Sunday, June 25th, 2017

USS Panay underway off Woosung, China on August 30, 1928 The United States Navy named several war ships after Philippine islands.  These included The USS Pampanga, USS Luzon, USS Mindanao, USS Calamianes and the USS Panay.  Some of these were Spanish patrol boats captured in the Philippines.  Others, including the USS Panay (PR-5)  were built in China for river patrol duty. The first Panay was originally a Spanish gunboat in the Philippines, purchased in 1899 after the American occupation, and in various service until 1914, and sold in 1920. Among those who served upon her were future WWII admirals Chester Nimitz and John S. McCain, grandfather of the 2008 US presidential candidate, John McCain. The second Panay (PR-5) was a river gunboat launched in 1927, and serving on the Yangtze in China until being sunk by the Japanese in the 1937 Panay incident.  See http://www.hmsfalcon.com/Panay/Panay.htm for photos and videos of this …

WW II Panay Landing Memorial, Parara, Tigbauan, Iloilo (2008 before renovation) The Panay Landing Memorial marks spot where American troops landed on March 18, 1945 on the beaches of Parara, Tigbauan to begin the liberation of Panay Island. The Japanese garrison on Panay was only 2000 to 2350 soldiers. American soldiers came ashore to be greeted by Philippine guerrillas “stiff in starched khaki and resplendent in ornaments.” By the time American troops landed, the well-organized resistance fighters were in control

Namocan, Tigbauan War Memorial This well-kept memorial is located on the north side of the National Highway before Tigbauan property.  It celebrates a raid by Filipino guerrilla against a Japanese truck convoy. Namocan, Tigbauan War Memorial Namocan, Tigbauan War Memorial

All about hotels, pension houses, restaurants and what to see and do in San Jose, Antique …

Traveling to Boracay.  Getting to Boracay. From Iloilo City to Boracay by road, via Antique Province — our recommendations and narrative. There are two road routes from Iloilo City to Boracay.  The almost universally used route is through Passi City and Kalibo to…

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…

Entrance, Mumbukal Mountain Resort, Negros Occidental, Philippines Coming from the USA, we are accustomed to natural areas being in public ownership as parkland. In the Philippines many such places are privately owned and operated. Mambukal Resort is about a 45 minute drive from Bacolod City. It consists of beautifully landscaped grounds in which are set a swimming pool, picnic shelters, ponds, rental cottages, a Japanese bathhouse, a butterfly garden, and a food court. From Mambukal one can hike further up into the mountains to a series of waterfalls. Contact: 034-7100-800. Please note that some guidebooks refer to Mambukal as Mambucal. Mumbukal Resort, Murcia, Negros Occidental – Swimming Pool Beautifully landscaped grounds – …