Overview about Alimanguan
The last stretch of the 14-km Long Beach ends in Barangay Alimanguan. Tourists would surely know that they have arrived in this flourishing barangay once they see the Tandol Rock Formation, a big boulder amidst the crashing waves of the sea. As part of Cluster 1 in the Integrated Tourism Master Plan, barangay Alimanguan’s development is also given high priority. Not only is Alimanguan viewed to have high tourism-potential but also to be developed as a cultural heritage site-Alimanguan Fisherman’s Village. Though the demand in tourism is increasing in this barangay, locales still depend their livelihood in fishing. With the plan in preserving their local culture, this would add as an attraction to tourists when they visit and get to learn their local practices. Visitors get to enjoy Alimanguan Beach leave the barangay with more knowledge and love of local culture.
Basic geographic location (no need for coordinates)
From the city of Puerto Princesa, barangay Alimanguan, San Vicente can be reached either via itabiak Junction or So. Canadgan. This barangay is 15km north of Poblacion, the town proper of San Vicente. Transportation going to and coming back from Alimanguan is easier since the roads along Long Beach are already paved. Whether guests are in the town proper or at the San Vicente Airport, it would only take 15 to 20 minutes to arrive this barangay.
Barangay Government of Alimanguan
Punong Barangay: Cesar M. Caballero, Sr.
Barangay Kagawad: Marven P. Co
Isaias B. Montecalvo
Josephine C. Alferez
Reynald S. Adion
Walter M. Caballero
Heartwel G. Baladjay
Jojiet P. Calipayan
SK Chairman: Phil John T. Dordines
The local government of San Vicente works hand in hand with the Barangay Government of Alimanguan in the effective implementation of government laws and of different programs, plans, and activities geared towards the promotion and development of the barangay. Further, as part of Cluster 1 (TEZ) in the Tourism Master Plan, all tourism-related enterprises will be overseen by the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA). All tourism-related business applications will be processed and handled by TIEZA. The Deed of Restrictions will be its bible in the Implementation of regulations within the TEZ.
• Barangay Government of Alimanguan
• Barangay Health Station
• Alimanguan Child Development Center
• Barangay Nutrition Office
• MEEDO Water District Office
• Seasons (period, etc.)
Being a tropical country, the Philippines only has two seasons- wet and dry. The first six months are typically sunny and the rest of the months, rainy. The weather is very unpredictable so tourists should expect tropical storms and typhoons all year round.
• Recommended months for tourists
Peak season in San Vicente starts from November to April while May to October is lean. Since almost eighty percent of the tourists are foreigners and come from Europe, they visit San Vicente during their winter season. Hence, the peak months. Moreover, the best months to visit San Vicente is from January to April since its typically hot and sunny. Tourists would surely enjoy frolicking in the beach and basking in the hot summer sun.
Since San Vicente is a relatively developing municipality, only two ATMs can be found here. One is located at the MEED Office beside the Poblacion local market and another in Port Barton White House accommodation. ATM at the MEED Office usually accepts local cards. However, international cards are accepted at the Port Barton ATM.
The municipality has only three pawnshops, two in Poblacion and one in Port Barton. For a fee, all Palawan Pawnshop and M. Lhuiller Pawnshops in Poblacion and Port Barton accept Point of Sale (POS) debit card transactions however, not all cards can be processed. Petron Gas Station in Barangay New Agutaya also caters debit card transactions.
• Establishments that accept debit/credit cards
Aside from guests’ online booking, most establishments here in San Vicente only accept cash payments.
• Recommendation to tourists to make sure they will not run out of CASH during their stay
Since only a limited number of establishments accept debit/credit card transactions and NO available banks here, tourists are highly advised to bring enough cash with them for the duration of their stay here in San Vicente. Though there may be two ATMs here, there are times that these machines are under maintenance or have run out of cash. Having ready-cash with you saves time from travelling and making emergency cash withdrawals in the nearby municipalities of Roxas and El Nido.
Commercial centers at the Alimanguan area
• E.R.C. Hardware
• Ionic Ric Water Refilling Station
• Total Gas Station
• Soriano Aqua Crystal Care (Alkaline Refilling Station)
• Eugelyn Poultry Supply
• Hanna General Merchandise
• IBM Trading
• Myra Store
• Tatiana Enterprises
Where to buy essentials (toiletries, etc.)
With general merchandises and stores in Alimanguan, visitors can typically find whatever essentials they need. Nonetheless, it is still recommended for them to ready their own medicines, maintenances, and other toiletries. Alimanguan may cater most needs but tourists should remember that not all specific brands of essentials can be expected in this barangay. They may need to travel all the way back to Poblacion to buy other brands.
Economic Activities at the Alimanguan area
Generally, Barangay Alimanguan is a flourishing fishing village but due to the increase in tourists, locales not only engage in fishing but also in tourism. Tourism-related businesses like restaurants, accommodations, bars, and surf board rentals are fast increasing in the barangay. Fronted with an unhindered view of West Philippine Sea and white sand beach, Alimanguan has become a popular destination among tourists.
Transportation (put emphasis on Alimanguan, not San Vicente in general)
• How to get into Alimanguan by land
o From Puerto Princesa
From the airport, visitors need to ride a tricycle or taxi to take them to the San Jose New Market Terminal. Tourists bound for Alimanguan should be specific with the drivers on their destination since there are two entry points in San Vicente- via Itabiak Junction and So. Canadgan. Most vans pass through the Itabiak Junction but some pass thru So. Canadgan. The latter is farther but then would take them directly to Alimanguan. Passing through the Itabiak Junction would be the usual route but then the barangay is still 15 km away upon reaching the town proper, Poblacion. Travel time would be at least 4 hours and would cost P300 each. For cheaper but longer rides, guests can take the bus. Buses usually travel 2-3 times a day and pass only via So. Canadgan.
o From El Nido
Tourists who wish to visit San Vicente from El Nido need to take a van from the El Nido Terminal. Vans would take them directly to their destination. However, guests should be more specific in telling drivers in their place of stay since Alimanguan is farther from Poblacion proper and is a different barangay. The easiest trick is to ask the drivers first where they are headed before taking the ride. Follow it up by asking if they are familiar with the accommodation you are booked in.
o From San Vicente Airport
From the San Vicente Airport, guests can hire vans or e-tryks to take them to Alimanguan. Vans are expensive but may be cheaper when guests share with our people. E-tryks charge P100 per person but then guests need to pay the maximum seating capacity of 6 persons since it is going to be a special trip. Thus, the P600 charge just to drop guests off in Alimanguan.
• How to get into Alimanguan by air, via San Vicente Airport
o From Manila
o Take the Sky Jet flight bound for San Vicente.
o If no pick up and drop off service offered by the accommodation you are booked at, vans and e-tryks are available for a fee.
o From Clark
o Take the Philippine Airlines flight bound for San Vicente.
o If no pick up and drop off service offered by the accommodation you are booked at, vans and e-tryks are available for a fee.
• How to go around Alimanguan (commuting around Alimanguan)
o By land
One way to tour around Alimanguan is by motorbike or bicycle. Motorbike rentals are common here though not much with bicycles. One can easily navigate using this transport since the road going to Long Beach is already paved even with some areas of unpaved paths. Precautionary measures should be done by wearing helmets. Motorbike rentals would range from P400 to P600 for the entire day with gas shouldered by the renter. If drivers are requested, they charge P300 in addition.
One can hire an e-tryk to tour you in Alimanguan. It would be advisable that you talk with the driver first before taking the tour. You should discuss the itinerary to come up with the price. Guests should note that e-tryks don’t run the same with tricycles. It is operated by battery and can travel on flat and not to steep areas. Best to ask the drivers if it’s fully charged.
If tourists’ priority is their comfort, then they should rent vans or cars. It would be a bit pricey. Van rentals charge per destination and car rentals charge per day-also depending on the car type. Guests should take note that car rentals are only available in Puerto Princesa City.
o By water
Since Alimanguan also faces the West Philippine Sea, it is not advisable for guests to ride via boat.
Education at the Alimanguan area
• Tertiary Education – none
• Secondary Education – Alimanguan National High School
• Primary Education – Alimanguan Elementary School
Safety and Security at the Alimanguan area
Both PNP Headquarters and Bureau of Fire Protection Office are found at the town center, Poblacion. Tourists should not worry about their safety and security in Alimanguan area because not only accommodations ensure their guests’ safety, they also have hotlines to all security agencies in San Vicente. The barangay government of Alimanguan has their local Tanods who man the area.
Alimanguan has its own Barangay Health Station with trained barangay health workers to cater basic medical consultations and emergencies. If needed be, San Vicente has its own Rural Health Unit located in Barangay Poblacion. Two doctors, nurses, midwives, and support staff are available. Unless the situation is severe and needs urgent medical attention, RHU can cater basic sickness and consultations.
• Existing religion
Iglesia Ni Kristo
Seventh Day Adventist
• Churches in Alimanguan
• San Rafael Catholic Church
• Iglesia Ni Kristo
• Seventh Day Adventist
San Rafael Town Fiesta – October 23-24
Utilities at the Alimanguan area
Twenty-four hour elecricity is available in Alimanguan. In cases of brownout, ready generators are available in most accommodations.
Water in San Vicente is clean and potable. Water potability tests are regularly scheduled to provide clean and safe water to the community and visitors. Nevertheless, guests are still advised to buy and drink mineral waters.
Cellular phones are the mode of communication here in San Vicente. Smart Communications and Globe Telecom are the only telecommunications available here.
Landlines are not available in the municipality.
Connectivity at the Alimanguan area
Internet connection is fairly OK in the municipality. However, connection in some areas are non-existent. Nonetheless, business establishments are now having their own wifi connection for their guests.
Must See at the Alimanguan area
• Tourist destinations
Tandol Rock Formation
Baroto Festival – March 12-16
Must Do at the Alimanguan area
• Recommended Activities
• Sun Bathing
• Wind Surfing (weather-dependent)
• Skim Boarding (weather-dependent)
• Eating Seafood
• Visiting the Fishing Village
Must Try at the Alimanguan area
• Recommended foods/delicacies
• Seafood cooked traditionally
• Cashew Nuts
• Wood Worm (tamilok)
• Native Chicken
Where to Stay in Alimanguan (recommended places with good facilities at least 5, if applicable)
• Lazuli Resort
• Victoria Beach House
• Eden’s Garden
• Eco card
Just like other tourist destinations, visitors are required to pay and environmental fee once they visit and stay in San Vicente. An eco-card will be provided and will serve as proof when tourists visit places and use their amenities. Some accommodations would provide you with the eco-card but usually guests get charged once they arrange for an island or inland tour. The travel and tours agency will be the one to charged them before the start of the tour. Tourists should always bring their eco-card at all times. Funds from the collection will be used in environmental projects in the community.
• Php50.00 – 1 to 10 days stay in San Vicente
• Php100.00 – 11 days to six months stay in San Vicente
• Php200.00 – above 6 months to 1 year stay in San Vicente
• Avoid using single-use plastic.
• Always practice “Clean As You Go” Policy.
• Never leave your trash anywhere. Dispose them properly.
• Learn to segregate your trash.
• Niknik (sand flies)
Because beaches in San Vicente are relatively untouched, presence of sand flies is to be expected. In Alimanguan Beach, there is no presence of sand flies but guests are still advised to always bring Insect Repellent Spray/Cream, Citronella Oil, or Virgin Coconut Oil. Apply liberally before going to the beach. Sand flies are rampant especially at 4PM.
• Travel essentials
• Mini First Aid Kit
• Dry bag
• Personal medications( Headache pills, anti-allergy pills)
• Flash Light
• Insect Repellent Spray
• Sun screens
• Water bottle
• Good pair of sun glasses
• Water shoes
• Rash Guard