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Christmas in Iloilo City (in pictures)

December 24, 2011 – 1:15 pm |
Calle Real Iloilo

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I’m wishing you all Merry Christmas! In this Christmas eve, I would love to share the season’s atmosphere here Iloilo City – the City of Love! Indulge …

Nuestra Señora de La Paz Y Buen Viaje: Showering Iloilo with blessings

December 22, 2011 – 1:15 am |

In a city that gave birth to so many Filipino seamen, one will surely understand Ilonggos’ devotion to Nuestra Senora de La Paz y Buen Viaje (Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage). Honored for …

Pototan’s IWAG Festival of Lights: A trip to Pinoy-style Christmas Village

December 19, 2011 – 4:34 pm |

Pototan never ceases to amaze its visitors every Yuletide season with its extravagant display of lights dubbed as “Iwag Festival of Lights”. Indeed, the whole expansive plaza of Pototan is transformed every night into a …

Iloilo I LOVE! explores Negros: A stroll along Silay’s Cinco de Noviembre Street (Part II)

December 15, 2011 – 10:20 am |

On a roll at Cinco de Noviembre street, it seemed the street has so many beautiful old houses that it’s as if I’m on a museum tour. Echoes of the past, these perfectly preserved houses …

Street Arts at Molo: Youth’s inspiration of hope

December 13, 2011 – 7:47 pm |
Street Repainting

Walking along MH Del Pilar Street at Molo, something caught my attention. It was there long ago and I may have seen it many times on my way to work – colorful street art done …

Iloilo I LOVE! explores Negros: Visiting Silay City, where life is sweeter… (Part 1)

December 5, 2011 – 8:29 pm |
Hofilena House Marker

Continued from On the road and on sea to Bacolod…
10 AM – At last upon disembarking from LCT Sr. Sto. Niño Navistar, me and my companion boarded a trike at Bacolod City Port in BREDCO …

Morning swing at Iloilo Golf and Country Club

November 29, 2011 – 5:12 pm |
Iloilo Golf Course

Iloilo I LOVE! visits the hundred-year old and oldest existing golf course in the Philippines – the Iloilo Golf and Country Club at Santa Barbara.
After visiting Santa Barbara’s town proper, we decided to cross the …

Back at Oton: Searching Katagman’s Cultural Treasure

November 20, 2011 – 7:50 pm | 8 Comments
Iloilo-Antique Highway

The day was sunny, but the place was very wet because of the heavy rain that poured during dawn. As we were driving along the Iloilo-Antique Highway, my companion was staring blankly at the side …

Sunset at Treñas Boulevard: A romance with the majestic Iloilo River

November 14, 2011 – 10:15 am | 4 Comments

 It was 4 o’ clock in the afternoon when I met my co-workers at the Diversion Road end of the Treñas Boulevard. At a distance I could see students and even lovers chatting or just …

Santa Barbara: Cradle of Ilonggo Patriotism

November 10, 2011 – 11:40 am | One Comment
Victory Plaza Sta Barbara Iloilo

Years after the spark of the 1896 Revolution in Manila, the Spaniards thought they could keep the Ilonggos loyal to the Crown because of the province’s unprecendented growth and the people’s antipathy towards war and …

Sta. Monica Church of Pavia: Beautifully Restored

November 7, 2011 – 6:05 pm | One Comment
Pavia Church Belfry

Sta. Monica Church of Pavia, Iloilo is one of the best maintained and restored churches in the province. It is a unique church among others – the only one made of red bricks inside and …

Church of Sta. Barbara: History and Simplicity

October 31, 2011 – 9:17 pm |
Sta Barbara Church Central Nave

A church of great importance in our search for freedom, the Sta. Barbara Church in Iloilo testifies to Ilonggos’ contribution in our attainment of independence. In her beauty and uniqueness, this church also serves as …

Arevalo Elementary School: More than a century of history

October 24, 2011 – 4:06 pm | One Comment
Arevalo Elementary School Villa Arevalo Iloilo

On my way to Villa Plaza, an arch of green and red caught my attention. It was an entrance to a very old elementary school, the Arevalo Elementary School or AES. Though the school may …

Parish of the Immaculate Conception – Oton, Iloilo

October 11, 2011 – 9:42 pm |
Oton Church Altar

One of Iloilo’s modern churches in design, the Parish of the Immaculate Conception offers a glimpse to Oton’s ability to rise from its challenges. With its beautiful church crumbled upon the destructive force of the …