IloIlo City is a highly urbanized city on Panay Island and is the capital city of the province of Iloilo, as well being the regional center of the Western Visayas region. The city itself is like most big provincial cities, with not a lot to see aside from plenty of jeepneys, tricycles and churches, but being a regional center, it has a well-developed port area making it easy to get to nearby islands, including Guimaris, which has a number of resorts.

Iloilo is a city with an extensive history centering around the colonization of the Spanish, Malays and Indonesians, all dating back as much as several hundred years, with the Americans also chiming in around the year 1900. If you dig your history, then Iloilo City is a great place to check out.

Iloilo has also become a thriving host for a number of both local and foreign BPO’s, as this region continues to become one of the major economic strong points for the country. With some beautiful islands to visit all around Panay Island, tourism is also sure to gain in popularity over the coming years.

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Inside Molo Church in Arevalo area, which was built in 1866. Although I’m not religious, I still marvel at the architecture of some of these buildings, inside and out.

Breakthrough beach restaurant in Iloilo City. Great seafood at cheap prices with the ocean breeze blowing gently in your face. What better way to spend enjoying a beer.

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Smallville complex is the entertainment centre of the city with stacks of restaurants, bars, live music, hotels and retail shops. Located by the sea, its a great place to relax at night with a few drinks watching a live band.

Iloilo city

Calle Real (Royal Street in Spanish), officially named as J.M. Basa Street, is a historic street located in the old downtown district of Iloilo City Proper.

How to get there

Philippine Airlines (PAL) fly to Iloilo from Manila five times daily and the flight takes just over one hour.

Dezza´s Tip

Smallville complex is well worth checking out. Commonly referred to as the nightlife capital of Iloilo, there are plenty of bars and restaurants with great food at reasonable prices, live bands, karaoke and plenty of entertainment to keep one occupied.