In some provinces, a familiar way of cooking is through old-fashioned firewood and kawa or a large vat used for cooking large amounts of food . In Masbate, the kawa is used to make a delicacy while in Negros, it is used to prepare muscovado sugar.
Similar to Negros, people in Antique use the kawa to cook muscovado sugar, until a foreigner who married a Filipina, devised a unique way of utilizing it. He repurposed the iron vat into a tub, which locals now refer to as “hot kawa bath.”
Digressing from the typical ways of going to spas or hot springs, the Hot Kawa Bath is a local experience for relaxation. It started in 1995 for vacationers to enjoy and commune with nature.
Also, it serves as a cool down activity for travelers who have tried vigorous activities offered in the town such as river trekking and river kayaking.
How to get to Tibiao, Antique? From Manila, travelers may book a flight en route to Caticlan via different airlines. The town is approximately two to three hours away from Caticlan and other travel destinations in Western Visayas like Kalibo and Iloilo.
Here is a video of TV5 host Makata who explored Antique and experienced the “Hot Kawa Bath”