Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

This is an opportunity to own your own tropical beach front property in fantastic Antique Province, Philippines for a very low price – 2838 SQM (7/10 of an acre) for only 1,496,000 Philippine pesos or about $32,500 (US).   The property is located in Tobias Fornier, Antique Province, Panay Island, Philippines.  It’s about a two hour drive the Iloilo City airport and about the same to world famous Boracay Island. The immediate neighboorhood National Highway to the right To the beach….. Beach front FRONT THE NATIONAL ROAD TO THE EAST NEXT TO RAPSAG BEACH RESORT TO THE SOUTH NEXT TO CUYO EAST PASS (OCEAN) TO THE WEST NEXT TO CABANGTUHAN RIVER TO …

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…

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 …

White Beach – Boracay, Philippines We’re back from our first visit to Boracay. While we’ll have a complete account of our trip there , we can’t help comparing Boracay to Cebu City/Mactan Island as destinations for the foreign tourist seeking a beach resort. To our mind, Boracay wins hands down. We are speaking from personal knowledge of both places. We lived in Cebu City for months and really like it. We’ve stayed at Maribago Bluewater Resort on Mactan. Mactan and Boracay have two things in common. The foreign tourist can fly in and go more or less directly to a beach resort without having to experience practically any of the inconveniences of travel in the “real” Philippines. This is unlike other places like Bantayan Island or Malpascua which involve the rigors of real travel in the Philippines, for better and for worse. Mactan Island Resort, Cebu, Philippines Here’s what we like better about Boracay: Even through Boracay is a major international beach resort destination with hordes of tourists, the people you come in contact with there, residents, workers alike, sunglass vendors and all the rest there are so pleasant, …

If you’re looking for an quiet, nature-oriented island get-away on Panay Island, something totally the opposite of Boracay, it’s hard to beat the island resort of Marbuena in Iloilo Province in the Philippines.  The resort owns the entire island.  Logging and hunting are not allowed and, of course, there are no vehicles of any kind. A beautiful ocean-front hiking trail circles the island. We catch the pump boat to Marbuena at Mangorocoro, Ajuy, Iloilo Province The family we rent our Iloilo City apartment from often include us in their family outings. This time the trip was to the Marbuena Island resort near Ajuy, Iloilo, about a two hour drive north from Iloilo City. As you head north from Barotac Viejo, pass by Culasi port (Culasi, Iloilo…

Here’s a digital photo narrative of our visit to Nogas Island, Anini-y, Antique Province, Philippines, including hiking, beaches, mangroves, birding, lighthouse, where to buy your Nogas picnic lunch. Pack your lunch, your snorkeling gear, your camera and binoculars in a waterproof bag and head for a very special place. Why you may want to visit Nogas Island, Antique Province, Philippines! We first saw Nogas Island from the Antique shore at Sira-an hot springs nearly a year ago. Nogas was an enticing prospect, an uninhabited marine reserve of an island surrounded by white sand beaches. So in January 2008 we finally had the chance for a visit. We left our home in Molo, Iloilo City before eight in the morning but our progress was not speedy as we stopped to buy the wonderful bibinkas (a coconut specialty) at the “Bingkahan Mohon” in Oton — highly, highly recommended. It is right near the …

Guimaras Island is just a short, scenic and inexpensive pump boat away from Iloilo City.  You’ll leave from rather decrepit docks off General Hughes Street (going to Jordan port on Guimaras) or from the north side of Fort San Pedro to Buenavista on Guimaras.  This is not one of the safest areas of Iloilo City after dark so our advice is that if you arrive after dark take a taxi, don’t wander the streets in the port area. Once you get to Guimaras you’ll find pretty rural landscapes dotted with Mango plantations.  Alubihod beach is the best white sand beach that’s close to Iloilo City.  From Jordan you can take a multicab (small truck with bench seats in back) to Alubihod.  You can wait for the muliticab to fill with passengers or …

A Tigbauan, Iloilo digital photo essay; Tigbauan history, Tigbauan heritage, architecture, 18th century Spanish church, Tigbauan municipal hall, Tigbauan market, Tigbauan beach resorts, real estate and more. Entering Tigbauan – Tigbauan’s Saludan Festival banner Tigbauan Church and Convent from Tigbauan Market Tigbauan Church from Plaza Pretty garden in Tigbauan Church courtyard Tigbauan Municipal Hall from Plaza Entrance According to this plaque the Tigbauan Municipal Hall was built in 1960 Bandstand at Tigbauan Plaza Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines – Plaza Sunday is a busy market day in Tigbauan Tigbauan has one of the busiest small town markets. As a foreigner I often misjudge things. Tigbauan looks like a small town. By North American standards it looks like a town of 2,000 or 3,000. In actuality, the municipality of Tigbauan is has a population of over 50,000! Most buy their essentials in the market. Tigbauan is about 25 km from Iloilo City, too far for everyday shopping. Sunday is Tigbauan’s market day and on that day it’s packed with vendors and shoppers but the market operates seven days per week. Although it’s one of the busiest markets the damp and dark market facilities really need an upgrade to make shopping there a…

Negros Oriental Provincial Capital, Dumaguete We spent two weeks in Dumaguete in February 2005.  Our visit was part of a plan to select the best place for upcoming retirement in the Philippines. Negros Oriental Provinical Capitol Building, Dumaguete Dumaguete is more genteel than any Philippine city I have visited. Most Philippine cities aim just to survive; being pretty is not high on the list. Instead of the usual polluted, industrial water front, Dumaguete has a long, lovely, waterfront promenade with cast iron street lamps and benches to rest on. Huge Acacia trees line the strip of parkland separating the promenade from Rizal Boulevard. The Boulevard has some nice hotels, cafes, and …