Province of Antique

Where the Mountains meet the sea. The Rising Star of Western Visayas

About Tobias Fornier

The Municipality of Tobias Fornier’s historical background commenced during a negotiation for the barter of Aninipay between the Maraynons and the Ati tribe led by Datu Marikudo. This was in the form of a sadok (native nipa hat), a golden basin, and a golden necklace for Maniwantiwan, wife of Datu Marikudo. After the barter, the Atis moved from Aninipay to the inland, while the Maraynons began to clear the land and burned the shanty houses to be free from “Cabuyao” (a skin disease).

Traveling on foot, some Maraynons went to the north while others set off to the south. The Maraynons under the leadership of Dawa and Ohoy reached a thickly forested pristine land, where they decided to reside. In this promising land, they found a gigantic and enchanted tree which provided shelter and later served as their place of worship. The people named the tree DAO after the names of the two endeared leaders, “DA” from Dawa, and “O” from Ohoy. Like the tree, DAO will remind the people of the sturdiness of their leaders.

The town of “Dao,” was officially renamed as “Tobias Fornier” by virtue of Batas Pambansa Blg. 10 of 1978.

Coves Point/Punta Hagdan

formerly known as “Punta Hagdan” a retreat destination by the sea where one can experience kayaking.

How to get There?

  • BY AIR

    From Clark International Airport (Mabalacat, Pampanga), take a direct domestic flight bound for Antique via the Evelio Javier Airport. Upon reaching the province, there are jeepneys and tricycles that provide public transportation.

  • BY SEA

    From Manila by Roll-on, Roll-off (RORO) ships via Caticlan. From Kalibo, Aklan, buses ply the route to Pandan and San Jose de Buenavista, the capital town and main tourism center of the province. There are also two major sea ports in the province; the Lipata Port in Culasi and San Jose Port in the capital town. Starlite Ferry has travels every Tuesdays and Saturdays via Lipata Port, Culasi, Antique.


    Coming from the capital of Antique, San Jose de Buenavista, one can easily take public transportation bound for the town of Tobias Fornier.