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Antique: Aningalan Highlands where heaven and humans collide

Summer time in the Philippines holds one of the hottest season anybody could ever imagine. Swimming would always be the most generic answer to escape the heat, however, if you wish to travel and cool down without wanting to hit the beach, Aningalan’s Highland strawberry garden is the perfect getaway for you!

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Aningalan’s Highland Strawberry Garden is situated in barangay Aningalan, San Remigio Antique. San Remigio is a municipality known for its bold landscapes that is ideal for outdoor adventures such as camping, hiking, spelunking and a lot more.

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Aningalan in San Remigio is also known as the “Little Baguio” of Antique province.
Being born in Iloilo, I was taught and made aware of the existence of our own version of “Little Bagiuo” in Leon too. However, what does Aningalan uniquely have to offer their visitors despite the cool breeze and cold atmosphere? (I repeatedly asked myself)

 

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Here, tourists and travellers may experience strawberry picking and observe vegetable farming too. Strawberry picking is best experienced during strawberry season: November to February. The strawberry garden is also open even during off season, operationally it’s open from 8 AM – 5PM everyday.

Heaven and Humans collide

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The strawberry garden and vegetable garden is about 880 meters above sea level, providing the coolest breeze like the one in Baguio Philippines even during summer time. At night the temperature drops really low allowing each guests to enjoy their cup of native coffee while feeling the cool atmosphere of San Remigio Province.

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A mushroom burger is also available in the morning, occasionally you may combine this simple dish with a cup of native coffee as you slowly appreciate the jaw dropping views of the highlands.

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Below are nine (9) more unique highlights of Aningalan Strawberry Garden:

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1.Take picturesque sunsets by the heavenly landscapes with the stunning hues of nature as your backdrop.
2.Witness jaw dropping sunsets with your friends and loved ones on top of the highlands.
3.Experience what it is to be like 880 meters above sea level.
4.Run around and dance barefoot at the endless fields of green.
5.Rule the highlands and take wonderful photos away from the crowd. (The place is huge, I tell you!)
6.Stroll around with your loved ones at anytime of the day in this effortlessly romantic destination.
7.Run around the colourful stairs of the vegetable garden.
8.Take pretty photographs with the flowers from the floral garden
9.Dine with a view on top of Antique highlands like no one’s watching

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How to Get There

From Iloilo:
Take the Ceres bus from Molo Terminal – Take the bus leaving for San Jose, capital town. Travel time is approximately 2 hours.

From Manila:
You can fly directly to Antique via Philippine Airlines (PAL) Q400 New Generation Aircraft, top of the line turbo prop- 86 seater.

PAL flies three (3) times a week between Clark to Antique (estimated travel time : one hour).

From Antique Airport, you can hail a cab and ask to be dropped off at your destination.

In this case, you can choose between the following options:

Commute:
Ask the Cab to drop you to San Jose and ride the jeep en route to San Remigio. Fare might be around PHP 30, travel time is 15 minutes.

Habal-Habal (Single motorcycle)
At San Remigio, hire a ‘habal-habal’ to take you to Brgy. Aningalan or Brgy. Tubudan.  Fare is around PHP 150 /person, travel time is roughly 20 minutes.

For a much secured and well arranged trip:
To reach the Aningalan Strawberry Garden, you may book a tour with a trusted brand that can bring you safely to the highlands— Katahum Tours. You may also check www.katahum.com for more deals.
Private vehicles:
You can reach Aningalan Strawberry Garden for about 45 minutes to 1 hour for private vehicles. (I’m pretty clueless about the directions for this one, again I suggest you book a trip with Katahum Tours. The highlands is quite challenging for a good joyride.)

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Safe travels everyone, see you in my next travel blog!

Love,
Levy Amosinb

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