I only brought this note with me going to San Joaquin instead of a local map
I rode a jeep with the signboard "SAN JOAQUIN Lawigan. It's the only PUJ to Lawigan, San Joaquin. I did not have any particular place to go in the said barangay. If the Jeepney steward will ask me where's my destination then I will show him the note (above). After Tiolas, the jeepney tuirned left and it's the way to Lawigan. You can see the high mountains on the right side and the open-sea on your left.
the open sea view to Lawigan. Fishing is the main source of livelihood here.
When there were few passengers left, I asked one passenger kung saan ang plaza ng Lawigan. Lumagpas na raw ako although I had already an idea. As I expected, the jeepney steward asked me and as expected I showed him the note. He promised to drop me on the Diving Camp. Knowing the last trip is four o'clock in the afternoon and it was already eleven am, I prefered to go back in the main road. I asked the konduktor to just drop me by in the corner to San Joaquin church. I just secretly smiled because I had a great joy ride. I paid 70 pesos from Iloilo terminal to Lawigan and voluntarily added 20 pesos from Lawigan to San Joaquin town proper.
I was lucky this time because the San Joaquin church opened. I silently said my prayer and started taking photos.
The Battle of Tetuan is immortalized in the façade of the San Joaquin Church, making this house of worship the only church in the whole country with a touch of militarism.
Before I left San Joaquin town proper, I dropped by in the public market to buy Bandi (peanut candy) as pasalubong. San Joaquin is famous for this local delicacy.
Beside the famous beach resort, magnificent houses seen along the way and the old but still magnificent church, there is an ancient architectural masterpiece that graced this place— the century-old cemetery. The cemetery is located before the town proper from Iloilo. Instead of riding a tricycle, I walked instead. I was alone and no one to worry about being tired.
The cemetery welcomed me like a king of ghost. Kidding. I was alone and no other people inside. It was my first time to be in a cemetery all by myself. A flight of 20 steps leads up to the San Joaquin cemetery compound where a grandiose mortuary chapel, decorated with classical motifs, stands. The mortuary chapel including the steps leading to it is made of coral rock and has just recently been nicely restored.
The San Joaquin Cemetery was built in 1892 during the time of Fray Mariano Bamba, an Agustinian priest. It's worth to visit and I decided to leave before the rain pour the place. I called it enchanted cemetery. It really amazed me.
I rode a San Joaquin jeep to Miag-ao for 15 pesos. I revisited the UNESCO Heritage church and was disppointed again to see that the revonation was still on going. It did not stop me to take photos though. I wanted to have a souvenir of its construction state and promised to go back again. I hope it will done next year.
I had my late lunch in a bakery shop and went to public market to buy the patadyong again. Maig-ao is the top town in manufacturing or weaving this kind of local product as they call it the geniune one that costs 300 and up. You have to ask for a discount. I got mine at 330 php.
Again, I had to walk to take this beautiful view after the Miag-ao town proper. This beautiful view of Mt Napulak is particularly be seen on the bridge before the Miag-ao town proper from Iloilo.
I rode the Miag-ao jeepney to Guimbal this time. Obviously, I was already tired and this time I was tired of typing so without further ado, here's the Guimabl church and I was really lucky that day becuase the church was also opened. I prayed again and thanking all the blessings, the beautiful view and the safe trip and for having good friends. I asked Him for the good health of everyone.
I always love visiting the first district of Iloilo including my hometown- Tigbauan. Now, I have to go bact to work.