The Panay Liberation Marker in Tigbauan

Panay Liberation Marker Tigbauan Iloilo Location World War Island Battle Visayas Japanese Imperial Army Kilometer City Construction Description History Troops American Landmark Monument Visit Info The Panay Liberation Marker is located in Tigbauan in Iloilo Province. The Panay Liberation Marker commemorates the landing on Panay during the Battle of the Visayas during World War II, effectively liberating the Panay region from the Japanese Imperial Army in 1945. The Panay Liberation marker is located 23 kilometers southwest of Iloilo City. Continue reading

Kadyos Beans

kadios kagyos kagyas kaldis kalios kardis kidis tabiosKadyos is found locally under many different spellings, including: kadios, kagyos, kagyas, kaldis, kalios, kardis, kidis or tabios. It is also known as the Congo pea or black-eyed pea in English. It is grown on Panay Island in the Philippines, in the provinces of Iloilo, Negros Occidental and Antique. Plants flower after 65- 80 days, and after a short time fresh pods can be harvested. The plants reach their maturity for dry harvest after another 50 – 75 days. The legumes are high in vitamins and minerals, and resemble small, black beans and have a rich, nutty flavor. Continue reading

The Sulod Culture

SulodThe Sulod live inland in the Panay provinces of Capiz, Antique and Iloilo, with some concentrations in the villages of Tapaz, Lambunao and Valderrama. These agricultualists are frequently on the move, fields being shifted every two years and left fallow for at least five before reuse. Settlements consist of a few houses led by and old wise man called parankuton, who is assisted by a younger man called timbang. Both positions are achieved. There are many religious rites, including 16 major ones led by a baylan. The Sulod are widely known for their extensive epics which are committed to memory, including the Labaw Dunggon. Continue reading

The Aklanon Culture

AklanonAklanon refer to the majority population of the province of Aklan in the island of Panay in central Philippines. The areas of highest densities are in the municipalities of Kalibo (46,598), Ibajay (33,929), and Banga (27,342) (NSO 1990). The estimated national population is 411,123 (NSO 1980). Aklanon is the local dialect of Aklan. It has a unique semi-vowel in their tongue the “ea ” which has a distinct pronunciation but pronounced as “la” in other Filipino dialects. The term ‘Aklanon’ is a Spanish word for the people of what is now Aklan Province in Panay; the people had thought the Spaniards were asking the name of the local river, which was actually “Akean.” The entire island was supposedly purchased from the local Aetas (the Ati group still live there) Continue reading


Garcinia morellaBatuan (Garcinia morella) is a typical product common to many local dishes, used for its acidic and sour taste. It is mainly found mainly on the island of Negros, and some in the nearby island of Panay. Batuan is a hard, green fruit with a tomato-like shape. It grows wild in the rainforests of Negros. The unripe fruit is cooked as a souring agent with fish, pork and in soups, such as sinigang and tinola soups. The ripe fruits can be eaten, but are very acidic. The fruits can also be preserved in jams, by drying or by pickling. Batuan fruits can be found at all local markets in Negros, and a few in Panay. However, its natural habitat is being negatively affected by deforestation. Continue reading

Panay Island

Panay IslandPanay is an island in the Philippines located in the western part of the Visayas. Politically, it is divided into five provinces: Aklan, Antique, Capiz, and Iloilo, all in the Western Visayas Region. It is located southeast of the island of Mindoro and northwest of Negros, separated by the Guimaras Strait. Between Negros and Panay Island lie the island-province of Guimaras. To the north is the Sibuyan Sea and the islands of Romblon; to the southwest is the Sulu Sea and the Panay Gulf. The island has many rivers including Akean, Banica, Iloilo, and Panay. Panay is surrounded by various bodies of water and is characterized by relatively Continue reading

Antique Province

Antique ProvinceAntique is one of the provinces comprising the island of Panay in Western Visayas. It has a total land area of approximately 2,522 sq. km. It is bounded on the north and northeast by Aklan, on the east by Capiz, and on the southwest by Iloilo. On the west is the Cuyo East Pass of the Sulu Sea, part of the vast China Sea. Eighteen municipalities make up the province: fourteen along the coast, three inland and one on six islets.

Profiled like a seahorse, Antique is an oversized hemline on the western border of the three-cornered scarf-like Continue reading