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)
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.
Museo Iloilo logo
picture of me
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
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!
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.
up close rotunda
The Old Provincial Capitol
some ancestral house
Western Visayas University
one of the famous old house in the city
another ancestral house
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! :)