Culasi, Antique Province, Philippines

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Digital photo narrative of our visit to Culasi, Antique Province, Philippines including information on natural and heritage sites, such as Lipata Point, beaches, hiking, festivals, accommodations and dining.

Continuing north, Maralison Island comes into view.

Continuing north, Mararison Island comes into view.

We had our binoculars with us when we had lunch at Neil’s (below) and were able to give take a good look at Mararison Island.  It looks like a great place to visit with lots of white sand beaches and a considerable settlement on the easterly shore.  Unfortunately, it’s also where a cargo ship MV Ocean Papa sank on June 21, 2008 on it’s way from Manila to Iloilo City.  While the ship was salvaged, its cargo of sixteen metric tons of toluene di-isocyanate was not. While the vapors of TDI are hazardous to workers, we’re not sure of the impact of the liquid on marine life.  Phaidon Resort in Pandan (see below) is said to offer snorkeling trips to Mararison.  Also check with Panay Explorers.

Neil's Restaurant, between Tiabao and Culasi, Antique Province

Neil's Restaurant, between Tiabao and Culasi, Antique Province

Places to dine between San Jose and Boracay are scarce.  We stopped at Neil’s Resto Grill twice.  It’s located just beyond milepost 176KM, right on the shore. It offers traditional Filipino fare such as grilled fish, nilaga (boiled pork with cabbage and potato), KBL (kadyos, baboy, langka) boiled pork with beans, and young jackfruit plus rice, beverages and chips.  We enjoyed the food.  The prices are very reasonable.  We paid a total P135 (less than $3) for grilled fish, two other dishes, rice, buko (coconut) juice and coffee.  The owner and workers were very friendly.  Bob left behind his prized Nike baseball cap.  The pretty waitress ran after us to return it.   Neil’s is popular with buses traveling the route but this is not a problem.  I was surprised that most passengers did not get off the bus when it stopped at Neil’s.  There is good parking if you’re driving your own vehicle.  There’s a public restroom (CR).  It’s basic Filipino — no toilet seat or toilet paper but it’s kept quite clean.

Spectacular ricefield and mountain panoramas

Spectacular rice field and mountain panoramas continue for miles

Culasi, Antique Province with Panay's highest peak as backdrop, here shrouded by clouds.

Culasi, Antique Province with Panay's highest peak, Mt. Madja-as, as backdrop, here shrouded by clouds.

Our next stop was Culasi, Antique (KM 188), a town back-dropped by Panay’s highest mountains and having several islands arrayed offshore.

If you’re interested in diving in the Culasi area contact: Panay Explorers: http://www.panayexplorers.com/index.htm

North of Culasi proper, watch for the turn-off to Lipata port.

Hard-to-see sign at turn-off to Lipata Point and Port, Culasi, Antique

Hard-to-see sign at turn-off to Lipata Point and Port, Culasi, Antique

The road in to Lipata Point and Port is beautiful

The road in to Lipata Point and Port is beautiful...

The dock at Lipata Point, Culasi, Antique

The dock at Lipata Point, Culasi, Antique

View from Lipata Port to the mountains of Culasi, Antique

View from Lipata Port to the mountains of Culasi, Antique

There are ferries to and from Manila and perhaps other destinations such as Semirara Island and Mindoro and the Cuyo Islands in Palawan.  You might try contacting Mr. Florentino Egida, head of the Antique Provincial Tourism Office, 540-9765, tourism_antique@yahoo.com for up to date information.  You might also stop by the Culasi municipal offices as Lipata Port is one of the few ports operated by the municipality rather than the Philippine Ports Authority.

Lipata Point schoolgirl heading home for lunch

Lipata Point schoolgirl heading home for lunch

There was a very active anti-Japanese guerrilla movement on Panay Island and elsewhere in the Pacific during WW II.  Douglas MacArthur supplied the guerrillas by way of submarine drops of personnel and supplies. In all, nineteen submarines delivered 1,325 tons of supplies to Philippine guerrillas between 1943 and 1945. Lipata Point was the one site where where drops where made.  You can download an excellent overview of guerrilla activities (“Guerrilla Summary”) in the Pacific as well as an account of of the USS Narwal’s tragi-comic mission(“The Panay Narwal Incident”) to deliver supplies at Lipata Point, Culasi at http://www.chickparsons.com/downloads.htm.

Planting rice between Culasi and Pandan, Antique Province, Philippines

Planting rice between Culasi and Pandan, Antique Province, Philippines

Note: this post is a section of a longer narrative about a trip from Iloilo City to Boracay.  The full narrative can be found at: /iloilo-city-to-boracay-via-antique-province/

We very much welcome any suggested corrections or additional information about the Culasi, Antique area.  Please leave them as a comment at the end of this post or e-mail them to hammerslag@gmail.com

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  1. Hi,
    I am a German who has been in the Antique area for two weeks in 2011. I slept at the Paragon 88, which is in Malacanang just south of Culasi. It was a great time, and the owner, Miss Irene, was super kind.
    Best wishes
    Andy

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    • Andy,

      Thanks for your recommendation. It’s good to know about a good accommodation in Culasi. I like to drive slowly with lots of stops so an overnight stay in Culasi on the way to Boracay might be ideal.

      Bob and Carol

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  2. ATTENTION AGAIN A LOCAL GOVERNMENT OF CULASI PROVINCE OF ANTIQUE SIR/MAAM HOW MANY TIMES I WRITE THIS BUT NO ONE COULD EVER REPLY ME OR SEND ME A PRIVATE MSG.IN MY F/B OR YAHOO.MAIL KAILANGAN K N TLGA 2LONG NYO FOR THIS YEAR 2013 DHIL TAKOT AKONG MAMATAY ANG LOLO KO N HNDI NYA MAN LNG NKITA ANG MGA RELATIVES NYA
    SNA PO MATULUNGAN NYO AKO FROM THE PNP,NBI,CIDG,PDEA PROVINCE OF ANTIQUE A PHIL.INFORMATION AGENCY NKIPAG UGNAYAN NA PO AKO PRO WLA PRIN HANGGANG NGAUN HANGGAN SAAN KO BA MAHAHALINTULAD ANG STORYANG ITO KAILANGN KO NA TULONG NYO..ANG HND KO NLNG NGWA AY ANG PUMUNTA S MEDIA AT MAG ANNOUNCE FOR A WHILE SLMAT PO AT INUULIT KO THIS MY # 09066749052/09499195597 KONG CNO MAN ANG NKAKA ALAM S MGA RELATIVES NI MR.(HONORATO RENDON CORDERO)NG ANTIQUE PROVINCE MUNICPALITY OF CULASI I WANT TO MEET HE OR HER IN THIS OFFICIAL FAN PAGE OF CULASI ANTIQUE PHILIPPINES..NAWAY MAPALKINGGAN NYO ANG PAKIKIPAG SAPALARAN KO THIS SEASON.ALM KONG HELFUL ANG MGA PILIPINO NA TULAD NATIN KAYSA IBANG BNSA SNA PO AT MAGDASAL PO TAYO N MKITA KO NA

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  3. ATTENTION ALL.ilang besis n akong nagpadala ng letter o email s web.na ito wlang cno man ang nka tulong sa problema ko..ang hirap kasi na maghanap tayo ng wla..at ngayon po ay may contact # N AKO Sna po matulungan nyo na ako n mhanap ang pamilya o relatives ni (HONORATO RENDON CORDERO)dahil last time tiannong ko c lolo di nya na matandaan ang brgy.o lugar bsta when i was young tnda ko pa na baryo.BUHI,MUNICIPALITY OF CULASI ANTIQUE PHIL….09066749052/09499195597 myla.velez@yahoo.com

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    • myra try mo magpaadd sa afb account ko at doon ka magpost ng announcement mo baka sakaling may nakakakilala sa lolo mo.. andun kasi halos nakasubaybay mga taga Culasi.

      sana makatulong ang account kong yun na mahanap yung mga kamag-anakan mo dito sa Culasi, Antique.

      🙂

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  4. To all Local officials of Culasi antique…plz.be inform to all Cordero and Rendon and all family and mny relatives in part….of antique province plz help me n mkta n tlga ang mga relatives ni (honorato rendon cordero) plz send me a msg.at my facebook account myla.velez@yahoo.com…hoping ur help and concerns?

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  5. TO ALL RELATIVES OF CORDERO…RENDON AND DEMACUTAC PLZ EMAIL AT MY EMAIL ADD-myla.velez@yahoo.com……..gsto k n tlgang pmnta jan s Municipality of culasi Antique hoping n mkta at mka msta ang mga relatives n Mr.Honorato Rendon Cordero.sna’y matulungan nyo ako i dnt knw y kng buhay p mga kapatid nya bsta ang alm k he grow in brgy.Buhi.mun.of culasi province of antique philippines sna s hnd p pumanaw ang lolo k i ask to mny of hi’s relatives n pkisulatan xa o d kya mag email.skin….plz po….ngaun mtanda n lolo ko bka may mga relatives p syang naiwan dyan…..plz visit and add me as a friend in facebook…Jaira Buhayan…tnx,Mr.HONORATO RENDON CORDERO:Address…..PRK 2.LIDA BRGY.BOLTON MALALAG DAVAO DEL SUR 8210

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  6. The province where the parents of my mother was originated i hope to see it one day! And planning to look for the family…

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  7. Tnx…po sir n marami kaung klalang Rendon ung apilyedo alm m mas lalo k pong ini isa isa ang relatives ng lolo s hirap ng buhay at s kunting sweldo ay magpatulong p ako n marating ang byan nya for short hanapin ang mga taong malapit s lolo ko ng kapanahonan nya since teenage lfe kng buhay p cla s ngaun kng wla n tlga grabe..naman at kng wlang mga pamangkin,o d kya mga apo nya….dba bsta gsto kng mkta relatives nya pra nman khit s kunting pnhon ay mabisitahan nla lolo ko?i ve antique lalo n cguro ang mga relatives ng lolo sbi nya mabait dw un cla,mapagbgay at maiintindihan ka rin nla ok?

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  8. wow.. what a place… a beautiful one.. my dad is from culasi, antique but sad to say i never visit that beautiful place… my husband is also from laua-an antique but what happen why we never visit that place… and i also heard that the mayor is one of my uncle the cousin of my dad…. hope to visit in culasi, antique to see how beautiful is that place..

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  9. nice pictures! to tell you my mom is from culasi. i used to visit for holiday when i was young. still miss lots of relatives out there. hope to visit this enchanting places again someday.

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  10. i love antique,lalo na sa mga kapatid kong illongo,maayo gid nga adlaw sa inyo nga tanan dira?lalo na siguro sa ugali ng mga illomgo……my mission in year 2011,na sana makita ko na relatives ni lolo at mag reunioun ng kahit 1week lang po?

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  11. thanks so much if ok ma’am sir paki publish lang po ng email ko….most truly yours…MYLA CORDERO VELEZ of PRK.banualan brgy.tambler general santos city?

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  12. im myla from mindanao general santos city i ask my lolo if what is antique he told me that antique is very beautiful looking for everybody,my lolo relatives is now on culasi,antique..i try to send email sa mga taong makatulong at makapagturo if san nakatira ang mga relatives nina lolo,sabi nya sa culasi,antique gusto kong pumunta para makita at makamusta ang mga relatives ni lolo,pero hindi ko sila kilala ngayon 67y/old na po yong lolo ko but before he leave in this world,nananawagan po ako if sino nakakilala kay MR.HONORATO RENDON CORDERO,from municipality of culasi antique,kong pwede po pakisulatan nyo sya o.di kaya mag email kayo dito sa yahoo.messenger ko…!.Myla.velez@yahoo.com,at ito rin po yong complete address ni mr.honorato cordero…PRK.2 SITIO LIDA BRGY.BOLTON MALALAG DAVAO DEL SUR 8210 philippines…and i ask dahil gusto kong pumunta dyan sa antique how many hours frm.iloilo to culasi antique…god bless us!thanks so much po apo po ito ni honorato cordero im myla/

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    • hi myla,

      im from culasi and i knew a lot of rendon. it would be helpful if u add real culasino in facebook. u can post your queries there. who know’s some might know ur lolo…

      traveling from iloilo to culasi lasts for 5 hours in a transport bus but could be reduced if u choose L300 van. fare at the present is at 200 pesos (approx)…

      hope this help…

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  13. Hi….i am so excited to see these pictures of my hometown. And it’s been a while that i have’nt been home so.. ‘cant wait to show my husband around…thanks.

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  15. Hi… i first came to culasi, antique last november 2008 and i spent three months there. all i can say is that i really enjoyed my stay there and it was very very exciting. we went up the rice fields up on the mountainside. we drank water from springs of the mountains. talked to friendly people there (though there was language barrier because not everyone, specially the elders and very young children, can speak tagalog very well). swam on the cold, clean and lovely rivers from the mountaintops of mount madja-as. went hiking (although i think it was illegal)on the government protected forest and saw the native bird they call the Kalaw (Philippine Hornbill). i really did enjoyed my stay there and although it’s a bit awkward to tell but i really did fell in-love on that place, wish i could go back there and i hope i can spend the rest of my life on that wonderful place… it was one of my most treasured memories and i am very thankful for that because it reminded me what the word “simple life” truly means.

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  16. Soren,

    Sure, feel free to use the content on the condition that you include a “live” link to our site.

    Bob and Carol

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  17. Sir/Ma’am,

    Greetings!

    I am the website administrator of Culasi Online (www.culasi.co.cc).

    The site is not recognize as the official site of the town of Culasi in the province of Antique.

    I am here to ask permission to copy the contents and images of this page (http:///culasi-antique/).

    The contents shall be used privately for the site http://www.culasi.co.cc and not for profit.

    I personally update this site and less people of the town of Culasi knows about this site.

    I am very much thankful for your good accomodation.
    That’s all.

    Thank you.

    Respecfully yours,

    Soren Philip Balbuena

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  18. Bob, thanks for the info. I think this is the best way to go to Boracay, or shall I say – a must. It may add more years of happiness to somebody’s life.

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  19. Hi Jim,

    I agree 200%. Antique Province is really special. Miles of oceanfront, bright green ricefields and a backdrop of mountains. We can’t wait to go back for more exploration. Even on the main road there is little traffic. The back country communities must be so amazing.

    Still, Miagao is also a beautiful town with the advantage of being much more accessible to shopping and medical care in Iloilo

    On our way back from Boracay, we left Caticlan at 11:45 am and arrived in Iloilo City (Molo) at 6:00 pm. This includes stops to take photos and lunch. So, I’d say the driving time from Iloilo to Caticlan via Antique must be about five hours. It’s about 275 km from Iloilo to Caticlan. On our way there, it took us two days with all our exploring and picture taking.

    Best wishes for the holidays. Hope to meet you someday soon.

    Bob and Carol

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  20. I grew-up in Miagao and the farthest town south I have been to was San Joaquin. I have never been to Antique. These beautiful pictures of your road trip to Boracay shows a lot of what I am missing that mother nature has given us in the Philippines. My wife and I are going home in the next couple of weeks. I will go back home for a day or two. If I have the time, I would like to take the same road trip you took, going through Antique. May I ask how many hours it took you driving up to Boracay, less the stops and lay over?

    Best Regards and Merry Christmas to you and Carol!
    Jim Monreal

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