15 March, 2011

M171-85: Sicogon Postcard

Postcard Size: 4"x6"
Postcard Type: View card with blue border
Printed by: JMC Press, Inc., Quezon City

Purchased at Goodwill Bookstore

The postcard shows the white sand beach of the 1,160.09-hectare Sicogon Island, the Boracay of the 70s and 80s. The island, which is part of the Higantes group of islands, is located at the north-westernmost part of Panay, but it is under the territorial jurisdiction of Carles, Iloilo.

The island was famous for its long coastline, said to be longer than Boracay’s 7-kilometer stretch, and was supposedly visited by Hollywood celebrities and rich sun lovers from around the world. It also used to have a private airstrip and a helipad, and facilities like cottages, swimming pools, and a wharf. The island is also famous for its coral reefs and giant clams, which can grow up to 4 feet in diameter.

M171-85: Sicogon Postcard

The resort owner defaulted on his loan in the 80s and the resort facility is now owned by the Philippine National Bank (PNB).

Before Boracay, there was Sicogon
Iloilo Province Website: Sicogon Island

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