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Jun 12, 2009


Iloilo is rich in historical & cultural attractions. It has majestic-century old churches such as Molo church, Miag-ao church; mansions, museum and more. There are numerous accommodation facilities, restaurants and malls.

Molo church

Miag-ao church


The main streets in Iloilo City are named after the Philippines' heroes. There is Rizal monument in the heart of the down town area in Plaza Libertad. It can be found in the middle of the plaza where the flag of the first Philippine Republic was raised in triumph after the Spanish troops surrendered Iloilo.

While the Rizal monument along Rizal Street is located in front of the University of Iloilo (my Alma Mater from high school to college) near Gaisano.

Not far from it is the Maria Clara monument, dedicated to the leading lady character in the hero's controversial novel, Noli Me Tangere.

There is also a monument of Mabini in Mabini Street near Robinsons Place.


The Lizares Mansion in Tabuc Suba, Jaro, Iloilo City was built by sugar barons of the yesteryears, the Lizares-Gamboa Family. That was used as headquarters with reputed torture chambers where some nuns and prominent Ilonggo Family members were killed during Japanese occupation in Iloilo. For many years, the place remained unoccupied and rumored to be haunted. Stories of dangling chains and queer sound heard during the night. For a short while in 1960's, it was rented by Manila gambling lords who operated & Monte joint until it was "help up" and robbed by a group of thrill seeking Ilonggos.

In early 1980's, this majestic Iloilo landmark was purchased ny the ominican Fathers who renovated the place and established the Angelicum School of Iloilo (ASIL) chapel is located. Every Christmas season, the main building is full of Christmas lights that attracts passers by and onlookers especially the kids.
this photo was taken last Christmas 2008

Another mansion is located in Ortiz Street, Iloilo City is the Celso Ledesma Ancestral Mansion. It is one of the most beautiful heritage houses in Iloilo. It is noticeable that the gate pillars are conquered by a demanding array of medieval inspired eagles.


Marymart Center is ne of the popular malls in Iloilo City. It is located in Valeria-Delgado Streets. It is compised of three buildings connected by elevated walkways.
One wing of Marymart Center is a strip of fast-food chains which includes Mc Donalds, Mang Inasal, etc.

Mercury drug is the leading chain of drugstores in the Philippines. The company begun in 1945 with a single store owned by Mariano Que. He named it after Mercury, the messenger of the gods in Roman mythology and whose staff, the Caduceus, is sometimes used as a symbol of medicine.

The Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company, commonly known as Metrobank was established by a group of business men on September 5, 1962 at the Wellington building in Binondo, Manila. It is the largest Philippine Bank.


Museo Iloilo is a community-owned socio-cultural & tourism establishment that is presently managed by the Iloilo Cultural Research Foundation, Inc. It has a vast collection of priceless cultural materials including the unique religious images and relics, silver pieces and church vessels that illustrate the Panayanon religious spirits, tradewares salvaged from the British shipwreck discovered off the Island of Guimaras, memorabilia of historical personages, a narration in text of the civilian and military resistance movements during World War II, a tableau depicting the Ati indigenous lifestyle, textile industry, an exhibit of selected Mondi weaponry and a photo mortgage of various historical places, people and events that marked the rich history of Western Visayas.

Speaking of Guimaras Island, it is the neighboring island of Iloilo. Iloilo City is actually a gateway to Guimaras. Guimaras is known for its mango plantation.
Mango is the Philippines' national fruit and the Guimaras mango is the sweetest mango in the world. It is reportedly served at the White House & Buckingham Palace.


The Our Lady of the Philippines Monastery is the only one in the country and it is located in San Miguel, Jordan, Guimaras. It was founded in 1972 ny American monks. True to the Benedictine tradition, the monks engage in farming (not the Farm Town), growing guava, cashew and other tropical fruits and preparing jams and preserves, which are sold in the monastery's souvenir shop. Proceeds from the shop support the monastery. The monastery also welcomes guests who want to spend a silent retreat in the premises.

You read it, the Ms found in my town/city for FRIDAY- MY TOWN SHOOT OUT.



NenNen said...


NenNen said...

Wahaha. Ako first commenter. Second time na to. Haha. Am so happy!

I so love your post today. It inspired me to save money so I can buy a new camera. I broke my first digicam and hindi na napalitan.

Regarding your post, ang ganda! Ang ganda ng Iloili talaga. And it just touches me dahil ikaw may time ka pang maglibot at i-appreciate city mo. I seldom do that. Thats why I really need a new camera.

Happy independence day Red! You and nuts are two of the best creatures here in blogosphere. Drama. hehe. Godbless!

NenNen said...

By the way thanks sa Ms! ang alam ko lang na Ms ay Matandang Mayaman Madaling Mamatay at M&Ms. Haha. Cheers!

fortuitous faery said...

Happy Independence Day!

Such a wonderful collection of Ilonggo attractions! My hometown in Capiz is close to Estancia, and that's where we usually buy our dried fish for pasalubong! :)

I've been to Iloilo City before but sadly, never to Miag-ao Church.

sheng said...

haha, this reminds me of that Robinson's Mall, diyan kasi malapit ang jeepney stop for Miag-ao, i brought the kids with me, until they got so fed up with walking and found Robinsons, di na kami natuloy sa Miag-ao, we went inside the mall... hahaha...

gigi said...

Your MANSIONS are awesome. Great post on "M"s. Love the tour of your town.

Owl Eng said...

Iloilo is beautiful indeed! excellent post on 'M's ;). Thanks for the great tour.

Gordon said...

Redlan, you are a treasured shoot-out member, now. Thanks for being so active in visiting everyone.s blogs. Great photos!
Walk With Faith

Jama said...

What an awesome mansion!
I know someone from Iloilo, she was my friend's maid.
I've never been to Iloilo , only to Manila once.

Audrey said...

Redlan, I have never been to the Phillipines, but you have inspired me to add it to my list of places to visit. Thank you for that!

And thank you for your lovely comment on my blog! I appreciate it!

Antoine Greg said...

perfect Ms!

Vicky said...

Thank you for a nice tour of Iloilo city.

nuts said...

happiness! haha (kinopya ko nennen)

robinsons. now I know san ung robinson na name-mention mo minsan na pinapasyalan mo.

sweetness! i super love mango. favorite yan ng daughter ko. i know that mango is the sweetest mango in the world. i also served that to the richest family in Greece, and they were surprised with this mango from Guimaras, oh so sweet.

thanks for sharing. at long last nakapasyal na ko Iloilo thru this post.. :)

Patty said...

I agree with Gordon. You never miss a beat. You a super shoot out member, and we all love you for your active participation.

I love the mansions and the monasteries. So much history there.

Why are those mangoes pastel colors? I have never seen mangoes like that before. They look like big Easter eggs.

Love that last shot, too.

Have a great weekend.

Oh, and thanks for all the super commentary. You did it up right, gal!

Jen said...

Wow - you did a magnificent job, and you live is such an aMazing area...

I am jealous! ;)

Have a marvelous weekend!

Doreen said...

what a marvelous post on the letter "M". the churches and mansions are so magnificent!! I loved the look around your town. awesome post!!

bebskie said...

red i really really miss this place again..molo church.. my friend a bad experienced here.. alam mo ba na dito napahiya sya?kasi ang pari dito masyadong istrikto. nagsimba sya na nakajumper at nag communion sya. alam u ba ano ginawa ng priest? pinaka ikot sya at di di pina communion.. what a embarrassing moment..angelicum mansion is daanan papunta sa boarding namin.. UI naka pasok me dito twice ng naging participant ako sa quizbowl ng school namin at some seminar.. robinson place naging hang out before during my college days..
Miagao church 2x lang ako dito nakapunta.. during our tour at my college days at sa UP miagao na rin.. at during my branch visit.. napadaan kami dito..
kaysaya saya balikan ang nakaraan red... i truly miss iloilo..

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