The Trappist Monastery is located in San Miguel, Jordan, in Giumaras province. Officially known as Our Lady of the Philippines Trappist Monastery, it is a peaceful and sacred enclave in Guimaras (and in the Philippines) run by the order of Cistersians of the Strict Observance. These monks follow the rule of St. Benedict and are best known for the extreme austerity or strictness that characterizes their discipline. The monks earn a living by selling souvenir items and processed foods such as jellies, jams, candies, piyaya and more, which are sold in a small shop within the monastery grounds. All the products are from ingredients grown in the Trappist grounds. The Trappist Monastery is located in Bgy. San Miguel, Jordan Town in Guimaras. From Iloilo, Jordan, Guimaras can be reached by riding a pumpboat in Ortiz St., Iloilo City. Then from Jordan Continue reading
Ambush Cave is located at the Biak-na-bato National Park in San Miguel, Bulacan Province. Ambush Cave is probably the scariest of the caves in the region because it has a very narrow entrance. The cave is called Ambush because Katipuneros led unsuspecting Spaniard enemies into its caverns and subsequently ‘ambushed’ them. Ambush Cave is approximately two and a half hours away by land from Manila. Its flora such as G. Melina, teak, buho, tibig and vines are found outside the cave and a few stalactites and stalagmites, and stone formation are found inside the cave, with column and pool. It is also open even to inexperienced cavers. Continue reading
Central Azucarera de Tarlac is located in San Miguel, Tarlac City. Known in the Philippine sugar industry as CAT, Central Azucarera de Tarlac is an integrated manufacturing plant which produces raw and refined sugar, alcohol, liquid carbon dioxide and yeast. The factory is located in a 50-hectare land located inside the Luisita Agro-Industrial Complex in San Miguel, Tarlac City, Tarlac. The sugar cane milled is sourced within the Tarlac district and nearby towns of Pampanga. Continue reading
Biak-na-Bato Cave is located in the suburbs of San Miguel de Mayumo on the northern tip of Bulacan. Biak-na-Bato Cave became the refuge of the revolutionary army that fled Cavite and Batangas. In the safety of this riverside fortress forged by nature, General Emilio Aguinaldo established the new headquarters of the revolutionary government and,
thru Pedro A. Paterno for the revolutionaries and Primo de Rivera for the government of Spain, signed the historic Peace Treaty (Pact of Biak na Bato) in November 1897 which stipulated that the Spanish government shall pay P900,000 in monetary restitution to the non-combatant Filipino families who suffered during the Revolution. Spain promised another P800,000 to be given upon the departure of Aguinaldo and his men to a voluntary exile in Hong Kong, and when Continue reading
The Bayokbok Cave is located 7 1/2 kilometers away from San Miguel in Bulacan Province. This cave may be reached by any motor vehicle and hiking to its entrance. The Madlum river is adjacent to the cave and has shrimp and biya. Species of fauna can be found on the river, while insectivorous bats and few stalactites and stalagmites formation are found inside. This cave is recommended for inexperienced cavers because of its high tourism value. The Bayokbok Cave is located in Sitio Madlum in Barangay Sibul. To get to the Bayokbok Cave, from Pasay or Cubao, there are buses enroute to Cabanatuan, were you can ask to drop you off Barangay Camias. From there, take a a tricycle to Sitio Madlum. Continue reading
Hospital Cave is located within the Biak-na-bato National Park in San Miguel, Bulacan Province. This cave got its name because it was used as the hospital by the guerillas during war, the injured soldiers would stay in that cave to either die or get better. This is where Trinidad Tecson, the mother of Biak Na Bato, worked her magic. She gave her biggest contribution to Katipunan by nursing those who faltered in the battle field. Inside the cave are stalactites hanging from its ceiling. The cave was a burial place because human bones have been found inside the cavern. The Hospital Cave is generally safe to inexperienced visitors and may also be utilized for economic purposes such as guano extraction and edible birds nest collection. Some of the passages to where you can head out were so narrow you have to walk on your sides. Open to inexperienced cavers. Continue reading
Madlum Cave is located on the northern part of the Biak na Bato National Park in San Miguel, Bulacan Province. Unique rock formations inside the cave have amazed visitors while local folk say these hidden natural wonders are also home to the ‘diwatas’ or fairies. Madlum Cave is a prominent feature in the Angat Limestone Formation which occupy most of the whole reservation of Biak-na-Bato National Park and is considered a shrine by the people of San Miguel, Bulacan. There are three giant portals to the approximately 50-meter long cavern. An entrance to the right, which is about 30 meters from the water level of the Madlum River, is a statue of the Continue reading
The Bahay Paniki Cave is located in San Miguel, Bulacan Province. Bahay Paniki, which literally means House of Bats, is located 300 meters south of the Aguinaldo Cave is a bit risky to penetrate, considering the tons of debris filed by torrential flood-water (more conducive to cold-blooded snakes and poisonous scorpions). Beneath the gigantic portal, which stretches to about 30 meters up forming a large dome, are big boulders the size of a two-storey building and the way up the narrow and brittle natural bridges that lead to the inside is truly very dangerous. The cave is home to millions of bats. Disturbing the bats with flashlights or camera flashes is not permitted. Tourists are treated to a rare and astounding display of natural beauty as the mammals fly overhead and out of the cave – aligned in two fronts and to converge some 200 meters into the sky on a single Continue reading
The Aguinaldo Cave, also known as the Cuarto-Cuarto Cave, is located in San Miguel, Bulacan. There are three prominent caves exist along the banks of the Balaong River that circumscribe the historic barangay of Biak-na-Bato, namely Bahay Paniki Cave, Aguinaldo Cave and Bukal Cave. The most notable of these caves is the Aguinaldo Cave where the late hero, General Emilio Aguinaldo, once took refuge while leading the resistance movement against the Spanish and American colonizers. Militarily, its narrow but long entrance coupled with the existence of secret chambers can way-lay intruders. The enemy has to literally crawl through the low portal and would ran smack against the waiting defenses of Aguinaldo’s men. Aside from the presence of stalactites and stalagmites which come in various hues and sizes, the cave also boasts of palisades Continue reading
The Aquino Center Museum, located in Tarlac City, is dedicated to the late Senator Benigno ‘Ninoy’ Aquino Jr. and his wife, the late President Corazon “Cory” Aquino.
The center houses all the past memorabilia of the Aquino Family. A walk through the past depicting the death of the late senator, the People Power Revolution to the Presidency of President Corazon Aquino. It embodies the celebration of Philippine independence through a timeless capsule of Philippine history.
The Aquino Center Museum was designed by noted Filipino architect Francisco Manosa and is located in the Hacienda Luisita. Continue reading