Muelle Loney: The Birthplace of the Queen City South

Muelle Loney is the popular name of Iloilo River’s Wharf. Muelle is a Spanish term for wharf and Loney was the British Vice-consul, Nicholas Loney, who was the man behind the used to be flourishing sugar industry in Iloilo City. The Province of Iloilo was one of the most progressive provinces in the 1700s. Iloilo […]

Plaza Libertad

Formerly known as Plaza Alfonso XII, the Plaza Libertad is one the six plazas scattered among the districts of Iloilo City. Most, if not all of the plazas found in the city are of Spanish influence. The plazas are beautifully landscaped and are surrounded by essential establishment such as a town center, a police station, […]

Miss Iloilo Paraw Regatta 2014

Filipino women are known around the globe for their exotic beauty, and strong but charming personality. It is really debatable if their names are at the bottom list in any international beauty pageant as they always carry themselves with sophistication and charisma. In the Philippines, the Ilonggas (Filipino women residing in the province of Iloilo) […]

Molo Church: “The Feminist Church”

Molo Church: “The Feminist Church” St. Anne Parish Church, generally known as Molo Church is probably the second most popular and visually artistic church in the Province of Iloilo after Miag-ao Church, which is listed as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. The Gothic designed church is located in the District of Molo, Iloilo City, […]

Plazuela de Iloilo

For those of you who are looking for an alternative to Smallville Complex without the loud music from different bars and clubs, Plazuela de Iloilo is the place to go. Since its opening in November 2010, Plazuela de Iloilo has been one of the favorite destinations of Ilonggos for dining and recreation. The unique two-storey […]

Iloilo River Esplanade

Formerly known as Trenas Boulevard, the Iloilo River Esplanade has become one of the many places that the people of Iloilo City are proud of. It has become one of the city’s newest recreation destinations. Located along the Iloilo River, it certainly is a great place for a stroll, jogging, biking, or just hanging out […]

Iloilo City Nightlife

If you thought that Smallville only existed in the Superman universe, think again. Iloilo has its very own Smallville! It is the center of night life in the city, filled with upscale restaurants, bars, hotels and cafes. Originally, “Smallville” referred to the row of bars and restaurants beside the Iloilo Business Hotel but because new […]

Valentine’s Dining in The City of Love

City of love? You read that right! Iloilo is considered to be the Philippines’ very own city of love. Ilonggos are known for being “malambing”—that is, Ilonggos are generally gentle. They speak softly and a smile always goes with how they say things. There is always a certain amount of gentleness with the way the […]

Jaro’s Feast of the Candelaria

The first quarter of the year is probably the grandest and busiest time for the Ilonggos. After the Dinagyang Festival and the Chinese New Year celebration downtown, it’s now time to celebrate the Festival in Jaro. February is welcomed with fun and devotion as both fun-loving and devoted Ilonggos commemorate the annual Catholic Feast of […]

Iloilo City Celebrates 12th Chinese New Year

We may have already welcomed the New Year in our own ways but not the Chinese community. According to the lunar calendar, this year, the Lunar New Year falls on the 31st of January, signalling the year of the Wooden Horse. Chinese New Year is celebrated in countries with significant Chinese populations including the Philippines. […]

Calle Real: Restored, Revisited…

Located on JM Basa Street and spanning from Plaza Alfonso XII (now called Plaza Libertad) up to Plazoleta Gay, “Calle Real” or Royal Street is the location of prime commercial establishments and is considered as Iloilo City’s historic center. Decades old buildings lining up Calle Real still stand against the test of time and reflect […]

Kung Hei Fat Choy

Chinese New Year is an important traditional Chinese holiday celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar. In China, it is also known as the Spring Festival, the literal translation of the modern Chinese name. Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally run from Chinese New Year’s Eve, the last day of the last month of the […]