Review</li></ul>Step-1 Directions to antique<br />Antique is a province of the Philippines located in the Western Visayas region. Its capital is San Jose and is located at the western portion of Panay Island, bordering Aklan, Capiz, and Iloilo to the east. Antique faces the Sulu Sea to the west. <br />Antique is accessible from north by RORO (Roll-On-Roll-Off) from Manila via Caticlan. From Kalibo, Aklan buses ply the route to Pandan and San Jose de Buenavista, the capital town and the main tourism service center in the province. Buses and vans to and from Iloilo take two main roads –the mountain and the coastal road networks. There are two major seaports in the province: the Lipata seaport in Culasi and San Jose seaport in the capital town. Presently, the Lipata port is being developed for RORO services. <br />Step-2 Invetory listing of areas tourism<br /><ul><li>Resources Components
Antique has rich mineral deposits. Its mountains yield coal, silica, copper, marble, and clay. Semi-precious stones such as turquoise, amethyst, opal, jade, agate and jasper are scattered along the Sibalom and Tipuloan Rivers. The municipalities of Libertad and Pandan have reserves of 4.131 billion metric tons of good quality marble. Coal is mined in the island-barangay of Semirara operated and managed by the Semirara Coal Corporation.
NOGAS ISLAND, a 24-hectare government naval reservation island 3 miles from the shoreline of Anini-y town proper; 20 minutes by sailboat or motorboat; ideal for shell hunting, snorkeling and scuba diving.
SIRA-AN HOT SPRING, a government-owned hot sulphur spring atop solid rock; warm water flowing from crevices and collects in tiled basins into a junior size, swimming pool; is along the highway 1 1/2 kilometers from Anini-y town proper and overlooks Nogas Island.
CRESTA DE GALLO, Anini-y; called Punta Nasog by natives; denuded mountain of solid rock shaped like a rooster's crown believed rich in mineral deposit.
TAGUIMTIM - 2 kms. south of Tobias Fornier. Best for picnics and swimming.
CAMP AUTAJAY, 5 kms. from San Jose; also called Pina beach; 10-hectare lot ideal for camping, live-in seminars or conferences.
PULA WATERFALLS - red-tinted water cascades. 2 kms. away from poblacion of San Remegio.
BATO CUEVA, San Remegio, where one can see San Jose and Sibalom towns; on clear weather, mount Madia-as in Culasi can also be seen.
DANAO LAKE, located in the high mountains of San Remegio; ideal for hunting.
BATABAT CORAL REEF, Barbaza; 1 km. offshore, a 20-minute ride by pumpboat; varied colored corals can be seen through clear waters.
CADIAO RESORT - 11 kms. from poblacion Barbaza to Bgy. Capuyawan, then 5 kms. on foot; has a Baguio-like temperature.
MACALBAG WATERFALLS - a waterfall 50 ft. high, 8 kms. from poblacion Barbaza; several caves, some still unexplored.
HATAY-HATAY BEACH RESORT, Barbaza, 5 kms. from the poblacion; abundant spring water.
MANGLAMON BEACH & CAVE OF TIGUIS - 5 kms. from poblacion Tibiao; with sparkling sand and nearby cave.
MARARISON ISLAND, 4 kms. off the coast of Culasi; 15 minutes by pumpboat; long stretch of white sand beach; ideal for beachcombing and spear fishing; presence of "pitcher plant" noted.
MT. MADIA-AS, Culasi; 2,117 m.above sea level; beautiful mountain scenery, different species of flora and fauna, rare orchids, wild deer and boar, a lagoon and rain forest.
BATBATAN ISLAND - 8 kms. from Mararison Island; a mound of soft greenery, an attraction to scuba divers; has natural coves, anchorages and white sand beaches.
BUGTONG BATO WATERFALLS; Tibiao; 6 kms. to Sitio Moleta accessible by motor vehicle up to Bgy. Tuno and a short hike along murmuring streams and hidden rice terraces. Ideal for excursions/picnics with excellent opportunities for bathing, swimming and picture taking. First three waterfalls with height up to 150 ft. are accessible.
TIBIAO RIVER, Tibiao; 4 kms. from the poblacion considered ideal for white water kayaking by the Boracay based Tribal Adventure Group.
KIPOT FALLS - 7-basin falls, Culasi; 3 kms. northeast of town proper.
KALAMASAG FALLS, Sebaste; about 100 ft. high; 7 kms.and a 3-hour walk from the national road.
IGPASUNGAW FALLS, Sebaste; 3 kms. from the national highway; a 30-minute walk up hills; a natural swimming pool.
BUGTONG BUKID, Sebaste; 500 meters from the national highway; has a bamboo and a nipa resthouse.
MALUMPATI HEALTH SPRING & TOURIST RESORT, Pandan; spring water collects in a small lake believed to have medicinal properties.
MARBLE MOUNTAIN, Pandan,; marble deposit has different colors and expected to last a thousand years.
KANIANG RESORT, Libertad; has seven water basins; seven kms. from town proper.
IDIAYAN RESORT, Libertad, it has the advantage of a sloping beach and nipa cottages.
MAANGHIT CAVE, Libertad, the cave is rich in guano deposited by bats; 7 kms. from the town proper.
DUYONG BEACH, Pandan, a privately-owned white sand beach overlooking the mountains; ideal for swimming.
2. MALANDOG MARKER, Hamtic, 7 kms. south of San Jose, Antique; which marks the: "Landing site of the first Malayan settlers 1200 A.D."
3. OLD WATCHTOWER, Libertad, 143 kms. north of San Jose. It served to warn natives of approaching pirates.
4. EBJ FREEDOM PARK, in front of the Antique Provincial Capitol building in San Jose, Antique in honor of the late Gov. Evelio B. Javier who was assassinated on February 11, 1986 while defending freedom and democracy from the forces of martial law.
5. TELEGRAFO HILL BOUNDARY, straddling the Iloilo-Antique boundary, it commands a view of San Jose, Antique. The hill was a stronghold during World War II. The place is ideal for hiking and horseback riding.
6. ST. AGUSTIN'S HIGH SCHOOL, Patnongon, Antique; 25 kms. from San Jose, Antique; its building is a remodelled old Spanish convent near the site of the ruins of the century-old Spanish church. St. Agustin's run by Mill Hill Missionaries.
7. ESTACA HILL, Bugasong; 43 kms. from San Jose, Antique; with an elevation of some 200 feet and a view of the sea and hills surrounding Bugasong. The hill was once the site of a watchtower to warn people of Muslim pirates.
Unique Features</li></ul>The unique features of Antique province, profiled like a seahorse, 155 km long and 33 km at it’s widest, is an oversized hem-line on the western border of the three cornered scarf-like land mass, called Panay. The hidden natural heritage with it’s capital town San Jose Buenavista, lies between the China Sea to the west and tall mountain ranges to the east. <br /><ul><li>Flora & Fauna</li></ul>nepenthes from anepenthes a carnivorous plant uniquely found in some parts of antique province.<br />The flower “Rafflesia” the largest flower of the world, the “Amorphophallus”, the tallest flower, standing proud at the height of seven feet, abounds in San Remigio which boosts the town collaborative effort to capture the world’s attention as an excellent tourist destination. <br />province<br /><ul><li>Historical & Cultural Features</li></ul>Historical backgound<br />Historians believe that the earliest people who settled on the island of HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panay_Island" o "Panay Island"Panay were tribal HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negrito" o "Negrito"Negritos or Atis. HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oral_history" o "Oral history"Oral history, related as theHYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legend" o "Legend"legend of Maragtas, states that in 1212, ten HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malays_(ethnic_group)" o "Malays (ethnic group)"Malay datus escaped persecution from HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri-Vishaya" o "Sri-Vishaya"Sri-Vishaya, a Hindu-Malay empire that existed at that time in HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borneo" o "Borneo"Borneo and Sumatra. These datus, led by HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Datu_Puti&action=edit&redlink=1" o "Datu Puti (page does not exist)"Datu Puti, sailed with their families and communities from Borneo northward and landed on Panay.<br />There they met the Negrito chieftain HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Marikudo&action=edit&redlink=1" o "Marikudo (page does not exist)"Marikudo and his wife HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Maniwantiwan&action=edit&redlink=1" o "Maniwantiwan (page does not exist)"Maniwantiwan. They bought the island from the chieftain for a HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gold" o "Gold"goldensaduk (headpiece or helmet), and a golden necklace, given to his wife, among other gifts. The Negritos then retreated to the mountains, while the Borneans settled in the lowlands. Today, the landing is commemorated every year in Antique during theHYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binirayan_festival" o "Binirayan festival"Binirayan festival.<br />The island of HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panay" o "Panay"Panay was then divided into three sakups (districts). These are Hantik, Aklan, and Irong-Irong. Aklan became the present-day HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aklan" o "Aklan"Aklan and Capiz, Irong-Irong became HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iloilo_(province)" o "Iloilo (province)"Iloilo, and Hantik (also called Hamtik or Hamtic) became Antique. Hantik was named for the large red HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant" o "Ant"ants found on the island called lantik-lantik.<br />The sakup of Hantik was given to HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Datu_Sumakwel&action=edit&redlink=1" o "Datu Sumakwel (page does not exist)"Datu Sumakwel, one of the ten datus, and who, according to tradition, was the oldest and wisest of them. The three sakups were later governed as a political unit called the HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Confederation_of_Madia-as&action=edit&redlink=1" o "Confederation of Madia-as (page does not exist)"Confederation of Madia-as, also under Datu Sumakwel.<br />Datu Sumakwel founded the town of HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Malandog&action=edit&redlink=1" o "Malandog (page does not exist)"Malandog, considered to be the first HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malay_(ethnic_group)" o "Malay (ethnic group)"Malay settlement in the country. Malandog is now aHYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barangay" o "Barangay"barangay in the present-day municipality of HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamtic,_Antique" o "Hamtic, Antique"Hamtic, which was named after the historic sakup.<br />In 1942, the HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan" o "Japan"Japanese Imperial forces landed in Antique and occupied the province during the HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_World_War" o "Second World War"Second World War.<br />In 1944 to 1945, HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine_Constabulary" o "Philippine Constabulary"Philippine Commonwealth forces of the 6th Infantry Regiment of the Philippine Constabulary and the military units of the Philippine Commonwealth Army together with recognized local guerrillas defeated the Japanese troops and liberated the province.<br />Culture of Antiqueǹos<br />Antiqueños are very hospitable people who would go out of their way to extend assistance to visitors and guests. These seafaring people share many characteristics with their Panay neighbors. However, the steep slopes and the rugged, long mountain ranges of Antique have isolated it from the rest of Panay. Hence, they have developed their own distinct language called Kinaray-a. This dialect is of Austronesianorigins characterized by the predominancy of r’s and schwa sounds spoken with a lilting gentle intonation. The Catholic Church holds a very strong influence on Antiqueños. For centuries, the churches were the physical vanguards of the people. Being a coastal province, and having been vulnerable to attacks by Moro raiders, Antique was guarded by a series of watchtowers, like the ‘Old Watchtower’ in Libertad and Estaca Hill in Bugasong all of which were built under the direction of the Spanish friars. Even today, the Catholic Church remains influential in both the society and politics of the province. However, in the mountains, remnants of ancient folk beliefs persists.HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babaylan" o "Babaylan"Babaylans or native priestesses continue to divine the future, heal the sick or conjure spells. This is an aspect of Antique’s culture that has been subsumed under the Christian religion. The rugged and varied land of Antique offers visitors a variety of outdoor activities. Diving and beach enthusiasts would have a great time discovering the unspoiled islets of Antique. Nogas Island, Hurao-Hurao Island and Mararison Island have long stretches of white sand beaches and are ideal for shell-hunting. Batbatan Island on the other hand, appeals to scuba divers because of the well-preserved coral reefs. Mt. Madia-as, the highest peak on Panay, is a dormant volcano with lakes and 14 waterfalls. It is said to be the legendary home of Bulalakaw, the supreme god of the ancients, and beckons as a challenge for hikers and trekkers.<br /><ul><li>Themes
The Pre-Spanish natives of Antique had tribal government ruled by chieftains. They traded with neighboring countries like China and Malaya. They had their civilization blended with Negrito, Indonesian and Malay cultures enriched by cultural influence from India, China and Japan. It is believed that the Spaniards found their way to Antique immediately after they established themselves in Oton, Iloilo. The Antiquenos resisted the invasion but in the end accepted Spanish rule, Christianity, the Spanish Colonial System and at the same time absorbed the social, cultural and educational system of the Spaniards.
Southwestern Visayans, or Karay-as are the ninth largest Filipino ethnic group. The name of their tribe was derived from the word "iraya", which means "upstream". Karay-as live mainly in the western half of the island of Panay, where mountain ranges predominate. They are also called Hantik, hence the name of their province, Antique. Many of them have intermingled with the lowland Hiligaynons. They engage primarily in farming, fishing, and basketry. About half of the Karay-as are Catholics and the other half are Protestants.
Language: Kinaray-a, Hiligaynon, Filipino, English
The Karay-a, are part of the wider Visayan ethnolinguistic group, which constitute the largest Filipino ethnolinguistic group. The name of this group was derived from the word iraya, which means "upstream". Karay-a people speak Kinaray-a language. The term Hamtikanon, is incorrectly substituted to Karay-a, however it pertains to the Karay-a people living in Antique and deals more with location of residence than ethnicity.
The Karay-a people live primarily in the province of Antique, but are also numerous in the provinces of Iloilo, Capiz, Romblon, and Aklan, as well as in Palawan.
HistoricalAttractionsAnini-y Church, Anini-y. A massive white coral building located in poblacion Anini-y, 40.46 kms. south of San Jose de Buenavista.Malandog Marker, Hamtic. 7 kms. south of San Jose, Antique; which marks the: "Landing site of the first Malayan settlers 1200 A.D."Old Watchtower, Libertad, 143 kms. north of San Jose. It served to warn natives of approaching pirates.EBJ Freedom Park, In front of the Antique Provincial Capitol building in San Jose Antique. In honor of the late Gov. Evelio B. Javier who was assassinated on February 11, 1986 while defending freedom and democracy from the forces of martial law.Telegrafo Hill Boundary, Straddling the Iloilo-Antique boundary, it commands a view of San Jose, Antique. The hill was a stronghold during World War II. The place is ideal for hiking and horseback riding.St. Agustin's High School, Patnongon, Antique. 25 kms. from San Jose, Antique; its building is a remodeled old Spanish convent near the site of the ruins of the century-old Spanish church. St. Agustin's run by Mill Hill Missionaries.Estaca Hill, Bugasong. 43 kms. from San Jose, Antique. With an elevation of some 200 feet and a view of the sea and hills surrounding Bugasong. The hill was once the site of a watchtower to warn people of Muslim pirates.NaturalAttractions Nogas Island, A 24-hectare government naval reservation island 3 miles from the shoreline of Anini-y town proper; 20 minutes by sailboat or motorboat. Ideal for shell hunting, snorkeling and scuba diving.Sira-An Hot Spring, A government-owned hot sulphur spring atop solid rock; warm water flowing from crevices and collects in tiled basins into a junior size, swimming pool; is along the highway 1&1/2 kilometers from Anini-y town proper and overlooks Nogas Island.Cresta De Gallo, Annini-y. Called Punta Nasog by natives; denuded mountain of solid rock shaped like a rooster's crown believed rich in mineral deposit.Taguimtim, 2 kms. south of Tobias Fornier. Best for picnics and swimming.Camp Autajay, 5 kms. from San Jose; also called Pina beach; 10-hectare lot ideal for camping, live-in seminars or conferences.Pula Waterfalls, Red-tinted Water cascades. 2 kms. away from poblacion of San Remegio.Bato Cueva, San Remegio. Where one can see San Jose and Sibalom towns; on clear weather, mount Madia-as in Culasi can also be seen.Danao Lake, Located in the high mountains of San Remegio. Ideal for hunting.Batabat Coral Reef, Barbaza. 1 km. offshore, a 20-minute ride by pumpboat; varied colored corals can be seen through clear waters.Cadiao Resort, 11 kms. from poblacion Barbaza to Brgy. Capuyawan, then 5 kms. on foot. Has a Bagiui-like temperature.Macalbag Waterfalls, A waterfall 50 ft. high, 8 kms. from poblacion Barbaza' several caves, some still unexplored.Hatay-Hatay Beach Resort, Barbaza. 5 kms. from poblacion Tibiao; with sparkling sand and nearby cave.Mararison Island, 4 kms. off the coast of Culasi. 15 minutes by pumpboat; long stretch of white sand beach; ideal for beachcombing and spear fishing; presence of "pitcher plant" noted.Mt. Madia-as, Culasi. 2,117m. above sea level; beautiful mountain scenery, different species of flora and fauna, rare orchids, wild deer and boar, a lagoon and rain forest.Batbatan Island, 8 kms. from Mararison Island. A mound of soft greenery, an attraction to scuba divers and it has a natural coves, anchorages and white sand beaches.Bugtong Bato Waterfalls, Tibiao. 6 kms. to Sitio Moleta accessible by motor vehicle up to Brgy. Tuno and a short hike along murmuring streams and hidden rice terraces. Ideal for excursions/picnics with excellent opportunities for bathing, swimming and picture taking. First three waterfalls with height up to 150 ft. are accessible.Tibiao River, Tibiao. 4 kms. from the poblacion considered ideal for white water kayaking by the Boracay based Tribal Adventure Group.Kipot Falls, 7-basin falls., Culasi. 3 kms. northeast of town proper.Kalamsag Falls, Sebaste. About 100 ft. high; 7 kms. and a 3-hour walk form the national road. HYPERLINK "http://corporate.mozcom.com/dot/r6/antpic07.html" Igpasungaw Falls, Sebaste. 3 kms. from the national highway' a 30-minute walk up hills' a natural swimming pool.Bugtong Bukid, Sebaste. 500 meters from the national highway; has a bamboo and nipa resthouse. HYPERLINK "http://corporate.mozcom.com/dot/r6/antpic06.html" Malumpati Health Spring & Tourist Resort, Pandan. Spring Water collects in a small lake believed to have medicinal properties.Marble Mountain, Pandan. Marble deposit has diferent colors and expected to last a thousand years.Kaniang Resort, Libertad. Has seven water basins; seven kms. from town proper.Idiayan Resort, Libertad. It has the advantage of a sloping beach and nipa cottages.Maanghit Cave, Libertad, teh cave is rich in guano deposited by bats' 7 kms. from the town proper.Duyong Beach, Pandan. A privately-owned white sand beach overlooking the mountains; ideal for swimming. ReligiousAttractionsSto. Niño Church, Hamtic. 7 kms. from San Jose, Antique and it has a convent and bell tower.San Jose Cathedral, San Jose. Has the highest bell tower inthe province.Sta. Rita Catholic Church, Sibalom. Old church 10 kms. northeastof San Jose.Barbaza Catholic Church, Barbaza. The most modern architecturalstyle in the whole of Antique; 61 kms. north of San Jose, Antique.St. Blaise Church, Sebaste. An object of pilgrimage for Roman Catholic devotees through the years; 108.90 kms. from San Jose, Antique. SpecialInterestsCaluya Island, White sand beaches and clear water idealfor scuba diving and spear fishing.Semirara Island, Part of Caluya. Has the second largest depositof coal in the Philippines; a bird sanctuary, ideal for horseback riding.Patadyong Weaving, Bugasong. Produces the famous Bugasongpatadyong (a colorful native fabric), the only one of its kind in the Visayasand well-known throughout the islands.Sunken Graden, 9 kms. from Libertad town proper. This "garden"of rocks and corals, around 500 sq. meters, may be seen below a "micro"sea.Marble Quarries, Libertad. About 24 kinds of marble of variouscolors can be found in the quarries.Libertad Reforestation Project - 8 kms. from Libertad townproper. A beautiful refuge from the 'outside world'. Man-MadeAttractionsLa Granja & Binirayan Site, San Jose, Antique. A sports complexwith a grandstand and a library on a hillside; site of the yearly BinirayanFestival; also a venue for cultural presentations.Polytechnic State College of Antique, Sibalom. 6th state collegein Western Visayas; produces the best ceramic products, has a resthouse.Liberty Park, Mt. Agongon, Libertad. Commands a view of thetown of Libertad against the vast expanse of blue sea; a camping area forboy and girl scouts.SportsActivitiesWhite Water Kayaking, Tibiao River, Tibiao, Antique. Participants to this river sports ride on a kayak, a light, narrow boat that looks like a canoe but has an enclosed deck which has one to four small openings called cockpits in which the kayakers sit. A kayaker faces forward and uses a paddle that has a blade at each end.Mountain Trekking , Mt. Madia-as. A man size sport involving a 15 km trek thru a trail of rock leading to a dry rriver bed, crossing an improvised wood-bamboo bridge over a boulder - strewn river, hurding numerous hills before reaching a village at its foot where ascent actually starts, tightrope walking on a two-foot bridge that float on a sea of clouds, clambering up near vertical slopes while precariously holding on to tiny rock outcroppings, grasses, and roots of trees.
This is a short commemorative program of the foundation of Antique. This event also marks the launching of the Coffee Table Book about the history and culture of Antique and its people and their relevance to Antique’s present situation. The book is authored by Dr. Alicia Magos.
(April 17, Tobias Fornier Public Plaza 7:00 PM)
This is a soiree of all senior citizen members from the different municipalities in Antique. The gathering is granted to all Antiqueños aged 60 years old and above. They will be assured of enjoyment and acquaintanceship with other members from different municipalities. The event is sponsored by the Antique Provincial Federation of Senior Citizens Association, the Provincial Social Welfare Development Office and the Binirayan Foundation Inc.
This is a cultural presentation of Antiqueño talents in various fields such as singing, dancing, and theater arts. The affair also mirrors how Antique and its people relate and cooperate with each other for the province’s progress. The show will feature Hiraya Theater Company, Datu Lubay center, Baryubay kang Kauswagan and Original Kinaray-a Music (OKM).
A new event introduced in this year’s Binirayan Festival. This is a presentation of talented dancers of Antique, showcasing their dancing skills in different genres of music. Everyone is welcome to join this dance experience. This is sponsored by National Commission for Culture and the Arts.
The Lin- ay Kang Antique is a competitive search for an Antiqueña who would serve as epitome of the women in the province through her charm, beauty, wit, character and intelligence. She would also serve as the province ambassadress of goodwill to Antiqueño communities around the world and would help bind them as a people who could look back with pride and look ahead with confidence.
This is a preliminary presentation of participants coming from different municipalities namely Sibalom, San Remegio, Culasi, Caluya, the Ati community, Pandan, Patnongon, and Barbaza with the Department of Education and Stronghold Insurance Company as participating organizations.
Pasundayag, which roughly translates to “showcase” or “showing off”, aims to advertise Antique’s unique and prized products to bigger markets, to attract more investors to the province and to display and highlight tourist destinations all over Antique. It provides a place to show off local products and to meet with buyers, suppliers and investors. LGUs, SMEs, private businesses and NGOs compete with each other for best booth, best product and other awards. Related activities include skills competitions, craft demonstrations, business conferences and the nightly food festival featuring music from local bands and popular musicians from Manila. Exhibit hours will be from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
This is a parade of government officials, officers, employees, civic organizations, educational institutions and businesses that make up the core of Antiqueño society. Like an annual pass and review, the government head symbolically presents and assesses the human resources of the province, the genuine pride of Antique.
A re-enactment of the arrival of the ten Bornean datus to Barangay Malandog in Hamtic and the subsequent occupation of their landing site, it is the traditional and spiritual essence of the Binirayan Festival. The Biray Kang Barangay itself is a parade of boats, traditionally called balangay, from the port of San Jose de Buenavista to the shores of Malandog. The dramatized voyage is followed by the pangalaw (merrymaking and feasting) and the lighting of the Eternal Flame of Freedom marker at Malandog. At 5:00 PM, the participants will go on a torch parade to the EBJ Freedom park. This spectacle of lights signifies the transfer of leadership from Datu Sumakwel, the leader of the ten datus, to Antique’s present-day leaders. The Biray is being sponsored by the Provincial Tourism Office, Paranubliun Antique, Inc. and the local government unit of Brgy. Malandog.
(April 24 The Pinnacle Suites & Functions 8:00 AM )
Alex C. Delos Santos and Dr. Cecile Locsin will talk about “The Genesis of Binirayan” and “The Maragtas Mystique”, respectively, to invited guests and visitors with the participation of delegates from the Antique-Thailand Friendship Program and the Antique Local Libraries Network.
Recognizing Antique’s illustrious sons and daughters who have shown the best of Antiqueño characters is one of the major activities of the Binirayan Festival. Honoring true Antiqueño values of strength of character, dedication to duty and the will to excel despite all odds, this search for the province’s most renowned citizens started during the time of the late Governor Evelio B. Javier. It was designed to explore the inherent qualities of productivity, potentials and ingenuity of Antiqueños who exemplify outstanding qualities and ideals the province can be proud of and emulate.
Banks:</li></ul>Bank NameContact No.Allied Bank540-71-33Bank of the Phil. Island540-99-68 540-9880BC Bank540-99-77Equitable PCI Bank540-83-93 540-77-70First Consolidated Bank Land Bank of the Phils.540-56-01 540-94-05Metro Bank540-86-60 540-99-44Phil. National Bank540-95-87Development Bank of the Phil.540-99-93<br /><ul><li>
- Because of Antique still not that developed, it has not so many commercial establishments yet. But because of its continious improvements in tourism, economy and agriculture commercial establishments are soon to be opened
Transportation System</li></ul>Air Transportation<br />Pandan is accessible by air via Kalibo (Aklan), Caticlan (Aklan), San Jose (Antique) and Iloilo then by land going to Pandan.<br />Daily flights from Manila to Kalibo through Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific.<br />Daily flights from Manila to Iloilo through Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific.<br />Daily flights from Manila to Caticlan through Asian Spirit and Pacific Airways.<br />Flights on Mo/We/Fr/Su from Manila to Antique through Asian Spirit.<br />The flight from Manila to Kalibo normally takes 40 minutes to 1 hour.<br />The flight from Manila to Iloilo normally takes an hour.<br />There are also flights from other destinations aside from Manila.Check the flight schedules:<br />Land Transportation<br />Pandan is accessible by land from Iloilo, San Jose (Antique), Kalibo (Aklan) and Caticlan (Aklan).<br />Pandan is accessible by land from Iloilo via San Jose (Antique) to Pandan. There are jeepneys, buses and vans From Iloilo to Pandan.<br />It is also accesible from Iloilo via Capiz then Kalibo (Aklan). But most of the time you need to transfer to the jeepneys in Kalibo going to Pandan.<br />It is also accessible from Caticlan (Aklan) via Nabas (Aklan) going to Pandan. Most of the time you have to transfer in Nabas crossing and wait for jeepneys to go to Pandan.<br />Vans are available for rentals from Iloilo, Kalibo and Caticlan. Normally vans are available for rental from Kalibo Airport to any destination.<br />It is about 1 hour and 30 minutes from Kalibo to Pandan.<br />It is about 4 hours or more from San Jose to Pandan.<br />It is about 6 hours or more from Iloilo via San Jose to Pandan.<br />It is about 1 hour and 30 minutes from Caticlan to Pandan.<br />Sea Transportation<br />Pandan is accessible by boat from any ports.<br />Travel schedules from Manila to Culasi (Antique), travel time is about 18 hours to 19 hours.<br />Travel schedules from Manila to Dumaguit (Aklan), travel time is about 15 hours to 16 hours.<br />Travel schedules from Manila to Iloilo, travel time is about 18 hours to 22 hours.<br />There are pumpboats from Romblon to Boracay.<br />There are boats like SuperFerry, Sulpicio Lines and Negros Navigation from Manila and other places going to Iloilo, Dumaguit and Culasi.<br />From these ports in Panay, you can take a bus, jeepney or van going to Pandan.<br />There are also trips from other destinations aside from Manila.Check the trip schedules:<br />RO-RO (Roll on – Roll off) Program<br />You can travel by bus from Cubao or Pasay going to Pandan. The bus will travel to Batangas Port, about 2 to 3 hours from Pasay, then the bus itself with the passengers will take a boat ride to Calapan (Mindoro), again about 2 to 3 hours. The passengers will have to go down from the bus while taking the boat ride. Arriving in Calapan, the bus will have to travel by land going to Roxas (Mindoro) about 2 to 3 hours as well. From Roxas, the bus will take another boat going to Caticlan (Aklan), travel time could take 4 hours. Arriving in Caticlan, the bus will travel by land to Antique and Iloilo via Pandan. Travel time from Caticlan to Pandan could take an hour.<br />You can travel too using your own car if you like.<br />Pay for the car from Batangas to Calapan, one person free, and the rest of the passengers will have to pay on a per person basis. The same applies from Roxas to Caticlan. Fee per person per boat will apply. Students could avail of the discount but make sure that they have their school ID’s with them. They’re really checking the ID’s.<br /><ul><li>General Socioeconomic </li></ul>total 15 years old and over in Antique in April 2003 was 313 thousand and it shared 7.3 percent of the total population in the labor force of the region. Out of this number, 64.9 percent belonged in the labor force, a 2.7 percent percentage point lower than the Western Visayas and 4.0 percentage points lower than a year ago. Source: NSO 2000 CPH<br /> <br /> Moreover, the employment rate of the province in April 2003 was 80.8 percent, a 2.5 percentage points lower than in April 2002. Likewise this figure was lower than the regional employment (87.5%) by 6.7 percentage points.<br /> However, looking at the labor force participation rate of Antique in April 2003 it did not differ much from the regional rate when both sexes combined are considered. The proportion of males in the labor force was 1.5 times as large as the female proportion both in the regional and provincial level. Both rural areas in the province and region contributed a large number of labor force. The unemployment rate in rural areas of Antique was greater than the urban areas in contrast with that of the region when both sexes are likewise considered. <br /> Female labor force participation and unemployment rates were greater in rural areas than those in the urban in Antique. This did not follow the trend in the regional level since unemployment rates for male and female population was greater in urban than in rural.<br /><ul><li>Industries
Its main industries and livelihood are farming, fishing, and forestry.
Major products shipped out of the province are palay, rice, copra, muscovado sugar, legumes, fruits and vegetables, livestock, fish and fish preparations, and seaweeds. Manufactured items like native gifts, toys, and housewares have found their way in major cities of the country and abroad. Principal mined products exported include coal, marble, silica,copper and gemstone. The Bugasong patadyong known for their very fine quality and the piña cloth made from the pineapple are produced in that province.
Economic Condition</li></ul>AGRICULTURE<br /> For crop year 2006, production of palay, the primary field crop of the province reached a total of 230,154 metric tons harvested from 74,504 hectares with an average yield of 3.09 metric tons per hectare. As compared to crop year 2005, a decrease of 2,182 metric tons or 1% in production was experienced.<br /> As to type of farms cropped, 71% of the total palay output were produced from irrigated lands and the remaining 29% were from rainfed areas. The average yield per hectare for irrigated lands is 3.55 metric ton per hectare while the average yield for non-irrigated areas is 2.36 metric ton per hectare.<br /> For the year 2006 our province had a surplus stock of 45,605 metric tons equivalent to 1,140,125 cavans of palay. For the current year, data on the production of other field crops are the following: corn – 8,224 metric tons, legumes (mungbean, peanuts and other beans)- 2,024 metric tons; rootcrops (camote, cassava, ube, etc.) – 9,729 metric tons; vegetables (leafy, fruit, and root) - 1,927 metric tons; banana- 14,525 metric tons and mango – 1,858 metric tons<br />FISHERY<br /> By the end of the year, preliminary data from the Bureau of Agriculture Statistics (BAS) reported the fishery and marine products totaling 66,214 metric tons. The aquaculture sector yields the highest production with the inclusion of seaweeds in this sector with 48,379 metric tons.<br />LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY<br />Livestock and poultry raising in the province is through backyard system of production. Data from Bureau of Agriculture Statistics (BAS) revealed that from 168,320 heads of livestock in 2005, the number rose to 186,871 in 2006 resulting to a significant increase of 18,551 heads. As for the poultry , an increase of 28,452 heads from 1,482,625 heads in 2005 to 1,511,077 heads in 2006<br /><ul><li>FORESTRY
Present Land Uses</li></ul>Based on the 2006 record of the Provincial Assessors Office, built up <br />areas of the province totaled to 4,236.35 hectares, broken down as follows: <br />institutional areas cover 980.21 hectares while 77.34 hectares are commercial <br />areas and 3,178.80 hectares are registered as residential areas. Meanwhile, <br />the 2007 record shows that the built-up areas totaled to 4,240.31 hectares, <br />an increase of 3.96 hectares from the previous year. Comparing 2007 data <br />from 2008, built-up areas totaled to 4,476.97 hectares, an increase of 236.66 <br />hectares. It can be noted that there is an increasing trend in built -up areas <br />of the province and some agricultural lands especially along the highway are <br />converted for this land use.<br />Land Uses Area (ha) % Share (2008) 2006 2007 2008 Built-up/Settlement 4,236.36 4,240.31 4,476.97 1.78 Protection Areas 96,147.06 96,147.00 96,147.00 38.1 Production Areas 149,421.53 149,417.57 149,180.91 59.15 Other Uses 2,395.07 2,395.07 2,395.07 0.95 Total 252,200.00 252,200.00 252,200.00 100.00 <br />Demand<br />The projected population of Antique in 2013 is 554,099, equivalent to <br />an additional population of 38,834 from the 2007 census of 515,265. This <br />increase will need an additional built-up area of 400.76 hectares from the <br />existing built-up area of 4,476.97 hectares in 2008 or will total to 4,877.73 <br />hectares. This is based on the assumption that the ratio of built-up area to <br />population is 0.0086 hectares/person and a including 20% allowance for <br />expansion. <br />Meanwhile, the area requirement for palay production is estimated <br />based on the total rice demand of the total projected population in 2013. The <br />daily grain per rice requirement per day per capita is 286.6 grams or <br />equivalent to 104.609 kgs per year per capita. Based on this figure, the total <br />rice demand of Antique in 2013 is 57,963.74 metric tons of clean rice. The <br />area of land requirement is computed from the area of land for food demand <br />plus buffer stock and wastage or equivalent to 17,545.92 hectares. On the <br />other hand, an additional of 1,069.48 hectares is needed for area requirement <br />for seeds or a total of 18,615.84 hectares. The total irrigated and irrigable <br />land of Antique is 20,844 hectares and rainfed is 22,814 hectares. <br />If part of the projected palay production area will be utilized for <br />expansion of built up areas of 400.764 hectares, the estimated palay <br />production will be 177,137.68 metric tons or equivalent to 115,139.49 metric <br />tons of clean rice. Given the projected food demand in 2013 of 57,963.74 <br />metric tons, there is still a surplus of 57,175.75 metric tons of clean rice.Provincial Development & Physical Framework Plan, 2008-2013 <br />Province Of Antique<br />Meanwhile, an estimated additional 500 hectares will be used for <br />infrastructure and utility. These areas will be utilized for the extension of <br />airport runway, construction of proposed farm to market roads, proposed <br />construction of East West Link Road (Valderrama – Passi), San Remigio –<br />Valderrama Road and La Rioja Patnongon – Valderrama Road, on going <br />construction of Villasiga Road, bus terminals and other infrastructure <br />facilities.<br />Existing and Proposed Land Use<br />Land UsesExisting Area 2008 (ha)Trend (2002-2008)Area Requirment 2013% of Increase/DecreaseBuild-up/settlement4,776.97312.954 ha (increase)400.76 ha (Increase)8.95%Protection Area96,147.050150.00 ha (Decrease)-0.15%Production Area149,180.91612.954 ha (Decrease)750.76 ha (Decrease)-0.50%Other Uses2,395.07300.00 ha (Increase)500.00 ha (Decrease)20.88%<br />Land Uses<br />In map form, this scenario is shown by revising Map 5a (built-up) to <br />consider future trends resulting to Map 25 (Initial Settlements Growth Map).<br /><ul><li>Planning & Zoning regulation
Future Growth and development</li></ul>Antique to avail mega million pesos of irrigation projects<br />San Jose, Antique – For a province which rely heavily on rice production and with 20,884 hectares of potential irrigable areas this audacious project brings high anticipation among the Antiqueño farmers as well as with their leaders.Province, DSWD to ink a P1.8 M housing project for typhoon victims<br />San Jose, Antique – The 23rd of November would be a red letter day for the 60 families of the town of Belison, as it would see the finalization of the Memorandum of Agreement which would build their new home, a timely gift for the coming season, and the ground breaking ceremony of the same.The said agreement will be entered into by the Province of Antique and Department of Social Welfare and Development Region 6, together with the Municipality of Belison.<br /><ul><li>Step-3 Description of existing tourist
Length of stay in the Area</li></ul>It depend on what they are doing in antique<br />If it is a vacation they more than 24hrs to a week.<br />If it is scientific and business related activties they stay at a month or more than year,<br /><ul><li>Tourist Expenditure within the area
Usage of Facilties</li></ul>Facilities used are:<br /><ul><li>Local Hotel & Restaurants
Ports</li></ul>Step-4 Review of the major strengths, weaknesses, problems and issues within the destination area’s existingh tourism industry.<br /><ul><li>Major Strenghts</li></ul>The major strength of antique is that they are to tourism more than that, they like to share and their culture too tourist specially the tribe of the Karay-A. Another major strenght is the beautiful sites in antique their historical, natural, man made and many more kinds of detinations that tourist can go to for sight seeing. It is near from other tourist destination like: Boracay, Panay & Capiz<br /><ul><li>Weakness, problems and issues</li></ul>It is under developed, not much commercial establishments. Antique is always been hit by major storm, one of the problems are frequent flooding because of the storm. The trasportation is to go to the tourist destination if to far you need to ride several vehicles to get their the and other one is crops and lively hoods are destroyed. They have the beleif of “Aswang” so they are early curfews for the tourist. Lack of advertisement from the goverment. Even thou theyhave their own website they lack information important about antique. Antique <br />