The six existing flagship attractions of the province are now ready for marketing and promotion, as the local government pushes to make Antique the eco-adventure capital of Panay.
Flord Nickson Calawag of the provincial tourism office said the attractions are areas where tourists can dive and hike.
These are Bugang River in Pandan town, awarded as the “Cleanest River in the Philippines”, white sand beach of Mararison island in Culasi, Kawa or the age-old boiling pot in Tibiao, Valderrama Nature Park in Valderrrama which is home of the world’s biggest flower Rafflesia, Barangay Aningalan in San Remigio because of its scenic highlands, Siraan Hot Spring and Nogas island in Anini-y.
Calawag said these flagship attractions have now empowered community-based tourism associations like Mararison whose members have been trained as site guides with PHP200 pay per day, and the Mararison Children’s Choir as a cultural group to entertain guests.
He said Antiqueno native foods are ready to be served to tourists who can also bring home souvenir items. Homestays and health and wellness are also available, Calawag said.
The community-based tourism concept was started by the local government unit of Pandan when they began to promote Bugang River in 2004, which was replicated by Mararison.
“We hope that sooner each town in the province would have its flagship attraction also,” he added. (PNA)