San Jose de Buenavista is the capital of Antique province, Philippines. Antique is one of the four provinces that make up the island of Panay, in Western Visayas region of the Philippines. San Jose de Buenavista is located on the west coast of the island, accessible through a two hour bus or van ride from Iloilo City, the capital of the neighboring province of Iloilo.
We arrived in San Jose de Buenavista in early afternoon after a visit to the Miag-ao Church in Miag-ao town, Iloilo province. We got off at the van terminal near the provincial capitol and walked to a local fastfood chain for an afternoon meryenda.
After our quick snack, we took a stroll around the Evelio B. Javier Freedom Park where a monument of Evelio Javier stands. Evilio Javier is a prominent character in the local political history of Antique, and of the Philippines during the Martial Law era.
Antique province has a lot to offer to both local and foreign tourists. In San Jose de Buenavista alone has a very rich history which is now celebrated through the annual Biniryan Festival. The northern towns of Tibao, Culasi and Pandan are know for eco-tourism with their pristine rivers and beaches as the main attractions in that area. But unlike its three neighboring provinces, there are no airlines offering commercial flights to the province. Visitors will have to take a flight to Iloilo or Kalibo and take hours of land travel to reach their destination in Antique.
Commercialization and progress is very evident in the streets of San Jose de Buenavista. We're sure that very soon, San Jose de Buenavista will become a city and will attract local carries to start serving flights to Evelio Javier Airport in San Jose de Buenavista from Manila and Cebu. We are looking forward to our next visit to Antique and hopefully we could explore more of the provice's many tourism destinations.