Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Dumangas: History and Culinary Destination of Choice

photo by JV Perez (PALI)

DUMANGAS, Iloilo positions itself as a place of history and business destination of choice. It is a friendly municipality set out with a scenic coastline. It offers opportunities for history and adventure.

photo by Bombette G. Marin

photo by Bombette G. Marin
San Agustin Church popularly known as Dumangas was declared as a National Landmark by the National Historical Institute, the Gothic style of the church was made of red bricks and coral stones. It was constructed in 1887 and finished in 1895. The predominant design is Gothic with flame-like arches of the main entrance and windows. The rectangular opening of the pediment distracts from the main motif. The windows are flanked by slender Corinthian columns. It was architecturally considered as the most artistic in the Philippines in the 19th century.

photo by Bombette G. Marin

photo by Bombette G. Marin

RUINS OF THE FIRST STONE CHURCH IN PANAY in Barangay Ermita was the mission center of Panay when Spanish authorities set foot in Panay. Araut, the old name of the town was where Fr. Martin de Rada visited in 1566 and preached the gospel by the banks of the Jalaud River. In 1569, Capt. Luis de la Haya, together with Augustinian Fr. Juan de Alva built the first church in Dumangas.  It was declared a national landmark by the National Historical Institute.

HAW-AS Festival is celebrated annually every last week of October. Haw-as, a Hiligaynon term that commonly refers to fish harvest in ponds, is an annual thanksgiving for the bountiful fish harvest from the waters in the area. The festival uses the iconic bangus as its symbol because it is their number one product. Aquaculture such as fish farming is feasible, sustainable and a profitable business here and which is also being patronized by rice farmers as a source of their income to help improve the living conditions of their respective families. It is the fastest growing and the most popular food industry of the town. Haw-as also celebrates the contribution made by those persons involved in the local fishing industry. The festivity offers every visitor the opportunity to learn more about the town’s culture and to better appreciate and understand its value to the community.

photo by Bombette G. Marin

photo by Bombette G. Marin
IJT KATAMNAN INLAND RESORT in Barangay Pulao is a 3-hectare resort established in 2004. It has a pool for both kids and adults to enjoy. For the adventurous type, it has wall climbing activity, biking, volleyball area, and fishing. The resort is planted with over 300 trees and with seasonal mango picking activity. Native cottages for small and big groups are also available for day trips. It has overnight rooms: air-conditioned rooms and fan rooms that can cater to two, four and six persons in every room. Air-conditioned and fan room barracks are also available for a group of 40-60 persons. The resort is open daily from 8 a.m. till 5 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. till 6 p.m. on weekends. Entrance fee for kids is at P20.00 and adults are charged P30.00. For reservations and more information, please contact the resort at (033) 3291331 and (033) 5273028 or 09099260102 or email: info@katamnan.com, or visit their website: http://www.katamnan.com.

Dumangas roro port in Sitio Nalu-oyan, in Barangay Sapao is considered an important part of the Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SRNH). It is a seven hectare Port Complex was made possible with the assistance made by the government of Japan. From the Iloilo Strait in Dumangas to Bacolod City docking at Bredco Port or vice-versa, sea travel will take you approximately two (2) hours at a cost of P60.00 per person for every trip. It is a popular mode of travel for local travelers, backpackers, and motorist who wish to leave for Dumangas or Bacolod. Schedule of vessel departure or arrival is every hour or at times depending on passenger and rolling cargo traffic. The first trip starts early in the morning until evening.

Dumangas is a 1st class municipality in the province of Iloilo. Politically subdivided into 45 barangays, it has a land area of 11, 677 hectares. The town is located northeast or 30 kilometers away from Iloilo City. It is bounded in the north by the Municipality of Barotac Nuevo, on the south and east by the Guimaras Strait and on the west by the Municipalities of Pototan and Zarraga.

When traveling to the municipality of Dumangas via the Monfort Coast Boulevard, one can take a van at Baldoza Transport Terminal in Barangay Baldoza, Lapaz, Iloilo City. From the terminal, taxis and jeepneys are available going to the city. Jeepneys to Dumangas is available at the Northern Central Iloilo Transport Terminal, Inc. in Barangay Tagbak,Jaro, Iloilo City. For more information, please contact Mr. Benny Derequito- Municipal Tourism Officer at 09477900562.

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