery
The Province of Iloilo has the largest marshland in Western Visayas after the Sunderbans.
City of Smile
Iloilo (Iloilo City)
Pasundayag Festival
Masskara Festival
Dinagyang Festival
Paraw and Samba Regatta Festival
Candelaria de Jaro
Pasungay Festival
Binanog Festival
Tourist Spots
Gigantes Island
Miag-ao Fortress Church
San Jouquin Church and Cemetry
Sta. Barbara Church
Negros Occidental(Bacolod City)
"Sugarbowl of the Philippines"/Sugar Capital of the Philippines
Negros Island was originally known to the natives as "Buglas".
Panaad Festival
Hugyaw Kansilay Festival
Balbagan Festival
BacoLaodiat Festival
Pintaflores Festival
Babaylan Festival
Tourist Spots
Mt. Kanlaon Volcano

The Ruins
Carbin Reef
Danjuhan Island
Isla Puti
Ati-Atihan Festival is a feast held annually in January in honor of the Santo Niño (Infant Jesus), concluding on the third Sunday, in the island and town of Kalibo, Aklan in the Philippines. The name "Ati-Atihan" means "to be like itas" or "make believe Ati's". Itas were the primary settlers in the islands according to history books. They too are the earliest settlers of Panay Island where the province of Aklan is situated.
Bariw Festival is a unique festival showcasing the skills of every Nabasnon in weaving bags, mats and hats made of bariw leaves - the prospering livelihood in the municipality. It is highlighted by the dance performance of local talent and ingenuity to the beat of the drums and indigenous rhythm celebrated every May 14 of the year.
Bugna Festival is a festival showcasing the different locally produced products and eco-tourism destinations of Tangalan like the marine sanctuary and coral garden, Afga Point, Campo Verde, Jawili Falls, Bughawi beach and reforestation project every May 16 of the year.
Kali-Ugyon Festival (kali stands for Kalipayan or happiness and Ugyon meaning unity). This is the festival celebrated in Libacao every December 30 to January 1, costumed in modern and indigenous outfits bringing people together on the streets for merry-making and to drive away evil spirits in the coming New Year.
Boracay is the perfect island getaway, with its warm blue waters, powder-fine white sand, and a palm fringed 4-kilometer beach. The islands facilities and amenities make her a recreational haven. Watch February's Fun-board Cup, windsurfing's annual international event, or the World Beach Volleyball Tournament in September. Or take a refreshing swim in the crystal clear waters. After sunset, the island transforms into one exciting night of dancing and partying.
Basang Cold Spring If you want to get out of the tropical heat just go to Basang Cold Spring or also called Horum-Horum Located in Nabas, Aklan. Has seven basins tiered about 20 feet apart. The highest basin is about a 100 feet high, oval-shaped, around 240 sq. ft. in area and 12 feet deep with clear water almost like a small lake.
IGNITO CAVE . On my top 6 is the IGNITO CAVE. Locally known as Elephant Cave due to its appearance. This and other nearby caves are managed by the San Lorenzo Ruiz Farm Eco-Tourism Cooperative. Beautiful limestone formation of stalagmites, stalactites and other crystalline structures abound. It has a "skylight" in one of its chambers that lets in a soft glow of light at noontime. It is located in Brgy. Tigum, Buruanga
Bakhawan Eco-Park A multi-awarded and recipient of the Golden Eagle Award mangrove reforestation project boasts of an exceptional nature thrill for eco tourists and visitors. The 80+ hectare eco=park features a small park and recreational area and a 15-mintue eco-walk built from bamboos stretching through the mangrov3es and out to a beach where one can enjoy a picnic with nature.
Binirayan festival
Started in San Jose in 1974 by governor Evelio Javier, this is a week-long festival that includes colorful street parades, beach shows, plaza concerts, a beauty contest and trade fair. "Binirayan" biray, or "sailboat" in Kinaray-a (Antique's local language), refers to the Pre-Hispanic legend of the Bornean datus to reach Malandog beach, where they befriended the Atis (Aetas) and eventually started a civilization.
Panguyang is literally mean food offering in honor of the plenteous harvest of the people of Tibiao. In this occasion, most schools volunteer to join the parade. They go around the town playing songs that each school’s Drum and Lyre Corps practice before the town fiesta.
Pahinis de Laua-an Festival
Tribu Pahinis de Laua-an came from the town of Laua-an in Antique Province. The tribe aims to promote the native product of the town, which is muscovado sugar and the deliciously sweet delicacies derived from it.

A 24-hectare government naval reservation island 3 miles from the shoreline of Anini-y town proper; 20 minutes by sailboat or motorboat; ideal for shell hunting, snorkeling and scuba diving.

Sira-an Hot Spring
A government-owned hot sulphur spring atop solid rock; warm water flowing from crevices and collects in tiled basins into a junior size, swimming pool; is along the highway 1 1/2 kilometers from Anini-y town proper and overlooks Nogas Island.

Red-tinted water cascades. 2 kms. away from poblacion of San Remegio.

Located in the high mountains of San Remegio; ideal for hunting.

6 kms. to Sitio Moleta accessible by motor vehicle up to Bgy. Tuno and a short hike along murmuring streams and hidden rice terraces. Ideal for excursions/picnics with excellent opportunities for bathing, swimming and picture taking. First three waterfalls with height up to 150 ft. are accessible.

Seco Island used to be a sanctuary for fishermen seeking refuge from bad weather during their fishing expeditions. Even until today, it is visited by fishermen to sun dry their fish. There is no infrastructure, no trees and definitely no vendors on the island, just pure white sand surrounded by crystal clear body of water in the middle of the ocean.
Cresta de Gallo
Anini-y; called Punta Nasog by natives; denuded mountain of solid rock shaped like a rooster's crown believed rich in mineral deposit.

Saot Capiz - A cultural presentation - The First Capiz Dance Season held every Saturday at the Capiz Provincial Park, Roxas City. This was participated by the different Performing Groups in the Province of Capiz.
Sinadya sa Halaran - Is a merging of the Roxas City Fiesta "Sinadya" and the Province celebration of "Halaran". "Sinadya sa Halaran" is a commemoration of the feast of the patroness of Roxas City which is the Immaculate Conception and a thanksgiving. It literally means "Joy in Sharing and Thanksgiving".
Pangahaw Festival - A thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest by the Indigenous Peoples of Jamindan. It is during this time when all the members of the family come together and share.
Guyum-Guyuman Festival - "Caguyuman" the old name of Pontevedra, meaning anthill, a name distinct for ants' house was once a part of the municipality of Pan-ay mainly because of its rich and abundant natural resources both from the coastal and upland areas.
Talahong Festival - Talaba and tahong is very rich in production in these areas. More than a hundred fisherfolk live along the coast. Since Sapian is abundant with seafoods,
Tagbuan Festival - It was conceptualized during the Pre-Spanish time, wherein there were aetas in the upland barangay.
The birthplace of Pres. Manuel A. Roxas. First President of the Philippines Republic and Roxas City’s most illustrious son in whose honor the city got its name. The original house still stands at its original site at corner Rizal-Zamora Streets, a few minutes walk from the city hall and the city plaza.
The City Government with a group of culture buffs brain-stormed on what to do with the structure and the idea of converting it to a museum was born. Thus, the Roxas City Museum, Ang Panublion, became a reality with Mrs. Ofelia Rendon as its curator.
Built in 1814 in order to repel the invading Moors and Portuguese colonizers. These half-torn structures, 7 feet squares, 10 feet high, are vivid souls of the past. Before they were destroyed, they were twice their present height.
Situated in Dumalag, Capiz and only 300 meters away from the provincial road. It is actually a series of interconnected caverns of different sizes, At the cave's arched entrance is a pool of clear, ice cold water fed by a rock spring from within the cave. Further on, however, is a crack in the rocks where sulphurous water comes out. Suhot is believed to have a connecting tunnel to the Badiang Cave, Dumarao.
Located in Roxas City, it is 3 kilometers from the city proper, this clean black and beach has beach houses, motorboats for boating and fishing. Also a good place for water skiing. Moreover, it has arrays of food stands that offer you the freshest and sumptuous seafood that you've never think of. They come in affordable prices and it is cooked while you are waiting in nearby tables.
This awe-inspiring church monument reveals the Spanish grandeur in Pan-ay town. A small fortress it is about 250 ft long and 80 ft wide with 9 ft thick walls of coral blocks. The floor is a colored marble which shine in subdue tone in misty light. The central altar is elaborated sculpture retable of silver and hardwood in florid Baroque style.
Balisong Cave in Pilar, CapizApproximately one and a half km from the poblacion by jeepneys, tricycles and cars over rough roads: About two years ago,At the Balisong Cave where the Capiz Revolucionarios routed the Spanish soldiers, townspeople discovered earthen pots carved with intricate designs.
Manggahan Festival of Guimaras is an identity festival commemorating the anniversary of the province as being an independent province. It is held every 22nd day of May which depicts the cultural heritage of the province and also to emphasize the promotion of Guimaras as the "Mango Country of Western Visayas".
. A major geographical feature of the town, the river holds many interesting myths and legends that are sure to tickle one’s imagination, and whet one’s appetite to unravel its secrets. Use the balsa in your trek for some satisfying discoveries – you will be pleasantly rewarded
“Pagtaltal” means to remove. Thus, the drama ends with the removal or bringing down the body of Jesus Christ from the cross and is laid in the arms of Mother Mary, a familiar scene we all know and called as the “Pieta.”
Guisi Beach And Lighthouse Beach and Lighthouseare rewarded with beautiful island seascapes of Guimaras and the charm of its heritage. Situated at the southwestern coast of Guimaras, Guisi Beach is blessed with golden-yellow sand, emerald green waters, stunning rock formations, and an 18th century Spanish-colonial lighthouse.
The Trappist Monastery grounds is a peaceful and sacred enclave in Guimaras run by monks of the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance. These monks follow the rule of St. Benedict and are best known for the extreme austerity or strictness that characterizes their discipline.
Located in Balcon Meliza, Jordan, Guimaras, This was discovered in 1956 by an Italian priest, Rev. Fr. Bergil Pixner, OSD, Prior of Dornition Abbey, Mt. Zion, Jerusalem. The image of Mother and Child enshrined at the chapel was designed by a certain Crisogono Domingo, a leper patient of Sta. Barbara Leprosarium. The Shrine was managed by the Knights of Columbus of Jaro and lately it was turned over to the Parish of St. John the Baptist by Msgr. Lagdameo, Bishop, Archdiocese of Jaro.
Roca Encantada means ‘Enchanted Rock’. The resthouse was built in 1910 as a tribute to Doña Presentacion Hofileña Lopez. This partly reminds me of the Taj Mahal story.
Pasundayag Festival is an Iloilo festival participated in by all the 42 towns that comprise of the province. The Pasundayag Festival is held every month of April and with every year that passes, this Iloilo festival promises to be bigger than the previous one.
Dinagyang is dubbed as the “Festival of Excellent Folk choreography”. It is a colourful display of street dancing and story-telling. Dinagyang is the Best Tourism Event in the country. Various festivals in the country learned and applied innovations in their own by watching Dinagyang. A religious and cultural festival held every 4th week of January in reverence of “Sr. Santo Nino” A fluvial parade is held on Friday. It also serves as the highlight of the religious aspect of the festival. Kasadyahan is held on Saturday and is a cultural competition showcasing the diverse and colourful Festivals of each participating municipality of Iloilo Province.
The Paraw Regatta is a race among seafarers on colorful sailboats called Paraws (claimed as the oldest traditional seacraft in Asia) in the Iloilo Strait between Guimaras Island and the city of Iloilo. The present-day Paraw managed to maintain its original design from the sailboats of the first settlers from Borneo who were in search of a peaceful home in 1212 A.D. Surviving the centuries, the paraws have become a vital part of the Filipino seafaring life.
Biggest and most opulent religious pageantry in Western Visayas with agro-industrial exhibits, garden shows, carnivals, and grand cock derbies, among others, that make Jaro fiesta the symbol of Iloilo's affluence and love for great celebrations.
The Municipality of San Joaquin continues to attract local and foreign tourists with their annual Pasungay or “bullfighting“ festival. The spectacle involving conflict between two bulls fought in an outdoor arena is part of the town’s festival tradition and has become a popular spectator sport in this part of the region. Take part in the drama and comedy, triumph and tragedy and be mesmerized by the tenacious strength of their bulls.
With its nine years of celebration this year, the people of Lambunao established the binanog Festival. The celebration was then, as it still is now, an avenue of cultural familiarity where they could preserve, present, teach and share the indigenous cultural traditions of the Bukidnons of the town. It has grown over the years to become an annual tradition for the people of the municipality.
Islas de Gigantes (variously Islas Gigantes, Higantes group, or Gigantes group) is an island chain within the larger Western Visayas archipelago in the Visayan Sea. It is part of the municipality of Carles, Iloilo, Philippines, and the northernmost part of Iloilo province.
This province is home to various historical churches with architectural structures dating back from the Spanish colonial era. Go church hopping from north to south but don’t forget to take a closer look at the Miag-ao Fortress Church, which is listed as one of UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage.
The Church of San Joaquin is the Roman Catholic parish church of the town of San Joaquin in Iloilo Province. Built in 1869, the church distinguishes itself from other churches in the Philippines because of its militaristic theme. Carved on a disproportionately large pediment on the facade is an intricate sculptural relief depicting the Spanish victory over Moroccan forces in the Battle of Tetuan. Meanwhile, the San Joaquin Cemetery is just along the main highway. It is famous for its Baroque-designed mortuary chapel standing in the middle of the cemetery.
the National Heritage Institute declared the Santa Barbara Church and Convent as a National Landmark. The declaration is a testimony of the significance of the Church especially its important role in the Country’s history as the general headquarters and military hospital of the revolutionary forces against Spain in the Visayas during the late 1800s.
The Masskara Festival starts off with a food fair and for those who don’t know, the Ilonggos cook very well. There is then a mask making contest, beauty pageants, a talent search, competition for brass bands, art exhibits, drinking contest and a windsurfing regatta. The Masskara Festival’s atmosphere is similar to that of the Mardi Gras where there are elaborate costumes and dance rhythms so everyone can join in the fun. Iloilo festivals such as the Masskara Festival help us understand why this province and in particular Bacolod City is called the “City of Smiles.”
The Panaad sa Negros Festival, also called the Panaad Festival, is a festival held annually during the month of April in Bacolod City, the capital of the province of Negros Occidental, Philippines. Panaad is the Hiligaynon word for “vow” or “promise”; the festival is a form of thanksgiving to Divine Providence and commemoration of a vow in exchange for a good life.
Hugyaw Kansilay Festival - It is the story of a brave Princess Kansilay who fought to protect her people. The kansilay tree who was believed to grow where the body of the princess were buried is the symbol of Silay City where the city derived its name because of abundance of the Kansilay tree. It is held every 12th day of June to commemorate the city's charter anniversary.
Balbagan festival - Possessed in a rich historical, cultural and folkloric events regarding its origin. Binalbagan is rich in shrimp production and locals found remedy to preserved the shrimp while in transit which is called " balabag " in which locals believed the place were derived. Another great story of its origin is about a giant snake which blocked the mouth of Binalbagan river.
BacoLaodiat Festival - Bacolod's very own Chinese New Year. Bacoloadiat came from the words "Bacolod" and "Lao Diat" a Fookien word which means celebration. The festival showcases the harmony between the Bacolod and Chinese culture and its co-existence. It also features cultural activities, lantern dance parade, dragon and lion dances, live bands, fireworks display and a taste of Chinese cuisine.
Pintaflores Festival - A very colorful, fun and prestigious festival. It was my first time last November to witness this festivity. The festival depicts the story about tragedy and triumph of Princess Nabingka. Pintaflores derived in Spanish words "Pinta" which means tattoo and "Flores" meaning flowers. Celebrated every November 5 in honor of the city's patron saint St. John Borromeo.
Mt. Kanlaon is a volcanic mountain towering to a height of 2,465 meters. Considered the sacred volcano of Sugar Island, it is the highest peak in Central Visayas . The active volcano dominates the 25,000 - hectare Mt. Kanlaon National Park - one of the few surviving National Parks in the country today. A hiking trip to the summit of the active volcano promises to be an exciting adventure and a memorable experience for outdoor lovers.
The mansion was built in the early 1900’s by the sugar baron, Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson(1865-1948) and was home to his unmarried children with his first wife, Maria Braga Lacson (+1911), a Portuguese from Macau. The mansion was the largest residential structure ever built at that time and had in it one of the finest furniture, chinaware, and decorative items, as the father of Maria Braga was a captain of a ship that sailed across Europe and Asia and would cart with him these items.
CARBIN REEF (Sagay City) is a marine sanctuary with its huge, tongue-shaped, creamy white sandbar, and its clear water offers the freshest option for swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, picnic, boating, or just frolicking in the sand.
DANJUGAN ISLAND (Cauayan) is 177.5 kms. from Bacolod City; 3 hectare reserve marine sanctuary; a virtual marine paradise to lovers of the underwater world.
ISLA PUTI (Escalante City) is 101 kms. from Bacolod City; immense sand bar islet jutting out of the sea and measuring about 2 hectares in area.
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