Bucari, located in the mountains of Leon, is a summer paradise 3 hours away from Iloilo City. Bucari greatly resembles destinations in Northern Philippines like Baguio and Banaue because of its cool climate and highland attractions such as springs, waterfalls, pine trees, rice terraces, wild flowers, high-value crops, and a breathtaking view of the verdant mountains.
Mt. Agua Colognia and the rice terraces seen in Bucari, Leon
Our first destination was Sitio Camandag. Spent most of the day swimming in its refreshing cold springs and waterfalls.
Natural pools in Sitio Camandag
We left for Sitio Tabionan at around 3pm and was planning on spending the night in the campsite there. Getting to Sitio Tabionan is a grueling 5km trek upland along a muddy road.
Rough road to Sitio Tabionan
Great view of the Bucari Landscape
When we arrived at Tabionan, it was already dark … too dark to set up tents in the campsite. So, we stayed in a nearby house and set-up our tents there instead.
Dusk at Tabionan
There were locals who assisted us during our stay and cooked our food for us. Earlier in the town proper, I had already mentioned that I was curious about this delicacy they call “Linagpang.” I had heard of it during the Jessica Soho episide when they featured Bucari on National TV. I was overjoyed when I found out that they were cooking Linagpang for us for dinner.
I especially liked that they pour fresh chickens blood in the soup to add a special taste. When it’s served, you can eat the blood because it had already coagulated into one jello-looking mass. Leon’s Linagpang was delicious … a must taste when in town.
Grilled Native Chicken
The next day, we set out to be among the pinetrees. We lounged around the picnic tables and shot the second installment of Connor Cunnings.
Ferns and Pinetrees
Dozing off at the picnic tables in Tabionan
We always ride on the roof of the jeep because it offers a great view of Bucari
Road-building equiptment neglected and overrun by grass
We had lunch at my friend’s house in Leon town proper, where another serving of Linagpang was prepared for us. Talk about Linagpang overload!