ILOILO CITY: The Venice of the Philippines

Iloilo City is blessed with a wonderful gift – the Iloilo River. This river is the catalyst for the changes in Iloilo especially its marine industry. This river will truly makes Iloilo the beautiful city.

ILOILO CITY: The City of Love

Being a regional Center of Western Visayas, Iloilo's night life is very much active. With the presence of different bars, restaurants and hotels, this city has been delivering one of a kind experienced every night time.

ILOILO CITY: The Queen City of the South

Iloilo City has been making noise in terms of creating pursuing it dreams to become a modern city. High-raised building is now on its way to invade the city, as its tag-line says “My City My Pride”..

ILOILO CITY: The Center of Western Visayas

Welcoming growth and being highly-urbanized city, Iloilo's business growth is fast and becoming enormous. The presence of different intuitions in the city is an indication of being one of the economic centers in the Philippines.

ILOILO CITY: The City with Finest Festival

Paraw Regatta is one of Iloilo's finest festivals. Aside from this festivity Iloilo is also well-known for its Dinagyang which dubbed as the best Festival in the Country.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Iloilo: Where the Past is always Present

Iloilo City is synonymous to Dinagyang Festival, its delectable heirloom cuisine, well-preserved heritage structures and warm hospitality.
The capital of Iloilo province, which recently marked its 80th Charter Day in August, has a colorful past dating back to the arrival of the legendary 10 Bornean datus in the 12th century and purchased Panay Island with a golden salakot.
In the 1800s, it had titles, like La Muy Leal Y Noble Ciudad (The Most Loyal and Noble City) and later, Queen Regent’s City in the South, given by the Spanish Queen Regent Maria Cristina. These official accolades have made this urban center the first “queen city” in the south because of its vital role in the political, economic and religious landscape during the colonial period.
NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN AN OLD CITY. The Iloilo River Esplanade, a river rehabilitation program of the the Iloiolo City government, is one of the many modernization projects in the emerging metropolis in the South.
But far more than a museum town frozen in time, Iloilo is an emerging metropolis and a preferred site for business and leisure.
Its modern face is represented by Megaworld’s Iloilo Business Park, a master-planned development where major firms have made their presence felt. The enclave teems with lifestyle shops, dining outlets, star-rated hotels, and mixed-use buildings to cater to a growing urban hub.
The core of this township is the Iloilo Convention Center, which aims to make the city a new hub for MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions), a growing sector of the tourism industry.
Referred to as Icon, this state-of-the-art facility is at par with the country’s best, and has played host to prestigious events, including the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation ministerial conferences, the ASEAN 50 Summit, and the Charter Day concert of the Manila Symphony Orchestra.
Restored old Jaro municipal building
Prominent hotel chains, among them Marriott, Richmonde, and Seda have sprouted around the area to cash in on the boom in visitor arrivals that reached 994,923 in 2016 and plowed more than P18.7 billion to the local coffers.
This phenomenal tourism growth is due to the city’s accessibility with flights from Manila, and key cities such as Cebu, Cagayan de Oro and Davao. Malaysia-based budget Air Asia started serving the Iloilo route with three flights daily in October.
A new source of pride among the Ilonggos is the Iloilo River Esplanade, the centerpiece of a comprehensive river rehabilitation program of the city government.
Covering nine phases, the project includes river dredging, mangrove reforestation, landscaping of pathwalk for promenades and public recreation, which will have an aggregate length of about 10 kms when completed.
Waterworld Iloilo
Designed by urban planner Paulo Alcazaren, the Esplanade was given the GantimPALA Excellence Award for Leisure by the Philippine Association of Landscape Architects (PALA) in the recent 2017 Landscape Architecture Festival.
An interesting addition to the city’s must-sees is the newly-opened Waterworld Iloilo in Jaro district, a two-hectare waterpark, the first of its kind in the world to be powered by solar energy. It boasts 17 slides, a 222-meter long lazy river, play area for toddlers, and family-oriented amenities.
Iloilo’s urban allure has earned itself a long list of national awards despite being alleged as the “most shabulized” city. It was named champion in the Asian Development Bank’s Livable Cities, and first place in government efficiency among highly-urbanized cities in 2015 by the National Competitiveness Council, to name a few.
Just recently, in October, it was named one among the five finalists in the search for Most Business-Friendly Local Government Units of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Despite its march to urbanization, Iloilo’s major tourist magnet is its wide array of ancestral homes that have survived the ravages of time. With the battle cry “The Past is Always Present,” the City Council has legislated the grant of fiscal incentives to encourage preservation of these antiquarian gems.
A number of notable mansions have retained their old world grandeur, among them Casa Mariquit, which houses the memorabilia of former Philippine Vice President Fernando Lopez, and the Magdalena Jalandoni house, now known as the Kasanag Well-Being Center.
The stately 1920s Nelly Garden, Iloilo’s “Queen of Heritage Houses” built in the tradition of Beaux Art of French chateaux, is a noteworthy mansion, which served as the colonial era’s social hall.
Pedal Boat at River Esplanade
J.M. Basa St., known as the Spanish-era Calle Real, underwent a facelift to bring the downtown’s glory days. Aside from being an eye candy in their spruced-up facades, visitors can enter and admire at the well-preserved condition of the old buildings.
In the fringes of the city are the Yusay-Consing Mansion Mansion in Molo, the 1865 Camiña Balay nga Bato in Arevalo, and the newly restored old Jaro Municipal Hall declared an Important Cultural Property by the National Museum because of its exceptional Art Deco style.
An intrinsic part of the city’s living past are its historic churches such as the Cathedral of the Our Lady of Purification, the San Jose de Placer Parish, the Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Church in La Paz, and the Gothic-style Church of St. Anne in Molo which also hosted the MSO concert.
And with the past always present in its facets of daily living, Iloilo is a unique blend of an alluring bygone era and a comfortable urban escape.
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Iloilo’s Hippest Hangouts and Upcoming Spots

If you've been to Iloilo's classic sights, it's time to drop by the newest hangouts and upcoming spots in the City of Love! By Shai Lagarde

As one of the major provinces during the Spanish colonial era and officially declared as a Royal City in 1889 by the Queen of Spain, Iloilo is rich in historical and cultural treasures. Along with the mandatory food tripping and hopping around nearby beaches, waterfalls, and nature parks, any decent Iloilo itinerary would include beautiful remnants of the Spanish era, such as Calle Real (the royal road), Museo Iloilo, and Miag-ao church, a UNESCO World Heritage Baroque Church that dates back over 300 years.
Other heritage sites include the Camiña Balay nga BatoCasa MariquitLizares Mansion, and the magnificent Lopez Mansion popularly known as Nelly’s Garden. Many more tourist attractions fill this list, each one a testament to the old-world European charm for which the city is renowned.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

AGHO ISLAND, Concepcion Iloilo, Philippines (2 Days & 1 Night Itinerary)


Due to popular demand! Haha! If you have more questions, don't hesitate to text Nong Floro he's very responsive sa mga texts. 😊 Enjoy Agho! ❤

▪️DEPARTURE FROM ILOILO

Ride Ceres Liner bus to Concepcion from the Ceres Northbound Terminal located at Balantang, Jaro, Iloilo City. Regular fare is 125 and travel time is approximately 2.5 hours. I highly suggest that you ride the earliest departure at 4:15 am (aircon bus) or 5am (non aircon bus) to get to the island early and to avoid the morning traffic. Last trip is at around 3-4 in the afternoon.

▪️ARRIVAL IN CONCEPCION

Descend the bus upon arrival in the town of Concepcion. By this time, you should also contact Manong Floro of Agho Island at +639305710337 to let him know that you're already in the main land.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Metro Iloilo as UN model of governance.

Iloilo City  Aerial View
Metro Iloilo is one of the two metropolitan areas in the Philippines chosen by the United nations as models for Metropolitan governance.

According to the report of Iloilotoday.com, Evelyn Nacario Castro, one the official of the Metro Cebu Development Coordinating Board (MCDCB) confirmed that Metro Iloilo was selected together with Metro Cebu by the United Nations.

Metro Cebu and Metro Iloilo were chosen by the UN as models for metropolitan governance like Tokyo in Japan, New York in the United States, Paris in France, and Seoul in Korea.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

4 PH airports in Asia's best airports list

Iloilo International Airport
MANILA, Philippines – Iloilo International Airport, Mactan-Cebu International Airport, Clark International Airport, and Davao International Airport made it to the online travel website The Guide to Sleeping in Airports' top 30 best airports in Asia for 2016.

Iloilo International Airport ranked 12th, while Mactan-Cebu International Airport was at 14th, Clark International Airport at 15th, and Davao International Airport at 26th, among the airports surveyed by the travel website.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Megaworld eyes Davao, Cebu locators for Iloilo Business Park



A view from the Richmonde Hotel inside the Iloilo Business Park shows buildings in various stages of completion. The structure at the foreground is the Iloilo Convention Center while looming behind is the still being constructed Marriot Courtyard Hotel. (Stella Estremera)

By Stella A. Estremera
MEGAWORLD Corporation noted the interest of Mindanao businesses in their 72-hectare new township development in Iloilo that is fast shaping up.

“We have been receiving a lot of inquiries from Davao and Cebu but majority are still locals,” said Harold Brian Geronimo, Megaworld's head for public relations and communications.
As it is, the commercial lots at the Iloilo Business Park are almost 80 percent sold out, he said.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Davao City and Iloilo City: A new Centers of Excellence for BPO operations

MANILA - Ten cities in the Philippines were named as the next hubs for the information technology and business process management (IT-BPM) sector.

In the latest Next Wave Cities (NWC) report, the Department of Science and Technology-Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO), Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP), and Leechiu Property Consultants (LPC) proclaimed 10 "next wave" cities as top locations for local and international IT-BPM players.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Iloilo Ancestral Home: Marquez Lim Mansion

The newly restored Marquez Lim mansion at 11 Mapa Street, Iloilo City (beside Sta. Maria Church)

The Marquez Lim mansion was inherited by former Senator Nikki Coseteng from her mother Alicia Guanco Marquez Lim. She is the fifth generation of Marquez Lim to have inherited the house.

Coseteng earlier told media that the house restoration was made by Marcelo Alonzo, a Manila-based interior designer. The old glass blocks, tiles and all portions of the house which reflects its antiquity are being restored. Even the old faucets were rechromed. The house was also repainted with olive green to look livelier. Before it looks like a white house.Coseteng said she wants to share the house with everyone as part of Iloilo's rich heritage. She said the Marquez Lim ancestral house has a lot of stories to tell.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Ayala Land to start Sicogon Island tourism project

by MBOnline

Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) and Sicogon Development Corporation (SIDECO) will launch Sicogon Island Tourism Estate development within the first half of 2016.

The ALI-SIDECO joint venture is expected to drive economic progress in Western Visayas and the entire region as it serves as a tourism hub for surrounding or nearby destinations like Gigantes, Bantayan and Concepcion islands.

The 1,100-hectare Sicogon Island will feature a balanced mix of developments, such as a resort town center, hotels and resorts, as well as commercial and residential establishments, supported by an on-site airstrip.  The ground breaking of the airport runway is scheduled for the second half of the year.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Forget Boracay: Islas de Gigantes White Sand Beaches are Unspoilt


To most tourists, Boracay is still the “epitome” of the best white sand beach in the Philippines. But if you’re unlike them who prefers low-key, uncrowded white sand beach, head on to Isla de Gigantes instead, located in Carles, Iloilo.

My research convinced me that we will only go to Cabugao Gamay, Tangke Water Lagoon, Bantique Sandbar and Antonia Beach. It’s impossible to explore the remaining islets/islands in one day. Gigantes is named as such because it’s giant, where “malalaking tao” or giant people according to locals, used to live.

It’s easy to fall in love with Bantique Sandbar. The waters are crystal-clear green and the sand on the beach is flat. If you don’t know how to swim, or for some reason afraid to go farther away from the shore, Bantique Sandbar invites you to go farther without worrying of the sudden slide of the sand. It’s that flat! Even up to chest deep. Bantique Sandbar feels like a huge swimming pool. But always be careful.

Friday, February 12, 2016

List of BPO Company in Iloilo

Iloilo City is one of the major hubs in business process outsourcing industry. The presence of contact centers, KPO, transcription & online research centers are widely distributed in the city. 

Why Iloilo is business friendly for BPO companies?
  • the high pool of graduates coming from 8 universities in the city (excluding external campuses and other 2 universities in Iloilo Province )
  • the low cost of business
  • the stable power provided by sole distributor PECO
  • the presence of all internet & communication provider in the philippines
  • the accessibility of the city having state of the art Airport
  • the presence of 4 big companies  namely, Iloilo Business Park, Ayala, Gaisano & SM which build offices suited for ICT & accredited by PEZA

Below is the list of BPO/KPO Companies in the City & Province  of Iloilo


Monday, January 25, 2016

Dinagyang 2016 List of of Winners

 ATI ATI TRIBES COMPETITION

Major Awards
Champion: Tribu Salugnon sang Jaro National High School
1st runner up: Tribu Ilonganon sang Jalandoni Memorial National High School
2nd runner up: Tribu Pan-ay sang Fort San Pedro National High School
3rd runner up: Tribu Paghidaet sang Lapaz National High School
4th runner up: Tribu Baybayanon sang Calaparan National High School



Minor Awards
Best in Performance: Tribu Salugnon sang Jaro National High School
Best in Choreography: Tribu Salugnon sang Jaro National High School
Best in Music: Tribu Panayanon sang Iloilo City National High School
Best in Costume: Tribu Panayanon sang Iloilo City National High School
Best in Street Dancing: Tribu Panayanon sang Iloilo City National High School
Best in Discipline: Tribu Ilonganon sang Jalandoni National High School


Special Awards
Best in Choreograper: Tribu Salugnon sang Jaro National High School
Best in Musical Director: Tribu Panayanon sang Iloilo City National High School
Best in Headress: Tribu Panayanon sang Iloilo City National High School
Best in Costume Designer: Tribu Panayanon sang Iloilo City National High School


OPENING SALVO AWARD
Best in Overall Performance: Tribu Salugnon sang Jaro National High School
Best in Discipline: Tribu Panayanon sang Iloilo City National High School
Best in Costume: Tribu Salugnon sang Jaro National High School




KASADYAHAN REGIONAL CULTURAL COMPETITION

Major Awards
Champion: Tribu Tatusan sang Caluya, Antique
1st runner up: Tribu Kasag sang Banate, Iloilo
2nd runner up: Tribu Bantayan sang Guimbal, Iloilo
3rd runner up: Mabulakon’g Pundok Sa Erpazalio sang Pinta Flores Festival, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental
4th runner up: Tribu Patabang sang Tapaz, Capiz



Minor Awards Best in Street Dancing: Tribu Bantayan sang Guimbal, Iloilo
Best in Performance: Tribu Kasag sang Banate, Iloilo
Best in Choreography: Tribu Tatusan sang Caluya, Antique
Best in Music: Tribu Kasag sang Banate, Iloilo
Best in Costume: Tribu Kasag sang Banate, Iloilo
Best in Choreographer: Tribu Tatusan sang Caluya, Antique
Best Musical Director: Tribu Kasag sang Banate, Iloilo

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Dinagyang 2016 @ Iloilo City, Philippines

Iloilo's Dinagyang 2016: Beyond Fan Fame Borders

January is really more fun in the Philippines! In Visayas Region alone three of the most famous festivals will be held.  Iloilo's Hall of Fame Awardee Dinagyang will be bigger and quality festival that will set on January 23 & 24, 2016. To know more about the schedule take a closer look for this schedule:

ILOILO DINAGYANG 2016 SCHEDULE

Jan. 03 - 4PM Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2016 Fashion Show – SM City Iloilo – New Wing

Jan. 08 - 2PM Opening Salvo Mass with the different Tribe Dancers – San Jose Parish Church

Jan. 08 - 3PM OPENING SALVO – City Parade Route – Circuit Eight

Jan. 09 - 4PM Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2016 Pre-Pageant Festival Costume – SM City Iloilo – New Wing

Jan. 09 - 4PM Mr. Iloilo Dinagynag  and Ms. Iloilo Dinagyang – Robinson’s Place Iloilo (Housefit Gym Center)

Jan. 15 - 4PM Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2016 Pre-Pageant: Parade of Beauties & Swimwear – Iloilo Business Park & Esplanade

Jan. 16 - 4PM Sto. Niño Festival Queen – SM City Iloilo Event Center

Jan. 18 - 6:30AM  Arrival of the Pilgrim Image of Señor Sto. Niño from Cebu City to Iloilo Airport Terminal Motorcade passing by Cabatuan, Sta. Barbara, Pavia, and Jaro Cathedral – San Jose Parish Church

Jan. 18 - 1:30 PM Arrival at the Cathedral (Mass and Public Veneration) – San Jose Parish Church
Jan. 18 - 5:30 PM Opening of Iloilo Travel Mart – SM City Iloilo

Jan. 19 - 4PM  Iloilo Arts Festival: Folk Dance, Binalabay, Latin Dance Sports – SM City Carpark

Jan. 20 - 7PM Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2016 Coronation Night – San Agustin Gym

Jan. 21 - 5PM Onwards Dinagyang IHRAA FOOD FESTIVAL – Delgado Street


JAN 22:

8AM TAMBOR TRUMPA MARTSA MUSIKA – Bonifacio Drive to Freedom Grandstand

3PM SALVO OF A THOUSAND DRUMS – Arroyo Fountain Area

3PM FLUVIAL PROCESSION – Fort San Pedro to disembark in Iloilo Customs House to San Jose Parish Church

7 PM Kapuso Night  – Robinson’s Place Iloilo

7 PM LUCES IN THE SKY – SM City Parking Lot


JAN 23:

7AM Mass for Kasadyahan Contestants – San Jose Paris Church

8AM KASADYAHAN CULTURAL COMPETITION – City Parade Route – Circuit Eight

2PM Sponsors Mardi Gras – Parade from Freedom Grandstand

7PM  RELIGIOUS SADSAD – San Jose Parish Church


JAN 24:

6AM Concelebrated High Mass – San Jose Paris Church

8AM 2016 ILOILO DINAGYANG ATI CONTEST – City Parade Route
   
PM      AWARDING CEREMONY – Freedom Grandstand


Where to stay?

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Top Tourist Spots in Iloilo City

Here is my List of Top Tourist Spots in Iloilo City Philippines:

01) Iloilo's Esplande 1, 2 & 3
02) Camina Balay Na Bato
03) Nelly's Garden
04) Fort San Pedro
05) Restored Iloilo Old Capitol 
06) Museo Iloilo
07) Iloilo City Hall - Gallery & Rooftop
08) Calle Real District & Array Of Restored Buildings
09) Roberto's House
10) Casa Mariquit - Ancestral Home
11) Jaro Cathedral
12) Molo Church
13) Molo Mansion
14) Iloilo Diversion Road
15) Villa Church



Monday, September 14, 2015

Iloilo is Rising

The renaissance of Iloilo has begun. After a years of being on the sideline, Iloilo has finally undergone a rebirth - emerging as the new face of economic progress attracting increasing insvestments ans potential businesses - all while preserving its glorious past.




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