Found in the northern area of Panay Island in Western Visayas, the second class municipality of Estancia is considered to be a the center of fish trade, religion and travel spot in that area. Estancia is not really that known for neither agricultural products nor livestock. Rather, it is known for its overwhelming marine resources. In fact, Estancia is known around the country as the center for commercial fishing, even carrying the name “Alaska of the Philippines.”

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Passenger and Fishing boats along the Estancia Port

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Estancia Town Center

 

Various commercial species of fish are harvested in Estancia such as mackerel, barracuda, sardines, grouper, squid, prawns, shells and others. Estancia is also home to some of the best dried fish products in the country. Near the port area, there is a market place where both fresh and dried fished are being sold at affordable prices.

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“Tuyo” or dried fish sold at Estancia Public Market

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Dried Squid

Getting there

From Iloilo City, you can reach Estancia by taking a 3 to 4 hours bus ride at the Tagbak Bus Terminal in Jaro district (P150 bus fare). The municipality can also be accessed by a 1 to 2 hour ride on the bus from Roxas City in Capiz. From the Estancia integrated bus terminal, you can get to the port by taking a 10-minute tricycle ride.

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