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.
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.
Guimaras is an island province in Philippines, located in the Western Visayas region. This wonder of nature is definitely one of my favorite island getaway spots. Although it is a province with a capital called Jordan and it a has a couple of ports and has more than 162 000 habitats, it still haven’t lost it’s natural beauty. Its remarkably beautiful scenery is unspoiled and the air is so fresh here due to the fact there are so many trees here. Guimaras could be described as a green island or even islands since the province consists not only of Guimaras Island, but also includes Inampulugan, Guiwanon (or Guiuanon), Panobolon, Natunga, Nadulao, and many minor surrounding islands.