The global pandemic has forced a lot of us to stay in our homes, particularly in the Philippines. 

The virus spread rapidly early last year when it arrived, forcing a lot of establishments to either shut down or adopt a work-from-home setup. Schools we’re not even spared with classes transitioning to remote or virtual learning. 

However, now that we’re in the second half of 2021, things seem to be looking up. And this is especially true for the tourism sector in the Philippines, which has begun to admit tourists after an uneventful 2020. 

One of the sites that have now reopened is the island province of Guimaras, which is famous for its pristine, clear waters and its white sandy beaches. It’s located in the Western Visayas region, just between the islands of Panay and Negros. 

If you find yourself wanting to visit this gem of a place, then we’ve got you covered! Here, we list down things that you can do if you find yourself wandering in Guimaras!

1.Strengthen your Faith at the Holy Family Hills

We Filipinos are naturally religious people, it’s why anything related to the spiritual interests us. And that’s something you can experience in Guimaras, specifically through the popular pilgrimage site Holy Family Hills. 

The site is located at Brgy Tamborong, San Lorenzo, and is the perfect place for family retreats and for people looking to renew their faith. Inside, there are life-size depictions of the ‘Stations of the Cross.’ The place also offers a calming feeling through its lush greenery.

2.Visit the San Lorenzo Wind Farm

Visiting the San Lorenzo Wind Farm should be at the top of your list when in Guimaras. It’s one of the most popular attractions on the island and is considered to be the first wind farm established in the Visayas region. 

There you’ll be able to see the 80-meter tall windmills, which could generate 2 megawatts of power through wind. Amazing isn’t it?

3.Stop by the Smallest Plaza in the Philippines

If you’re someone who enjoys all kinds of novelty, then stopping by the Smallest Plaza would entertain you to no end. 

The site once held the Guinness Book of World Records title for, obviously, being the smallest plaza in the world. In there, there’s also a statue erected to honor the country’s national hero Dr. Jose Rizal. 

4.A trek to the Guisi Lighthouse

If you consider yourself a history buff, then the first thing you should go and visit is the Guisi Lighthouse. The structure was built during the Spanish Colonial era, specifically in the 18th century. 

It’s also considered the second oldest lighthouse in the Philippines. The famed architectural marvel is located inside the town of Nueva Valencia, which can be reached through a 10 to 15-minute trek.

5.Cool Down at Guisi Beach

If the trek towards Guisi Lighthouse got you all sweaty, then the perfect remedy would be the cool waters of Guisi Beach!

Besides the stunning beach, the area also offers other thrills like cliff diving and the chance to observe cool rock formations.

6.Dip at Alubihod Beach

Guimaras is surrounded by the sea and that’s one of the reasons beach-lovers flock to the island to frolic under the sun and its sandy shores. 

One of the most popular beaches on the island would be the Alubihod Beach, which is home to unique rock formations and activities perfect for those with an adventurous streak.

Of course last but not least, we always have to remember that we’re still in a pandemic. There are things that we should take into consideration before we travel to different parts of the Philippines, specifically the safety protocols. 

It’s always best to call establishments before a trip and research before going to a particular spot. It’ll help you stay safe and prevent the virus from spreading. 

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