Nagarao Island, the island of the Tree Spirits

Nagarao, the island of the Tree Spirits

Wow! I’ve never felt so busy lately. Lots of things to take care of and lots of things to write and look forward to. Just along with some stuff from the Batanes Photo Safari, I still have to write about some sites from Pangasinan. This is just another short posts, some brief teasers of the places we visited in Iloilo and Guimaras as something to for you guys to watch out for. We only had a limited time so we have to pick some spots. Iloilo and Guimaras is huge!

Part of the hidden and unspoilt Binugsukan Falls

Part of the hidden and unspoilt Bugsukan Falls

Down at the southern tip of Guimaras is honestly one of the most beautiful Islands I have seen. In fact, I’m already longing to go back there just for the myriad photo opportunity its beautiful landscape offers. Nagarao, also known as the Island of the Tree Spirits will just captivate you.

The impressive UNESCO Church at Miagao

One of the towers of the impressive UNESCO Church at Miagao

I never expected Iloilo to be so huge. I never really liked the central City of Iloilo itself when we were there since I find it a bit cramped and disorganized. Traveling beyond the city boundaries though will reward you with more attractions that it would take weeks just to explore most of them. Not to be missed is the impressive Church of Miagao. Just standing in front of the thick and elaborate facade of this church, you’ll find it really worthy of being one of the country’s UNESCO World Heritage sites.

There is more to Miagao than its church. Moving deeper in its mountains you’ll find more natural attractions. One of these is Bugsukan Falls. It’s one of those sights that’s really hard to find. Fortunately, there were kind locals who are willing to lend a hand and we got to find the place.

That’s it for now. Detailed post coming in the next few days.

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Ferdz Decena is an award-winning travel photographer, writer and blogger. His works has found print in publications such as Singapore Airlines’s Silver Kris, Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay, Cebu Pacific’s Smile and Seair InFlight. He has also lent his expertise to various organizations like the Oceana Philippines, Lopez Group Foundation, Save the Children and World Vision, contributing quality images for their marketing materials.

27 Responses to “Iloilo and Guimaras Splendor”

  1. Guimaras is an enigma to me. Having shuttled Bacolod and Iloilo via ferry boats when I was a kid was memorable. We passed through Guimaras all the time and never thought there was a vibrant city on it 🙂

  2. pansin ko nga. mukhang busy ka ngayon.

    huwaw. ang ganda ng mga angles, napaka-dramatic ng mood. tama si Lino, ang galing humanap ng magandang angles ng mga mata mo. meron akong friend na nasa China ngayon. i referred to her your website (ironwulf and your flicker account) and told her your strength when it comes to choosing the best angles. she’s trying her knack in photography so sabi ko madami siyang matututunan sa’yo. 😀

  3. I have a lot of friends from Iloilo and Guimaras yet,I couldn’t find time to take a few days of vacation there…..Guimaras is just a small island with the best mango in the world.
    Iloilo and Guimaras aren’t only beautiful islands but the people are lovely (as well) with thier Hiligaynon language is so sweet in the ears.

  4. my cousin owns an island in Guimaras. Soooo beautiful there…the sand is so fine and the water is so clear. The nearby small islands are owned by other people but we’re allowed to go island hopping. But they’re not that nice during the night. We were partying and singing one night and somebody from the nearby island shouted “mag patulog naman kayo!!!” hehehe funny.

  5. @Nina : Will be posting in the coming weeks. Medyo madaming backlog but I’ll surely post them

    @Lagalog : Thanks Oggie. Those red petals are unusual on a beach kaya it caught my attention

    @Nina : Thanks! 😀

    @Photo Cache : A bit hard to find but we did and will share it to you guys

    @BW : It’s an enigma to me as well and some parts are still. Will explore more in the future

    @Lino : Salamt lino. Will also go back there in the future

    @Rayts : Haha! Maraming salamat coming from you.

    @Barrycade : Thanks! Guimaras is a nice place to visit

    @Shoshona : Thank you very much for that Award! Really appreciate it being part of your list.

    @Eric : Guimaras seems nice, but it’s not that small an island compared to Siquijor. I thought it was but it was bigger than I expected and a lot of places to explore as well.

  6. iloilo and guimaras is still an unknown place for me since I have not really explored much of these places especially in Guimaras which I haven’t gone to before.

    Kung sa Iloilo naman, parati lang half day or one day and it really doesn’t give much time to look around. Of course, having the La Paz batchoy and trips to Miag-ao is a must.

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