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Climbing Tigayon Hill of Kalibo Dec 21, 2016

Climbing Tigayon Hill of Kalibo

Location: Tigayon Hill, Tigayon (barangay), Kalibo (municipality), Aklan (province), Philippines
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.

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  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
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