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The Pride of Iloilo: Semana Sang Iloilo 2012 (Part 1)

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This year’s Semana Sang Iloilo truly showcased the treasures of our province – from our own products, agricultural produce, arts, festivals, and much much more. A rich and noble province – that is Iloilo. Let’s take a look at how diverse and beautiful our province is. A pride of our own and a place we call home – the Province of Iloilo.

OTOP – One Town, One Product


Since its inception many years ago, the OTOP Program of the Department of Trade and Industry together with our local government units have taken our native products into a much higher level. These local products, there’s one in every town, are now promoted locally and abroad. In each of these, one can defintely experience the ingenuity and creativity of the Ilonggos. Take a tour around Iloilo with this array of cherished local delicacies and crafts.


Handicrafts from Dueñas - Handwoven cloths, bags, and accessories


Badiangan's Salabat or Ginger Brew - once awarded as the country's best beverage. Good for your voice, they say, no doubt we have the world's best singers today.


Anilao's Sauteed Shrimp Paste (Bagoong in Tagalog, Ginamos in Ilonggo) - derived from fermenting fish or shrimp in high concentrations of salt for several months, sun-dried and wrapped in dried banana leaf. Best for your green mangoes, or mixed at Adobong Sitaw or Pinakbet.


Another product from Anilao - Dried Acetes or Kalkag. Have a taste of this delicious dried shrimp in an instant.


Alimodian's fertile soil produces the best vegetables in the region. A myriad of agricultural produce can be found in this mountainous town of Iloilo.


Zarraga's mastery of landscaping and garden designing is also showcased in the Semana Sang Iloilo, together with other entries at the Agriculture Fair


Sweet Corn? We have them here, grown at Santa Barbara - the sweetest in our province. I wonder when will Santa Barbara's grapes will have a comeback?


Sweet tooth? Don't miss San Joaquin's native version of peanut brittle - the Bandi. They come in many sizes - the largest is the size of a plate. Now will that satisfy your sugar fix?


If you're into home decors, you'll truly fall in love with this bamboo crafts made from Maasin. Bamboos grow in abundance in this town. Now mixed with Ilonggo's creativity and voila! We have Maasin's awesome kawayan products!


Expertly grown fruits are the pride of Leon - another mountainous town at Central Iloilo.


Janiuay's Abaca is the best in the province. Cultivated at the fertile land of Janiuay, Ilonggos found this plant many uses - from bags, dresses, home decors and many more.


The coastal town of Estancia boasts its rich marine diversity with this tasty treat of dried fish. Perfect for breakfast!

The Treasures of Iloilo: Art and Photo Exhibit / Sining Pambansa Art Exhibition


An exhibit at the Casa Real also highlighted everything fun about Iloilo. A mixture of arts, old photos, biographies, and more showcased the heritage and pride of the Ilonggos. One will definitely meet the best of our province in this exhibit. I for one learned much about our noble province by taking a walk on the exhibits.

A Tarnished Jewel to be Polished


Casa Real – the Old Iloilo Provincial Capitol have degraded for the past decades. Declared as a national heritage site, Casa Real is in great need of repair and restoration. At this year’s Semana, a long awaited anouncement came – the launching of the Casa Real De Iloilo Restoration (Phase 1). According to the Iloilo Provincial Website, the Phase I of the project covers the exterior of the old Iloilo Provincial Capitol, a work that includes the demolition of the front canopy and the side offices constructed during the 1960s. Will the Phase 2 be the renovation of the interior? This is will be very exciting.


Jobs for Everyone?


What is Semana Sang ILOILO?

Seal of the Province of IloiloSemana Sang Iloilo celerbrates the official foundation of the present province of Iloilo. Even though the province is essentially centuries old (from it’s former name as Provincia de Oton, then as Arevalo, and later as Yloylo / Iloilo during the Spanish colonization), the exact date of its foundation cannot be determined. During the American period, a resolution was passed on April 11, 1901 Act 113 (An Act extending the provisions of the Provincial Government Act to the Province of Iloilo) defining its territory to include the Comandancia of Concepcion with capital at Iloilo town.

Among others, it created the following offices with their respective salaries: provincial governor, provincial secretary, provincial treasurer, provincial supervisor and provincial fiscal as well as the meetings of the municipal presidents on the third Monday of January, April, July and October.

Now on its 111th year, Iloilo is gearing for its brighter future. Stepping into the tomorrow as one province and one family.

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