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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Exploring Iloilo City: The Cultural Way

Name of Trip: Panay Island Adventures 2010
Date: June 13 - 16, 2010
Destination: Iloilo City, Capiz, Aklan (Kalibo & Boracay) and Guimaras Island
Travel via: Air (Philippine Airlines & Airphil Express), Land (van, tricycle, multicab), Water (motor boat)

Museo Iloilo

On our last day in Panay Island, we decided to explore again the city and this time in cultural way. Actually, we come up with the concept since our van driver was promoting Iloilo and he started to explain about the history of the province. A driver and tour guide rolled into one. Good thing that he was very familiar with different places of the city. We started touring around the city by exploring the different sites. He explained that Iloilo has rich in cultures so no wonder, there were many ancestral homes that were kept untouched. He also mentioned that the city was divided into several districts. To name a few, Jaro, Molo, Mandurriao and La Paz. 

First Stop: Museo Iloilo

Our driver stopped us to this place to further explain about Iloilo including the history on how it transformed in to a vibrant and urbanized city in the Philippines. This museum displays different artifacts and antiques related to Western Visayas. Since Iloilo has religious background, different images and relics were also shown here. We went inside and paid PHP20 entrance fee and we were warned by a staff on not to take a photos while inside the museum or we will fined PHP500. This museum is very accessible since it was just infront of the Provincial Capitol of Iloilo and many jeepneys ply to this place. 

The museum

group picture


Museo Iloilo logo

picture of me

up close

group picture again

Next Stop: Provincial Capitol

We took some shots at the capitol which was considered modern. It was also huge at the back of Museo Iloilo. We also find time to take some photos.

The Capitol at the back of Museo Iloilo

arrived at Museo Iloilo

up close

high story capitol

Next Stop: La Paz District

We went to this place in order to experience the authentic La Paz Batchoy. It was one of the major contributors of Iloilo to the country. The food was first established in La Paz Market and our driver stopped us to this place to experience the culture of eating La Paz Batchoy.

on our way to La Paz, Iloilo City

Home of La Paz Batchoy

went to Deco's

experience La Paz Batchoy at La Paz, Iloilo

waiting for our meal!

group picture

Next Stop: Biscocho Haus

They say that if you will never leave Iloilo without trying to visit and buy pasalubong at Biscocho Haus. It has different branches in the city and the driver stopped us at Jaro district and bought the famous butterscotch worth PHP50 per pack. We also bought pinasugbo, piyaya and biscocho. 

Next Stop: Other Places and Landmarks 

After that, we went to different landmarks within the city. Our driver was really well-informed about the different places around the city. He gave us maps and tourist guided brochure about Iloilo. We went to ancestral houses, rotundas, old buildings and even movie house. It was educating and fun. We took photos along our way.

the rotunda

up close rotunda

The Old Provincial Capitol

some ancestral house

Western Visayas University

one of the famous old house in the city

up close

another ancestral house

Angelicum School

their famous landmark

one of the old structures in the city

first movie house in Iloilo

We toured around Iloilo for more than 4 hours until one of the team suggested to explore an island just across Iloilo City. The driver agreed to that idea and we decided to be there since it was one boat ride from the pier. 

Continue to the next blog for that island adventure! :)

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