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This blog is an amateur photographer's attempt to show how beautiful the world really is. He is drawn to the colors of nature like a moth to a candle light. What are showcased here are nature's grand display of colors at sunrise and sunset, beautiful beaches and off-the-beaten track locations in his beloved Philippines, waterfalls and some of nature's great sculptures, architectural gems, and other views from around SE Asia that he was fortunate to see at one point.

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December 7, 2009

guimaras: villa igang's inviting charm

Perfect Time for a Morning Dip
morning dip in Villa Igang

Scenic rocky coves, caves, a small lake, different species of mangroves, and rich marine life: these are just some of the charms that leave one enthralled in Villa Igang. Tucked in a rocky cove in the town of Nueva Valencia, Villa Igang is the perfect secluded place for a quiet getaway.

Igang Midday
midday in Igang

When a friend asked me where I wanted to stay in Guimaras, I told her I preferred to stay "somewhere uncrowded". The no-frills Villa Igang, formerly known as Puerto del Mar, fits the bill perfectly.

Igang Breakwater
broken breakwater

Unlike the long stretch of cream colored sand of Alubihod (a popular destination on the western side of Guimaras island), Villa Igang is composed of small coves and nooks, each awaits for you to discover.

Igang Secluded Villas
secluded villas

The villas, spread nicely on the several hectares of resort grounds, blends with the landscape. A couple are up on a small hill, several are snug under the shade of large trees, while more lie well hidden in a small dale.

Igang Rocky Cove
rocky cliff and emerald waters at the Mooring Cleat
Along Villa Igang's cliffs you'll see old weather beaten trees and several specifies of coastal shrubs.  The resort takes the conservation of these tropical flora seriously.

Igang Mangroves
mangroves in Igang

A large portion of the resort is also dedicated to the propagation and conservation of mangroves. The first sight that will greet you once you enter the resort premises is a dirt road lined with mangroves on both sides.

Mangrove Walkway
mangrove walkway

At the time of our visit, a walkway is being constructed into the heart of the area where the mature trees are.  The trees are labeled to properly indicate the specie. It's a perfect place for a stroll if you want to have a quick respite from the heat of the beach.

Under the Mangrove Shade
cool shade under the mangroves

Air-conditioned and fan rooms are available. Price ranges from Php 700 - 1500. A fan room that can fit 6 persons comfortably can be rented for Php 700 pesos only.

Igang Evening Nook
romantic corner

For reservations, call the following numbers:
  • (+63) (033) 3365507 
  • (+63) (033) 3378074 
and look for  Marylou Arcelo (Owner) / Ms. Lorlyn Araador / Lina Rizon

how to get there
From Ortiz Wharf in downtown Iloilo, hop on a ferry going to Jordan (pronounced as "Hordan") wharf in Guimaras. Travel time is 15 minutes, fare is Php 13.00.

You can rent a multi-cab (can accommodate 8 persons) to take you directly to Villa Igang for Php 400. Travel time is 40 minutes.

You can also ride the public jeepneys bound for Nueva Valencia. However, the resort is still about 2-3 kilometers from the main road. You can call the resort to have one of their tricycles fetch you at the drop off point.

other points of interest
  • Villa Igang has a huge cave whose opening  faces the west. I took several sunset shots from in there. Will share the photos in my upcoming posts
  • Island hopping: lots of islets and sandbars near/along Brgy Igang's shore. 
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    RedLan said...

    hindi ko napuntahan to ah. thanks sa post. ill visit it next time. ill be back here later. excited makita ang post mo about guimaras eh. work muna ako. andyan na si boss.

    dyosa said...

    Oh wow! Such wonderful sights to behold. Very nice photos. I've been dreaming of going to Guimaras and now that I've seen your photos, the more I want to visit the place! Ganda. Galing. :)

    Ferdz said...

    I like the place! It looks very charming nga especially the resort and it doesn't look crowded. I'm sue you have other allantawin shots here :D

    Chyng said...

    Effective blogging! Na-eencurage kami pumunta! ;D

    Lantaw said...

    @redlan, thanks! will post more in the coming days :D

    @dyosa, byahe na! :D

    @ferdz, thanks bai. will post more lantaw shots soon hehehe

    dodong flores said...

    Looks like a nice place to unwind. I've never been into this part of Guimaras. I'd love to visit here someday...

    The first photo is superb ;)

    Sylvia K said...

    I always feel like I've been on a magical trip every time I look at your photos!! The colors, the lighting, the location -- heavenly!

    Have a great week!


    Quilt Works said...

    So lovely! Makes me want to be there!

    ... Visit my "Heavenly Beams"

    Lantaw said...

    @Chyng, thank you! guimaras beckons you :D

    @dodong, indeed it was a nice place to unwind, walang crowds :)

    @Sylvia, always my pleasure to share

    @Quilt Works, thank you!

    Photo Cache said...

    ang ganda ganda naman ng kuha, pang glossy travel magazines lahat.

    Unknown said...

    these are mesmerizing views. thank you for including the contact numbers--will check out this place soon.

    Jenn said...

    Funny that Guimaras came up on our "to go next year" list. Although we were thinking of Isla Naburot just to chill. This looks more interesting. Thanks for posting. :-)

    Lantaw said...

    @Photo Cache, thanks thanks kabayan! :)

    @luna, you're welcome

    Lantaw said...

    @jenn, Isla Naburot is nice, I just CAN'T afford to stay there LOL! Too expensive for me ;)

    eileeninmd said...

    What a gorgeous place, I love the beach scenes and the mangrove walkway is cool. Great photos, I would love to visit this place.

    Sidney said...

    Guess which picture is my favorite ! ;-)
    Looks like a great place for a romantic hideway!

    witsandnuts said...

    I've never been to Guimaras. Your photos encouraged me to visit there someday. =)

    LadyFi said...

    Oh, I love uncrowded places. And the colour of the water there is glorious!

    Lantaw said...

    @eileeninmd, thanks!

    @sidney, the first pic of course LOL!

    @witsandnuts, thanks!

    @ladyfi, me too, the less crowd, the more we can enjoy the place :)

    ... more on Guimaras soon ...

    ALiNe said...

    Nakapunta na ako dito :D pero day tour lang kami sa guimaras... ang ganda dun!

    Lantaw said...

    @ALiNe, sinabi mo :), lots of great places dun :)

    Pinoy Boy Journals said...

    wow! i thought my point and shoot photos of villa igang nueva valencia, yours were superb. i didn't know villa igang renovated their rooms and guesthouses, i don't know but i stayed in this room where there's a little beach a few steps down. stayed there alone and is remembering how nice this place is. hands down the most beautiful province of visyas. sunsets are sick here!!! nice photos awesome blog!

    Lantaw said...

    @pinoy boy, thanks! ^^. villa igang is indeed a nice getaway

    Anonymous said...

    Hi! Are the waters around Villa Igang clean enough to swim in, even after the oil spill? Just wanted a first hand account as we are visiting next week. Great shots, btw. :)

    Anonymous said...

    i love it.. my boyfriend and i will go there next week :)

    irecoholic said...

    I love Villa Igang! best place for relaxing and having fun... We went there last year, sobrang ganda.. you can also visit my site for more of Villa Igang


    Anonymous said...

    HI there. We'll be in Iloilo on Nov but we still cannot find a place (resort resort) to stay. Villa Igang caught my attention, do you happen to know their official site?

    Lantaw said...

    @anonymous, I don't think they have a website.

    Kura said...

    Ang bongga! Dahil sa sobrang ganda ng 'rocky cliff and emerald waters' hindi ko napansin na may tao pala sa taas. Ang ganda talaga. Sobrang nice ng shots mo. Kailangan ko rin to marating. I love places which are not known to a lot of people. Pati yung mga hindi madaling mapuntahan. Shellfish! hahaha!

    Byahero said...

    Ganda! Mapuntahan nga...

    Christian | Lakad Pilipinas said...

    you just convinced us to stay at this resort this coming december!

    Lantaw said...

    @Christian, Im sure you'll love it there bro :)

    Joooovaaaayyy said...

    I've been to that place already and it was very remarkable... I want to visit it again.

    Joooovaaaayyy said...

    I've been to the place...Indeed, it was very remarkable...

    Anonymous said...

    magkano ang magagastos mula iloilo papunta sa resort na yan?
    magkano din ang accomodation(pinaka mura) mag isa lang kasi ako pupunta
    at nagseserve ba sila ng meal dyan?

    Anonymous said...

    hi! from ilo, 100 pesos is enough

    Unknown said...

    I'm proud Guimarasnon. :)

    Unknown said...

    BURGLARIZED BY EMPLOYEES, IGNORED BY MANAGEMENT I am not the first foreigner to be robbed at Villa Igang -- the same thing happened to an Austrian man in 2012 as well. I am an American traveler and I stayed at Villa Igang, a resort owned by the Lacson family in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras Island during October 2012. During the stay, we were the only guests at the resort, and the location is very remote -- yet our room was broken in to (obviously by workers). Our laptops, cell phones, wallets -- everything valuable was stolen. Breaking into the room was easy of course because the rooms are so poorly designed. At first, the workers did not want to even call the police, but we finally forced them to do it. Even after the police came, the manager told us we cannot change rooms -- they actually MADE us stay in the same room that was broken into! WOW! We did not sleep at all that night, afraid they will just come in again. When we got back to Iloilo, we spoke with the owners and managers of the resort, the family that runs the John B. Lacson Maritime University -- Ms. Marylou Arcelo and Ms. Lorlyn Aranador. They promised us they would conduct an investigation, they would travel to Guimaras in person, and that they would be in contact with us. But for the next 6 weeks, the owners REFUSED to even respond to email -- in fact, they were on vacation (how I wish my vacation was as peaceful as theirs) in California, USA, about 10 minutes from where I live. So it would have been easy for them to just reply, or give me a phone number to call. Instead, I was forced to fight with their insurance company with NO assistance from Villa Igang. Ultimately, I was also forced to hire a lawyer and in the end I received a small amount of compensation (less than HALF the value of the items stolen). Villa Igang management showed that they were not only incompetent and unprofessional, but also dishonest. THIS RESORT IS NOT SAFE, ESPECIALLY FOR FOREIGN TRAVELERS. Avoid it at all costs -- and really, avoid any business run by the Lacson family. If something goes wrong, you cannot count on them at all.

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