Kruhay (greetings) from Antique, a land of fascination, natural beauty, historical treasures, and cultural wonders! This quiet province in the Western Visayas has been at the fringes of the tourism radar.
With their new “Experience Antique” branding and by implementing a community-based tourism strategy, Antique is on the right track of becoming the Philippines’ newest travel destination. Cultural immersion, outdoor adventures, culinary exploration—it’s all there! These are just some of the new attractions and adventures that you can experience in Antique.
1. Bugang River
It’s a pristine, quiet place where you can relax in peace. Yet you can also find wild adventure here if you wanted to. Bugang River in Pandan, Antique blends these two contrasting worlds seamlessly.
Touted as the cleanest river in the Philippines, Bugang River is so clear you can even see the fields of lilies that lie beneath. If you want a wet and wild adventure, try riding an inflated rubber tube down the rapids. We tell you, it’s simply awesome!
2. Leocadio Alosagay Dioso Memorial Public Library
With the advent of digital media, traditional libraries now seem to be relics. But the spirit of these glorious halls of knowledge is preserved in the Leocadio Alosagay Dioso Memorial Public Library in Pandan proper. Retired UN official Leo Dioco established the library in line with his vision to instill the passion for reading in Filipinos.
Today, the library has more than 20,000 books, magazines, journals, and other literary materials from his collection and from those who share his vision of making all Filipinos avid readers.
3. Igpasungaw Falls
If you are fascinated by waterfalls, check out the multi-tiered Igpasungaw Falls in Sebaste.
You might need to trek for almost an hour and cross a fast-flowing river to get to it but it will all be worth it when you see it in all its splendour and power. You can freshen up in the clear, cool waters or simply listen to the sound of the falls.
4. Tibiao River
The rainy season is the perfect time to find adventure at Tibiao River. That’s because when the river swells during a downpour, it becomes an ideal venue for whitewater kayaking, rafting, and water tubing!
Try to maneuver your way around the rocks, inlets, bays, and other obstacles riding an extremely responsive recreational vessel. It’s absolutely fun and challenging!
5. Bugtong Bato Falls
To get here, you hike for less than an hour through the stunning rice fields, coconut groves, and farming communities of Tibiao. As soon as you reach the main river, you’ll come face to face with the first tier of the Bugtong Bato Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in Antique.
Locals consider it one of their favorite spots to hang out thanks to the falls’ cool water and majestic stature. You can carefully climb up via a steep staircase to reach the upper tiers.
6. Valderrama Rice Terraces
For a really meaningful trip, you need to immerse yourself in the local culture. Grab the opportunity to be part of a farming community in the highlands of Valderrama, Antique.
Sleep in humble huts, listen to the locals’ stories, and enjoy local and organic cuisine. Most importantly, when you see the massive rice terraces on the side of the mountains, you can’t help but admire the ingenuity of our Filipino farmers.
7. Villa Valderrama Nature Park
The Villa Valderrama Nature Park is home to the giant Rafflesia Speciosa, which is Antique’s regional flower. But you need to hike deep into a mahogany forest to find these rare flowers. Mature Rafflesias are larger than dinner plates and emit an odor similar to that of a rotten carcass!
Reward yourself after the hike by dipping in the park’s pool, which is fed by a natural spring.
8. San Remegio Mountain Town
San Remegio is the perfect place to visit if you want to go somewhere quiet and scenic. The mountains, farms, hills, and pine forests are all beautiful.
The place becomes even more magical at night when thousands of fireflies light up the pine forests. Being high up in the mountains, the temperature here is quite chilly, so don’t forget to bring a sweater.
9. Igbaclag Cave
Perhaps the town of San Remegio is too peaceful for you? If so, head to the nearby Igbaclag Cave for some adventure.
Cross a swaying cable bridge to enter a cave within a huge rock promontory. If you feel brave enough, you can climb—very carefully—to the top of the promontory. Once you are at the top, you may see hawks and eagles hunting for food!
10. Nogas Island
Do places described in fairy tales really exist? Yes! And one of them is the enchanting Nogas Island just off the coast of Anini-y. As you dock on the sandy beach, hordes of cats–yes, felines–greet you, meowing simultaneously.
Walk along a mysterious tunnel of kalachuchi trees to find a towering lighthouse at the center of the island. Beyond it are gnarly balete trees.