You Know You’re a True Blue ILONGGO If…

*Your one peso is PISOS *You take a bath using a tabo which you call CALTEX. The same Caltex is also often used as a unit of measurement (i.e. isa ka caltex nga pasayan, isa ka caltex nga hipon, isa ka caltex nga asin) *Your bathroom has at least one lugod (some has one for […]

What’s ⬆︎up Iloilo vol.1

A Collection of Places and Events, know what Ilonggos are made of Source: What's ⬆︎up Iloilo vol.1 from HeliCam Philippines on Vimeo.

Iloilo Interactive Map

Iloilo Interactive Map Find your way to attractions, services and places to explore on this map of Iloilo, Philippines. Click the carousel for more popular locations. Looking for an informative and useful guidebook for Iloilo? Or a Iloilo Metro map? A map of Iloilo highlighting key tourist locations? We have it all here for you. […]

Iloilo City Hall

OUR MAYOR Educational Attainment Grade School -Assumption – Iloilo (1972 – 1978) High School -University of the Philippines in the Visayas – High School in Iloilo (1978 – 1982) College -Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences West Visayas State University (1982 – 1986) Executive Program in Public Administration Harvard University, U.S.A (2003) Masters in Public […]

Iloilo Historic Mansions

ILOILO OLD MANSIONS DOCUMENTARY Heritage Houses: Sanson-Montinola Antillan HouseDon Joaquin Ledesma House Don Joaquin Ledesma House Locsin House Lopez-Vito House The Boat House Casa Mariquit Magdalena Jalandoni House Roca Encantada Lizares House (Angelicum School of Iloilo) Locsin Ancestral House Pison Ancestral House 1936 Art Deco House Yusay-Consing House Avancena House (Camina Balay na Bato) Castle […]

Most Livable City in the Philippines

I AM ILOILO: MOST LIVABLE CITY Iloilo City is where you can find the finest characters of Filipinos. Ilonggos, people living in Iloilo, are the sweetest people in the Philippines. That’s why this city is also known as City of Love. One of the users in the site commented “I can walk through its streets […]

Iloilo On The Move

Philippine Travel Guide: Iloilo On The Move We explore Iloilo City, the Queen’s City in the South, as it moves forward to its destiny. The gateway to the four-province island of Panay, the city boasts of its glorious past as a foundation for its progressive current status that will lead to its very promising future. […]

It’s More Fun in the Philippines – Iloilo

It’s More Fun in the Philippines | Iloilo TV Commercial | Philippines Department of Tourism Travel to the city where past and present meet. Visit Spanish colonial mansions, uncover secret histories from bygone eras and recharge at breezy seaside eateries. Complete your trip with a night cap at the Iloilo River Esplanade, where you can […]

Iloilo City Proper

Iloilo City Proper is one of the six districts also known as the center or heart of Iloilo City. It received its present name from the province’s original Irong-Irong reference. Originally founded as La Punta, it was only inhabited in 1602 when Spanish and Chinese residents from Jaro and Molo expanded their territorial area History […]

District of Villa Arevalo, Iloilo City

Villa de Arevalo commonly known as simply Villa or Arevalo is one of the six districts of Iloilo City, in the Philippine province of Iloilo. It was originally founded as La Villa Rica de Arévalo by a Spanish official who built his mansion along the coastal settlement in the 16th century. It was absorbed by […]

District of Molo, Iloilo City

Molo is one of the seven districts of Iloilo City. Molo was a separate town before it was merged into Iloilo City in 1937. It was originally the parián of Iloilo, the area that all Chinese residents must live. Molo is the home to the historic Molo Church, officially the Church of St. Anne Parish, […]

The 7 Boroughs of Iloilo City

Iloilo City is made up of seven boroughs or districts: the Arevalo, which covers 13 barangays, Molo with 25 barangays, Mandurriao with 18 barangays, City Proper with 45 barangays, La Paz with 25 barangays, Jaro with 42 barangays, and Lapuz with 12 barangays. Each one has enough attractions—and enough personality. Learn more about them with […]

The Gateway to Everything Beautiful by Beautiful Iloilo

Whether it’s to escape or when you’re looking to feel home, bringing yourself out to experience Iloilo and its glory lingers on. Beautiful Iloilo is a movement; if you don’t already love Iloilo, we’re now going to make sure you do. Source: Beautiful Iloilo

Harbor Town Hotel

BOOK IT NOW! Property Location Located in Iloilo, Harbor Town Hotel is close to Iloilo Museum and Jaro Cathedral. This hotel is within the region of Oton Town Plaza. Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 34 air-conditioned rooms featuring flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is […]

Riverside Inn

BOOK IT NOW! Property Location With a stay at Riverside Inn in Iloilo, you’ll be convenient to Iloilo Museum and Jaro Cathedral. This hotel is within the vicinity of Oton Town Plaza. Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 44 air-conditioned guestrooms. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is […]

Circle Inn – Iloilo City Center

BOOK IT NOW! Property Location With a stay at Circle Inn – Iloilo City Center, you’ll be centrally located in Iloilo, convenient to Iloilo Museum and Jaro Cathedral. This hotel is within the vicinity of Oton Town Plaza. Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 60 air-conditioned rooms featuring LCD televisions. Complimentary wireless […]

Days Hotel

BOOK IT NOW! Property Location Located in Iloilo, Days Hotel Iloilo is close to Iloilo Museum and Jaro Cathedral. This hotel is within the vicinity of Oton Town Plaza. Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 70 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and minibars. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming […]

Injap Tower Hotel

BOOK IT NOW! Property Location Located in Iloilo, Injap Tower Hotel is in a shopping district and convenient to Jaro Cathedral and Iloilo Museum. This property is within the vicinity of Oton Town Plaza. Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 194 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring kitchenettes with refrigerators and microwaves. Your room […]

Iloilo Business Hotel

BOOK IT NOW! Property Location With a stay at Iloilo Business Hotel in Iloilo, you’ll be convenient to Iloilo Museum and Jaro Cathedral. This hotel is within the vicinity of Oton Town Plaza. Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 60 air-conditioned rooms featuring LCD televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to […]

Hotel Del Rio

BOOK IT NOW! Property Location In the heart of Iloilo, Hotel Del Rio is close to Iloilo Museum and Jaro Cathedral. This hotel is within the vicinity of Oton Town Plaza. Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 60 air-conditioned guestrooms. Rooms have private balconies. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) keeps you connected, and […]

Dinagyang 2015 Opening Salvo Videos

ILOILO CITY, Nov. 7(PIA)—The Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2015 will have more dances, less props, a showcase beyond the usual, according to the organizers. Iloilo Tourism Officer Ben Jimena said his office and the Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation aims a nationwide reach with more performances for the At-Ati competition, rather than too much noise and voluminous props. […]

Iloilo Dinagyang 2015

Dinagyang Festival‘s highlights are celebrated every fourth weekend of January, every year. The highlights are composed of the Ati-Ati Competition, the Kasadyahan Festival, the foot and fluvial procession, and the religious sadsad or religious street dance. Here are some of the important events of the upcoming celebrations in Iloilo City. Please do keep posted for more […]

Who’s up for Brunch at Dova?

There’s a new place in town people! A new bistro that serves BRUNCH all day long. So far this has been the only brunch bistro that I have seen in Iloilo City. It’s DOVA Brunch Café. If you want to have a taste of some heavenly brunch meals while enjoying your own private time, come […]

Griller’s Oyster House

If you ever happen to pass by Smallville Complex, the nightlife center of Iloilo, and you’re craving for some authentic Pinoy dishes, be sure to try Griller’s Oyster House. It’s one of the must-go-to places in the complex. Located at the Vertex in Smallville, Grillers Oyster House is considered to be synonymous with Baked Talaba […]

A Little Piece of Heaven at Heavenly Café and Pastries

Who can say no to a cheesecake? No one! How about if it’s a cheesecake made with love and with a ton of different flavors? I have just the thing for you. If ever you come to pass by the new GT Mall in the Molo District, be sure to check out the new cheesecake […]

Panaderia de Molo: A Century of Baking

Considered to be the prime makers of Ilonggo pastry treats, Panaderia de Molo is famous both in Iloilo, Bacolod and everyone who has been to the Western Visayas region. HISTORY Panaderia de Molo is more than just a bakeshop. It’s a very historical one. It has been witnessed to very important events in Molo district […]

Ponsyon by Breakthrough

In Iloilo, everyone knows Breakthrough Seafood Restaurant. It’s one of the top seafood restaurants in the city, if not the top. However, Breakthrough is located in Villa Beach which is around 30 minutes away from the metro. So for those who are craving for the best seafood dishes, getting there can be quite tricky. Good […]

La Paz District Plaza: Park and Recreation

One of the most popular and frequented spots in the city is the La Paz District Plaza. It’s also one of the most sought after places for people who seek to relax, keep fit and tour. Located at the corner of Burgos and Huervana Streets, the La Paz District Plaza has a land area of […]

Stay in Sta. Barbara, Stay in Fleur de Liz Inn

Located in the busy intersection of Bangga Dama, Fleur de Liz Inn is Sta. Barbara’s go-to-hotel for people staying in the historic town of Santa Barbara. Only ten minutes away from the Iloilo International Airport the hotel is very accessible to the public. Fleur de Liz Inn offers almost 30 rooms ranging from single or […]


A second class municipality in the province of Iloilo, Santa Barbara is home to about 55 thousand residents. It is about 16 kilometers away from the city of Iloilo. Gen. Martin Delgado Monument   Facing the Municipal Hall of Santa Barbara is the monument of General Martin T. Delgado, considered to be the greatest revolutionary […]

Dulgies: Iloilo’s Favorite Dessert House

For those of you who are dessert lovers out there, are you visiting Iloilo anytime soon? I have the perfect place for you.  The must-go-to place for you is Dulgies Dessert Café, Iloilo’s favorite dessert house! Located in La Salette Building, Valeria Street, Dulgies Dessert and Café is the home Iloilo’s best homemade cakes and desserts. […]

Pid-Als: Molo’s Old-timer Coffee House

If La Paz has the popular coffee destination Madge, the district of Molo has Pid-Als. It is considered to be already an institution in Molo. Located in the plaza (district center), it has been in operation sin 1957. Everyone who has been to the district of Molo find it hard to miss this place. If […]

Freska’s Hometown Buffet

Iloilo City, being a foodies’ destination certainly has a lot to offer when it comes the best restos in the metro. From budget friendly “Carinderias” to fancy restaurants, Iloilo has them all. Whether you’re on a tight budget or a splurge-on-food type of person, there are truly a variety of food destinations to choose from. […]

Bluejay Coffee and Deli

Being one of the most progressive cities in the Philippines, Iloilo certainly has a lot to offer. Over the years, Iloilo has become one of the favorite destinations of foodies here and abroad. To name a few, La Paz batchoy and Pancit Molo are two of Iloilo’s most popular contributions to Philippine cuisine. But Iloilo […]

Tigbauan’s Sol Y Mar Family Beach Resort

Founded in 1992, Sol Y Mar Family Beach Resort is 5,500-square meter beach resort located in Zayco Farm in Barangay Namocon Tigbaun, Iloilo. It’s approximately 200 meters away from the national highway. Although Sol Y Mar is known to be a family beach resort, it has also been known as one of the favorite places […]

Urban Sands: An Oasis in the Urban Jungle

  Looking for a place for leisure and relaxation without having to leave the metro? We have just the place for you: Urban Sands. If you want to take a snapshot of a picturesque scene, be one with a stunning ambience and experience the feel of real sand under your feet, Urban Sands should be […]

Tatoy’s Resort

If you’re an Ilonggo and you hear the word “Tatoy,” the first thing that comes to mind is “Native Lechon Manok.” From one humble hut, Tatoy’s has now developed into well-respected and most visited eating place with more spacious venues to accommodate different personalities and various types of events. They have bigger huts facing the […]

Bearland Paradise Resort

With the developments in both the city and province of Iloilo, one cannot deny that one of the major contributors to these developments is tourism. Iloilo has become the stomping ground for both local and foreign resort-goers. There is a wide range of accommodations to cater to the needs of the traveller in you. From […]


One thing about being an Ilonggo is our love for food. That explains the increasing number of restaurants in the city. With the current developments in the city, many restaurants serving a variety of cuisines have been sprouting everywhere in the city of love. Despite new competition, one restaurant always comes to mind when it […]

Visit Janiuay

ABOUT JANIUAY With a population of more than 50,000, Janiuay is considered to be a second class municipality in the province of Iloilo about 33 kilometers away from Iloilo City. It was established in 1769. Janiuay prides itself of two heritage infrastructures dating back from 1760. The Janiuay Catholic Church was built of sandstone, lime […]

Damires Hills Tierra Verde

I may not be the adventurous nor sporty type, but I surely am a nature lover. And by nature lover, I mean I like to see places with lush greens, breath-taking scenery and thriving vegetation. I often visit the beautiful beaches found in Iloilo. I find it refreshing to be one with nature and forget […]

The Gigantes Experience

Thinking of what to do for your vacation? Let me introduce to you Isla de Gigantes in Carles Iloilo.  I have been there last weekend and I should say if you are looking for a variety of adventures, Gigantes is what you are looking for. Isla de Gigantes is one of the most popular tourist […]

Estancia: “Alaska of the Philippines”

Found in the northern area of Panay Island in Western Visayas, the second class municipality of Estancia is considered to be a the center of fish trade, religion and travel spot in that area. Estancia is not really that known for neither agricultural products nor livestock. Rather, it is known for its overwhelming marine resources. […]

Visit Pavia

3,804 hectares of prime farmland, Pavia is a small town located 15 minutes away for the Iloilo City Proper. Historically, founded in 1862, it became a part of Santa Barbara in 1901 and then a part of Iloilo City in 1904 and finally became a suburb of the district of Jaro. By 1921, Pavia became […]

Kong Kee Chinese Restaurant

Located on 23 JM Basa St., Kong Kee Chinese Restaurant has been one of the favorite restaurants of Ilonggos here and abroad. It’s been open for like forever and has been serving the people of Iloilo and “Balikbayans” alike ever since.  Kong Kee is your traditional Chinese establishment found in the downtown Iloilo. Kong Kee […]

Glor’s Hamburger & Broadway Café

If you’re an Ilonggo born in the 70s or 80s, you probably not have only heard of Glor’s, but have tasted its mouth-watering burgers. It is impossible for an Ilongo or anyone who has been to Iloilo to not know the existence of this nice little joint located just near the corner of Valeria and […]

Roberto’s: Seat of the Queen Siopao

When visitors come to Iloilo, they always look for a place to eat Iloilo’s famous batchoy and bring home a box filled with biscocho, but did you know that Iloilo also offers one of the best siopaos in the country? Siopao is a Chinese in origin food filled with meat, either chicken or pork, along […]

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 Golf Course and Country Club:

If you want to test out your skills in golf and have fun with your friends or family, visit one of Philippine’s finest here in Iloilo  – The Iloilo Golf Course and Country Club. Located in Sta. Barbara Iloilo, you can get there in less than 30 minutes from the city. You can take a […]

Tinukib: Iloilo’s Premiere Pasalubong Centre

In the heart of Iloilo, conveniently positioned a few kilometres from the Iloilo International Airport is Iloilo’s new pasalubong centre. From the airport, it is on the right side of the road located on the ground floor of Tatay Sa Kauswagan Inc Corporate Office in the boundary of Pavia and Sta. Barbara Iloilo. The shop […]

Kim’s Bob: A Taste of Korea in Iloilo

Filipinos especially Ilonggos are known to be very hospitable and usually welcomes something or someone new with open arms. That is why when the number of Korean tourists, students and businessmen skyrocketed, Iloilo adapted to change and a lot of Korean restaurants were put up. One of the most popular and most visited is Kim’s […]

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 […]

Racso’s Woodland Resort: Visiting Mother Nature

Located along the road of Guimbal is another favourite destination in Iloilo.  Racso’s Woodland Resort is owned by Oscar Garin who comes from a prominent political family in the province of Iloilo. As a matter of fact Racso is an anagram and actually Oscar if you read it backwards. This popular destination is a blend […]

A Trip to Guimbal

Guimbal Iloilo, another town in the province of Iloilo, provides a number of beaches, vacation destinations, and venues for a variety of fun activities you and your friends or family will surely enjoy. To get there, you can board a Guimbal jeepney at Iloilo “Super” Terminal. The fare is about Php 50.00 from the centre […]

Allan’s Original Talabahan

Longing for bits of heaven from the ocean but do not have the budget to go to a fancy seafood restaurant? Well, there is one place that will solve your tummy problem but will not add more damage to your wallet issues. Get in an Oton jeepney for only Php 12.00 and head to Allan’s […]

Villa Rica Palamunitan

Tired of the typical weekend getaway at the beach or in a night club? Try something out of the routine and visit Villa Rica Palamunitan. Palamunitan is an Ilonggo term for fishing place. This 2 year-old laid back area with cottages elevated from a big pond filled with fresh water fishes is open from 9 […]

Visit San Joaquin

To the south of the province of Iloilo, the last town is that of San Joaquin, the gateway to the province of Antique. This province, although far from the city, has a lot to offer. From the city, you can take a San Joaquin bound jeepney in Iloilo “Super” Terminal, It will take you to […]

Tigbauan Church: A Churrigueresque Church

Having been colonized by Spain for more than three centuries, the presence of undoubtedly beautiful churches is not new in Iloilo. Aside from the world-renowned Miag-ao Church, there are other churches that you should not miss in the province. One of which is the San Juan Sahagun Parish Church in the town of Tigbauan, Iloilo. […]

Anhawan Beach Resort and Spa

Because of its location, Anhawan Beach Resort and Spa is one of the most visited resorts in the province of Iloilo. It is just a 30- minute drive or even less from the city – making it the top choice of families and group of friends or even by people who wants to have some […]

Garin Farm: A Perfect Escape to Nature

Tired of looking at tall buildings and starless skies? Need a place to revisit and fully embrace Mother Nature? Then I just know the place for you. One warm Sunday, I took a two-hour ride from the city of Iloilo to San Joaquin, which is the last town in the south of the province. For […]

Miag-ao Church: The Grandeur of Iloilo

For more than 200 years, Miag-ao Church have defied all the earthquakes and typhoons. Miag-ao Chruch, how most people commonly call the Church of Saint Thomas of Villanova in the town of Miag-ao in Iloilo Province is another pride of Iloilo. Finished in 1797 after 10 years of hard labour, this grandeur of Iloilo has […]

Sheridan Boutique Resort Iloilo

BOOK IT NOW! This Balinese-inspired boutique resort with a rich Asian tropical ambiance is just a 45-minute drive from the Iloilo International Airport. Sheridan Boutique Resort in Iloilo is a deluxe breathing space with an outdoor infinity pool, a restaurant, water sport facilities, air-conditioned rooms with complimentary Wi-Fi access. Sheridan Resort is located in Brgy […]

Deocampo: The Original Barquillos

Deocampo: The Original Barquillos I do not know if other Filipinos in other regions are also fond of pasalubongs, but Iloilo certainly has A LOT to offer, when it comes to take home delicacies. Each pasalubong centre has a specialty. Iloilo is not only the home of the best biscocho and butterscotch, but it is […]

The La Paz Batchoy Showdown

When one decides to visit Iloilo for the first time and he asks for tips from Ilonggo friends and from those who have already visited the province, B.A.T.C.H.O.Y, is always on the list. Iloilo is the home of the original batchoy – this noodle soup with a salty and yet very tasty broth, best served […]

JARO CATHEDRAL: National Shrine of Our Lady of the Candles

JARO CATHEDRAL Built in 1864, the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Candles is more informally known as the Jaro Cathedral. In that same year, the district of Jaro was named by Pope Pius IX as a diocese by His Grace Mariano Cuartero who was the first bishop of the district. After the church […]

Iloilo The Movie a film by Anthony Chen

Synopsis Set in Singapore, ILO ILO chronicles the relationship between a family of three and their newly arrived Filipino maid, Teresa, who has come like many other Filipino women in search of a better life. The entire family needs to adapt to the presence of this stranger, which further threatens their already strained relationship. Still, […]

Biscocho Haus: Home of Ilonggo Delicacies

Location: (Main Brach) Lopez Jaena St. Jaro, Iloilo City Contact Number: (033) 329 08 62 All set to go home but with only one thing left to do? Thinking of what to bring for your friends and family back home?  Hurry to the nearest Biscocho Haus and bring Iloilo in a box to your loved […]


A belfry or more commonly known as a bell tower or a campanario in the Philippines usually comes along as a package with the church. It houses the church bells used to call the people for mass or to signal important events and during the Spanish colonization, it served as a perfect watch tower against […]

Boardwalk: Dining by the River

Are you looking for a place which can be categorized somewhere in between a classy bistro, where you cannot understand half of the over priced menu, and a laid back restaurant with very tasty meals at cheap prices but not that particular with sanitation? A place which you can say – “hmmm… just right.” A […]

Iloilo Pamunit Fishing Festival

Watch out for the 2nd Iloilo Pamunit Fishing Festival this September 2014. To promote Iloilo as a tourist destination for anglers and to create awareness on the need to preserve marine habitat and terrestrials, the first International Pamunit Festival is slated on May 18-19 at the municipality of Oton. Manuel San Agustin, president of the Pamunit […]

Beautiful Iloilo

This is Beautiful Iloilo:) BluQube Inc’s humble tribute to our beloved city!:) We would like to take the opportunity to thank our friends and sponsors who contributed to make this project possible. A special shout out to Councilor Jason Gonzales, City Tourism Officer Mr. Ben Jimena and our Hon. Mayor Jed Mabilog for making this […]

Iloilo’s Thirdworld Skatepark

Looking for a venue to release the daredevil in you? – a place where you can perform your kick flips in the air or execute your turndowns in your bicycle? Check out the Thirdworld Skatepark in Baluarte, Molo, Iloilo City. Just take a Molo Baluarte jeepney in front of Molo Church and ask the driver […]

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 […]

Carless Weekend in Calle Real

Calle Real or “Royal Street” is not only a museum of old Spanish edifices but it is also probably the busiest place in Iloilo City. It’s not surprising since it is the center of commerce in the city. With all the hustle and bustle in the area, it’s hard to imagine the place without cars […]

Panaderia de Iloilo

The dictionary defines the Filipino word “pasalubong” as homecoming treat. In Iloilo, when we say “pasalubong”, what comes to mind are the delicious traditional Ilonggo bread products that Ilonggos are known for. And your trip in Iloilo wouldn’t be complete without dropping by Panaderia de Iloilo. Located on Osmena Street, Arevalo, Panaderia de Iloilo is […]

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 […]

Museo de Iloilo: Home of Panay’s Cultural Heritage

Built in 1971 to pay tribute to Ilonggo heroes and ancestors, Museo de Iloilo is the home of not only Iloilo’s but Panay’s cultural and historical artifacts. It was designed by Sergio Penasales, an Ilonggo architect. The area may be small but as you look closer, you will understand better the stories from the past […]

Madge Café: Not Your Ordinary Coffee Shop

Madge Café: Not Your Ordinary Coffee Shop Coffee is like booze to all coffee lovers, and if you are in Iloilo City, you must not miss the best freshly brewed coffee of Madge Café. Madge Café is one of the most jam-packed coffee place in Iloilo City. If you claim that you are an Ilonggo […]

Villa’s Seafood Strip

Are you craving for juicy and tasty seafood but worried about the amount of money you will be spending? Worry no more and get ready to satisfy your cravings. Along the stretch of Villa Beach in Villa, Arevalo, Iloilo City Philippines, you can find an entire lane full of seafood restaurants offering luscious and fresh […]

Tatoy’s Manokan and Seafood at Villa Arevalo

If you are into seafood and native Filipino cuisine, you should indulge yourself in one of Iloilo’s finest restaurants located along Villa Beach in Arevalo, Iloilo City. It is just a fifteen minute ride from the centre of the city. You can take a Villa jeepney or a cab. All the drivers know where Tatoy’s […]

ILOILO PARAW REGATTA : 42 Years of Sailing Fun in the Philippines

Iloilo Paraw Regatta is yet another exemplar of Ilonggos’ brilliance and undying love for their culture and heritage. This event is annually celebrated every February in Villa, Arevalo, Iloilo City. The Iloilo Paraw Regatta Festival is “The Oldest Traditional Craft Event in Asia”, and “The Largest Sailing Event in the Philippines”. This 42 year old […]

Iloilo Paraw Regatta 2014 Sidelights

The Iloilo Paraw Regatta Festival is yet another materialization of how proud Ilonggos are and how much they value their roots and their traditions. This half-a-day sailboat race has evolved into a week-long celebration of the Ilonggos’ vibrant sailing heritage. Celebrated every February, the festival has become one of the most popular not only in […]

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 […]

Miss Dinagyang 2014 Winner Michelle Marie Monte

Congratulations to Miss Dinagyang 2013 Winner Michelle Marie Monte! BY: LEONARD T. PINEDA I Sunday 26th of January 2014 ILOILO CITY, January 24 (PIA) — The newly crowned Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2014 who shall serve as city’s ambassador of tourism for the year is proud of the Ilonggo’s rich culture and heritage. Michelle Marie Monte, […]

Jaro Fiesta

Jaro is one of the six districts of Iloilo City, in the province of Iloilo, on the island of Panay, in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines. It is a former separate city that lends its name to the Archdiocese of Jaro, which covers the provinces of Iloilo and Guimaras and is the metropolitan […]

Basic Traveler Hiligaynon Phrases and Words

The people of the City and Province of Iloilo and the rest of Western Visayas speak Hiligaynon, one of the predominant languages in the Philippines. Known for its melodious and gentle tone, Ilonggos (people of Iloilo) are proud of this heritage, for it reflects its rich past and genteel background. Although Filipino (Tagalog) is understood […]