Saturday, January 19, 2013

Igbaras: Magnificent Natural Heritage

Rafflesia Garden in Barangay Igcabugao, Igbaras, photo by Bombette G. Marin

IGBARAS, Iloilo is brimming with arts, culture and outdoor adventure, along with a rich history. It is home to popular attractions such as caves, cascades and the rare flora gardens with varied recreational activities that is sure to delight visitors of all ages and interests.

photo by Vincent Angelo Gefes

Igbaras High Mountain View Resort in Sitio Pasong is a mountain resort-style with stunning views overlooking the green mountain ranges of Igbaras and Tubungan; the Tangyan River; the scenic seascape of Guimbal and the island of Guimaras. Tucked away quietly amid scenic views awaits finely appointed guest rooms sitting on the point of a private mountain ridge. It is surrounded by extraordinary mountain backdrops and picturesque views that provide an ideal setting for rest and relaxation. The two (2) casually elegant bedroom cottages are good for couples or for a group of four. The resort has an outdoor pool with an amazing view of the mountains for the enjoyment of their guests. Swimming fee is P60.00 for Igbarasnons and P80.00 for non-residents of Igbaras. You can get in touch with the resort through Mrs. Emily Javelosa – owner/ manager at 09189795040 or 09189795030.

IGCABUGAO CAVE in Barangay Igcabugao is 14 kilometers away from the town proper. It is a downhill walk on a rocky track where tremendous rock formations frames the way to the cave. One can relax in the cool and clear waters of Igbolo Creek nearby. The chambers inside the cave are eerie and immense. Lantern-equipped guides will take one to a pool of clear but extremely cold water. Although there are other caves in the area such as the Passi Cave, Bat Cave, Bais Cave and Lapusan Cave.

Nadsadjan Falls, Igbaras, photo by Erna Foerster (PALI)

NaDsadjan Falls in Barangay Passi is the most popular tourist attraction of the town. It is a 100-feet high waterfall that pours into a cauldron-shaped natural swimming pool. It also one of the most visited attractions by local and foreign tourists alike due to its pristine waters. From Igbaras Town Proper it is a 30 minute ride to Barangay Passi and another 45 minute trek along the river to reach the majestic falls. There are other popular falls in the area; Guiritsan Falls and Sampanan Falls. Visitors are advised to arrive early morning and visit the Municipal Tourism Office to arrange trip to the falls.

MOUNT NAPULAK is the highest mountain in the area measuring 1,200 feet above sea level. Its shaped reminds one of a woman’s breast where massive coral rock as big as a one-storey building sits on peak, providing an eye-catching view of Iloilo and portions of the Antique Province. The trails getting to the mountain exposes the area’s virgin forests and abundant wildlife.

RAFFLESIA GARDEN in Barangay Igcabugao is a popular campground with for local tourists because it has some of Iloilo’s richest series of exceptionally beautiful forested mountains, from lowlands to highlands, large enough to preserve the integrity of the town’s ecosystem. It is home to the world’s largest individual flower, the Rafflesia. Many call it as corpse flower due to the vile smell it gives off. Its diameter can grow to over 100 centimeters and can weigh up to 10 kilograms. Even its smallest flower specie (the ones commonly found in the in this barangay) measures 20 centimeters in diameter. It has a lifespan of 5-7 days.

photo by Julius Sollesta
TANGYAN Festival annually celebrated every 3rd week of May is a time when this scenic town unites in recognizing the economic importance of its Tangyan River to the community. The river has functioned as the economic heartland where Igbarasnons are engaged in agriculture. As they say, the most fertile areas for farming are in the plains near the Tangyan tributaries where it provides irrigation, potable water and fish stocks, supporting livelihoods in the area. The festival is also dedicated to the preservation and protection of their cultural heritage and to be able to share them with the younger generation.

Igbaras is bounded on the north by the Municipality of San Remegio of the province of Antique; east by the Municipality of Tubungan, Iloilo ; west by the Municipality of Miag-ao, Iloilo; south by the Municipality of Guimbal, Iloilo. It has a total land area of 15,245 hectares subdivided by 46 barangays.

To get to the, one can take a jeepney at the Don Benito Q. Acap Sr. Southern Iloilo Perimeter Boundary Terminal in Barangay Mohon, Oton, Iloilo. Metered taxis are also available at the terminal. For more information, please contact Engr. Wilfredo “Boy” Delgado-Municipal Tourism Officer at (033) local 104- 5184022 or at 09209643404.

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