Tag Archives: San Joaquin

Aussie Beach Resort

Aussie Beach Resort, Barangay Balabago, San Joaquin. Beachfront resort with 1 A/C house with 3 bedroom and restroom for 5 pax each; 1 A/C Family room with 2 double beds, TV and restroom for 4 pax; 1 Cottage fan room with bathroom for 6 pax. Has sea-level deck pavilion for 30 pax, pavilion for 70 pax, videoke bar, barbecue area. Rental for stand-up paddle boards, 3-seater kayak, goggle, floaties, boogie board and life vests. Entrance Fee at P20.

For more information, please contact 09498950134 or email aaussiebeachresort2014@gmail.com, website at www.aussiebeachresort.com Facebook at aussiebeachresort_satosa@yahoo.com


Bayluhay Festival

3rd week of January
Municipality of San Joaquin
1st District, Iloilo


Bayluhay Festival of San Joaquin, annually celebrated every 3rd week of January showcases the historic barter based on folk history of the Maragtas legend.

Visitors step back in time and relive the period of the historic landing of the ten Bornean Datus in Panay. The festival commemorates the barter of the island that ultimately lead to the inhabitation of the Malays in the entire Philippine archipelago.

It was said that sometime between the 13th and 15th century, ten Shri-Vijayan Datus led by the Sultanate Minister Datu Putih, together with their families, households and subordinates fled Bornay (Borneo) using their balanghais boat for sea travel) in search of a new life. It was said that the group landed in Siruanga (Siwaragan River in San Joaquin) where they bartered their gold and jewelries with the local “Ati” (Aeta) Chieftain Marikudo with his wife Maniwantiwang for the lowlands, plains and valleys of the Aninipay Island (Panay) they called “Madya-as” or paradise. After the transaction was sealed, the Atis were believed to have retired to the mountains and the Malay took complete control of the lowlands.

The celebration also showcases the various ancient customs and traditions that San Joaquinhons have inherited from their ancestors, colourful rituals that had deeply ingrained in their lives.

Excerpts of the performances will also include the portrayal of everyday life during the ancient times. Ritual drama are also incorporated which includes music, song, drumming, chanting and mass participation. These ritual traditions have left a lasting impression on our Malay brothers that are very much visible to this day.

Bayluhay Festival is an opportunity for the people of San Joaquin to express their pride and honour, known to be progenies of these great and noble ancient rulers of the land. It is proof of the greatness that springs from unity among the people in their community; the local government and the private sector, cultural advocates come together.


Pasungay – Pahibag

3rd week of January
Municipality of San Joaquin
1st District, Iloilo


Pasungay and Pahibag the traditional bull and horse fighting in San Joaquin stands out as one of the most awaited events in the month of January. It has developed over the years from a dangerously amusing and recreational event to an exciting competition.

Although horse fighting is outlawed in many countries, the people of San Joaquin continue this tradition because of its cultural importance. It was said that bullfights were already being held in San Joaquin as far back as the Spanish era. Bull and horse fighting is an annual traditional sport of the community. As horse and carabao fighting increased in popularity, more and more people began to take part, and horse fights became part of every traditional festival. It was only in the 1970s that bull and horse fights were institutionalized in the town and gradually acquired the importance they have today.

Pasungay and Pahibag features bulls and horses pitted against other bulls and horses and awarded prizes for their skills in overcoming the opponent. The bull and horse fight in the area is way less ferocious than the bull fight that is the beloved sport depicted elsewhere especially in European countries and South America without compromising the realism or thrill of watching the raging bulls and horses. In this event, the animals are not killed or seriously injured.

The arena is located at the San Joaquin Sports Stadium, a stretch of open flat land at the back of the municipal hall. Bull and horse fighting continue to attract audiences from all walks of life. On the event day, many would come all the way from neighboring provinces to partake in the tradition and fill the stadium while some gather at the back of the field.

With its celebration of centuries of custom and tradition, bullfighting continues to be a time-honoured practice in San Joaquin.


Garin Farm

Garin Farm Purok 2, San Joaquin. Hillside resort with 4 A/C Family rooms for 5 pax each, 11 A/C Standard rooms for 3 pax each, 4 A/C Single rooms for 2 pax each, 2 A/C Dormitories for 30 pax each. Has adult and kiddie pools, zipline, pilgrimage trails, pony rides, kayak, restaurant.

For more information, please contact (033) 3147555 or 09166676851 or email at garinfarm@yahoo.com or visit www.garinfarm.com