I had intended to go to San Jose but for some strange unexplained reason something in me was holding me back. I’m not very superstitious but I always follow one rule in traveling, “if it doesn’t feel right, don’t go”. Something I learned from my mother. She calls it, “kutob”. This is when your subconscious mind, or psychic mind (I really don’t know what you call it) is warning you of imminent danger.
So I aborted my trip to San Jose, alighted in a remote area in Antique called Anini-y, a place where I was told I can find jeeps that can take me back to Iloilo City.
I don’t even know how to properly pronounce the town’s name, Anini-y, but it sure was a very interesting place. I read that this remote town has the only preserved church (century old Catholic church) in the whole of Antique, I’m not sure if this is true.
According to the municipality’s website it means “a place of small rivers”.
The website also explains the origin of “Y” in its name:
Anini-y is one typical town of Antique that is imbued with historical facets and tourist attractions. Various myths and legends tried to explain how the town got its unique name. “Anini-y” or “place of small rivers”. This Spanish customary writing of Y instead of I spurred researchers to finding that once upon a time, in the present area of the municipality, there existed a community called “Igneini”. It was cited to be the gateway into the prosperous Aninipay (old Panay) kingdom of Ati king, Marikudo. However, cultural historians believe that “dash Y” in the name actually is “dash I” which is a Malayan suffix, meaning “place/people of”. This suffix is only used for a place that is very important or has achieve a degree of greatness, as in the case of Hantik-I which later became Antique or used as in May-I believed to be the legendary old Manila.
This is one of those unexpected things that has never happened before in all my years of traveling – it is as if I suddenly lost the interest to go. And I was almost there! Just imagine traveling from Iloilo and deciding to cut the trip short and head back for a reason you can’t explain.
But like what my mother always say, “wala naman mawawala kung maniniwala”. Well, I wasted precious time but then again who knows what that weird feeling was and what would have happened.
If its any consolation, I saw some very scenic coastlines in Anini-y. I mean postcard worthy. The boundary of Iloilo and Antique is a hilly area where the national road cuts through. This part of Anini-y provides an elevated view of the vast Sulu sea. The carinderias here are popular hangout for the drivers. I’m sure I’ll pass by here again.
Another task waiting to be accomplished.