Guimbal Iloilo: The Historical Cradle of Pinoys

| February 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

In the tranquil and friendly province of Iloilo, there is a humble and yet promising fourth class municipality which is named as Guimbal. It has been recognized by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce as “most amiable business district and local government entity;” the cleanest and a prime advocator of a green environment in the city of Iloilo. To begin with, Guimbal, Iloilo is approximately 9 kilometers from its vast shoreline which beautifully affronts the blue and caressing waters of the historic Panay Gulf. The ever-progressing municipality has remarkably bewitched millions of tourists across the globe, since it was first discovered.

The beauty and vibrant Guimbal, Iloilo.

The beauty and vibrant Guimbal, Iloilo.

Among the finest and timeless tourist destinations in the province are its sparkling beaches and relaxing resorts that are truly worth visiting. Moreover, Guimbal is the biggest mango producer in Iloilo. Its persevering and generous folks mainly considered farming and fishing, as their sources of livelihood to keep up with today’s difficult times. Just the same, there is no other place in the Philippines like Guimbal, Iloilo when it comes to its colorful and bountiful geographical history; that will be splendidly unearthed in the succeeding sections of this very enriching travel article that will make our readers to be captivated to the hilt. Without further ado, allow this simple and yet informative write up to explore its geographical make up at a glance.

Geographical Profile

Guimbal in Iloilo, is actually characterized by famous Filipino geographers and historians alike as a riverine township that is strategically located along the southwestern section of Iloilo. Generally speaking, it is 18 miles from the city and has an approximate land area of 4,461 hectares. Similarly, the province is said to be only six feet overhead sea level. Last but not the least, Guimbal in Iloilo has a unique and diverse slope as well as its world- renowned acclivity is concerned. On the other hand, the distinctive and flourishing boundaries of Guimbal, Iloilo are the following: The municipality of Tubungan in the north, Panay Gulf in the south, on the eastern section, it has the Tigbauan municipality and on its western end is Igbaras.

Historical Attractions of Guimbal

The illustrious and incomparable history of Guimbal will never be complete without its wide array of historical sites and landmarks. These monuments reflect how rich and significant its culture is from the very day it was fully established as a fourth-class municipality of Iloilo. In a rundown, below are the most sought after historical sites and landmarks in Guimbal. Let us familiarize ourselves with these exciting places that we can fruitfully explore when we finally decide to include Iloilo in your future travel itineraries.

  • Guimbal Church- This is an ancient church that had gracefully aged with time. Would you believe that this holy sanctuary is already 400 years old? Additionally, it is made of yellow adobe materials and precious stones out corals
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  • Watch Towers of Moro- These are monumental tourist attractions in Guimbal which were in its underived ideas of construction, came from four fabrications which were situated in four different places, which are along the most cherished shorelines of the poblacion. However, only three out of the four watch towers are still in good condition over the years; through the tireless efforts of the Department of Tourism. The Moro Watch Towers were previously used during the 17th century as effective apparatuses in raiding Moro bandits
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  • Public Plaza- A favorite tourist hangout that is oftentimes compared to the National Park of Manilans which is no other than but the Luneta. This is the major reason why this plaza is dubbed as the Little Luneta of Southern Iloilo
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  • Ayaw-Ayaw Monument- A historical landmark which was built on a hill. Location wise, it is just near an educational institution, the Nahapay Elementary School. Descriptively, this landmark in the municipality of Guimbal has the life-sized image of Andres Bonifacio, the founder of Katipunan. For those of you who are puzzled by the etymology of the Ayaw-Ayaw Monument, Ayaw-Ayaw is a confabulation which strongly indicates about the antagonistic repulsion by anybody, to a particular form of suppression
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    The grandiose church of Guimbal, Iloilo.

    The grandiose church of Guimbal, Iloilo.

    Furthermore, the said landmark was built on the place where the staunch GI Joe soldiers had encountered an obviously defiant stance on the part of Filipino revolutionaries. Therefore, it had become a lasting insignia of immeasurable courage and the undying demonstration for the love of freedom as genuinely depicted by the most popular figures of Philippine Revolution

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  • Steel Bridge of Guimbal- The Guimbal Steel Bridge was fashioned during the American Occupation years. It was done through the orders of former US President Theodore D. Roosevelt. In terms of its construction, it was made out of high-grade Pittsburgh Steel. Thus, it measures about 0.350 kilometers long, and its sturdy components are directly imported from Virginia
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  • Taytay Tigre- A not so long bridge which was built during the Spanish Era in the Philippines. It is alluded to a tiger because the image was made of stone on both sides of the bridge that acts as a knight and shinning armor before tourists could enter the accessible and quiet premises of the poblacion
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Guimbal Iloilo City is the best tourist spot that everyone should not dare to miss when their loved ones need to relive the dynamic and catalytic history of the Philippines. Of course, foreign and local visitors will always get the best value of their hard earned money, once they had set their foot in this self-reliant municipality for the simple reason that there are various historical sites and jovial festivals that will provide new definitions of leisure and travel that can only be found in the PHILIPPINES.

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