Top 15 Reasons to Visit Tibiao

1. A taste of the very first Tibiao Bakery

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Tibiao Bakery is the first bakeshop in Tibiao, Antique. It provides affordable yet with outstanding quality food products to Antiqueños and that can compete regionally and globally.
Tibiao Bakery started in around 1953. That’s why for most Ilonggos, Tibiao is always associated with good and tasty breads. It has spawned out numerous branches mainly in Iloilo City, and to the whole Panay Island and there’s also one in New Zealand. It is a landmark in Iloilo, and is well known for its specialty for Filipino breads such as pandesal, ensaymada, and pan de coco among others.
Its product ranges from breads, biscuits, cakes, cookies, sweets to short orders like puto, siopao, pancit molo, spaghetti and hamburgers.

 

2. Tickling experience at Tibiao Fish Spa

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After an adventure in Tibiao, take a load off and experience the relaxing sensation of hundreds of little fish nibbling on your feet like little masseurs. The town boasts of the most affordable fish spa in the world using locally bred “TheraFish.”
Tibiao Fish Spa stands out from conventional fish spas because of its affordable rates and novel offerings. While most fish spas use imported Garra ruffa fish which are expensive to acquire and maintain, TFS uses several species of fish sourced from the highlands of Tibiao in the province of Antique to provide the fish spa experience in a uniquely Filipino setting.
Tibiao Fish Spa’s first facility was right in Flord’s backyard in the quiet town of Tibiao, Antique where he first observed the characteristic behavior of the fish that the company now terms calls TheraFishTM. The first customers of the fish spa were neighbors, fishermen, and farmers who took advantage of the extremely affordable rates. The news spread by word of mouth and soon busloads of students and thousands of guests representing over a dozen nationalities dropped by Tibiao Fish Spa conveniently located along the national highway.

 

3. Kawa Hot Bath

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Enjoy a unique relaxation experience in Tibiao by bathing in a hot kawa (large vat or frying pan), just like a local jacuzzi. This unique kawa hot bath will surely relieve the stresses in your body. Just imagine yourself dipping in a kawa filled with warm water. This kawa was used before for cooking muscovado or organic brown sugar. But later on, it was developed for this only one of its kind purpose.

 

4. Lambaklad Fishing

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Lambaklad fishing is one of the largest fish traps in the country. It is located in Brgy. Malabor, approximately 3 km. from town proper. Lambaklad, is derived by fusing the dialect, “lambat” or net and “baklad” or fish corral, hence “lambat-baklad” or in short, “lambaklad”.
It consists of four main parts: the leader, playground, the inner and outer slopes, and the bag. The leader blocks the path of the school of migratory fish that lead them to the playground. From the playground, the fish enters to the outer slope by means of the pointed nettings. As the fish passes through the slope, it enters to the inner slope or non-return valve dropping into the bag where they are trapped and hauled for the catch.
Tibiao has a good fishing ground and it is believed to be the highway of migratory fishes. Having a productive waters, Tibiao produces commercial species of pelagic and migratory fishes such as tuna and tuna-like species, caranx, marlins, Spanish mackerels or tangigue, barracuda, swordfishes, cavallas, red tail scads, and sardines.

 

5. Nature Trekking to Waterfalls

Nature Trekking in Tibiao

You will be hiking along murmuring streams and hidden rice terraces to Bugtong Bato Falls. The Bugtong Bato Falls belongs to Bandirahan mountain, where during World War II, the Japanese attacked it, which we say in the karay-a dialect, “gin-birahan sang mga Hapon”, and that is why the mountain is called Bandirahan.

 

6. Cool down at the cascading Bugtong-bato Falls

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Bugtong-bato waterfalls is a seven-tiered water falls located at Brgy. Tuno, Tibiao. Once you reached the barangay proper, you will have to have a 1.5 km trek for at least about 35 minutes or 1 km. walk. At the moment, only the first three falls are accessible because there is no trek yet going to the other falls and it is quite risky. In order to reach the third fall, you will rapel in the cascading 2nd fall. This would be another unique adventure for nature lovers. We recommend you wear closed sandals or shoes while we trek to the falls.
The 1st fall has a height of 135 ft. or 41 meters. This is one of the highest waterfalls among the seven-tiered falls. Enjoy swimming in the lagoon and try experiencing a water massage through the current of the fall
The beauty of the 2nd fall is that you could rappel from this place to the third fall in the cascading fall. Rappelling to this fall is like climbing a stairway while holding the big rope. For first timers, local guides will be assisting you for the climb. Just take one step at a time because the stones are slippery.
The 3rd fall has the deepest lagoon in this place with a depth of more than 4 meters or 13 feet. It is also great to experience the water massage in that area.

 

7. Pottery and Brick Making

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Learn a new skill in Brgy. Bandoja, a village in Tibiao known for its pottery and brick making. This place is blessed to have 450,000 metric tons of clay reserve for pottery and brick making. Get a hands-on in making the pots and bricks. Discover the art of creating hand-made pots and bricks as you mold chocolate-brown soil into marvelous masterpieces.

 

8. White-water River Kayaking

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The Tibiao River boasts of crystal clear waters suitable for white water rafting/kayaking at various grades of difficulty. Courses are available for those interested to experience this challenging recreational outdoor activity. For Grade 1, basic kayaking course introduces first timers to paddling a kayak in calm waters. Grade 2 course are fit for those kayaker who wants to experience a higher level of skill paddling through the rapids and big stones. Grade 3-4 course are for those professionals who want to enjoy an adrenaline rush adventure in the strong currents surpassing the big boulders and difficult maneuvers.

The Tibiao River is one of the best white water rivers in the country perfect for kayaking. In fact, it hosted the first “International Kayaking Cup,” which was initiated by Tribal Adventures, Inc. in 1997.

9. Sunset-viewing at the Tiguis beach

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The beach is facing the Cuyo East Pass, a part of the South China Sea. Tiguis beach is famous for its white cliff of its shore, canopy of trees and cool blue sea. This area is also a perfect place for sunset-viewing. Soon investors will be putting up a giant water slide to the sea, as part of the adventure package for Tibiao.

 

10. Butong River

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is Butong river is named after the most abundant species of bamboo along the river, the Butong bamboo. What makes this place unique is the presence of the biggest boulder in town wherein tourists can experience rock climbing and boulder diving. The deepest area around the boulder is 8-10 ft., ideal for boulder diving.

This area is part of Brgy. Tigbaboy. The barangay is named after the two local things abundant in the barangay before the ‘tigbaw’ (a local grass) and ‘baboy’ (a wild boar).

 

11. Tibiao Eco-Adventure Park Zip Trip

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Tibiao’s newest tourism destination, the Tibiao Zip Trip is the longest in Panay Island. It is a two-way zipline with 500-m cable each.

 

12. Malakagat Hanging Bridge & Tigbaboy Hanging Bridge

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Tibiao Malakagat Hanging Bridge

Malakagat Hanging Bridge can be found near the Ever Land Park and Kayak Inn. Before typhoon Frank, this suspension bridge leading to Sitio Malakagat, Brgy. Tuno has a rigid and strong structure. The high level of water that reached the bridge and the strong current during the typhoon made the bridge a swaying hanging bridge and a tourist destination. In there, you could have a picturesque site sight of the white water river of Tibiao and the perfect cone shape mountain of Brgy. Tuno.

Tibiao Tigbaboy Bridge
Tibiao Tigbaboy Bridge

The 1st hanging bridge in townis is the Tigbaboy hanging bridge, a 65 meter suspension bridge. Another experience awaits you because you will experience passing over the bridge while riding the habal-habal. This bridge leads the way to the barangay proper.

 

13. Seco Island

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Named after the Kinaray-a word for ‘elbow’ because of it’s shape, Seco Island is another island paradise in the province of Antique that you need to visit. It is a 1.5 km beach covered with fine white sand and bluish sea water that is 21 nautical miles away from the shores of Tibiao and could be reached by boat for around 2.5 hours.

 

14. Riding a habal-habal or Sky-love

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It is famous here in Antique because it is the fastest way of transportation to the mountains. Sky-love is derived from the two words ‘sky’ and ‘love’. Sky because once you ride the motorcycle it feels like you are going to heaven or the sky while and ‘love’ because the passenger from the locals who regularly rides with the driver falls in love with each other. Eventually they get married.

 

15. Tibiao Native Products

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Tibiao Brown Mat

Located at Centro Sur, Tibiao, all kinds of native products such as banig, bayong, native products, hats, gift boxes, bayong bags, hat, abaca and clay products are available. All of the native products are made in Antique.

 

 

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