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).

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

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