Antique is a part of Western Visayas Region with 18 municipalities and San Jose being the Capital. It is accessible by land via Aklan, Capiz and Iloilo.
For our road trip in the provinces of Antique, Iloilo and Capiz, we rented a van for a whole day including the drop off to Iloilo airport. We were able to get the service of Kuya Tata, contact number 09299596690. We rented the van for P2,300 excluding fuel. Our fuel cost P950 plus P250 tip, total of P3,500 divided into 6.
Nueva Valencia is also a third class municipality of Guimaras. The bay of Nueva Valencia alone boasts a cream-colored sand and with a mix of green and blue colored beach, wait ‘til you see the other islands around the municipality.
Raymen Beach Resort
It is where our pick up point for our island hopping tour. Entrance fee is P25.00 and you can swim at the shore after your island hopping experience.
Igang Marine Station-SEAFDEC
Short for Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center. It houses plenty of marine species for research and reproduction purposes.
Ave Maria Islet
This islet is one of my favorites because it is (still) not commercialized. No manmade structure… only you, the fine sand, nice rock formation and crystal clear water.
Lamurawan Beach Resort
Distinct among other islands because of its white staircase and a huge grotto at the top. You can have a bird’s eye view of the other islands here.
A small cave with two access point. You can get inside the cave during low tide.
A good place to snorkel because of its rich coral reef reservoir.
Jordan is a third class municipality and the provincial capital of Guimaras. Some of the tourist spots in the province are located here.
It is once proclaimed by Guinness World Record as the Smallest Plaza in the whole world, with the statue of Dr. Jose Rizal standing in the middle of the plaza.
The Our Lady of the Philippines is the only monastery in the country following the rule of St. Bernard. Aside from the monastery, you can also buy locally made products here for your pasalubong.
Guimaras Provincial Capitol is located at the center of Jordan. It is one of the most visited place because of the huge letters of the word G.U.I.M.A.R.A.S. for photo-op.
Guimaras is the fifth smallest province in the Philippines and its capital is Jordan. It was initially a sub-province of Iloilo until it was made an independent province on May 22, 1997. Aside from pristine beaches, Guimaras is also famous for its sweet mangoes.
Access point of Guimaras is via pump boat from Ortiz Wharf in Iloilo going to Jordan Wharf in Guimaras. It’s a 15-minute sail and schedule starts from 5:30 AM up to 7:30 PM with 15 minutes’ intervals.
Once you reached Jordan Port, there is the tourism office who can help you arrange tour either by tricycle and or by multicab.
The highlight of our Iloilo tour is to see the old churches of the whole province. Jaro Church is the only church in our itinerary that we were not able to visit due to time constraint. Got a glimpse of San Joaquin Cemetery, Guimbal and Tigbauan Church along our way to Antique. We were able to attend Sunday Mass at Molo Church and gaze at the grandeur of Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Church in Maig-ao.
Also known as St. Anne Parish Church, it was constructed in 1831. Dubbed as “Feminist Church” in the Philippines because all 16 statues along the pillar aisles are all female saints.
It was declared a National Landmark by National Historical Institute in 1992.
Also known as San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish Church, it was constructed between 1769 and 1774. It is made of yellow adobe sandstone called “igang” and coral stones from Guimaras. Considered one of the oldest churches in the country.
Also known as St. John of Sahagun Parish Church, it was constructed between 1575 and 1580. One of the feature in the interior of the church are the colorful tile mosaic murals in the altar and the Way of the Cross. Regarded as the only Latin-American inspired church in the Philippines.
San Joaquin Cemetery
Also known as The Campo Santo or mortuary chapel, it was initiated in 1892. A baroque style of architecture made of white coral and red bricks. It was declared National Cultural Treasure by National Museum in 2015.
Also known as Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Parish Church, it was constructed in 1787. Exhibited with large buttresses and two unique belfries with a very detailed façade featuring the image of St. Christopher holding on to a coconut tree while carrying the infant Jesus.
It was listed by UNESCO World Heritage as one of the four Baroque Churches in the Philippines in 1993.