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Articles by Mark Segador

Mark Segador is a nurse, a freelance photographer, and a local tourism and investment advocate. Grew up in Tarlac, spent a decade in Manila before settling at Iloilo. He enjoys taking stunning photos and shares them with meaningful stories.

UPDATE: The International Hotel Restoration

August 21, 2012 – 11:17 pm | 7 Comments

Last May, the much awaited restoration of Iloilo City’s downtown icon, the 3-storey Eusebio Villanueva Building or International Hotel, started. The largest undertaking done to date by the Iloilo Cultural and Heritage Foundation Inc., the …

Ilonggos and Visitors flock Esplanade’s explosive opening

August 19, 2012 – 1:47 pm | 10 Comments

It was a whole day of fun, excitement and entertainment at yesterday’s opening of the Iloilo Esplanade. Music, dance, fireworks, and a dragon boat exhibition game were the prime activities during the opening. The beautiful …

Iloilo Cultural Heritage Foundation bares future projects for Calle Real

August 16, 2012 – 8:45 pm | 4 Comments

There are so many good news I would love to share with you regarding the developments at the restoration efforts at Calle Real. The Iloilo Cultural Heritage Foundation Inc. has lined up several projects that …

Molo Plaza now restored to its full regalia

August 12, 2012 – 10:53 am | 11 Comments
Molo Plaza now restored to its full regalia

After months of anticipation, the old Molo Plaza, seemed neglected for generations, is now restored to its old grandeur. The pathways are now new, the statues at the gazebo are back, and the trees have …

SNEAK PEEK: Iloilo River Esplanade’s grandiose transformation

August 9, 2012 – 4:08 pm | 5 Comments
SNEAK PEEK: Iloilo River Esplanade’s grandiose transformation

Finally, the much anticipated opening of the Iloilo River Esplanade is near. Set on August 18, as part of the 75th Iloilo City Charter Day celebrations, the Esplanade will surely amaze local and foreign visitors …

San Joaquin Church: Militaristic in Design and Purpose

July 27, 2012 – 12:22 pm | 5 Comments

Now sitting quietly at one of Iloilo’s oldest and historic towns, the Church of San Joaquin is a must-see for those having their South Iloilo adventure. More than a century old, the church had been …

Iloilo City’s old grandeur: Our former city hall

July 4, 2012 – 8:08 pm | 2 Comments
Iloilo City’s old grandeur: Our former city hall

Now that Iloilo City has finally a new and modern city hall, it is also fitting to look back to the past. If there’s the new, there was the old. An old beauty that resided …

Taytay Boni: Miag-ao’s Sesquicentennial Bridge

June 21, 2012 – 2:20 pm | 2 Comments

On your way to the town of Miag-ao from Guimbal, you’ll notice a strange shaped structure at the side of the road. Now enclosed in a small park, this stone structure used to be a …

Witnesses to a forgotten and perilous past: Guimbal’s Bantayan and Kota of Miag-ao

June 17, 2012 – 11:17 am |

Iloilo, being the seat of power of Spain in Western Visayas and a main supply route to the south in the colonial period, has been an attractive target for foreign skirmishes aiming to weaken the …

St. Anthony de Padua Church of Barotac Nuevo

June 7, 2012 – 5:34 pm | 4 Comments

One of Iloilo’s simple yet classic churches, the stone church of St. Anthony de Padua Parish of Barotac Nuevo has been a key witness in many of the town’s significant events. Ever since the town …

Hidden Paradise: The Balaring Beach of Barotac Viejo

June 4, 2012 – 10:21 am | One Comment

No, this is not in Boracay, nor in Puerto Galera or even Guimaras. It’s in Barotac Viejo, Iloilo. 
Iloilo indeed has so many unspoiled beaches and coasts. From south to north of the province there are …

Metro Iloilo Development Updates: The Roll Call

May 31, 2012 – 9:47 pm | 143 Comments

Indeed, the majestic Queen City of the South – Iloilo City and her neighboring towns are in development frenzy. In major urban centers whether in Iloilo City, Oton or other parts of Metro Iloilo, there …

All gears up for 1st Philippine International River Summit at Iloilo City

May 29, 2012 – 4:16 pm |

All systems go here at Iloilo City for the 1st Philippine International River Summit which starts tomorrow, May 30. This is a milestone event, not only for the City of Iloilo, but more so in …

The Grandeur that was and the Glory that will be: The many firsts of Iloilo

May 22, 2012 – 7:03 pm | 15 Comments
Iloilo Mission Hospital

Peering through many lists of Iloilo’s firsts, I was fortunate that this list was sent to me by Ma’am Victoria Jardiolin-Villa, trustee of Iloilo Cultural Heritage Foundation. The following article was published by Panay News …