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

Guimaras Island

Guimaras ProvinceGuimaras is the youngest and smallest of the six component provinces of the Western Visayas Region (Region 6). Known as the “Mango Country”, Guimaras Island has 8,000 hectares of mango orchards managed by corporations and individual growers. The province’s mango orchards produce the best mango variety certified as pest-free by the United States Department of Agriculture. Guimaras Island is a favored destination by both foreign and domestic tourists because of its picturesque beaches, waterfalls, springs, off shore islets, and its famous mangoes, which is considered one of the sweetest in the world.  Continue reading

Iloilo City

Santo Tomas de Villanueva Church Miag-ao IloiloIloilo City is located at the southern part of Panay Island in the Visayas region. It has a land area of 7,023 hectares or 70.23 square kilometer. The people are called Ilonggos. Their amiable faces embody a beautiful culture. They speak pleasing voices that echo a proud past. Their warm character irrors a scenic countryside. Such are the Ilonggos, a humble people with a rich heritage. They are the prime treasures of Iloilo, a historic and celebrated place.

Iloilo City is a useful transit point for Guimaras Island and has good ferry connections to many other Visayan islands, but there’s Continue reading

Anini-y, Antique

Anini-yAnini-y is a municipality in the province Antique in Region VI, Western Visayas, which be­longs to the Visayas group of islands. The municipality Anini-y is seated about 857 km south of province capital Marcos and about 472 km south-south-east of Philippine main capital Manila. Anini-y protrudes at the southernmost tip of Panay Island facing Sulu Sea, making it ideal for water adventure. Dive into its pristine waters where multi-colored corals and fishes await and be awed with the immense and diverse beauty of marine life, nature’s gift beyond imagination. Take a dip into Sira-an Hotspring, with its unique location overlooking the white sand beach of Nogas Island. Savor the fresh catch from the sea and witness the splendor of twilight as the rays of the sun turn the glowing ripples of the sea into a golden furnace. 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

Ati of Western & Central Visayas

Central VisayasThe Ati, a Negrito ethnic group, are mostly found in Western and Central Visayas. Large concentrations are found in Aklan, Capiz, Antique, and Iloilo on Panay Island, and the biggest group is in Iloilo. There are also Ati populations on the islands of Guimaras and Negros (comprising Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental). Few Atis still speak their traditional language, as it has been replaced by Kinary-a, which is spoken in Antique and some parts of Iloilo.

Atis cultivate a variety of crops for their livelihood. Tobacco is bartered for the products of their Visayan neighbors. During September and October, they work at the sugar plantations of Christian landowners. Other means of subsistence are hunting, fishing, handicrafts, and bow-and-arrow making; Continue reading

Iloilo Province

IloiloIloilo is located in the center of the Philippine archipelago. Strategically located 283 statute miles from Manila, it is the gateway to the flourishing region that is Western Visayas. The province comprises the southeastern part of Panay Island.

Discover Iloilo, a province rich in historical and cultural attractions, home of the famous Dinagyang festival (every 4th weekend of January), stately mansions, majestic century-old churches, unspoiled countrysides and exotic delicacies.

Savor the hospitality in Iloilo’s numerous accommodation facilities and restaurants. They come in various classes depending on the guest’s Continue reading

Bacolod City

Bacolod CityThe City of Bacolod is a major tourism destination in the Province of Negros Occidental in Western Visayas, a cluster of  islands at the heart of the Philippine Archipelago.  The biggest tourism asset of the city is the friendly  and genuinely hospitable people, whose lilting Ilonggo  dialect coupled with their winsome smiles have made Bacolod famous as the CITY OF SMILES.

Other than being known as such, Bacolod is also famous as MassKara Festival City  because of the world-renown MassKara Continue reading

SM City Iloilo

SM City Iloilo shopping mall western visayas philippinesSM City Iloilo is a shopping mall located in Iloilo, Philippines.  It is the largest shopping mall in the Western Visasayas region of the Philippines. The mall includes the SM Department Store, SM Cinemas, SM Supermarket, and a food court.

SM City Iloilo’s regular hours of operation are from Monday through Sundays from 10:00am and closes at 9pm nightly. The mall is located at Benigno Aquino Highway, Mandurriao, 5000 Iloilo City, Philippines. Their telephone contact number is +63) 33-320-9602. Continue reading