Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Captivating Views of Barangay Bucari in Leon

Barangay Bucari, Leon, Iloilo is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the province and still a popular summer holiday destination for many Ilonggos. The area measures 285.36 hectares and is located 21 kilometers away from the town proper. It is situated in the highest portion of Leon rising 1,200-meter-above sea level and was declared as an Eco-tourist zone. Its appealing scenery is an explosion of greens saturating the pine tree-covered mountains, a perfect place to just kick back and relax.  A stop here is highly advisable for visitors to Iloilo.

It accessible by jeepney with one trip daily every 9 a.m. at P40.00 fare for every person and leaves Bucari for the town proper every 3 p.m. Normal travel time is one hour. For the adventurous in spirit, 30 units of motorcycle travel to Bucari at P150.00 one way for double occupancy or at P200.00 one way for single occupancy. You may contact Reneboy Cabanias at 09487219584.

Bucari is a mountain range situated in the southwest portion of the province. Originally, the Bucari Area measures 4,500 hectares, almost the size of the towns of San Miguel and Pavia combined. It covers 14 barangays of Leon extending to seven (7) barangays of Alimodian. An area of 500 hectares is being managed by the LGU and DENR.

The barangay of Bucari was once the seat of government resistance against the Japanese in World War II. In 1996 via Executive Order 120, Governor Arthur D. Defensor, Sr. declared Bucari as the “Summer Capital of Iloilo.”

It lures visitors year-round where hikers and mountain bikers traverse the mountains here to enjoy the sprawling panoramas of the expansive mountain ranges extending to neighboring towns and adjacent province. The cool climate is perfect for growing high-value produce such as carrots, cabbage, Baguio beans, chilis, eggplant and chayote or vegetable pear locally known as sayote. Farmers grow their crops along the hills and mountainside in terraces.

It has three quaint lodges tucked beneath pine-covered peaks: Pineridge Bucari in Barangay Bacolod; Talon Inn inside Bucari National High School in Barangay Bucari, and; Bucari Pine Forest in Sitio Tabionan, Barangay Bucari.

Pineridge Bucari is an exclusive Spa Resort in Barangay Bacolod located approximately 2 hours away from the city. It offers Health, Wellness and Mountain climbing and exploration activities.  It has a restaurant that features organic and gourmet menus. The road getting there is moderately good with concrete roads interspersed with gravel roads leading to the resort.  Sleeping accommodations include three (3) rooms dorm style at six (6) persons per room. For day visits and overnight stay, please contact Pineridge Bucari Reservation Office in Tabucan, Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo with telephone: (033) 320 0977/ mobile : +63-908-227-6719 or email:

Talon Inn situated within the premises of Bucari National High School offers three bamboo lodges perfect for a group of four. The sweeping views of beautiful mountain ranges of Alimodian, Iloilo and Antique province serves as its backdrop. For more information, please contact 09088963503 or email at

Bucari Pine Forest located within the campsite offers four (4) lodging houses for a group of eight (8) persons each house at P1,600.00. For more information, please contact Mr. Evan Cala-or, Camp Manager at 09497025758 or 09367464742.

The lure of the mountains, fresh air and getting away from the crowds and traffic of the city all make for a great vacation. Whether it is a quiet weekend, romantic escape or family fun filled holiday, a trip to the mountains can be just what you need to relax and enjoy some time off.

Leon is 28 kilometers or almost 45-minute drive west-southwest of Iloilo City. It is bounded in the north by the municipality of Alimodian; in the west the municipality of San Remegio of the province of Antique; in the south by the municipalities of Tigbauan and Tubungan; and in the east by the municipality of San Miguel. It has a total land area 14,005 hectares politically subdivided by 85 barangays.

To get to Leon, jeepneys and air-conditioned vans ply the Leon-Iloilo City route daily at the Jaro market on a fixed 8-minute interval. Air conditioned taxis are also available for hire at reasonable and negotiable rates. For more information, please contact Miss Rose Leah Kilayko at 09393426040.

Know more about Bucari in Leon, Iloilo on the 12th TUMANDOK, a Tourism Month celebration on September 22-25 at the fountain area of Robinsons Place Iloilo organized by the Provincial Culture, Arts, History and Tourism Office of the Iloilo Provincial Government, the Department of Tourism Region VI, the Iloilo Tourism Officers Association, Inc. and Robinsons Place Iloilo in cooperation with Central Philippine University, Tinukib, Department of Trade and Industry and The Daily Guardian.

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