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Exploring Libertad, Antique Dec 8-10, 2016

Exploring Libertad, Antique

Location Google Map: Libertad (municipality), Antique (province), Philippines

Eliab Lodging Place
I alighted from the bus in Libertad coming from Pandan, not knowing where I stay. I was pointed to Eliab Lodging by the tricycle drivers and met the affable retired owners who used to be teachers. They were full, but realizing I was also a teacher, they found a way to accommodate me. Such decent people!

Libertad Municipality
Libertad is the last northernmost bus stop on the northwest side of Panay Island. Its proximity to Boracay makes it a short hop away. The town center is small with a few establishments, a school and the municipal building. Libertad has a port serving the Semirara, Culasi and San Jose destinations. It's a sleepy coastal town with a relaxed pace. The people are welcoming. The peace is disturbed only by the blaring sound of the tricycles and neighboring stores playing top 40 tunes (like most of the country).

Libertad, Antique
Libertad is largely a coastal town

Libertad Tourism
Normally, I hesitate dealing with government offices. I find them bureacratic, slow and inefficient. Libertad's tourism office however, is a rare exception. I met the entire staff headed by Mr. Galahad Garcia, or Dondon for short. It's a 6-month old office and they are all new to the job. Perhaps it's a blessing. I found them to be dedicated and even excited at the many challenges facing them. Dondon isn't your arm-chair officer. He rolls-up his sleeve and gets his hands dirty, doing what needs to be done. We talked at length about the vision of the municipality, the challenges, the creative solutions, etc.

I was surprised that he personally took me to all the touristic places - on his motorcycle! He even went inside the caves with me (with a guide!) - Ati Cave and Maanghit Cave. I was also taken to their water spring - Bungan Bungan Spring. One good thing about this itinerary is that we strung along 3 destinations in one trip.

Ending Thoughts
BIG Big thanks to Mr. Galahad Garcia and the awesome staff of Libertad's tourism office for making the following blogs happen!

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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
  • Barizo J Lodge - lodging by the port for passengers who don't want to be left by the boat | 0999.157.2851
    right by the port - 11°46'44.68"N, 121°53'30.05"E
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)

Libertad FYI / Tips

How to Get to Libertad

Attractions in Libertad

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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