ANTIQUE PHILIPPINES TRAVEL GUIDE | TOURIST SPOTS, HOTELS
Antique, Philippines: The Province “Where the Mountains Meet the Sea”
Coming from an island once shrouded in mystery, the province of Antique is truly a curious place to visit. Not only is the old notion banished from many people’s beliefs, but it also paved a way to ideas that will make tourists flock this place in a heartbeat.
Forget about the notion that the whole island of Western Visayas is home to the “aswang” or the western equivalent of monsters such as the “manananggal,” which earned it infamy from its neighbors. The people from the island is as human as they appear and the island itself is far from being the hell that these monsters would have come from. The province of Antique in the western part of the island, especially, is a stray far from this notion.
Bearing the tagline “Where the mountains meet the sea,” the province of Antique is a memorable place to visit if you are in both seawater and land terrains. If the tagline is not already ostensive in what it means, it actually meant the short distances between the province’s coastal waters and rising mountains as both terrains parallel each other across an elongated piece of land.
Neighbored by the provinces of Aklan to the northeast, Capiz to the east, and Ilo-Ilo to the southeast, Antique, Philippines is nestled at the western-most part of the Panay Island which subsequently exposed it to the Sulu Sea where entry by boat is possible. However, of these provinces, only Ilo-Ilo, and Aklan act as an entryway to the province by land. Capiz is cut off from the province due to the steep mountain range which divides the two.
In fact, as you had probably guessed it, this province’s selling points are its majestic mountains and amazing white sand beaches.
But of these towering mountains, an erected and dormant volcano, Mt. Madia-as, is perhaps the most prominent due to the mystical belief that it was the home to the Bulalakaw—the supreme god of the ancients—which piques interest among hikers and trekkers. This mystery is further embellished by the idea that the volcano is surrounded by lakes and waterfalls which makes the trip on it all the more worthwhile experience.
If the sleeping volcano does not put much of a challenge, then the province’s highest peak—Mt. Nangtud—might. Of course, this mountain may not be at par nor half as tall as the Himalayas, but there is a sense of victory and accomplishment in reaching the top of this mountain, especially when you are rewarded with a one-of-a-kind view of the area’s unexplored sites.
There are also some water activities you can engage yourself within this province. If you are in Tibiao, white river rafting and kayaking offer an exciting experience by the water. Anini-y, on the other hand, is the home to the Sira-an Hot Springs where you can relax.
But if you are in the more adventurous side, the province is also an abode to interesting islands which will want to make you go offshore to venture to.
Antique, Philippines | Tourist Spots
Kawa Hot Bath in Tibiao, Antique, Philippines
Have fun and experience the Kawa Hot Bath in Tibiao. The “kawa” was previously used in the sugar mills to make muscovado sugar.
To know more about my personal experience, click Kawa Hot Bath, Tibiao
St. John Church in Anini-y, Antique, Philippines
The ( St. John Church) 19th century San Juan Nepomuceno Parish Church otherwise known as Anini-y Church was constructed during the Spanish era using blocks of coral stones egg whites as a binder.
To read my review of San Juan Nepomuceno Parish Church, please click Anini-y Church
Lumang Simbahan: San Pedro Church Ruins in San Jose, Antique, Philippines
Another exciting point of interest in the province is the Ruins of San Pedro Church located in San Jose Antique. This place is loaded with stories and remains to be a reminder to the people of Antique of the early histories of Christianity in the place.
To read my review of the Lumang Simbahan, please click San Pedro Ruins
Casa Azurin in San Jose, Antique, Philippines
One old structure found in San Jose, Antique, Philippines is the Casa Azurin which was constructed in the 1800s. The historical structure is getting deteriorated every day, so visit this place while it’s still there.
To read my review of this place, please click Casa Azurin in San Jose
Off the beaten path attraction of Antique, Philippines is located in Culasi. The beauty of Malalison or Mararison Island for the locals was only exposed to the media after the Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit the province.
Mararison or ‘Malalison’ for travelers is a small island beach destination and a barangay in Culasi in Antique. The beauty of the island was only seen by media after the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan in the province.
To read about the complete direction of this place, please click: Malalison Island Travel Guide
On your way to Tibiao, you will see an old Spanish Church and Convent, The Patnongon Church. The building could have been the biggest Catholic Church in Antique and one of the oldest churches in the Philippines if it was not bombed during World War II by the American. The old structure is home to Saint Augustine’s Academy of Patnongon, Inc.
Other Tourist Attractions in Panay Island
If you are traveling via Iloilo City, you can explore also some attractions near the area prior to your visit to Antique. Below are some of the attractions within and near Iloilo City:
If you are traveling via Caticlan, you might want to check the following attractions:
Pitcher Plant in Malalison/Mararison Island
How to get to Antique, Philippines
Via Iloilo City
Take a cab to bring you to the Ceres Terminal. Take a bus bound for Caticlan, Pandan, or Culasi. If you are heading for San Jose, Antique, Philippines, there are buses passing that town on the same terminal
If you are also visiting Boracay, this route will be best for you.
From the airport, take a tricycle to bring you to the Jetty Port. Just asked around where the ceres Buses are stationed. They can easily be seen because of their yellow color.
If you are attending the Kalibo Ati-atihan, this is, of course, the best route to take.
From the airport, take a tricycle to Ceres Bus Terminal. Take the bus going to San Jose Antique (the capital of Antique, Philippines). if you want to go to Tibiao, then inform the conductor of your destination. The bus driver knows where to drop tourists off.
Antique, Philippines List of Budget Hotels and Resorts
You can book a room by clicking on the links/names of the Resorts/Hotels below. These links will bring you to the booking site. Take advantage of the discounts offered by these resorts/hotels.
Bugang Riverside Inn
Pandan – Libertad – Aklan Boundary Road, Pandan, Antique, Philippines
Duyong, Pandan, Pandan, Antique, Philippines, 5712
Kayak Inn Tibiao
Tibiao River, Tuno
La Parola Orchids Beach Resort
Brgy. Amparo, Patnongo, Antique, Philippines, 5702
Le Palme Beach Resort
Barangay Zaldivar, Pandan
Phaidon Beach Resort
Tingib, Pandan, Antique, Philippines, 5712
Pandan Beach Resort
Barangay Dionela, Pandan
RosePoint Beach Resort
Brgy. Mag-Aba, Pandan, Antique, Philippines, 5712
Ucoy Beach Resort
5710 Union Libertad, Other