What can IBAJAY offer?
Festivals and Events
IBAJAY ATI-ATI MUNICIPAL AND DEVOTIONAL FIESTA – This is a yearly religious event observed as a mark of respect for the town’s patron saint Sto. Niño. The festival is being symbolized by the transferring of the image of the Holy Child from where it was originally discovered to the church to be witnessed by the devoted Catholics.
Spots and Attractions
KATUNGGAN IT IBAJAY – The Bugtongbato-Naisud basin (inland) mangrove boasts 27 mangrove species. It is the only mangrove community in the country that comprises 77% of the total 35 Philippine species. It has been identified and acknowledged by SEAFDEC-AQD as an ideal site for its various scientific researches on mangrove and aquaculture. With its high level of biodiversity, giant and century-old endemic mangrove species of natural growth will entice eco-tourists to explore what they think is impossible to discover.
CAMPO VERDE – Situated along the border of the municipalities of Tangalan and Ibajay, Campo Verde is of 28 kms west traveling distance from the capital town of Kalibo. Its altitude of 3,700 feet makes it ideal for retreats especially during summer. It is also known as the hikers’ paradise which abounds with thick tree plantations of green pines, mahogany, acacia, ipil-ipil, and butterfly trees that draws visitors to trek deeper into the woods.
ALEJANDRO MELCHOR’S BIRTHPLACE – Ibajay is where a renowned Filipino in history who was distinguished for his work on bridges. Alejandro Melchor (1900-1947) was a civil engineer, mathematician, and educator who functioned as the Secretary of National Defense under President Manuel Quezon. But Melchor’s major claim to fame was designing the pontoon bridges recognized to have contributed much to winning the Second World War for the Allied Forces.
IBAJAY BEACH – Covering the 10 shoreline barangays, Ibajay Beach stretches from Barangay Bugtongbato to Barangay Aquino. Its pristine blue crystal waters along the shorelines are suitable for picnics and swimming.
IBAJAY RIVERS – The massive Ibajay River, transversing the Municipality from the farthest barangay of Yawan to the mouth of the River at Poblacion, is pompous of its clear and surging waters which had created gigantic and mystic boulders along the way challenging bamboo rafters in shooting its rapids and dubious currents-offering great adventures for water sports enthusiasts and eco-tourists.
IBAJAY FALLS – One of Ibajay’s waterfalls is Snibaa Falls, a fine veil of white reachable after a brief mountain hike. Its cold waters can recharge you after a day’s worth of exploring.
Products and Produce
Ibajay is famous for its nito handicraft made particularly in Barangay Mabusao, Regador and San Jose and has already become an export potential. Pottery has been a traditional industry of Barangay Coloncolong and their intricately-designed jars, vases, flower pots, and bricks have attracted traders, tourists and commuters along the National Highway where their products are displayed. A sumptuous ”linumak” commonly prepared in the households is now commercially available. Pulvoron and other native delicacies are becoming popular as gifts and “pasalubong” abroad.