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 […]

DSWD allocates P309M for 2014 SFP

ILOILO CITY, Mar 31 (PNA)–The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has allocated P309,441,600 for the implementation of the Supplemental Feeding Program (SFP) that would benefit day care children. DSWD Regional Office 6 Sally Gayoma said the allocation is intended for pre-schoolers who would be attending classes at the Day Care centers throughout the […]

DOLE’s emergency employment benefits 1, 623 Yolanda victims

ILOILO, Mar 28 (PNA)-–A total of 1, 623 “Yolanda”-affected victims across Western Visayas have benefited from the emergency employment program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 6. According to DOLE-6 Assistant Regional Director Salome O. Siaton, they have released a total of P7, 072, 912. 80 from the very start of the implementation […]

London School of Business and Mgt. forges ties with Guimaras State College

ILOILO CITY, Mar 28 (PNA)–The London School of Business and Management has forged partnership with Guimaras State College and two other schools in offering management courses to college students in Western Visayas. John Fairhurst, Managing Director and Academic Principal of the London School of Business and Management, came here Thursday to formally launch their new […]

Army urges NPA to follow Bangsamoro example

ILOILO CITY, Mar 28 (PNA) –The Philippine Army on Friday urged the New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, to follow the example of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) after the peace signing with the government. The MILF on Thursday signed a peace agreement with the government […]

Iloilo Muslims rejoice over peace deal

ILOILO CITY, Mar 28 (PNA)–Celebratory cheers emanating from various Muslim groups around the country were met with the same enthusiasm by jubilant members of the 3,000-strong Muslim community here with the historic signing of the Philippines-Bangsamoro Peace Deal on Thursday. Sammy Haji Manan, spokesman for the Iloilo Muslim Community echoed the sentiments of his Muslim […]

Families of 10 Yolanda casualties receive financial assistance

ILOILO CITY, Mar 28 (PNA) –Families of 10 casualties during the height of typhoon “Yolanda” were finally able to receive P10,000 financial assistance each from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Thursday. Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. and Vice Governor Raul C. Tupas assisted personnel of the Office of Civil Defense […]

DSWD food pack distribution grand total P1.04B

ILOILO CITY, Mar 27 (PNA)–Super typhoon “Yolanda” displaced so many families in Western Visayas that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) had to implement three waves of food pack distribution reaching a grand total of P1,041,875,296 from November 8, the day when the super typhoon Yolanda hit the provinces in the region. Each […]

11 police chiefs commended for illegal drug campaign in Iloilo

ILOILO CITY, March 27 (PNA) — The Iloilo Provincial Police Office (IPPO) commended 11 dedicated chiefs of police in the province for their intensified campaign against illegal drugs in their respective areas of responsibility during the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) forum at the Grand Hotel Thursday. The awardees include Insp. Rey Legaspi of Pavia […]

Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries attend ‘Saving a Marriage’ session

DUMANGAS, Iloilo, March 27 (PNA) — Beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program here recently attended a session on ‘Saving a Marriage.” Clad in their t-shits bearing Pantawid Pamilya logo, husbands and wives attended the session handled by Pastor Jimson Mortel of Philippine General Council of Assemblies of God. The session, a monthly activity called Family […]

IPPO lauds Bingawan for being the first to be declared drug-free town

ILOILO CITY, Mar 27 (PNA)–Iloilo Police Provincial Office Dir. Cornelio Salinas has lauded the local government unit of Bingawan headed by its Mayor Matt Palabrica to have his town be declared as a drug-free municipality. Salinas said that the town of Bingawan in the third district was the first to be declared in the province […]

Concepcion’s fishermen receive new fishing boats

ILOILO CITY, Mar 27 (PNA) –Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. has personally turned over 833 fishing boats to fishermen in Concepcion town on Wednesday as their start-up livelihood four months after typhoon “Yolanda” totally destroyed their source of income. Of the number, 700 fishing boats were turned over to Brgy. Tambaliza while 133 fishing boats were […]

WV’s seaports under tight monitoring for illegal drugs

ILOILO CITY, March 27 (PNA) — The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-6 (PDEA-6) is currently tightly monitoring all seaports in Western Visayas, particularly those with Roll-on/Roll-off (roro) vessels as summer season starts. This as the agency confirmed that seaports are still the major entry points of illegal drugs in the region. There are 17 major seaports […]

City steps up intervention for 2015 NAT

ILOILO CITY, March 27 (PNA)-– The city government here starts an intervention program for both private and public schools in this city for the 2015 national achievement test (NAT). In a meeting with the Iloilo City School Board held Wednesday, Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said a special budget will be set aside to finance the […]

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 […]

LGUs train on climate change software

BY: LEONARD T. PINEDA I Wednesday 26th of March 2014 ILOILO CITY, March 26 (PIA6) — Some 30 participants from the local government units of Dumangas, Passi City, and Zarraga in Iloilo trained recently on the use of Climate Change Exposure Database (ClimEx.DB) software to better equip them on disaster preparedness and climate change adaptation. […]

Teachers, students thankful for NGCP’s school building donation

ILOILO, March 26 (PNA) -– A blessing is how the principal of Lincud Elementary School (LES) in Barangay Lincud, Dingle described the P2.64-million worth three-classroom building which was donated to them by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP). Principal Jocelyn A. Palmaria expressed gratitude to the said company as the completed facility was […]

Ilonggo bike enthusiasts aim for special lane

ILOILO CITY, March 26 (PNA) — Ilonggo bike enthusiasts aim to materialize their dream of having a special bike lane all throughout the six districts of this city as the city government will be hosting the very first Bike Festival on Sunday. Bike Festival director Ronald Sebastian said the event aims to promote healthy lifestyle […]

Bar disc jockey falls in Boracay drug bust

ILOILO CITY, March 26 (PNA) — A disc jockey (DJ) in one of the bars in the island resort of Boracay was arrested for illegal drugs during a buy-bust operation in Brgy. Bulabog, Boraday Island. Police report reaching here Wednesday morning has identified the suspect as Mike Collantes, a resident of Las Pinas, Metro Manila […]

Listahanan to assess 1.3-M households in Western Visayas

ILOILO CITY, March 26 (PNA) — The Listahanan project of the Department of Social Welfare and Development targets to assess 1,323,778 million poor households in Western Visayas in 2014. These households will be visited one by one by the field staff who were hired by the National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU) starting last year for […]

PO1 recruitment ongoing; PRO-6 hopeful to meet 2014 quota

ILOILO CITY, March 26 (PNA) — The recruitment for Police Officer 1s (PO1s) continues as the Police Regional Office (PRO 6) expects to meet its 873 recruitment quota before the year ends. The PO1 recruitment program started March 24 and will culminate in an oath-taking ceremony of applicants who make the cut May 30. PRO […]

22 city public schools recipientsof CCTV camera system donation

ILOILO CITY, March 26 (PNA)-– A total of 22 city public schools will receive this week a donation package consisting of 44 analog closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras and data video recording (DVR) from the benevolent Chua family of this city to be installed in their respective schools. City councilor Nielex Tupas said the donation […]

Extra-curricular activities blamed for poor showing

ILOILO CITY, Mar. 26 (PNA)- Department of Education Iloilo City Schools Division Assistant Superintendent Ma. Luz de los Reyes has laid the blame on too many extracurricular activities participated in by students and which for the most part have no bearing in academic-related exercises like the National Achievement Test(NAT). According to Delos Reyes, schools have […]

Sta. Barbara school kids showcase projects to Brunei pupils

BY: LEONARD T. PINEDA I Wednesday 19th of March 2014 ILOILO CITY, March 19 (PIA6) — Pupils from Sta. Barbara Central Elementary School (SBCES) here showcased projects on money management and entrepreneurship to educational institutions of Brunei, as an activity in line with the celebration of Global Money Week. The projects, under the SBCES Financial […]

Ilonggo OFWs optimistic of resolution of HK conflict

BY: LEONARD T. PINEDA I Friday 21st of February 2014 ILOILO CITY, Feb. 21 (PIA) — Ilonggo overseas foreign workers (OFWs) in Hong Kong are optimistic that the Philippine government can resolve the diplomatic rift with the Special Administrative Region. Clara Gamuza, 54, a household service worker (HSW), said that she believes friendship and good […]

DOST: Use S&T for safer communities

BY: LILIBETH A. FRENCH Tuesday 25th of March 2014 ILOILO CITY, March 25 (PIA6) – – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on Monday called on local chief executives and disaster managers in this part of the country to develop the capacity to understand and use science and technology in making their communities safer […]

Red Cross Antique chapter assures no expired relief goods for ‘Yolanda’ victims

ILOILO CITY, March 25 (PNA) — The Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) Antique chapter has assured that they have no expired relief goods distributed for “Yolanda” victims as had been reported in other regions. Nilo Guanco, spokesperson of PNRC Antique chapter, said that on their end, as soon as they received the Balikbayan Boxes containing […]

Drivers protest vs LTO

ILOILO CITY, Mar 25 (PNA)–Public jeepney drivers allied with PISTON-Panay Chapter staged a peaceful but emotionally-charged demonstration here on Monday against the excessive fines and penalties imposed by the Land Transportation Office (LTO). Edgar Salarda, Piston- Panay coordinator, said the unreasonably high fines are straining their meager take-home pay and driving many of their colleagues […]

Iloilo City’s Calle Real pedestrianization program hits snag

ILOILO CITY, March 25 (PNA) -– The proposed pedestrianization ordinance of city councilor Jason Gonzales hit a snag after the proposal was referred to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) Committee on Transportation for further study and recommendation. The SP committee is chaired by city councilor Plaridel Nava and during the SP regular session today, Tuesday, he […]

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 […]

JARO BELFRY

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 […]