Pandan, Antique Province, Philippines

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Digital photo narrative of our visit to Pandan, Antique Province, Philippines including information on natural and heritage sites, beaches, hiking, festivals, accommodations, hotels, resorts and dining.

Our next stop is Pandan, Antique (222KM).  Pandan is one of those communities which has reached the realization that the protection and publicizing of its natural resources and maintaining its attractiveness is a good development strategy.  There’s a municipal tourism office in the middle of town.  We did not get to visit Malumpati Cold Spring Resort.  It appears to be a municipally-owned swimming hole mainly intended for day use, although there may be a cottage available.  You should be able to get information at the tourism office.  You can see some photos here.

Environmental consciousness in Pandan, Antique

Environmental consciousness in Pandan, Antique

Pandan, Antique Municipal Hall

Freedom Park, Pandan, Antique, Philippines

Freedom Park, Pandan, Antique, Philippines

Clean and quiet side street, Pandan Antique

Clean and quiet side street, Pandan Antique

Green Park Hotel, Pandan, Antique

Green Park Hotel, Pandan, Antique

P1500 room, Green Park Hotel, Pandan Antique

P1,500 room, Green Park Hotel, Pandan Antique

The Green Park Hotel is located on the National Road in Pandan, Antique. Phone 036-278-96-16. We did not stay here on this trip, but wanted to check it out for future reference.  The hotel has beautiful views of the surrounding rice fields. It’s a very convenient location for those traveling from Iloilo to Boracay who get a late start or don’t want do do the trip in one day.

Monument to Gen. Leandro Fullon. Bagumbayan Crossing, Pandan Antique

Monument to Gen. Leandro Fullon. Bagumbayan Crossing, Pandan Antique

Watch for this monument at Bagumbayan Crossing, on your right after you leave Pandan proper.  (More information on  Gen. Fullon and the Philippine-American War of 1899-1902 here.) The monument is at the intersection of two main roads.  If you go straight you’ll take the main, paved road direct to Caticlan, Aklan, the jumping off point for Boracay Island. If you turn left, you’ll head toward Libertad and a long, dusty or muddy (depending on the season) rough but scenic gravel road that also ends up at Caticlan.  We turned left toward Libertad because we planned to stay at the Phaidon Resort, 7 KM down this road.

Bugang River, Pandan Antique

Bugang River, Pandan Antique

The Bugang River seems similar to Bohol’s Loboc River, a pristine stream traversing unspoiled tropical woodlands.  Cruises on the river are reportedly available through the Bugang Community-Based Eco-Tourism Organization.  Check with the Pandan Tourism Office or the Phaidon Resort.  Another site mentions the existence of a tourism office in Sto. Rosario, a barangay near the river.  Also see this link.

Mountains of the northwest penninsula

Mountains of the Northwest Panay Peninsula

The Northwest Panay Peninsula, west of Pandan, has received considerable attention from international conservationists. Evidently it differs from other Panay mountains, being a limestone karst region with considerable remaining forest areas and a diversity of wildlife.  See the excellent website of the Philippine Endemic Species Conservation Project for a storehouse of information on this area, including a teriffic page of links on Philippine conservation resources. PESCP says that “the last significant stands of primary, low elevation rain forest in the biogeographic region of the West Visayas, located on the northwestern peninsula of Panay, is habitat of a range of highly endangered, partly endemic species of reptiles, birds and mammals. It is one of the areas with highest conservation priorities in the world, both in terms of the number of endangered animals per unit area, and the degree of threat these species confront.”  They welcome support for their efforts.

There’s an in-depth illustrated essay and travelogue focusing on this area; its natural history and attractions, in German, at http://www.nikswieweg.com/reisen/philipp/visayas/panay.htm It covers the area from Caticlan to Anini-y and even to Iloilo City, but with an emphasis on the Pandan area. Fortunately for us English speakers, Google will make a very imperfect but usable translation.  It would be great if someone fluent in both German and English would improve the Google translation, as the site allows

Roadside chapel on the way from Pandan to Libertad, Antique

Roadside chapel on the way from Pandan to Libertad, Antique - minimalist Gothic!

Phaidon Beach Resort, Pandan Antique

Phaidon Beach Resort, Pandan Antique

We spent the night at the Phaidon Beach Resort.  To get there, turn off the main highway and go about seven kilometers in the direction of Libertad.  The road is rough, but scenic.  We stayed in the cheapest available accommodation at Phaidon, one of the air-con cottages shown above.  The cottage cost P2,400 including a basic breakfast.  The resort was very beautiful.  The design, landscaping and maintenance of Phaidon was top-notch, exquisite really, but some minor quibbles;  the cottage itself was pretty, but the the bedding was very skimpy.  The dim lighting made reading difficult.  This is a common problem in Philippine hotels.  Maybe they think all guests are honeymooners!  In the future we’re going to bring our own reading light when we travel with our own vehicle.

Beach - Phaidon Beach Resort, Pandan Antique

Beach - Phaidon Beach Resort, Pandan Antique

I have one more complaint or perhaps it’s a suggestion.  It’s an issue which we have seen at other resorts with air conditioned cottages.  The windows in the cottages are sealed, so when they are vacant they get no fresh air and the rooms end up being damp and musty.  There are no screens so you can’t turn off the air-con and open the windows, so you are forced into turning on the air con even if you’d prefer to open the windows and enjoy the sea breezes, saving the resort owner money and being a bit more “green”.

Cottages - Phaidon Beach Resort, Pandan Antique

Cottages - Phaidon Beach Resort, Pandan Antique

We were delighted with our dinner at Phaidon.  Some resorts gouge captive guests on meal prices, but our dinner at Phaidon was excellent and reasonably priced.  Carol had beef kaldereta (a Philippine beef stew or ragout) and Bob a German-style meatloaf.

In the morning we had breakfast at Phaidon, also excellent.  After checking out we resumed our journey. We returned to the main highway at Pandan and headed toward Caticlan.

Phaidon may arrange outings to various destinations such as Igpasungaw Falls and the Bugang River, snorkeling at Mararison Island and perhaps other destinations.

Note: this post is a section of a longer narrative about a trip from Iloilo City to Boracay through Antique Province.  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 Pandan 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. I am looking to the beautiful beach of Pandan Antique Province,the clean green streets and the Green Park Hotel: I shall try to travel to this place and live there two weeks soon. I would like to have an idea about the price of the different rooms in the Park Hotel, taxi, and restaurants.
    Best regards
    Magid Mahfoud
    phone : 961 9 932128
    mobile : 961 3 369207

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    • Magid,

      We are not sure of the current price of rooms at the Green Park but we are guessing about $25US. Pandan is quite a rural place. I don’t believe you will find any taxis, just buses, jeepneys and tricycles. The restaurant at Phaidon Beach Resort http://myphilippinelife.com/phaidon-beach-resort/ is excellent but is about 7km from Green Park. The other restaurants probably serve basic Filipino dishes, many of which are excellent.

      Hope this helps.

      Bob and Carol

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  2. pwd nyo po ba akong tulong mahanap yong mga kapatid ng magulong ko,kasi po nag ka edad na po ako ng 27years old ni minsan po hindi ko pa na kita yong mga kapatid o magulang ng nanay ko.gusto ko po sila makilala.kong maaari po tulongan nyo nman po ako.pang apat po ako sa 6 kming mag kakapatid.ito po ung name ng nanay ko litticia dioso varoa.taga pandan antque po sya.sa bayan daw po sila mismo.sna po matulonga nyo po ako ma contact man lang yong mga kapatid nya.ako nga pala si dfaniel varoa bungay.ito nga pala yong number ko.09075573050.gustong gusto ko po makilala mga pinsan ko sa part po ng nanay ko.nanay ko po kasi wala n ding alam f mag kikita pa sila mag kakapatid.sana po matulonga nyo po ako.marami pong salamat.

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