Province of Antique, Philippines
Antique, Philippines: “ Where the Mountains Meet the Sea”
At the heart of the Western Visayas region of the Philippines, there lies a province known as the “Land Where the Mountains Meet the Sea” – Antique (pronounced “ahn-tee-keh). The province is boarded by Aklan, Capiz and Iloilo to the east and the Sulu Sea to the west. The whole province of Antique consists of 18 municipalities, 14 of which are found along the coast, three are inland and one island municipality.
The first settlers of this province were the Negrito tribes or the Atis. When the ten Bornean Datus escaped the Hundu-Malay empire in Borneo and Sumatra, it is believed that they landed in Antique and offered a golden salakot and a golden necklace to the then Ati chieftain Marikudo and his wife Maniwantiwan as a display of respect. In respond, Marikudo and the rest of the tribe retreated to the mountains and offered the lowlands to the Malayans. This event in history is what we call now “the barter of Panay.”
Back in time, the island of Panay was divided into three districts- Hantik (which is now Antique), Irong-Irong (now Iloilo) and Aklan (presently Aklan & Capiz). The name Hantik was derived from the large red ants found in the island called “lantik-lantik.”
Antique is a province that is rich in historical and cultural landmarks. As a matter of fact, it has distinctively obtained the recognition of being a long-lived monument of the Hispanic lifestyle acculturated by the Spaniards when they conquered the province in the 16th century. Whenever you are in the midst of the province, there is no way that you cannot feel the nostalgia of a time long gone.
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Agriculture is the primary industry of the province. Rice and copra is the two major agricultural commodities while fishing is the major source of livelihood of the households of the 15 coastal municipalities. Likewise, livestock and poultry raising as well as forest products like bamboo, rattan and buri that are sold as raw materials in construction, furniture and handicraft industry are sources of livelihood of those in the inland municipalities.
Antiqueños are known to produce some of the countries native textiles such as patadyong (a tube cotton fabric of plaid design) and piña that are highly-valued because of its fineness of weaving. At the same time, coconut wine and muscovado sugar production are big industries in the province. Although many people speak tagalong and English as it is used for instruction, Hiligaynon and the dialect kinaray-a is widely-used by the majority especially in the far-flung areas of the province.
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The province of Antique prides itself with its rich festivals and events. Most notable is the Binirayan Festival that commemorates the legend of the “barter of Panay.” Known as the mother of all festivals in the province, Binirayan festival is being celebrated every third weekend of April that showcases the color, the beauty of an art and the sound and rhythm that is uniquely Antiqueño.
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Various activities and eco-tourism adventures such as kayaking, trekking and the like will definitely catch the hearts of many who come to visit Antique. With its incomparable tourist destination sites, delicious food, superb products and extraordinary cultural heritage plus the warmth of every Antiqueño, you will absolutely experience something far beyond your expectations.
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Truly a one of a kind Antique!