Last September 23, 2012, Discover Panay Island Group (DPI) had a Photo Safari at Ajuy, Iloilo. 30 members from DPI explore Ajuy’s hidden wonders.
We take off at around 6:00 am from Jaro Plaza and reached Ajuy at around 9:00 am. Our first stop was at El Jardin where in we met our tour guide.
Next stop is a visit to the Zerrudo Old House, this where you can see antique items preserved inside the old house.
After a short stop at the old house, the group had a visit at the Ajuy Municipal Hall, i really like the structure of their building it looks like a Mall and it’s kinda clean :-).
After a picture taking at the Municipal Hall, we go directly for the Island Hopping, exploring the unspoiled island and beaches of Ajuy.
The group headed to Isla Bida located at Binonga-an Diutay Island. Isla Bida is a small resort owned by Totong Vidal Villaruz. As we move down from the pump boat, we were offered by a welcome drinks, a fresh buko juice from the hosts. We also have our breakfast of fresh seafoods, and had a tour in the small island.
From Isla Bida, we headed to Marbuena Island. It is located at Brgy. Mangorocoro, a small and peaceful barangay. This place is perfect for a relaxing getaway, the island is blessed with white sand beaches, nature-oriented, you will enjoy bird watching in this place, night heron and other migratory birds stayed in this place.
The group had a trek in the island’s natural trail, where in you can have a panoramic view of the sea and places surrounding the island. Marbuena Island Resort accepts booking for guests, they have cottages and facilities good for family and group of persons at an affordable rate.
After exploring Ajuy’s Beaches, we move to our next destination, the Terra Verde Farm of the Blas Family. Terra Verde is located at Brgy. San Antonio, a remnant of an old hacienda where in you can experience farm life.
The farm is planted with coconuts, mangoes, sugarcane and root crops. Unique to the farm are heirloom rice varieties like purple, red, and basmati rice. Mahogany, acacia mangium and eucalyptus are grown in tree plantations.
Cows graze in pastures; chickens, ducks and turkeys range free. Three hills connect to form layers of lagoons stocked with tilapia, hito, and other fish varieties. There are 5 lagoons for fishing and boating. It has a restaurant, cottages, and a pavilion.
We have our lunch at the farm, and once again we were offered with a full pack, and mouth watering foods. We were also entertained by the NIPSC Cultural Dancers.
Ajuy is now working in promoting tourism, there are already private organizations and agencies who are working with the local government to make this place a tourist hub in Northern Iloio. This place has a lot of unspoiled wonders that needs to be discovered that is why Discover Panay Island supports this activity and helps promote tourism.
I would like to thank our tour guide Sir Roy Latap, Totong Vidal Villaluz of Isla Bida, special mention to my friend Jenevy, Nolan of Marbuena Island Resort, Maam Dulce Blas and Family for hosting us, and of course Sir Hawili Hurom and Sponsors for the Ajuy Photo Safari.
Here are the list of DPI Members who joined the Photo Safari.
1) Mhytz Villasis
2) Han Vasquez
3) Chris Ray Allis
4) Carl Sardua
5) Jonathan Toledanes Clavel
6) Vicky balleza
7) Kinaadman Productions
8) Bing Love
9.)Jon Michael Pantinos Lamojer
10)Lyn Libria Sandefer
11) Vernan Jagunap
12) Ramzkie G. Lumauag
13) Lyn Libria Sandefer’s Hubby
14) Meryl Puljanan Hiso
15) Kem Hautea Aspera
16) Ely Soberano
17) Makoy Rejaba
18) SaMen T. TeRania
19) Mark Segador
20) Jaiden Castillon Peñascosa
21) Ave Rex Andrada
22) Jessie Eloja General
23) Merelyn Barretto Paredes Valdez
24) Butz Penalosa
25) Cassandra dela Cruz
26) Ronald Medina
27) Dee James
28) Ken Divinagracia
29) Bert Andone
30) Herald Alfred Tupas Garcia
Check out our video courtesy of Kinaadman Productions: