Iloilo

AirAsia Launches Manila-Iloilo Flights Starting at PHP 990!

Posted on October 5, 2017

AirAsia now flies three times daily from Manila to Iloilo, home of the rambunctious Dinagyang Festival. Hala bira! The World’s Best Low Cost Carrier for nine years running, AirAsia launched its Manila-Iloilo route last Sunday, October 1. The budget airline now flies three times daily to the gateway of Western Visayas on their fleet of Airbus A320s, which can accommodate up to 180 passengers. To celebrate the airline’s newest flight, promo fares for Manila-Iloilo from as low as PHP 990 all-inRead More

Urban Sands: A Resort-Style Oasis in the Heart of Iloilo City

Posted on September 30, 2017

The moment you step into Urban Sands Hotel in Iloilo City, you’re completely transported away from the buzzing city to – as its name suggests – a beach resort somewhere in Boracay or Cebu. You’ll quickly forget that you’re in the heart of Molo, the historic district known for its beautiful church, town plaza and mansions (all of these just a few minutes walk from the hotel), as well as being the place of origin for the dumpling soup, pansitRead More

Seda Atria Hotel: The Cosmopolitan Face of Iloilo City

Posted on September 29, 2017

In recent years, Iloilo City has been enjoying a renaissance of sorts: its heritage buildings are being restored, the Iloilo River revitalized with an esplanade, and new commercial districts are on the rise. It’s the reason why the city beckons me back time and again. I always look forward to what the progressive city has offer on every visit. It could very well rival Cebu City in the Visayas region sooner than later. My Premier Room overlooks the Donato PisonRead More

Iloilo’s Underworld: Bulabog Puti-an National Park

Posted on November 15, 2011

Philippine Orange Tarantula (Selenobrachys philippinus), endemic to Panay & Negros Covering an area of 854 hectares, the Bulabog Puti-an National Park in Dingle, Iloilo, Philippines is a nature reserve with limestone outcrops and 34 caves. It is home to monkeys, wild chickens, 18 bat species, endemic snails, and native orchids. Because of a strong, sudden downpour, I spent a night in this park en route to Roxas City. The forest ranger offered me to stay at one the huts atRead More

San Joaquin’s Colonial Treasures

Posted on January 26, 2011

San Joaquin Church Detail of facade bas relief depicting the Battle of Tétouan San Joaquin Cemetery Detail of cemetery archway The southwestern towns of Iloilo boasts of exquisite colonial architecture. While Miag-ao Church gets all the limelight as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the religious edifices of neighboring San Joaquin deserves equal admiration, and are one of best examples of Spanish colonial architecture in the Philippines. Built in 1869, San Joaquin Church is the only military-themed church in the Philippines.Read More

Baroque Churches of the Philippines: UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Posted on August 25, 2010

The Baroque Churches of the Philippines represent a fusion of European church design (baroque) and local construction techniques and decorations. Their specific characteristics include a separate bell-tower and strong buttresses to withstand the powers of earthquakes common in the region. Four churches were selected to make up this World Heritage Site, as samples of the development of this Philippine-Hispanic style over a period of more than 150 years (16th-18th century): • Church of San Agustin, Paoay, Ilocos Norte • ChurchRead More