“Heritage Haven of Panay ”


Iloilo City's urban planning and architecture reflect the plans of the Spanish colonial and the American colonial administrations. Since Iloilo City is a conglomeration of towns, the districts have their own plaza complexes or town squares which are surrounded by establishments of political and ecclesiastical influence, such as churches and old administrative halls. In 1930, Juan M. Arellano of the Bureau of Public Works designed the schematic plan for Iloilo City, which was influenced by Ebenezer Howard's "Garden City."
 

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GETTING THERE
By Air: There are daily flights from Manila to Iloilo. The New Iloilo Airport located in Cabatuan is 18 kilometers from the city proper and is accessible by jeepney, bus, and taxi.

By Sea: Iloilo City is the province’s port of entry for sea transport, and is just five minutes away from the city’s main commercial district. Ships sail to Iloilo City from Manila 12 times a week, from Zamboanga or Cagayan de Oro twice a week, and from Cebu daily. Fast crafts from Bacolod City take one hour at most.

 

GETTING AROUND
Taxi: White cars with the obvious Taxi sign on top. The best service are often offered by Light of Glory or GDR taxi. They drive fast but as relatively safe as possible.
Jeepneys: Dubbed the Unofficial national transport system, it's an automobile, with some resemblance to a Jeep vehicle, that has long leather benches for people to sit on. It's everywhere in the city and each jeepney has a set route to follow. Don't take this if you're in a great hurry as the drivers can sometimes decide to wait in the loading areas for 5-10 minutes.
Tri-Sikads or Tri-Cycles: Cycles mean motor bike while sikad means a manual bike. It's the method of transportation for small, tight roads in barangays and the outskirts of the city. It can be more expensive than the Jeepneys.

 

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

  • Hiligaynon
  • Tagalog
  • English

 

MUST SEES!

  • Miag-ao Church
  • Gigantes Island
  • Tangke Lagoon
  • Pawikan Cave
  • Pan de Azucar 
  • Nadsadjan Falls
  • Jaro Belfry
  • Jaro Church Iloilo
  • Guimbal Watchtowers
  • Siwaragan River
  • Sicogon Island 
  • Isla De Gigantes
  • Fort San Pedro
  • Museo Iloilo

 

LET’S GO TRY

  • La Paz Batchoy
  • Pancit Molo
  • Panaderia de Molo

 

LET'S GO EXPLORE & EXPERIENCE

  • Visit the stunning churches south of Iloilo.
  • Charter a boat to take you around the islands of North Iloilo. 
  • Explore Bucari in Leon and hike up to its majestic rice terraces.

 

LET’S GO TO FESTIVAL & EVENTS

  • Dinagyang (held every 4th weekend of January-A colorful cavalcade in honor of the Holy Child Jesus amidst the cracking drumbeats, Iloilo's version of the world famous Ati-atihan Festival.)
  • Feast of our Lady of Candles (held every February 2-Biggest and most opulent religious pageantry in Western Visayas.)
  • Miag-oa Church was built to endure the demands of the 17th century. Today it’s served by the 21st century Iloilo International Airport. Today it’s served by the 21st century Iloilo International Airport. (The intricate bas-relief is worth the visit.)

 

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

  • Iloilo City was derived from “irong-irong”, a reference to the native word “irong” which means “nose”. 
  • Iloilo City was also referred to as “La Muy Leal Y Noble Ciuded de Iloilo” in Spanish which means “Most Loyal and Noble City”.
  • Ilo-Ilo golf and country club is the oldest golf club in the Philippines. It was built at 1908 by Irish Engineers.

 

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
The best time to go to Iloilo is from January to June as these are the dry months and the hotels are cheaper. If you go there in December, rates are more expensive. Just like most cities in the Philippines, Iloilo has two seasons: wet and dry. It is always recommended to go there during the dry months because it is difficult to go anywhere in the city when it is raining.


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