Thursday, February 25, 2016

Getting Cozy with Nature at Windy Willows Highlander in Ajuy

a panoramic view from the restaurant and bar area of the resort

Every so often, you find a place that is just right. A place where everything just feels natural, like it was just the way you want it.  Discover the only highland resort in Ajuy amid the pristine jungle wilderness and pleasant cool weather with beautifully landscaped hill in Baragay Malayu-an.

Very accommodating owners Mat and Danna Barrett are big believers of nature’s beauty as they have taken care to preserve the things that matter. Their love for the natural surroundings is no secret.

Opened in 2014, Windy Willows Highlander offers a panoramic view of the islands of Ajuy from its three guesthouses with spacious verandas good for couples and family. the mountain resort is of wooden furnishings with modern facilities. It has back-up generator and with wifi/ internet connection.

A deluxe breakfast for two is served every morning. The restaurant offers exquisite local and foreign cuisine served in a beautiful atmosphere. The comfortable bar serves a selection of whiskies.

The owner has developed a beautiful network of hiking uphill and downhill trails, tracing through highlands forests and fields. Explore lush timberland, mountains and rolling hills, and discover some of what makes the resort so special. Or just simply enjoy some drinks as guests welcome the sun and the moon back as night falls and the sun sinks below the horizon with breathtaking view of the sea.

So make time for the things that matter in an environment tailor-made to bring family and friends together. Find your place at Windy Willows Highlander and take part in a vacation you will never forget.

Windy Willows Highlander also sells made-to-order spicy and plain sausages with imported ingredients. For those interested, the resort is at Lot 922, Barangay Malayu-an, Ajuy, Iloilo. contact Mat or Danna Barrett at 09266107999 or at 09063480666 or email at

The mountain resort is a few minutes away from the poblacion of Ajuy and there is always plenty to do when in the area. Guests can connect with nature on their network of serene islands. For swimmers, boaters and fishermen, these islands are perfectly situated for easy access from Culasi Port. And no matter what time of year you visit, you will always find a variety of historical attractions in the island such as the 18th century Parola considered to be the 2nd oldest in the country and century-old chimneys scattered on farm fields and not to miss the only heritage house existing in northern Iloilo, Balay Bacabac Babar in the mainland. 

Ajuy is 91.9 kilometers away or almost two hours away from the city.  You can take an air-conditioned bus from the new Ceres Terminal in Dungon B, Jaro, Iloilo City. it has a land area of 19,346 hectares divided into 34 barangays. The town celebrates its annual patronal fiesta every 10th of September in honor of their patron San Nicolas de Tolentino. Market day is every Sunday.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Kid’s Home: Going Beyong Academic Excellence

The KIDS ALTERNATIVE HOME AND DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY, INC. in Ungka I, Pavia, Iloilo  is a non-stock non-profit institution duly recognized by the Department of Education Region VI as a School with Special Program in the Arts that offers complete Pre-elementary, Elementary and Junior High School, Special Education (SpEd) with Culture and Arts workshops.

The institution implements curriculum Innovation to cater to pupils with Special needs. And aside from achieving Academic Excellence, pupil’s specializes in the different areas of specialization in culture and arts such theater, dance, visual arts, and music. 

The school’s innovative, discovery and experiential based approaches provides the children in this institution with warm, loving child friendly learning environment that maximizes their full potentials through its One Focused Subject a Day or OFSD.     

The administration believes that Kid’s Home is a key instrument in the formation of these kids in their most critical stage, their childhood years.  With art, they are able to confidently discover and express themselves.

The institution envisions their pupils to be (a) HAPPY KIDS where they learn love and discover new things together with their peers in school;  (b) WARM and LOVING KIDS where at daily session, the class starts with a warm welcome and ends with the kids being grateful to one another where they hug and thank each other before saying goodbye.   The pupils express themselves freely as they show affection and care to one another; (c) CREATIVE KIDS as their creativity are enhanced by allowing them to express themselves in art through theatre, dance and visual arts. The school provides pupils with a healthy environment where they can showcase their artistic skills in a natural way. 

PASINAWAN: Gugma sang Kabataan, launched in 2009 provided a venue for pupils where they showcased their talents and creativity every February, the Arts Month. a month of celebration, awareness, and advocacy for art for our youth.  It is thru this annual celebration when young performers are introduced. Known as GAGMAY (Young) Artists, they perform in various activities in school and in the community establishing partnership across the province and neighboring regions. They are considered as one of the youngest performers in the region. For at Kid’s Home, our pupils go beyond academic excellence.

The 2nd BUGANA will feature the gifted students of KIDS ALTERNATIVE HOME AND DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY, INC. as they perform their talents for the opening of the 2nd BUGANA on February 20, 2016 at 3 p.m. BUGANA runs from February 20-23, 2016 and is organized by the Office of Culture, Arts, History and Tourism of Iloilo Province, Robinsons Place Iloilo, The Department of Trade and Industry and The Daily Guardian. For more information, please contact the Office of Culture, Arts, History and Tourism at (033) 3384910.

Monday, February 15, 2016

BUGANA: Buying Iloilo, Building Iloilo

The local produce of several towns in the province of Iloilo will be on exhibit at the fountain area of Robinsons Place Iloilo as the participating micro, small and medium enterprises seek to book orders from local buyers. 

BUGANA will run from February 20-23, 2016 and will feature the towns of San Joaquin, Sta. Barbara, Concepcion, Carles, Miagao, Estancia, Tigbauan, Leon, Pavia, Oton, Igbaras, Duenas, Leganes, Cabatuan, Balasan, Integrated Entrepreneurs of Iloilo, Philippines with the towns of Calinog, Janiuay, San Enrique and Barotac Viejo.

The products on display are the best that these participating communities can produce given the resources available to them. The towns also take pride in showcasing their crafts and skills.

Many people are starting to own and manage their small businesses for the main reason of generating profit for many of them believe belief that they have something special to offer. Small scale industries started gaining popularity as many personal enterprises started springing up. Their contribution has been recognized as the main sustenance of the local economy with their capacity to enhance economy output and welfare among its constituents.

BUGANA is a trade fair for small and medium-sized enterprises in the province of Iloilo. These businesses play an extremely important role in today's global economy and are a powerful engine for economic growth. The event serves as a platform for SMEs to connect with other participants where they can network, collaborate and exchange ideas and experiences especially in running a socially responsible business.

In events such as this, SMEs can strategize their marketability by integrating sales and promotion of their products and services and also benchmark their company by analyzing the competition in the local market.

Let's face it, traveling can be expensive these days.  So, why not stay close to home this summer and experience all the local communities fair has to offer. Let the 2016 BUGANA be your local travel destination this February.  Experience the music, food, arts and crafts, exhibits and more that only come from our community.

The 2nd BUGANA is organized by the Office of Culture, Arts, History and Tourism of Iloilo Province, Robinsons Place Iloilo, The Department of Trade and Industry and The Daily Guardian. For more information, please contact the Office of Culture, Arts, History and Tourism at (033) 3384910.

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