Malumpati Spring Resort in Pandan Antique: Undiscovered Haven
Pandan, Antique is such an idyllic tourist spot which deserves a separate blog entry. In this way, I can also share the beautiful pictures of the tourist spots we visited. Pandan is a municipality of Antique with a total of 34 barangays. Based on my observation, livelihood is from from arts and crafts, fishing and farming. Again, I would like to thank our hostess in our Pandan, Antique tour, our dear Accountant - Ms. Marnie for welcoming us in their ancestral home.
|while in the van going to Pandan|
|Scenery on the way to Pandan|
It took us around 30-45 minutes from Caticlan port to reach Ms. Marnie's place in Pandan. We ate breakfast and prepared for our tour at Malumpati Spring Resort and visit at Phaidon Beach Resort. We rented out a van because each area was quite far from the other. There were tricycles available, and perhaps can be rented out as well. It took us about another 30-45 minutes to reach Malumpati Spring Resort. It was a mixture of rough and smooth road. When we got to the place, we paid the Php 10/person entrance fee and cottage rental was not more than php 100, if I remembered correctly. There were sari-sari stores in the area just in case you did not bring food. There were also souvenir shops right at the entrance of Malumpati Spring but, on our way to the spring, there was this place where abacca products are woven as bags, rags, carpets, trays and many other handmade merchandise.
Meanwhile, we had our hearty picnic lunch at Malumpati Spring. After that, we simply enjoyed dipping into the crystal clear, cold water. . .
|view of Malumpati Spring|
|This is the deepest spot of the spring. Children and other visitors enjoyed jumping off the dive board.|
|That's me - the trying hard photographer hehe :)|
|people swimming on shallow waters|
|the bridge connecting the entrance going to the cottages on the other side of the place|
I have so much to say about Malumpati Spring but, it will not be enough to describe this picturesque piece of heaven. Another unexpected highlight of our Pandan tour was meeting an SK Chairman candidate, Dex Lumawig (who is Ms. Marnie's neighbor). Since it was election time, you can hear campaign propaganda in almost every corner of the road. I think campaign strategies are more obvious in the provinces. So, the group memorized this jingle for Dex Lumawig and we were joking around if we can meet him in person. True enough, he was just right at the other side of the street! Haha! So, we grabbed the opportunity to take a group photo with him. I really hope he wins in Pandan because he seems really cool --- just plain and simple.
|SK Chairman candidate Dex Lumawig (blue shirt) at the center and our crazy group|
|after the whole day tour at Pandan|
Indeed, Malumpati Spring is an undiscovered haven. If you want a more relaxed and unique tour of the Visayas region, you can try roaming around using our itinerary. :)