PILAR, CAPIZ — off the beaten track

Happy Easter everyone!

This morning’s post I captioned “Why you should visit Pilar, Capiz in seven photos.”

This quite coastal town came as a surprise as the past years have been spent exploring Antique.

If you’re a family or friends looking for an off the beaten track adventure, Pilar might be for you.

Let me just upload the photos and talk about it.

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I’ve seen amazing sunsets in Antique.  Pilar, Capiz offers it’s own sublime experience.

This was taken along the coast, at Punta Bangogay, a seaside community  abundant in shellfish.  This is where  the  Shell Museum is.

 

 

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That’s Olie Boy just before the arc of this mountain Barangay, Bgy. Olalo, home to a couple of waterfalls.  Like Antique, Pilar, Capiz can also adopt the slogan “where the mountains meet the sea.”  I don’t have any waterfall photos before we didn’t have enough time to explore these refreshing sites.  But we will be back.

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We climbed, ah the pick-up I mean, climbed the gently rolling (at first) mountain with the sea as our backdrop.  The portions of Pilar are also planted to sugarcane, as the Capiz Sugar Central is in the neighboring town of President Roxas.

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Pilar, Capiz is also historically significant.  Many leaders came from this area.  At Balisong Hills, the revolucionarios put up a gallant stand  against the Spaniards.

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The town put up this rather modern looking arc for the entrance to Balisong Hills and have apparently organized the tanod to serve as site guides.

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Another must-see in Pilar is it’s humble Shell Museum.  Typhoon Frank destroyed its original home so the shells are housed in this temporary nipa-hut shelter.   The place may be wanting in space, design and curation, but it’s value lies in its collection.  It’s the only Shell Museum in the Visayas, that showcases almost all the shells in Capiz, particularly the town of Pilar.

Aside from being a Museum, this structure is the site of  Gicrafts Gallery, which specializes in frames and mirrors bedecked in all sorts of shells.

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Just some of the shells in the museum.

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What are these? Clue:  Snow White’s favorite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Comments

  1. Mitch said:

    Thanks!

    May 2, 2015
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  2. Mitch said:

    Looks like a nice part of Panay. Where did you stay in Pilar? And how do you get there?

    May 2, 2015
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    • Inday Joy said:

      Hi Mitch. We stayed at this basic campsite, ZBB camping ground, owned by the Benliros. ZBB provides the tents and a rustic but clean restroom and shower nearby. It’s just a short walk to the shore which is home to an abundance of shellfish.

      From Iloilo city, ride north to Balasan after which it’s Capiz already. Estimated travel time is 2-3 hours.

      May 2, 2015
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