History and Culture
CHOOSY KA BA: 10 Reasons to Choose Iloilo (More Than The City of Love)
Choose Philippines | Mar 05, 2015
Did you know that Iloilo was an official “Royal City” in the 1890’s?
It was awarded the Perpetual Title “La Muy Leal Y Noble Ciuded de Iloilo” which means “Most Loyal and Noble City.” The town was recognized by Spain’s Queen Regent Maria Cristina through the Royal Decree of 1896 in appreciation of the people’s loyalty to the Spanish crown as shown in an inscription in the Coat of Arms, and consequently earning the moniker "The Queen's City of the South" during that period.
Iloilo has a lot to offer, our suggested list is just trimmed down to 10 in no particular order. So, keep on exploring the City of Love and tell us about your very own “10 reasons why you choose Iloilo.”
Historical Places and it’s Natural Splendor
1. Walk at the historical streets of Calle Real
It’s like exploring in a museum. You’ll see old buildings that were built during the late Spanish era that survived World War II and have fended off the ravages of time.
2. Enjoy a hot cup of native chocolate at an ancestral house called “balay nga bato” (stone house).
3. Take a break and enjoy nature at Damires Hills.
It is 40-hectare inland resort for those who would like to escape the busy city-life or just enjoy the rest days, to relax, enjoy and simply breathe some fresh air.
4. Take a peek at the well-preserved San Joaquin Cemetery.
This ancient Roman Catholic cemetery is perhaps the best preserved in the entire Iloilo Province. The cemetery is enclosed by stone walls and wrought-iron grills. The Camposanto also sits on a hill overlooking the sea.
Recipes and Food Galore
5. Try to cook the specialty of Molo, Iloilo.
Pancit molo is an adaptation of wonton soup, and is the specialty of the district of Molo in Iloilo City.
6. Enjoy delicious dinners with Iloilo’s restaurants.
Theses recommended restaurants won't only fill your tummy but also fill your hearts with good vibes.
7. Take home a piece of Iloilo with you.
The official Dinagyang mascot, Dagoy, is a friendly Aeta/Ati kid. Standing almost 7-feet tall, it has now a miniature version that you can bring home.
Merry-making and Lovely People
8. Immerse with the Ilonggos at their famous Dinagyang Festival.
The festival reflects the Ilonggos artistry, craftsmanship and creativity as seen through their costumes and choreography of the participating tribes.
9. Learn how to cook Batchoy with the country’s Ilongga top chef.
Chef Pauline showed the viewers of "KrisTV" how to cook Iloilo's popular batchoy. This most famous Ilonggo noodle dish started even before World War II.
Don’t want to cook? Know where to get it here.
10. Fall in love with an Ilongga.
Need we say more? Here’s the proof:
How to Get There
From Manila, you can fly to Iloilo (estimated cost of Php3,000++, round trip, one hour). The Iloilo Airport is 30 minutes (approximately 19 km) away from Iloilo City.
You can also opt for a bus trip (estimated cost of PhP875++ per head, air-conditioned bus and boat fare, 17 hours plus).