Friday, July 20th, 2018

Santa Barbara, Iloilo Golf Course Santa Barbara, Iloilo Golf Club and Course. On Easter, 2009 we had to take our son to the Iloilo airport to begin his journey back to the U.S. after his almost two month stay with us.Ai?? The golf course is not far from the new Iloilo airport so we decided to take this opportunity to take a look at the club.Ai?? Our timing proved to be serendipitous.Ai?? The course was closed for the Easter holiday but the gate was wide open, so we wandered in strolled around and took a few photos.Ai?? The course and the surroundings are just beautiful …

Infante flyover, Iloilo. Jalandoni flyover, Iloilo City. We have already expressed our sadness over the visual impact of the Infante flyover (overpass).Ai?? The French government financed “Mega Project” flyover at Jalandoni Street could be an even worse aesthetic disaster for Iloilo’s prettiest boulevard, Gen. Luna Street — and for the San Agustin campus.Ai?? We can’t imagine that the French would allow such a project in one of France’s historic downtowns.Ai?? Let’s…

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 …

White sand and thriving mangroves – Nogas Island Reserve Here are a couple of links to explore: The official website of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines: http://www.birdwatch.ph/index.html Wonderful account of birding trip to Nogas Island, Antique Province, Panay Island — a great day trip from Iloilo City:Ai?? http://www.birdwatch.ph/html/trip/trip20041208.html A business offering Philippine birding expeditions: http://www.birdingphilippines.com/ This is the birding guide we use. If you

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 – …

Negros Oriental Provincial Capital, Dumaguete We spent two weeks in Dumaguete in February 2005.Ai?? 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 …

Detailed Maps Available at Iloilo City NAMRIA Office Iloilo City, Panay Island, Philippines NAMRIA Map Office, Iloilo City, Philippines I’m the kind of person who really does not understand much about direction and geography unless I have a map. There are some good country and city maps of the Philippines available from Nelles, Periplus, the locally published EZ maps and some other maps available from National Bookstores. None of these are really of a scale to be useful for anything but an overview. So, I recently took a trip to the local National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA) map sales office in Iloilo City. In Iloilo City, the office is on Fort San Pedro Road

Tigbauan Muscavado Sugar Mill Ruins . These are three snapshots of what I have been told is a Muscavado sugar mill in Barangay Namocan, Tigbauan, Iloilo.Ai?? It located on a Barangay road which leaves the National Highway near the Sol y Mar Resort and comes out at the Tigbauan-Leon highway near the Tigbauan High School.Ai?? I’m told that the mill went into operation during World War II, possibly by the Japanese.Ai?? The surrounding agricultural lands are now mostly rice land, but formerly were planted with sugar cane.Ai?? The mill ruins are set in a very pretty grove of large Acacia trees. If anyone has information on the mill and its history please share it in the comment box below. Ruins of Tigbauan Muscavado Sugar Mill – Photo 1 Ruins of Tigbauan Muscavado Sugar Mill – Photo 2

Iloilo beaches and beach resorts. If you’d like to spend time in Iloilo City but want to stay at a nearby beach resort, here are a couple of options.Ai?? Nes and Tat’s Beach Resort in Oton is closer to the City and has a pool, Sol y Mar Beach Resort in Tigbauan is quieter and has a better beach. Ai??Don’t expect to find Boracay quality white sand beaches near Iloilo City. Ai??The sand is brownish. Sol y Mar Beach Resort, Tigbauan, Iloilo Sol y Mar is a beach resort in Tigbauan, on the National Highway, about 20 KM west of Iloilo City. While we have not stayed there overnight, friends have, we have dined there, looked at the cottages and had a tour of the resort facilities. Ai??We now live only a short walk away. Ai??There is a restaurant offering basic dining options; grilled seafood, chicken and pork as well as sandwiches.Ai?? Especially recommended are the buko shakes and brewed coffee. Cottage at Sol y Mar For us, Sol y Mar is the best option for those who want stay overnight at a real beach…