Malangabang Island: Concepcion, Iloilo

I've always wanted to visit the islands of Concepcion in Iloilo, but never found an opportunity to go there. So, I was pleasantly surprised that one of my shoots was located there - and on an island. Concepcion is in the Northern part of Iloilo, around 2 hours away. It is found before Miagao, so if you're headed to the Miagao Church, better pass by this group of islands.

From the town of Concepcion, we took a pump boat to the islands. The water was very calm and there were several islands in the area. The most noticeable was where Mt Manaphag was located, Pan de Azucar island. Mt. Manaphag was a striking landmark and it looked like the Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio de Janerio. I wasn't able to go there though, since I was here for work.

Our destination was the island of Malangabang. As we approached the island, corals greeted us under the clear waters.

Malangabang Island has a quaint village, making it the most populated island among the 16 islands of Concepcion. The sand was white, yet coarse. There was a sand strip at the tip of the island that seemed to connect to another island.

The island has several enterprising residents, and dried fish is one of more popular businesses here. I learned how to dry fish and even pack them with salt.

Malangabang Island may not be the island to visit in Concepcion, but it's a good stop for supplies, since there are variety stores here. Concepcion may be unknown to most travelers, and this makes this place very relaxing and worth visiting.


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