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Iloilo City Development Update (February 2012)

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Fort-San-Pedro-Rehabilitation

Iloilo City is in full swing in its development projects – both public and private efforts are now reshaping the face of the metro with its new skyscrapers, malls, restoration projects, infrastructure and facility improvements, and many more. Truly this is a good time for Iloilo City as it gears up in attaining its goal as a premiere city in 2015. Below are some of the projects now unfolding in Iloilo City:

1. Molo Plaza Rehabilitation Project

At last, after many months of speculation, the Molo Plaza Rehabilitation Project had officially started. Just this week, workers started sealing off the northwest side of the plaza (in front of the Molo Convent). This portion includes the Temple of God Gazebo and the children’s playground. This is a welcome development in the long awaited beautification of the historic plaza of Molo. As to the nature of the rehabilitation efforts, we can only surmise based on the perspective displayed in front of the plaza.

Perspective of Molo Plaza Rehabilitation Plan

Perspective of Molo Plaza Rehabilitation Plan

Hopefully plazas in other districts would also be rehabilitated. For more information about Molo Plaza, you may visit this post “Molo Plaza Up For Renovation”.

2. Fort San Pedro Sea Wall Repair

Now, this one had been promised for so many decades. After a very long wait, a refreshing development is now occurring at the ruins of Fort San Pedro. The seawall protecting the old fort, now a plaza, and the length of Fort San Pedro drive (in front of NEDA / NBI Region 6) is up for repair and possible expansion. Based on the containment walls temporarily constructed, it seems that the sea wall is to be expanded.

Hopefully, these efforts will also include the rehabilitation of the Fort San Pedro Marker which has fallen into disrepair for a generation already. The expanded sea wall will also be ideal for another esplanade providing a romantic view of Guimaras Island. If properly implemented, we can have a scenic view of the strait, just like when you visit Roxas Boulevard in Manila.

The contractor of the project is IBC while the implementing agency is DPWH City Engineering District.

Fort San Pedro October 2011:Fort San Pedro Iloilo

Pictures Taken February 2012:

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Seawall-restore-2

3. The 1925 S. Villanueva Building Restoration

For a few months now, we have been observing how the restoration of the historic 1925 S. Villanueva building will play out. Based on recent developments in the rehabilitation efforts, we can now see the former glory of the building. The newly restored and repainted facade now distinctly displays the art deco design incorporated in the building. Imagine if we can restore almost all of these buildings and pedestrianize Calle Real! This time early, I’m congratulating the City Government of Iloilo and the Iloilo Cultural Heritage Foundation Inc, and Iloilo City Cultural Heritage Conservation Council for this accomplishment!

Note: Seems I got confused with the year 1925 and 1927. Going back on my earlier post, I cannot recall my source on the year 1927.

1925 S. Villanueva December 2011:

S. Villanueva Iloilo

1925 S. Villanueva – February 2012:

Villanueva-Restoration-6

Villanueva-Restoration

Villanueva-Restoration-7

One request to PECO: please find a scheme to hide those electrical wires. Just hide them, place them underground, or if you can make them invisible that will be all fine. =)

4. Iloilo River Development Project

Another interesting development is the full swing implementation of the Iloilo River Development Project aka the “Iloilo River Esplanade”. Expected to be finished by May this year just in time for the 1st International River Summit (May 31 – June 2, 2012), the project had reached significant accomplishment as seen on the pictures below. For more information on the Trenas Boulevard and Iloilo River, visit my post “Sunset at Treñas Boulevard: A romance with the majestic Iloilo River”.

Iloilo-River-Esplanade

Iloilo-River-Development

Iloilo-River-Devt-1

5. Megaworld’s Iloilo Central Business District Project

As of now, the biggest and much awaited urban development in Iloilo City is now running in a busy pace. The Megaworld’s Iloilo Central Business in old Iloilo Airport is in full swing with its initial project, the Richmonde Hotel and Festive Walk being constructed. Expected to promote Iloilo City as a premiere investment hub, the entire business park would definitely change the cityscape of Metro Iloilo with its prime real estate and, modern and luxurious space designed for residential, commercial, recreational, and educational uses.

Megaworld-2

Megaworld-1

6. GT Plaza Mall

Malls are now sprouting anywhere in Iloilo City and its environs. A stone throw away from the Molo Plaza, the GT Plaza will surely attract customers from Molo and nearby districts with its unconventional design, and open spaces. Construction started late last year.

This is a testament to Iloilo as a strong business and consumer market.

GT-Plaza-Mall

GT-Plaza

7. Go Hotels at Robinson’s Place Iloilo

Robinson’s Place Iloilo is now embarking on expansion as it converts its Ledesma Wing Car Park Area into a multi (6 or 7?) – storey complex. One of the features of this new project is the Iloilo branch of the hotel chain Go Hotels. Go Hotels is part of the Robinsons Land  Corporation hotels division and has branches in Cybergate-EDSA and Puerto Princesa City. Aside from Iloilo City, Go Hotels is expected to soon open branches at Dumaguete, Bacolod, and Tacloban. Go Hotels promotes high quality hotel experience on affordable price.

8. One Front Tower

One of the most exciting developments now unfolding in Iloilo City is the construction of an 18-storey high-rise condominium right in the heart of KAPIDECO Estate. The One Front Tower is the pioneer project of a local company Gold Field Sales and Property Holdings Corporation. As of posting time, Gold Field says the project is still pending approval at Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB). Given the go-signal, the project is expected to commence at first week of March this year. The image below is my speculation regarding the project’s perspective if placed on its possible location at San Rafael, Mandurriao (this is not an official illustration of the project):

One Front Tower

IN SUMMARY:

More exciting projects are coming up! Iloilo City: The Queen City of the South has now awaken…

 Note: I highly prioritize the accuracy of this post. If you notice any discrepancies or mistakes, please do notify me. I’ll be more than glad to correct them. Thank you!

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  • Ralph says:

    To the webmaster, in line with the City Government and Beautification projects. and protecting the heritage sites. I hope the City should provide a standard size for the sign-ages of the shops on the heritage buildings to give order and project a clean look for the buildings. I know they can implement this whenever a business establishment renews it’s business permit every year. what do you think? I’m trying to find the email of the city mayor to give this suggestion but haven’t found it. I think this website can echo this suggestions. thank you

    • Mark Segador says:

      Hi Ralph! thanks for sharing your insights regarding the signage. yeah, present signage in calle real are already contributing to visual chaos in the area. varying in sizes, some are already blocking the full facade of the building. As of now, there are rules in regulating this but the problem is in implementing it. I would refer you to the Conservation Planning and development guidelines already in effect but poorly implemented here in the city.

      http://www.scribd.com/doc/33612277/Conservation-Planning-and-Development-Guidelines-for-the-Downtown-Central-Business-District-CBD-Heritage-Zone

      hopefully this would be in full implementation soon.

      • manutd says:

        as far as i know baka di na matuloy yung megaworld project sa iloilo.sabi ng friend ko prjct engineer ng megaworld transfer raw sa tacloban

        • Mark Segador says:

          I have to say that Megaworld in Iloilo is in full swing, I suggest you may visit the site sometime as well. The Richmond Hotel is now being constructed, and the they already laid out the roads in the complex.

          The Megaworld Iloilo Central Business District is one of the flagship projects of the company outside Manila. They recently opened their office here in Iloilo to cater to their clients who are interested in their projects in Sta Barbara and even at Boracay.

        • oiloil says:

          Manutd. Here you are again, an obvious and a true-blooded Bacolodnon — tikalon ginapala ginapiko! Ginapunggan mo gid ang pagtubo sg Megaworld’s Iloilo Central Business District kay wala ang Bacolod mo! Why not just entertain yourself of Bacolod’s progress and as you said lamang ang Bacolod mo sa Iloilo? You are only here reading and spying because you are envious of the things that your city couldn’t have.
          Well your Bacolod could always spy on Iloilo. Whatever Iloilo have Bacolod should… ina gid ang batasan mo!!!

        • oiloil says:

          manutd. Megaworld has plenty of project engineers being one of the major developers in the country, and if that project engineer transferred to Tacloban would he bring all along the whole Old Iloilo Airpot and the cranes and the wokers to that East Visayan City, that could stop the ongoing Iloilo City New CBD??? That’s a flimsy reasoning, maybe you are thinking that Ilonggos have pea brains and narrow minded like your very self!

        • Kemerot says:

          full swing na nga eh! tingin ko di ka pa nakapunta ng Iloilo???????? It is apparent that everything in Iloilo is spanking, vibrant and kicking! Gumising ka nga at pumunta sa Iloilo so you’d see the progress.

        • Simonette says:

          so natutuwa ka dahil hind matuloy ang Megaworld, as you said, ganun? See how these people reacted to every Iloilo’s march to progress. Hinahangad nila ang progress ng banwa nila tapos diri sila iya hala ngasal. Tama ba yan?
          Kaya ang tagal na hindi umaasenso ang dalawang city dahil lagi na lang hisaay, tikalay kg bashingay as in bashings.

        • Hermes Ramos says:

          Ah baka yung nag sabi sayo na friend mo na di na matuloy yung megaworld sa iloilo, eh pagkaka-alam ko yun ang sinibak nung mga nakara-ang buan!

      • Joy says:

        Iloilo must be happy because of having two robinsons and even iloilo business park plus sta.babara heights and boracay newcoast

    • ilove-ilove says:

      let’s also eradicate these poor sinages (nga pang-sari-sari store) sa downtown Iloilo nga ginhatag sg Smart. The owners of these establishment should be the one to say “no thanks” of this.
      Imagine the QCOTS lingering on these sinages na para namang isang remote town ang ILOILO CITY

  • manutd says:

    i compare bacolod and iloilo, the way i see it this2012 and 2013.much ahead yung bacolod and negros in infrastructure and developments.im not from bacolod or negros either.im from makati nakapunta lng ako dito sa bacolod and iloilo.here’s the reason why bacolod is ahead….the ayala community mall this 2012 in talisay city metro bacolod,the ayala capitol civic center will change the skyline of bacolod,the 2.5 billion expansion of sm city bacolod is in full swing,the upcoming 35th floor san parq 3 with 18th floor san parq tower,the robinsons citywalk and go hotel,3 new mcdonald na it will open 2012,my van highrises condominiums in lacson st,the ayala technohub,negros cyber center,upcoming gaisano grand mall,renovation of gaisano city bacolod,mazda,volvo and bmw showroom open this 2012 at marami pa.kasi yung economy dito hindi lng sa bacolod unlike iloilo kasi talisay and silay part of metro bacolod maganda din yung economy.nxt yr robinsons place silay mag construct na near silay-bacolod international airport.as far as i know smdc and megaworld will open their doors to negrense.cadiz city may sm hypermart pa.lahat ng cities dito sa negros mayrong jollibee……unlike iloilo naka focus lng sa city…..and maliit ung roads ng iloilo.bacolod much wider thats why its the best place to live in philippines…i love bacolod more than iloilo kasi maraming shopping centers here…..the food is also great and masskars festival is the best.and as far as i know also nakalutang pa sa hangin ung megaworld project sa iloilo.sa bacolod may cenTral business district na.

    • Mark Segador says:

      i admire the progress Bacolod City is having, and every development in every city in our country should be applauded. Iloilo City has lots of potential, we here in Iloilo need to realize that and hopefully awaken once again the Queen City of South. Been in Bacolod, Talisay, and Silay last year, and I saw the progress there. The more development we have in our country, the better for all of us Filipinos.

      I welcome your comments here, and hope to see more of it in the coming posts.

      • Simonette says:

        If I may add, as the people of their city they should altogether helped their OWN dakbanwa and NOT going here for what? PAINDISANAY, HISAAY KAG BASHINGAY? THEY SHOULD BE MAN ENOUGH TO STOP THESE THINGS AS IT WILL NEVER HELP THE TWO CITIES.
        2012 NA THE ORIGINAL QUEEN CITY OF THE SOUTH IS SLOWLY RECOVERING OLD LOST GLORIES LIKE THE PROJECT ILOILO HERITAGE SITE – THE SUBJECT OF THEIR MOCKERIES BEFORE SAYING IT IS AN OLD CITY BUT LOOK ILOILO HERITAGE SITE IS A STRONG TOURIST ATTRACTION.
        THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS IS HERE IN ILOILO – THE HERITAGE SITE AND MODERNITY.

    • oiloil says:

      I dont understand why you are telling straightface these things to us. It is obvious that you already have memorized the developments in all Bacolod for just a visitor like you. I pressumed you are a native of Bacolod and since time immemorial most people from Bacolod are always agitating of Iloilo City’s progress and developments. Bacolod is always a copycat of Iloilo and if you could talk to someone else nowadays, PROGRESSIVE IYA ANG ILOILO KESA SA BACOLOD!
      You sound like you are a member-dancer of Maskarra making a mockery of Dinagyang Festival when in fact Dinagyang is already a 4-time champion at Aliwan Fiesta whereas your Masskara is not even invited to compete at Aliwan.
      Since my childhood I could always remember these traits of Bacolodnon and why Iloilo? Why not agitate on Cebu???

    • Ilong Ilonganon says:

      @manutd —we’re talking about Iloilo City itself not the Whole Negros compare to Iloilo City. Every year i always go to Bacolod and it is not organized as Iloilo is. Bacolod has only ONE overpass (robinsons) and no fly-overs… soon Iloilo will going to have a Metro train as well. and Megaworld is not naka lutang sa hangin like your mind is… what u have mentioned is yun yung mga naka lutang sa hangin… You even denied na taga bacolod ka, you maybe working in makati but your home city surely is Bacolod halata kasi sa hangin mo sa utak mo. Even my very best friend from Bacolod likes Iloilo more than Bacolod… Shopping centers in Bacolod are rubbish. Food? i was food poisoned.. masskara? not even nominated in National Festival. Central business? maybe central market. Iloilo is sooooo far ahead from Bacolod, not even close.

    • Kemerot says:

      ano ‘to? Site ng BACOLOD-ILOVE????? tourism secretary ba ito ng bacolod? Pati ba naman dito pinagkaka-inggitan ang ILOILO? Clear naman siguro na ang Iloilo ay namamayagpag na!

    • Lelia says:

      @ manutd, manul ka imo ya nga tikalon naga kasal-an nalang. Ang taga Iloilo nga diri gina pala ginapiko ang kuarta kay gali sa inyo dra naghalin ina, bangud sa pagkatikalun mo. Tama gid ka butigun kag tikalun sa imo…Sabagay wwala mana bayad ah pagustuhi kaugalingon mo…Kay ang Iloilo ya kamatuuran na ang tanan. Makibut ka lang pila nalang ka adlaw butigon.

    • ilove-ilove says:

      manutd comments like this would oftentimes result to misconceptions and misunderstanding between iloilo and bacolod.
      if we want to aspire to become a super region, then by all means stop comparing, it would only give space to crabbing.
      See the cities of Cebu and Davao, we were already overtaken by them while we continue to wallow in desperation and enviousness.

    • palm_rock says:

      hahaha! manutd is exaggerated about bacolod and negros.. Ive been here in bacolod for the past few months, actually Ive been working in one of the call centers here in bacolod.. its not really true that bacolod is ahead of iloilo in all aspects that he has mentioned.. its the other way around. haha! almost all people I met and worked here with, crave for a vibrant night life in smallville, in fact a lot of bacolod youngs go to iloilo to spend a night in smallville because its much more lively and perky compare to the prostitution hub of bacolod which is the golden field complex. when it comes to infrastructure, iloilo is far more commercialised than bacolod.. you go to mansilingan, you can see a vast sugarcane plantation along the way which you can never see within the city area of iloilo. almost all of bacolod has “kakampuhan” except of course in the downtown area. the robinson’s mall here looks pretty good outside but not as good inside as it is in iloilo. sm city has just opened last 2007 while ilonggos have been shopping in 2 sm malls since 1990’s; the delgado actually is the first of its kind outside manila. not to mention the other 3 stand alone supermakrket in jaro, savemore market in quintin salas and a hypermarket in jalandoni, jaro which used to be the makro. gaisano city bacolod is even much less compared to the enormous 6 storey gaisano city capital in lapaz. gaisano city bacolod by the way was just constructed last 2004 while gaisano city iloilo has been operating since the ’80s. haha! (kahit kailan huli talaga ang bacolod). he claimed that there are a lot of shopping malls in bacolod compare to iloilo but actually the only shopping mall here aside from sm, rob and gaisano is the ukay-ukay center, 888 chinatown. (puro ukay-ukay ang laman ng mall, and the dela rama center and the era mall that house the largest bundles of pirated dvds and electronic gadgets. haha! unlike in Iloilo, they dont have amigo mall where you can shop for the signature clothing like bench and other high end stores. they dont have the first class plazuela and atrium malls. (sugid lang na ya ang bacolod pirme) iloilo has two flyover which was constructed years before bacolod had one. overpasses is almost in every corner of iloilo main streets (and I think there is over 10 overpasses in iloilo if im not mistaken) compare to bacolod’s lone overpass in lacson (in front of robinson’s). commercial buildings in iloilo is maybe thrice as more as in bacolod. the tallest building here is the newly constructed building of convergys which is 13 storey if I counted it right, compared to the 21-storey condominium being constructed along B.S aquino drive in manduriao . not to mention the 18 storey building also in B.S aquino which construction is also on going. and the high end richmonde hotel in iloilo business park is also being constructed. I dont have to elaborate further because I might sound biased and defensive of my city, but as far as the truth is concerned, Iloilo is much ahead of Bacolod of more or less 5 years..thats the truth=))

    • F.Y.I. LANG AH! says:

      fyi lang…
      ILOILO’S FIRSTS
      (First in the Philippines)

      A reprint from: ILOILO’s FIRST, The Visayan Tribune, January 31, 1977.
      Source: http://www.iloilo.gov.ph/index.php?Itemid=28&id=274&option=com_content&task=view

      1. Iloilo is the site of the Malayan landing in the Philippines, according to the Maragtas Legend.

      2. The first school for boys in the Philippines was founded in Tigbauan by the famous Jesuit priest and historian, Pedro Chirino in 1592.

      3. The first place to put up a Christian church in the Philippines was Jalaud (Dumangas) in what is now the barangay of Ermita, in 1566.

      4. Iloilo is the first city outside Manila to have a foreign business house (Loney & Co.) and the first foreign vice-consul.

      5. The first province to export sugar to Australia.

      6. The only province to have two cities during the Spanish time: Iloilo City, chartered in 1890, and Jaro in 1891.

      7.The biggest province in the Philippines in population, income and economic production during the 19th century.

      8. The best and biggest producer of textile during the Spanish era.

      9. The first city outside Manila to have electricity, telephone, telegraph, railway, ice plant, automobile and other modern conveniences.

      10. The first province outside Luzon to fly the Philippine National Flag (in Sta. Barbara, Nov. 17, 1898)

      11. The first department store in the country. Hoskyn & Co., established in 1877.

      12. The first city outside Manila to have direct shipping lines with Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, Europe and America.

      13. The first commercial airline in the country was the Iloilo Negros Air Express Co. (INAEC).

      14. The first Philippine airline established after World War II was organized by Ilonggos… the FEATI.

      15. The first provincial high school in the Philippines…Iloilo National High School.

      16. The first Elementary School established under the Americans – Baluarte Elemenetary School in Molo.

      17. The first protestant barrio in the country – Calvario – Janiauy.

      18. The first Baptist Church in the Philippines – Jaro Evangelical Church.

      19. The first luxury liner in the island – S/S Don Esteban of the De la Rama Line.

      20. The first city to have double – decked buses.

      21. The first concrete road in the country – from Forbes Bridge to Jaro Plaza.

      22. The first city to have a car assembly plant – Taller Visayas de Strachan & McMurray. The car assembled was the “Deiler” in the 1920’s.

      23. The first province to produce many millionaires and the first city to have a millionaire’s row.

      24. The first Filipino to launch the propaganda movement in Spain, Graciano Lopez Jaena of Jaro also known as the greatest orator the Philippines aver produced.

      25. The only Filipino nominated to the Supreme Court of Cuba – Raymundo Melliza.

      26. The first Filipino to fly an airplane for passengers, was an Ilonggo – Jose Tinsay in 1925.

      27. The first doctor of laws from Oxford University – Melquiades Gamboa.

      28. The first doctor of philosophy in political Science – Victorino Diamonon.

      29. The first Filipino doctor of Education – Pedro E. Y Rio.

      30. The first Filipino woman doctor of Philosophy in Engineering – Josette Garcia Portigo.

      31. The first Filipino doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology – F. Landa Jocano.

      32. The first Filipino to win the Congressional Medal of Honor during the WWII – Captain Jose Calugas of Leon.

      33. The first Filipino soldier in the American Army to win medals of Heroism & Courage from the governments of United States, Belgium & France during thye WWII – Sgt. Ramon Subejano of New Lucena.

      34. The first Filipino girl to be called the fastest woman in Asia – Inocencia Solis of New Lucena.

      35. The first most-be-medaled Filipino girl swimmer – Nancy Deano of Dingle.

      36. The first filipino international chess grandmaster – Eugene Torre of La Paz.

      37. The first community school movement originated by Supt. Jose V. Aguilar.

      38. The best organized guerilla unit during World War II under Gen. Mariano Peralta.

      39. The first guerilla unit to contact, by radio, Gen. Douglas MacArthur and President Quezon during World War II.

      40. The first Filipino lady to win a cultural heritage award – Magdalena Jalandoni of Jaro.

      41. The first Filipino feminist – Pura Villanueva Kalaw.

      42. The first bookstore and printing shop in the Visayas and Mindanao – Libreria la Panayana.

      43. The first modern and most beautiful custom house in the country.

      44. The first government constructed museum building in the Philippines – Museo Iloilo.

      45. The first city to have modern cinema houses and theatres outside Manila.

      46. The first gravity irrigation system outside Luzon – Sta. Barbara Irrigation System.

      47. The first successful compact farm in the country – Tagsing Buyo, Sta. Barbara.

      48. The only province to have an anti-biotic drug named after it – Ilozone and Ilotycin which are brands of erythromycin, a wonder drug developed from a soil sample from Iloilo.

      49. The first province to be declared a model in development planning by NEC/USAID.

      50. The number one food-producing province of the Philippines today.

      51. The first and only town in the Philippines to produce four justices of the Supreme Court, seven senators, seven governors, and seven cabinet members.

      52. The site of the first international research center in the fishing industry, the SEAFDEC in Tigbauan.

      53. The biggest public school division in the country is the Division of Iloilo.

      54. The first city, which initiated a free education program in the elementary schools by eliminating the matriculation fees and providing free school supplies and the elimination of tuition fees in public secondary schools.

      A reprint from: ILOILO’s FIRST, The Visayan Tribune, January 31, 1977.

      Source: http://www.iloilo.gov.ph/index.php?Itemid=28&id=274&option=com_content&task=view

  • manutd says:

    in fact my mother is from jaro iloilo and father ko is from jordan guimaras.second time ko nakapunta ng bacolod and it s amazed me.the city is well developed at saka yunb urban planning is excellent….sana yung iloilo study nya muna yung bacolod as an example.grabe yung bacolod ngayon the city is booming like cagayan de oro city.at saka they say bacolod vs cagayan de oro na raw i future city of philippines except metro manila cebu and davao

    • Ralph says:

      Actually Bacolod is newer City as compared to Iloilo City when it comes to roads. that’s why they have wider roads and setbacks as roads and establishments are concerned. problem here in Iloilo City dates back to traditional politicos who don’t have political will. sayang pa kasi yung votes pag pina alis yung illegal structures. that’s why enroaching on hiways and even on river banks. and that settled for a longtime. one example if pina alis mo yung isang family, they will say it’s owned by our grandfather or grand lolo so it means taht they stayed there for decades. nag ka apo na at apo sa tuhod na. that’s why this administration is already implementing it’s political will to the benefit of everybody.

      • Mark Segador says:

        That’s the good news here in Iloilo City, our leaders are now having the will to do what is right to improve our city. We may not have a perfect administration, but at last things are moving on here at Iloilo City.

      • kagaw_buster says:

        its incorrect to say that bcd is a newer city, nung 1937 sabay ina silang idineklarang mga chartered cities of the Philippines – ng iloilo, ng davao ng cebu, zamboanga at iban pa. kaya nga may sunud-sunod na may Charter City celebration ang Davao ang sa Iloilo sa Agosto pa ‘ata ang celebration.

      • rosycheeks says:

        @Ralph For the sake of arguments, how old is bacolod? As if you are telling us you are the grandchild of Iloilo, which in my recollection it should be the case that’s why bcd. is the heredera of iloilo.
        And how long and wide are your roads in Negros? Readers might think you are having the NLEX and the SLEX in your island.

        • rosycheeks says:

          @ralph and @jasper. we are talking here about the two capital cities then you will enter your provincial cities from San Carlos to Kabankalan.
          Jasper might say that they have this and that developments but he is telling the developments outside the perimeter of bacolod and I am believing that bacolod, as what the other are saying, it is already isolated from the provincial cities and towns of negros.

    • oiloil says:

      Manutd. Palabasin mo pang taga-Jaro ka kg Guimaras to drive your points but in fact you are true-blooded Bacolodnon. Im a true-blooded Ilonggo and I could not say what you have said and against Iloilo.
      First line mo pa lang, we knew that you are a veritable Bacolodnon, so stop you idiosyncrasies here. Go to your Bacolod site.

      • oiloil says:

        manutd. U should stop visiting Iloilo Developments page because u r just ENVIOUS of the things that ur Bacolod is devoid of Iloilo’s progress. Kamo gid iya ang matuon sa Iloilo kay indi iya mangu ang mga Ilonggo. Iloilo have a glorious past and the former Queen City of the South, the WV regional center and Iloilo is located strategically in this region, eh ang Bacolod mo, meron? Gaya-gaya puto maya lang Bacolod mo sa Iloilo.
        Wala kaming makita nga Bacolod developments jan sa Youtube or any other internet sites. Your videos about Bacolod is nothing compared to Iloilo, kayman wala gid man maipakita.
        Panahon pa ni Limahong amo ina biga n’yo dira sa banwa n’yo, pirme lang kumpara kumpara kumpara gid ya pirme ang Bacolod mo sa Iloilo, kultura n’yo na ina Bacolodnon, kaya mahuya na dapat kamo…

        • jasper says:

          it was a great challenge sang iloilo (regional center of western visaya) nga mas ma higitan ang bacolod (capital of negros occidental) imagine biskan kamo ang regional center sang region 6. top4 kamo sa next wave city while top3 ang bacolod. nd ina lahug2x you can search and surf it sa net. kung indi ka pa gd mag pati. Ti wala gd kita may mahimo. hehe Well indi mo lang mabaton that bacolod city is really improving.

          • kagaw_buster says:

            rank No. 6 kamo No. 4 iya ang Iloilo. baw ambot sa inyo kon ngaa ari kamo diri gapatupling???

            • cricket says:

              sa top 100 outsourcing cities in the world last year daw 5 cities man lang nakasulod, namely manila, cebu, davao, sta. rosa, laguna and iloilo. diin ya ang bacolod? if call center ang paghambalan, daw taga iloilo man na da naga ulubra sa call center nila? sa iloilo city pa na sila ga recruit sang ila call center agents kag?? sooner once the Megaworld IT Park will be operational, Iloilo will outrank Sta. Rosa and Davao in terms of statistics..thats for sure gonna happen considering the number of graduates and universities Iloilo have…In fact Metro Manila and Cebu recruit call center agents here in Iloilo City..not from Bacolod.

          • iloilo_dream says:

            haha again always comparing, huh! and as always that’s your cultural bad attitude im not interested what’s happening in ur city, i dont mind if you are improving, well its all good for you. in the first place why do ur press releases here? simple, you always wanted to have the biggest slice of Iloilo’s tastiest pie!
            why not go and learn from Cebu sites, when comes to development it is already successful, ano gid abi ang makuha n’yo diri sa iloilo, may-ara bala???

          • kagaw-buster says:

            jasper. Iloilo City will not be called the WV Regional Center for nothing.
            pnp regional center is in iloilo
            nbi regional center is in iloilo
            bfar
            dost
            ched
            sss
            WV state university is in iloilo

            • kagaw-buster says:

              more?
              UP-Visayas in iloilo
              there 7 universities soon to become 8
              the 2nd largest SM city is in iloilo
              now there are 6 SM branches in iloilo
              the iloilo intl. container port is in lapuz
              the iloilo fishport is thriving with million fish catch a day
              the iloilo domestic port is in the port area
              the iloilo airport is opening its open-sky policy leading to be soon an international status
              megaworld BCD is starting to rise.
              all the plazas in iloilo are now remodelled to be in-step with time
              robinson iloilo is the largest in the region and would soon boast storeys high 5-star Go-Hotels at its ledesma frontage.
              INJAP condo/tower is the tallest structure in WV is now rising higher and higher.
              there’s now a construction boom in this Queen City of the South.
              Iloilo City-Guimaras Bridge is in the offing.
              in this site you can see the tourist wharf/terminal in port san pedro that would cater to tourists visiting Guimaras.
              the dinagyang festival is a 4-time aliwan champion, 9-time 1st runner-ups and countless 3rd and runners-up finishes and been awarded The Best Festival in the Philippines by ATOP (Asso. of Tourist Official in the Phils.)
              Hay, kapoy na ‘ko. buligi abi ‘ko.

              • kagaw-buster says:

                part III
                DECS regional center in iloilo
                DA
                DPWH
                iloilo the football country of the Phils.
                Iloilo Airport currently holds the distinction of being the most modern airport in the country.
                presently dominating the iloilo skyline is the new City Hall in the east and the Provl. Capitol in the west
                in the next two years or so a new definition of the iloilo skyline could ubruptly changed the scenery.
                Another big name academe in the country is now here in iloilo, Ateneo de Iloilo
                The massive exemplary structure in the diversion road is the Ayala Technohub and is soon expanding vertically.
                the completion of the 14-storey Medicus Medical Center is the most modern hospital in the Visayas and Mindanao.
                the biggest Gaisano Capital Mall in the country could be in the Diversion Road, record presently held by Davao.
                Diversion Road or the Ninoy Aquino Blvd. could be the Future Iloilo City.
                … more coming up… contribute

                • U forgot the ff.
                  Megaworld MOA to Iloilo City Govt. before the construction of the New Business Central District is the demand for power/electricity, and the reason the Clean Coal Power Plant is now operational at Ingore, Lapaz.
                  The project Jalaur River Water Supply and Hydroelectric Power plant is already in-place for investors/commerce demand for cheaper power use.
                  The biggest footbal stadium in the country is to be built at the outskirt of the city, venue for grassroots devt. mostly coming from Sta. Barbara, Barotac Nuevo and Lapaz, the known football country in the Phils.
                  Iloilo’s contribution for the Azkals is Chieffy Caligdong, the captain ball. There are several members of the Azkals that comes from Iloilo.
                  It has been said that great cities of the World sprang at the bank of the rivers and The Queen City of the South is one good example.
                  There are 1001 ideas for iloilo river to become a tourist destination, right now (idea #1) is the esplanades (like Singapore) could be a reality in the immediate future
                  Iloilo is the Queen City of the South, it has the natural harbor and the Iloilo Commercial Port Complex is expanding.
                  The present Iloilo Central Business District is now converting into a spectacular Heritage Site and a veritable tourists’ destination, what with the old Central Market having a massive facelift with patios and malls added.
                  Iloilo has the trappings of a big metropolis with long and wide avenues and a defined Chinatown, majestically standing in the city center is the Ilonggo-Chinese Friendship arch.
                  A massive fast transport system (PNR) is being recalled and once again envisioned to serve from Iloilo to Caticlan, serving Boracay habitues.
                  More? As it is already becoming a handbook on Iloilo City.

                  • negros_1st says:

                    Where can you find the only regional capital in the Philippines that’s not even a sure winner in its own region? Kudos to CdeO, Cebu and Davao!!
                    Ang Cebu ya proven nga Queen city of d south ky independent cla with othr provncs, i dont know with othr rgional cntr “kuno” kami pa gin hamblan nga dependet s ila ky d fact mka tindog kmi s sng amon. Panu nlng abi kung butangan border ang evry provinces cguro mas gin langaw cla,hehehe…
                    hay buhay tlaga minsan asa taas minsan asa baba..
                    Desperation and exhaustion na ila nabatyagan gro. Intiendihan ta gid na kay kulelat na daan sila sa other Reg’l cities(Cebu,Davao&CdO). Tapos Bacolod na isa ka prov’l capital lng , mas priority na sang mga big investors the past yrs na. Again, they better catch up coz time is not on their side.

                    • Simonette says:

                      so u r implying that u r the leading city? Just keep on believing it is, hahahahaha!
                      Go and take a joy ride along Gen. Luna and u will see the massive modern buildings in WV.
                      When b4 you could only see the plane kg mga punong at Mandurriao/Airport from the original site then again take a ride along Benigno Aquino, Sr. Ave and you will exclaim: is this Manila?
                      If you used to come to Iloilo and just see JM Basa and Iznart and the Freedom Grandstand now it is geared to become a Heritage Site. From Ledesma to Delgado blocks of commercial center is sprouting like mushrooms, the traces of a big fire no more and u will see it is filled with new buildings and the commerce is great.
                      From the provl. capitol going to Lapaz and Jaro-CPU will you think it is an old city?
                      Now if I could visit Bacolod, will I again encircle your famed plaza cos I still believe galibut-libot man lang kamo sa plaza n’yo. Is this correct?

                    • tadeo says:

                      At Negros_1st you know what?
                      PEOPLE ARE ENVIOUS OF THE THINGS THEY COULDN’T HAVE AND THE PERSON THEY COULD’T BE.
                      And take this…
                      Dinis-able na ang comment sg nag-upload sg floor plan sg Injap Tower its becos of so many bashers, ang dami-daming naninira para hindi ito mabakal.
                      Sa diin naghalin ang mga bashers?
                      Your guess is as good as mine.
                      Kesyo maliit daw ang mga kuwarto para hindi lang mabakal ang mga units, kahit silingon pa nga may mga no. of bedrooms man ang pilian sini.
                      This situation is the result of the kagaw doings, disturbing the progress of Iloilo.

                    • paiburong says:

                      THE SAKADA SAGA
                      Accdg. to the latest bulletin from bcd, dumarami ngayon ang sugarcane farm workers nga nag-ilistar na lang sa naturang dakbanwa, themselves becoming informal settlers in the city. Daw sa kabudlay na kuno nga mangamuhan na lang sila sa katubuhan kay indi naman makabulig sa ila sg eksakto.
                      Problema ngayon sg bcd city government ang kolonya sg mga iskwater kung sa diin nila ini ipaapok.
                      Para sa amon unahon gid tani sg pangdumalahan sg dakbanwa ang farm workers plight.

                    • Simonette says:

                      @negros-1st. The mere fact that you are promoting your city on this promotional site its just like saying you are acknowledging Iloilo City as the rightful regional center.
                      Iloilo is always first in promoting WV not unlike your city that is only promoting herself. And the first to offer for the region is the opening of the Iloilo International Airport flights from Singapore and Hong Kong for the convenience of 172,000 OFWs.
                      Iloilo is indeed leading WV so its just befitting title for the city.

                    • Simonette says:

                      ADDITONAL DEVELOPMENTS IN ILOILO
                      Gaisano Capital already bought lands for the 15-ha. Manhattan-like Center with 40-storey central tower
                      Filinvests also bought lands not just to remain idle
                      Ayala Malls/Condo-Tower aside from the existing Ayala Technohub
                      The massive Iloilo Convention Hotel, prime project of Sen. Drilon
                      Astoria Hotel/Resort-Spa
                      Star Mall and Puregold by Sen. Manny Villar who hails from Morubuan, Guimaras
                      New Gaisano and SM malls at Trapiche, Oton City
                      Eastwood City
                      Rockwell
                      Vista Lands
                      Sta. Barbara Heights, housing at its best
                      Emerging condo-towers, malls in addition to Richmond Condo-Hotel,
                      and 24-hour supermarket at the rising Megaworld New Iloilo CBD
                      Concepcion Clean Coal Power Plant
                      Jalaur River Project-power and water supply as financed by the Korean Development Bank
                      Iloilo Market revitalization project as financed by ADB
                      International River Summit to rush the tourism-intended Iloilo River Esplanade project

                  • oiloil says:

                    GOOD NEWS 2 DAYS AGO…
                    ILOILO AIRPORT IS NOW LABELLED ILOILO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND CEBU PACIFIC IS NOW ACCEPTING DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM SINGAPORE AND HONG KONG WITHOUT THE RIGORS PASSING BY NAIA AND WHERE MOST OF OF OFWS ARE BASED.
                    KOREANS BUSINESSMEN NOW STATIONED IN ILOILO COULD ALSO AVAIL THE NTL. FLIGHTS DIRECT FROM SEOUL AND OTHER PARTS OF SOUTH KOREA.
                    IT’S JUST THE BEGINNING… THANKS TO SEN. FRANKLIN DRILON AND REP. TRENAS AND GOV. DEFENSOR AS WELL AS MAYOR JED MABILOG.
                    MABUHAY ANG ILOILO!

          • Marque says:

            next wave pa lng na… ga depende na sa progress sa ng city.. you will see for the upcoming years behind na kmo sang iloilo city kung next wave city lang ang istoryahan, been there last week, kgamo sang downtown nyo hindi gid man organized, sling sang friend ko nga taga bacolod, halongi imo gamit ah wallet kag cp damo ni snatcher(hhahaa) iloilo city you can txt freely on street which i used to do, pero sakto lapad gin man dalan nila sa bacolod( credit to them)
            but think of it iloilo street was made before your beloved city known on the philippine map, beside anhon ang nami kag lapad ga dalan kung ang salakan da mga bulok nga mga MULTICAB? sakto ko ay?

    • oiloil says:

      manutd. Klaro na guid nga taga-Bacolod ka! I for one now understand WHY YOU KEEP ON AGITATING ILOILO CITY and have gone to the extent na ang ILOILO PA ANG MATUON SA BACOLOD MO??? YOUR PROGRESS IS JUST ENCIRCLING YOUR PLAZA. You have the smaller airport, your pier is not at all owned by Bacolod. Your lone avenue is Lacson and it is dying. Your SM City is also smaller than Iloilo so with your Robinson. Your provincial and city halls mas matahom iya ang sa Iloilo. You have narrow streets and the size of Bacolod is only the port area of Iloilo.
      If you said you have countless progress in Bacolod show it here!!!

    • iloilo_dream says:

      INING SI MANUTD, AMO MAN NA SIYA SI GHOSTBUSTER KAG CHOOSE-PHIL. TI KARON INDI GID NA SIYA IYA MAG-UNTAT KON NGAA KADAKU GID SG KAHISAON NIYA SA ILOILO.
      GINAPALA-GINAPIKO KUNO ILA KWARTA PERO DIIN, MASKI DEVELOPMENT SITE WALA SILA, MAS MAAYO PA ANG CAPIZ/ROXAS CITY SA ILA MAS IMPRESSIVE PA.
      THESE CAPIZNONS ARE DOING THEIR THING INDEPENDENTLY. NAGA-PROGRESS MAN ANG ROXAS CITY BEING THE SEAFOODS CAPITAL OF THE PHILS. THEY HAVE A GOOD FESTIVAL THAT PLACED 3RD IN THE REGIONAL COMPETITION AT DINAGYANG KASADYAHAN 2012.
      THEIR PORT OF NEW WASHINGTON IS A REPLACEMENT FOR CATICLAN IN GOING TO BORACAY.
      AS WE SAID WALA GADINALOK ANG ILOILO, ANG LAIN LANG SA ILANG TAGA-BCD.DAW GUSTO GID NILA BALA IYA PIRME MAGPAINDISANAY.
      GUSTO PALA NILA SG COMPETITON, HADLOK MAN SILA MAG-CONTEST SA KASADYAHAN 2012 – GUEST LANG KUNO SILA???

    • Ekratives says:

      Oo na. Wala namang interesado kung saan ka galing! Importante ILOILO CITY is marching forward and the progress in inevitable!

  • spikertaz08 says:

    i’m so happy with all the developments in western visayas.. :)

  • Alfred Adrian P. Chavez says:

    Precisely. What is important is that every Province is moving forward. I am happy for Iloilo that the original QUeen City of the South is now led by great people.

    • Mark Segador says:

      yes, we should be happy for every development every Filipino is having anywhere in our country. We should help each other, and at the same time remember that cities are interconnected in nature. The progress of one city is a progress for all Filipinos.

      • oiloil says:

        Iloilo doesn’t mind Bacolod’s progress, in fact the great hacienderos of Iloilo were the ones who helped Negros Occ. profel its sugar industry to what is known today. Muelle Loney was the pier of the sugar industry in Western Visayas and the Lopezes of Iloilo built the Banago pier for Bacolod and named their shipping company as Negros Navigation. The Lopezes even put up the first ABS-CBN TV channel in the region, kumbaga Bacolod was aided by Iloilo, now they are bragging about their progress on Iloilo as if imposing their hypothetical “edge”, the likes of manutd. That’s why some Ilonggos are mad on them as they seem unstoppable of doing and saying so, and is becoming their culture.

        • Ekratives says:

          Without Iloilo’s rich and prominent families, I can’t imagine the Negroes in Negros! Kaya nga tinawag na Negros ang Negros kasi inhabited sya before by Negritos. No further explanation.

  • Ilong Ilonganon says:

    Bacolod is dependent lg sa mga ibang cities ng Negros.. They cannot stand alone, weak, and “TIKALON!”

    • choose_phil says:

      review lng tayo ng social studies.. FYI tayo nga dito s iloilo city tinawag n lone district, gaya din nyan s kabilang isla lone district din sila kya independent sila sa othr cities and municipalities with in province.

      • kagaw_buster says:

        When bacolod, you had just said, is independent of other cities in their own province and u r implying that iloilo is of the same status, the reason why u r INDEPENDENTLY or DEPENDENTLY doing your thing here cos you want to impress that iloilo should help bacolod cos they are inter-dependent? Is this correct?
        here we are again, an independent city like bacolod as they dont want to be connected with their own other cities but here is bacolod wanted “to connect” to iloilo?
        you should go back to your Philosophy!!! .

  • Ilong Ilonganon says:

    Comparing Iloilo City from Bacolod City???? what a mind! Iloilo is soooooo far ahead. Bacolod has only one overpass, no fly-overs, disorganized pa… Iloilo Will have a metro train soon…. and Megaworld is not nak lutang sa hangin like ur mind is. All u have mentioned about bacolod is yun yung sa mga panaginip mo lg…. The kadiri city na na visit ko.

  • oiloil says:

    ITONG SI MANUTD TAGA-MAKATI KUNO SIYA, KAG NAGDAKU SA JARO KG GUIMARAS. NAGBAKASYON LANG SIYA SA BACOLOD, PERO GINKATKATAN YA MGA TAGA-ILOILO SG TANAN-TANAN GID NGA DEVELOPMENTS KUNO SG METRO BACOLOD KG AMBOT SA IYA KON NGAA ARI NA DI SIYA GAPAKURIBONG? HOY MANUTD, NGAA GINAPABUGAL MO GID ANG BACOLOD SA MGA TAGA-ILOILO??? KAYMAN NAHISA KAMO SA ILOILO! CRABS KAMO SA PAG-USWAG SG ILOILO!
    ARI AY, GINAWARAGWAG YA GID NGA INDI GID KUNO MADAYON ANG MEGAWORLD SA ILOILO KY NAGBAKASYON KUNO SA TACLOBAN ANG PROJECT ENGINEER SINI. TI TAN-AWA N’YO BALA ANG IDEYA NYA SA MEGAWORLD NEW ILOILO CBD NGA ANG PAGHANGUP NIYA ISA LANG KA PENSION HOUSE INI, HAHAHAHAHA!
    TI ANG ILOILO GANI MAANGUT SG TAYTAY SA GUIMARAS, ABA INDI GID IYA MAGPAPIYERDE ANG TAGA-NEGROS KAY MAANGUT MAN SILA NGA KALAYO NA IYA SG GUIMARAS SA ISLA SG NEGROS SIGURO MGA TATLO SA KALAWIGON SG PORT SAN PEDRO HASTA SA GUIMARAS. TI INA ISA KA PINASAHI NGA PAGKAMAHISAON NILA KAY MAANGUT MAN SILA TI KUNDI DAKU-DAKU NGA BUDGET ANG KINAHANGLAN SINI KAY KON ILOILO-GUIMARAS LANG DIUTAY-DIUTAY NGA BUDGET, TI AMO NA NGA INDI NA GUID YA MADAYON ANG ILOILO-GUIMARAS BRIDGE.
    TI INI GAPAHANGUP LAMANG NGA INDI SILA GUSTO NGA MAG-ASENSO ANG ILOILO KY SILA GID ANG MAG-USWAG INDI LANG ANG ILOILO. MAN MGA CRABS INA SILA.
    MADAMU INA SILA NGA MGA TAGA-BACOLOD NGA PIRME LANG NAGAPAKURIBONG SA ILOILO INTERNET SITES KG KLARO GID NGA GUSTO NILA IDUDO SA MUKHA SG MGA TAGA-ILOILO NGA ANG BACOLOD ANG NANGUNGUNA NGA CITY SA WV.
    MASKI SA DINAGYANG VIDEO ARI DI SILA GAPAKURIBONG KG MAG-ISYU NGA MAS MATAHOM KUNO IYA ANG MASKARRA NILA, HAHAHAHAHAHA! KAG KON ANU-ANO PA ANG GINA-ISYU NILA NGA PIRME LANG KUNO GINABAHA ANG ILOILO, WALA-WALA GID YA KUNO ANG MGA BANWA SA PROBINSYA SA ILOILO — GINAYAGUTA NA NILA PATI KATIGULANGAN SG MGA TAGA-ILOILO, KAYA INIT ULO KO SA ILA KAYMAN NGAA ABI NGA IDUTDOT GID NILA ANG BACOLOD NILA?
    KON MABASA N’YO ANG INTRO NI MANUTD SA SITE NGA INI ABI PAG-ARALAN N’YO ANG IYA GINAPANGHAMBAL KAYMAN MADAMO SA MGA TAGA-ILOILO ANG INDI PA SA GUIHAPON MAKAHANGUP SA BIGA SG MGA TAGA-BACOLOD LABAN SA ILOILO.

    • oiloil says:

      PLEASE LET ME ADD THIS…
      Y DESPUES KAY GINAGAMIT IYA (gapakuribong) SG MGA TAGA-BACOLOD ANG DEVELOPMENT SITES SG ILOILO (nga halos wala sila) NGA GUINPANGABUDLAYAN SG ATON GOBYERNO KG PRIVATE SECTOR NGA DAMO IYA SG VISITORS, MGA PROSPECTIVE INVESTORS ANG GABASA SINI, MALAS-AYAN NA KARON INA SILA KAY ANG PAMABA SG MGA TAGA-BACOLOD INDI KUNO MANAMI (sa Iloilo), TI KUNDI MAKADTO NA INANG MGA INVESTORS SA ILA BANWA. MAGGUWA NA KARON NGA MATANGA NA LANG SA HANGIN ANG HALA BIRA ILOILO, MY CITY MY PRIDE!
      AMO NGA SA KADUGAYON NGA PANAHON, INSTEAD NGA I-ASENSO PA SG ILOILO, ARI DI IYA MGA TAGA-BACOLODNON NGA GABARAKANG!
      TI KON WALA INA SILA DUGAY NA NGA PANAHON TANI ANG ASENSO SG ILOILO KG WALA NA MAAGAW SG CEBU ANG TITULO QUEEN CITY OF THE SOUTH.
      TI AMO GUID INI ANG STYLE NILA, BULOK!!!
      ABI MAGKOMENTAR MAN KAMO KON SALA AKO O INDI?

      • Alfred Adrian P. Chavez says:

        We know our city well. Let them promote their City. Our task now is to rectify the blunders of those MEDIA-ABUSERS. Thanks as well for defending that Iloilo is a City filled with loving Ilonggos.

      • ghost_buster says:

        dow i know we cant please evrybody, tani lng mging openminded k mn oiloil in the sense nga hndi k man tani mag generalize sng isa k city ky sa ginahambal mo kahuy anan k pra s ciudad nton sori to say dat,4 sure u dont hav rlatives in bcolod dats why u can say ol dat. ur hitting below da belt kasimanwa. We shud be proud we hav 2 progressiv city in WV.

  • Kemerot says:

    Kamusta na yung Themed Park sa likod ng SM Iloilo? Is it operational na admin? Last DInagyang ko sya nakita.

    • Mark Segador says:

      Last time I saw it, maybe 2 weeks ago, the rides were being dismantled. It seems its not permanent. No news yet about Super Max Rider International plans at the back of SM City Iloilo. =(

  • Alfred Adrian P. Chavez says:

    Let’s all be happy for the progress of the Twin Cities in the South. With all due respect to the efforts of the admin, I guess it would be ethical to stop talking about other cities since this is ILOILOILOVE.com. Provinces in the Phils should help each other to attain better life for all Filipinos. IloiloIlove.com is such a wonderful site that it has so much to offer to the readers about Iloilo. This is a site for everyone to see the beauty of this humble Queen City of the South — ILOILO CITY.

  • Mark Segador says:

    The Comments Moderator would like to remind everyone to be careful with our use of words. We’re all passionate about our country’s progress, we should respect each other as we’re all Filipinos. Thank you.

  • Alfred Adrian P. Chavez says:

    I agree admin. Ilonggos in Iloilo City are just so empowered now that they are witnessing the UNSTOPPABLE PROGRESS of the Original Queen City of the South. It is for this reason why a lot have reacted to clarify and enlighten the readers that indeed ILOILO IS GROWING SO FAST and along with that progress are peacefulness, cleanliness, and a depper sense of responsibility for both private and public organizations alike. Iloilo is moving forward! Bravo!

  • oiloil says:

    “wishful thinking” (ACCGD. TO DPWH) na lang ang guwa sg Iloilo-Guimaras Bridge sa pag-entra sg Negros Island nga kon ngaa maangut gid bi dayun sila, ari ang statistics:
    Iloilo-Guimaras a distance of 2.59 kms.
    Guimaras to Negros a distance of 20.6 km (ma-imagine n’yo kon ano ang kalabaon sina?)
    Iloilo-Guimaras Bridge will cost P14.173B
    Guimaras to Negros Bridge P40B!
    Ti karon nag-upod ang mga kongresista sg Negros sa Iloilo sa pagpaabot sini kay Pres. P-NOY, maaprubahan ini bala kay nahimo na nga P53.973B!?
    Panahon pa ni Senadora Miriam Santiago ang plano sg Iloilo-Guimaras Bridge sa iya pamulung-pulong sa Freedom Grandstand.
    Pero INDI NA GID IYA MADAYON INI KAY MAANGUT GID ANG NEGROS NGA BULI NA LANG SILA SG GUIMARAS KAG WALA GID NA SA ILA AGENDA HALIN SADTO.

  • ghost_buster says:

    pls lets stop comparing one city to another like bcld and lilo, this is not good 4 our region. to manutd pls dont be an impostor, i know ur frm iloilo and ur just making a scene to make bcolod looks bad to our fellow ilonggos. it hurts becoz i hav my relatives thre in bacolod and its unfair if u drag the name of bcolod in that non sense things. pls dont make ur own ghost kasimanwa.

    • oiloil says:

      ghost-buster you are not from Iloilo, you are from Bacolod. Yourself should stop pretending that you love Iloilo but will agitate as soon as opportune time comes. As soon nga mapanatag na ang loob sg mga tunay nga mga Ilonggo sa inyo, hihirit na kamo nga mas nami gid iya ang Bacolod n’yo sa Iloilo.
      Ti style n’yo bulok na ina!
      Subong pa lang gani, naga-manifest na ang hulag mo ghostbuster, indi ka mapagkakatiwalaan.
      Inang style nga ina ninyo indi na ina bag-o a pang-damil sg mga tunay nga mga Ilonggo.
      Ambot kon ano gid biga ninyo nga ari kamo di iya gapakuribong sa Iloilo Development sites??? Bisan ang mga Bacolodnon sa Manila magtinikal gid ina sila sa akon nga kamaayu-ayo gid iya kuno ang Bacolod nga wala man namon ginapamangkot.
      Ghostbuster your style is like manutd, paparamdam muna kamo nga kuno mga taga-ILoilo kamo tan-awa bala ari ka di para kontrahon ang mga ginasiling sg mga dyed-in-the-wool gid iya nga mga Ilonggo.
      Wala man sg gapamgangkot sa inyo kon mga taga-diin kamo ti ngaa defensive kamo dayon abi???
      Kayman kon sa mga seryeng kriminal amo gid ina sina ang inyo nga agi, wala gakapanas, amo man guihapon.
      Amo nga lumayas ka na diri, traidor ka!!!

  • ghost_buster says:

    insted of adding fuel to the fire.. jus b thnkful that our region has a vibrant progress.. bcolod and lilo have there own pace of progress, no city is copycat to anothr, is is just a straight that devides our cities. if this two cities bcome united probably we will bcome a superpower region in the philippines which is far ahead to what we dream of considering as Queen City of the South.

    • Mark Segador says:

      yes, considering our links in heritage and culture, Iloilo City and Bacolod could be sister cities, much more like twin cities, sharing the economy and investments opportunities. Help each other and dream together. I agree with ghost_buster, it’s not good for our region if some will drag each other down, rather let’s push each other up. So I say peace na guid ta.

  • ghost_buster says:

    building a bridge connecting iloilo-guimaras-negros was an old issue way back 80s and 90s, we shud not over react to this dvelopmnt they pursuing but instead we shud be hapi bcos 3 islands myt b connected as one wer in fact dis is for the benifit of ol of us Filipino. Sori to say dis, oiloilo shud change his selfishness attitude.

    • ghost_buster says:

      mayo man na gani ky mas ma develop pa gid ang tuorist and business industry s guimaras ky we ol know nga bacolod and negros occ. is urbanize kag mayo man ky from iloilo ill b traveling true bridge only going to my paryentes in bcolod.. this is a winwin scenario for both. hope u guys undrstand my point. hndi da mahisa nga mas laba ila brdge compared s aton ky in the 1st place isa n sa mga gina kbalaka ni oiloil.

      • oiloil says:

        @ghost_buster. what I am trying to say is this. the realization of Iloilo-Guimatas bridge only became “wishful thinking” because P-NOY would not approve, now a time, the whopping P53.97B budget with the inclusion of Guimaras-Negros as compared to just P14.17B Iloilo-Guimaras! To add, Iloilo-Guimaras is not an impossible dream with a much lower budget, the Negros-Guimaras application only muddled the Iloilo gov’t plan, therefore, it belongs to a high level crabbings methodology indigenously!
        The bridging of the whole Visayas, from Samar to Panay inlcuding the Boracay-Malay would only commence in the year 2020 (maybe) when the Philippines’ DPWH is with much greater national budget. But for now I don’t understand why your congressmen has to join Iloilo in its desire to have the Iloilo Guimaras-Bridge.
        Can’t you imagine the 20-km stretch from Negros to Guimaras that needs to be built on deep and rugged seas?

    • kagaw_buster says:

      ok always incorporate your city whenever we move, that’s you agenda here and you kept on believing that this site is also for you. always making a scene here to perpetrate your envious political attitude.

  • oiloil says:

    Ghost-buster it is you who also is crabbing the Iloilo Dream, in the first place, why? Let’s say there 6,000,000 travellers from Panay to Negros via Guimaras and back through the now called “wishful thinking” bridge. And these 6 million people would travel to Bacolod 5,000 times (as you said you have relatives there to just visit or 10,000 times(back and forth)in a lifetime and have individual fare of P400. Will there be ROI for the budget of P40B??? by bridging Negros-Guimaras??? Maybe after the year 2050!
    I’m still sticking to my point of view why Negros (Bacolod) is so keen in building a 20.6 km stretch to Guimaras nowadays when the plan to interconnect all the Visayan Islands could not just be materialized yet, and I said maybe in 2020 or worst in 2040! I pressumed Im alrady dead by this date.
    I repeat, it’s not SELFISHNESS on my part for our Negros brethren, matter of factly I was born in Silay City! My uncles and cousins are still there so with my aunties and cousins in Bacolod. My siblings still live in Binalbagan.
    ILOILO-GUIMARAS DREAM IS VERY FEASIBLE, FOR CEBU NOW HAS THREE BRIDGES LINKING THEM TO MACTAN. CEBU-MACTAN AND ILOILO-GUIMARAS ARE OF THE SAME NAUTICAL DISTANCES.
    Repeat: And why Negros is so keen in building that stretch, is a big question mark. If they are sighting the economic gain they might derive from Guimaras unto Iloilo is mediocrity thinking…
    WHY NOT BUILD A NEGROS-CEBU STRETCH INSTEAD??? ITS MORE CONDUCIVE TO NEGROS ECONOMY WHERE THE VOLUME OF TOURISTS FROM CEBU MIGHT YET TRY TO VISIT BACOLOD.
    ARE THERE MUCH TOURIST IN GUIMARAS??? IM AFARID ITS SCARCE.

  • oiloil says:

    I could only pressume that ghost_buster still could not differentiate between P14.17B and P53.97B! A whopping three times over!
    If the problem of the ghost_buster is travelling from Iloilo to Bacolod, by all means he can always take the SUPERCATS!
    Why ghost_buster would like to have the luxury of travelling in a P40B structure is a big question mark!
    My question to ghost_buster is, why Negros/Bacolod could not stand-alone submit their own Negros-Guimaras Bridge proposal to P-NOY?
    So ghost_buster could still not fathom why the Iloilo-Guimaras Bridge is immediate to Iloilo’s Dream that is becoming the envy of the people at the other side of the sea?
    And ghost_buster, sort of dead malice, still doesn’t understand (kuno) the “essence of incorporation” of the Negros side on the wishful thinking bridge?
    And lastly ghost-buster is too happy to note that the Iloilo Dream will remain a wishful thinking bridge because it was sort of muddled by people at the other fence.

    • ghost_buster says:

      @ oiloil, FYI..
      Source INQUIRER.

      19 solons back P53-B bridge project
      By Nestor P. Burgos Jr.
      Inquirer Visayas
      12:03 am | Sunday, March 25th, 2012
      ILOILO CITY—Crossing party lines, 19 Visayas congressmen have asked President Aquino to prioritize the construction of a bridge network linking the islands of Panay, Negros and Guimaras.
      The legislators, in a resolution, called on Mr. Aquino, the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the National Economic Development Authority to prioritize the construction of bridges connecting the islands in the government’s PPP program.

      “The construction of trans-link bridges will open new economic opportunities, reduce transportation and business transaction costs, increase access to social services and boost tourism in the entire Western Visayas region,” according to the resolution.

      The resolution was initiated by Iloilo City Rep. Jerry Treñas and was signed by 19 of the 21 legislators from Western Visayas and Negros Oriental.

      Aside from Treñas, those who signed the resolution include Representatives Janette Garin (Iloilo), Augusto Syjuco (Iloilo), Arthur Defensor Jr. (Iloilo), Ferjenel Biron (Iloilo), Niel Tupas Jr. (Iloilo), Florencio Miraflores (Aklan), Paolo Javier (Antique) , Antonio Del Rosario (Capiz), Jane Castro (Capiz), JC Rahman Nava (Guimaras), Anthony Rolando Golez Jr. (Negros Occidental), Aflredo Marañon III (Negros Occidental), Alfredo Benitez (Negros Occidental), Jeffrey Ferrer (Negros Occidental), Mercedes Alvarez (Negros Occidental), Jocelyn Limkaichong (Negros Oriental), George Arnaiz (Negros Oriental) and Pryde Henry Teves (Negros Oriental).
      Only the late Rep. Ignacio “Iggy” Arroyo and Rep. Julio Ledesma IV, both of Negros Occidental, were not among the resolution’s coauthors.
      House Resolution No. 2018 was read on Jan. 16 and was referred to the House committee on public works and highways.
      Steel bridges
      There have been various proposals and studies to construct the bridges over the years but none has led to an actual project because of the high estimated cost. In the past, however, the government used modular steel bridges for its various projects. The bridges, unlike concrete ones, are easier to build and less expensive.
      A study of Japan International Cooperation Agency conducted in 1999 pegged the cost of the project at P53.661 billion with a total span of 23.19 kilometers.
      This includes P14.173 billion for the construction of the 2.59-km Panay-Guimaras bridge and P39.488 billion for a 20.6-km bridge linking Guimaras and Negros islands.
      In a separate DPWH study in 2010, the project cost was estimated at P28.496 billion covering 13.16 kilometers. This include 3.6 km for the Panay-Guimaras bridge at P9.438 billion and a 9.56-km bridge to connect Guimaras and Negros costing P19.08 billion.
      The 13.16-km span is the shortest among the target areas for bridge construction.
      Based on this projected length, a bridge will be constructed to connect Leganes town in Iloilo to Buenavista town in Guimaras. Another bridge will link San Lorenzo town in Guimaras to Pulupandan town in Negros Occidental.
      ‘More realizable’
      Treñas said the projected cost in the DPWH study “makes the dream more realizable.”
      The Visayan legislators pointed out in the resolution that the promotion of the project under the PPP is an integral part of the President’s socioeconomic program.
      They said infrastructure and economic development projects should also be implemented beyond the capital.
      “The National Capital Region receives the lion’s share of the national budget despite the Visayas islands having a population greater than that of Metro Manila,” said the resolution.
      They said the archipelagic nature of the country “requires the development of a unified well-integrated economy which allows people and goods to be transported swiftly and efficiently.”
      Treñas said they hoped that the national government could release funds for a comprehensive feasibility study that would pave the way for the approval and implementation of the project.

  • ghost_buster says:

    yes, got ur point but try to figure out the benifits it will give to 3 islands in visayas if they will b connectd as one.
    Business, Tourism, Agriculture is at stake if this materialize.
    No wonder majority if our officials in WV came to a resolution whch gives priority to this project.
    Pls do not give the blame to our brothrs in other islands bcos this is a joint resolution which our lone district congressman initiated, opposite of wat u said in ur previous post.. so u dont hav d ryt to accuse them of being hindrance to our dream.. it is cleary unfair to 4 dem.

    @ oiloilo, FYI.
    Source: INQUIRER

    19 solons back P53-B bridge project
    By Nestor P. Burgos Jr.
    Inquirer Visayas
    12:03 am | Sunday, March 25th, 2012

    ILOILO CITY—Crossing party lines, 19 Visayas congressmen have asked President Aquino to prioritize the construction of a bridge network linking the islands of Panay, Negros and Guimaras.
    The legislators, in a resolution, called on Mr. Aquino, the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the National Economic Development Authority to prioritize the construction of bridges connecting the islands in the government’s PPP program.

    “The construction of trans-link bridges will open new economic opportunities, reduce transportation and business transaction costs, increase access to social services and boost tourism in the entire Western Visayas region,” according to the resolution.

    The resolution was initiated by Iloilo City Rep. Jerry Treñas and was signed by 19 of the 21 legislators from Western Visayas and Negros Oriental.

    Aside from Treñas, those who signed the resolution include Representatives Janette Garin (Iloilo), Augusto Syjuco (Iloilo), Arthur Defensor Jr. (Iloilo), Ferjenel Biron (Iloilo), Niel Tupas Jr. (Iloilo), Florencio Miraflores (Aklan), Paolo Javier (Antique) , Antonio Del Rosario (Capiz), Jane Castro (Capiz), JC Rahman Nava (Guimaras), Anthony Rolando Golez Jr. (Negros Occidental), Aflredo Marañon III (Negros Occidental), Alfredo Benitez (Negros Occidental), Jeffrey Ferrer (Negros Occidental), Mercedes Alvarez (Negros Occidental), Jocelyn Limkaichong (Negros Oriental), George Arnaiz (Negros Oriental) and Pryde Henry Teves (Negros Oriental).
    Only the late Rep. Ignacio “Iggy” Arroyo and Rep. Julio Ledesma IV, both of Negros Occidental, were not among the resolution’s coauthors.
    House Resolution No. 2018 was read on Jan. 16 and was referred to the House committee on public works and highways.

    Steel bridges
    There have been various proposals and studies to construct the bridges over the years but none has led to an actual project because of the high estimated cost. In the past, however, the government used modular steel bridges for its various projects. The bridges, unlike concrete ones, are easier to build and less expensive.
    A study of Japan International Cooperation Agency conducted in 1999 pegged the cost of the project at P53.661 billion with a total span of 23.19 kilometers.
    This includes P14.173 billion for the construction of the 2.59-km Panay-Guimaras bridge and P39.488 billion for a 20.6-km bridge linking Guimaras and Negros islands.
    In a separate DPWH study in 2010, the project cost was estimated at P28.496 billion covering 13.16 kilometers. This include 3.6 km for the Panay-Guimaras bridge at P9.438 billion and a 9.56-km bridge to connect Guimaras and Negros costing P19.08 billion.
    The 13.16-km span is the shortest among the target areas for bridge construction.
    Based on this projected length, a bridge will be constructed to connect Leganes town in Iloilo to Buenavista town in Guimaras. Another bridge will link San Lorenzo town in Guimaras to Pulupandan town in Negros Occidental.

    ‘More realizable’
    Treñas said the projected cost in the DPWH study “makes the dream more realizable.”
    The Visayan legislators pointed out in the resolution that the promotion of the project under the PPP is an integral part of the President’s socioeconomic program.
    They said infrastructure and economic development projects should also be implemented beyond the capital.
    “The National Capital Region receives the lion’s share of the national budget despite the Visayas islands having a population greater than that of Metro Manila,” said the resolution.
    They said the archipelagic nature of the country “requires the development of a unified well-integrated economy which allows people and goods to be transported swiftly and efficiently.”
    Treñas said they hoped that the national government could release funds for a comprehensive feasibility study that would pave the way for the approval and implementation of the project.

    • oiloil says:

      @ghost_buster. Until now you dont understand what Im driving at…
      You said the Visayan interisland connection was conpceptualized in 1980, FINE!
      Why in the span of 32 years Negros/Bacolod havent done anything to connect the island to Guimaras?
      Now the Ilonggos are trying to ressurrect their city being the original Queen City of the South with the view that Guimaras could be a tourist destination in the future but primarily with the knowledge that so many Ilonggos are criscrossing the strait almost everyday so it was necessary to build a bridge linking the two islands, BESIDE BEING MUCH FEASIBLE AND PRACTICAL THAN THE NEGROS-GUIMARAS.
      While the Iloilo-Guimaras is only 2.59 km the Negros-GuimaraS OMG is 20.6 km! IMPRACTICAL TO BUILD JUST NOW!!!
      And when the Ilonggos tried to pursue the bridge, the Negros people wont be left out in the Ilonggo Dream. They are here “muddling” the realization of a bridge so vital with their daily lives. THEY ENJOINED THE ILOILO DREAM WITH THEIR BUDGET OF P40B!!!
      Now there’s no need for you to bring out that press releases as the bridge from Iloilo-Guimaras have been deemed by P-NOY not logical to build just now because Negros wanted also a bridge in their desire that “whatever Iloilo has, Bacolod must have to”
      THE FACT IS ILOILO-GUIMARAS WONT BE MATERIALIZED BECAUSE HERE’S NEGROS/BACOLOD “MUDDLING”!!!
      NEGROS/BACOLOD SHOULD HAVE THEIR OWN ECONOMIC AGENDA AND NOT JUST ALWAYS ANCHORING ON ILOILO.
      IT WAS NOT NEGROS/BACOLOD FAULT, IT’S RATHER THE FAULT OF ILOILO ALWAYS GIVING IN TO THE OTHER “PROBLEM”!
      BTW: AND WHO INITITATED THIS PROJECT BUT ILOILO’S CONGRESSMAN JERRY TRENAS,KUMBAGA NADAMAY NA LANG KAMO SA PROYEKTO NGA INDI N’YO GID MAN KINAHANGLANON, AND YOUR CONGRESSMEN WERE NATUTULOG SA PAN8ITAN.
      YOUR INSISTENCY THAT THE NEGROS-GUIMARAS BRIDGE SHOULD ALSO BE BUILT ALTOGETHER, NOTHING COULD HAPPEN.
      THE ILONGGO DREAM WOULD REMAIN ANG ILONGGO DREAM.
      AND NEGROS/BACOLOD DREAM OF A BRIDGE THEY DON’T NEED IMMEDIATELY HAS TO WAIT FOR THE REALIZATION OF THE PAN-VISAYAN CONNECTION IN 2020!

  • Lifesaver says:

    Sirs, I appeal to each and everyone to please cease this squabble. I respect all your opinions and each and everyone has his right to it. We are talking here of developments of Iloilo which is unprecedented after a long period of dormancy. We are all Ilonggos and we should unite for the betterment of our place. We agree to disagree but sometimes there are battles that is not worth fighting for. In our case, we just have to be humble and be happy that our city and province is moving to the right directions. There is no other way for Iloilo but to move up and soar higher. Time will come that all our hopes and aspirations will be fulfilled. Some may not happen in our lifetime but I guess the future generations will reap the seeds our leaders have sown before us.

    These developments are the living witness in which no one can deny the fact that we are progressing. Most high impact projects are in place and several of them have already started. There are a lot more in store for us. If everything will fall in its proper place I am pretty sure that we will become a model of modern urban living with emphasis to nature and environmental protection which is only an envy of other cities and provinces. Our economic growth story could elevate our status and help other provinces, the Western Visayas region, and the whole country in terms of our contribution to GDP.

    I don’t mind if other people or group of people compare us or tell us we were left behind. We don’t have to stoop down to their level, we have our own identity and we will progress according to our own pace. Yes, we are a small city but we act like we are big because that is our real identity. We can learn from our mistakes and those lessons can help us rise against all odds. I can still remember our city was so dirty, chaotic, prone to flooding and rotating brownouts. But look at us now, our leaders have had addressed these issues and slowly but surely our problems are given much needed attention, especially our water problem.

    I still believe the passage of the bible that “the first will be that last and the last will be the first”. We may be in the last position among highly urbanized cities during a long period of slumber but the big little dragon have already awaken and ready to blow his economic fire.

    Peace everyone and more power for ILOILO!!!

  • oiloil says:

    ghost_buster. ambot sa imo kabudlay sa imo paintiendihon.
    ang negros-guimaras connection upod ina sg ginasiling mo nga ginplano sadtong 1980.
    Indi na iya pratikal nga ubrahon subong, sa 2040 pa kay sobra ina KADAKU-DAKU SG BUGGET, indi masarangan ina subong sg budget ni P-NOY AMO nga umabante na iya ang Iloilo sa pagpasar sg ila resolution, kay kapraktial gid kg isa pa kinahanglanon gid subong, kapareho bala sg Cebu-Mactan nga amu-amo gid ang distansiya sg Iloilo-Guimaras.
    Huo na, nagpilirma na ang mga kongresista sg Iloilo kg Negros pero ang pamangkot nadayon bala? Amo nga ginatawag ini nga WISHFUL THINKING BRIDGES SG DPWH!
    Ti ngaa abi nga madungan gid iya ang Negros-Guimaras? Diri sini nagsala ang mga congressman sg iloilo kon ngaa in-corporate nila iya ang Negros-Guimaras!?
    Ti karon indi na mapaobra inang Iloilo-Guimaras kayman nagduging iya ang Negros-Guimaras nga ang budgEt sini P40B ti wala kuwarta ang gobyerno ni P-NOY, nakuwa mo na ghost-buster, amo nga pati ang Iloilo-Guimaras INDI NA MAN MADAYON!, KUHA MO NA GID ‘NO?.
    ANG PUNTO DE VISTA KO NGAA ABI IPAGPIPILITAN MO GID IYA ANG GUIMARAS-NEGROS, TI KUNDI HULATON N’YO NA LANG ANG 2040!
    NAPURNADA NA ANG ILOILO-GUIMARAS, AMO NGA SI SEN. FRANKLIN DRILON GAPAKADTO-PAKARI SA PAGPAOBRA SINANG PORT SAN PEDRO TERMINAL KG AMO MAN SA BUENAVISTA KAG JORDAN KAYMAN NAHIBAL-AN YA NGA NATUNAW NA ANG ILONGGO DREAM SG ISA KA MAKASAYSAYAN TANI NGA TAYTAY!
    SIGURO NAMAN GHOST-BUSTER KUHA MO NA.

  • ghost_buster says:

    @ oiloil, i respct ur opinion. I knw evryone has its own point of view but i wondr why if negros and bacolod is on the scene u olwys overreact on the issue, it seems u hav ur own hatred or insecurities to dem and it only implies u dont hav connection to othr island, well for that im sory for that unfortunate, most of us ilonggos hav brothrs/sistrs if not rlatives across the straigth, no worndr u can tell tis in front of dem. we dont want to ruin dis good relationship we hav to dem jus for dis selfish, rivalry, crab mentality issues of both vibrant cities.

    my point is we shud not be one sided to the issues,we shud be resposible and unbias in throwing stones to them bcos dis will only comes back to us, it is pretty obvious that u hav ur own issue if bacolod in on limelight cos the fact is they are not muddling to this dream that we hav as wat u r emphasizing, and 4 ur infrmtion its is not the LGUs dat made resoltions it is d lawmakers of WV.

    Lets be openminded, the progress of iloilo and bacolod is the progress of WV. Lets think of the future benifits if this bridge project will materialize.

    Oiloil, we r not entitle to say that bacolod/negros officals r sleeping we shud be thnkful now they are taking actions to make this proposals possible that wer alrdy stagnant 4 da past few decades. Its is a proactive approach to build this now, if not wen? 10yers, 20yers, 50 yers,100yers from now? wen all of our neigboring countries are all on top of their progress? This is an investmnt, 50b is just a cent to the natl budget well myb we cud not see the profits at the beggining but if time goes by this will all paid off.

  • oiloil says:

    ghost-buster, indi na ikaw ang kaistoryahanay ko diri ha?
    Ti kay galangut gid ang buot sg mga taga-Bacolod sa taytay sg Iloilo City-Guimaras nga indi na man madayon amo ni dapat himuon sg mga taga-bacolod ay!
    subong gaparik-parik gid ya si Sen. Franklin Drilon sa pagpaobra sg Port San Pedro tourist wharf nga ang mga basnig diri pati na de-layag mabiyahe sa Buenavista kag Jordan upon na ang Morubuan pati na ya padulong sa Balaan-Bukid.
    Ti ang Bacolod dapat may tourist wharf man sa Bacolod kay mapadulong man sila sa Guimaras kay waay madayon ang Negros-Guimaras P40B bridge!
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
    Ti ang Iloilo pa guid gabalalhas na ila mga —– sa paglagas nga kilalahon na tani nga mangin ILOILO INTL. AIRPORT NA ini.
    Ti amo man ina dapat nga himuon sa mga taga-Bacolod sa ila airport.
    Subong gid iya ginahimo na ang ILOILO NEW CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT nga siling sg bisita naton nga si Manutd indi kuno nadayon.
    Ti ang himuon sg Bacolod ibaligya man nila ang ila daan nga airporteh kg magpatindog man sila sg ila Megaworld pati marriot hotel eh!
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! DAW MABUANG NA AKO SA MGA PAUTOT NILA SINI!

  • oiloil says:

    TI KAY NALIMTAN KO ISUGPON INI SG GINADASNAN NGA POST KO MISMO…
    ARI AY, SUBONG KAY GAPAMALALHAS MAN SA GUIHAPON ANG MGA —– SG MGA TAGA-ILOILO SA PAGPADAYON SG ATON NGA ILOILO HERITAGE SITE SA JM BASA KAG I-PEDESTRIANIZE NA INI, ANG HIMUON SG BACOLOD GUB-ON NILA ILA PLAZA KAG PATINDUGAN SG MGA KATSILAN-ON NGA MGA EDIPISYO KG MAGHIMO MAN SILA SG ILA HERITAGE SITE EH!
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! MAKABULUANG ANG MGA GUINAHIMO NILA SINI!

    • ghost_buster says:

      now we knew u hav self issues to our brothrs in bcolod/negros.. we cant do nothing about dat. We cant help with ur problem. Weder dat is jealosy, insecurities and anger we dont care about dat, jus dont drag and carry the name of our iloilo in dat non sense issues of urs, and it does only implies ur spying bacolod and u realy take effort to search in wat ever means jus to bullish their humble devlpments. A truly ilonggo is gentle and humble, opposite to wat ur showing to us. Im reli disappointd dat der r people like u hu sees da growth of othrs as competion. Rivalry is not healthy for our progressive region.
      For me dis is already enough.

      • oiloil says:

        kayman ikaw ghostbuster indi ikaw likas nga taga-iloilo amo nga ginakontra mo kay ikaw taga-Bacolod ka! nga sapat ka! Tanan nga palabra mo diri pabor sa Negros/Bacolod.
        Nugaya na ko di ghostbuster, pakilala ka nga isa ka ka tunay nga Ilonggo gali kay ang twist sini, bacolodnon ka nga traidor ka!
        Lumayas ka na diri kay wala-wala gid iya ang Bacolod mo kumpara sa City of Iloilo.
        Ang economy n’yo pirme gaangot sa Iloilo, so go away!
        We dont need you here!
        Amu gid kamo ni manutd, pakilala nga taga-Iloilo tapos, dugay-dugay birahon n’yo ang ILOILO.

      • oiloil says:

        @ghostbuster ti kundi lumalabas nga bacolodnon ka nga mahisaon, dadrama ka pa and always saying (in our region). Gangasal ini siya pirme “IN OUR REGION” MAN GUSTO YA GID MADUKOT KAMO SA ILOILO. IT IS STILL A POINT IN TIME NGA KANI-KANYA ANAY PAGPABASKOG ANG MGA PROBINSIYA KAG DAKBAWA PERO ANG GUSTO SINI NI GHOSTBUSTER MADUKOT DI SILA PIRME SA ILOILO MAN MGA CRABS!!! NGA DAAN. KON ANO ANG GUINAHULAG SG ILOILO, KINAHANGLAN MADUKOT GID IYA ANG BACOLOD. MAKAHULUYA. DAW SA WALA NA BALA GINAPENSAR INING MGA TAGA-BACOLOD KON ANO ANG BUHATON NILA SA ILA LUGAR, KUNDI ARI DI IYA PIRME SA ILOILO GAANGUT ANG ILA EKONOMIYA.
        SILING PA NI GHOSTBUSTER, we cant help your problem. ITS NOT MY PROBLEM IM JUST OPINIONATING, TI KAY NASAKTAN GID IYA SI GHOSTBUSTER TI GAPAKURIBONG GID SIYA KAY MABALOS GID SIYA, HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
        ABI ANG PROBLEMA N’YO DIRA SA BACOLOD, GHOSTBUSTER KAY-UHON N’YO INDI KAY HALA KAMO DIRI IYA PAKURIBONG SA ILOILO SITE!
        Sinusudan nya gid ang opinion ko kag blangkahon man TUNAY KA GID NGA BACOLODNON! Kami pa karon ang buligan mo nga amu ka SAMANTALANG PULOS PANGOPYA KAMO DIRI KAG MANG-ESPIYA.
        TI KUNDI WALA GID KINALIS ITONG SI GHOSTBUSTER KAY MANUTD.
        Ilonggo ka??? Hoy indi ka Ilonggo man tikalon ka nga bacolodnon.
        Ti kita n’yo na mga kasimanwa nga mga taga-Iloilo ining si ghostbuster isa ini gali siya ka Bacolodnon, biga sina nila daw mga kalampay bala haw!
        C R A B S S S S ! ! !
        Ti kon galalain ka na Ghostbuster kay pierde na Bacolod mo sa Iloilo mo, suicide ka na lang!

  • ghost_buster says:

    i said i have relatives in bcolod..not i live in bcolod.. Kahuyanan k gid sa amon nga mga ilonggo.. pati kasimanwa ko dalahigon mo s mga issues mo s kbuhi.
    ilove iloilo bcos im living hir..and i love bcolod also bcos ive been der with my relatives and dey r very welcoming.
    Tapos sbng ur making a scene nman accusing me of that im from bcolod.
    Ur not worthy to b called ilonggo..
    No wonder der is Judas among 12 dsiples. Ur 1 of the Judas hir in iloilo.. Crossminded..insecure..and warfick..
    Sori to tell dat ha..ur rily ashamed 4 us true blooded ilonggo.

    • ghost_buster says:

      Fish can b caught in its mouth..kahuyanan k gid s amon nga mga pure ilonggo, u jus ate wat uve said dat dey r crabs bcos now it came out ikaw ang crabs dri s iloilo.. spying and searching 4 anything that happens to othr island is a clear evidence of crab mentality. U dont hav ryt 2 drag our city iloilo in ur non sense, selfish acts..

      • choose_phil says:

        AS I READ D PREVIOUS AND LATEST POST I CAME TO REALIZATION DAT ILOILO AND BCOLOD CUD BE UNITED AS ONE. I ADMIT THE FACT DAT PRESENT RIVALRY DO EXIST BUT THIS CUD BE HEALTHY IF WE GIVE OUR SHARE NOT TO PUT DOWN EACH OTHR. I SALUTE TO GHOST _BUSTER U R A GOOD EXAMPLE TO OUR FELLOW ILONGGOS AND TO OUR BROTHRS IN BCOLOD. Dont myd wat ever oiloil told to u, yes i agree d true ilonggo is humble and gentle not as wat he/shes showed in his/her posts.

        • choose_phil says:

          bdw, im not frm bcolod ha.. Basi ma accuse man ko bla nga traydor,hehehe.. I live in molo, iloilo. Jus lyk ghost_buster & most of us ilonggos living in iloilo, i hav plenty rlativ der in bacolod/negros dat why im affectd to wat oiloil told. It is unfair, bias and onesided.

        • Mark Segador says:

          yes, the people of Iloilo and Negros Occidental are much closer than we have in other provinces in our country because we share the same roots. We have the same ancestors, and the Negrenses’ ancestors are mostly Ilonggos who migrated in the island during the sugar boom. We are one family here in the Philippines, but we are much closer in blood. If the people in the other island would want to disown us, that’s okay. but we should be the first to recognize that they’re our brothers and sisters, whatever they think of us, and we should act like one in a big family. so peace na gd ta diri. we should work for the betterment of our province. =)

        • kagaw_buster says:

          ghost-buster and you choose_phil are ONE!

      • oiloil says:

        GHOST_BUSTER baligtaron mo pa ungas ka, ikaw ang gapang-espiya diri sa Iloilo. My post and opininon is not reflective of Iloilo its rather you who is maligning my post, why cant you opinionate your own? why keep on TRACKING AND REBUTTING MY POST??? WHY KEEP ON SAYING “IN THE REGION”??? You are wrecking confusions here.
        MADAMO DIRI NGA MGA TAGA-BACOLOD NGA GAPANG-ESPIYA KAG KON MADAKPAN GANI GAPALUOU-LUOY ANG UNGAS!
        LET’S FACE IT, THERE IS RIVALRY BETWEEN ILOILO AND BACOLOD AND EVERYTIME ILOILO HAS, BACOLOD HAS TO HAVE.

      • After few weeks of inactivity, the INJAP TOWER fronting the 2nd largest SM City in the Visayas, is now starting to rise!
        Touted as the tallest structure in WV, the INJAP TOWER is incorporating an observation lounge for a good vantage view of ILOILO CITY with Guimaras as the exhilirating backdrop.
        INJAP, fast-rising as Iloilo’s pride and one of the country’s top businessmen is now venturing to become a world-class developer.
        The man behind the Mang Inasal fame, is wont to stop, building structures left and right, but there’s always a soft-spot in his heart for the city’s poorest of the poor, the Iloilo City Community College that would operate this coming opening of schools, sy 2012-2013.
        After the very successful INJAP TOWER, THE MAN is again soaring new heights probably doubling the pioneering tower and could become the tallest structure outside Metro Manila.
        Mabuhay ka, INJAP!

        • Mark Segador says:

          yes, i’m looking forward to more projects by INJAP Land, definitely iloilo’s real estate is now a hot cake here in western visayas. more opportunities for our fellow Ilonggos, the better. =)

        • jermil says:

          i thank INJAP for pioneering the vertical living in iloilo. trend na subong sa manila, cebu & davao ang vertical living eh, i mean, hi-rise living. tani ma sold out dayon ang condo ni injap para magpatindog naman sya liwat sang hi-rise condo dire sa ciudad ta. kudos to injap.

  • oiloil says:

    ghost-buster, the problem with you is you are true dyed in the wool bacolodnon and Im afraid the post here is dominated by bacolod. so you caught me through my mouth as selfish?
    Paano mo mabuligan ang isigkatawo mo kon ikaw ay ginalibak nya kg ginakontra?
    how could I be a spy on bacolod, what’s so special in there? the two cities are both striving to be like Cebu.
    The problem with Bacolodnon is gapaugat sila diri sa site sg Iloilo kg bantayan na lang nila ang tuod-tuod nga post sg isa ka Ilonggo.
    The history of iloilo and bacolod, dugay na na naton nabal-an, dugay na naton nabal-an nga mabinuligon ang Iloilo sa Bacolod naistorya ko na diri, paulit-ulit lang kamo.
    ti karon kay mahisaon sila kg mga tikalon, palanggaon mo pa sila???
    sus nahuya kuno sila sg mga guinpanghambal ko, TI INA ANG KAMATUORAN!
    TI KON GUSTO N’YO PLASTIKANAY NA LANG TA!

  • oiloil says:

    yes i believe am spending my time and resources for the betterment of my province and city as my only contribution and I am fighting that one day Iloilo could take back its lost glory, but look, these people have the habit of muddling the issues and sites.
    OMG, they are everywhere, pretending at first that they are a native but as soon as you wink your eyes, they will bully you as if its their site.it was always obvious that they are CRABS!!!
    EVEN IN MANILA THAT’S THEIR CHARACTERISTICS ALWAYS COMPARING THE 2 CITIES. YAGUTAON KA PA NILA SINA.
    AND LOOK HOW THEN CAN THESE PEOPLE HELP “in the region” why it has always to be IN THE REGION???
    SIMPLE! COS THEY ARE C R A B S !!! PERIOD NO COMMA!

  • oiloil says:

    as ive been saying before indi lang kamo ang may mga paryentes sa Negros. Ang ginaakigan ko ining mga tawo nga daku gid ang kahisa kag katikalon.
    Kontra gid ang mga tawo nga indi diretso kon maghambal, daw sa may ginatago bala. Manami siya kon kaatubang mo, pero pagtalikod mo, ANO???
    ti ara na da ang kadamuan sa pihak dagat. wala gani ina sila gasiling nga mga “Ilonggo” sila, kundi Bacolodnon man kon may ano na ang NAGLATON SA ILA!!!
    TI KON BACOLODNON KA YOU WOULD READILY REACT TO WHAT IVE BEEN POSTING…
    KLARO KATAMA KON SIN-O ANG DAMPIG SG PIHAK DAGAT. KLARO KON NGAA AKO IYA ANG PAKALAINON N’YO!!!

  • oiloil says:

    THE STORY OF… “IN THE REGION”
    by Oiloil

    GHOST_BUSTER. TI HUO KAY KANAMI-NAMI GID YA BALA SA IMO NGA TAWHANA KA. PURE ILONGGO KA GID SA BATASAN MO, “HUMBLE AND GENTLE” KAY VERY FEMININE KA BALA!!! NAMIT GID SA IMO KUSION SA HITA,
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
    MALAPIT NA SEMANA SANTA KAG IKAW GID IYA SI HUDAS KAY IPINAGKANULO MO AKO SA MGA TAGA-BACOLOD, GALI KAY DOBLE-KARA KA MAN!!!
    WAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
    KADA POST KO SG ILOILO-GUIMARAS BRIDGE BAW GABARAKANG GID IYA SI ESCARIOTE.
    GHOSTBUSTER, TINAKPAN MO ANG POST KO SG PAGKALABA-LABA NGA PRESS RELEASES NGA NABASA KO NA SA IBAN NGA SITE.
    TI NGAA ABI GUSTO MO GID NGA IDUNGAN ANG BRIDGE MO SA ILOILO-GUIMARAS???
    AMBISYOSO KANG UNGAS KA!!! GUSTO MO MAGLATAY SA TAYTAY NGA KAMAHAL-MAHAL SG BILI, FORTY BILLION PESOS!!!
    TI AYON KAY ESCARIOTE, BARATO LANG KUNO ANG P40B. ABI YA GURO MILION LANG! GALILIBAT NA SIYA KAY MADAYON GID DAPAT KUNO ANG TAYTAY YA, NGA ANO GID ABI ANG MAKUHA MO SA BULI SG GUIMARAS???
    ANAY KAY “GINBULIGAN” KO SILA PAGKATAPOS, KON ANO ANG DAPAT HIMUON YA SA BACOLOD PAGKATAPOS NGA INDI NADAYON ANG TAYTAY,
    ABA, GAPULURGIYAOT NA SI GHOSTBUSTER KAY NAINSULTO GALI ANG MALAMYA, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
    HASTA SUBONG INDI MA-REALIZE NI GHOST_BUSTER AKA ESCARIOTE KON NGAA DI NA MADAYON ANG BACOLOD-GUIMARAS BRIDGE YA, MAN TAM-AN KAMAHISAON NGA DAAN SG MGA TONGRESISTA NYA UPOD NA SIYA. TI INANG SI ESCARIOTE MAMAMATAY SIYA NGA GATIRIK ANG MATA YA KAY INDI NA GID YA MADAYON ANG TAYTAY YA KAY BALAK PA NAMAN YA HIMUON NGA LAMBINGAN BRIDGE SG MGA BAYOT NGA TULAD YA!!!
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

  • choose_phil says:

    I KNOW FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS IMPORTANT BUT WITH DAT COMES WITH RESPONSIBILITIES. IF U MAKE A POST PLS BE RESPONSIBLE ENOUGH AND BE SENSITVE TO ONES FEELINGS. PLS DONT GENERALIZE A CITY OR PROVINCE. IM NOT MUDDLING WITH DIS CONFLICT DAT OILOIL AND GHOST_BUSTER HAV IM AFFECTD BCOS TWO ILONGGOS WER INVOLVD. WE HAV TO SHOW THEM THAT WE ILONGGOS R HUMBLE AND LOVING, WAT FOR WE R CALLED CITY OF LOVE. THIS IS NOT GOOD FOR OUR CITY/PROVINCE/REGION AS A WHOLE.
    @ OILOIL TRY TO B SENSITIVE BCOS U R NOT ONLY PERSON WHO READS THIS POST THE WORLD MYT B READING DIS TOO AND IT WILL REFLECT TO US FILIPINOS. TO TELL U FRANKLY UR MAKING A RACIST REMARKS. TO THE MAKER OF THIS FORUM I KNOW THE BENIFITS OF THIS SITE BUT SOME PEOPLE LIKE OILOIL DOES NOT SET A GOOD EXMAPLE TO EVERYBODY.
    LETS UNITE, LOVE EACH OTHER DOW WE R SEPARATED BY STRAIGHT STILL WE R BROTHRS/SISTR IN CULTR AND PAST.

  • city_love says:

    thumbs up to choose_phil.
    we dont hav 2 be harsh in using words jus to satisfy our self.
    we r called city of love.. bcos we do love our brothrs/sistrs across d straight it is unfair for them to be called copycat of ou belovd city of iloilo.

    • kagaw_buster says:

      Klaro nalipasan na gid ng panahon, the old thinking still holds true. had it not the Iloilo title as the Queen City of the South could have been ours, forever.
      Once upon a time Muelle Loney was one the busiest ports in the country, but a group of KAGAWS did their union, sowing fear among dock workers and businessmen, naturally the businesses would left iloilo for Cebu and to the other parts of the country.
      It was a “great train robbery” at broad daylight and thereby drained Iloilo’s economy.

      • paiburong says:

        ILOILO, the Rise & Fall story culled from the history book.
        ILOILO is the Original Queen City of the South but during those happier times, suddenly, it was just like a lightning bolt that struck and there followed a constant draining of its economy, the richests of Iloilo were gone altogether while the other cities prosper in a hop.
        While Iloilo wallow in poverty and self-pity the other cities were enjoying the bounties that seemed to have come from the theory, ipinanganak na may gintong kutsara sa bibig, Iloilo being their parents.
        The long draught was too long an experience for Iloilo and as a result a not-so far-away city prosper all the more while the adjacent stagnated, ubos na ang kayamanang ipinamana sa kanila.
        Now the giant, so to speak, is finally awake!
        Like babies, the so-called heredero ng mga haciendas are still awaiting for their “unconsummable” manas.
        Meron pa ba para sa kanila?
        Im afraid wala na.

  • oiloil says:

    how could I be plain and simple, insensetive when they are muddling this iloilo site and its not the only Iloilo site they are crabbing. these people will always be crabs, they dont want iloilo to prosper that’s why, my chagrin!
    They are sleuth and slay, pretending that it was me who is wrecking confusions here, WTH, AKO PA ANG PINALALAYAS NILA DAHIL MASAMA BA ANG UGALI NG ISANG TAO NA NAGSASASABI NANG TOTOO???!!!
    NA PINUPROTEKTAHAN NIYA ANG IYA DAKBANWA???
    WHAT IF I USE SUCH WORDS, IS IT HURTING THEM??? YESSSSSSS!
    most people here are not really from Iloilo, they would pretend to be one (ITS BEEN SUCH AND TRULY, AND THE MANIFESTATIONS ARE THERE AND MORE, ACTUAL!).
    They are just working here, so its but natural that their sentiments are for them.
    its a century of enviousness and hatred among Ilonggos, in fact now they dont want to be called Ilonggos.
    And it is not only ghost_buster, he has “accomplices”, they are all over here!
    they will never admit they are from Negros, because they have an agenda — enviousness and most of all to CRAB!
    they dont want their city ONLY a second rate to Iloilo.
    THAT’S WHY!!! YES THAT’S WHY!

  • oiloil says:

    And how could we unite? They are always here spying, envious and the ability to crab.
    The crabs are fewer here, but whenever one visits the Dinagyang youtube you will have the greatest shock of your life as an Ilonggo, the militant crabs are there and they wont ever hear your side, they will try to outsmart you with their skillfull reasoning.
    They are not to stick to the point of debates, they will boast of their status in life, city hall, their capitol, airport, the hotels and malls etc. etc. etc.
    Sooner than soon, they will carry the debates to the provinces between Iloilo and Negros.
    They would laugh at Iloilo’s flood and they wanted so much that Iloilo should also suffer hunger, the way they have gone through.
    Now the “war” have subsided, they altogether abruptly stopped their daily visits to the Dinagyang site — because of the 6.9 earthquake that devastated the Negros Oriental side of towns.

  • oiloil says:

    TO MARK SEGADOR
    the Iloilo River became cleaner & a sight to behold
    because of POLITICAL WILL
    Miriam Santiago has the intellectual arrogance/political will
    in the Corona Impeachment Trial
    The Dutertes uses their political will to propel Davao and Mayor Sarah
    Duterte gapangdamukol gani tawo to maintain her political will
    And this site too needs political will
    Guinadapuan na sg mga kagaw nga pede makasakit
    Ang kagaw indi ina puede nene-neneon lang kay kon amo
    sina birahon ka sina nila paidalom kag halitan, ti
    ano ang matabo sa banwa naton, wala man guihapon
    Gani ang mga kagaw ginabira ina sila
    Para lumayas kg amo pa lang ang pag-asenso sg banwa naton
    SALAMAT GID SA IMO KAY MAY POLITICAL WILL KA MAN

    • Mark Segador says:

      agree gd ko sa imo na needed gd ang political will to sustain the momentum of Iloilo City. to be honest with all of us, I was at Bacolod a few months ago and it was my first time to be there. I have to say their city is progressive, but still take it from me, I stayed at Manila for a decade, Iloilo City really captured my heart. matahum, malimpyo kag ara ang romantic iloilo river. may signature gd ang Iloilo City, it’s our people’s hospitality and gentleness. We may have problems, I admit, and our city is not perfect, but what makes this city great again is that we are not anymore lacksaidical – we now demand more from our city officials, and fortunately they can answer our demand for a better LGU. We are once again proud of our city and our province even though we have problems. I see no point comparing Iloilo from any other city because we are unique. you cannot compare bananas with apples. for those who keep on pulling back our city and our province, in actions and in thoughts, you may continue to do so because our will to regain our city’s title as the original Queen City of the South is larger than you. Our people’s pride and will to be great again is bigger than you. I don’t believe most people in Negros thinks the same way as anybody else. I have friends there and they’re proud of their ilonggo heritage. A prominent blogger in Negros even called their province an ilonggo settlement. To think we here at Ilonggo is much closer to Negrenses in terms of blood relations as compared to other ethnic groups because we have the same ancestors. Iloilo City is coming back and this time it roars big time.

      what I like about our conversation here is our passion in loving our homeland. what i disagree on is the use of defamatory remarks. you may wonder why i kept on approving some comments, it’s because I have respect for our freedom of expression, but i have to warn that insulting comments will not be allowed nor will be tolerated. so please as filipinos, be respectful of one another, just be happy for each other’s progress. do your best to uplift your fellowmen.

  • jasper says:

    WVRAA champion ang overall champion ang negros. 2 ka games sang azkals hiwaton liwat sa panaad stadium.

    • choose_phil says:

      well dats good..afrt all dey will carry the banner of Region 6 in up coming Palarong Pambansa with pride and honor together with othr champions in WV. Congrats negros! ur city (region 6) will take d title as sports capital in the philippines.

      • kagaw_buster says:

        indeed u r promoting your city more than iloilo. u r gving that preceding post a boosting moral to keep it up at the expense of this site.
        ur dire enviousness and insecurities matters today, for Iloilo is on the verge of progress so u keep on promoting ur city here to mislead the readers and investors.

  • I could still remember one very good comment here talking about Political Will and …
    Through the POLITICAL WILL of our present leaders, the Iloilo River is finally cleaned and a view to behold. It will soon become a tourist destination with esplanades.
    Ilongga Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago is using her political will that she called Intellectual Arrogance in the Corona Impeachment Trial.
    The old Duterte propel Davao to what is known today through PL and her daughter, Mayor Sarah gapangdamukol gani tawo, yes it’s still PL.
    Kag anhon naton ang mga KAGAW sa site nga ini?
    Ang KAGAW (ginasiling gani sg isa ka commercial) indi ina gina-NENE-NENE, GINABIRA INA SILA KAY KON INDI MAGMALASAKIT GID IYA ANG ATON DAKBANWAKG MISMO KITA MAN.
    Kay kon magpa-intu ta lang sina sa ila pirme, which undeniably we did, indi gid kita lubos nga MAG-ASENSO!
    Even the small people of the city, like myself should also exercise their little PL’s.
    And why we shouldnt exercise our PL to Antique, Aklan, Capiz and even Guimaras?
    Well, they are not doing “it” anyway. That people or particular group of people? Its already their malady since time immemorial so to speak, innate and long-embedded in their culture.

  • city_love says:

    thanks mark sagador.. ur truly ilonggo humble and gentle. The lesson hir is instead of putting down our neighbor city we shud be proud of der vibrant progress aftr all we belong in one region. Yes i agree mark we cant compare banana from apple. Jus 4 trivia, as we all know apple contain relatively low amounts of vitamin C, but are a rich source of other antioxidant compounds while bananas are an excellent source of vitamin B6 and contain moderate amounts of vitamin C, manganese and potassium. The point hir is no city/province is perfect, der r some things iloilo have which bcolod dont and der r some things bacolod hav which we dont hav hir in iloilo. Its a matter choice weder we want banana or apple but if u want 2 get der benifits together u hav to eat dem both. I hope this is one eye opener 4 everybody and someone else, pls try 2 be sensitive wat ever u want 2 say, pls dont generalize a city/province by using harsh words bcos at d end dis will reflect to us ilonggos.

  • to choosephil ti kundi lumabas ang tunay mo nga kolor! Accomplice ka, nugay ka na pamalibad.
    FYI Negros became WVRAA general champion by few points over Iloilo by virtue of their stranglehold of the swimmming events, Iloilo is all champion in athletics.
    At palarong pambansa 2012 in Pangasinan on the 3rd week of April, Iloilo could win as many gold medals representing WV. Iloilo is the palaro defending athletics champion, whereas Negros would still be a whipping group by NCR, Southern Tagalog Central Luzon and even the CARAGA in swimming. Wala guid gaano sila matubong.
    The final reckoning is all about who could deliver as many golds for WVRAA?
    It’s still ILOILO of course!

  • moral of the story: don’t engage to debates histrionic people who have a hidden agenda, they will bring you down to the rubbish.

  • choose_phil says:

    asenso_iloilo i know u r OILOIL, u r crossminded pretender ilonggo kuno but in character u r a trash hir in iloilo. betr u kip ur mouth shut bcos u jus bring dishonor to us hir in iloilo.. patay malisya k tlaga s mga nagbibigay ng coments d2.
    nkakahiya sa mga visitors ng site na ito ikaw lng naman ang my issue s sarili mo, u dont deserv to be in dis site jus like wat mark sagador said “be respectful of one another, just be happy for each other’s progress. do your best to uplift your fellowmen” unquote.

    • kagaw_buster says:

      Ok you go on promoting yourself here, also namedropping, also rebutting kagaw_buster but come to realize, it seems the hardest for you to make mention of Iloilo…that you never did an honest to goodnesss comments for ILOILO CITY, that’s why my chagrin!!!
      Let’s face it, there are 1001 KAGAWS making a mockery of ILOILO CITY daily, insulting its citizens and their elders, so my chagrin!
      In the past whenever Iloilo and its citizens are bashed by the kagaws, ahay gamusi-musi lang sini amon mga mata.
      Pero there installed already a political will among their leaders and citizens, so think it over, kagaws!
      I told you so, just mind your own business.
      Ah ok WHY NOT JUST MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS…in the first place?
      You’ve been helped before, you laugh out loud when the great fire almost devastated Iloilo, and when you boomed in the 70’s-80’s you were on cloud nine insulting the city at the same time.
      ANG TANONG: NGAA ABI DIRI KAMO IYA GAPATUPLING???
      WILL IT HELP YOUR CITY???

  • kagaw_buster says:

    This site is being attacked by a certain virus that is known locally as KAGAW!
    And Im too happy to note that Antique, Capiz, Aklan ang Guimaras have no representative KAGAWs, because they are true, peaceful humble and gentle people. These KAGAW would dictate you to become HUMBLE AND GENTLE so they could penetrate this site and do their routine freely.

  • kagaw_buster says:

    oh really choose_phil you are also manutd and ghostbuster rolled into one. So what’s your problem about your city, huh!

  • kagaw_buster says:

    I choose_kagaw is problematic why he is here in the first place, it isn’t your site, isn’t it? Never did I read in your entire posts that u r a native Ilonggo. You are a true-blooded KAGAW!

  • Alfred Adrian P. Chavez says:

    Hail ILOILO CITY — the ORIGINAL, the ONE and the TRUE QUEEN CITY OF THE SOUTH!!! ILOILO CITY and BACOLOD CITY — TWIN CITIES OF THE SOUTH!!!

    Guys, let us STOP all these!!! We are all proud to promote the success and unstoppable progress of our homelands, I guess for Negrenses visiting Iloiloilove.com thank you for taking time in witnessing developments in ILOILO CITY. We are happy for Bacolod’s progress.

    Let us respect the author of this site. This is meant to promote Iloilo City.

  • Alfred Adrian P. Chavez says:

    Can’t we guys not just talk ABOUT ILOILO CITY’S PROGRESS??? This site is geared to present what ILOILO CITY has to offer to the world.

    • kagaw_buster says:

      OK just keep on talking about your city, nobody will interfere you here. Just keep it straight, dont pretend, be yourself, talk about the good things that’s happening in your city. If you have nothng to do, dont do it here.

    • kagaw_buster says:

      Alfred Adrian P. Chavez, the succeeding post was not intended for you. I know you are a true-blooded Ilonggo and in deeds. thank you, sir!

      • oiloil says:

        HINDI NA KAYA SG ILOILO NGA LAGI NA LANG NAGBABAIT-BAITAN (humble and gentle as per the dictates of the Kagaws the likes of choose_phil, ghostbuster, manutd etc. etc. etc.)
        In the past, the people of Iloilo had suffered long and hard.
        They were crowned as the Queen City of the South and yet it could not offer decent jobs for its graduates. It received insults and mockeries.
        The richest of Iloilo clans left them behind and put up their businesses on the other islands.
        Most Ilonggos also left their city and province migrating to as far as Davao and the then lone province of Cotabato.
        To compound the woes of the people of Iloilo, a “big squash” of fire almost devastated the whole city.
        Thank God! The city is now slowly recovering but surely, and is back to its feet once again to regain lost old glories…
        Now here comes the KAGAWS who are obviously too envious and keen on taking this opportunity away from Iloilo.
        So what the people of Iloilo should try in dealing with them?
        Magbabait-baitan na naman??? To be humble and gentle to the KAGAWS?
        Tell it to the marines!

      • Alfred Adrian Chavez says:

        I am from Iloilo Sir really… I am ONE in bringing back the title of Iloilo City as Queen City of the South. I know we are all proud of our respective cities. As long as it is for Iloilo, then you have my support! I love Iloilo so much and we need to promote Iloilo NOW, HERE, TODAY.

    • kagaw_buster says:

      @Alfred Adrian P. Chavez… YOU ARE RIGHT! BULLSEYE GID!
      THIS SITE IS FOR THE SOLE PROMOTION OF ILOILO CITY, REASON WHY IT IS LABELLED AS ILOILO CITY DEVELOPMENT SITE.
      KUNG BAKIT NAHIHIRAPAN SILANG UMINTINDI, MATIGAS ILA MGA ULO OR DELIBERATELY NAGTITIGAS-TIGASAN LANG TO PERPETUATE THEIR HIDDEN AGENDA.
      THEY WOULD ALWAYS CLAIM THIS A REGIONAL SITE. “IN THE REGION” & “FOR THE REGION” IN THE PROCESS WOULD HAVE THE CHANCE TO INSERT AND PROMOTE THEIR OWN END.
      AND THERE ENSURE A CONFLICT OF INTERESTS AND CONFUSIONS AMONG OPINIONS.
      MAGGINAMO NA NAMAN JUST LIKE WHAT HAPPENED IN THE DINAGYANG YOUTUBES.
      SO MAPIPIERDE ANG LAYUNIN NG SITE NGA INI.
      MAGTATAGUMPAY NA NAMAN SILA.
      THEY ARE ALWAYS DOING THIS…
      PERENNIALLY, STUBBORNLY…
      ITS BEEN A CULTURE OF ENVIOUSNESS, OF CRABBINGS!

  • kagaw_buster says:

    Iloilo-Guimaras Bridge
    From a reliable source, there’s already a blueprint of the Iloilo-Guimaras Bridge where the jump off point of this at the coastal area of Lapuz, the nearest point.
    Another big bridge is to be constructed to cross the Iloilo River from the Port Area to Lapuz exactly at the mouth of the river, to rendezvous with, that would also serve as a gigantic welcoming structure for visiting tourist’s vessels/seacrafts that could still pass under this bridge.
    Ilonggos are spirited that finally a bridge is to be constructed, and
    this bridge is a testament and would serve as one of the two crowning glories for Iloilo’s progress, the other is Megaworld CBD.
    Ilonggo Senators, Drilon, Santiago, Trillanes and the other two blood-related senators, Escudero and ex-Sen. Zubiri are just too keen with the realization of the Iloilo-Guimaras.
    Wala ginasiling kon ano ang matabo sa taytay ni Kagaw.
    Bahala sila tutal highly urbanized man sila ayhan?

  • kagaw_buster says:

    I dont understand why these people could not just do their own chores.
    As if they are all here just to read and rebutt my posts.
    Never did I hear them talking about Iloilo.
    It seems its really hard for them to favor and make mention of ILOILO CITY.
    And yet they are impressing and pretending that they are a true-blooded Ilonggo.
    You are just wasting your time here. Go and build your own empire!

  • choose_phil says:

    gin amin mo gid nga kagaw ka ja sa iloilo..sa bagay ang basurang tinapon mo kinakain mo n ngayon, bagay gid n ang ngalan nga kagaw para sa imo, true gid ang saying nga thinkers r doers ky man ubra nya na guro maglgaw sa iban nga site sng iban nga city kag manghisa kag manghamak (racist remarks) amo n nga ga tubo ang conflict ky tungod sa iya nga maisaon ky kami mismo nga mga pure ilonggo dri sa iloilo gina kunta sang kagaw nga true ilonggo man kuno sia abi pro hndi gali ky kagaw cia di s ilolilo ky pnguntra ang iya ubra, gin hambal ko lng nga my rlatives kg frends ko s bacolod gin accuse nya n ko nga traydor ky man maisaon k gid ngaa abi hndi k nalng magpromote sng city ta ky man kagaw ka gid man gusto mo away lng gid prme. Crossminded k gid nga kagaw ka, insensitive ky man wla sia ya guro paryente s pihak nga isla amo n nga kahapos sa iya magdegrade kag maglampaso sang isigkatawo nya.
    kagaw k gid. kahuy anan k gid di s amon.

  • choose_phil says:

    @ alfred adrian p. chavez, ur ryt dis site is 4 our citys humble dvelopments not 4 dows hu abuse dis as their ground 4 critiszng our brothrs across d straight, dey r wrongfully degrading the morale of our fellow Filipinos jus 4 their non sense stupidity tactless ways of accusing our folks. wat ever issues he/she hav, he/she dont hav d ryt to drag d name of iloilo as one with him/her in battling against his/her malice way of thinkng to othrs.

  • capiz_tahan says:

    why not mgcease fire n kyo? u wer jus accusing each othr by throwing ur own self issues. why not u jus promote peace and unity with one anothr instead of throwing degrading words and pulling down othrs. Kung wla kayong magandang sasabihin betr wag n kayo magpost kasi kayo mismong mga ilonggo kayo kayo din nag aaway away, npaka dis appointing sa mga bisita ng site n to.
    sana lng wag din akong ma accuse na taga ibang isla,hahaha… Im from capiz dat ones came from mnila. Punta nlng kyo ng capiz fiesta sa min dis april pra ma witness nyo din na my othr place pa aside from urs, na ipinagtatanggol ng mdibdidan. Bdw, nakakaintindi rin ako ng Hiligaynon kya nakaka relate din ako sa mga sinasabi nyo, kya lng di kgandahan ang mga pinagsasabi ng iba below d belt na.

  • oiloil says:

    I have been driving that POINT but these kagaws will always be KAGAWS!
    They will do and try all means, padihutan gid na nila — AT FIRST THEY WILL IMPRESS THIS SITE THAT THEY ARE TRUE-BLOODED ILONGGOS NGA WALA NAMAN GAPAMANGKOT SA ILA – DEFENSIVE AGAD! BUT AS ALWAYS AND TOWARDS THE END OF THEIR EVERY POST THEY WOULD PRAISE THEIR CITY MORE THAN ILOILO. THAT THEIR CITY IS MUCH AHEAD AND THAT PROBERVIAL EDGE.
    MIND YOU, IT’S A CONFLICT OF INTEREST AND BEEN SO UNFAIR FOR HALA-BIRA ILOILO, MY CITY MY PRIDE!
    INDI GID MAKAKAS! SOMEBODY SUGGESTED BUBUAN NA LANG NATON SG ISANG DRUM NGA LYSOL ANG MGA KAGAW!

  • choose_phil says:

    MY CITY, MY PRIDE ILOILO. Sad to say dis site is not doing its purpose to promote our city. Sori Mark Sagador 4 me dis is too much. Unfortunately der r some people hu used dis site as der armor againsts der personal issues with our brothrs across d straight.

    Im very disappointd bcos those people hus accusing me of being traitor r dos fellow ilonggos hus battling 4 non sense issues dey hav and dey will do anything jus to satisfy der selves by throwing deregaroty words and racist remarks to our fellow Filipinos. This is very unfair 4 dem.

    Lets jus recap from d very start my folks(im talking to my fellow true ilonggo) if u read d previous posts i made i never mentioned anything which is bad or good infavor of other city/province. Dow i did not mean to praise our city but dis does not mean i foresake my beloved ILOILO city,instead i jus want to be equal 4 both sides bcos i dont want to ruin my good relationship with my relatives and 2 d next generations to come and 4 dat Im hoping dat dis conflict will end if dis reli exist, well it does reli exist bcos of dis people.

    I jus dont want 2 complement their post againts othr city does it mean Iam not infavor with ILOILO? Sometimes i wondr why der r some people hu claim dey r true but at heart dey r consited. Is it rong to hope 4 unity between two cities? Is it rong to be at equal side? I jus dont want to add fuel 2 da fire.
    Bye folks.. i cant take dis anymore bcos der r some people hu used to abuse dis oppurtunity of promoting the goodness of our people and 4 dat Im living dis battle to u ol. Battle 4 attainning peace and unity to each and evryone.
    To God be the Glory.

    • Mark Segador says:

      @choose_phil I myself is saddened with the way conversation is going. I wish we could all be Filipinos in heart and in mind and not let competition bring our country down. Let’s be proud of each other’s progress please. Ang development sang Iloilo kag Bacolod is intertwined, remember what we need is cooperation between Panay and Negros to become the economic powerhouse of Visayas. Pero kun didto pa lang sa site, grabe na gd ang away kag name-calling we’re just pulling each other down. Stop fighting and start dreaming together.

      some of the comments were not posted because of the use inappropriate language.

      to all posters, Sorry to say, I cannot filter all of the comments here. I’m doing my best to moderate this so please help me by being respectful with one another.

  • capiz_tahan says:

    @ choose_phil, Fyt fyt fyt d2 lng kmi sa likod mo. No matter wat dey said still majority favors on u bcos u set an example 2 evrybody. Khit ala akong rlatives sa othr province but stil i hav plenty of frnds out der.
    Punta nlng kayo sa capiztahan on april 14.
    Sori 2 promote my provnce, i guess dis is my last tym bcos it seems xclusiv lng daw ito s iloilo and we r not welcome hir. To the makers of this site paki palitan nlng yung tagline na.. Opening doors to xciting WV,hehehe…peace!

    • Mark Segador says:

      @capiz_tahan – every one is invited here at Iloilo I LOVE! as long as we’re respectful of each other and we see each other as Filipinos. Iloilo I LOVE! with its caption Opening Doors to Exciting Western Visayas aims to promote not only Iloilo but the rest of Western Visayas, and yes it includes Bacolod and the rest of Negros Occidental. You may recall I have covered Silay City extensively, and later will include Bacolod City. But time constraints and budget hinders me from going to Capiz, Antique, and Aklan. Rest assured as time goes by the entire Western Visayas shall be covered by this site. It’s a matter of time (and money of course) but I’m very excited and determined to make this a reality. =)

      The comments here does not reflect my opinion as you can read in my previous comments and moderation.

      • iloilo_dream says:

        To Mark Segdor, please don’t get mislead to that drama, kagaw ina, ginagamit nila ang Capiz, that post is not exactly from Capiz, anyway,
        Nga kon talagang mga taga-Capiz lang naman we are welcoming them here with open arms.
        Baw mag-andam gid sa mga KAGAW, padihutan gid nila ang paggamo sining Iloilo site.

        • ghost_buster says:

          @ mark sagador, see wat dis people doing hir dey trying to manipulate d minds of our fellow ilonggos to build demolition plot against our brthrs, against our fellow Filipinos, dey want us 2 complement dem the way dey battle againsts our brothrs. see how onesided dis people r. Dey cant liv with out dis word war. Dey r alrdy caught at d middle of crossroads but d fact is dey wer jus making our region in troble, how dare him to tell dat we r welcoming only othr provnces xcpt dis island across d straigth of guimaras,i myt be standing in behalf of dem / i myt be defending dem or im myt look vallain on their eyes but still my love is with MY CITY, MY PRIDE is imeasurable, I jus want to stop dis antagonism/regionalism/rivalry watsoever.. dats it!

          • whatever says:

            HISTRIONIC!
            We are trying to show you how the rest of Panay cities and provinces are really true peaceful, humble and gentle people, A COMPLETE REVERSAL ATTITUDES OF THAT PERENNIALLY X-CEPTIONAL PEOPLE, and yet all of a sudden a view from Capiz_tahan.
            HOW THE USERNAMES COULD CHANGE OVERNIGHT. Its again intriguing!
            These people wanted to sow intrigues, making use of Capiz and if I may try to engage that people to debates, iloilo and this poster will again be maligned.
            Most people who saw posts here didnt exacly know and understand what’s happening, they are just reading it from the surface.
            I suggest that these immaculate people go to Dinagyang 2012 Tribu Pan-ay and try to read all the posts of the people from the “other side of the river.”
            And see for yourselves if you could jut maintain your immaculateness.
            MIND YOU, THEY ARE AGGRAVATING!

  • capiz_tahan says:

    @ Mark Sagador thnx 4 warm welcome.. Ur truly an ilonggo. Im not affectd wat evr dey r saying or accusing at me but at d end it is der conscience that will hinders dem 4 a peace of mind. Ur ryt we’r jus hping 4 peace and one region 4 unity. We alrdy do our part and its up to dem if dey will continue dis unselfish battle.
    Anyway thnx 4 welcoming us Capiznon at dis site.
    Try to visit us at Capiztahan bcos u r ol welcom and we dont choose weder u came frm iloilo or bcolod.
    Sabi punta dw d2 cla Jake Cuenca at Shaina.

    • Mark Segador says:

      @capiz_tahan yes, you’re very welcome here. sigh i would have wanted to celebrate CAPIZtahan with you guys there at Capiz, but my day job won’t allow me. I even have to forego the idea of seeing ALIWAN on april 14 as well and even Guimbal’s Bantayan festival =(

      I wish you all the best in celebrating the 111th foundation day of Capiz. Capiz – A province that captivates me. =)

  • capiz_tahan says:

    @ Mark Sagador thnx 4 warm welcome.. Ur truly an ilonggo. Im not affectd wat evr dey r saying or accusing at me but at d end it is der conscience that will hinders dem 4 a peace of mind. Ur ryt we’r jus hping 4 peace and one region 4 unity. We alrdy do our part and its up to dem if dey will continue dis unselfish battle.
    Anyway thnx 4 welcoming us Capiznon at dis site.
    Try to visit us at Capiztahan bcos u r ol welcom and we dont choose weder u came frm iloilo or bcolod.
    Sabi punta dw d2 cla Jake Cuenca at Shaina.
    Its fun in Capiz.. Its more fun in Western Visayas..

  • more_PH says:

    Der r some people hu try to ruin dis good relationship we have with Iloilo. Bdw, im Mike OFW frm canada with my wife, i liv in bcolod while my wife is from Iloilo. My wife shwd me this site but im saddnd and disappointd of wat iv seen, othr people tell us Bacolodnon as linta and othrs says we r d worst person on earth, its very unfair. I was shocked at the degree of how hard bickering hapenning now, at first it was between Filipinos versus Filipinos! Sibling rivalry? Pataasan ng ihi or whosoever has the highest pride or what.
    The aforementioned “crab mentality” is present as some forumers try to pull down a city’s image to the doldrums. Sometimes going personal or below the belt. Some people enter as antagonists, attacking cities with no reason at all. My question is why dis people dont give their comments that will make their city improve?

    @ moderator pls dont tolerate dis people, dey r jus abusing dis oppurtunity to promote our country/ur city. Were planing pa naman to bring my bacolod family sa family ng wife ko sa Jaro, how cud i convince dem to go with us der if at d back of my mind im thnking dat ol people from iloilo r againts us xcluding my wife sympre mhal ko to kasi mpagmahal cia tubong city of love eh at samahan pa ng city of smiles everybody will b hapi. Sabi nga sa theme song nmin ng wife ko entitled SMILE with your Heart, “You’re a SWEET tender LOVER We are so much in LOVE I’m not afraid when you’re far away Just give me a SMILE in your HEART.”
    Dat means if our heart SMILES, LOVE will always b der.

    • Mark Segador says:

      Hi Mike! yes, there’s an on-going effort to review the comments now. i have to apologize with some of the unfiltered comments. it was also a hard lesson for me with regards to comment moderation. i also would like to comment on the crab mentality – i’m saddened as I want to promote Iloilo City as a gateway for Western Visayan, hence the caption – Opening Doors to Exciting Western Visayas. I want to project Iloilo as a uniting factor among our provinces here (being the regional center).
      I hope you wouldn’t hesitate to see Iloilo – our city and province, because every one is welcome here. Ilonggos are gentle and humble people, we are hospitable and we shall you as guests and as a fellow Filipino.

      share LOVE to one another here at Iloilo I LOVE! =)

  • Mark Segador says:

    To all posters, starting last April 1 2012, settings on comments moderation were changed, as compared before comments of posters who have previously approved comments were automatically shown.

    today, every comment would be read and be approved if it does not constitute any of the following as based on policy dated July 2011 (http://iloiloilove.com/disclaimer/):

    1. Comments deemed to be spam or questionable spam

    2. Comments including profanity

    3. Comments containing language or concepts that could be deemed offensive

    4. Comments that attack a person individually

    this may lead to longer waiting time for comment approval, but i have to apologize for further inconvenience. in respect to previously automatically approved comments, i resolved not to delete them, so please bear with me.

    I strongly support freedom of expression, but I’m also against disrespect against one another. If your comment does not appear on the approved list of comments, you may reach me via the contact page: http://iloiloilove.com/contact/

    hoping for your consideration.

    – Mark Segador

  • Vic says:

    Each one of us are clueless what’s going on over Megaworld.
    It seems like its very slow so person might assume that there’s a change of plan that it will be transferred to Tacloban City.
    Let’s just wait and see and benifit of doubt…
    I believe in development of Negros Occidental as long as they wont compare everything to Iloilo. Iloilo is a very noble place since the beginning of Philippine History. This is inhabited by good Ilongos who according to Spanish Settlers ” Open to Conversation “. with its own civilization , culture , and everything. That’s why Spain put up the Capital here that is discharging power as far as Romblon.
    We cannot change history but every nergrense should accept history that their place was been a child of Iloilo. To substantiate this historically ,
    The Hong Kong Governor Bowring economic accounts about Iloilo
    “the province has, no doubt, been fixed on as a seat of the government, from the facilities it offers to navigation, perhaps, the most advanced of any in the Philippines”.1850’s
    Up to the Time of American Regime … and so on .
    And right now , Negros is on their way to progress and become great province. I want to congratutate all of you. Yet , it doesnt end there , Negros has soo much problem to deal with. First , the extreme poverty and the widest gap between the rich and poor and middle class are few. That problem is perrenial. Not so easy to deal with…with all the infrastructure that is arising… we should also bear in mind that every household should have a decent home , food on the table and money to pay for bills…

    • tumandok says:

      yes vic i agree we r humble and noble but wen it comes to dis matter siblings rivaly or watsoever i feel most of us hesitate to accept d progress dat d othr island is now achieving,wag na kasi tayong maging bitter, bdw im jon from miag ao, iloilo barangay tumagbok specifically kay basi masal an man ko UFO on my own home town,hehehe… Im not defending or cnradicting anyone else but good ting 4 dis forum it broaden our minds towards reality.
      i know history binds us between iloilo and negros. Dats d fact. I hav one question 4 u vic, does our province dont experience dis poverty dat othr provnces expeciencing?no, its is reality dat and i can testify into it philippines still belongs to poor nation & dis belongs also our beloved provnc we cannot say we r exemptd to dat. Dis issues shud giv highest priority by the governement and d people as well. Kd2 kmo ja bla sa barangay namon ky 2012 na ang dalan wara pa ma semnto lhat, anu pa ang mga bugtong ta ja kun mag uran lng tiki absent na ky pirte k luo,hay buhay!
      My point hir is,dis long gap between rich and poor do exist also in iloilo not only in negros or other provnces in the phil. we shud not be blinded by d progress we r attainng as wat u r pointing out vic.
      To our Guv i hop u can adress dis prblem most of us we hav, der r still people living hir remotely dat needs attention, ang mga tinatawag na remedjo general.
      hay buhay tlaga..bdw, calling all telecommnication companies pls extend ur servce s barangay namin, di naman kmi kalayuan s bayan pero wlang signal cp namin kahit isa,hehehe..later on sana my net na din.

  • Vic says:

    @tumandok , my comment was directed to manutd and doesnt not necessarily negate also the virtual poverty on certain Areas of Iloilo. For the magnitude of poverty is not same in Iloilo and Negros Occidental, whether you like it or not although both places share the same problem… I was referring to the extent…example House Hold A and Household B , both are on poverty , both are living in the same condition house , both have 5 children. Household A one child reached college another two reache high school and the rest are elementary, whereas Household B all of its children went to Elementary. More often than not , on the next few years, One of the Children of Household A will get a job and also the same goes with one of the children of Household B. In the eye of National Economic Development Authority , Social Welfare and Development and Human Development Index , Household B has the intensity of poverty that Household A do not share although apparently they are both the same living in those condition.
    I suspect you wont take this if you keep on insisting your point of view to be better and more correct, But I said it all what should be told and I wont give more insigts after this…

  • ilove-ilove says:

    there’s really more fun in Iloilo…
    It seems everything is moving…
    the reason why this site is oftenly visited, the top news in the region is here. Iloilo won’t be called the Regional Center and the Queen City of the South for nothing. Yes we could always share but first comes first.
    Proverb 1: If you already have the bounties why keep on minding others? We don’t mind them either as they also have their own proverbial bounties.
    Proverb 2: Sharing is good but we need to go back to history and learn the lessons well.

  • ilove-ilove says:

    if you really love ILOILO, you may go and see what’s happening at Megaworld’s ILOILO CBD and not just speculating. also relying on what the others wud be saying.
    Here’s the latest @ Megaworld site, 3 portions of the incircling fence gave way to heavy eqpts. entering the site. the main avenue (runway) have been refurbished is almost finished & they are now driving the piles, for the first condo hotel Richmond.

  • Ganjamir says:

    Iloilo is an Old city not really modernized compared to Bacolod. Even people in that place it is like Miami and L.A. Iloilo is a nice place but don’t underestimate cities that has potential like saying “kadiri,yuck,etc. Philippines as we all know a very dirty place but here in Metro Bacolod and Negros we implemented bio and non bio material.. Let see 5 years from now who’s the best city BACOLOD or Iloilo!!!!

    • paiburong says:

      so ano gid ang modernity (gasiburo gani ang Lacson St. n’yo), waay ko kakita sa youtube videos nga asensado kamo) n’yo basi sadtong 1960 ka pa di kakadto.
      The old ILOILO BCD is just a part of the past, making this the Heritage site.
      Bag-o ang mga bldg diri, bloke-bloke di iya ang commercial center.
      Ti ina gid siling ko nga ining mga taga-bcd paindisinay gid ina sila pirme sa iloilo.

    • paiburong says:

      In 1937 One Republic Act declared the ff. cities as the Chartered Cities in the Philippines, namely Cebu-Davao-Iloilo-Bacolod-CDO- Zamboanga-Naga-Dagupan etc.
      So that makes Bacolod as old as Iloilo.
      BTW Cebu is the oldest city in the Philippines and they have no rivals in Central Visayas, on the other hand WESTERN VISAYAS HAVE TWO CITIES WITH DECADES-OLD RIVALRY BUT ILOILO IS AHEAD FOR BEING THE MOTHER CITY OF ALL ILONGGOS, THE ORIGINAL QUEEN CITY OF THE SOUTH AND THE REGIONAL CENTER.
      THE ILONGGOS FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT SOON THEIR CITY COULD BE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CITY IN THE SOUTH BECAUSE OF ITS STRATEGIC POSITION IN THE REGION WHAT WITH THE ADJACENT GUIMARAS PROVINCE AS A SPECTACULAR BACKDROP AND THE BEAUTIFUL AND MIGHTY ILOILO RIVER AND SPANNING BRIDGES ADDING ROMANTICALLY TO THE CITY’S VIEW AS A TOURIST DESTINATION….

    • Simonette says:

      Maybe u r thinking that Iloilo is just like your provincial cities notably Bago, La Carlota, Silay, Victorias, Kabankalan, Cadiz, etc. etc. etc, no?

    • oiloil says:

      @ginjamer. In the “next five years”, “in the long run”. Let’s talk it NOWADAYS not wait for those times. ILOILO is leading the pack in the region — surely and decisively! AND WHY? Is Iloilo going to sleep only in the “next five years” and “in the long run”?
      Im also thinking that the Iloilo veins was circulating when their city became The Queen City that is now passed to their kaapu-apuhan, the young and present generation of Ilonggos are contributing much to the progress of their city.
      THEY ARE CREATIVE AND THEY ARE YUPPIES!!!

  • ilove-ilove says:

    CONGRATS TRIBU-PAN-AY FOR WINNING THE 2012 ALIWAN FESTIVAL OF CHAMPIONS STREETDANCE COMPETITION.
    I COULD JUST IMAGINE HOW ITS GONNA BE AT DINAGYANG 2013, AS THIS IS BECOMING A VERITBLE INDUSTRY FOR ILOILO CITY AND PROVINCE.
    HAIL THE CHAMPS!!! WAS-WAAAAS!!!

  • paiburong says:

    Dinagyang Festival will always be a component for the Iloilo Dev’t and this early we are glad to inform that people from all over the globe are starting to send their inquires (source FB DINAGYANG) and are keen in joining the celebration for 2013 that would fall on January 26-27.
    Some hotels, the Go Hotels, Injap Condotel-Tower, Injap Townhouses/Apts. and several pension houses might not be able to finishn in time, nevertheless Dinagyang 2013 could exceed the record in the no. of tourists and visitors in this Queen City of the South.
    Mabuhay!

    • 4-19-12 Euphoria over the winning of Dinagyang Festival in the Aliwan Festivals of Champions last Saturday is still electrifying as Dinagyang, Western Visayas’ pride and Champion Festival in the Region and in the Philippines is now fast becoming a prime INDUSTRY for the Original Queen City and Regional Center Iloilo City.
      Comes Dinagyang 2013 has been planned as also the REUNION FOR ALL ILONGGOS FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY AND OVERSEAS.
      Baw tagai n’yo gid abi tiyempo nga makabisita man kamo. We knew nga naglinapta na gid iya ang mga Ilonggo tungod sg kabudlay nga pangabuhi sadto anay, and see for yourselves what is ILOILO CITY TODAY AND THE FUTURE.

  • Alfred Adrian P. Chavez says:

    Hail the Queen Festival of the Philippines!!! Dinagyang won a grandslam in Aliwan fiest 2012! Hail Dinagyang! Hail ILOILO CITY — the ORIGINAL QUEEN CITY OF THE SOUTH!

  • Alfred Adrian P. Chavez says:

    The Developments in Iloilo City are truly unstoppable!

  • jasper says:

    watch na lang ta azkals vs hongkong again sa panaad stadium, ma lantaw kami liwat live. international game liwat i held sa western visayas. dapat happy man kamo kay sa bacolod i held liwat.

    • Mark Segador says:

      good luck on our azkals! you guys have all our support! go azkals!

    • paiburong says:

      most of the the players of azkals came from Iloilo. hindi kami ya nahisa sa inyo, you can have all the games of azkals in your home turf, malakas kasi kamo sa PSC-POC andun si Monico Fuentebella eh ano?

      Cebu is the oldest city in the Phils.. In 1937, an Republic Act declaring Cebu Davao, Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro, Bacolod, Naga and Iloilo Cities etc. as Chartered Cities in the Philippines, is a testament that neither ur city or mine is not a very young city.
      An array of old buildings now in Iloilo built as early as 1920’s that used to house the Central Business District of yore were also testaments that Iloilo was the Original Queen City of the South and is now converted to be a Heritage Site for tourists.
      A new and modern Iloilo Central Business District is now transpiring around The Diversion Road what with Injap Condo-Tower the highest structure in WV, Ateneo de Manila, Ayala Technohub, the 2nd largest SM City in the Visayas,and of course Megaworld.
      So that the old city that everyone used to see is now a thing of the past.

      • jasper says:

        Thank you Mark. nag comment lang ko di nga sa western visayas i held ang azkals specifically sa bacolod may nag react nga isa ka forumer. ambot gne ano gd kainit nya sa bacolod ah. kay parerehos lang man ta taga western visayas. well support lang naton ang azkals ah. amo lang na. congrats also to NOFA champion sila sa suzuki tournament.

        • Mark Segador says:

          definitely! i’m proud of the AZKALS because they’re placing our country into the map of soccer. we should support them and be proud of our homegrown talents. i hope i can watch the azkals live there at panaad stadium.

    • Simonette says:

      Azkals are manned by players mostly from Iloilo. The towns of Barotac Nuevo, Sta. Barbara and Lapaz Distric are cradles of Philippine Football.

  • Vic says:

    @Ganjamir , modernized? could you expound that how bacolod city is modernized while saying Iloilo City is an Old City… Not everything here is old … and not everything in bacolod is modern . example… your provincial Capitol is Old while Iloilo Provincial Capitol is New… your road to Talisay , Murcia and Bago is old while Iloilo has new road to Pototan… We have old Mansion scattered in every district here yes , thats true , the owners who have haciendas in bago , talisay , silay, cadiz , binalbaga, victorias city etc… recently Iloilo City have modern esplanade built , you dont have that there , Bacolod terminal is very small, many there have no roof,and only gravel and look at Iloilo terminal , modern ,high roof , very huge ,with resto refreshments , furnished, painted , concrete. Wharf is soon to be modernized , SMCity area is like 18 lanes…and then 8 lanes and 6 lanes to Airport… the Iloilo International Port is one of the Biggest in the Philippines in land area. with 12,000 vessels arrival, 3rd in the Philippines with route to Manila, Cebu, Bacolod, Zamboanga, Dipolog, Ozamiz, Iligan, Cagayan de Oro Cuyo-Palawan, Puerto Princesa
    and general santos city , the Airport is Modern also 4th busiest in the Philippines , It is modern also, Iloilo Hospitals are numerous than that of bacolod city, Iloilo Universities and colleges are numerous than that of Iloilo City , Jaro Catedral is old yet its visited by Pope and bacolod church is once under vicariate of jaro and same as sufragan. Bacolod City is new yet its very small compare to Iloilo and the people coming over is very few compare to Iloilo.On the other hand , Bacolod Sports Complex is modern , your panaad and City Hall which is bigger… but do not mock Iloilo just because this place had fallen from prosperity and some areas fell into ruins…

    • jasper says:

      @vic roads in negros occidental are wider compare to iloilo. kad2 di sa bacolod para mo ma differentiate ang dalan sang bacolod kag dalan sang iloilo. Normal nga maging regional center ang ilolo kay iloilo would cater 3 provinces while negros occidental is a separate island. Negros occidental has the most number of cities sa philippines and the source of income here is scattered. We have bigger cities here like Kabankalan, San Carlos, Sagay, Cadiz, Victorias etc. Although bacolod is not the regional center pero bacolod ang naging business capital sang region 6. Pila da kabilog BPO’s nyo aw? Bacolod is the top 3 next wave cities in the Philippines and Negros Occidental is top 2 Richest province in the Philippines. Bacolod City Hall is much bigger and more ” sosyal” Capitol Lagoon is more “sosyal compare to iloilo. Come and see the beauty of bacolod. hehe Bacolod City naka host City sang Sea Games and Azkals. Next year i held sa bacolod ang palarong pambansa. SM bacolod is expanding twice the size of the original mall at present. Robinsons’s Bacolod tapos na pa expand. And gina Construct naman ang ayala mall sa talisay. After ma aprobahan sang COA mapatindong naman ang ayala mall, condominium, hotel sa bacolod. Gina construct naman ang Negros First and soon ang BAcolod Central I.T park. Pope John Paul II also visited bacolod city in 1981. Remember the pope john paul tower. Bacolod City is also the football city of the philippines. Bacolod is not the queen city of the south kay cebu lang gd ang may titulo na ina.

      • cricket says:

        bacolod is one of the new wave cities in the philippines for BPO. but it wasnt mentioned in the top 100 BPO cities in the world. Only 5 cities in the Philippines made it to the top 100 namely, Manila, Cebu, Davao, Sta. Rosa, Laguna and Iloilo. where is Bacolod? sooner the statistics will change once the Iloilo Central Business Park is operational. by far, it is Megaworld’s largest IT Park in the whole country. Iloilo is going to outranked Sta. Rosa and Davao considering that despite the Iloilo Business Park not yet operational but there are already big BPO companies from Manila who have signified interes to have their office address here. and that number still counting..you people must know that Iloilo produces quality graduates being the Center of Education in the region. a friend of mine working in one of the top BPO Company in Makati said that, the reason why BPO Companies choose to recruit agents from Iloilo is that Ilonggo graduates have a good command of the english language and theyre easier to teach and delivers good american accented english. Yun lang daw and lamang ng Ilonggo over Davao and Cebu. It cant be denied na once an Ilonggo speaks tagalog, lumalabas ung Ilonggo accent (mas malala nga lang pag Bacolodnon yung magtagalog), but once an Ilonggo starts to speak English, pati American and British accent gayang-gaya talaga. yung Cebu & Davao kasi pilipit yung dila kaya noticeable yung native accent which is a big NO-NO in the outsourcing industry. that is why Manila and Cebu BPO Companies still recruits agents from Iloilo. the reason why Bacolod has a lot more BPO companies over Iloilo is that because 5 years ago, Iloilo has a problem with power shortage, so the cost of operation is expensive for them so they move to Bacolod instead. But, initially those BPO Companies there have chosen Iloilo. but now that the Coal Fired Power Plant is operational, so the influx of investments, BPO and High Rise Buildings Boom.. I am not into comparing the development of two cities, but as i see it right now, in terms of urban landscape, Ilolo is much ahead over Bacolod.

    • YANR says:

      WOW THAT’S GUD TO HEAR VIC..I HAVE A LOT OF FRIENDS FRM ILOILO KAD2 D CLA NGTA UBRA EPECIALLY BPO..nagtinir kuda sa jaro and last month araman kami sa Dumangas and Barotac. Hoosh!!extremely disgusting the roads in dumangas..enweiz,how can you identfied modernized?modernization or modernisation refers to a model of an evolutionary transition from a ‘pre-modern’ or ‘traditional’ to a ‘modern’ society. Intiendis!! Injap tower 21 storey cool!pero dnt hate because the filling,sand there is quite questionable..Ang Iloilo City old ky ginapabugal nio mga Old stuff nio…Queen city of the south kamu sang una im refering subong? So gnhambal ko before modernized kami kamu indi that is for reality!proved it to me VIC I DARE YOU!!!!!

  • Vic says:

    @jasper yes true ,I am always in Bacolod City and as far as San Carlos City to Hinobaan. and I am quite familiar of way of living there. I conduct interview and do some house to house there too…and then contrast it to Iloilo because I am constantly in Coast to Coast here , from Carles down to Miag-ao Iloilo up to Lambunao and Passi City. Without hint of bias , I can objectively assess the extreme poverty and despair in Negros Occidental … I have no intention to disparage whatsoever . its just plain talk… and I wish that Negros would recover from such economic state through empowering the communities to prosper using different measures and strategies.
    wide road ang negros occidental thats a fact….
    2nd richest sa Philippines? … Negros occidental contribute extensively to the National Economy second only to Cebu….In spite of that , and the very saddest part…..Poverty Incidence is High in negros occidental (24%) than Iloilo(19%)…. these money they are producing is not well distributed to them back……they do not enjoy these money……these money is deposited to the National Treasuries…. and in return , great part of populations are still living in shacks , who barely eat three times a day with good food… and hard time sending their children to High School and to cumulatively build assets in time…they are there to work and work and work on the ground for days and months and years to centuries 1850 to 2020 and up … working to make the government more rich….. One suggestion is to make these sugar business as cooperative… and in time , to invest shares in other ventures and then the money will be used to build decent homes and leisure parks for them…. But its very hard thing to do….easier said than done……….
    Business Capital ang bacolod?… there are business venture there yes … It doesn’t mean its Capital …Business is blooming in Cebu City , Davao City , Santa Rosa , Tagaytay City , Angeles City…



    True , its nice to live in Bacolod City … a relax place … with cool people around … on the other hand , if you want an action-party , hispter lifestyle of restos and bistros , gourmet-people , shopaholics , coastal-adventures , carefree road-trips town to town , beach enthusiast , access to hospitals … you definitely choose Iloilo…

    • negros_1st says:

      saang survey yun? tao talaga pagnatatalo na gagawin ang lhat pra lng mging makatotohanan ang lhat ng bagay! Ganito ang hirap sa ibang Pinoy may “CRAB MENTALITY” tlaga. Takot maungusan.. Hw cud u b considerd as Queen City of the South if u cant prove ur winner in your own region. We cant steal dat name of being regional cntr dats given bcos of ur proximity to othr provinces. On d othrhand my Davao pa gani so stop claiming na ur d Queen City of d South dat is beyond ur wildest dream,sori if dis hurts u but dats true..admit it!
      never compare d poverty hir poverty der admit it or not we stil blong to a thrd world contries and 70% of our economy is stil agricultural sector and for dat ur province is not exempted poverty is stil rampant in iloilo and all over Panay but im not saying di kmi kasali dyan. Did u watch Ilonggo Isyu Subong episode ky i was der in iloilo wen i watchd d topic about extreme poverty sa inyo da, it is ur ilonggo researchers hu said u r poorer dan negros now, dont b blinded ky my facts cla kg figures ginpakita. My isa ka pmilya ga kaon pati panit ka root crops, my isa ka bario nga ang epedemic stil ga exist pa like filariasis kg iban pa ky s kapigaduhon hndi n mpa bulong, kag iban pa gd nga indications sng poverty da. Im saddened with dat episode bcos fellow Filipino ta man cla, so dont b ignorant kag bias sa mga statement mo about sa kapigaduhon ky ikaw man mismo hndi mka kita sng gakalatabo da sa kadam an mo nga mga kasimanwa.
      @ mark sagador why some of my comments r not posted, pag cla bah ok lng magsalita ng kung ano ano about sa amin?

  • Vic says:

    @oiloil I am just so wondering why other people express their love of their place by bashing others. I seen you here spending time trying to refute the crabs and the envious . thanks for the enthusiasm and I sense you have the sense and confidence and outright reasoning . I will always give you my commendation .

  • ManilaBoy says:

    ManilaBoy. Hindi dapat itinatatwa ni Negros_1st ang pagiging Cultural and Regional Center ng Iloilo as various gov’t ministries and agencies have already made up their minds and unanimously chosen the Original Queen City of the South as the rightful Regional Center in WV. From this alone one could exasperate and awe that Iloilo is the leading urban center and commeercial hub of Western Visayas.

  • oiloil says:

    summarizing on what’s going on, Iloilo also wanted to have a healthy competition because Negros/Bacolod in the first place wanted so much to compete against us, the reason why Mike Segador have a 19 complete list with facts and figures about Iloilo’s Developments that is simultaneously ongoing.
    The other forumer painstakingly completed his/her list why Iloilo is the Regional and Cultural Center of Western Visayas, but up to now Negros/Bacolod failed to equalize what has been written, they are not keen on summarizing their own as they might be afraid and to realize they have lesser developments.
    If I were to ask my kasimanwa here in Iloilo, will it be beneficial to Iloilo if we keep on answering the querries of Bacolodnon? My point of view is, IT IS NOT BENEFICIAL, WHY?
    Iloilo should seek its own level and that should be Cebu City.
    Let’s face it, Cebu City is the reigning Queen City of the South while Iloilo is the Original Queen City.
    Walang mawawala bagkus may MAPAPALA PA ang Iloilo kung makipag-ugnayan lamang tayo sa Cebu.

  • Chizmuz says:

    Guys please check these statistics data as of june 2011 Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) website amount of deposits per city and municipality

    Iloilo City only – Php 55,749,237,00
    Iloilo Province and city – 61,598,398,000

    Bacolod City only – 43,044,282,000
    Whole Negros Occidental – 60,370,400,000

    Whole Region 5 (Bicol) – 60,085,237,000
    Whole Region 8 (eastern visayas) – 43,167,168,000
    whole Region 9 (zamboanga peninsula) – 46,796,630,000
    whole Region 12 (socsargen) – 49,881,663,000
    whole region 2 (cagayan valley) – 54,790,758,000

    These statistics will speak for itself. Which city and province is richer now? Iloilo city alone is richer than some entire regions listed…

    • rosycheeks says:

      @chizmus WELL, THAT’S NICE TO HEAR. ILOILO IS INDEED MOVING UP AND UP AND UP! VIVA DINAGYANG!!!

    • tadeo says:

      @chizmuz. Stop! Look! & Listen! Iloilo City and Province is tops! Mabuti naman at nakapag-impok na nang husto ang mga taga-Iloilo. I believe it’s not all Iloilo citizen, I’m happy to note that the businesses are perking up in Iloilo, the investors are raining like cats in the City.
      Andami-daming vehicles, model vans — fortuner, ford, strada, hondas, etc. may mga luxury cars pa around City, at mukhang kami-kami na lang ang mahihirap sa amon dakbanwa.

    • Chizmuz says:

      Guys,

      please check these stats and info:

      Iloilo City has almost Php 56 B in deposits while Bacolod has Php 43 B. Iloilo City + Province = almost Php 62 B while Bacolod + Province = over Php 60 B in deposits as per PDIC website report as of june 2011. Consider that Iloilo City has only 418,000 , Iloilo province 1,700,000population; Bacolod has 525,000 while Negros Occidental 2,800,000 meaning per capita deposit Iloilo residents deposits a lot more than Negrense.

      Cebu City has Php 172 B while Davao City Php 82 B. Cagayan de Oro Php 38 B(?).

      As domestic consumption is the an important aspect of our economy as OFW remittance for this results to a multiplier effect creating more jobs.. at present, the economy of Iloilo is bigger than Negros occidental and bacolod no doubt about it, also the per capita GDP of Iloilo is greater than Bacolod/negros. Domestic consumer spending is greater in Iloilo than in Bacolod/Negros as evidenced by the ff:
      SM City Iloilo (gross floor area: 107,000 m2) is biggest mall in Western Visayas with 8 cinema while SM City Bacolod with 4 cinema gross floor area: >70,000 + expansion)check Wikipedia: SM Malls
      Robinsons Iloilo bigger in gross floor area than Robinsons Bacolod check wikipedia: Robinsons Mall
      SM have SM Delgado in 1979, the first SM outside Metro Manila even ahead of Cebu, a testament to the dynamism of Iloilo since time memorial. SM hypermarket Jaro November 2010, first hypermarket outside Luzon. Two more branches of SM Supermarket, Jaro and Quintin Salas.(Reflects the high consumer spending power in Iloilo City)It reported in BWOnline website that SM Prime Holdings consider building another SM supermall in Iloilo for they feel Iloilo should have at least two supermalls and plan the expansion of SM city Bacolod while Cebu will have SM City Consolacion and another flagship project SM Seaside Mall(?)one of the biggest mall in the world.

      Iloilo airport passenger traffic as of 2011 exceeded 1,500,000 with connections to Manila, Cebu, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, General Santos while Bacolod/Silay is more than 1,200,000 with connections to Manila, Cebu, Caticlan only. (source: wikipedia)

      NAIA – 27 million
      Cebu Mactan – 7-8 million
      Davao – over 3 million

      Whether Iloilo or bacolod is better than the other/better to live in, it depends on personal preferences and need not be debated on.Bacolod and Iloilo has just attained miniscule development compared to Manila, Cebu, Davao and the other more developed cities in East Asia. Its illogical to compare one miniscule development of one city to another, lest reasonable. Graduates of Iloilo and Bacolod still look for good jobs in Manila/Luzon, Cebu and abroad and unless this doesnt change, we really have nothing to brag to one another. Economic acitivity still is greatest in Metro Manila, Calabarzon and Central Luzon, with Cebu contributing a respectable percentage and even less is Davao. Consider IMF 2011 GDP growth forecast for Philippines at 4.2% is way less than Malaysia 4.5%, Indonesia 6.5%, Vietnam 7% Thailand 5.6%, China 8.2%

      But one thing is clear, Cebu city and Davao city is way more progressive than Iloilo and Bacolod.
      I am stating hard facts, not opinions.

      • Chizmuz says:

        Please don’t deny the facts my friends Iloilo is just a little bit ahead in development than Bacolod but generally both are more at par and way less progressive than Manila, Cebu, and Davao. Iloilo and Bacolod should not be rivals but should synergized to take advantage and complement on each other development. (Iloilo and Bacolod is still quite impoverished compare to the rich cities of Manila, Makati,Quezon City, Muntinlupa, Paranaque,Marikina, Cebu and Davao)

    • negros_1st says:

      daw kwestyunable gid ya.. may iloilo city na may iloilo province kg city pa gid?
      wla man ko nkita nga break down of deposits every province kg cities sa PDIC nga website.
      As usual lutong makaw nman eh..
      Anothr question, mas dako pa iya k region 6 sang milya milya compared sa Cebu region7 kg davao? dis is a big question mark????? wla na gid hw?hehehehe….

      • paiburong says:

        @negros_1st kabudlay sa imo bala paintiendihon…
        Iloilo City is to Bacd City
        Iloilo Province is to Negros Occ.
        Sino may siling sa imo nga labaw pa ang Region 6 sa Region 7 sa PDIC.
        Read and understand VIC reports facts and figures.
        Apat hanggang lima lang ka region ang ginlabawan sg Iloilo stand alone in terms of PDIC thing.

  • rosycheeks says:

    @negros_1st, you are only discrediting Iloilo as the rightful Cultural and Regional center of Western Visayas then its not a healthy competition at all. I assure we are here and we are competing with bacolod to progress but if you try to malign Iloilo then its not healthy anymore, isn’t it?
    Iloilo has been chosen by all ministries and agencies to supplant their regional branches here in Iloilo, so it’s just like saying Iloilo City is the center of commerce and most urbanized city in Western Visayas.
    I do understand why you are here to compete, so okey Iloilo now wants to compete with Bacolod as you wanted it to be.
    First and foremost, try to compete by equalizing the ongoing 19-strong developments site, now listed by Mark Segador.
    We must try to be civil and pls. dont ever mention the “DROWINGS”.
    THANK YOU.

  • barrio_fest says:

    Basta ako ya matan aw lng ko EatBulaga sa Sbado, kay para di ta maka simhot batok nga kalamay. Sa fridy pwde pa ta ya ktan aw Its Showtime den sa mondy nman ulit,hahaha…

  • Chizmuz says:

    To Mark Segador

    This site is good. Great job man! I love it. This has become a rival of inactive expl*reiloil*.com. I think yours is way better. Please keep us being updated in the development of Iloilo City We All Love. Spread love my younger contemporaries and don’t hate one for having a different opinion from you. And always keep your cool. Remember always: “Talo and pikon”.

  • tadeo says:

    I WUD LIKE 2 REPEAT…
    People are envious of the things they couldn’t have and the kind of people they wanted to be.
    They couldn’t have the kind of festival like Dinagyang…
    They could not have the Injap Tower and New Iloilo CBD by Megaworld…
    They couldn’t have senators like Miriam Santiago, Franklin Drilon, Trillanes etc.
    They will never have the title of the Original Queen City of the South, dahil ibinigay yang titulo na ‘yan mismo sg reyna sg Espanya sa Iloilo, kumbaga naka-stereotyped na yan sa ILOILO.

  • YANR says:

    REAL SCORE IS BACOLOD HAD THE BEST CARS TO OFFERS,MODERNIZED,LUXURIOUS AS WELL NEGRENSES ARE THE RICHEST IN THE PHILIPPINES NAMELY COJUANCO,AYALA,ARANETA,SY,LACSON,LIZARES,LOPEZ,DIZON,….ETC..
    SA ILOILO NAGKAD2 KO LA GD KO KITA SALAKYAN OR SUV NGA BAG-O WHILE HERE IN BACOLOD BSTA BAG-O NGA SALAKYAN KAMI ANG NUMBER 1..AGREE!!!

    • ti taga-diin gid ina abi ang mga Lizares Lopez kg iba pa haw?
      Mga original nga mga Ilonggo ina. Amo ina ang mga manggaranon diri sa Iloilo nga nagbulig sa inyo kg ginhimo kamo mga sakada, pero now, kahit ano pang pagka-manggaranon sg Negros/Bacolod, mas damu di iya kuwarta kg devt subong sa Iloilo kesa sa inyo. Pls. se the statistis of Chizmuz.
      Nung araw oo, the 60s and the 70s nag-boom talaga ang Negros/Bacolod, pero now, naghihirap na kayo na ayaw naming marinig kasi kaluluoy man kamo.
      Nung time na ‘yon, the 60s and the 70s your people were bragging about ginapala-ginapiko.
      Ti diin na abi subong inyo kuwarta haw?
      Dumdom n’yo ari di sa Iloilo nga amu nga nagiging tambayan n’yo na lang mga Iloilo sites.
      Bugtaw kamo, indi mag-uswag ang dakbanwa n’yo, it is now being isolated from the rest of the Negros provincial cities.

    • @yanr. Do you think nga ginpangabudlayan n’yo gid inang tanan nga ginasiling mo. Parte ina sg ginbulig sa inyo adto anay sg Iloilo.

    • Simonette says:

      sori ka YANR, kung nung mga araw damo awto sa inyo dahil nag-boom kamo iba na ngayon… I could just sit and watch from my veranda in this not so a main artery of Iloilo and I could count within one hour, 300 new model vehicles vis-a-vis the no. of jeepneys coming to and fro during rush hour.
      I am tired of doing and counting these everyday and I could exclaim Iloilo is indeed progressing what with more middle class living in a city than squatters.

  • kim says:

    check http://www.skycrapercity.com and see the latest developments of both cities. I can say that Bacolod is more progressive than iloilo.

  • ganjamir says:

    PEOPLE this is ILOVEILOILO.COM website lets love this city!CITY of what kamu gani?
    ENWEIZ, LET’S RACE UP TO 2014 AND GIVE US UR FREAKING BUILDINGS AND MACHINES AND WE WILL SHOW WHAT WE GOT HERE IN “THE GRASS OF GREEN AND GIRLS ARE PRETTY” A.K.A CITY OF SMILE!!!!IT’S MORE FUN IN BACOLOD CITY!

  • Vic says:

    Thanks Chizmuz , your inputs is very helpful and informative , my question is the is PDIC is good indicator of economic status?is Region 7 total PDIC exceeds than that of Region 6? Siquihor Bohol and Oriental is poor province….
    @tadeo , nobody cant change history no matter what and Iloilo has very nice history . I am working on it . I want to have 100 pages untold history of Iloilo.
    Oil , keep on posting :) i will always keep track.
    @Mark , this blog is way updated and detailed among others. That means extremely helpful for any purposes.
    @negros_1st , I was talking about intensity and magnitude of poverty in Negros Occidental. If you are keen , let’s take a closer look , when you go to Murcia from Bacolod , that is almost 30 KM ,,, Miles and Miles and Miles of sugarcane ,,, sugarcane after sugar cane…… controlled by the wealthy elite …. one shack at the middle of that badlands after another and then shack after another and so on for 30 KM’s with people on the ground for the rest of their days doing that job with very thin opportunity to prosper or be happy about life….such is the condition anywhere in Negros occidental ……hundreds of Kilometers to South….. Hundred of Kilometers to North and everywhere….. just imagine it’s a reality … whereas in Iloilo , 30 Kilometers…. youll be amazed a good number fine Houses hundreds to thousands living closer with each other , with good access to leisure , a food on the table , plenty of jobs , and leisure trips to the City and be happy about life… Negros Occidental is home to Malaria , Schistosomiasis … that is extremely morbid …
    How can be Davao City contender for Queen City when it needs 773,259 Hectares for the informal settlers? that is as Big as Bacolod City of Slums.LOL

  • Vic says:

    @oiloil and Ghostbuster… why you two are into catfights considering you two came from Negros Occidental. You two are arguing months after months about Iloio… But I see oiloil is in all-out-war in defending Iloilo … I just cant figure out his passion for Iloilo…. maybe .. he can explain himself when he happens to read this :) :) :) :)

  • ganjamir says:

    another thing with Senators they been living in Iloilo for a decade but still no progress,we admit here in Bacolod we don’t have big names in politics but look us at now were moving forward. Your city should be progressive way back 10 yrs. because admitting to be the Queen City it should be like Cebu or Davao nor CDO already? Bacolod City just started but were confident after 3 – 5 yrs. We are Brighter and Louder than your City!

    • Simonette says:

      @Genjamir. we stagnated because Bcd is always competing with Iloilo and vice-versa. Almost all of Iloilo were delegated to u in the past.
      Neither ur city or Iloilo is advancing because of rivalry and competition — crabbing all the time and still u r doing it now, yes right now you are doing it right now Genjamir!
      Your Bcd boomed in the 60s and 70s with ginapala-ginapiko fame but nothing happened.
      Lets face it, Bcd now is not like in the 60s and 70s, u r now stagnating because of the falldown of the sugar industry and Bcd now seemed to have been isolated from the rest of your provincial cities.
      I dont understand you people, why you are still here competing, yes your actuation here now, matter of factly Genjamir you are competing, di nga ba?
      That’s why your city didn’t live up to the expectation, you could have been in the category of Cebu but you failed.
      Think it over.

    • Tadeo says:

      Simonette. Iloilo have three senators, but of the three so far only Sen. Frank M. Drilon looked back on her native Iloilo. Drilon facilitated the new Iloilo Intl. Airport, the two new bridges linking the once engulped City Proper to extend to the New Iloilo Central Business (NICBD) with Megaworld and the 2nd largest SM Supermall in the Visayas. The tallest structure in WV the Injap Tower which is now he subject of envy of many a bashers. Drilon already had this book a long tme ago about his plan of converting the original CBD into a world heritage site.
      Since these bridges were constructed its the very first time that Iloilo had ever extended.
      Sen. Miriam Santiago is yet to fulfill her promise to build the Iloilo-Guimaras bridge, again the subject of envy among bashers.
      And Sen. Antonio Trillanes from Tubungan, Iloilo? He is the special guest of Tubung-Tubong Festival over the weekend with the promise of helping the Jalaur River Project, the potable water source and Hydroelectric power for the City.
      After the successful Clean Coal Power Plant at Ingore, La Paz, Iloilo City another Plant is now positioning at the northern town of Concepcion, Iloilo.

  • Vic says:

    YANR you have really no clue at all…please see my facebook about my recent house to house survey there. basi mahibi ka sa makita mu…the awful poverty there. big number of family cannot make 30 pesos a day , common belief that should have as many as 15 children saying those children will help earn a penny when they reach 7 years old , they are not sent to school elemenatry commonly, many have no sanitary toilets just practice open defecation and living in cogon , their husbands are sent to campo riding in canter , and hardly eaten a breakfast , please dont brag and dont wear maskara , the horrific reality is there . i documented it. instead help your province to get by with all of these. and its not very easy . I was thinking , those families cannot be better in another 50 years and living in those condition.

    • Tadeo says:

      Vic. they seemed couldnt accept reality, you gave us here your vivid reports/accounts of Negros today and yet they tried closing their eyes.
      To live in reality is to accept the truth.
      Vic, please give us some more information about WV. Thank you.

    • Tadeo says:

      The Iloilo hacienderos lorded it over Negros Island, with mostly subordinate people are into farm works, reason why there is always a big gap between the rich and the poor, but it seemed Bacolodnon could not fathom. I suggest they should all do the research para naman may mapag-aralan naman tayo sa kanila.
      In fact with the gap, nalamangan pa ngayon ng Iloilo ang Negros sa padamu-damo ipon sa bangko, which is quite a miracle for Iloilo.

  • facts_lang says:

    Raw cane sugar exports post $429.6M, a quadruple increase

    By Elsa S. Subong
    Thursday 26th of April 2012

    ILOILO CITY, April 26 (PIA) — The Philippine raw cane sugar posted a quadruple increase in exports which brought the merchandise receipts of Western Visayas from $249.5 million in 2010 to $429.6 million in 2011.

    Data from the National Statistical Coordinating Board (NSCB) show that raw sugar cane remains the top export commodity of the region, accounting for 53.6 percent of the total export of Western Visayas.

    Raw cane sugar is exported mainly to United States, China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam.

    NSCB noted that the commodity came mostly from Negros Occidental which is the major producer.

    On the other hand, coal in bulk contributed the second largest value of exports at $160.9 million in the region, accounting for 37.5 percent of the total exports in the region in terms of market.

    According to the NSCB, China and Thailand are the primary markets of this commodity, where a total of 97.7 percent was exported to China and 2.3 percent to Thailand.

    Further, NSCB noted that there was a decrease in the volume and value of coal in bulk exported in 2011 because of the increasing demand for local use in power industry, cement industry among others.

    The Semirara Mining Corporation in Antique is the major producer of coal in the country, contributing 94.5 percent of the country’s total coal production.

    The other major export commodities and their share in the total receipts were Philippine cane molasses ($12.8 million), crabmeat ($8.4 million), steel scrap ($5.56 million), assorted frozen marine products ($1.2 million), used caterpillar off-highway trucks ($3.8 million), engine block & accessories ($718,480), tuna ($456,285), and cut foliages ($104,468).

    NSCB said the markets for these commodities are Japan, Taiwan, Netherlands, Vietnam Korea, USA, Canada, Hongkong, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia and Singapore. (NSCB/ESS/JCM-PIA 6, Iloilo)

    PIA, be warned. Prepare a barrage of hate mails and be called a center for “propaganda”.

  • Vic says:

    Negros prospered yes, because of Iloilo and its started when Spanish government made it as capital only in 1850’s because its nearer in Iloilo Port than that in Himamaylan City to facilitate the delivery of sugar canes to Iloilo… from the land of slaves and jungle , it prospered. it begun to construct concrete churches.. Spain always eager to construct but then they said Negros have no money to build one…. so fro 200 years , Spain set their eyes on Iloilo… never on negros…. its always the land of slaves and jungle…yet it changed through Ilongo enterpreneurs…..

  • facts_lang says:

    Bato bato sa langit ang tamaan wag magalit, ang pikon laging talo!

    Dat figures/facts from one of reliable source of info PIA. Hndi lng na ya himohimo nga survey ky gin studyhan gid na in scientific way, wla bias kag hndi onesided, wla gina pilipili.

    Consider nga 70% of Philippine Economy is Agricultural base sector.

    53.6% of total export (cane sugar), mostly from Negros Occidental
    37.5% of total export (coal), from Antique

    Amo n siling nila pigado ang Negros?

    • Chizmuz says:

      What is good for Negros and Antique is good to Iloilo and the philippines.

    • Simonette says:

      @facts_lang. Niretoke mo na lang ang facts and figures sg report mo nga biased kaayo. Aminin mo na kasi nga pigado na kamo, kung hindi ba naman ngaa abi nagpalauli na di sa Iloilo ang mga kamag-anak namon halin sa Bacolod, chorusly saying, wala na sila obra, nagutuman na sila.
      Ang pagtuhaw sg madamo nga squatters sa city n’yo senyales na ina nga indi na gid maayo ang ekonomiya n’yo.
      Not even your facts and figures could alter the reality and the existing truths!

  • facts_lang says:

    That’s about 91.1% to be exact of the total export of the region. Ano lang gale contribution ka regional capital ya? ask lng!

    This simply means wala mayo source of income sa _l_i_o Province except for their palay crop.
    Negros Occidental has sugar, ethanol, BPOs and a lot more
    Antique has coal
    Capiz has fish and aquaculture
    Guimaras has mangoes and
    Aklan has its Tourism industry because of Boracay

  • negros_1st says:

    In short @FACTS_LANG…

    the ONLY REGIONAL CENTER nga wala _____ kag WALA GUID ______ if not because of the Provinces nga katupad nya… upisyo nila pang-angkon sang indi ila… HAHAHAHAHA katalawaan guid ya noh???

    Wala guid sila ya contribution sa Region 6 ah… may ara man guro ah??? 10% for unli rice ah! hahahahahahahaha

    hehehehe….lets give it credit migs ah…buffer stock and local consumption ina.

    but amo lang na tani nga don’t belittle those ones around kay indi gid ma deny that the progress of their place was a conglomerate of the produce of her constituents.

    Indi gid ma deny that big dollar earners are from those who have classy and pristine beaches (BORACAY), produce sugar and byproducts of sugarcane (NEG. OCC), mangoes (GUIMARAS), seafood and shellcraft (ROXAS), and fire up with coal and semi-precious stones (ANTIQUE). And at the end much of the credit (and benefit) goes to the regional capital. OK lang na kun tani wala lang dala nga hikay kag suya and claim for themselves….now lately with matching pasakay and pangitaay patas ….

    • Chizmuz says:

      Is the thinking like Iloilo is like China and bacolod is philippines fighting for scarborough? Iloilo and Bacolod are family and they are not fighting. Fighting is childish.

    • taga victorias ako says:

      @negros_1st…..ka bulok gd bala sng napang post muh,numero 1 ka ka hisaan kg tikalon, Im from victorias kag naga update mn sng progress sng Iloilo, I fell in love with this place coz I spent 5 yrs of my college years, himo kamo bala sng n u website nga may development sng Bacolod kg negros ky supportaran ko mn, imo paindis indis dayon nga mas develop ang Bacolod..gus2 ko nga mg tin-ad ining 2 ka city ky nahimo nmn ni twin city of WV.

  • negros_1st says:

    Remember: Ang pikon laging talo…

    Look bala at Cebu, Davao, CdeO, Zamboanga, Baguio, Gen San, etc etc… sila ya ang mga FRONTLINERS sang ila nga Region, contributing more than Half sang income ka region nila amo na nga DESERVING guid sila ya sa pagka Regional Center nila… ang Iloilo ya??? JOSHKU, salig nalang sa Capiz, Aklan, Antique, Guimaras and Negros Occidental???? Hahahahahaa

    Amu pa na cla grbe manuya! hay..prove it to us anay!

    • Chizmuz says:

      Maligning and expressing bitter sentiments considering the topic is development of one’s neighbor city is childish. See the good in all things not the negative side.

    • tadeo says:

      @rosycheeks. C negros_1st, wala na siya kahibalo kon ano ang buot silingon sg Regional Center. Amo ini ay, Ang Regional Center meaning Sentro Sg Rehiyon. Ano ang buot silingon sg Sentro, buot silingon Sentro ina sg Pangkabuhayan, Lider ina sg Rehiyon kag Nangunguna ina nga siyudad sa bug-os nga Western Visayas.
      Ti indi gd ina mabaton ni negros_1st kay gusto nya iya dakbanwa ang mangin Regional Center.
      Sus, 75 years na na sila ng nangin-syudad ngayon nya pa kuwestiyunin ang pagiging Regional Center sg Iloilo?
      Sori na lang siya kay lamang na iya ang Iloilo sa city nya.

      • carlo says:

        ang iloilo una gd man uswag kesa sa bacolod kg regional city na sya pero malagsan na ina sang bacolod subong kadto ka d bala para makita mo nd na pareho sang una ang bacolod 3 cities ang ga unite d sbng bacolod silay talisay kg ina part of metro bacolod

      • carlo says:

        lahugan mo mga investors nga ari d sbng ba ako tga iloilo ang asawa ko perme ko dira sa iloilo perte kman mag hambal ba…. nga lamang ang iloilo sa bacolod eh… anu man lng daku da sa inyo subong man ang gaisano nyo man lng

      • carlo says:

        lantawa bala matapus ang sm expansion d kg ayala duwa ka ayala na dire kung dira may flyover dire may ara na man kg matukod pa gd liwat duwa pa ka flyover kag lagpad ang dalan dire kuntra dira amu na ma cling mo nga trapik da perme tungod gagmay ang dalan

      • carlo says:

        dire 24 hrs. ang jeep from north to south kg east 2ngud kadamu sang call centers dire regional kamu da tuod pero ang masakit na lagsan pa kamu sang bacolod nga banwa lng anay… buot clingun hinay ang asenso

      • carlo says:

        so sad mabatian nga ang regional city sang region 6 dw malabawan pa sang gna hambal nila nga copycat nila…. comment lng

      • carlo says:

        pero kng sa insakto lng gd wala lng tikalay tni bacolod kg iloilo isa lng na twin city kg puro mga ilonggo pero kamu gusto nyo kamu lng perme ang ma ayo dapat tni ya kng anu ang asenso sang bacolod proud ang iloilo kg kng anu man da asenso sa iloilo proud man kmi 2ngud isa lng ta region 6 wv kg twin city dapat ang perdihun ta ya davao kg cebu nd ta ya mag tinikalay tni kung anu may ara ta kay palareho man lng ah wala gd kinalain

    • Marque says:

      iloio is one of the top rice producing province in the philippines and not only rice we mass produced here we also have corn, pineaaple, mangoes and much more, you cannot leave for long just eating sugarcane alone, thats why iloilo is also called the fruit basket and rice grainery of WV, and even the alaska of the philippines can be found in the province of iloilo… so don’t just say na wla na contribute ang iloilo kay d na ya ma angkon sang iloilo mga tilte nga ina for being nothing….

      search for more information regarding my statement…

  • facts_lang says:

    Western Visayas tourism circuit plan up

    STAND-ALONE tourist destinations in Western Visayas will be connected by an established travel itinerary to enhance complementation among the six provinces in an effort to increase tourist arrivals and revenues.

    In Negros Occidental, priority destinations will include the Mt. Kanlaon
    National Park, Mambukal Hot Springs in Murcia, the diving and sightseeing spots in both southern and northern sides as well as the highlands of Don Salvador Benedicto, which is dubbed as the Summer Capital of the province.

    Others include the Island of Boracay in Malay, Aklan; Bugang River in
    Pandan, Antique; the Bulabog Putian National Park of Dingle, Iloilo; and the Guimaras Island. In the coming years, emerging tourist attractions such as the islands of northern Iloilo, Madiaas National Park in Antique, Pangilatan Falls in Capiz, and the Jawili Eco-Tourism Park in Tangalan, Aklan, among others, will also be included in the itineraries.

    As per the 2011-2016 regional tourism industry strategies and policies, the attractions and major festivals of local government units like the recently concluded MassKara of Bacolod, Dinagyang in Iloilo City, Ati-Atihan in Kalibo, Halaran of Roxas City and the Binirayan of Antique, among others, will also “be aligned to complement and enhance rather than compete with each other.”

    The tourism complementation aims to increase tourist arrivals to 2.81 million in 2016 from the 2.08 million visitors registered as well as hike revenues from P38 billion to P51 billion.

    There is a need to develop cultural maps and tourism itineraries as an initial activity to establish an integrated tourism circuit plan in the six provinces and two highly-urbanized cities of Bacolod and Iloilo, said the Regional Development Council-Western Visayas, noting that while the region has many potential tourist destinations, many of these are stand-alone destinations and not connected by an established travel itinerary.

    “Foreign travelers in Boracay hardly explore other destinations thus limiting the opportunities for economic and employment growth within the island itself. The challenge is to look for other tourism products that will increase the interest of foreign and domestic visitors to come, stay longer to further explore the area, and go back to their places with encouraging stories to tell that will entice more visitors to come visit the region.”

    Records from the Department of Tourism 6 showed that
    Boracay topped visitor arrivals totaling 674,447 and tourist receipts amounting to P12.40 billion in 2009 followed by
    Negros Occidental at 463,154 visitors (P8.51B);
    Iloilo City – 363,277 (P6.68 billion); and
    Bacolod City – 358,159 (P6.58 billion).
    The remaining LGUs posted an accumulated share of less than 10 percent of the total arrivals.

    Lets summarize!
    Boracay (alone)- 674,447
    Neg. Occ. – 463,154 + Bacolod City – 358,159
    Iloilo – Unknown? bcos of remaining LGUs (including Aklan, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, Antique) posted an accumulated share of less than 10 percent of the total arrivals + Iloilo City – 363,277

    Got the point? Kamo nlng calculate ah.. maliwanag pa s sikat sng adlaw!

    Its very clear Tourism mean jobs, so amo ni ang gina hambal nga pinaka pigado kuno? hahahaha..ultimo ang ordinaryo nga tawo maka income bisan magguide guide lng sa mga tourists, kay man one sided ang ila nga survey surveyan kuno, ako man abi magsurvey sa miag ao, or di gani sa timawa, calumpang or dalom taytay sang tabukan anu ayhan nga figures mkuha ko.

    Dba facts kag figures gina pngita ta? Ara…

  • facts_lang says:

    Ari pa gid ang iban nga facts nga gina pangita nyo… kasakit cguro noh ky tnan nyo nga pnuya gablik gd dyon..ti cgeha nyo panuya ky good karma gbalik s amon.

    Bank cites strong Bacolod economy
    BACOLOD CITY, April 22 (PIA6)–Officials of the BPI Family Savings Bank have noted strong economic factors in Bacolod City, citing it as among the most ideal places in the country where they can offer their housing financing program.

    The private sector program jives with the government’s housing program which seeks to provide or enable more Filipinos to own homes.

    Money-rich industries such as the BPO, tourism and the presence of many Overseas Filipino Workers make the city attractive for investments as certain sectors demand for housing, cars and other needs grow.

    There is a total of 13 ICT firms existing in Bacolod, injecting about more than P145M monthly in salaries while OFWs across the country post record high remittances recently as Negros Occ. and Bacolod City are home to exciting tourist destinations in the country.

    Governor Alfredo Marañon, Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia and the rest of the mayors are giving a premium on tourism resulting to the establishment of infrastructures needed for its growth.

    Bank President Jose Teodoro Limcaoco said about six local developers and four national ones have housing projects in the city.

    He said they will make owning these offered properties convenient, given the right documents packaged in friendly terms.

    The bank hosts “Housing Madness” at Robinson’s Place Bacolod from April 20-22.

    For the last three years now, the bank’s housing portfolio has grown on an average of 14 percent nationwide.

    Limcaoco declared that their business grows as the government pushes for tourism because it creates jobs and jobs enable people to acquire and invest on important properties like houses. (JSC/LOL-PIA6 NegOcc.)

    • facts_lang says:

      add to that is these are the fruits of hardwork of the city/province. We don’t rely much sa mga partidos ta sa senado/ othr higher officials sa mnila unlike sa iban salig lng nga salig dw mluhod na sng pngayo ngayo. hay anu pa gid abi kung my ara man kami pngayuan sa senado cguro masuli na gid ang kalibutan. triple pa gid ma achieve nmon, mhibi nman cla gro!

      • rosycheeks says:

        @facts_lang… Senators Drilon, Santiago and Trillanes are plus factors for Iloilo and its not the fault of Iloilo kung wala kamo iya sg mga Senador, isn’t it?
        For your consolation and in the past, you have Cong. Jules Ledesma, late Iggy Arroyo and the First Gentleman Mike Arroyo whose wife was the President of the Republic, and why Negrenses didnt capitalize on that aspect, is not again the fault of Iloilo.
        Incidentally, Mike Arroyo is a native of Villa (Arevalo), Iloilo.
        Remember the Arroyo Fountain in front the Iloilo Provinical Capitol,

    • Chizmuz says:

      whats good for bacolod is good for iloilo and the philippines.

    • paiburong says:

      facts_lang. we are tired of reading your long copied posts but then again you are welcome here as this is Iloilo, The rightful regional center. just keep on coming back trying so hard and Iloilo will never believe you. You once lied your whereabouts.
      If you economy is great, why the next SM supermall and Gaisano capital mall inside WV are now rising in Oton, a first class town soon to be a city more than your established cities?
      Why is that, your SM could hardly be an SM City with fewer theaters inside and so with your Robinson’s???
      Bacolod is now in a state of stagnation as can be gleaned from the Toutubes.
      Soon Silay could overtake Bacolod as the capital of Negros Occ.
      Your airport is divided and called Bacolod-Silay Airport.

  • facts_lang says:

    @chizmuz
    yes somehow ur facts/figures dat u gave sounds reasonable but also debatable.

    1st- statistics data as of Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC). My question wer will u think d people of ur neighbor provinces like Guimaras and d rest of Panay will look for wen evr they want to open a bank accnt? of course in iloilo bcos majority of banks was established in iloilo bcos of ist stratigic location which is proximity to othr provinces but im not saying dat we cannot find any banks in othr provinces but my point is just for example an OFW like seafarer he is supposed to go in manila for joinning his vessel assignmnt and bcos of oppurtunity of staying at iloilo for a while it is much convinient for him to open an accnt der and bcos the majority of remmitance cnter can b found in highly urbanize cities bcos of demand. Got my point? in short you cannot claim dat all of depositors der in iloilo are real residence ur province and its good for u bcos d credits/benefits dat supposed dey hav goes to ur province/city.

    2nd- yes obvious nman SM City Iloilo AT PRESENT is the biggest mall in WV AS OF NOW but d idea, time does not move backward we have to think of d future. My question, who is going 2 be the biggest mall in WV on d coming 1-2 yers? i knw u got d answr dat only means we hav strong potentials in business bcos of strong demand expansion is taking steps. In addition, Robinsons Iloilo is bigger than Bacolod but my question, hus rcving d 100% occupancy in terms of leasable space? ROB bacolod no doubt bcos of its classy looks which is comparable to othr biggest mall operator and in fact expansion was also finishd da Citycentral Walk which adds to its grand ambiance of ROB. We cant deny dat Robonsons iloilo has a lot of vacant spaces specially at 3rd level which was previously occupied by ur LGU and for dat reason da market value of Rob Iloilo is lesser if not far of dat in Bacolod. Rob Iloilo shud improve in terms of mall maintenance ky na notice ko daw gin pabay an bla haw ky ultimo ang bubung s 3rdlevel ga tulo and dats d reason kung ngaa hndi cla mka attrct damo nga customer.

    3rd- Iloilo Airport has bigger passenger volume bcos of sa stratigic location sini s iban nga provinces kung baga no choice na, yes der is kalibo/Catiklan airport but dis is much less in terms s passenger volume nga ma cater nila, unlike sa Bcolod/silay airport wer dey only catering our own province but see hndi man cia maglayo sa othr bigger airports in terms sa passenger kag cargo volume anu pa abi kung my neighbor provinces pa kmi aside from oriental ky it is more convinient pra cla to go in cebu airport than in bacolod bcos of its distance.

    Pra skon daw ka unworthy sng mga amo ni nga topic kay considring dat 70% of Philippine Economy still agricultural base sector kag hndi ta na ya madeny, Anhun ta man ang mga mall/ savings sa banko/ airport kung ang pngabuhi sa pinas kahinay sng impovment as as whole.

    • Chizmuz says:

      What’s your point my friend?
      Don’t you think it is quite childish for one to brag one is better than the other? I think your quite young and im sure Im way older so I’l act as an your older brother. I suggest many of you study economics in my class. I think most are ignorant of facts. Facts matters not mere gut feelings, opinions, sentiments.

      Iloilo and Bacolod should complement each other and Ilonggos and negrense are brothers and should not fight and be jealous with one another. We are happy for the development of iloilo and bacolod that is the point.If one if less fortunate, one should the helpful to the other and NOT think ill of the other. Lets be responsible in our attitudes.

      By God given priviledge, Iloilo is strategically located and that her great advantage just like singapore. Singapore which has no natural resources took advantage of its strategic location and utilized the resources of the region as a commercial, trade, finance and industry center through sheer planning, political will and unity of purpose. Cebu is also a good example because it has limted resources but took advantage of its strategic location plus given the political unity and industry of the cebuanos.

      Bacolod has many advantages just like Iloilo. In fact Bacolod is cited in some competitiveness rankings as superior than Iloilo although I saw some Iloilo exceede Bacolod. Bacolod has a different spectrum of development in my opinion and its prosperity is not distributed equally to the populace that is why there are super rich Negrense and many poor also.Presence of luxurious cars in a place is not a proper sign of development, maybe trivial developmet yes. In fact cars are not really good investments considering it depreciates it value in the long term.

      I dont know about the spending habits of Bacolodnons and I will not generalize but illongos usually place their extra money in the bank.

      Iloilo is a rich source of capital which is invested in SME’s (small and medium enterprises)and as far as I know Iloilo has more SME’s than Negros that is why Iloilo’s GDP is bigger than Negros and that is a good indicator of development as far as economics is concerned. Negros has a lot of potential for growth and if negros exceeds Iloilo I will be happy because I know what is good for Negros is good for Iloilo and to the Philippines. Proper attitute also for some that they should be happy for Iloilo development because that is good for Negros and the Philippines as a whole. Its like our parts of our body, Iloilo could be our hand and Negros is our legs and we cannot live without the other. No man is an island. (We are divided by a narrow Iloilo strait but our destiny is forever connected) So lets not malign one another can we?

      Iloilo has long been identified with its strategic location since the spanish era as its advantage that is why it was second in importance after manila in the 1890’s thus was dubbed Queen city of the South and its development is second after manila. After the WWII, Iloilo failed to capitalized with its strategic advantage because of political disunity and capital flowed to Negros and Cebu which fueled their development while the economy of Iloilo has stagnated for decades. In fact many families and the hacienderos in Negros traced their roots in Iloilo that is why Negros is an offspring of Iloilo. Iloilo and Negros are family.

      The boom of sugar industry in Negros benefited Iloilo much and the rice production benefits Negros alot. The products of one complements the other.

      I can remember the time in the 1980’s that rich Bacolodnons will cross Iloilo Straight to Iloilo’s SM delgado(1st SM outside luzon 1979) early in the morning to shop and go home in the afternoon. Building an SM in a locality is a hallmark of development in a area and serve as a rough indicator of improved lifestyle. Ilongos would cross Bacolod and enjoy the luxurious cafes and stores only other found in Manila and abroad which only the Negrense elite mostsly hacienderos could afford. That could have spark this decades old rivalry between two cities Iloilo and Bacolod and will forever be intertwined considering the geographic location. Whoever is subordinate to another, who cares? As long as we can improve the lives of our people and provide them jobs.

      I am hoping that the international flights in Iloilo Airport will materialized soon. I am really hoping for more development for Iloilo (also for the rest of Region 6, Bacolod/Negros included) so that so that it will come to a time we will not become migrant workers and OFW’s and find a decent job in the places we love whether Bacolod, Iloilo, or elsewhere in the Philippines.

      N.B. (The thinking for argument that Bacolod is better than Iloilo because Bacolod is a provincial capital and is developing while Iloilo a regional capital which dependent on other places and cannot stand alone is really not healthy thinking, obviously jealous of Iloilo’s prominence and has a bitter sentiment to Iloilo which is very childish. Statistics backs Iloilo’s prominence whatever is the argument and please donot malign Iloilo bacuase of that. We should be happy for the devlopment of both Cities Iloilo and Bacolod. If there comes a time statistics will back Bacolod’s prominence(and Bacolod is developing faster), then I will be happy because its good to Iloilo also)

      • Darlene says:

        Chuzmuz, I like your comments. I agree with you on what you said. We should not fight over who is progressing or who is behind. The success of one is the success of all. We should not be divided in this matter. We should encourage one another and exchange ideas on how to be a part of the solution and on how to better our country not just our regions. We are Filipinos and we should not be fighting amongst ourselves. Coming from the outside and looking in on the progress of our regions I can see the improvement that is going on in Iloilo and I am very glad about that. I am pretty sure that the leaders and businessmen of Iloilo and Bacolod are looking for ways to compliment each other. As you said what is good for Iloilo and Bacolod is good for the Philippines and for all of us Filipinos. That’s what matters.

    • rosycheeks says:

      @facts_lang, i don’t need to go over your whole comments, and you see its just as simple as this…
      Why SM and Robinson’s have to build the second largest in the Visayas’ malls in Iloilo and again the smallest SM’s and Robinson’s in Bacolod?
      Why when it comes to Cebu, the have the largest SM lately the SM Seaside that could even approximitize the SM Mall of Asia?
      Why there is Small Medium ang Large in these malls? kayman katakut-takot na project studies ang ginahimo nila sila na maybe you know what.
      And why the next bigger SM Supermall in Iloilo would be built in the would-be city of Oton, Iloilo?
      Simnple, SM wanted to capture the moneyed shoppers from the Southern part of the province; and why SM is not conptemplating in the near future in your 13 or so cities of Negros and not even in Bacolod?

  • oiloil says:

    BACOLODNON WERE ASKING WHY ILOILO WAS SUPERCEDED BY CEBU…
    In the 30s and before WWII Iloilo was already enjoying the prestige of coming in second to Manila and the Queen City title.
    Bacolod was then marching to become a city being the appointed capital of the Island.
    But in 1937 one republic act proclaimed the two among the Philippines Chartered Cities, notably, with Cebu, Davao, CDO, Zamboanga, Dagupan, Naga among others.
    Iloilo City is nestled at the wide “shoal” engulped by a huge river that snakes around the site. In those days, Iloilo seemed to have it all, established, and there seemed to have no more rooms for improvements or expansion because of the huge river.
    After the war, Iloilo all the more failed to prosper, the rich Iloilo clan had to look for a viable site in which to invest their businesses.
    It was the biggest migratory expedition ever on Philippine history and of Ilonggos going to as far as Guam. In fact the family of the father of the father of this site, Mike Segador, even migrated to Tarlac basing from the sneak account on Mark.
    But thanks to the Iloilo Chinese, they stayed foot and to continue the Iloilo Legacy in retail business and the city of today recognizes the great Chinese contribution. They are now acknowledged by the city gov’t. and the people of Iloilo by having the Filipino (Ilonggo)-Chinese Friendship Arc at the downtown area).
    … The sugar industry started in Iloilo, and these Iloilo hacienderos bought track and track of lands in Negros Occ. as long as their eyes could see.
    Bacolod physically was like then their provincial cities of today.
    Iloilo richest of clans profelled the businesses of the island with Bacolod as the center. The Lopezes even built them the Banago Pier, to continue transact business with Iloilo who already had the great Muelle Loney, their (Lopezes) shipping company was named after Negros, the Lopezes built the first ever ABS-CBN channel in Bacolod.
    Bacolod boomed in the 60s and 70s but melted down in the new Millennium.
    When Iloilo failed, Bacolod, the heredera, also failed to forward the region, the two cities still wallow in decades-old rivalry, of enviousness and crabbings.
    Basing from the factual turn of events, accounts and whereabouts, ILOILO CITY IS INDEED THE MOTHER CITY OF ALL ILONGGOS, may it be in Luzon in the Visayas or Mindanao and from all over the globe.
    … It was already in the 2000s that Iloilo finally had its city expansion with the good Senator Drilon coming to the rescue of his stagnating native city.
    (Looking back, when Bacolod rapidly boomed in the 60s and 70s, Iloilo admitted their inability to cope with their daughter city).
    Nowadays, every Ilonggo could feel the changes and prosperity in their city since the expansion started, the de-engulping of the city.
    Another City Iloilo is rising at the other side of the river, modern and exciting coupled by positive statistics.

    • rosycheeks says:

      @oiloil. thanks for that inspiring story & you see my grandfather was having a story on me about our city & province.
      He told that in one of those happy-happy nights of the rich and famous Iloilo hacienderos nagkayakagan daw ang mga ito na magnegosyo sa Negros dahil mas maganda raw ang tubu ng tubo kaya iyon ang simula nang pagkapugday sg ekonomiya sg Iloilo.
      Ikinuwento din ng lolo ko nung araw daw sg pagka-Queen City sg Iloilo, maya’t maya daw may shooting ng pelkula sa syudad at ang mga sinehan daw sa Iloilo before the advent of malls puerte kuno kadamo.
      Keep it up, Mr. Oiloil.

  • Vic says:

    @facts_lang , you dont have idea , you just base on government statistical facts ,numbers lang ina gina pakita pero wala nia gina saysay ang toud2 nga problema dira … ballpen lang ina kag papel may statistics kna pero wala nia mabatyagan ang kaimulon dira . youre denying reality of extreme poverty , if you see my facebook you would know , and much of my friends in negros agreed about horrific poverty kay syempre kita nila with their own eye eh ang picture and then they will just add sobra sobra pa ang ila nabal an kung anu kaimulon sang ila munisipyu … , wherever you are in bacolod guru , you did not dare to get out and see for yourself….there bisan 1 km lang ,pakadto murcia….. facts_lang … the problem of poverty in negros indi lang himu-himu ,… its everywhere ,.. its extensive….. ,…. from Bago City , La Carlota , Moises Padilla , Hinigaran , Binalbagan , Isabela , Ilog , Kabankalan , Cauyan , Hinobaan , Sipalay , Cadiz , Victorias , Sagay , Calatrava , Toboso, San Carlos , Escalante etc ,,,and were talking here million upon million of your people are in state of such despair…….. anu panulok ninyu sina sa ila nga sacada nga trapo lang ? …..greater part of community are living in awful poverty , yes true dont deny giving me such statistics…. inubrahan ina sang nga millions of millions of your people nga gakamang sa kaimulon….. they are contributing big money to the government….., they are contributing to the economy ,….. pero in return….. sa ila wala prosperity…..because i check mu ang ila status … much of the household has no care for education , sanitation followed, many people just died in poverty ,,,,, in the hospitals….. kay wala bisan singko wala gd wala pa ma tinluan ang isa ka ektarya inutangan na….. na survey ko wala baso , wala kurtina ,kaldero lang gd , kogon lang gd wala pa kuryente,,, wala wala gd , aga pa sila ato na sa kampo kis ah indi pa kapamahaw ,…dala tubig lang…. gina hakot na sila…. vinagon , and were dealing here millions of population , ubra lang nga ubra hapun na kapuli kay ang gina ubrahan tag 10 Kilometers nga katubuhan …. for the rest of their life liwat liwat lang amu sina…… please do not deny , i see it in my own eye , your statistics in no help para i graphic describe sang sitwasyun dira….. or youre just denying , or youre just too young…… please the more you deny the problem of extreme poverty of millions the more nga gina tabunan ninyu ang inyu problema dira ,maybe wala ninyu ina ma perceived as problems…. wala ka gd sina ka kita sang population dira nga amu sina? sa imu , measure lang sang statistics ,,,,, indi kamu diri mag pinataka lang sang statistics ninyu…. if you want.. Ill invite you next time in my next visit to Negros occidental . You will be with me

  • facts_lang says:

    @Vic, i respect ur opinion but sad to say u wil not b reliable enough in d sense dat it is pretty obvious dat u hav issues dat u r trying to figure out. Lets not b one sided in dis issues, my question hav u ever try to survey ur own province? of course no myb bcos u r afraid of those ghost dat myt appear in ur own survey, admit it or not human nature nana ang magpuna sa mga sala sang iban, in other words ang kalain lang prme mkita ta spcialy in dis issues nga ang dignity sng city/province is at stake baw amo man dayon pngalipay sang iban kung ang mkita nila kalain sang iban. On the othrhand, i will not deny dat some of us are less unfutunate.
    Sin o ang bulag sa aton kay ikaw mismo hndi mka kita ang kpigaduhon da? kaluoy man cmo ky sa iban gani mka spend k tym magdiscover sng kun ano cla kapigado or kakulanagn nila, sa srili mo nga ugsaran di k mka kita. Honestly i hav my fathr living in Cebu while my mother is tumandok sang sta barbara brgy barasan oeste specifically and most of my relatives is now living in miag ao, its funny bcos we dcided to settle hir kung baga pngayaw lng kmi di daw mga NPA kmi no permanent address, d reason we transferd hir is bcos of oppurtunity nga magmayad amon pngabuhi kg luckily nagsuccess man gid carinderia business nmon bisan gamay lng. Kun sa xperience lng sng kapigaduhon na batyagan ko gid na wen we wer living in miag ao kag sta barbs, ikw wla mo p na na xperienc ky sa mga statemnt mo ur implying dat all d best is ara da sa iloilo but no ive xprience it if not most of US xprience not to eat d whole day bcos wla patubas c ttay, in fact as of now most of my relatives wla pa suga s miag ao kg amo man s sta barbara. Hay naku anu n gid ni 2012 na.
    So dont u underestimate d facts/figures/statistics nga gin hatag ko kay inspite of all dis challenges we r encountrng in or country still der is good news dat is happening.
    Ang survey ya survey lng na.. der r some instances dat we over emphasize d records we gathrd unlike ya sa facts/figures/statistics dis was made scientifically and accurately..

    SURVEY- a sampling, or partial collection, of facts, figures, or opinions taken and used to approximate or indicate what a complete collection and analysis might reveal.

    STATISTICS- The branch of mathematics that deals with the collection, organization, analysis, and interpretation of numerical data. Statistics is especially useful in drawing general conclusions about a set of data from a sample of the data.

    In short all we nid is facts/statistics/figures! Hndi ta mag haum haum lang ky dlikado na!

  • facts_lang says:

    As wat my name implies.. FACTS lng!

    Immigration bureau posts P2.20B collection in 2011
    Saturday, April 21, 2012

    THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) collected a total of P2,208,158,425.57 in immigration fees from foreigners in 2011.
    BI-Immigration Regulation Division (IRD) chief Danilo Almeda said the amount is higher by 37.60 percent, or P829,167,146.78 million from the previous year.
    The fees were collected by the bureau’s main office in Intramuros, Manila and the 51 sub-port offices nationwide.
    Bureau statistics showed that the IRD main posted the highest take from January to December 2011 with P908,559,023 million in immigration and express lane fees collected.

    On the other hand, the Cebu district office posted the highest collection among the sub-port offices with a total of P373,673,435.10.
    Aside from Cebu district office, 38 sub-port offices also joined the “Millionaires Club” with an increased collection of more than P1 million while the top ten list of collecting offices were

    Baguio Field Office with P161,904,639.60 in immigration and express lane fees collected;
    Angeles District Office with P142,229,369,
    Davao District Office with P72,922,595,
    Sta. Rosa, Laguna Satellite Office with P66,168,424.14,
    Taytay Satellite Office with P55,476,020,

    Bacolod Field Office with P49,144,299.50,
    Iloilo District Office with P48,436,368.90,

    Olongapo Field Office with P37,886,142, and
    Dumaguete Field Office with P34,934,278.

    However, the amount does not include the collections from the bureau’s other services such as applications for immigrant and non-immigrant visas, employment permit, study permit, special study permit, clearance certification, and other documents a foreigner needs from the agency.
    The IRD enforces rules and regulations, as well as registration of aliens, conducts intelligence and monitoring activities, application of extension of stay and accepts applications of ACR-Icards, and imposes administrative penalties against vessels with international passengers and crews.
    Almeda said the reason foreigners choose to stay in the country is the peaceful atmosphere and the tourist-oriented immigration policies being implemented by Commissioner Ricardo David Jr.
    “Foreigners choose to stay longer in our country because they want to explore the numerous tourist spots we have like the Palawan underground river and other tourist destinations,” he added. (FP/Sunnex

    • facts_lang says:

      a field office that’s higher than the district office? ayayay. what went wrong?

      • tadeo says:

        @facts_lang. Iloilo is not prone to believe you and I suspect that you made retokees on your post about Custom Collections. Iloilo has the international port, the port of call receiving the imported goods from all over the world, they have the regional fishport and the 4th ranking collecting arms of the Bureau of Customs.
        An international Port that is accomdating your sugar export.
        It is indeed a biased report… to effect your insecurities about Iloilo.
        You may try again and go check your facts and figures.
        And who would ever believe you? You lied about being a native of Iloilo and now you are in a-changing color mode.
        And what is that supposed to you if Iloilo is ahead in Customs Collection over Bacolod/Negros Occ.?
        Tsk-tsk-tsk!
        A field collecting office much greater that a District Collections?
        Tell it to the marines, you need to authenticate your facts and figures.

      • Simonette says:

        PALARONG PAMBANSA FLASH REPORT!!! as of 5/07/12 7:30 AM
        @facts_lang go and double check ur economic entries, we doubt the veracity of your reports, BIASED OF COURSE. uhummm RETOKEES!
        IT’S NOT ONLY ECONOMICS LET’S TALK ALSO ABOUT SPORTS.
        Iloilo scored for WV in athletics where they are the champion in WVRAA, at the current palarong pambansa in Pangasinan..
        After the FIRST three athletics EVENTS AT THE PALARONG PAMBANSA 2012, THE ILOILO ATHLETICS TEAM REGISTERED 2 GOLDS AND 1 BRONZE on the day (Sunday, May 6, 2012) that should have been held today Monday (05-07-12) in deferrence to P-NOY opening address.
        NCR was beaten black and blue by WV in Athletics. Thanks to Iloilo team.

      • Semster says:

        WELL YOUR STATISTICS OR YOUR GONE FROM NOWHERE FIGURES ARE ALL ABSOLUTELY LIES..GOOD LUCK TO YOU….

    • Chizmuz says:

      considering Iloilo’s size in population (1.8 M ) and area (4700 sq. km) compare to Negros (over 3 M) and area (7800 sq. km) Iloilo is doing well per capita than Negros. Iloilo City’s population is only 418,000 and area 78 sq. km, Bacolod 531,000 and 168 sq. km.

      Cebu has population over 816,000. Area: 315 sq. km Metro Cebu over 2 M.
      Davao has population over 1.2 M. Area over 1000 sq. km.

      Iloilo is a small area/population city but is comparable to its bigger area/population contempoarary cities such as Bacolod, Baguio, Cebu, Davao.

  • Vic says:

    Announcement : ” We bought land in Iloilo ,and we will be doing projects there starting next year”Joseph M. Yap, Filinvest Land president and chief executive, told reporters following the firm’s annual stockholders’ meeting.
    ” We have been looking for land in Iloilo for a long time because demographically, we deem Iloilo as very high-growth. The province has good income levels, and its population base is relatively big.” said Yap.
    Another Multi-million investors pouring in Iloilo….
    Sabat dira nga tikalon…

    • oiloil says:

      @VIC, wow that’s another good news for Hala Bira Iloilo, My City My Pride!
      And that’s Filinvest huh! One of the causes why Cebu is rising vertically and progressively.
      … And when Iloilo is to begin rising vertically and aping Cebu march to progress (take note of Cebu see Youtube Federal Republic of Cebu), that’s when the time comes nga BATYAG NA GID IYA!

    • tadeo says:

      @Vic, indi ko iya bala tikalon kag insecure kg mahisaon…
      With what you said about Filinvest kadamo sina ang ginpaobra nila sa Cebu. Ti tuod siling ni Mayor Jed that after Cebu and Davao ang Iloilo na gid iya ang puntirya sg mga investors.
      This came in a time nga nangin establisado na ang Bacolod kag wala na sila dapat nga kuhaon pa sa Iloilo.
      So henceforth, the two cities would start equally as you know even Manila had to stagnate giving way to Pasay, Quezon City and Caloocan, until the Makati CBD of Metro Manila.
      Ayon sa obserbasyon, dumarating talaga ‘yang pagka-stagnate sg isa ka city kapag “puno” na ang ila CBD.
      Manila (not Metro) and Iloilo are almost of the same history, now Manila is slowly recovering with infrastructures and Iloilo is doing it right too in these opportune times.

  • facts_lang says:

    yes ur definitely right chizmuz! we shud b united na.
    Ky kun kaisa dw kalain lng bi sng iban maggeneralize kung ikaw man b hambalan kagaw kg kung ano2x pa nga below d belt its unfair lng kung kaisa bla hw! as i was reading sng mga previous comments i was just carried away lng.
    I appologize to all dat i was offended!
    Lets love one another still we r all Filipinos.

    • Mark Segador says:

      Yes at last! Let there be unity and PEACE! For more prosperous WESTERN VISAYAS AND PHILIPPINES!

    • Blakkers5 says:

      facts_lang, I understand of what you feel. amo man na nabatyagan ko when I read all of those comments. Duna na guro sa aton nga mga pilipino ang mga hisa-ay kg dw indi gd mgpaperdi ang tagsa2x which is one of the reasons of sluggish improvement of western visayas. To all on this site: Maybe its time to change our mentality and unite for progress of western visayas. Wala impossible kon tanan kita gahiliusa. Achievements of every city are also achievement of our country. Actually ari ko sbng sa samar(I was assigned here) and nahidlaw na gid ko sa Bacolod kg Iloilo because of its unique beauty. Lets STOP thinking of weaknesses of the 2 cities but instead, lets START suggest plans & projects on how to improve more our region.

      • tadeo says:

        @vic. ti ina ang ginapatihan kg pabugal nila sa gihapon nga they are the richest city kag province kuno sila?
        Ang ginapatihan man sa gihapon nila nga tinion pa sg 60s kg 70s ang mga panahon nga ini. Sa totoo lang tapos na ang maliligayang araw sa pagkaroon sadto sg ginapala-ginapiko.
        Nagbugtaw sila sa ila banwa nga manggaranon, kumbaga nasanay ina sila sa kahumangayaon, pero the statistics would destroy their beliefs, but it’s not that easy for them to realize.
        Bacolod has been the Overrated City of the South that even moviestars would always say such as this, “I just came from my Tito’s hacienda in Bacowlowd!”

      • paiburong says:

        @Blakkers5 Ganun? Eh sino nga ba ang nahisa kag tikalon haw??? Kag sino bala ang ginhalinan sining “indi magpapierde”?
        That’s why Iloilo folks have been telling Bacolodnon to go to Cebu sites.
        Ti amo gid man ina ang reyalidad, extension city man lang ang Bacolod sg Iloilo just like Manila is to Pasay, Caloocan, Quezon cities and Makati-Mandaluyong, Taguig.
        Now is the opportune time for Iloilo to progress, indi tani hala sila diri iya gapaugat kag makipagdebatehan sa Iloilo in the process making mockeries and maligning the people and city of Iloilo.
        Indi ugali iya sg mga taga-Iloilo ang maghala-kadto sa Bacolod sites kag makipag-away pa.
        loilo is so sure of herself, it doesn’t have insecurities to any cities not even Cebu and Davao.
        Iloilo is trying to recoup old lost glories and progress on his own, dahil wala naman silang maaasahan sa Bacolod, na hindi nagawa ng Bacolod to dislodge Cebu despite being the extension city of of the Original Queen City of South Iloilo.

    • Tadeo says:

      ILOILO IS DEVELOPING FAST . . .
      Accdg. to the ILOILO BUSNESS CLUB, Iloilo is (now) not only developing FAST but in fact, VERY VERY FAST ! ! !
      Soon condo towers would dominate Iloilo skyline making the other city in Western Visayas a veritable fan city.

  • Vic says:

    @facts_lang , nalibot ko man ang Iloilo Aklan kag Capiz , its remotest places . iba gd dira ya… hou may ari di sa Iloilo kung less fortunate ang paghambalan , pero kung pamangkotun ko high school graduate mostly bisan sa bukid sang lambunao leon kag kipot Janiuay , kumpleto may pulvos , may radio , may antepara , and combine all of these ,and factor other belongings such as kanding baka lubi/niyog etc ( DSWD ) objective scoring. sa Barasalon Janiuay , time to time may ara byahe etc , then i contrast ta ina dira sa Ma-ao Bago City , sa Sagay , sa DS Binedicto , ang balay sang tawu maayu pa ang gina higtan sang balay sang manok dira sa San Dionesio …ok? wala ko gapalagpat mag assess… updi ko dasun sa Negros , pakita ko sa imu ang nga picture here versus there… wala labis wala kulang ina… wala tinikal wala hinabok storya…

  • Vic says:

    facts_lang , you know what happened the moment negros Occidental will seperate as region? . it will result to immenent poverty that will triple the poverty there. yes daku inyu income pero wala ina sia gabalik sa tawu ,3 kamu ka million dira however ang pamangkot ang gina pangabudlayan ninyu dira sakto lang i absorved sang government kag few elite . wala nio ina ma notice? few people control the wealth..and the rest , endless cycle of labor , meaning its the government mismo ang gapa impoverish sa tawu dira , bugtaw na , pamangkota tanan expert sa economics whats the cause of extremeve poverty dira , ang community wala ma empower , wala gina balik sa ila ang share sang production nila…ato tanan gina ot-ot sang banks and national government , daw Africa bala , ga ubra sila sa farm pero , amu man japun gakamang sa kaimulon , please think…. damu di nag milyunaryu sa Iloilo tungod dira ,,,, di ba? wala na nag mangadan ang Lopez , Locsin , Araneta , Ledesma , jalandoni , Montinola of Jaro and Molo kung wala dira …tungung milyun ang hakot nila nga kuarta dira sa plantasyun , damu banko diri nag open sa Iloilo kay dira nila i tago-un ina… ti kita mu na subung kung anu? …

  • Vic says:

    Average Family Income: 110,114 (2000) Iloilo
    Average Family Income: 73,923 (2000)Negros occidental

    • tadeo says:

      @Vic. Biya na gid ang Negros Occ., their province is under feudalism in the modern times.
      I would like to add that the present town of Oton would soon be converted into a city after Passi, what with the bigger SM Supermall and Gaisano Capital extending their competition to capture the low-profiled but moneyed Iloilo Southerners, thereby giving new and true meaning to/of “METRO ILOILO”.
      HALA BIRA ILOILO, WIGIT NA SILA!!!
      Natutuwa lang ‘ko amo nga gusto kong mag-LOL as in HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

  • tadeo says:

    GOOD NEWS 2 DAYS AGO
    ILOILO AIRPORT IS NOW LABELLED AS THE ILOILO INTL. AIRPORT AND INITIALLY WOULD CATER, DIRECT TO AND FRO FLIGHTS TO HOMECOMING BALIKBAYANS (OFWS) FROM SINGAPORE AND HONG KONG AND KOREA AND OTHER PARTS OF THE GLOBE!
    THANKS TO SEN. FRANKLIN DRILON,CONG. TRENAS, GOV. DEFENSOR AND MAYOR JED MABILOG.
    MABUHAY ANG ILOILO!

    • Simonette says:

      @tadeo. Mabuhay, napaluha ako, happy na gid ako… The making of Iloilo International Aiport encountered various steps and difficulties before being awarded by Philippine Aviation authorities and it is just fitting that it would happen first in Iloilo, proving once and for all that Iloilo is indeed the vanguard of progress in Western Visayas and having the rightful title, the Regional Center.
      Expect that more travel agencies, tour organizers, booking offices, etc. to transpire in Iloilo City in the months to come.
      Hala Bira Iloilo, My City My Pride!

  • Vic says:

    @oiloil , yeah , regionally , Region 7 where Cebu belongs is poor province compare to Region 6 , and there are million hungry mouth to feed there .
    @tadeo , very informative about your international flights updates, that will make Iloilo nearer to International Community Yes thats true , Southern Ilongos people are humble despite they have money to spend. Yet , they are not showy. so also the Central Part and to the Northen Part , considerable part of population have good devotion to education because college schools are everywhere in Leganes , Zaraga , Pototan , Passi City , Barotac Nuevo , Dumangas , Viejo , Ajuy , Sara and Estancia . About feudalism in Negros , thats a sad and real story , About Gaisano , it is confident to put up business in Iloilo althrough the towns were in small population . in Oton , thats true , its being constructed , that will bring another employment to the area. because similarly its the same population that of Passi City around 80, 000… in Negros theres two San Carlos and kabankalan City with 150,000 and 200,000 Population… the picture shows in Iloilo although the population is low. the spending capacity of Ilongo is bigger than that of negros… probably , in Negros smaller part of population have money to buy something in the mall.

  • Vic says:

    @facts_lang and negros_1st …
    Poverty incidence in the Philippines in 1994 was 35.5%.
    take a look…
    Poverty incidence rates were
    35.8% in Cagayan de Oro City <——— very very poor
    23.3% in Bacolod City <————- naga segunda , reality hurts
    19.4% in Zamboanga City
    13.7% in Davao City
    13.2% in Baguio City
    12.2% in Cebu City <———— Look at this
    10.3% in Iloilo city- sige lang , importante ka kaun ah
    8.0% in Metro Manila
    Family Income and Expenditure Survey (FIES) data are at the national level, and this study is the first attempt to go down to the city level. The objectives of the study are the following:
    1) to determine the similarities and the differences between the poor and nonpoor housheolds;
    2) to compare the poor in Metro Manila with their counterpart in the other highly urbanized cities of Baguio, Bacolod, Iloilo, Cebu, Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro, and Davao;
    3) to determine if there are differences among the rural poor of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao; and
    4) to determine the implications of the above objectives in terms of poverty alleviation programs and policies.

  • Vic says:

    @facts_lang and negros_1st
    Education is one best indicator of one’s economic condition.
    Lowest in Enrollment Rate , Highest in Drop-out rate in 6 school divisions in Elementary and High School.
    1. Silay Division
    2. Bago Division
    3. Kabankalan Division
    4. Sagay Division
    5. San Carlos Division
    6. Negros Occidental division.
    It is the lowest all over the country in 2009 . The is always factored upon on worsening of literacy rate , increase of the Child Mortality Rate and gives dim hope for economic development of families.
    Data Source: Department of Education and Knowledge Management Division of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)

  • Chizmuz says:

    I am sure this forum is intended to be informed about Iloilo’s progress, not to malign it.
    For those who are not aware, it is consider “bastos” to downgrade Iloilo’s reputation for the sake of divisive argument. I’m sure it is not the intention of some but others needs to be told.

    For the information of all.
    Iloilo city’s area is small about 78 square kilometers with a population of 418,000.It’s population density is comparable to the densities of metropolitan cities Hong Kong and Tokyo. (its density s half that of tokyo.)Iloilo lost (statistically) more population and area by voting in favor of establishing Guimaras sub province into a full-fledged province.This unselfish act made Iloilo ever more bonded to Guimaras rather than divided from.But Ilongoos are now evrywhere in Metro Manila, Laguna, Cavite, Negros (they are now called Negrense), South Cotabato, Davao. (Because of these migration/Ilonggo diaspora, we are now connected by flights to GenSan, CagayandeOro, Davao)

    Now, Iloilo province is smaller around 4700 sq. km and a population of 1.8 M.

    Compare to Negros Occidental, area is 7,800 sq. km, one of the largest in the country. Pop. 2.8 M
    Bacolod is a large city, area 163 sq. km Pop. 531,000
    So naturally, Negros have a lot of advantages already in population, area, its volcanic rich lands suitable to sugarcane and Bacolod is its center.Its full potential is yet to be tapped given its large population and rich land with strong tourism potential(mambukal, sagay, silay,etc).

    Iloilo, Antique, Capiz combined is still small in population than Negros (though a little bit bigger in area)
    Thus, Bacolod serves a bigger population and about the same area as the three provinces combined.

    Iloilo with its small area and population (smaller than even Cebu or Cagayan de Oro, Davao and Zamboanga) is doing bigger than it seems to be. It serves the entire Western Visayas and beyond. It is flourishing economically, commercially and politicaly. Its international port and airport is ranked third or fouth behind Cebu, Davao and Manila. In fact it is considered to be the gateway to the flourishing Western Visayas through the Iloilo International Airport. And I think this set-up will not change, even by those so jealous of Iloilo’s prominence, to the entire Western Visayas.

    Parallel with the fast development of Bacolod and Negros, we need more explored tourism for areas still undeveloped. Its good that Negros through the prominent haciendero families who penetrated politics and show bizness have developed their local and foreign tourism through their marketing. Maybe they can help improve Iloilo’s tourism too as this was mentioned by airline companies why Iloilo has yet to have international flights (bacolod had its first chartered flight this year but it was just seasonal for the golf course)it lack plans for tourism attractions aside from Dinagyang and Iloilo’s old churches.

    For your information.Cheers!

  • Vic says:

    @Ekratives , Negros in 1846 has population of only 35, 007 . Its very dangerous land to live in due to raiding muslim pirates from Sulo. Spain did not mind the place . They did not built concrete churches . Priest are vacating the thick vegetations and 25% of people are dying of Malaria. It was almost africa.

    • rosycheeks says:

      @vic w/ negros-1st. Negros/Bacolod have been aided before and for a very long time by Iloilo and now that they could could stand on their feet, still they are agitating Iloilo for what?
      Pasay, Quezon Caloocan and Makati cities are known as the EXTENSION cities of Manila.
      And Bacolod is also the extension city of Iloilo, no doubt about that.
      Manila and Iloilo stagnated becoz of these extensions. Its only now that Manila have its share of infrastructures and so do the vast improvements on Iloilo with the biggest promise of Gaisano Capital’s 40-storeys soon to be built in Iloilo, the tallest structure outside Metro Manila.

    • tadeo says:

      @vic. lumaki lang ang population nila negros_ist kg fact_lang dahil sa mga farm workers sa mga katubuhan mostly coming from various parts of RP.
      At daytime amo man gihapon ang bcd population, unlike sa Iloilo nga gatimbuok iya sa sobra isa ka million ang ga-shopping, galagaw-lagaw kg magproseso sg papeles sa aton city.
      Y despues mabakal ang kalakal sg syudad, damo kuwarta.

  • tadeo says:

    5/7/12 7:30AM FLASH REPORT!!!
    2 golds and 1 bronze for the 1st three events…
    Iloilo WV Champ in Athletics team registered the 1st athletics gold medal for the region in the current Palarong Pambansa in Pangasinan.
    Another gold-bronze finish were registered in long jumps and shot put again courtesy of WV-Iloilo Athletics team.

  • Vic says:

    @Tadeo , simmonette and rosycheeks….
    Superlative news
    For the First Time in History of Philippines and Iloilo
    From Time of President Manuel Roxas to Gloria Arroyo , a BIggest Project of Korea is underway in Iloilo.. Eleven Billion Fund is given to Iloilo for Jalaur River that will increase irrigation and eventually increase yield of metric ton of rice , sugarcane vegetables , potentiating Iloilo Title as ” Food Basket of Philippines” without depending from imports . This will bolster the thousand upon thousand jobs in Iloilo. I fancy , it will build hydro-electric power , and water pipelines are 80% complete from Pototan to Leganes ,

  • Vic says:

    @tadeo , that is a statement of fact , the population of bacolod city is exploding and it poses a problem because it will strain the local government of food suffeciency and the increasing the informal settlers in the City.

    • The food sufficiency of Negros Occ/Bacolod began to strain in the early 80s when the sugar industry had its downfall and until now. The poor have been suffering much, reason why Bacolod is filled with informal settlers, the bunches of groups misplaced as farm workers. Their leaders could have told them to plant rice, rootcrops poultry-raising, drying fish etc. in some of the fields instead of purely sugarcanes in times like these.
      Whereas Iloilo, the known bread basket in Panay Island could always double their production ouput with Jalaur project in tow, and they even been able to send surplus produce in Metro Manila.
      When the time comes that Iloilo population could swell because of imminent progress, by all means the law of supply and demand could do the trick. Just like Think Big, Think Iloilo!
      Iloilo now is only the 9th largest city in the country, mas malaki pa nga ang Gensan and Bacolod.
      If the foreseen problem is about food sufficiency, well even Metro Manila, wonder how they could fed 19 million, with most produce coming from the provinces, of course.
      And even if Iloilo population would double in the coming years, I believe it’s a welcome sign as businesses could only survive through consumerism and clienteles who mostly could come from the migratory workers, businesses are going to send their abled men to safeguard their investments. Ilonggo retirees from abroad, balibayans etc.
      Even rich families from the adjacent provinces might try to live a new vibrant life in some towering condos while their sons and daughters are studying in Iloilo.
      It always feel good to write about Our City Our Pride Iloilo!

  • Moonleaf Iloilo says:

    Moonleaf Iloilo will have its soft opening on the 18th of May 2012.
    The Shop is in front of Iloilo central elementary school besides assumption and Lumpiga Resto Bar. See You there.
    Moon Leaf Tea Shop serves authentic and freshly brewed COLD Milk Tea that beat up the heat! Experience a Different Kind of Brew! Bringing Iloilo to the Next Level! Hala Bira!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Moonleaf Iloilo says:

    Moonleaf Iloilo will have its soft opening on the 18th of May 2012.
    The Shop is Located in front of Iloilo Central Elementary School besides Assumption and Lumpiga Resto Bar. See You there!.
    Moon Leaf Tea Shop serves authentic and freshly brewed COLD Milk Tea that will beat up the heat! Experience a Different Kind of Brew! Bringing Iloilo to the Next Level! Hala Bira!!!!!!!!!!!

  • apol says:

    go PRC ILOILO! hahahaha wala lang.

  • Vic says:

    thanks asenso_iloilo I am glad to invite you to edit my write ups about Iloilo you could be a good editor for history culture language custums here … my website
    http://ilongo.weebly.com/

  • Tadeo says:

    ILOILO IS THE IDOL CITY OF BACOLOD
    1.In the mid-60s Bacolod had its heyday, with the sugar boom and with the staging of the Public Schools Interscholastic Athletics Association meet at the new and vibrant Paglaum Sports Complex. The realization of the complex was through the effort of then Gov. Alfredo Montelibano, the great sportsman himself and to host the PSIAA Meet then, now called the Palarong Pambansa. Montelibano bankrolled even came to the extent of having superstar student athletes recruited from the other regions to champion the WV Paglaum stable. But it all died a natural death.
    25 years later in 1991 it was Iloilo’s turn to host the Palarong Pambansa at the newly refurbished Iloilo Normal School grounds, now the West Visayas State University and the Iloilo Sports Complex was born, the first in Western Visayas to have the rubberized track oval. The Palaro was very successful with Western Visayas dislodging NCR for the championship. The complex could only boast of its outdoor swimming pool and the modest slim but spanning grandstand filled with distracting columns that hinders spectators’ view of the ongoing sports activities in the outfield.
    It was the deterioriation start of the Paglaum Sports Complex, the once toast-of- the-region complex that became forgettable but still looking grandiose with the biggest capacity grandstand in Western Visayas, as Bacolodnon would like to equalize their idol Iloilo. From Paglaum they would march to Panaad stadium.
    Bacolod could have just refurbished Paglaum with rubberized oval, but they wanted so much Panaad as their sports showcase, and so it was done in agoho-filled Mansilingan claiming the precious lands in the tiny Bacolod.
    2. When news conflagrated that the Iloilo airport was to be sold and to build a modern facility at the outskirt of the city, Bacolodnon wouldnt be left out, the follow Iloilo’s initiative building their Bacolod-Silay Aiport, again to use the massive lands in the tiny Bacolod.
    3. When news circulated that Iloilo was planning to build their new City Hall, Bacolod wouldn’t again be left out of their idol city. They built their new City Hall ahead of time in a land as big as their capitol grounds, still eating the most precious lands in the tiny Bacolod.
    4. Bacolod would reclaim lands from the sea with a billion peso BREDCO but consuming a lot of lots from within the tiny Bacolod so long as it could idolize Iloilo.
    5. When iloilo was to connect the city to Guimaras with a modern bridge, Bacolod would also have a bridge linking them to Guimaras at all cost. But alas becoming a Wishful Thinking Bridge.
    6. Bacolodnon worried a lot when after 20 years they still didn’t have the SM Mall, when Iloilo had already 5.
    7. All these leads to somebody commenting on this site that they are ‘The Most Confused City’ in the Visayas, such minor but supplemental issue with their traffic enforcers vending chicharon as their govt. couldn’t afford them salaries on time.
    8. Their city gov’t. would like to eradicate the proliferation of gambling activities in the city, but who knows when.
    9. Power and water supplies are the chronic problems of their city, but they would rather see what’s new and ongoing in Iloilo. Bacolod would idolize iloilo to some extent but not keen with the power-water supplies.
    10. Bacolod continue to falter inspite of the blessings being the sugar capital of the country, their being the heredera of the once richest Original Queen City of the South Iloilo. Now, they could have idolized Cebu, instead, to move on and not to wallow in decades-old rivalry with their mother city.

  • Vic says:

    tadeo , very well-said

  • Darlene says:

    Hello Iloilo I Love!

    I really appreciate you sharing the improvement that is being done to Iloilo. Ilonggos love Iloilo alright and regardless of what others says about it, it will always be the City that we LOVE.

    Iloilo City is so full of history and we need to be reminded of it. Our city government is spending a lot of time and money for the city’s improvement and that is very commendable.

    Thank you, Mark, for taking your precious time to share about everything that is happening in Iloilo. I cannot wait to see you next year! :))

  • carlo says:

    hulata nyo matapus ang megaworld bala

  • Ekratives says:

    Hay. After reading everything, may pumasok na namang bagong manggugulo. Caloy, sana naman STOP na? Pwede? If you have nothing to say important and helpful in the development of Iloilo City, be open minded. You sound funny. Imbis tudlukan mo na ang gamu, gindabukan mo na naman? I thought Negrenses are PEACE-LOVING people? If I were you, make your own blog and boast everything that Bacolod can be proud of because that way mapuslan ka sang dakbanwa mo.

  • Vic says:

    His post were deleted anyway because it’s counterproductive.
    It’s also not encourage whatsoever especially if it’s full of deceit.
    Much had happened to me in exploreiloilo.com because the attack were directed to me not about the topic . All those were under the discretion of the owner of the blog whether he get rid of those nasty cyberbully its up to him/her anyways unless and presumably , encouraging it.
    Bacolod City is a nice place , with numerous development too and whats bad is when they are trying to disparage iloilo while putting thier place into a pedestal.
    No matter how hard they try , bacolod will always be a second rate . it was a deep jungle cleared mostly by ilongos through establishing their vast hacienda so the economy thrived through decades and into a century.
    Because its capital city where there are plenty of opportunity , a great number of poor migrant negrense left their place to settle into Bacolod City , thousand upon thousands , they populated the land , however , as you can see unlike in Iloilo , it has only one church versus iloilo city have 5 central churches in Villa , Molo , Lapaz , Jaro and Iloilo City and with corresponding municipio , clear indication that each district has enough money to construct those…
    Now , Bacolod had moved further , middle class is rising and quite a number is living a good life , its a good story , and what makes it bad story is when they are beginning to trash Iloilo City , the very core of Negros Occidental . Nowhere a rich Negrense had settled to Iloilo to found an hacienda , often , it’s the reverse , An Ilongo will settle in Negros to seek that fortune the sugar could offer and many ilongos had amassing wealth due to such sugarlandia.
    Iloilo will not have to complain about what going on good on in Bacolod City , If they have level-up enough to make them more prosperous than Iloilo so much the better .
    They should focus their attention on how to address social issue such as their extensive ghetto though it’s very hard to deal with in matter of year or two because of one great factor. Negros Occidental is second to Cebu in poverty ranking . How can the government had to address this? its difficult when you have only few people working , few taxes are collected and hundred thousand mouth to feed , hard to maintain roads , hospitals. The remaining wealthy had some control of the wealth and getting richer everytime .. More and more people are born and the cycle begins.
    What are we doing ask yourself to help ease the pain ? to rant and then to trash other places? … please don’t. you should have get out the touch the lives of your fellow bacolodnon and look at their heart very closely they are in pain from the opppresive system. what we think is what we speak , it becomes our habit and then our character .
    Iloilo have its own issues to deal with and its too big that it needs interplay of multisectoral institutions in matter of time . and then to make this place a good place to live to work and raise a family in a soceity that is willing to help you grow spiritually and culturally.
    So i hope this might have help.

  • Ilonggo/Negrense says:

    hi everyone.im a halfblood.half ilonggo, half negrense.whatever developments iloilo has, it would directly or indirectly help Bacolod’s economy and whatever developments Bacolod has would also be shared to Iloilo because we belong under one region.the rivalry between two cities has been around since time immemorial.our generation should put an end to this.it is already the globalization era.let us help one another.ONE REGION 6!ONE VISAYAS!ONE PHILIPPINES! :)

    • Mark Segador says:

      @ Ilonggo/Negrense yes, i agree with you 100%. there is only one western visayas because we all share the same roots, same dialect, same customs, culture and heritage. this rivalry among the twin cities is counterproductive. the gain of one is the gain of all, and the loss at one is a loss for all. go united western visayas!

    • rosycheeks says:

      @Ilonggo/Negrense… GLOBALIZATION? ARE YOU KIDDING?
      Globalization as you can see is a ploy of the Western countries to siphon the economy of the East. It’s a one-sided affair.
      And if Globalization is applicable between provinces in one particular region, is it not academic where Bacolod, with their one dozen other cities do the globalization between themselves, also with Dumaguete and Cebu?
      I wonder why you would always like to globalized with Iloilo and not keen on globalizing yourselves in your province.
      In the past Bacolod had already globalized Iloilo and it is now an opportune time to globalized Bacolod with preferrably provinces and cities outside the WV region. In this case Bacolod could amass ROI with their intended globalization inside the WV region and not getting the ROI from within the region.
      I must pressume you got this one right!

  • Semster says:

    Hi Mr.MARK SEGADOR, I WOULD LIKE TO SUGGEST TO YOU IF YOU CAN POSSIBLY CLEAN SITE WITH THIS MALICIOUS ARGUMENTS AND PROMOTIONAL WRITE-UPS. THANK YOU. BTW I’M AN ILONGGO AND GOD BLESS YOU.

  • Vic says:

    @rosycheeks hello, please add iloilo next big thing in facebook.
    thanks, see you there ,

  • MUDpackers says:

    BACOLOD and ILOILO should unite if we can remember during MBA years CEBU vs. NEGROS SLASHERS are arch enemies,why bullying ILO – BACOLOD when we are still as one considering Ilonggos but not all from BCD because half of it are Cebuanos. Cebu as the Queen City dominates in terms of Infra,BPO, etc. But for BCD-ILO it’s time for us to shine the problem for both cities leaders are not enough to served that’s why we are still behind from Davao,CDO,Batangas,Pampanga,GenSan… Even thou we have popular actors,actresses and politicians nothing is happening!!!!

  • Vic says:

    ironically, greatest concentration of poors are from negros and cebu
    and cebu rank top and negros second in whole Philippines

  • MUDpackers says:

    so mga people sa Iloilo manggaran? duh! sir vic don’t be bias, Bisan diin ka sa Pilipinas my pigado!! anung ginkaun da sa Iloilo haw? duh it’s an insult to Cebu and Negros…Masbate and Maguindanao ang pinakapigado!!! Excuse lng ko d ha ky daw sala si Sir Vic eh!!!Pareho lng ta tanan if makakaun ka sa 5 star hotel,makbuy ka Pamtop,have your own business.go abroad,…please open your’e EYES!!!!you are definitively WRONG!!!!WRONG!!!

  • Vic says:

    @MUDpackers,,,why you are furious?….do calm…… read read read, i am saying about ranking “greatest concentration of poors are from negros and cebu”… release by National Economic Dev Authority”….I am extremely confident NEDA wasnt insulting Cebu and Negros…. youre insulted?… open your brains … it was no objectIve of NEDA to insult… and lastly dont take it personally…and keep your cool… I will fax you anytime of report or if not discuss by the phone if you want

  • Vic says:

    @palm_rock palanga, I been to SM in year 1983 pa.. not 1990 ha… and also Gaisano … thank you for shedding light and giving contrast between the two.

  • gurgz says:

    hi guys grabe ka init xang debaate nyo dre ba. iloilo vs bacolod. i was born in iloilo but i studied my collage in bacolod and work there but i keep update my self about the progress of iloilo from time to time and i know also the progress of bacolod. bacolod really is, a nice place. in fact named as the best place to live in the PH years ago, for iloilo not to bad cuz it ranked number 3 or 4?. progress are greatly affected by politics, so we have to watch out our leaders and future leaders. in my own opinion, im very confident to the leaders of iloilo than in bacolod. the unity of iloilo leaders take a lot of advantage than bacolod. both province governor are equally performing well. another factor that greatly contribute is the education department. iloilo has a lot to offer regarding this subject than in bacolod. malls- still iloilo got the advantage but watch-out for bacolod, ayala land has a great plan for bacolod. call centers- bacolod has more call centers than iloilo( correct me if wrong). water supply-energy supply-human supply- iloilo has new power source, budget approved water supply source, well educated human resourece, while bacolod still debating how to add powwer source, looking for potential water source but can provide human resource. i

  • Mudpackers says:

    You’re right Gurgz, problems in Bacolod, politicians never unite they have their own plans even if we look backward 20 decades had past.. Iloilo has the less call center than in Bacolod and it’s true because we rank no.2 after Cebu outside MNL. Anyhow, good news that Iloilo had flights in Hongkong and Singapore…We can’t have it yet because it’s our Airport is under renovation (toink!) Megaworld also have big plans for Iloilo, Ayala is already in Bacolod and Negros “it’s a done deal”..What we are waiting is a massive construction here!!!
    ~~ Iloilo my pride!!Bacolod my Smile ~~

    • gurgz says:

      It’s a good news then, ayala has a lot to offer in bacolod, i saw their promising plans around capitol building. oOn the other hand, megaword in iloilo has massive construction that is going on.It’s nice to know this cities growing together. iloilo had already additional energy supply to cater future investment for iloilo, also mega-dam is on its way with billions of funds. Again, politics play a vital role to achieve this important ingredients in our economy, from mabilog-trenas-defensor-drillo-aquino you see the level of team work. they can gather bigger funds for huge project. bacolod’s major, congressman, governor are doing great individually, but they missed crucial part to positive outcomes, that is unity. hoping some day they will help each other hand in hand. regarding the international flight, im very happy that iloilo had international flights scheduled. lets pray for positive response for travelers and commuters.

    • cricket says:

      But Ayala has also plans to build their CBD near Megaworld and even Ayala Center near AVIDA Village. yes for now bacolod had a numberof BPO Companies. but sooner more BPO Companies coming once the Megaworld’s IT Park is operational. Medyo nag lie low ung BPO sa Iloilo during the time when Iloilo has a power shortage. But this time around, unti-unti ng bumabalik. watch out for it..Iloilo is gonna outranked Sta. Rosa, Laguna and Davao in terms of BPO Companies operation.right now kasi, very near ung gap. so theres a chance talaga. It cant be denied in the next 5 years Iloilo will be in the top 3 after Manila and Cebu.

      • cricket says:

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        Iloilo eyes top spot in country’s next wave cities

        By Elsa S. Subong
        Friday 4th of May 2012
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        ILOILO CITY, May 4 (PIA6) — Iloilo City is now aiming for the top spot among the country’s next wave cities, after it ranked fourth in 2011.

        The 2011 survey was conducted by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Business Processing Association of the Philippines, showing Iloilo City fourth next to the top three which were Davao; Sta. Rosa, Laguna; and Bacolod City.

        The city has potentials, with its colleges and universities producing sufficient human resources, stable electricity, available infrastructure, and relatively good peace and order situation, according to Joven Tansi, Executive Director of Iloilo Federation for Information Technology.

        Tansi said cities are ranked according to location, infrastructure support, business environment and human resources.

        He said Iloilo City was positioned higher than Bacolod City before, but infrastructure issues have overtaken the ranking.

        “But there is no competition between the two cities as they complement each other,” Tansi said, “as Iloilo City supplies the needed human resources of Bacolod City,” he added.

        He also said Bacolod City pushes Iloilo should other locators look for areas to transfer to.

        “For the next wave cities, we are vying for number one post,” Tansi said. (JCM/ESS-PIA 6, Iloilo)

  • Justine says:

    Gina basa ko di ang mga comments. Daw wala untat ang debatehay di bacolod vs iloilo. Kung sino man ni nag himo sang website please lang delete mo ang negative comments coming from iloilo and bacolod debaters. And to Sir Vic and sa iban2x pa gd da most of your comments are published here. ( Sir Vic) I think may access kadi sa sini nga website or blog kag nakita ta man ka sa iban2x nga blogs or websites. Try mo i stop ang negative comments against negros and bacolod city and even cebu kay kalaw-ay sa panunlukan sang mga visitors sa blog na ini.Kung gina monitor ini nga blog kung sino man ang may access sini. Indi ni tani mag inamo ni ang mga visitors sa inyo nga blog.

  • Vic says:

    The best effort of government is to address poverty and expansion of Middle-Class.
    Construction could be a good mask for Oligarchy that rich is getting richer and poor is sinking to abject poverty. Growth rate is meaningless when the big parcel of it is only shared by the rulers while the ruled being economically oppresed.

  • Mensa Negros says:

    @Vic: Somehow I could appreciate your arguments. Two out of 10 arguments, give or take. But your grammar is horrible, even laughable. Please stick with Hiligaynon. I think you’ll fare better with that.

  • Vic says:

    @Mensa Negros, I don’t take orders, no offence , This is no English Class , you may start to tutor nearest to you. Charity begins at home

  • Vic says:

    @Mensa Negros, since you raise grammar issue. I will be helpful too.
    1.Somehow I could appreciate your arguments<— it's out of context, nobody can read your mind so you lack here supporting statement , the conditional "If"
    2. Two out of 10 arguments, give or take<—–Fundamental error, if you mean here the first statement , it needs insertion of "maybe" as connector signifying homogenous theme. the correct term for give or take is two-way street conversation.
    3. Americans are not fond of using " stick" in this case, speak give "justice"
    4. youll fare<– is highly confusing, it could have been "fair". But standard English might say "You're a lot better than that"…
    5. I think <—— It's not necessary for Native Speakers unless otherwise they felt or prompted to use it. "I think "is way common for Hispanic sentence construction , were neither Spanish or speakuing in spanish.
    I am putting end in this…
    Have a good time.
    And don't forget. Please pay your taxes.

  • Vic says:

    @Justine hello, This blog is about Iloilo , and for every reasons that goodwill should be observed at the utmost . Everytime visitors have to trash Iloilo , me as Ilongo is prompted to defend and counter using statements of facts. More often than not, hellraisers do not come from here . Good news, these past few days , areas who used to be flooded are not flooding anymore. wow.~ :)

  • Mudpackers says:

    i read some comments on the other thread,i don’t understand why they are keep fighting each other about the developments in Bacolod and Iloilo?both cities have the same kind of life,leisure,infra,schools,etc. What we need for this Region is Unity. Manila and Cebu is totally congested and polluted. Reason that Davao is the best City because of it’s unique pattern in terms of Urban Planning. Not just Iloilo nor Bacolod would be the next wave city i believe Tacloban or Bohol can be but problems there are weather. Businessman always prevail while layman’s fail. Think about it no need for us to debate that is really ridiculous!

  • Vic says:

    @Mensa Negros , hihihi that’s the way I talk , sorry If am bit abrasive I was just real prompted to say my personal economic philosophy , It’s too foolish to conclude they are right though in my perspective of belief they are true and an expert opinion. I had given my web for the history that I am workin for , you may leave there a message, hello btw.

  • Vic says:

    @Mensa Negros youre from Negros and I am from Iloilo, that’s a tale from two cities :) hihihi , were ocean’s apart and that talking in person is very hard thing for us to do .

  • Jaro Boy says:

    Don’t be so proud of our place, Vic we’re still behind from Cebu and Davao…Some projects are not yet approved and promises are made to be broken… Iloilo is a lousy place, Bacolod is bit boring, both cities have nothing to prove,too ambitious…that’s reality!!

    • Lifesaver says:

      If you want to be a great salesman you have to own what you are selling. If you want someone to come to your place you have to love your home/place first. if you want to attract people to visit your area you have to be proud of it even how lowly or humble it is. If you are talking about great infrastructure we are still miles and miles away from Cebu and Davao but we are getting there in our own time and pace.

      I am living in Dubai right now but soon I will be leaving for the United States. My Philippine address is Rizal because my immediate family is there. But whenever I went home in the Philippines, there was no single year that I did not go home to Iloilo. Still, Iloilo is a home to me and I am very……very proud of it. But if I chose to retire in the Philippines, I will select Iloilo, either in the city or in the province.

      Since you talk about reality, I want to talk a bit of it. Let me cite an example, hmmmm……how about Dubai to make it more ambitious. Dubai is such a beautiful and majestic place comparable to New York with lots of skyscrapers. You would really think that you are in a first world country. If you are going to compare the infrastructure set up of Dubai and Abu Dhabi (the capital city of the United Arab Emirates) you would also think that Dubai is the capital city. But looks could be deceiving. Abu dhabi’s city center is small and not as grandiose as Dubai. Some cities in Metro Manila are even better looking compared to Abu Dhabi but the quality of living of its people is better there. There are a lot of factors why Abu Dhabi is better despite it has not yet reached its full potential. 1. They have the resources as the second largest producer of oil in GCC. In short they are rich compared to Dubai 2. The population is small in which the government can easily provide for its citizen their basic needs and services. 3. They live by their means. Their progress happens in its own time and pace. They are not in a hurry. By being prudent in spending, some of the big companies and even the tallest building in the world which was previously owned by Dubai is now owned by the Abu Dhabi ruler.

      For some minute information, Dubai in 1971 was just an ordinary fishing village, just like Iloilo. They dont have a lot of resources compared to Abu Dhabi but what transformed this city to what it is today?…..They are ambitious….they dream to become great and they are proud of their place and heritage. In the same context that most Ilonggos, including me, are proud of our heritage and culture. I am one of those who are hopeful that someday we will regain our lost glory. There is nothingttlers wrong about dreaming and working on those dreams to come into reality. If you are not proud of your place then what else can you be proud of?

      What I want to drive out here is that, Iloilo may be minuscule in appearance compared to Cebu or Davao but the quality of life in iloilo is at par with those cities. May we be lacking in high rises and big businesses but we can move freely there and the government can provide well for our people. Every problem in society is slowly but surely being addressed by our leaders(ex. flooding, drainage, garbage, pollution, informal settlers, and restoration, conservation and rehabilitation of our heritage sites). Those HUC of Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao may look progressive but the ails in society is too much to handle compared there in Iloilo. I am confident and hopeful that we can pull ourselves up and become great again because of so many factors. 1. We have the resources by being diversified and self-sufficient city and province. 2. Our people are highly educated and skilled. 3. The population is small compared to other HUCs. 4. The poverty level is lower compared to other HUCs (FYI Iloilo City has the second lowest poverty level among the economic/urban centers in the VISMIN area with 7.6% accdg to NSCB 2009 poverty statistics) 5. Large number of OFWs and middle class. 6. We spend according to our means. The city is awash with more than 50 billion pesos cash deposits. As a proof, there are so many number of banks in every blocks in the city. And lastly, we never cease to dream. Ambitious? May be or may be not. But one thing is for sure, we want to elevate our level and the quality of life of our people. Try to imagine, Iloilo City is a small city with a total land area of 78.34 sq. km and a population of 450,741 but with a Local-Sourced Revenue of Php 1,043,397,062.02 according to LGPMS 2011 report. This income of a small city is the second highest in the whole Visayas area after Cebu with a land area of 291.24 sq. km and population of 799,762, and third highest in the whole VISMIN area after Davao with a land area of 2440 sq. km. and population of 1,501,348.

      This statistic is already a feat and something to be proud of. It simply means that business in Iloilo City is vibrant and brisk. Even the big national players/investors are bullish in the economy of this small southern city. We should not underestimate our potential. We are not the sick man of the Philippines anymore. A long period of slumber is over after five decades of stagnation. We are now awake, alive, alert and kicking — big time. The progress of a place is not determined by high rises and other luxurious amenities. It is determined by the concerted effort of its leaders and their people to achieve a common goal by sharing what you can contribute in building a livable community with respect to environment and its denizens. Mumbai is the financial capital of India but beneath its progress a stark state of poverty is unbearable. Reno in Nevada and Singapore are small places but their status is comparable to a big country. I want to end this by saying, it is still a long way to go for Iloilo but slowly we are inching our way towards the road of greatness where we will find our real place in society. I am looking forward to permanently settle in Iloilo to savor its loving care. I really hope I can still experience her prosperity and greatness in my lifetime. THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME. ILOILO IS MY HOME.

      • Alfred Adrian P. Chavez says:

        Such a moving account or shall I say an article already. Very defined, empowered, rich and proud. Just like you Lifesaver, I am a proud Ilonggo and wherever I go, I always tell and retell the glorious past, thriving present and bright future of Iloilo. It is time for us to cooperate and be glad we have great and intelligent leaders who have the political will and very ambitious in speedily turning Iloilo into what is now. Indeed, leafing through the pages of the unstoppable projects, I am really fueled and driven that indeed Iloilo moving onwards. I thank Lifesaver for such informative piece. That is why there is a need to educate and re-educate our fellow Ilonggos of what Iloilo has to offer.

  • villahanon says:

    sa mga taga Bacolod kag taga Iloilo… d nalang mag hisa.ay…Buligay instead!!! wala gd na ang hambuganay. neighbors malang ta.. kita mana ma benefit sa progress sang cities ta… support each other… ARANGKADA WESTERN VISAYAS! Philippnes for Olympics 2020!!!hahaha

  • Vic says:

    Jaro Boy , am I proud of Iloilo? yes. At certain extent although its not that beautiful compare to Venice or Santa Monica . For me it’s the best place I may want to reside in. Beauty is not something tangible, it’s something you have profound connection to and besides it’s laid back, with prestine beaches ,and well meaning people , anyone could be friendly as they can be. the simpleton townfolks and peaceful disposition of Ilongos renowned to have a genteel psyche , caring , honestand, easy . I have discover life in this “Land of Love” — Iloilo . I imagine living a life in better country with nice prospect of healthcare and leisure activities yet I cannot find my self there or anywhere else but here. our ability to achieve greatness is dependent on our belief and values regarding our own worth and identity as a people.

  • Vic says:

    @Marque , Bacolod is nice place with wider and better planned network of roads with many beautiful neigborhood too . Talking about Iloilo, Our road soon to be widened again and most were already refurbished.

  • atty. says:

    hey, guys tama n an nga bais we are all filiponos.. we don’t have 2 fought each other insted we have 2 help each other.. see? what should we do? ang china lntawa nyo vla dugai.o2 sakopon n ta k china nga birinais pa kmumia? you know, we need unity here.. people power.. ok? both Iloilo and bacolod are good cities..

  • illongo says:

    AKO tga iloilo papa ko tga bacolod mama ko tga iloilo dpat kta mag buligay nd mag baiday

  • Vic says:

    @Simonette ,,,,, without delicadeza or lapse of judgement Cebu have grab the title Iloilo is already holding for a century however , they seem to have no plans to relinquish the title. They could have chose thousand of title . In America each place has its own title like Steel City , Motor City , Golden City , Surf City etc .

  • garsok.com says:

    ILOILO’S FIRSTS
    (First in the Philippines)

    A reprint from: ILOILO’s FIRST, The Visayan Tribune, January 31, 1977.
    Source: http://www.iloilo.gov.ph/index.php?Itemid=28&id=274&option=com_content&task=view

    1. Iloilo is the site of the Malayan landing in the Philippines, according to the Maragtas Legend.

    2. The first school for boys in the Philippines was founded in Tigbauan by the famous Jesuit priest and historian, Pedro Chirino in 1592.

    3. The first place to put up a Christian church in the Philippines was Jalaud (Dumangas) in what is now the barangay of Ermita, in 1566.

    4. Iloilo is the first city outside Manila to have a foreign business house (Loney & Co.) and the first foreign vice-consul.

    5. The first province to export sugar to Australia.

    6. The only province to have two cities during the Spanish time: Iloilo City, chartered in 1890, and Jaro in 1891.

    7.The biggest province in the Philippines in population, income and economic production during the 19th century.

    8. The best and biggest producer of textile during the Spanish era.

    9. The first city outside Manila to have electricity, telephone, telegraph, railway, ice plant, automobile and other modern conveniences.

    10. The first province outside Luzon to fly the Philippine National Flag (in Sta. Barbara, Nov. 17, 1898)

    11. The first department store in the country. Hoskyn & Co., established in 1877.

    12. The first city outside Manila to have direct shipping lines with Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, Europe and America.

    13. The first commercial airline in the country was the Iloilo Negros Air Express Co. (INAEC).

    14. The first Philippine airline established after World War II was organized by Ilonggos… the FEATI.

    15. The first provincial high school in the Philippines…Iloilo National High School.

    16. The first Elementary School established under the Americans – Baluarte Elemenetary School in Molo.

    17. The first protestant barrio in the country – Calvario – Janiauy.

    18. The first Baptist Church in the Philippines – Jaro Evangelical Church.

    19. The first luxury liner in the island – S/S Don Esteban of the De la Rama Line.

    20. The first city to have double – decked buses.

    21. The first concrete road in the country – from Forbes Bridge to Jaro Plaza.

    22. The first city to have a car assembly plant – Taller Visayas de Strachan & McMurray. The car assembled was the “Deiler” in the 1920’s.

    23. The first province to produce many millionaires and the first city to have a millionaire’s row.

    24. The first Filipino to launch the propaganda movement in Spain, Graciano Lopez Jaena of Jaro also known as the greatest orator the Philippines aver produced.

    25. The only Filipino nominated to the Supreme Court of Cuba – Raymundo Melliza.

    26. The first Filipino to fly an airplane for passengers, was an Ilonggo – Jose Tinsay in 1925.

    27. The first doctor of laws from Oxford University – Melquiades Gamboa.

    28. The first doctor of philosophy in political Science – Victorino Diamonon.

    29. The first Filipino doctor of Education – Pedro E. Y Rio.

    30. The first Filipino woman doctor of Philosophy in Engineering – Josette Garcia Portigo.

    31. The first Filipino doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology – F. Landa Jocano.

    32. The first Filipino to win the Congressional Medal of Honor during the WWII – Captain Jose Calugas of Leon.

    33. The first Filipino soldier in the American Army to win medals of Heroism & Courage from the governments of United States, Belgium & France during thye WWII – Sgt. Ramon Subejano of New Lucena.

    34. The first Filipino girl to be called the fastest woman in Asia – Inocencia Solis of New Lucena.

    35. The first most-be-medaled Filipino girl swimmer – Nancy Deano of Dingle.

    36. The first filipino international chess grandmaster – Eugene Torre of La Paz.

    37. The first community school movement originated by Supt. Jose V. Aguilar.

    38. The best organized guerilla unit during World War II under Gen. Mariano Peralta.

    39. The first guerilla unit to contact, by radio, Gen. Douglas MacArthur and President Quezon during World War II.

    40. The first Filipino lady to win a cultural heritage award – Magdalena Jalandoni of Jaro.

    41. The first Filipino feminist – Pura Villanueva Kalaw.

    42. The first bookstore and printing shop in the Visayas and Mindanao – Libreria la Panayana.

    43. The first modern and most beautiful custom house in the country.

    44. The first government constructed museum building in the Philippines – Museo Iloilo.

    45. The first city to have modern cinema houses and theatres outside Manila.

    46. The first gravity irrigation system outside Luzon – Sta. Barbara Irrigation System.

    47. The first successful compact farm in the country – Tagsing Buyo, Sta. Barbara.

    48. The only province to have an anti-biotic drug named after it – Ilozone and Ilotycin which are brands of erythromycin, a wonder drug developed from a soil sample from Iloilo.

    49. The first province to be declared a model in development planning by NEC/USAID.

    50. The number one food-producing province of the Philippines today.

    51. The first and only town in the Philippines to produce four justices of the Supreme Court, seven senators, seven governors, and seven cabinet members.

    52. The site of the first international research center in the fishing industry, the SEAFDEC in Tigbauan.

    53. The biggest public school division in the country is the Division of Iloilo.

    54. The first city, which initiated a free education program in the elementary schools by eliminating the matriculation fees and providing free school supplies and the elimination of tuition fees in public secondary schools.

    A reprint from: ILOILO’s FIRST, The Visayan Tribune, January 31, 1977.

    Source: http://www.iloilo.gov.ph/index.php?Itemid=28&id=274&option=com_content&task=view

  • fyi lang says:

    Top Cities in the Philippines

    TheTopTens List
    17%

    1Iloilo City

    THE PIONEER CITY!

    +64City of Love… Home of the sweetest Filipinos!… I can walk through its streets and wave my phone as no one would try to steal it… Talking with the Ilonggos is the sweetest thing. Most ilonggos are educated and rich! Now that it has an international airport, there’s no stopping in growth and development!

    +46The QUEEN CITY OF THE SOUTH, Premiere City of the Philippines and one of the most liveable and business friendly cities of the country today. Internationally known Cuisine, World Famous Landmarks and Festivals and now dubbed as city of firsts and pioneer city of the Philippines, this city will never run out of surprises. I Love ILOILO because I am an ILONGGO!

    +44″City of Many Firsts”.. “City of love”.. The sweetest people on earth are the Ilonggos!
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    17%
    2Metro Cebu

    +50Queen City of the South has progressive economy and rich in people, culture, traditions, foods and histories! Someday it will be like “Land of the Rising Sun! ” because of its rapid growth of economy and good governance! A small paradise that Jesus has given to us!

    +39No one can ever beat this city because of its rapid development. I THINK this is the best city in this country, instead of its progress, it is the no. 1 tourist destination of the philippines

    +37All-in-One CITY! Nominated for the First Ever NEW 7 WONDERS CITIES of the WORLD!
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    13%
    3Davao City

    +13No doubt the best city in the philippines and still a young city with a lot of potential of becoming an economic power in the country. If not for mindanao issues this city should have been more progressive.

    +9You’ve got it all when your in this city. no more, no less. A blessed and peaceful place. there could be no other sweeter place than this. God bless more DAVAO city!

    +8Davao has a low crime rate about less than 1~~. Current revenue statistics show Davao City to be the fifth-richest city in the Philippines in terms of local income and IRA – the only city outside greater Manila in the top five. The city government also maintains a 24-hour emergency response system patterned after the 9-1-1 system used in the United States. A curfew on minors is also observed in the city. All business establishments, in particular bars and discos, are mandated by a city ordinance to refrain from selling alcoholic drinks beyond 2:00 am. Also, motorcycle drivers with no helmets and motorists with defective lights are not allowed to enter or drive in the city. Regular checkpoints in key parts of Davao City and at the city boundaries are conducted 24 hours to ensure the strict implementation of traffic rules.
    The use of fireworks and other similar pyrotechnics, as well as smoking, is strictly prohibited in most of the city. Even outdoors, if you are under a roof of any kind, you are prohibited from smoking. Violators are made to pay hefty fines, perform community service, serve jail time, or a combination of the three. Littering is also prohibited.
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    8%
    4Makati City

    +3Proud to be a Makati citizen, a lot of benefits for the kids and old people. One of highest in terms of GDP per capita and one of the richest.

    +1The Financial Capital of the Philippines, the Wall Street of the Phils.

    HARRYTOPHER

    +1Makati is the heart of metro manila it can be the new york of the philippines because it acts like a cosmopolitian city of the philippines unlike bangkok, makati it self is clean. And the best part is it is VERY wild in the night, before you sleep in makati look out your window!
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    5%
    5Metro Manila

    -4Metro Manila is the Capital city but I like Davao City because it is livable and it is (Alcaldia).
    5%
    6Quezon City

    +2Quezon City is the largest and richest city is NCR. It consists the greatest opportunities. I live here since 1982 and will probably to the rest of my life. No matter I used to traveling to anywhere in the Ph or to the rest of the world, Quezon City is always on top of my heart.

    +1City of The Stars, QC, New York City of the Asia-Pacific

    HARRYTOPHER

    HUGE LAND AREA SHOULD REPLACE MANILA AS CAPITAL AND MORE PROGRESSIVE
    4%
    7Cagayan de Oro City

    +16Dubbed locally as the “City of Golden Friendship” (Dakbayan sa Bulawanong Panaghigala-ay in Cebuano, as the phrase appears on the city’s seal) for the camaraderie and hospitality that are inherent and traditional traits of its people.
    Cagayan de Oro is considered as a melting pot in Mindanao. A growing metropolis to be classified as a first-class city. Cagayan de Oro serves as the regional center being the most populous highly-urbanized city in Northern Mindanao (Region noted for its accessibility, business growth and tourism attractions.
    Cagayan de Oro is the “Melting Pot of Mindanao” because of its accessibility, business growth, attractions and most of its entire warm and hospitable people. It is also a business hub of Northern Mindanao region, considered as one of the most progressive and competitive cities in the country.
    It was recorded to have reached the annual income of 1.345 billion pesos as of the fiscal year 2006. The city’s economy is largely based on industry, commerce, trade, services and tourism. These are the major financial sources of the city and it has been sufficient for the city’s economic growth development.

    +5This city is in boom, in bloom and in blossom… Why? Because it has progressed tremendously as manifested through the building of infrastructures such 3 flyovers, 3 SM Savemores, Laguindingan International Airport, construction of skyscrapers ( Limketkai Hotel, Avida Tower and Paseo del Rio Residences). Unfortunately, the city was under attacked by the recent horrible typhoon Sendong which caused the city to suffer a sudden economic lag. But, in just a matter of one month, the city was able to regain its economic stability.

    +4A fast becoming fully-realized metropolis. Has the most active infrastructure in mindanao last 2011. Rank 3rd on the 2009 list of the most competitive cities in the philippines outside metro manila. One of the fastest and more progressive city after cebu.
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    4%
    8Manila
    4%
    9Paranaque City

    +3The Fashion Capital of the Philippines, The City of Lights

    HARRYTOPHER

    +1
    PARAÑAQUE CITY = MOST PROMISING CITY IN THE PHILIPPINES. PARAÑAQUE CITY = MOST PROMISING CITY IN THE PHILIPPINES. PARAÑAQUE CITY = MOST PROMISING CITY IN THE PHILIPPINES. PARAÑAQUE CITY = MOST PROMISING CITY IN THE PHILIPPINES. PARAÑAQUE CITY = MOST PROMISING CITY IN THE PHILIPPINES. PARAÑAQUE CITY = MOST PROMISING CITY IN THE PHILIPPINES. PARAÑAQUE CITY = MOST PROMISING CITY IN THE PHILIPPINES. PARAÑAQUE CITY = MOST PROMISING CITY IN THE PHILIPPINES. PARAÑAQUE CITY = MOST PROMISING CITY IN THE PHILIPPINES. PARAÑAQUE CITY = MOST PROMISING CITY IN THE PHILIPPINES. IT’S MORE FUN IN PARAÑAQUE CITY, PHILIPPINES! In 1572, Parañaque was said to be bounded by Ermita on the north
    and Cavite on the south. When the Spaniards came, Parañaque was already subdivided. It was so large that communication with the government was so hard. Their means of communication was so
    crude. People from other places settle here. Somehow they put up their own government based on kinship and proclaimed their independence.

    -1In 1572, Parañaque was said to be bounded by Ermita on the north
    and Cavite on the south. When the Spaniards came, Parañaque was already subdivided. It was so large that communication with the government was so hard. Their means of communication was so
    crude. People from other places settle here. Somehow they put up their own government based on kinship and proclaimed their independence.
    3%
    10Bacolod City

    +3The BEST PLACE TO LIVE in the PHILIPPINES.
    Having an urban living the same time less pollution, less traffic jam and a clean and Green City.
    One of the fastest growing city in this part of the country.

    +3The City Of Smiles! The Cleanest and Greenest Highly-Urbanized City of the Philippines Hall of Famer! Most Business Friendly City of the Philippines! Football City!… Home of the MASSKARA FESTIVAL and SUGAR BOWL OF THE PHILIPPINES!

    Those are just some of the awards and titles this city has received for its 73 years of existence as a chartered city.

    A model in public governance, public-private partnership and a hotbed of organic agriculture, eco-tourism and environmental revolution

    A city tested by hard times like disasters, economic crisis and insurgency, but never fails to show everyone that hope still shines and resiliency prevails

    +2BPO and Sports capital of Western Visayas. A city with a charm and unique. The sugar capital of Negros Occidental.

  • Toto says:

    Just wondering why people of Negross Occ. also called Ilonggos? Are they from Iloilo? Or been part of Iloilo? As far as I know Ilonggos are called to the people of Iloilo and Hiligaynon is their dialect. So how come that Negross Occ. are also Ilongo?

    • Mark Segador says:

      I believe its a misnomer or a stereotyping for other ethnic groups to classify Hiligaynon speaking people as Ilonggos. But geographically, people from Negros are called Negrenses while people from Iloilo are Ilonggos. But the two provinces have a very deep connection in terms of culture and roots. Remember that the Spaniards invited Ilonggos to settle at then sparsely populated Negros Island in the 18th century. As the sugar bonanza accelerated growth the hacienderos of Iloilo transferred to Negros in search of vast estates to be converted to plantations.

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  • magellans cross says:

    people pls. stop ds non sense… i’m a pure cebuano but my wife is a pure hiligaynon…, for me, together we must move on…. both cities of iloilo and bacolod are unique each other….and also have each wakenesses and advantages….like my city cebu… 2gether we must unite… like me as a cebuano im always looking forward to compete my city with those singapore and hong kong,it’s so non sense again tayo tayo lang nag giba sa sariling atin…. w e must complement each other pls….

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