Antequera: Baskets That are World-class Quality in the Land of Chocolate Hills
Belle Piccio | Jun 13, 2016
Antequera is an inland town in the southwestern portion of Bohol. Known as the “Basket Capital” of the province, the 4 class municipality is subdivided into 21 barangays.
The municipality of Antequera is bounded by the municipalities of San Isidro at the northeast, Loon and Calape at the northwest, Cortes and Balilihan on the southeast and Maribojoc at the southwest.
The town is a perfect destination for adventure-seekers as it is blessed with natural attractions from caves to waterfalls, rivers and springs.
Antequera is famously known for its basket weaving industry and is the major source of livelihood. Its basket is of world-class quality. You’ll find different products like lamps, trays, wall decors, and tableware at the Antequera Tourism Information Center being displayed.
The best day to buy your pasalubong and handicrafts is during public sales on Sundays because the vendors gives you a good deal for the products. You can choose from the different sizes, shapes and designs of baskets that just lineup the area. During this day, you’ll also get to see weavers making their wares.
Antequera’s annual festival also focuses on their basket weaving industry. The celebration is held together with the municipality’s foundation day held every March.
Visit the municipality of Antequera if you’re looking for beautifully designed native products of good quality.
For more information, contact Bohol Tourism Office at (038) 412-3666.
(photos from Bohol Tourism page unless otherwise stated)
How to Get There
From Manila, you can fly to Tagbilaran (estimated cost of Php4200++, round trip, 1 hour 15 minutes).
Antequera is only 19 kilometers or approximately 30 minutes away from Tagbilaran. From Tagbilaran City, you can ride a taxi or hire a van or a mini-bus going to the Municipality of Antequera.