Kruhay San Jose! (Part 1)
Antique – Panay’s last frontier – is Panay’s sleeping giant for tourism opportunities.
With beautiful beaches, enticing landscapes, a rich culture and heritage, and delectable native cuisine, Antiqueños have so much to offer their guests.
Come and join us as we share our memorable discovery and expedition at Antique.
Situated at the western side of the triangle-shaped Panay Island, Antique can easily be reached from Iloilo City via the Iloilo-Antique Road. Connecting the towns of Iloilo’s San Joaquin and Antique’s Dao is an 18-kilometer highway that traverses the mountains that separates the two provinces. A tricky terrain yet it offers the best views of unspoiled forests in the area.
After a two hour drive, our group reached San Jose and we’re immediately treated with a warm and mouth watery breakfast served at the newly opened Villa del Carmen Inland Resort. Fast becoming a venue for events and gatherings, the property boasts its relaxing atmosphere void of a city’s hustle and bustle. During the breakfast, our group was welcomed by Ms. Chin Tacogdoy of the Municipal Tourism of San Jose de Buenavista, and the Antiqueño members of DPI.
San Jose de Buenavista, the province’s capital, is a first-class municipality yet complete with the perks and amenities found in other cities in the island. Founded in early 18th century, the town of San Jose became the nucleus of Antique’s political and social life.
First in the itinerary is the St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral. With its modern design, the church is the center of religious life in the province and the seat of the Diocese of San Jose de Antique.
One of the historical attractions of the cathedral is its old bell, minted in 1877.
Gella-Azurin House located along Gobierno Street is the province’s oldest heritage house. Built during the Spanish colonial era, the house is a typical example of a balay na bato. During the Pacific War, the house served as a hospital for the guerillas.
With the Antique Atelier, a social entrepreneur project of the local government, many of San Jose’s people-with-disabilities are empowered. Classy fashion accessories such as bracelets, earrings and necklaces, designed by popular designers and hand-made by its beneficiaries are available for sale at its showroom.
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From Iloilo International Airport:
– You can take the Shuttle Bus going to SM City Iloilo.
– From SM City Iloilo, take the SM Mandurriao jeepney to UP Visayas intersection and ride Oton or Villa-Mohon bound jeepneys. Tell the driver to drop you off at San Pedro Molo Transport Terminal.
– In San Pedro Molo Transport Terminal, there will be several Ceres Buses ready to take you there (Libertad or San Jose Routes).
*** Antique is also accessible from Buruanga and Nabas in Aklan.