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Climbing Tigayon Hill of Kalibo Dec 21, 2016

Climbing Tigayon Hill of Kalibo

Location: Tigayon (barangay), Kalibo (municipality), Aklan (province), Philippines
GPS waypoint: 11°40'32.9"N 122°20'29.4"E
Hours - 6:00am to 8:00pm
Admission Fee - free

Viewpoint?
3 kilometers away from the Kalibo town center is the only hill in Kalibo, Tigayon Hill. It is a limestone outcropping by the river.There is supposed to be a viewpoint at the top to see the river but it has too many trees obscuring the scenery - there's hardly anything to see. I was told that they will be constructing an observation tower for a better view.

Caves
There are 2 caves. One can be seen from above through an opening near the top of the hill. I tried looking for a ground entrance but couldn't find one. It seems the only way in is to rappel down, making it inaccessible to the public. The 2nd cave is at street level with a huge opening. It's shallow which make it ideal for shelter, but not for exploration. Rebels against the Spanish and Japanese rule took refuge in these caves.

Pilgrimage
Folklore has it that the hill used to be enchanted but the fairies and elementals have since left with the influx of people. With a grotto of the Virgin Mary on the summit, it now serves as a spiritual pilgrimage site during Holy Week by the devotees with stations of the cross winding up to the top.

Archeological Artifacts
There were 2 archeological diggings (2004 and 2014) done on the caves which yielded artifacts dating back to pre-Spanish times - human bones, Chinese vases, ceramic pots, beads, etc. They are all displayed at the museum just by the base of the hill.

Ending Thoughts
Tigayon Hill is just a small mound but offers a lot of things - spiritual solace to the seekers, archeological finds for the history buff, and hopefully, a panoramic scenery of the river when the observation tower is finished.

--- TheLoneRider

Next stop: Finds Museum

squeezing it with the locals in a tricycle arriving...theTigayon Hill Museum the hill is right beside the museum a majestic tree welcomes after the initial steps
the climb is assisted by concrete steps with a handrail....slippery! the tree up close with its intricacies from the top, I should be looking at the view of the river...but no view with so many trees on the right side, a partial view of he river
the grotto of the Virgin Mary on top I guess they open up the grotto during Holy Week looking down below...this seems to be the entrance to the cave...rappelling how the inside of fhe cave looks like from the top
stations of the cross the second cave...kids play there this is as far as the 2nd cave goes...not deep at all at street level, another grotto
artists busy for the upcoming Ati Atihan Festival archeological artifacts at the museum human bones collected with Mr. Ricky Villanueva, tourism officer for Tigayon Hill

Tigayon Hill Cost Index

Aside from tricycle fare, there is no expense. The hill climb and museum are free.

Tigayon Hill FYI / Tips

  • the mossy steps are very slippery...take caution and hold the handrail if there is one

How to Get to Tigayon Hill from town center or Plaza

  • instead of chartering a tricycle, cheaper way is to take a tricycle to the Tigayon terminal, P10/pax, then take a Tigayon passenger tricycle together with other locals all the way to the Hill P10, 15 mins

Google Map Kalibo, Philippines

tourist attractions in Kalibo essentials
  • Kalibo International Airport Kalibo International Airport - the gateway to Boracay via Kalibo
  • Gaisano Capital Kalibo Gaisano Capital Kalibo - the go-to mall in Kalibo
  • City Mall City Mall - latest mall offering
tourist attractions in Kalibo tourist attractions hotels in Kalibo hotel
  • Marzon Hotel Marzon Hotel - near airport, swimming pool, latte restaurant
    Jaime Cardinal Sin Ave., Andagao, Kalibo, Aklan
    +63.36.268.2188 | +63.36.268.2184 | +63 917.321.0011 | +63 939.925.9008
    °11°41'46.7"N 122°22'23.5"E | reservation@marzonhotelkalibo.com

Kalibo FYI / Tips

  • the center of town is at the Plaza where you have the Pastrana Park and Cathedral
  • no movie house in Kalibo
  • no inter-town jeeps or bus...just tricycles

How to Get to Kalibo

  • from Boracay - usually, it's the other way around. People go to Boracay via Kalibo airport because air fare is cheaper in Kalibo rather than Caticlan. But from Boracay, take any Ceres bus heading south for Iloilo via Kalibo (not Pandan) and you get off the main terminal in Kalibo.
  • from Iloilo - any Iloilo bus heading for Boracay will pass by Kalibo

Local Aklanon Food to Try

  • tamilok - grubs taken from decaying wood - looks like worms, best with vinegar, eaten raw
  • binakoe - native chicken in thick sauce inside a bamboo
  • Inubarang manok - chicken simmered in coconut
  • Linapay or Tinamuk - river shrimp cooked in coconut milk

Kalibo Cost Index

(US$1 = Php 49.94 as of Dec 20, 2016)

Kalibo is still inexpensive and the dollar goes a long way specially with food. Lodging though, compared to Cambodia or Thailand is expensive.

  • PHP 30-120 platter of oysters in a bar
  • PHP 8 minimum tricycle tariff
  • PHP 80 coffee in a trendy cafe

Kalibo 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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