Fort San Pedro: Restored, Revisited.

Located along San Pedro Drive in the domestic port area of Iloilo City, Fort Nuestra Senora del Rosario or popularly known as Fort San Pedro is considered to be Iloilo’s “first frontier”. First frontier I say because the fort was specifically built as protection of the city from invaders like the Moro pirates which were […]

Iloilo City Political and Socio-Economic History

Brief History A. Origin of Name The name “Iloilo City” was derived from “irong-irong”, a reference to the native word “irong” which means “nose”. The name took after the nose-like configuration of the main settlement area during the pre-Spanish period as so shaped by the Iloilo River. Chinese traders who frequent the area and who […]

Camiña: Balay Nga Bato (Stone House)

Sitting like Maria Clara in a polished wooden chair, with eyes not wanting to blink and with mouth slightly open – being amazed on how a century old house still stands magnificently and how it has preserved most of its interior, then thinking curiously what the walls of this stone house could possibly have witnessed […]

Old Provincial Capitol Restoration

Sitting across the street opposite to one of Iloilo City’s oldest hotels, Casa Plaza, is The Old Provincial Capitol of Iloilo known during the Spanish colonial period as Casa Real. Built in 1840, it was originally made of wood and stones. It officially became the capitol when the civil government of the province of Iloilo […]