Iloilo City is known as City of Love, the people are lovely and friendly. Iloilo is full of charm, the food is delicious and the most exciting event is the Dinagyang Festival that held every last weekend of January and follows the Paraw Regata contest a parade of small Sailing Boats with their beautiful creation and paintings.
Guimaras Island is a perfect dayoff for a sun bathing on their wide and long beaches.
The people in Iloilo are the greatest assets. They are truly warm and hospitable. I always got exact change back from the taxis and jeeps, people were so willing to point me in the right direction, and I never felt like anyone tried to pull a fast one on me.
In any place there is always the danger of getting conned or worse, but in this city I felt that the threat was very low. There aren't that many great things to do or see in Iloilo. Churches, a few 19th century houses, some special food like Pancit Molo and La Paz Batchoy. Other than that, Iloilo is a pretty normal city in the Philippines.
It has mproved very much since last year, I can see the city claiming back its glory as queen city outside manila, the boardwalk is out of this world, you got to see and walk it, both side of the river, they are not done yet.
Old historical mansions like casa Mariquit, Lizares mansion, Jaro cathedral is a place to visit. A day in Guimaras where you will find the Sweetest mango on earth that was served in Buckingham palace and The White House.
... Is a must to try and perhaps to bring home if you don't mind the the weight. Tatoy's restaurant with an array of seafoods.....is to die for. Don't miss the angel wing's clams.... It's sweet.
we had a wonderful stay at iloilo because of its yummy food. you should not leave the place without having the yummiest oysters at breakthrough, lapaz batchoy from the market, coffee and cake from the market as well.
I would recommend staying at the city centre hotel and explore the beauty of the city, it's Spanish buildings along calle real, wonder the old mansions and the beautiful churches of the city and outside the city.
After the city tour, give yourself a break by visiting the beautiful and relaxing beaches in Iloilo and Guimaras!
The agoda system prevents any sensible comments. Iloilo is a smelly city; Guimaras is a quieter and less smelly island but with without much notion of what tourists might require.
Iloilo is a fascinating city with many historical sights. One that I personall recommend is the ever-growing Museo Iloilo which provides excellent displays of culture on Panay.
It is, at present, a small museum, but constantly expanding and worth having a look. Guimaras is a fascinating place as well. My wife told me in noo uncertain terms that, if we went to Guimaras, I was to buy her mangos. The ride over on the "pump boat" to Guimaras Island takes about 15 minutes and cost 13 pesos or so. That in iteslf is an experience to remember. Once you land at the Jordan wharf, it is a short ride to San Miguel on a triclycle, jeepney or taxi. (Jeepney is cheapest, and you get to mingle with local people.) We were lucky enough to be there when the mango festical was going on.
The once laid back scene of Iloilo City is now fast changing and there are a lot of developments in the area as new infrastructure are fast changing the landscape of the area.
There are a lot of nightlife activities designed for the young ones and also foreigners in the area. The presence of a bicycle lane made it possible for a group of citizens to set up and encourage outdoor activities like cycling to be a habit in promoting healthier lifestyle among its citizenry. Their ethnolinguistic background is a factor in the people's gentle and kind character and very favorable to anyone who visit the area.
Iloilo is a major sea port serving the Philippines and has a fair amount of history dating back to the early Chinese occupants who were living in Molo centuries ago .
The old town has a number of 1920's buildings in very good repair and interesting to see . There are many shopos and some good malls to visit close by . I did find some night life in the old city proper which might interest the single male traveller . Low key and small but there is possibility in the developing night life scene ....
FOr an authentic Ilonggo experience, try the original Lapaz Batchoy in Netongs Batchoy Restaurant inside Lapaz Market and cap it with a nice coffee at Madge Cafe
Iloilo is a great city to visit. I suggest hiring a van when you go around Iloilo. The van will take you to all tourist spots and historic places.
You'll enjoy going here together with your whole family.
I stayed four nights in Iloilo and i totally fell in love with the city. Iloilo is really a good place to get to know the real philippinian life.
People of Iloilo is so genuine, happy and friendly. It makes tou feel really good being around those wonderful people. Iloilo was a perfect place to just enjoy the city life without being in some big metropolitan city, which are really too too grouded. There are nice bars and restaurants where tou can just relax and observe the local life. There are also party are Smallville, if tou like go out some time. I really recommend going to Iloilo, if you are interested to get know the real Philippine away from the tourist attractions.
This area's people are really nice and totally different from other regions in the Philippines. I haven't seen some bad people in this area.
They are very kind and honest when it comes to the transportation fare. Everything is great
I enjoyed my time in Iloilo. There are some great places to eat. Give yourself plenty of time as the traffic can be very busy at some times.
Iloilo is a great city to visit. It is very affordable and plenty of places to visit and lots to see depending on each individual interests.
This website is not helpful: Iloilo and Guimaras are two VERY different places. One is a busy, dirty city, the other a much greener island.
Iloilo is being promoted as a tourist destination but, to be frank, to a westerner it has little to commend it, although things are slowly changing. The main problems are the poor infrastructure, for example pitted roads; broken concrete rubble in most side roads; pavements crowded with illegal traders' shacks; traffic congestion; pollution; lack of public toilets and so on. They are suggesting it's a heritage city; well, there are certainly many old Spanish buildings, many of which ARE now seeing some attention but many others are crumbling ruins. Those that are suitable for visitors are far apart. Guimaras is rural; leafy; couple of nice beaches. Pace of life is slower. Some noise pollution from residents' stacks of amplifiers which sometimes blast out day and night; some air pollution from open burning/ charcoal making.
Not much to do. But the local food is interesting. And a few of the old churches. Nightlife is in Smallville near the former airport.
But there are options to get to some nice beaches and a UNESCO heritage site outside Iloilo.
I love the place. My first time to visit the place and I was amazed at its beauty and cleanliness. I went there to 'feel' my roots.
My mother hails from Iloilo, from the Javellana Clan but she grew up in Manila and we have never experienced life in the province. I did not find my relatives...I have no idea who they are; But seeing the place where my roots come from gave me a feeling of belongingness and attachment to the Ilonggos.
Iloilo is definitely becoming another hub in Visayas for business. Developments in key areas in the main city is quite obvious.
But head out outside the city to really experience what Iloilo has to offer.
The city has many districts that each showcase different characteristics. They are rich in culture, history, and religiosity.
However rich in culture, they do not lag behind new places of interest for relaxation and dining.
"Nice big cities with friendly Ilongos...Guimaras beaches so calm clear water, white sands and BEST seafoods at low price.
.local foods really GREAT"!
SMOKE FREE City!!! Can you believe it?? Its clean, clean emission unlike other Philippine Cities. Honest, humble people.
Simple way of appreciating life in a modern way.
Iloilo and guimaras got everything good about the philippines in one area - history, culture, nature, and entertainment!
I stayed in Iloilo, but I went there to meet some families further north east that was terrible hit by the typhone.
Scaring and impressing. Strong feeling!!!
Iloilo is a nice place to live but I would not want to visit here. It is a fairly small city, with lots of malls.
That is about all it has to offer. The beaches here are horrid. If you go to the next island Guimaras they do have some better beaches. But if you are looking for beaches go up to Boracay (7 hour bus ride from Iloilo). It is a friendly, conservative city. I have lived here almost 2 years and as I said it is a nice place to live... but I would not vacation here.
one must go to iloilo for a food trip. oysters are very fresh and affordable, you can eat several buckets of this.
If you love beaches and nature... go to Guimaras Island. It's just 15 minutes away from Iloilo City by ferry boat.
Iloilo is fast developing but needs tourism promotions. Brochures and handouts should be given at the hotel desk.
There should also be tourist police as more tourists are visiting Iloilo City.
beaches, farms, camps, adventure resorts and many more. guimaras is a perfect place for travelers of any age!