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SNEAK PEEK: Iloilo River Esplanade’s grandiose transformation

Submitted by on August 9, 2012 – 4:08 pm5 Comments


Finally, the much anticipated opening of the Iloilo River Esplanade is near. Set on August 18, as part of the 75th Iloilo City Charter Day celebrations, the Esplanade will surely amaze local and foreign visitors alike. Nothing in the country is much like the Iloilo Esplanade; truly a magnificent sight to behold side by side the beautiful Iloilo River and the Mandurriao urban area.

On August 18, Iloilo City Government officials to be led by Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, and Senator Franklin Drilon will open the Esplanade to the public. Special guests will include Senator Loren Legarda and Congressman Manny Pacquiao. The venue of the inauguration will be at the Diversion Road side of the Esplanade.

Formerly known as the Trenas Boulevard, the long stretch of road along the Mandurriao side of the Iloilo River was closed at late November 2011 for the renovation. Now dubbed as the Iloilo Esplanade, it was formally inaugurated by HE Benigno Simeon Aquino III during his visit last June 2012. But then the Esplanade is still unfinished. On August 18, for the first time since its closure, the Iloilo Esplanade will be opened again to the public to enjoy the view of the river, do jogging, hang-outs and have romantic dates.

Viewing decks are available at different sites at the esplanade giving everyone a fantastic view of the river; spaces are available for possible food kiosks; the spacious entrances at both ends are perfect spaces for tae-bo, dancing, and other exercises or events; and fresh breeze of the river would surely blow away your stresses.

Below are the photos of the Iloilo Esplanade. See you there on August 18!

First, Trenas Boulevard on November 2011 (a few days prior to closing):

Trenas Boardwalk

Trenas Boulevard

On-going work (February 2012):


The Iloilo River Esplanade taken today:

The Diversion side






In between both ends:




Carpenter Bridge Side, near Molo:






The workers now doing the finishing touches at the Esplanade:


lunch time?





Iloilo City’s 75th Charter Day

Iloilo I LOVE! joins Iloilo City in celebrating its 75th Charter Day.

Bursting with color. Brimming with energy. There’s a lot to love about Iloilo City – numerous heritage sites, colorful festivals – an exciting annual Dinagyang and Paraw Regatta. We could tell you all we’ve got to offer, or much better, you can come and visit and experience all the fun first hand. This year, celebrate with us our Diamond Jubilee year with us in 40 days extravaganza, from July 16 to August 25, 2012.

Viva Reina Ciudad del Sur!

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