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Visiting Ati Cave in Libertad Dec 9, 2016

Visiting Ati Cave in Libertad

GPS waypoint: 11°46'12.33"N, 121°53'42.61"E
Location: Union (barangay), Libertad (municipality), Antique (province), Philippines

Ati Cave
First stop on Mr. Garcia's motorcycle was Ati Cave, named after the indigenous Aeta people who used to inhabit this cave. During the summer months, in March to April, banig weavers using the native bariw plant, do their weaving inside the cool shelter of this cave. Bariw is plentiful in this area. In this visit though, it was empty. The cave itself has a huge mouth but shallow. It's ideal for shelter - not exploration.

Ending Thoughts
One good thing about Ati Cave is you get to visit it on the way to Maanghit Cave, the town's main draw. If you're lucky enough to visit during the hot summer months, you'll see up to 20 weavers working inside. Perhaps you even get a banig souvenir!

--- TheLoneRider

Next stop: Maanghit Cave in Libertad

en route to Ati Cave with Tourism Officer Mr. Galahad 'Dondon' Garcia approaching the cave at the mouth of the cave
stalactite and stalagmite formation dried coconuts for planting near the cave the bariw, raw material for weaving the banig

Google Map Libertad, Philippines

tourist attractions in Libertad tourist attractions hotels in Libertad lodging
  • Eliab Lodging Place - usually full with long-term transients so call first - landline: 036.272.168 | mobile: 0939.318.7737
    across the street from the market along the highway
government offices in Libertad government
  • tourism office Tourism Office - register here for the Maanghit Cave visit
    municipal hall

Libertad Cost Index

(US$1 = PHP 49.87 as of Dec 12, 2016)
  • PHP 250/night Eliab Lodging Place, in front of the market, recommended!
  • PHP 75-450/night price range for Barizo J Lodge by the port (recommended for early 3am departures)
  • PHP 150 motorcycle ride from Libertad to Buruanga
  • PHP 20 motorcycle ride from Libertad to Union

Libertad FYI / Tips

  • northbound, Libertad is the last stop for buses plying the west coast of Panay (Iloilo City to Libertad). If you need to go further north (Union, Buruanga, or Malay), you will have to ride the motorcycle from Libertad, which is more expensive than bus fare
  • bring swim clothes for Maanghit Cave because a swim at Bungan Bungan follows
  • from the town port, there is the Kalayaan Shipping (0920.967.0968 / 0917.563.2817) plying the daily Libertad-Caluya route (leaves Libertad 3am, arrives Caluya 5:30am / leaves Caluya 7pm, arrives Libertad 9:30pm)
  • the Banigan Festival, Libertad's town fiesta happens mid-March
  • Libertad Tourism email: |
  • Libertad Tourism telephone: 036.278.1501 | 0929.419.7530

How to Get to Libertad

  • from Boracay - take the Ceres bus bound for Iloilo via Pandan (not via Capiz). Get off at the Pandan Hospital junction and take another northbound bus for Libertad.
  • from Iloilo (or from the west coast of Panay) - take any northbound bus for Libertad. You can get off at the main city in front of the market

Attractions in Libertad

  • Maanghit Cave - deep cave with big cathedral-like expanse with knee-deep stream spawned by a spring
  • Bungan Bungan Spring - refreshing dip on this river spawned by the spring inside Maanghit Cave. Ideal for dipping after the cave visit
  • Ati Cave - shallow cave used in the summer by banig weavers
  • Banig Weaving - cottage industry using the native bariw to weave them into straw mats
  • Banig Festival - annual town fiesta in celebration of their banig industry
  • Pucio Point - view, marine sanctuary with big fish
  • Parigusan It Pari - clean river located at Sitio San Juan, Brgy. San Roque
  • Tabadsoy Falls
  • Kinyan Falls - in Cubay, about 1-hour hike
  • Pangitanan Falls - at Inyawan, 3-hour hike

Libertad Blogs by TheLoneRider

Suggested itinerary on the WEST coast of Panay Island from Boracay going south

  1. Boracay - most popular beach in the Philippines
  2. Malay - Nabaoy River, Pangihan Cave, Nagata Falls, Agnaga Falls, Naasug Point, Malay Ecological Park, Motag Living Museum
  3. Nabas - wind tubines, Hurom-Hurom Cold Springs
  4. Pandan - Malumpati Spring
  5. Libertad - Maanghit Cave, Ati Cave and Bungan-Bungan Spring
  6. Sebaste - Igpasungaw Waterfall
  7. Culasi - Malalison Island
  8. Tibiao - hot kawa-bath, white water river rafting, Bugtong Bato Waterfall, rice terraces, Tibiao Bakery, pottery, fish spa
  9. Anini-y - Nogas Island, scuba diving

Suggested itinerary on the EAST coast of Panay Island from Boracay going south

  1. Boracay - most popular beach in the Philippines
  2. Malay - Nabaoy River, Pangihan Cave, Nagata Falls, Agnaga Falls, Naasug Point, Malay Ecological Park, Motag Living Museum
  3. Nabas - wind tubines, Hurom-Hurom Cold Springs
  4. Kalibo - Bakhawan Eco-Park, Tigayon Hill
  5. Tambak - oysters
  6. Capiz - Roxas City
  7. Carles | Estancia - Gigantes Island Boat Tour, Lighthouse of Gigantes Island and Bakwitan Cave of Gigantes Island
  8. Iloilo - Batchoy Indulgence
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