Monday, December 18th, 2017

Phaidon Beach Resort, Pandan Antique We spent the night at the  Phaidon Beach Resort .  To get there, turn off the main highway and go about seven kilometers in the direction of Libertad.  The road is rough, but scenic.  We stayed in the cheapest available accommodation at Phaidon, one of the air-con cottages shown above.  The cottage cost P2,400 including a basic breakfast.  The resort was very beautiful.  The design, landscaping and maintenance of Phaidon was top-notch, exquisite really, but some minor quibbles;  the cottage itself was pretty, but the the bedding was very skimpy.  The dim lighting made reading difficult.  This is a common problem in Philippine hotels.  Maybe they think all guests are honeymooners!  In the future we’re going to bring our own reading light when we travel with our own vehicle. Beach – Phaidon Beach Resort, Pandan Antique I have one more complaint or perhaps it’s a suggestion.  It’s an issue which we have seen at other resorts with air conditioned cottages.  The windows…

A photo narrative of our trip from Iloilo City to Sira-an Hot Springs in Anini-y, Antique Province. The nine …

Centillion House 2000 Hotel , San Jose de Buenavista, Antique Province Philippines, we find it good budget hotel. Phone +63-36-540-9403 Because we were traveling at a leisurely, lazy pace from Iloilo City to Boracay, exploring as we…

Green Park Hotel (Pension House) Pandan, Antique Province – a good stopover point when traveling from Iloilo City to Caticlan and Boracay Green Park Hotel, Pandan, Antique P1500 room, Green Park Hotel, Pandan Antique The Green Park Hotel is located on the National Road in Pandan, Antique. Phone 036-278-96-16. We did not stay here on this trip, but wanted to check it out for future reference.  The hotel has beautiful views of the surrounding rice fields. It’s a very convenient location for those traveling from Iloilo to Boracay who get a late start or don’t want do do the trip in one day.

Digital photo narrative of our visit to Pandan, Antique Province, Philippines including information on natural and heritage sites, beaches, hiking, festivals, accommodations, hotels, resorts and dining. Our next stop is Pandan, Antique (222KM).  Pandan is one of those communities which has reached the realization that the protection and publicizing of its natural resources and maintaining its attractiveness is a good development strategy.  There’s a municipal tourism office in the middle of town.  We did not get to visit Malumpati Cold Spring Resort .  It appears to be a municipally-owned swimming hole mainly intended for day use, although there may be a cottage available.  You should be able …

Photo narrative of our visit to Sebaste, Antique Province, Philippines; information on natural and heritage sites, beaches, hiking, local festivals, accommodations and dining. Municipal Hall, Sebaste, Antique Province, Philippines Sebaste, Antique (207KM) is a unprepossessing jewel of a community.  While Sebaste is the location of Igpasungaw Falls and certainly other attractions, for me the charm was more pervasive.  While…

Digital photo narrative of our visit to Culasi, Antique Province, Philippines including information on natural and heritage sites, such as Lipata Point, beaches, hiking, festivals, accommodations and dining. Continuing north, Mararison Island comes into view. We had our binoculars with us when we had lunch at Neil’s (below) and were able to give take a good look at Mararison Island.  It looks like a great place to visit with lots of white sand beaches and a considerable settlement on the easterly shore.  Unfortunately, it’s also where a cargo ship MV Ocean Papa sank on June 21, 2008 on it’s way…

Digital photo narrative of our visit to Tibiao, Antique Province, Philippines including information on natural and heritage sites, beaches, hiking, festivals, accommodations and dining. The National Highway follows the undeveloped Antique shore for 125 km with the ocean on the left and… rice fields and the mountains on the right. Between Laua-an and Tibiao…

Digital photo narrative of our visit to pretty Laua-an, Antique Province, Philippines including information on natural and heritage sites, beaches, hiking, festivals, accommodations and dining. Laua-an, Antique Muncipal Hall After Bugasong, at KM 152, came Laua-an , Antique.  While Laua-an did not seem to have any specific landmarks, it was very impressive for the obvious pride that the residents and their government took in their town.  Everything was neat, clean and well-maintained.  The immaculate central school was a very visible symbol of the importance that parents, teachers and students place on educating the children of Laua-an. With only a few exceptions, we found that the communities of Antique Province, which certainly must not be wealthy, were proud of their home towns and kept them them painted, landscaped, neat, clean and free of litter. Clean…

Digital photo narrative of our visit to Belison, Antique Province, Philippines including information on natural and heritage sites, beaches, hiking, festivals, accommodations and dining. Back on the National Highway, we reached Belison, Antique at KM118.5.  (Note that the mile posts on the National Highway are measured from Iloilo City.  We are using the same.  Some maps, including the