Municipality of Tubungan Tourism and Culture
The Historical Landmarks & Hidden Treasures
The legendary “calachuchi tree” stood as a silent witness to the history of Tubungan.
AGE: 202 YEARS (1800-2002)
This tree was planted in the late 18th century on the lot between the Roman Catholic Church and the new Municipal Building. It stood there watchful of every soul that rose from the tombs in where the old cemetery was located. The aged trunk is more or less forty feet tall and its thick-barked branches that gracefully spread, is about sixty feet in diameter. Every month of April and May, the tree teems with delicate and white flowers, which fills the air with its sweet scent. For the old folks, the scent of the calachuchi flowers gives them a feeling of nostalgia.
The calachuchi is more than a tree to every Tubunganon. It is the silent witness to the growth and progress of the town and its people. Having withstood the assaults of strong rains and wind; standing protectively over the young plants around it; sheltering them from the hot sun in summer and protecting them from strong typhoons. We look at this tree as a marker, an ornament and medical plant; compare to life itself...grow old usefully and beautifully.
Tubungan takes pride in its three major scenic spots that are all situated in Barangay Ituble, 11 kilometers away from the town proper. These breath-taking sites unspoiled by human presence could be a major tourist destination in the Province of Iloilo if developed and properly marketed.
The ten-meter Tubig Sumpit, literally “rushing water,” is ideal for tourists and nature lovers wanting to discover a get-away that offers crystal-clear and cold water, close proximity to wonderful views, and a charge of adventure.
A five-minute hike traversing a winding steep trail and rappelling through old forest outgrowth and vines, from Bato Sumpit, tourists will be impressed by the 65-meter high Bato Tariwis towering over the panorama meeting of the sky, the verdant forest, and the lush wild flowers.
An uphill trek from Bato Tariwis is Labay Cave that is approximately a hundred meter in length that boasts its gem-like display of stalactites and stalagmites as well as it rich collection of cave-dwelling bat species and monkeys.
Cruz Sa Balabago
This cross was built in the memory of the late Fr. Isidro Badreba who died depending and spreading the Catholicism among the Babaylan. This was located at Sitio Balabago, Bgy. Batga, Tubungan, Iloilo .
Located near the site of Cruz sa Balabago which believed to be the center of the universe by the Babaylans.
A legendary place with a huge stone approximately stands 200 ft high and 150 ft in diameterand ideal place for adventure climbers, which could be rich at the top thru vines climbing.. It is located at Bgy. Molina.
Boast its beauty that looks like a “maiden’s pearl” with its 10-meter high falls and spouting water in a crystal like stonewall beneath the falls that directly flows into a natural basin. Picnickers and nature lovers always visit this place at Bgy.Igtuble.
It is just a trek away from the Bato Sumpit.. It is called Bato Simbahan because of its huge size and its churchlike shape. You could reach inside thru holding down the vines and there, you could see a huge stones in altar shape and surrounded by the crystal like waterfalls. This place is believed to be a center of holiness during ancient time.
A mountain range, that could be reached thru walking passing the mountain trail and believed to be a mythical place that suggested a mythical triangle of URDINA, BILADYONG and BALANAKON.. This is located at Bgy. Igtuble.
Proudly stands with its pointed tip at about 65 meters and located at the top of the mountain, lifted up high, kissing the sky. It is more or less a hundred meters from the site and could be reached by passing a winding steep trail, under trees and thru climbing and holding into century old vines. At the top, you could see the aerial view of forest and other wild flowers around its vicinity. It is located at Bgy, Igtuble.
Is just a stone’s throw away from Bato Tariwis and can be reached by an uphill trek. This cave is approximately 100 meters in length. One inside the cave, you can view the magnificent work of nature in crystal-like stalactites and stalagmites. The cave also houses bats and monkeys. It is really worth exploring this cave.
Not only mountains ranges that Tubungan can be proud of. A numbers of falls can also be seen like the natures’ best “Binugsukan Falls” at Bgy.Igpaho, an ideal cool place for swimming during summer. Other water falls of equal beauty.
- bato sumpit hidden falls ( brgy. igtubli )
- bato simbahan falls ( brgy. igtubli )
- bato simbahan falls upper level ( brgy. igtubli )
- bato simbahan twin falls ( brgy. igtubli )
- bato simbahan central level falls ( brgy. igtubli )
- bato simbahan lower level falls ( brgy. igtubli )
- labay falls upper level ( brgy. igtubli )
- labay falls lower cascade ( brgy. igtubli )
- labay falls underground ( brgy. igtubli )
- linaw jose ( brgy. igpajo )
- bugsokan falls ( brgy. igpajo )
- linaw gangaan ( brgy. igpajo )
- lomboy falls ( brgy. igpajo )
- linaw kanor ( brgy. igpajo )
- linaw kadi ( brgy. igpajo )
- linaw swela ( brgy. igpajo )
- linaw lihidan ( brgy. igpajo )
- kipot falls ( brgy. igpajo )
- busay lindasan ( brgy. igpajo )
- lingalan falls ( brgy. igpajo )
- sinundoan falls ( brgy. igpajo )
- dungkolan falls ( brgy. igpajo )
- malinaw falls ( brgy. igpajo )
- taraklasan falls ( brgy. igpajo )
- saraka-an falls ( brgy. igpajo )
- tipulwan falls ( brgy. igpajo )
- sampaw bato falls ( brgy. igpajo )
- tinago falls ( brgy. igpajo )
- ningwan falls upper level ( brgy. igpajo )
- ningwan falls 3rd level ( brgy. igpajo )
- ningwan falls 2nd level ( brgy. igpajo )
- ningwan towering falls ( brgy. igpajo )
- bato sumpit falls ( brgy. igtubli )