Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Lagaw-Lagaw sa Miagao

photo by Bombette G. Marin

For some visitors a trip to Miagao is the highlight of their visit to Iloilo. The town is a beautiful rural retreat about 45 minutes south from the city by jeepney. The town is partly coastal and partly mountainous. The poblacion is located in a hill overlooking the sea. It is bounded by the town of Igbaras in the northeast, in the east is Guimbal; the town of San Joaquin in the west; and in the northwest by the town of Sibalom, Province of Antique.

The progressive municipality is endowed with numerous historical and cultural relics. Vast fields and seas gave birth to many beautiful mountains and riverways. This was an old and rich country sending an air of mystery.

Not only is Miagao of significant historical and religious importance but the natural beauty surrounding the town is simply breathtaking.

photo by Bombette G. Marin

Not known to many, but there are also a lot of interesting walks through the mountains where visitors, especially those who are adventurous in spirit can choose a number of different walks, all with amazing views. Visitors will also experience some of the unusual rock formations in the area.

photo by Bombette G. Marin

Whether you are in search of a small group guided trekking holiday led by one of our locally based and experienced walk leaders, or prefer to set off on your own and discover the delights of the mountains. There is something here for everyone; from gentle walks through the countryside to strenuous days to satisfy the serious hikers and hill walkers. 

From the poblacion, one can take a 12-kilometer jeepney ride to Barangay Tigmalapad for a P50 transportation fee to reach Barangay Ongyod. Visitors can also take a tricycle ride from the town proper to Barangay La Consolacion and a take a moderate trek to reach the base of Barangay Ongyod.

photo by Bombette G. Marin

Barangay Ongyod offers visitors access to its rich ecosystem characterizing the higher portions of the town. The roads take visitors through lowland meadows and along swift-flowing river tributaries and up through populated mountain barangays. Visitors may park here to access their first hiking trail. The hike offers a dramatic experience on trekking routes, with enough climbing.

photo by Bombette G. Marin
The crisp mountain air of early summer morning provides an amazing long range view of its pine-clad area. This scenic area and natural reserve is covered by Benguet pine trees planted by DENR sometime in the early 1970s as part of its reforestation program. The area offers wide shades of thick pine trees where visitors can rest before proceeding to the next attraction.

photo by Bombette G. Marin

The Gi-ub ni Tidoy is a dome-like coral rock formation situated in the middle of a rice field surrounded by picturesque rice terraces and lush forest trees. This rock formation is as big as a 3-storey building where visitors can climb to its topmost portion and enjoy the view of the area.

photo by Bombette G. Marin
The Sinuhotan Cave in Barangay Unop is for the physically fit. Hikers will come across cave openings with grated entries. Like any other caves, Sinuhotan is wet though not that muddy. The coolness inside is a welcome relief from the warm summer heat. Some of the passage ways have wooden stairways that lead into the interior. Inside there are varying degrees of access, with some level and some uneven walkways and narrow passageways. One attraction of the cave is an area almost near to its exit that is illuminated by the sunlight streaming through a hole in the roof of the cave. Another feature in the darker portions of the cave is this tiny spring water channels underground where explorers can drink. Visitors will need flashlights to explore more passage ways. It is a 45-minute tour from its main entrance to its exit.

Miagao is truly a haven for those seeking outdoor adventure, healing and relaxation, a romantic getaway or family vacation. The town headed by its very dynamic tourism-oriented municipal Mayor, Hon. Macario Napulan is dedicated to promote the beauty, fun, and excitement of its mountain getaways.

Come join us on the journey to a town of mystery and adventure, of beauty and peace. The trip will guide you and your family through charming attractions, friendly people, and some of the most breathtaking views in Iloilo.

photo by Bombette G. Marin

Pack picnic basket, a blanket with your family or friends and explore Miagao's beautiful backyard. A trip to Miagao is highly recommended and if you intend to take a few of the mountain walks it is a good idea to schedule at least one day for your visit.

Miagao is one of the seven towns comprising the First District of the Province of Iloilo. It is situated 40.5 kilometers southwest of Iloilo City and 58 kilometers from San Jose, province of Antique. It has a land area of 13, 286 hectares subdivided into 119 barangays, of which 22 are in the urban area of the town and the rest are rural. Its coastline stretches 16 kilometers and covers 22 barangays. Its town fiesta in honor of St. Thomas de Villanova is annually celebrated every September 22. Market day is every Saturday. For more information, please contact the municipality of Miagao at (033) 3152145 or 3158050 loc. 101.


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