Western Visayas is comprised of four provinces: Iloilo, Aklan, Capiz and Antique. And while the first three provinces enjoy their share of accolade and hype, Antique is sidelined into obscurity.
But do you know that Antique is one humble place that has it all as well? Almost each of its 18 municipalities has a hidden gem worth exploring. Here’s a closer look at some of Antique’s highlights. Sit back while you list down the places where you should head to next in Antique.
In the year 1212, the first historic recorded event happened in Antique, the first known Hispanic event in all the Philippines for that fact – “The Legends of Maragtas,” an account of the many people that escaped Borneo and landed in this region. This event pre-dates the first Maylay settlement that has ever been documented in the Philippines. If history is something that excites you about this country and its culture, be sure to visit San Jose, the provincial capital where this noted event took place.
Kinaray-a is the official language spoken in the province of Antique. The ancient dialect is very unique to the area and for many, it is a difficult language to speak and understand. The mountain ranges and rugged terrain have cut the province of Antique off from much of the mainland and the language has developed over time. The dialect of this language has predominant r’s and ‘schwa’ sounds spoken in gentle intonations.
Antique has been known for centuries as “The Land Where the Mountains Meet the Sea.” This name is created due to the rugged mountainous ranges that lead directly into the Sulu Sea. The region is a hot-spot for scuba divers with its deep sea cliffs, coral beds and stunning coves that are filled with aquatic life throughout – Antique’s best scuba diving experience can be found in the region of Batbatan.
Who says the people of Antique don’t know how to relax? I say you think again. Nowhere in the whole of Western Visayas can you experience being literally immersed in a huge cauldron or “kawa” with water and then gradually heated along with some therapeutic and aromatic herbs.
For some, this kind of relaxing the tired body is bizarre. But for those who actually tried it, it’s heavenly. You’ve got to try it for yourself to experience what this unique therapy feels. Don’t worry, you’ll not end up as a stew or soup.
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