Locally known as “Iloilo’s Little Baguio,” Bucari boasts of its weather, which can go as low as 9°C in December and 18°C during the summer season. Among the most popular places to visit in Bucari is the Tabionan Campsite situated on a plateau and surrounded by pine trees. The campsite offers fairly sound rates: Php100 for setting up your own tent, Php400 for a rented tent, and Php1,200 for a cottage rent overnight.
Mountain meets the sky at Bucari, Leon, Iloilo. (Photo courtesy of Lala Calle)
To reach Bucari, it will take a two-hour travel, or a 58-km ride, via public transport from Iloilo City. Public utility jeepneys (PUJ) at the Jaro Public Market are available only until 2:00 to 3:00 PM. One could then hire a motorcycle and bargain for a reasonable fare deal to go straight to the campsite.
Local produce are also available such as mangoes, Baguio beans, and even strawberries!
Sleeping with nature and waking up to a mist is an ordinary thing at the campsite. (Photo courtesy of Lala Calle)