Pandan

Like most of the places in the Visayas, Antique is popular among tourists for its beaches. The town of Pandan is one of the province’s popular destinations for those who wish to unwind in the midst of nature.

Despite sharing the same name as the plant popularly used in cooking, this town’s name was derived from “pan” (bread in Spanish) and “dan” (“that” in the local dialect).

Pandan has numerous beaches to choose from. The most popular of which is the award-winning Bugang River, which has been repeatedly named as one of the cleanest bodies of water in the country.

It boasts of numerous springs hidden in pockets along the sidelines. The Malumpati Health Spring is a favorite among those who wish to get a good view of the river. For those who enjoy spelunking, Malumpati has a cave ready to be explored.

Take part in the Bugang River tour and spend the day trekking to the head spring before exploring the rest of the river on bamboo rafts and finishing the tour on canoes.

Stroll along the white sand shores of the Duyong Gold Beach while enjoying the picturesque view of Batbatan Island backdropped by the golden rays of the sun. Baybay Beach, Polocate Beach, and Puntahan Beach are some of the other beaches in Pandan that tourists can enjoy.

Those who enjoy trekking and mountain climbing must not leave out Mount Mab-o from their itinerary. Here you’ll find a pygmy forest, and a giant clamshell and oyster shell said to be used by tribal leader Bulalacao Tumaca and Maria, the wife of a Spanish governor he kidnapped.

Tourists can also visit the Rosa Mystica Shrine along the Quibacan River. In the hike to the shrine, you will pass by the Stations of the Cross, which draw religious devotees to the area especially during Holy Week.

Visit Pandan between April 21 to 25 to experience the Tubong Festival, a joint municipal fiesta and celebration of the feast day of St. Vincent Ferrer, the town’s patron saint. Sports tournaments and motocross competitions are regularly held along with the annual Dasigay Bugsay Boat Rowing Competition.

Should you find yourself in Pandan on a Friday, shop for souvenirs and gifts at the Friday Market where you can score cheap finds from traders coming in town to sell their products.

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  1. Bugang River
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  2. Pandan Beach Resort
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  3. RosePoint Beach Resort
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  4. Malumpati Cold Spring
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  5. Phaidon Beach Resort
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  6. Le Palme Beach Resort
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  7. Naranjo Water Park
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  8. Bugang Riverside Inn
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  9. Bunny's Beach Resort
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