There are some surprisingly beautiful islands located in the Municipality of Concepcion, Iloilo; a hidden pearl of the Province of Iloilo I would say. Most of the tourists associate places like Western Visayas or Panay island with Boracay. That’s the first question most of the locals usually ask me: “Have you been to Boracay?” Yes, I’ve been to Boracay and, sure, it is a beautiful little island with lots of great beaches, water activities and exciting nightlife. But it is also crowded and quite expensive, especially regarding the accommodations. So if you want to spend your vacation in a beautiful, secret place with white sand beaches and swim in a crystal clear water, feeling that you and your companions are the owners of a secluded tropical island, I would recommend to go island hopping in Concepcion, Iloilo.
If you travel to Guimaras, don’t miss on visiting the 19th century Spanish colonial lighthouse known as Guisi Lighthouse, as well as the beautiful Guisi Beach. Located at the southwestern coast of Guimaras, in Barangay Dolores, Nueva Valencia, Guisi lighthouse is one of the remarkable historical sites of the Province of Guimaras and is also among the oldest lighthouses in Philippines. Guisi Lighthouse was built by the Spanish government in 1894-1896 as a part of the Master Plan of installing the lighting of the maritime coasts of the Philippines. Guisi lighthose was formerly known as Faro de Punta Luzaran and functioned as a navigational aid to the fisherman and sailors passing the Panay Gulf.
When is the best time to visit Guimaras? How about…NOW! This is the time when the Guimaras Mango Festival or better known in Philippines as Manggahan Festival is taking place here. Guimaras Mango Festival is the event of the year of this beautiful, lush green Province of Philippines, held to honor the sweetest mangoes of the world that are grown in this area, as well as to commemorate the foundation of the Province of Guimaras. The celebration is usually held every April in Jordan. The first festival dates back on May 22, 1993, when the first anniversary of Guimaras as an independent province was commemorated. This year the Province of Guimaras is celebrating the 22nd Foundation Day.
Since I haven’t explored the country side of Iloilo, last weekend me and my boyfriend decided to go hiking. After reading so many great suggestions from you guys at the comment section of my previous article about Iloilo City, we decided to head for Bucari, Leon. And the ones who suggested it, you were right – it is a gorgeous area!
Bucari area is a mountainous region situated in the highlands of Leon and Alimodian, municipalities of Iloilo province in Panay island. It is composed of Bucari barangay (village) and its neighbouring barangays: 14 barangays located in Leon and 7 barangays located in Alimodian. Bucari area is situated in the west-southwest part of the province of Iloilo, 58 km from the Iloilo City. It is an eco-tourist zone, known for the cool climate (the temperature there ranges from 18- 20°C), beautiful landscapes with magnificent mountains, lush green rice terraces and pine forests, as well as the refreshing springs and falls.
Philippines managed to achieve the goal of setting a new Guinness World Record by lighting 100 000 candles for peace today, on April 14, 2014, in Savannah City, Oton, Iloilo. The lit candles formed an image of the Philippines map for five seconds causing genuine smiles and pride on the faces of participants. And there is a reason for it! Now the record of largest flaming image using candles belongs to Philippines. The previous record was achieved in Pakistan by simultaneously lighting 35 478 candles.
Iloilo City, the capital city of the province of Iloilo and the regional center of Western Visayas, is definitely one of the highlights of Panay island, Philippines. Saturated with many spectacular festivals and celebrations, unbelievably kind people and delicious food for almost ridiculously low prices, this city is always filled with relaxed yet joyful atmosphere. If you thought that there is no other place people are celebrating fiestas like in Spain: broadly, even a little bit wastefully, but always heatedly, affectionately and cheerfully, you thought wrong. Filipinos love their fiestas as much as Spanish. When it comes to holidays, living here reminded me of living in Tenerife, as I remember it felt like they have more fiestas that working days per year in Tenerife.
What are the biggest reasons you should choose Iloilo for living over other cities in Philippines? Keep on reading and I’ll tell you the advantages of living in Iloilo City!
At the beginning of year 2014 I was lucky enough to experience Dinagyang Festival, which is the biggest event of the year of Iloilo City, Philippines. Read more
If you are a beach addict like me and are committed to visit the most beautiful beaches on the planet, Boracay island in Philippines should definitely be on your list. Boracay belongs to Western Visayas island-group and is located just a few kilometers off the northwest corner of the Panaj island. This delightful island is mostly known for the white sand beaches and bright, crystal clear water in turquoise blue color.
Meet Ricky from Guimaras, Philippines. Because of his extraordinary style it’s almost impossible to pass him by without staring. But even if you can’t resist to look a little longer and admire his style he will reply you with a big smile. Ricky is one of the most positive persons I have met. He may look like a badass because of his tattoos and sunglasses with dark lenses but he’s actually a gentle soul who stands for love and peace on earth everywhere he goes. You will see him always with his hair up in a bun, a camera over his shoulder and a cheerful yoga theme or Bob Marley T-shirt on.
When me and my friend Laura decided to head for Spain at the beginning of the summer of 2013 to look for a seasonal job, we had no idea how challenging it would be. We thought if we would choose a touristic place like Salou, it would be easy to find a job. Well, it wasn’t. Truth is finding a job in Spain with the unemployment rate higher than 25% was quite a struggle. Even my more than basic Spanish didn’t help so much. Now it seems a little bit silly that I thought a good Spanish knowledge was all I needed.
Finding a job wasn’t even our biggest problem. As a surprise for us it appeared that finding a short term apartment to rent wasn’t easy at all. Should have dig into more details about finding a job and living in Spain before booking the tickets! Keep on reading and I will tell you the biggest problems we faced while moving to Spain and some tips to avoid these difficulties.