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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

How to Rediscover Northern Iloilo, Philippines

Imagine waking up one morning and suddenly boredom begins to strike in.  But instead of giving in to that boredom, I was thankful God has given me another day to live and thought of engaging in an unexpected road trip!  Finally, I had the guts to get that much needed break from the daily household chores, some unfinished projects, and being a mom and wife.

I dropped by my sister’s house and invited her to come with me to places I wanted to go, but honestly don’t know where to go.  That was where the fun began.  So off we went to Banate, a town in the northern part of Iloilo Province in the Philippines where we can just sit, relax and enjoy the sea view.  This place has an eco-park, where small eateries are located with their specialty called “buko halo,” a mixture of various fruits, shaved ice, milk, and sugar inside a young coconut.  This municipality is also known for their fresh crabs and shrimps; truly a paradise for visitors.  We then proceeded to Estancia and Carles, considered the last municipalities of the province, which are also famous in fresh fishes and sea shells, and other exotic seafoods delightfully new in our eyes.  After some picture takings for remembrance and memoirs, we proceeded to Roxas City, another province in Capiz.

See also Pototan, Iloilo here.

By this time the sun is beginning to set, and we need to slowly return to Iloilo.  We took another route in Capiz province and passed by several towns and municipalities, occasionally stopping to take pictures and taste some of their delicacies.  Near ending the trip, we finally stopped to buy crabs and some interesting sea shells to cap the adventure.

Truly, the Philippines is a country with sights to behold with several hidden places and virgin beaches waiting to be explored.  I had a very good time and enjoyed my rewards in this road trip.  My sister enjoyed the trip as well and we are both looking forward to the next escapade.  Soon, we will explore the southern part of Panay, where hills and zigzag roads are quite challenging.  We arrived safely, satisfied and renewed.

The contributor of this story is a home-based article writer, blogger, and researcher who loves travelling and adventure.  She is a graduate of Business Administration at the University of San Agustin, Iloilo City.

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