Tigbauan Iloilo Snapshots

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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.

American troops wade ashore, Parara Beach, Tigbauan

American troops wade ashore, Parara Beach, Tigbauan

Friendly Tigbauan Post Office

Friendly Tigbauan Post Office

Public restroom (CR) and recycling bins, Tigbauan

Public restroom (CR) and recycling bins, Tigbauan

Great bake goods at modest prices!

Great bake goods at modest prices!

 

Construction in downtown Tigbauan - new hotel?

Construction in downtown Tigbauan – new hotel?

Irrigation improvements

Irrigation improvements 2013

Entering Tigbauan - Tigbauan's Saludan Festival banner
Entering Tigbauan – Tigbauan’s Saludan Festival banner
Tigbauan Church from Tigbauan Market

Tigbauan Church and Convent from Tigbauan Market

Tigbauan Church from Plaza

Tigbauan Church from Plaza

Pretty garden in Tigbauan Church courtyard

Pretty garden in Tigbauan Church courtyard

 

Tigbauan Municipal Hall

Tigbauan_municipo_plaqueAccording to this plaque the Tigbauan Municipal Hall was built in 1960

Bandstand at Tigbauan Plaza

Bandstand at Tigbauan Plaza

Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines - Plaza

Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines – Plaza

Sunday is a busy market day in Tigbauan

Sunday is a busy market day in Tigbauan

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.

Vendor at Tigbauan, Iloilo Market

Vendor at Tigbauan, Iloilo Market

Heavy Traffic on the National Highway, "downtown" Tigbauan Iloilo

Heavy Traffic on the National Highway, “downtown” Tigbauan Iloilo

Tigbauan, Iloilo Library - is it open?

Tigbauan, Iloilo Library

Tigbauan, Iloilo Fire Department

Tigbauan, Iloilo Fire Department

Coco Grove Beach Resort, Tigbauan Iloilo

Coco Grove Beach Resort, Tigbauan Iloilo

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.

Cottage at Coco Grove Beach Resort, Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines

Cottage at Coco Grove Beach Resort, Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines

Path to beach, Coco Grove Beach Resort, Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines

Path to beach, Coco Grove Beach Resort, Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines

Sol y Mar Beach Resort, Tigbauan, Iloilo

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WW II Panay Landing Memorial, Parara, Tigbauan, Iloilo

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.

Site of former Parara war memorial - September 2009

Site of former Parara war memorial – September 2009

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Parara Beach where US troops landed to liberate Panay Island, March 18, 1945

Conchas del Mar, a pretty shorefront subdivision in Tigbauan

Conchas del Mar, a pretty shorefront subdivision in Tigbauan

Pool at the Ocean Front (and upscale) Las Conchas Del Mar Subdivision

Pool at the Ocean Front (and upscale) Las Conchas Del Mar Subdivision, Tigbauan, Iloilo

More information at: http://lasconchas.com.ph/flash_home.html

Lot for sale, Villa Santo Domingo Subdivision, Tigbauan Iloilo

Lot for sale, Villa Santo Domingo Subdivision, Tigbauan Iloilo

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.

Bucolic landscapes in Barangay Namocon, Tigbauan, Iloilo

Bucolic landscapes in Barangay Namocon, Tigbauan, Iloilo

Bucolic landscapes in Barangay Namocon, Tigbauan, Iloilo

Bucolic landscapes in Barangay Namocon, Tigbauan, Iloilo

Philippine SUV: Barangay Namocan, Tigbauan, Iloilo

Philippine SUV: Barangay Namocan, Tigbauan, Iloilo, Mountains of Antique Province in the distance.

Tigbauan, Iloilo Milk Processing Plant

Tigbauan, Iloilo Milk Processing Plant

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.

Mission Statement - Tigbauan, Iloilo Milk Processing Plant

Mission Statement – Tigbauan, Iloilo Milk Processing Plant

Typhoon Frank Damage, Mouth of Sibalam River, Tigbauan, Iloilo, June 2008

Typhoon Frank Damage, Mouth of Sibalam River, Tigbauan, Iloilo, June 2008

Hauling in a fishnet - Tigbauan, Iloilo

Hauling in a fishnet – Tigbauan, Iloilo

Our new Tigbauan apartment

Our former Tigbauan apartment

Grand Opening of RS2 Offices, Tigbauan, Iloilo, May, 2009

Grand Opening of RS2 Offices, Tigbauan, Iloilo, May, 2009

The beautiful National Highway bridge over the Sibalom River in Tigbauan

The beautiful National Highway bridge over the Sibalom River in Tigbauan (with old lights)

 

New lights on Sibalom River Bridge – 2011

Southeast Asia Fisheries Development Center, Tigbauan

Southeast Asia Fisheries Development Center, Tigbauan

Fishworld at the Southeast Asia Fisheries Development Center, Tigbauan

Fishworld at the Southeast Asia Fisheries Development Center, Tigbauan

South Park Grill -- not quite in Tigbauan but an excellent choice for dining

South Park Grill — not quite in Tigbauan but a pleasant, relaxed place to dine.

Tigbauan National High School entrance gate

Tigbauan National High School entrance gate

Much needed rennovations are nearing completion at Tigbauan's market

Much needed renovations are nearing completion at Tigbauan’s market

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Seaside Tigbauan campus of  St. Therese MTC College.  Specialization: Maritime education

MTC Tigbauan List of Courses

MTC Tigbauan List of Courses

 

Tigbauan Senior Citizen Center

 

Rice drying in Tigbauan, Iloilo

 

 

Tree lined lane, Tigbauan, Iloilo

Sunrise, Barangay Namocon, Tigbauan, Iloilo

Sunrise, Barangay Namocon, Tigbauan, Iloilo

 

Christmas decorations for sale, Tigbauan Iloilo

 

Christmas decorations for sale, Tigbauan Iloilo

Christmas decorations for sale, Tigbauan Iloilo

 

Christmas 2011, Tigbauan, Iloilo

Christmas 2011, Tigbauan, Iloilo

 

Christmas 2011, Tigbauan, Iloilo

Christmas 2011, Tigbauan, Iloilo

 

Making moldings, Tigbauan plaza

Making moldings, Tigbauan plaza

 

Catching a Ceres Liner bus to Boracay in Tigbauan

Catching a Ceres Liner bus to Boracay in Tigbauan

 

Shellfish for sale, Tigbauan market

Shellfish for sale, Tigbauan market

 

Sibalom River Irrigation District, Tigbauan, Iloilo

Sibalom River Irrigation System, Tigbauan, Iloilo

 

Well maintained Old Tigbauan House

Napnapan Sur Barangay Hall, Tigbauan, Iloilo

Napnapan Sur Barangay Hall, Tigbauan, Iloilo

 

Barangay Cordova Norte Health Center, Tigbauan, Iloilo

Barangay Cordova Norte Health Center, Tigbauan, Iloilo

Namocon Elementary School, Tigbauan, Iloilo

Namocon Elementary School, Tigbauan, Iloilo

 

 

Bamboo Church, Tigbauan, Iloilo (demolished)

 

Comments (35) Write a comment

  1. I am planning on going to tigbauan in about two weeks. I am apprehensive as I have not been to Philippines for many years.
    Travel is safe today? 11-6-2016.

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    • We have not had a single problem in Tigbauan, or in Iloilo City for that matter. Be polite and respectful and you will be fine.

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      • Bob &Carol, Thank you for response. It is wonderful here. Very friendly and comfortable.

        Daniel

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  2. Hello.. I was just seeing what Iloilo is like. My grandfather was from Tigbauan. I love to go to Iloilo to discover many things there and meet distant cousins.. Probably enjoy the environment as well. :)))

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  3. try leaving in Parara sur, tigbauan. A dream house fit  for your family..a 200sqm floor area and 2609sqm lot area. If you are looking for a cozy, peaceful and relaxing place to live with your lovely family.. Here it is.. This dream house has a wide frontyard and a spacious backyard to grow vegetables and fruit trees.. Owning a poultry farm is recommendable.. The frontyard has a wide parking space too.. The house has two bedrooms and a huge masters bedroom..The living room and dining area can be a great palce for hosting parties.. There are large windows where fresh air can go through freely.. A very nice kitchen and a room for storage and of course a laundry area.. You can also raise pets that can run freely across the lawn..The fun part is the overlooking a gorgeous hills.. Plus a small sari sari store where business is good..Feel free to contact us anytime..smart number  # 09297724590  4.2 million still negotiable…

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  4. Thank you for maintaining this site. I grew up in California, now I live in Manila. I am considering moving to Iloilo when our business in Manila is stable and expand there. My Grandparents are from Tigbauan going back to my roots is something I would love to do.

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  5. hi Bob, your pictures are much impressive and that i believe that people who are from Tigbauan and had been away home a long time can come and visit their home town again withe pleasure and contentment… hope to see more… I live in Cavite..

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  6. Hi, Bob. i hope all is well with you and Carol. It was in 2009 when i first saw this page. Your kind of photography and communications continues to impress people. i browsed this web this morning hoping to find a bamboo church building. Thanks a lot for this very informative page like all others in your blog. Shalom.

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  7. ANG BANWA SANG TIGBAUAN

    Sa banwa sang Tigbauan, ciudad sang Iloilo,
    Banwa nga maahum sang unang distrito,
    Akon nga nakita sa langit sa ibabaw
    Ang una nga silak sang nagayuhom nga aldaw.

    Sa sini nga banwa nga sang Dios sa akon guinpain,
    Akon nga guinhaklo ang mabugnao nga hangin,
    Una nga paghaklo sang akon pagkatao
    Kag naghatag sing bugal nga ako Tigbaweno.

    Diri ako pinanganak kag diri ako nagdako
    Sa kalipay, sa kalisud kag mga pagbakho;
    Diri nagtubo ang akon unod kag mga tul-an
    Sa sining banwa, banwa nga nalulutan.

    Kon sa diin man nga lugar ako ang magkadto,
    Ang banwa sang Tigbauan dili ko bagbaylo,
    Kay amo ini ang banwa nga akon nahamut-an,
    Amo man ini ang banwa nga akoln ikamatayan.

    Banwa sang Tigbauan, banwa nga pinalangga,
    Akon guinapangayo sa daku nga pagpaangga,
    Nga ang akon gugma sa imo guihapon mabuhi
    Tubtub sa katapusan sang akon kinabuhi.

    Ang dapya sang balud sang imo baybayon,
    Sa akon handumanan magapbiloin sing dayon;
    Ang huyop sang hangin sa higad sang imo baybay
    Sa akon nagahutik nga daw binalaybay.

    Fr. James Calasara
    First Priest of Tigbauan, Iloilo.
    Tunay na Tigbaweno.

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  8. Great information, My wife and I have a home in Parara Sur, and we spend about 4 months a year there. It is a great retirement area and the people of Tigbauan are extremely friendly and helpful in every way. We love there!!!!!

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  9. is there a website for coco grove beach resort? at least a cellphone number, coz it charges less than a landline? thanks

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  10. I am impressed, such a beautiful photos it made me homesick. We planned to go home next year to attend the Grand Reunion of Tigbauan National High School. I am so looking forward to go back to my hometown to see my family and relatives and friends.
    Thank you so much for sharing this site.
    Best regards,
    Angelina

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  11. I’m very glad to discover this website. I’ll come to know more about my place of birth. Our family circle settled here in Zamboanga City, Mindanao in the early 60s. Some are in Sabah (Borneo). We belong to the Ledesma-Padernal Clan of Tupan St. (crossing Tronco & Tupan Streets).

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  12. Hi Bob,

    Thanks a lot for a very informative site. I love that apartment in Tigbauan. Do you have the contact info of the landlord? I’m looking for a 2BR to rent in early 2011. Thanks!

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  13. thanks for posting this article…it made me feel homesick suddenly.hope you can post articles about experiencing life as an adopted tigbauanon.

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  14. Frank Colley,

    Coco Grove is one of the first beaches in Iloilo and the resort is very clean inside. The cottage rates are negotiable as well. We have a mainstay English retiree there named Don… He built a cottage on one side of the resort.

    We have pavilions over there and air-con cottages rates are 1000-1500 per night. The foods serve there are also good.

    The Resort is near the town plaza and public market.

    You can take a van from the airport to Molo for P50 and then jeeps to Tigbauan, changing from a Villa-Mohon jeep at the Mohon station to any of the jeeps heading to Tigbauan. These include Tigbauan, Guimbal, Miagao and San Joaquin.

    Or you can travel from the Molo bus terminal to Tigbauan on a Ceres Liner (or other bus) or catch a San Jose bound van from the same terminal and get off in Tigbauan.

    Hope this helps.

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  15. Rex,

    The only feasible choice I can think of is a balikbayan box. Just about any Asian store in California should be able to help you arrange a balikbayan box shipment.

    Bob

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  16. Hi BOB,
    I am impressed, what a good living.
    I have a friend that now lives in brgy. Barroc. I want to send him carpentry and masonry tools because he is a carpenter overthere. What would be your best suggestion to send the packages. I have read your post regarding the phil. postal service and I myself is scared to shipped tru them specially if I am sendng him power tools. Can you pls help. UPS , FED-EX or door to door? Im in California, USa

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  17. Hi, Great site, great pictures and infomation thanks.
    I would like (If possible) more information on the Coco Grove Beach Resort. I have looked on the web but found nothing other than a phone number. I am in UK and am looking to vist soon.
    Thanks
    Frank

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  18. Marites,

    I’d take a taxi from the Iloilo airport to Tigbauan. Just negotiate the rate before getting in the taxi.

    You can also take a van from the airport to Molo for P50 and then jeeps to Tigbauan, changing from a Villa-Mohon jeep at the Mohon station to any of the jeeps heading to Tigbauan. These include Tigbauan (of course!) Guimbal, Miagao and San Joaquin.

    Or you can travel from the Molo bus terminal to Tigbauan on a Ceres Liner (or other bus) or catch a San Jose bound van from the same terminal and get off in Tigbauan.

    Hope this helps.

    Bob

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  19. Dear Bob,

    Great site and photos! May I know how to get to Tigbauan from the new Iloilo airport? How many hours would the trip take? Thanks!

    — marites

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  20. Dear Bob,

    Your site makes me want to push winter to summer time here Ireland as we are having our holiday soon in the Philippines.

    I hope you wont mind me asking about Iloilo, Me and my husband are treating our family in Manila a trip to Iloilo, as my great grandfather is from Iloilo, my mom is so excited to tour Iloilo, and same as dining out there.

    We don’t have any clues where to go, as we are travelling on July, i don’t know if it’s alright to book our place in a hotel or a beach resort.

    thank you.

    Ping

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  21. Bob:

    I just discovered your blog;it’s very informative. I myself is planning to retire in Iloilo, outside the city, but close to the cilization. What do you think about Villa Sto. Domingo Subdivision, Tigbauan? How far is the subdivision from the main road or the ocean? Does it flood in the area, how’s the neighborhood like? I appreciate your honest feedback. Thank you. mgm

    MGM,

    MGM,

    Villa Santa Domingo is located in the town center. The entrance is adjacent to the Tigbauan public market. It’s quite large, far from fully developed so there’s a good selection of lots available. It’s very close but not on the ocean. I’d say it’s a pretty nice subdivision for a small, rural place like Tigbauan. Regarding flooding, practically all subdivisions in Iloilo are former rice land or fish ponds filled in to make them usable and to avoid flooding. This one is no exception. When we looked at lots there, filling of the lot was part of the purchase price. I just can’t say if flooding is a danger. You’d have to examine the situation and quiz locals about how it fared during Typhoon Frank. Perhaps someone else can give more specific information.

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  22. David,

    There are not so many expats in Tigbauan. The majority seem to be German. My impression is that Iloilo City really does not have that many expats, at least compared to places like Cebu City, Dumaguete, or Bohol. The same is true of Bacolod. I’m not sure why this is so, but not having so many expats can be an advantage. Locals don’t focus on expats as “opportunities” as they tend to do in places with lots of foreigners.

    Bob

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  23. Very interesting. I was in IloIlo last week, should have read your comments earlier. What is the expat community likr there ?

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  24. Very Well done!

    Me and a bunch of our family got home only last Dec.07 till Jan. 08 for almost a month visit. Lucky enough we made it still to Boracay. But no one can beat our dearly TIGBAUAN nga banwa ta, though we live from far away Wintery, snowy country of Calgary, Canada for very, very long years already we still missed the lagaw-lagaw always, saka sa kampanaryo and halo-halo all those old days before with so fun still very fresh in our minds. Duro ron guid and guin-iba kang banwa ta. So many unfamiliar faces, very congested and croded ka tama.

    We dearly missed our beloved hometown that much. So many things going on. So many people from all walks of life relocate to our town. Can’t even barely know your neighbours or people you met everywhere. I bet they loved Tigbauan as much as we do here. We always loved to up-date ourselves of what’s currently going on out there. Wish we can make it to go home much often. Pero kinanglan kaban-kaban and kuarta mo pag-gusto mo maug-uli pirme.

    Just keep it up the good work. Show more pictures, please.

    Thanks so much and best regards to you.

    Vivien

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  25. Keep your nice Website, this will keep us update of our home town.

    More Power & God Bless!!!

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