Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

We are building a house on Panay Island in the Philippines.  We’ve documented our project with photos, text and building cost reports.  Here’s the index to our posts: A forest of bamboo scaffolding 3-10-2010 An index to posts about our Philippine house building project. A few of the links are not yet “live” but will become so as the project progresses. Our Philippine house:  Buying our lot Our Philippine house:  Building a perimeter fence Our Philippine house:  Filling the lot Our Philippine house:  House Design Our Philippine house:  Architects and builders Our Philippine house:  Digging a water well Our Philippine house:  Building a bamboo house – a “bahay kubo” Our Philippine house:  Buying construction equipment Our Philippine house:  Buying hollow block (cement …

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 …

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

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 …

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…

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:  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

A Generic Spanish Conquistador Tigbauan, Iloilo history and heritage. Esteban Rodriguez de Figueroa was a key figure in Tigbauan’s history, a Spanish “conquistador” who was awarded huge land holdings called encomiendas, for his services to the Spanish governors of the Philippines. One of these included Tigbauan De Figueroa was born of Portuguese parents in North Africa.  Eventually he made his way to the Spanish colony of Mexico.  He came to the Philippines as a penniless young adventurer as part of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi’s 1565 expedition to plant Spanish colonies in the Philippines.  Legazpi’s fleet of four ships contained three hundred and sixty five conquistadores — sailors, soldiers, officials and Augustinian priests. After a stop in Guam, the fleet landed in Cebu on February 15, 1565 and established a colony there. …

National Historical Commission Plaque – Tigbauan, Iloilo Tigbauan history and heritage. While the Augustinian order was assigned general responsibility for Panay and Tigbauan in the 16th century, Rodriguez de Figueroa requested Jesuit, not Augustinian missionaries to minister to the residents of his extensive land holdings in Panay.  His holdings were an “encomienda”, a grant from the Spanish crown.  De Figueroa had the right to demand tribute and labor from the 2,800 inhabitants, but had the obligation to see to their spiritual needs. De Figueroa was a very powerful figure in Manila and an early patron of the Jesuits. He was also a key figure in Tigbauan’s history.  He was born of Portuguese parents in North Africa.  Eventually he made his way to the Spanish colony of Mexico.  He came to the Philippines as a penniless young adventurer as part of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi’s 1565 expedition to plant Spanish colonies in the Philippines.  He rose in the ranks as he successfully carried out missions assigned to him by the Spanish authorities, including expeditions to bring the Moros under Spanish control. De Figueroa’s Panay encomienda was called Tigbauan (”field of reeds”) from its principal…