March 29, 2019
Getting around Iloilo is now easier with the entry of Southwest Travel and Tours, a transportation rental service popular in the Visayas region, for rentals of buses, mini buses, coasters, vans, taxis, and even speedboats of top quality.
The Jaro Cathedral holds the statue of the Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria or Our Lady of Candles on top of the facade, which is believed to be miraculous and is visited by Catholics and devotees from all over the country.
The Iloilo River Esplanade is a park where guests can go jogging or have a picnic that overlooks the cleanest urban river in the Philippines.
For 44 years and counting, Biscocho Haus is the most iconic shop where tourists get their pasalubong. Biscocho Haus is the pioneer of adding sugar and butter to the delicacy, making it a classic sweet snack.
Set in a 150-year-old house, the Camiña Balay Nga Bato restaurant brings their guests back in time by serving traditional Ilonggo dishes at the second floor dining room while surrounded by the house’s original furniture. Before heading upstairs, there are souvenir items, tablea, suka, homemade sinamak, and cooking utensils used by the restaurant being sold.
The many stories of the San Joaquin Church and Cemetery begin with the “Barter of Panay” myth, and continued with the intricate baroque architecture made of white coral and fossil stones.
Garin Farm is a popular tourist destination mixing pilgrimage, agriculture, and leisure. Made up of 456 steps, the pilgrimage is highlighted with replicas of the life of Jesus Christ, leading to the replica of heaven at the very top. Their agricultural features include livestock and crops, wherein the produce are used in their restaurant and supplied to other companies.
Garin Farm also has a pool, small villas, and fun activities such as zip-lining and kayaking.
The Sulu Garden in Miagao houses a restaurant with Filipino and Japanese food as well as a small arts and history museum amid the background of the large and relaxing garden.
The Miagao Church or the Santo Tomas de Villanueva Parish Church was named Unesco Heritage Site back in 1993 under the title of Baroque Churches in the Philippines.
Hablon Weaving in Miagao showcases a very intricate and traditional process of fabric production, which would then be transformed into scarves and clothing, among others. There are five accredited weaving centers in the area, who continue to support women and their craft.
Located downtown, Calle Real used to be the main business area of Iloilo City. The historical street still retains the architecture and original shop branches it is known for.
The country’s first museum of economic history opened in Iloilo on February 11 – the Philippine Museum of Economic History, which is aptly located at the century-old Ynchausti y Compañia building, owned by the family that founded Tanduay.
From the Parola or Jordan Wharf, the island of Guimaras is only 20 minutes away from Iloilo by boat.
Known as having the sweetest mangoes, there are countless shops and markets that sell the sweet treat in every form. Restaurants use mangoes in sweet and savory ways, like how the restaurant Olivia’s Kitchen uses it in their pizza.
Guests can visit and stay at Andana Resort, with comfortable hotel rooms and beach pods or villas for a comfortable stay. The resort has a pool, beach, and the largest inflatable water park in Western Visayas. Guests can also go jogging, biking, and hiking in the premises.
The San Lorenzo Windmills is located on top of a mountain and provide a great view at any time of the day.
Before leaving Guimaras, tourists can visit the Trappist Monastery and Gift Shop for personal prayers or prayers done by the resident brothers.
Traveling to and from Iloilo is now made simpler with Cebu Pacific, which has a total of eight domestic and two international flights. Cebu Pacific owns majority of the flights in Iloilo and is also the only airline flying internationally from the province.
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