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Iloilo City Development Update (April 2012)

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Plaza Libertad Iloilo City

And the projects are adding up to give the Queen City of the South a new urban facelift. Restoration projects here and there, and mid-rise buildings sprouting in every corner of this busy metro. Come and take a look at these projects I featured this April.

A New Age of Restorations

1. 1925 S. Villanueva (RCBC) Restoration

After the completion of the 1925 Serafin Villanueva Building facade restoration (at Casa Real corner Arsenal Street), it’s “twin” building, another S. Villanueva across the street is now undergoing conservation work. The present building, occupied by RCBC, is being repainted and restored to its former glory. According to  Iloilo Cultural Heritage Foundation, RCBC  sponsored the restoration efforts. From its pure white painting, the art deco facade is now more prominent with the use of green accents. Kudos to our generous Ilonggos who contributed to make this a reality!

S. Villanueva (RCBC) Building in December 2011:

Villanueva Building JM Basa

 S. Villanueva (RCBC) Building in April 2012:

RCBC Villanueva

And here’s another good news! According to Ms. Vicki Jardiolin-Villa, trustee of Iloilo Cultural Heritage Foundation, Inc., owners of several other heritage buildings have also agreed to restore their building in cooperation with or financed entirely by the Foundation.

With our help and support, we can definitely restore the old Iloilo Business District and witness once again its glory – the glory that made it deserve its eternal title, the QUEEN CITY OF THE SOUTH.

Is this the next project? Surmise!

2. Hotel de Iloilo Repainting and Renovation

Definitely, a must-see and must-be-restored building in the city is the old Hotel de Iloilo (now occupied by LandBank). A contemporary of the Manila Hotel, Hotel de Iloilo witnessed its height during the Commonwealth when Muelle Loney was the center of international sugar trade. The building is being repainted while the second floor is being renovated.

Hotel De Iloilo in September 2011:

Landbank formerly Iloilo Hotel

Formerly Hotel de Iloilo, now occupied by LandBank

Hotel De Iloilo in April 2012:

hotel iloilo

3. Casa Real de Iloilo Restoration

casa real restoration

After years of waiting, Casa Real de Iloilo’s restoration has definitely started. Kudos to the provincial government for finally implementing this much-awaited project. Launched during the 111th Semana Sang Iloilo celebrations, the Phase I (the removal of structures not original to the building and the facade restoration) has already commenced. Based on the design by Iloilo’s renowned APEC Architect, Guillermo Hisancha, the Casa Real will be restored to its colonial past – in full regalia and beauty. Target completion: Within 150 Calendar Days.

More of this project soon. For now, here are the photos of the old capitol, before and during the restoration efforts:

Casa Real De Iloilo before 111th Semana Sang Iloilo:

casa real de iloilo

iloilo provincial capitol

Casa Real De Iloilo during Phase I of restoration:

facade casa real

Mid-Rise Buildings

It’s also interesting to note the sprouting of several mid-rise buildings around Iloilo City.  These structures are key evidences of the middle-class Ilonggos’ taking part in booming real estate industry of the city. Mostly, these buildings shall house commercial establishments, while others are leasing office spaces as well. A sight to behold in our progressive Iloilo City.

Here are some of the mid-rise building being constructed in the city:

Escoto-Natividad in Mandurriao @ R. Mapa in front of Mohler Bldg:

Cagay-Irinco in front of West Bridge School:

This one just got renovated. Located at Delgado Street corner Mabini:

S & T Building at Rizal Street near Iglesia Ni Cristo:

AEB-Block Building at Jalandoni Street, Jaro

AEB Block

December 2012

April 2012

Other Projects on-going:

The Uptown Place

Of all the projects on-going in the city, the Uptown Place is my personal favorite. Ever wondered why buildings along General Luna Street are facing away from our beautiful river? Now we have Uptown Place, an INJAP Land project, which in contrast to its neighboring structures, takes advantage of the scenic view of the romantic Iloilo River. Expected for completion on December 2013, the Uptown Place promises to be Iloilo’s Serendra. With the Iloilo River at its background, the project promises to provide a unique residential, commercial, relaxation experience to Ilonggos and their visitors.

Injap Land’s Uptown Place Perspective:

Injap Land’s Uptown Place Site in December 2011:

Uptown Place

Injap Land’s Uptown Place Site in April 2012:

INJAP Land Iloilo

prime estates

Guimaras-Iloilo Ferry Terminal Update

Updates to this project are still elusive. The GIFT or GIFTS (S for System) is under the list of projects of the NEDA-PPP Center ready for roll-out this year. The terminal is still for bidding though. Yet on my recent visit on the former Rotary Park, a new structure is being constructed.

DENR region 6 office

Based on the perspective or plans taken from previous presentation of MIG-EDC, this might well be part of the new DENR Region 6 Office. True enough, the ground breaking of the new building was done last January. The structure shall house the  Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) and Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO).

At the other side of the strait, the Jordan Guimaras Wharf is already busy constructing their new terminal and tourism building. Upon completion of these projects, a definite and much-needed boost will be given to the thriving Iloilo-Guimaras tourism potential.

Jordan Guimaras Wharf

tourism jordan

jordan guimaras wharf

There’s more to come! Truly the Queen City of the South is now awake and is poised to regain her place in the Philippines!

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  • Vic says:

    Wow!!!!!!!!!! I am tounge tied , This is the sign of progress. everyone takes the role of contributing taxes for local development…

  • Alfred Adrian P. Chavez says:

    Wonderful! The progress in Iloilo City, being the original Queen City of the South, is unstoppable! Proud to be Ilonggo! Hail Iloilo City!

  • Alfred Adrian P. Chavez says:

    This is what I have long been waiting for Mark. Thanks for updates. I am truly fueled and empowered seeing the glorious past of my homeland. This is Iloilo City yesterday and tomorrow! Clearly, our local government is in the right track.

  • Vic says:

    Truly the Queen City of the South , because The Shipping Magnate De La Rama and Sugar Baron Eugenio Lopez , who control vast estates in Negros Occidental are truly devoted and thankful to the Spanish Economic Management of Iloilo who made them Filthy Millionaires . Now tagalog seems to stop these through thier revolt , People of Iloilo were not happy and tagalog seems obstacle to progress . they went to Cavite to put an end to tagalogs and defeated them . Through sugarcane plantations in Negros , Iloilo becomes pioneer in Airplanes and many conveniences , yet that was long ago . These structure are witness of glorious past of Iloilo that is ever-beginning to teach the world to come about her buried history.

  • Alfred Adrian P. Chavez says:

    Let all these developments speak for whatever Iloilo has. Viva Iloilo City! Viva Queen City of the South!

  • NonoyB says:

    If ever Mabilog would run again for next term, I’m sure to be on his boat since I really love the type of projects he himself takes on…hope all old buildings be restored to their former and glorious pasts.

  • tadeo says:

    The haunting Cebuano song Matud Nila is being engage in their Youtube The Federal Republic of Cebu, its just like nakakaiyak at nandun ang pagmamahal sa kanilang dakbanwa. I think there’s also an Ilonggo haunting song currently playing on Youtube about our City Iloilo, and when that immediate future comes, we would try to engage as we are indeed rising vertically and up to the sky.

  • tadeo says:

    On the last quarter of 2012 or the first of 2013, the 15 ha. Manhattan like infrastructures of Gaisano Capital with the main 40-storey structure shall commence most likely at Brgy. Dungon Mandurriao, the central site of the New Iloilo Central Business District, the so-called West City Iloilo of the Future, where magkalapit lang sila sg Megaworld.
    Meanwhile at Davao City, kaliwa’t kanan nang tinatapos ang ila infrastructures with one having a 41-story and guess what, it would be just 40 as the 13th floor is not being counted, hahaha!
    So guess what it would be the battle between the three cities, Cebu-Davao and Iloilo with Cebu still leading dahil buo at siksikan na ila skyscrapers site.

    • city-dweller says:

      in yesteryears Cebu City seemed crowded na because it’s one single town becoming a city. – people there were just incircling one particular place/block that’s why it looked busy, hustled and bustled.
      Today Cebu is still crowded that’s why they have Mactan declogging the city with their airport. They are now building their skyscraper city by the sea, because their downtown is too crowded! Sa likod nila puro bukid na.
      Whereas Iloilo City is wide could even approximitize Manila (not Metro Manila) in land area.
      People would say that the horizontal buildings here in Iloilo City are bigger than Manila sans vertical with the latest INJAP tower in the offing and God’s willing the 40-storey Gaisano and Megaworld of course.
      As soon as Iloilo starts the verticals, it could be the most scenic city in the South.
      God Bless Iloilo! We have the best leaders and several senators, the latest is Manny Villar with his global Savannah projects in the Oton, San Miguel and Pavia areas building a city at the outskirt, to help recover old glories.
      Minsan nami pa gani ang siksikan nga syudad, kani-kanya paistaran ang matataas na mga towers.
      Let’s face it, the beauty of the city mostlty leans on skyscrapers.

  • Vic says:

    @tadeo , dungun? I guess you mean San Rafael Mandurria close to Marina .
    feasibility study , Iloilo can have such Rockwell Community , imagine there will be triad of business center , in SV , in MW and now GC . The beauiful esplanade is taking shape . I believe many foreign investors show enthusiasm to invest in Iloilo , they are just silent…

  • FLASH REPORT !!!
    When the goings are getting tough at the Palarong Pambansa 2012 with Iloilo contibuting much gold in athletics for WV, negros occ., the swimming champion of the region still has a big fat zero in the event reason why WV is fast slipping to third place at the medal standings as of noon today, May 9, 2012.
    Im keeping you tab of the results as Sports is a vital component for country and region developments.

    • kim says:

      remember negros occidental defending champion sa regional meet. wala ka tunga ang medals sang iloilo. most of the players gin padala sa palarong pambansa mostly came from negros. WV ranked 2nd in palarong pambansa 2012.

  • loilo City is on the right tract, restoring its glorious past.
    Old cities of the world like Venice, London, Paris etc. almost devoid of skyscrapers are still consitently included in the Top 10 Most Beautiful Cities in the World.

  • Vic says:

    @paiburong, these are acronym –SV, MW and GC
    SV– Smallville
    MW– Megaworld
    GC– Gaisano Center

  • paiburong says:

    Some Ilonggos are posting these developments in some other sites as saying, “they are already at Iloilo shore”.
    Aside from the existing SM Supermall, Robinson’s and Gaisano City mall, and these include of course the Megaworld.
    Also coming in, the existing Ayala Technohub, Ayala Center Mall is also in the blueprint, Vista Land, Sta Lucia, Eastwood, Starmall/Camella Business Park, Gaisano Capital Iloilo Center/Business Park, and Iloilo-based INJAP Condotel-Tower.
    These investors/developers are one in saying that Iloilo is indeed the City of the Future as it is the Regional Center strategically located in Panay Island with people from the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz and Guimaras regularly go and shop, and pursuing their businesses in this Original Queen City of the South.
    Soon, the double up of Iloilo’s population at daytime could be trebled, migrant workers, Ilonggo retirees based abroad and balikbayan Ilonggo clan will all settle in.
    Here’s wishing, only the best for Iloilo City and Province.

  • Vic says:

    @paiburong , next to be focus by Iloilo Government is
    1. to increase the educational level of city folks , in colaboration of Dep Ed , through college scholarship so they will be eventually can seek employment abroad and contribute to local enconomy through dollar in flows
    2. control population because it will strain the food sufficiency through increasing demand of rice , poulty and livestock
    3. address the informal settlers , everyone should be productive agriculturally and produce something , there are areas in Calahunan need to be cultivated , in lanit , locsin and tabuk suba. They will be positioned there . many areas are left uncultivated and need some settlement so they will produce crops , rice , vegetables or fruits there , instead of congesting iloilo city . they will also be given this 4ps or food stamps .
    4. initiate dependence on solar energy as source using solar panel to incur savings .
    5. create a trust fund for health , subsidize it for all residents who will seek treatment to government hospitals.

    • rose_tattoo says:

      @vic its should be the problem of DepEd. Look DepEd had the bigger slice of national budget, but they are not constructing classrooms. Take another look Eat Bulaga is sending chairs for dilapidated schools and Mel Tiangco’s Pusong Totoo is constructing classrooms in as far as CDO and Iligan.
      Korina Sanchez is supplying slippers to school children but look how’s DepEd doing???
      They are having this K-12 kinukulang na ang classrooms at pasilidad dadagdag pa ng gagastusin.
      Nagrereklamo na ang mga titser sa kakulangan ng suweldo pero mukhang tuwang-tuwa pa ang DedEd!
      Everytime na may bagong presidente didiskarte na naman ang bagong pamunuan ng DepEd ng makabagong gimik.
      So sino ang sisihin sa kakulangan ng EDUKASYON?

  • paiburong says:

    @Vic. Because of the foreseen vast developments in Iloilo, population would naturally increase, more consumers and clientelle, more jobs it would create for Iloilo and from the other provinces/islands who might migrate more workers needed to operate the facilities office workers needed to man offices etc. inorder for these developments to survive.
    And @Vic infos and for this population swelling, it is good to know that the Iloilo Government have heretofore set solutions learned from the mistakes of Metro Manila.
    We are sincerely hoping that these Iloilo govt.regulations in consensus with the business private/public sector would be served up to the letter for everybody’s interest and progress..

  • jc macuja says:

    i really love iloilo thats why i chose to go there and share our projects here in manila.
    i am a corporate area specialist of AVIDA an AYALA LAND COMPANY, as a representative of AYALA LAND i would like to share people of iloilo our projects and become a partners of our company. from being a partner we will going to give as much as 300,000 discount in purchasing properties. just contact me M: 09153517563 / E: jc.macuja@gmail.com

    • city-dweller says:

      i believe AYALA LAND KNOWN AS AMAIA is BUILDING LOTS OF TOWER-CONDOS JUST ADJACENT TO THE MEGAWORLD CBD.
      THEIR AMAIA TV COMMLS. SAY “SA MGA ILONGGO KG BATANGUENO” KAG GUINAUMPISAHAN NA INI SA NABANGGIT NGA SITE.
      AT SABI PA GANI NI MS. MACUJA.
      WHEN THAT TIME COMES PUEDE NANG MAG COMPETE ANG ILOILO CITY SA KAHIT KANINONG SYUDAD.
      WIGIT NA NAMAN SILA, ‘NO?

  • Vic says:

    Does anyone here possess a valuable historical literature about Iloilo? any diaries ,books , articles , photos , etc are appreciated .
    If you have the copy of ” monografias de la Isla de panay” please lend me. I am writing about a more detailed history of Iloilo
    thanks in advance.

    • Alfred Adrian P. Chavez says:

      Sir, if you will make it, please inform me. I am willing to buy a copy of your book. My prayers po. I hope we will be able to document the past and the present of Iloilo City.

  • Vic says:

    @paiburong , true Many parts of Manila are dirty too , their informal settlers are overwhelming , while other elite are living on top and middle class acquired an excellent lifestile in condo’s, outside these residences , quite a number are living in utter poverty and crimes . growing populated that is out of control…
    The better government is to decrease the proportion of poor people and increase the middle class and provide services that is accesible especially to the poor that is what Iloilo is trying to do these days… hopefully.

    • Tadeo says:

      @Vic. That’s why iloilo is welcoming more investments, and by investment that means job opportunities. By having a job, one can afford to shelter and feed himself and educate his children.
      Plenty of construction works are undergoing now in iloilo and until 2020 perhaps. Workers are earning P500 daily depending on the quality of job rendered with SSS and coverage.
      We have informal settlers because of the lack of opportune jobs and how could we address poverty?
      How could we have children education if there are no jobs available?
      Take the case of Negros, the sugar downfall rendered lesser jobs and it followed poverty. there ensued a colony of informal settlers. Investments are hard to come by for them yet.
      How could we minimize poverty is by having jobs.
      And where should jobs come from?
      From the company investments!
      As if we are talking here about the chicken and the eggs

  • Rock says:

    Iloilo was, still is, and will always be my home… Seeing these developments made me very proud of the city and of the Ilonggos…

    I’ve been staying in Manila for over 2 years now because of work.. but when I went back to Iloilo for a vacation, it felt really really good…

    Thanks you for this website… It’s very nice…

    Uswag Iloilo…

    Sulong mga Ilonggo…

  • Vic says:

    Alfred Adrian P. Chavez , good news its free and its accesible to you.
    However its a work in progress that needs editorial works , of you maybe whenever your willing and have some inputs , my history stopped over Marcos because I am still gathering informations and everything Ilongo needs to know about that era which is still reverberating in the present. Rhetorically , Iloilo before coming of Spaniards can be harnessed using Cultural Anthropology , how it developed is quite similar to any agricultural civilization and theres constraint in there since this place is tropical and with high humidity and woods , papers and any archaeological piece were gone due to easy decomposition.

  • Vic says:

    Heres history — please edit if you love to
    http://ilongo.weebly.com/

  • Vic says:

    @Tadeo thanks for giving inputs, to think that peso is best performing curency in Asia despite recession in Europe and America. we have too many unsung hero… hero in every sense of the word. they save rp in profound way.

  • lady museum says:

    I would like to add that Ledesma St. (this should not be called just a STREET BUT AN AVENUE) as soon as the shops close DAW SA BALAGATAN NA INANG KALYE NGA INA WHAT WITH TALL mahogany TREES and the lunok AND THE LAMP POSTS ARE IN BLACKOUTS, THAT YOU ARE PRAYING MAKAABOT KA NA DAYON SA ROBINSON’S PLACE KAY BASI MADALASA KA SG MGA MANDARAMBONG dira.
    WITH THESE I FOR ONE WOULD LIKE to encourage people here with the permission of the very cordial Mark Segador to suggest and say what you want of your city and not just say praises or press releases for a job well done. And as you all can see, people in the government are reading our posts, and some suggestions and constructive criticisms might be, in the end productive for our beloved city.
    Damu guid nga salamat!

  • Vic says:

    city-dweller that’s true , Iloilo City is competetive , with coming of Megaworld , Gaisano Center , It will create a new feature in Iloilo Economic Landscape , what we need to look upon is to protect the environment. To address the garbage disposal , river preservation and reforestration. Were moving closer to environmental doomsday , as long Iloilo will anticipate such, she’ll be spared . Another thing is to develop the river over navais area the same way government has done on tabucan to san rafael, Jaro Plaza needs an overhaul, it looks like a devil-infested cemetery ,

  • Vic says:

    lady museum yup . thats true . many lamps are burn-out. everywhere. yet so far, roads became better than it was before in Mc Arthur’s Drive , Rizal Lapaz , Jaro Plaza Area , bumpy roads were addressed due to pouring national budget , construction is everywhere , what do we need? , to empower communities through agriculture so they will continue to be the source of foodstuff, electricity should be cheaper through sustainable, eco-friendly source, free and access to education and healthcare, government should construct homes for the informal setlers and ration foods them, control their population and make them productive .

    • lady museum says:

      @VIC, THIS CITY COULD GET AWAY WITH LIKE-INCANDESCENT EMITTING LIGHTS (LAMP POSTS) NGA KADAMU DIRI SA ILOILO. KON NAGATIPID ANG CITY GOVERNMENT KG INDI KASARANG SG MERCURY LIGHTS, BAKAL NA LANG KAMO COMPACT FLUORESCENT LAMPS KAPAREHO SG GINAGAMIT SG MGA TAGBALAY KAG AMO NA IKABIT N’YO, MAS MASANAG PA INANG GAGMING (CFLs)NGA SUGA.
      PURBAHAN N’YO BALA.

  • lady museum says:

    COME-ONS for megaworld, gaisano savannah and other investment-“cities”.
    COME-ONS??? Build a world-class sports venues and convention centers. In Cebu,may waterfront sila hosting international events. By international means more visitors anc income for Iloilo. BY BUILDING VENUES, GATHER PEOPLE AND VISITORS TO YOUR RESPECTIVE “CITIES” AND IM SURE YOU’LL ALL BE LAUGHING AND COUNTING GOING TO THE BANK.
    SIMPLE LANG, KUNG MERON LANG SANA AKONG BILYONES NA CAPITAL…AKO NA LANG HAHAHAHAHA! KESYO SARI-SARI STORE LANG NAKAYANAN NATIN, WHEW!

  • Vic says:

    lady museum , Rome was not built in one day and Rome is turned down in one day. What I am trying to say here is the saying it’s works for Iloilo too and as well is to outside here. Detroit once sell cars all over the world now wanting to sell scrap . “We ” were discussing about things possible and things not and opined about the subject of our personal outlook that it might not have any influence in the real . Though , I’m not so sure , do you mean Iloilo needs to gather people here?

  • -from Jb Bravo says:

    -from Jb Bravo
    NEW ILOILO BRIDGE, To complement the newly opened Iloilo Esplanade, this bridge will serve as a new icon for Iloilo City boosting Local Tourism as it opens the new gateway for International Flights. The bridge will be a symbol of the modernization and progress of Iloilo city as it flourished then in Iloilo River. Make great things happen to Iloilo City as its will become a Premiere City of the Philippines…

    (PROPOSED IDEA PROJECT for the CITY GOVERNMENT and INVESTORS) Hope Realized Soon!
    like · · Share · 4 hours ago

  • Vic says:

    @from Jb Bravo what bridge youre referring to?

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