Iloilo City, Philippines – The major city of Panay Island located in the Western part of the Visayas. Iloilo city was once the queen city of the south until Cebu took the title. It is now dubbed as the city of love. I do not really know why but I think it is because of Ilonggos’ way of communicating, they tend to be very soft spoken even though even when they are mad. Iloilo’s downtown area, as seen in the picture above, is very in order and peaceful – this is on a maundy thursday though.
How to Get There: From Manila: Going to Iloilo is easy by taking plane. There are a lot of flights from Manila going to Iloilo served by Cebu Pacific, PAL, Zest Air, and Airphil express. Iloilo is also an option for some tourists as gateway to Boracay. From Cebu: Daily flights from Cebu is offered by major airline companies. You can also travel by sea through Trans Asia Shipping and Cokaliong Shipping with daily schedules that leaves 6pm and 7pm. If you also opt for land-barge travel, you can ride a bus in Cebu bound for Bacolod and from Bacolod you can ride a fast craft bound for Iloilo. This is the cheapest option in going to Iloilo.
You can choose a variety of fastcrafts that serves Iloilo-Bacolod route
Transportation: To be able to wander around the city, you can take their unique style jeepneys while enjoying the sights of the downtown area. You can also ride tricycle and trisikad when going to nearby places. There are also taxis that circulate around the city, so transportation is never a problem.
Where to Stay:
Circle Inn – This hotel is a nice place to stay if you have enough budget because they have a nice view of Guimaras Island and they have their own pool for their guests. (1,300php promo price for 2 pax)
City Coporate Inn – This budget inn is ideal for budget travelers yet seeking for good quality service. (780 php room for 2 pax)
Both mentioned inns are very accessible both Ortiz wharf (port going to Guimaras) and Fastcraft terminal at Muelle Loney St (port going to Bacolod), just walking distance, one ride from the Domestic Port (from Cebu). It is also walking distance to all establishments within downtown area.
Places To Visit:
The Provincial Capitol and Nearby Museo Iloilo(from downtown, ride a jeepney going to La Paz or Jaro or take a cab then ask the driver to drop you off in Provincial Capitol or Museum)
(From Downtown area ride a jeepny going to Jaro)
Iloilo City Hall and nearby Plaza Libertad
San Jose de Placer Parish
Santa Teresita Church
Aduana and Muelle Street
When in Iloilo you should not miss eating their food. I encourage you not to eat in any fastfoods. When me and my partner were in Iloilo we were able to taste and appreciate their food. I am talking about food at their carenderias, they have different way of cooking Filipino dishes. And of course, when you are in Iloilo you should not miss the all-time favorite La Paz Batchoy!
From gastrotourism to archeological and historical interests, Iloilo city is indeed a place to visit! When you plan to visit Guimaras or Boracay, a day in Iloilo would be great! Choose Iloilo, Choose Philippines!