A Tigbauan, Iloilo digital photo essay; Tigbauan history, Tigbauan heritage, architecture, 18th century Spanish church, Tigbauan municipal hall, Tigbauan market, Tigbauan beach resorts, real estate and more.
According to this plaque the Tigbauan Municipal Hall was built in 1960
Tigbauan has one of the busiest small town markets. As a foreigner I often misjudge things. Tigbauan looks like a small town. By North American standards it looks like a town of 2,000 or 3,000. In actuality, the municipality of Tigbauan is has a population of over 50,000! Most buy their essentials in the market. Tigbauan is about 25 km from Iloilo City, too far for everyday shopping. Sunday is Tigbauan’s market day and on that day it’s packed with vendors and shoppers but the market operates seven days per week. Although it’s one of the busiest markets the damp and dark market facilities really need an upgrade to make shopping there a more pleasant experience. Miagao’s wonderful market could serve as a model.
This resort is located Tigbauan proper meaning it’s easy to walk to the market, plaza, church and the other amenities of Tigbauan. We have not yet stayed at this resort or eaten meals there but were impressed with how clean, and well-landscaped it is. Rates for picnic shelters are negotiable depending on the size of your party. Aircon rooms are P800 for two persons, P1,000 for four persons. Contact number: 033-511-7909.
The Panay Landing Memorial marks spot where American troops landed on March 18, 1945 on the beaches of Parara, Tigbauan to begin the liberation of Panay Island. The Japanese garrison on Panay was only 2000 to 2350 soldiers. American soldiers came ashore to be greeted by Philippine guerrillas “stiff in starched khaki and resplendent in ornaments.” By the time American troops landed, the well-organized resistance fighters were in control of most of the island.
The American 40th Division expanded the beachhead rapidly and ran into no serious resistance until it approached the outskirts of Iloilo City. On March 20th the troops entered Iloilo City and not one Japanese was found.
Source: History of United States Naval Operations in World War II Vol. XII.
The monument is just off the National Highway in Parara, west of Tigbauan proper. Update as of August 2009. The memorial has been removed for rebuilding.
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This large subdivision practically is in the poblacion (village center) proper. There are many lots for sale. This photo shows a 756 square meter lot graced by a pretty Acacia tree. The asking price is P1880 per square meter. It was shown to us by Butch Guzman. Butch speaks excellent English so it’s easy for him to speak to most foreigners. His number from outside the Philippines is 63-921-551-2717, from the Philippines dial or text 0921-551-2717.
Fresh Pasteurized milk and milk products are produced at this plant in Tigbauan. Most goes to area schoolchildren but sometimes milk is available for purchase by the public at the plant. At the plaza take the road leading to Leon. Watch for the sign on the right just past the high school. The price (as of May 2008) is P60 per liter.
Seaside Tigbauan campus of St. Therese MTC College. Specialization: Maritime education