Iloilo City was derived from “irong-irong”, a reference to the native word “irong” which means “nose”.
The term “ilong-ilong” was popularized because of the Chinese traders who mispronounce the “r” sound with “l” sound. It later then evolved into what is now “Iloilo”.
Iloilo City was also referred to as “La Muy Leal Y Noble Ciuded de Iloilo” in Spanish which means “Most Loyal and Noble City”. This is an inscription in the coat of arms from the Royal Decree of 1896 in recognition of the local people’s loyalty to the Spanish crown.
What to Do
- Barotac Nuevo Football for the famous field where the Azkals play.
- Gigantes Island - a new discovery up northern Iloilo is a must visit. Island hop and trek to waterfalls and beautiful blue waters then feast on fat juicy scallops.
- History Church hop: Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral, St. Anne’s Church, Miagao Church and Navalas Church
- Bulabog Puti-An National Park in Dingle to visit the home of endangered animals plus 35 caves with swimming holes.
- Go back in time and take a stroll at Calle Real to see heritage structures
- Witness the Paraw Regattaevery February for sailing events and races from Iloilo to Guimaras!
- Dinagyang Festival yearly every January to celebrate far out costumes and dances from Sto. Nino.
- Visit the Lizares Mansion in Jaro City that is rumored to be haunted by tortured nuns and prominent Ilonggo family members during the Japanese occupation
- Jog at Iloilo River Esplanade, a 1.2 km river wallk stretch
Did you Know?
- You can take a road trip to Boracay from Iloilo! There’s a mountain that meets the see you pass through Antique/ Travel time: 4-5 hours
- It only takes a 15-minute boat ride from Iloilo to Guimaras Island, the home of sweet mangoes
Where to Eat
- Breakthrough for some scallops and seafood (dampa style) overlooking the sea and Guimaras Island.
- Smallville Compound for a strip of restaurants and good old eateries and fabulous nightlife.
- Must try La Paz Batchoy showdown: Ted’s Old Timer Batchoy, Netong’s and Deco’s Original La Paz Batchoy.
- Sweet potato buns or camote bread and pili tarts in Tinapayan
- **Fort San Pedro for Iloilo’s version of chicken inasal!
- Have hot tsokolate at Camiña Balay nga Bato / Tsokolate House
Your trip won’t be complete ‘till you buy some pasalubong! Our suggestions:
- For all the sweet treats, go to Biscocho House. The butterscotch is a must try!
- Get some crunchy barquillos at Deocampo
- Go to Pavia for the town’s specialty: baye-baye.
How to Get There
From Manila, you can fly to Iloilo (estimated cost of Php3,000++, round trip, one hour). From Iloilo Airport, you can hail a cab and ask to be dropped off at your destination.
Philippine Airlines flies daily to Iloilo. Book your flight now only at PAL.
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