For most visitors to the Philippines, Panay is the island they land on in order to get to the famous White Beach on Boracay. but it’s definitely more than that. Located in the Western Visayas Region, the island is surrounded by bodies of water, mountains, and hills, giving visitors quality time with Mother Nature. It’s also home to some of the most fascinating religious sites you will see in the country.
Malumpati cold spring:
Located in Antique is one of the world’s largest vertical springs. It measures 30 meters (94 feet), and locals believe that it has healing powers. Whether you believe in its healing abilities or not, you will surely have a great time at Malumpati Cold Spring. Take a trip to this natural wonder and dip your body into the crystal clear water. The forest scenery will also put a smile on your face. If you just want to relax, you can rent a cottage for only 0.50 USD.
If you’re looking for a blissful beach getaway, then Mararison Island in Culasi is for you. Visit one of the white sand beaches and go for a swim in the turquoise waters. You can also just relax on the sandbars and enjoy the fresh breeze. Gui-ob Beach, which is filled with pebbles, is an ideal spot for snorkeling and diving. The colorful corals and sea creatures are worth checking out. Apart from the picturesque beaches, Mararison Island is famous for its hills as well.
One-of-a-kind Molo Church:
Molo Church is one of Iloilo’s landmarks, and it’s often called the feminist church because of the 16 statues of female saints on the main corridor. It’s also famous for its Gothic architecture, wall paintings of the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, and 30 bells that produce a blissful sound. The main altar features the image of St. Anna and the young Mary reading the scripture.
Camina Balay Nga Bato (Iloilo):
Camina Balay Nga Bato is a combination of Iloilo’s cuisine, lifestyle and customs. Visitors can expect to feel how a rich family in Iloilo lived one hundred years ago, in this modern era, because the house’s 6th generation owner still resides there. They can provide a guided tour, snack, and a souvenir on top of their famous Tsokolate E (chocolate), Pancit Molo (noodle soup) and other delicious meals.
Go scuba diving, snorkeling, or kayaking around Crocodile Island, which resembles a head of a crocodile seen from a distance. Clear waters swarming with marine life surround this uninhabited rocky outcrop that features a beach ideal for secluded swims and group picnics. As you explore, keep an eye out for sea lions and scorpion fish, moray eels, banded sea snakes, snappers, and gorgonian fan corals.
Panay is famous for the Ati-Atihan Festival which is a feast held annually in January in honor of the Santo Niño (Infant Jesus). The festival consists of tribal dance, music, accompanied by indigenous costumes and weapons, and parade along the street. Christians and non-Christians observe this day with religious processions.