2018 ILOILO CITY TRAVEL GUIDE | ITINERARY, BUDGET, LIST OF HOTELS, TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

 ILOILO CITY TRAVEL GUIDE | ITINERARY, BUDGET, LIST OF HOTELS, TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

 

2018 ILOILO CITY TRAVEL GUIDE | ITINERARY, BUDGET, LIST OF HOTELS, TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

 

With a good transportation system visiting Iloilo City from my hometown Bacolod becomes pleasurable. The Negrense Bloggers and some friends from the media and Bacolod Camera Club visited Iloilo City via Fast Cat.

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About Fast Cat

Fast Cat is the only shipping company in the country which operates catamaran Roll-on/Roll-off (RoRo) ferries. Designed fitted for the sea conditions and weather in the Philippines by Sea Transport Solutions of Australia.

Along with her sister companies, Philtranco and JAM Liner Inc. , the Fast Cat was put up to provide seamless travel in the entire Philippine Archipelago.
Philtranco is serving the routes of Southern Tagalog, Bicol, the Visayas, and Mindanao.

About Iloilo   

Located in scenic Panay Island, The Province of Iloilo with Iloilo City as its capital is one of the most peaceful places in the country, populated by a people who can be characterized for their being personable and for being unpretentiously gentle and soft-spoken. Their composition and their overall composure as a people are the stuff of legends as they are characteristically soft-spoken with a lilting dialect that seems to strum the proverbial strings of your heart. Rarely will you find an Ilonggo who would be cut differently from the cloth – as they all seem to be possessed of the same qualities that mark them as quite unique individuals.

It has been said that the province and its capital city’s name is derived from the term Irong-Irong or Ilong-Ilong – which is explained by the convergence of the Iloilo and Batiano Rivers forming a rather prominent nose-like landscape when viewed from above. Through the years, the name has been contracted, hence the name, Iloilo. No matter if this tale is true or not, the important thing is that the place seems to be a veritable factory of the most even-keeled people with a predisposition for a personality that borders on the sweet.

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There are 42 municipalities and one city in the province and each place boasts of something that really sets it apart from the rest. The province is also known for its agriculture, regularly producing products which are staples for exportation. Being an island, it is also teeming with rich marine life, some of which are protected, some of which are for commercial consumption. The biodiversity of the province is quite pronounced with several indigenous species of flora and fauna to be found in its borders.

It is also the recognized trade center of the Western Visayas region, with several important trading posts, international ports and airports servicing millions of visitors and serving as conduits for billions of pesos’ worth of trade. This province is also a center for education with several prominent universities and educational institutions producing the best minds in the fields of science, engineering, agriculture and the social arts.

As Ilonggos are all inclined to be merry and love to be part of any kind of merrymaking, it comes as no surprise that every month, there is something to be celebrated – from feasts of patron saints, to mythical figures, to historical events and the like. It seems that for Ilonggos, there’s always a reason to be engaged in a little bit of merrymaking – probably one of the many reasons why their personalities and their culture have earned their province the moniker – the Heart of the Philippines. Their vibrancy and their capacity for merriment are truly things that help to establish the beat of the country’s proverbial heart.

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The famous  San Joaquin Campo Santo located in San Joaquin in Iloilo, Philippines. This famous landmark was declared as  National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum of the Philippines along with San Joaquin Church

Exploring the province will also bring you to many entertaining surprises. Graceful and elegant artifacts and relics of a time long past can be perused in its museums with each piece seemingly whispering its secrets to your ear. Preserved houses of historical figures, as well as those with religious significance, dot the landscape. If you can, take a side trip to Graciano Lopez Jaena’s hometown of Jaro and be ready to enter a totally different enclave of vintage houses maintained to exacting specifications. You would find yourself as if you are living in the past – with the elitist rich of the Ilonggo people seeming to watch over every move.

Iloilo’s Arevalo District is also another place to behold. Those who are into horticulture would appreciate the variety of blooms that dot the front of the village houses all year-round. Those who want to find native textiles such as sinamay, jusi and the like would also do well to drop by the district as it houses the famed Ilonggo weavers.

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Top: Molo Plaza, Below: Miagao Church

Iloilo also houses several architectural wonders of religious significance – the Miag-ao Fortress Church, San Joaquin Church as well as the Sta. Barbara Church all highlight different facades which would make any visitor with an eye for such features satisfied.

But gastronauts would surely find Iloilo’s rich cuisine highly exceptional and satisfying to their discerning palate. Bakeries regularly churn out torones, galletas, biscochos, broas, hojaldres and banadas – among other exotic sounding biscuits and bread products. Take to the streets and the restaurants to sample the famed pancit molo and la paz batchoy – noodles enriched with flavorful broth, as well as their chicken binakol.

Iloilo beats the life into the vibrant culture of the Philippines – infusing it with such elements that help it to separate Filipino culture from the rest. While it may have its own regional flavor, it does add to the vibrant and ever-evolving culture that is truly Filipino.

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 Molo Church

1-Day Iloilo Itinerary 

Below is our itinerary for our Iloilo Heritage Tour. Our tour around the city was via Philtranco Bus.

  4:30 am – assembly time at Banago Port, Bacolod

 5:00 am – 7: 00 am from Bacolod to Iloilo via FastCat (see below for the fare and schedule )

7:00 am – 9 :00 am Miagao Church

9:00 am – 10:00 am  San Joaquin Cemetery

10:00-12:30 – Garin Farm

12:30 -1:30 pm – lunch in Arevalo

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm- Molo Church, Mansion, and Plaza

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm-  Camina, Balay na Bato

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Arevalo Weavers

4:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Dinner at Atria /Netong’s Batchoy

 8:00 pm – 10 PM – Trip to Bacolod (via fast Cat)

 

 

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Garin Farm

Things to Do in Iloilo City | Tourist Attractions

There are so many things that you can do when in Iloilo City. Below are some of the famous attractions of the city and some other activities which you will surely enjoy.

Enjoy Guimaras Island

Iloilo City is a gateway to many destinations. Just 15 minutes away from the City, you will reach Guimaras island which is loaded with tourist attractions.

Guimaras Travel Guide
List of Resorts in Guimaras
Nature’s Eye Resort in Guimaras
Magic Island Resort
Guimaras Manggahan Festival

Miagao Church

This UNESCO Heritage Church is one of the oldest church in the country. In my own personal point of view, the Miagao Church is one of the churches in the Philippines with the most beautiful facade. Please click the link to read my review – Miagao Church

Experience Islas de Gigantes

One of the most beautiful tourist spots in Western Visayas is the Islas de Gigantes found on the Carles, Iloilo. I have outlined in the travel guide details on what to see and do on the island. Please click here for the Islas de Gigantes Travel Guide

Side trip to Bacolod City

Bacolod City is just an hour fast craft ride from Iloilo City. You can easily take a day trip or even stay for 3-4 days in Bacolod to maximize your visit in the Visayas. Listed below are some article to help you out if you plan a side trip in Bacolod City.

Bacolod City Travel Guide
3-Day itinerary in Bacolod City
List of Hotels in Bacolod City
List of Restaurants in Bacolod City

Negros Occidental Travel Guide

Dinagyang Festival

Iloilo City is home to the famed Dinagyang Festival held every January in honor of the Sto. Nino. Please click here for the detailed Dinagyang Schedule of Activities.

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Garin Farm

List of Budget Hotels in Iloilo City

Iloilo City Has a wide array of hotels ready to serve any guests. In your next visit, you can book a room by simply clicking on the links below. Most of these hotels offer discounted rates.

BOOK YOUR DISCOUNTED HOTEL ROOM HERE 

Chito’s Hotel
180 De Leon Street, City Proper, Iloilo, Philippines, 5000

Circle Inn – Iloilo City Center
Iznart Street, Maria Clara, City Proper, Iloilo, Philippines

Days Hotel Iloilo
The Atrium at the Capitol, Cor Gen. Luna- Bonifacio Dr, City Proper, Iloilo, Philippines, 5000

District 21 Hotel
Donato M.Pison Avenue Brgy. San Rafael Mandurriao, Mandurriao, Iloilo, Philippines, 5000

DIVERSION 21 HOTEL
Benigno Aquino Avenue Service Road, Mandurriao, Iloilo, Philippines, 5000

Go Hotels Iloilo
Ledesma Street, City Proper, Iloilo, Philippines

GT Hotel Iloilo
De Leon Street Iloilo City, City Proper, Iloilo, Philippines, 5000

Harbor Town Hotel
corner JM Basa – Aldeguer Streets, City Proper, Iloilo, Philippines

Hotel Del Rio
M.H. Del Pilar St., Molo, Iloilo, Philippines, 5000

Iloilo Business Hotel
Benigno Aquino Avenue, Mandurriao, Iloilo, Philippines, 5000

Iloilo Budget Inn – Jaro
E.L. 98, 12 Castilla Street, Jaro, Iloilo, Philippines, 5000

Iloilo Midtown Hotel
corner Yulo – Iznart Streets, City Proper, Iloilo, Philippines, 5000

Injap Tower Hotel
West Diversion Road, Manduarriao, Mandurriao, Iloilo, Philippines

La Fiesta Hotel
M.H. Del Pilar Street, Molo, Molo, Iloilo, Philippines, 5000

Mo2 Westown Hotel and Resort
Glicerio T. Pison Benigno Aquino Drive, Mandurriao, Iloilo, Philippines, 5000

One Lourdes Dormitel
Cor. Fuentes and Ledesma Sts, City Proper, Iloilo, Philippines, 5000
People’s Hotel
Corner Delgado and Fuentes Streets, Iloilo, City Proper, Iloilo, Philippines, 5000

Riverside Inn
Times Square Building, General Luna Street, City Proper, Iloilo, Philippines, 5000

Richmonde Hotel Iloilo
Megaworld Boulevard cor. Enterprise Road, Iloilo Business Park, Mandurriao, Iloilo, Philippines, 5000

SMALLVILLE 21 HOTEL
Pasencia T. Pison Avenue, Smallville Complex, Mandurriao, Iloilo, Philippines, 5000

The Mansion
101 General Luna Street Iloilo City Philippines, City Proper, Iloilo, Philippines,

Urban Inn
Luna Street cor. Arroyo Magdalo St. (In Front of St Clements Parish), Lapaz, La Paz, Iloilo, Philippines, 5000

 

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Miag-ao Church, Iloilo

How to Get to Iloilo

Iloilo by Air

Iloilo is being served by her new International Airport located in Cabatuan. Several airlines have flights daily and weekly on various routes as follows: Iloilo – Manila; Iloilo – Cebu; Iloilo – Davao; Iloilo – Cagayan; Iloilo – General Santos; Iloilo – Puerto Princesa and Iloilo – Tacloban. The airport also has It also has two (2) flights/week from Iloilo to Hong Kong and three (3) flights/ weekly from Iloilo to Singapore.
To get to the airport from the city, one can take a van at the terminal located at SM City at PHP 55/person or you can take a taxi.

Iloilo by Sea

The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has a terminal in Lapuz, Iloilo City serving Iloilo-Bacolod passengers. Simply ask around to get to the Fast Cat Terminal which is just located within the area. The Fort San Pedro has several trips for Iloilo-Manila Route; Iloilo to Cagayan Route; and Iloilo to Cebu Route.
For Iloilo-Guimaras Route, just proceed to the Parola Terminal. They have 30 trips daily.

There are also trips for Bacolod-Iloilo Passengers at the Port of Dumangas-Naluyu-an, around 29 kilometers east from Iloilo City.

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University of the Philippines-Visayas

Fast Cat Iloilo-Bacolod Route Schedule and Route

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20 Comments:

  1. I haven’t been to IloIlo City but I’ll bookmark this should we plan to in the near future.

  2. This makes me really want to wish in coming back home and visit.

  3. This list is a good guide for travelers to Iloilo. I wish I could see those historical churches myself.

  4. Heather Gallagher

    Oh my gosh – how gorgeous is Iloilo? I have wanderlust at all times and I’m going to check out these hotels!

  5. What a great list! I’ve never been, but it definitely looks gorgeous there! I’d love to visit one day! Thanks for sharing!

  6. The Miag-ao church looks amazing! What an architecture! I hope I can visit the Philippines and Iloilo City in the future.

  7. The architecture of Iloilo city is so cool and unique from other places. Great list of hotels as well.

  8. Thanks for the list this would help out those who plans on visiting this beautiful place.

  9. Wow, lovely hotels! We will be in Iloilo this coming holiday.

  10. Oh, this is so informative. We will check these hotels, hope to be in your country soon!

  11. Oh, this is so informative. We will check these hotels, hope to be in your country soon!

  12. Wow, Iloilo sounds like a happy place to stay to. We will visit there soon!

  13. I’ve never been to Iloilo City before. But in case we plan a trip there someday, I now know I can revert to this post to see a nice list of accommodations. 🙂

  14. It’s nice that there are a few options for travelers to stay at. This makes planning visits much easier.

  15. Thanks for this! I don’t know when I’ll ever be able to travel to Iloilo but it sure is nice knowing where I can stay! It sounds like a lovely place!

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