Iloilo City Things to Do

  • Things to Do
    by jayjayc
  • Things to Do
    by jayjayc
  • Things to Do
    by jayjayc

Iloilo City Things to Do

  • Eat Seafood

    Panay Island is known as the Seafood Capital of the Philippines and the whole region, of which Iloilo City is included, has many seafood restaurants and stalls that offer a dizzying variety of local seafoods, both freshly caught and harvested from the fishing farms and they are very cheap. The varieties are endless like Tanigue, Blue Marlin, Crabs,...

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  • Jaro Cathedral Belfry

    In Most Roman Catholic Churches in the Philippines, the belfry is usually located beside the Church or cathedral but here at the Jaro Cathedral, it is located across the streep in fron of the park since it is the remains of the earlier Jaro Church that was destroyed by an earthquake in the 1700's.Iloilo City has many churches and has two major...

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  • Jaro Cathedral

    Iloilo City has many churches and has two major cathedrals, This Jaro Cathedral is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Jaro which has control of the churches of Iloilo Province. The Bell Tower of the Church is located across the street from the church of which it was the remains of the original chruch before it was destroyed by an earthquake....

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  • Molo Church

    - was declared by National Historical Institute as National Landmark last 1992- served as evacuation center during WWII for civilians

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  • Take pictures of old houses..

    I saw many old houses in Iloilo city but since I have problem with my battery I took only some. Most are typical Spanish Houses or what we called "Bahay na Bato". Houses with concrete first floors and wooden second floors.

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  • Go To The Dinagyang Festival

    The Iloilo Dinagyang Festival is considered the best of the best festivals in the Philippines. It is a religious and cultural festivity in Iloilo City celebrated for the dual purpose of honoring the Santo Nino (Holy Child Jesus) and celebrating the arrival of the Malay settlers in Panay, and the concomitant selling of the island by the Atis....

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  • Food Trip: Savor Ilonggo Cuisine

    Dinagyang Food Festival is a much awaited event by both locals and tourists. For four days starting January 20, 2010, the major streets in the City Proper were closed to traffic, from Delgado Street to Iznart & Quezon Streets, and from Ledesma to Valeria Streets up to Gen. Luna. The streets were lined with kiosks and food stalls selling fresh...

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  • Best Coffee Yet!

    I'm a coffee lover and I am from Iloilo. Though I don't live there at the moment, I know a good coffee when I taste one. It could be a matter of having tasted so many variant of commercialized coffee that my taste buds have changed its taste preferences to something organic or, I could just probably be pulling your leg just so I can get you to...

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  • Visita Iglesia

    The Province of Iloilo is known for beautiful heritage churches in its municipalities. You need not go far to see a sample of such heritage church. Within Iloilo City, you can visit either or both of the Molo Church a.k.a. St. Anne Parish and/or Jaro Cathedral. Then there's Sto. Nino de Arevalo Parish, a small church serving as home to the 3rd...

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  • Museum Visit

    While strolling at the Capitol compound, I noticed Museo Iloilo. I went inside, paid the admission fee and made a cursory look. I wasn’t impressed with the display in the museum. They lacked information materials. The absence of proper labels in the showcases was very disappointing. There wasn’t even a systematic flow of visitor traffic to the...

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  • Have A Glimpse Of The Old Provincial...

    Like other old capitol buildings in other provinces of the Philippines, the old Iloilo Provincial Capitol was known as Casa Real. The Casa Real building has undergone a lot of repairs, renovations and extentions since it became Iloilo's seat of the civil government in 1901. The place was then used as a military garrison by Japanese Imperial Forces...

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  • Refresh Yourself By The Arroyo Fountain

    As previously mentioned, hubby and I were fortunate to have been granted Media/Photographers’ IDs for the 2011 Dinagyang Festival. We were assigned to shoot pictures from Judging Area #2, which is near the old Provincial Capitol. Since many streets have already been closed to give way to the street dancers, we went to look for the site a day prior...

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  • Be Amazed By The "Luces In The SKy"

    For the past years, "Luces in the Sky" delighted thousands of spectators. The 2011 Dinagyang PyrOlympics called "Luces in the Sky" proved to be a major pyrotechnic event showcasing the best fireworks display of 13 shooters representing different pyrotechnic production companies all over the country. This year’s Fireworks Competition was a 2-part...

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  • Witness The Dinagyang Ati Competition

    The much-awaited main highlight of the Dinagyang Festival is the Ati Competition. Every year, competing tribes with dark brown skin, colorful costumes and intricate head gear perform in fast-paced choreography accompanied by heart-pounding tribal music and highly charged beating of drums. Amidst all the frenzy, the tribes pay homage to the real...

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  • Don't Miss The Kasadyahan

    Some tourists come only to watch the grand streetdance or Ati competion, but equal attention must be given to the "Kasadyahan". "Kasadyahan" is the Hiligaynon (local dialect) term for "merrymaking". We went to the “Kasadyahan”, the first contest for the Dinagyang Festival. Only the best festival performances by tribes in the towns of Iloilo...

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  • Visita Iglesia: St. Ann Parish Church/...

    Since Molo is the first district coming from the south, we made it our our last destination on our second day in Iloilo, when we explored its southern towns. We went to the farthest and alighted to each town as we travel back to Iloilo City. Molo Church is one among the churches in the Philippines with Gothic structure with some romanesque touches....

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  • Walk at Calle Real

    It is currently known as J.M. Basa St. it is where you can find iloilo's heritage and is considered to be the City's living museum.We walked from the obelisk and we saw Old world architecture flourished in the area but most of which are now used for business and some are in bad shape. Old houses can also be seen as you go towards San Jose church....

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  • Museo Iloilo

    If you want to see some old artifacts about history, culture and paleontological and archaeological finds in Iloilo, then this is the place for you. What inside are fossils, parts sunken vessels, stone age tools, burial jars, pottery etc. Some rare photograph from WWII are also displayed with also some works of local artists.

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  • Visita Iglesia: Jaro Cathedral/ Bellfry

    It is our next destination after Pavia Church and it is Ideal to so so because of the proximity. It is the 1st district of Iloilo City coming from the airport or any of the northern towns.This church is also known as church of St. Elizabeth of Hungary and the shrine of Nuestra Senora de Candelaria (Our Lady of Candles). The church was built in 1864...

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  • Visita Iglesia: San Jose Church

    The first Jesuit built church in iloilo and said to be the first church built in the province. it was established in 1607 but then taken over by the order of St. Augustine. It is where the Dinagyang festival originated.The church is made of red bricks with 2 identical towers flank the facade. The church interior has a series of corinthian columns...

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  • Plaza Libertad

    A typical plaza with green trees and garden with a monument of Dr. Jose Rizal in the middle. The plaza is historical, It is Where the flag of the First Philippine Republic was raised in triumph after Spain surrendered Iloilo to the revolutionaries led by Gen. Martin Delgado on December 25, 1898.How to go here, cab and jeepney along JM Basa. But we...

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  • Eagle's Mansion

    Iloilo is also home of ancestral houses and Eagle's mansion is one of them .It is also known as Celso Ledesma Mansion. We saw this mansion when we are heading to Guimaras via Ortiz port, and one will definitely see this mansion. It gained its nick name from the eagle statues adorning the gate pillars. It was built around 1920′s and owned by...

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  • Our lady of candles

    Ok, as I understand it, the legend goes something like this: a sailor found this statue and donated it to the church, which displayed it high on the face of the church. Soon, rumors began that the staue was growing! In fact, it grew so much that they had to move it to another spot and now it is encased in a glass case. They say it continuies to...

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  • Jaro Cathedral

    Right in the middle of downtown you will find the beautiful Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral. The Spanish ruled this country for hundreds of years and the archictecture still remains popular. This church is also home to Our Lady of Candles. a statue that local legend claims is growing. In fact, in 1982, Pope John Paul II visited here and designated this...

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  • foot pampering

    Spas are a big thing here. They are perfect for foreigners because not only will you need some pampering after a long flight, but the prices are extrodinary. At one spa we got a foot scrub, pedicure and a hot stone massage (it felt so good!) for about $10 USAnother spa we went to, Skinetics, gave us a foot scrub, facial and full body massage for...

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  • Food trip in the city

    Ilonggos love to eat. Thus, there are a lot of homegrown food establishments.If you want a seafood trip, you can try out Tatoy's, Breakthrough, and Buto't Balat. Tatoy's offer grilled seafoods but their bestsellers are roasted chickens. Breakthrough has been making waves in serving seafood dishes. If you want to have a truly laid-back and seaside...

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  • Go church hopping

    Old churches, including the UNESCO recognized and world heritage Miag-ao church, are abound in Iloilo. One can just take a jeep to visit these churches (dating back to the Spanish era):1. Jaro Cathedral -- famous for its miraculous Lady of the Candles statue. Over the years, the statue reportedly grew taller. The feast of Candelaria (celebrated...

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  • swimming @ miag-ao or guimbal

    i would recommend checking out Shamrock Beach Resort in Guimbal. We used to frequent this resort. They have cabanas for overnight stays and cottages that could accommodate groups. As far as I can remember, they have good and clean facilities. Miag-ao is not that far too. UPV campus is located there. The beaches, however, in Miag-ao are quite rocky.

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  • Visit Molo Church

    Molo Church is one of the historical churches in Iloilo City. If you go sightseeing inside the church, you would see that most of the saints displayed are actually women. According to some folks that i asked, it is said to be the most feminist church in the philippines.

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  • Tracing La Paz Batchoy roots

    Getting the real thing is always best when you travel. So, when in Iloilo get the chance to find the original stores which placed the La Paz batchoy in the culinary map of the Philippines.

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  • Shopping in the biggest mall in the city

    SM hosts highly varied products from all over the country, somewhat like "a little of everything" in prices that goes as low as it possibly can.The SM malls are all over the country, too.

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  • Jaro District: Jaro Cathedral

    Jaro, a suburb of Ilolilo City, is a major archdiocese in the predominantly Roman Catholic Phillipines, encompassing the whole of the Western Visayas region.TRIVIA: Jaro's former archbishop, now-deceased Jaime Cardinal Sin, went on to become the Archbishop of Manila, which is regarded as the head of the Roman Catholic clergy in the Philippines....

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  • Interesting Old Catholic Churches

    Iloilo City has many historical churches, courtesy of its six districts which used to be independent towns in the past prior to its cityhood in 1937. I was able to visit two of them, the Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral and Molo Church.

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  • Old downtown Iloilo: Plazoleta Gay

    Present-day old downtown Iloilo - mainly the streets of JM Basa and Iznart - retains much its colonial character, albeit most of the buildings require much much-needed repairs and refurbishing.A PERSONAL NOTE: My late maternal grandmother, complete with her Spanish accent, always insisted on calling JM Basa St by its old Spanish name, Calle Real....

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  • Miag-ao Church - UNESCO World Heritage...

    One of the 4 churches declared as UNESCO World Heritage site in the country, Miag-ao Church is an awesome beauty to behold once you see it. Quarried from nearby San Joaquin, the eart light brown sandstones the structure is made of is what makes it a stunning beauty - "Morenang Simbahan". The restoration works up to the minutest details since its...

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  • Visita Iglesia - Molo Church

    A very prominent landmark in Iloilo City, the St. Anne Church in Molo is of Gothic-Renaissance architectural style built with coral stones in the early 19th century. It is often called a "Women's Church" by the fact that 16 images of woman saints adorn the church interior pillars. It is also told that Jose Rizal once frequented the place then...

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  • City Tour

    ILOILO half day City TOUR now runs DAILY 8am to 12nn...Let your visitors, family and friends EXPERIENCE the fascinating ILOILO! Departure: 8:10am @ Museo Iloilo Parking Area. Tickets available in all ICCB Hotel & Travel Agency Members. Ticket @ P300 only.

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  • Jaro District: Our Lady of Candles

    Jaro's patron saint is the Lady of Candles (La Candelaria) whose feast day of 2nd February is marked by much fanfare and arguably the grandest of fiestas in Iloilo, and perhaps the whole of Panay island.But there is more to the Lady of Candles than her grand feast day (which, I look forward to because it's a holiday!). The story goes like this: the...

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  • Jaro District: Jaro Belfry

    Jaro's Cathedral is one of the few churches in the Philippines whose belfry is detached from the main church building. The original structure was destroyed in the earthquake of 1948, but had since been rebuilt, albeit with poor workmanship.From a plane, the belfry is very much visible and an ubiquitous signal to your impending arrival to what is...

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  • Jaro District: Millionaire's Row

    Another mansion along Jaro's millionaire's row. Frankly, don't know much about the owners, history, etc. of this seemingly haunted mansion.But what I could recall is that the place used to have a beautiful rose garden, which greeted me everyday I pass by it on my way to school. Now, the place looks rundown, and the lovely red roses, well, gone.

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  • Jaro District: Millionaire's...

    Jaro used to be known for its millionaire's row of palatial homes built on fortunes from the lucrative sugar trade during the American colonial period.Seen here is the ancetral home of the Montinolas (Montinola Mansion), an old land-owning Ilonggo family. The mansion is a grand version of the "bahay na bato" (stonemade house, usually of adobe)...

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  • A tour of Museo Iloilo (cont'd)

    A handloom on display at the Museo Iloilo. Handlooms were particularly popular during the Spanish era. To a certain extent, this traditional way of weaving have been preserved in many parts of Panay island, mainly using natural fibers such as those derived from pineapples (piña), to produce materials for traditional Filipino clothes like the...

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  • Dinagyang

    In January the Ilongos celebrate their biggest annual festival the "Dinagyang". Our agent from La Paz (Part of Iloilo) used to maintain one of those folklore tribes which was sponsored by us. Every year I enjoyed to be part of that event.

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  • Old downtown Iloilo: JM Basa St. -...

    Further down JM Basa St., closer to the docks stands Regent Theater. What used to be a good, wholesome cinema housed in an elegant classical building, sadly, now features cheap skin flicks (as shown in the picture - at least when the last time I was in Iloilo).The building constructed in 1928, retained most its original facade with the ubiquitous...

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  • Old downtown Iloilo: JM Basa St (Calle...

    Proceeding to the left of Plazoleta Gay takes you to JM Basa St., known as Calle Real in the Spanish era. This is a four-lane winding strip of stand-alone shop houses, now mostly owned by Filipino-Chinese merchant families. Most buildings along JM Basa St. were built during the American colonial days (1900s-1930s). One my personal favorites is the...

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