Iloilo was the Philippines’ last Spanish-colonial capital back in the cities glory days when the United States of America defeated Manila. Today you can still see remnants of the cities splendid past among its bustling streets.
As is the case with just about all Philippine Islands, Iloilo has dense forestation inland and beautiful bodies of water on the outsides. In addition to the good food, when people think of Iloilo, they think of its old buildings and churches, which are reminders of Iloilo’s culture, rich history and and affluence.
Today it is highly urbanized with an international airport, international and domestic ports and quite a few outsourcing centers as foreign investors have moved in. With a track record of reliability when it comes to hosting conventions and business meetings, good security, accessible through travel and modern amenities, many businesses find Iloilo to be an attractive business destination.
When you go to Iloilo, you can experience what a real vacation is like with its stately mansions, rich historical and cultural attractions and unsoiled countryside.
What To Do In Iloilo City
Beaches and Water – Like most Philippines destinations, the Island of Panay is blessed with picturesque seascapes on its beautiful coasts and the island has a diverse marine life. Iloilo Province’s beaches has its beautiful island scenes which rival the top tourist destinations in the Philippines.
Food and NightLife- Iloilo is known for it’s great food and restaurants. Many who come to visit for meetings or vacations also enjoy the cities bars and club activities.
Aduana – Go to the top of this American-period imperial customs building which gives one a stunning view of Iloilo River Wharf, Iloilo’s Central Business District and of Guimaras Island.
Two Famous Churches: The Iglesia de San José de Placer (Church of San Jose) and the National Shrine Of Our Lady Of The Candles (Jaro Cathedral) – with its cross-shaped dome and Corinthian pillars, one of the most valued treasures of the Church of San Jose’s is the image of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (Nuestra Señora del Rosario) which dates all the way back to 1616. Two of the most interesting features of the church are visually are the murals which are depictions of the crucifixion and the resurrection of Christ and the church’s coral rock walls. The Jaro Cathedral is a historic landmark and when visiting, one should be sure to see Nelly’s Garden’s art deco style mansion.
Iloilo’s churches are not the only places worth seeing that have historic charms. All of downtown Iloilo is covered in history.
The city of Iloilo has an international airport and can be conveniently explored by taxi, jeepney or a private vehicle. Many of the city’s sights are within walking distance from one another.