Exploring Iloilo: A Different Perspective

Originally posted on Such is Life:

I never really thought of wanting to travel around the Philippines until recently. Maybe because as a local, you feel that there is much more to see outside of your country than anywhere here. But when you force yourself to travel around your own country first even though it’s kind of uncalled for, you’ll be surprised by what you discover. And may be glad you ever did. 

For this post, I will share with you my recent travel to Iloilo, geographically known to be in the heart of the Philippines located at the Western Visayas portion. To be honest, I really didn’t have much expectations from this province because little is known about it compared to its popular neighboring provinces like Cebu, Boracay, or Palawan. I kept an open mind, however, and I was excited–like any other travel explorer, about what I’m about to learn from this not-so-little province after all. 


View original 1,770 more words

P15-M fund pooled for Dinagyang 2014

The Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation Inc. (IDFI) is eyeing a budget of P15million for the successful staging of the city’s premier celebration in January next year, said IDFI treasurer Ma. Luisa Segovia.
The City Government extended half of the requirement with financial assistance of P7million, she added. The rest will be sourced out from sponsors helping Dinagyang.
Bulk of the funds will go to subsidies of competing contingents.
With the theme “Bringing More Fun to the World,” Dinagyang has become a major promotional vehicle for the city, the region and the country as a whole, stressed Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog.
He noted that Dinagyang’s trip to the United States (US) in June strongly promoted the city and the country to the rest of the world and enticed prospective investors to come to the metropolis.
Some 300 Canadian investors will visit the city on Jan. 21-23 for a business forum just before the highlights on Jan. 24-26. They will also be treated to a spectacular Dinagyang performance during a cultural presentation.
Dinagyang’s prelude, the Kasadyahan, offers a venue for other festivals to shine, participate and promote their cultural showcase with the opportunity for the world to see what they can offer, said City Tourism Officer Ben Jimena.
The Department of Tourism (DOT) cited Dinagyang for promoting “It’s More Fun in Philippines” in the US.
DOT lauded the City Government “for the invaluable contribution in the overseas promotion of Philippine Cultural Tourism through the stunning performance of Tribu Panayanon,” the festival’s reigning champion.

Ilonggos spread social good deeds

It all started with a photo posted on Discover Panay Island (DPI) Facebook group.

Soon Ilonggo netizens got interested with a treasure find – a man creatively converting old tires into beautifully designed chairs and tables.


His initiative is an artistic and classic example of 3R’s – Reduce, Re-use and Recycle which creates ecologically-friendly and environmentally-sound best practice in converting old tires into useful furniture set.


Roger Esmaña of Brgy. Cagbang, Oton town in Iloilo shares his creative talents which not just serves as a source of livelihood but certainly creates a great impact to the environment and people’s health.


A health-conscious endeavor, it also prevents old tires usually left abandoned to become breeding places of dengue-carrying mosquitoes.


Roger creates beautifully designed chairs and tables out of old tires, thus helping his some of his neighbors providing them a source of livelihood.


By upcycling used tires that otherwise would have only added to the waste materials accumulated all over the town, his project also has a positive impact to the environment.


His is just one of the social good deeds in the community that were showcased in meetups all over the country organized by Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) and various partners to drum up support for its PayITfwd campaign.


PayITfwd is the telco’s latest social development initiative that hopes to reward community-based projects that enable learning.  Smart will help scale up these projects through technology.

It will provide a technology package that includes five tablets, Smart Bro Pocket Wi-fi, P3,000 worth of Smart Bro load, plus a grant of P50,000 to each of 10 best projects that will be chosen in the first round which runs until August 30, 2013.

In so doing, Smart hopes to widen the reach of the projects to benefit more people.  At the same time, it hopes to promote the culture of social good and encourage others to pay it forward by also doing something good for their community.

Smart has been supporting initiatives that promote nation-building and help improve lives of Filipinos.

Photos By Romel Parcon & Jonathan Clavel

Originally posted on The Finest Condos at Fort Bonifacio:

Megworld Corp. has unveiled “One Madison Place Luxury Residences,” its first residential condominium project in Iloilo City. The project will be part of the Iloilo Business Park also developed by Megaworld Corp., the Philippines’ top condominium developer.

The 10-storey One Madison Place Luxury Residences will offer 156 premium residential units located in  the heart of the Iloilo Business Park. The whole area is being developed to become the city’s new Central Business District.

The Iloilo Business Park, situated at the Old Iloilo Airport site, will adopt a concept of a 54.5 hectare mixed use master-planned community. It will have BPO offices, hotels, a convention center, commercial and retail centers, skills training center, recreational facilities and a transportation hub, all at the heart of the new growth center in the Visayas.


If you’re interested to be the first owner of residential condos in One Madison Place, Iloilo at pre-selling.

Call PATTY ABILA today at 0917-508 1688

For more information and…

View original 4 more words

Originally posted on e-BON:

I am very pleased to have my friend, Jose Telesforo L. Limbaga, write a guest article about birding and bird photography in Iloilo.  “Boy” Limbaga presently lives in New York City with his family. He makes it a point to come home to Iloilo City at least once a year. – Bob Kaufman

A Beginner’s Tale: Birding in Iloilo – Why Not?

By: Jose Telesforo L. Limbaga

I have been into point-and-shoot photography for years now, much like most people with similar cameras in hand. But birding? Well, as with all endeavors, it had to start somewhere. My interest in birds -the two-legged and feathered kind – developed when I was yet working with the Development Bank of the Philippines – Iloilo. My work involved inspection and appraisal of properties offered as collateral for loans and that included agricultural lands that were at times situated in the hinterlands of Iloilo…

View original 1,161 more words

Ilonggo sailing heritage: vibrant & strong!

Organizers are all set for the staging of 41st Iloilo Paraw Festival which highlights on Feb. 10-17, 2013.

Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog and Iloilo Paraw Regatta Foundation Inc. (IPRFI) chairman Manny Villa Jr. signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the smooth preparation and successful hosting of the sailing event this year.

Paraw Regatta has become a symbol of Iloilo City even as the P450-million Iloilo Convention Center project architecture will incorporate in its design the sails of native outrigger boat showcasing the oldest sailing event in Asia, stressed Mabilog.

He also credited Villa for being instrumental in tourism and cultural promotions through the Paraw Regatta festival as well as in restoration of heritage buildings in Calle Real.

The City Hall committed P1.6-million budget while the Office of Cong. Jerry P. Treñas pledged P300,000 cash assistance.

Paraw Regatta is touted as largest and longest-running traditional sailing event in Asia where colorful native outrigger boats navigate the close to 30-kilometer race route in Iloilo Strait between the city and Guimaras Island.

Themed “Ilonggo Sailing Heritage: Vibrant & Strong!” the 2013 edition features special events including mini-paraw beach race, Miss Iloilo Paraw Regatta pageant, variety show, miniature paraw sail-painting contest, photo exhibit, miniature paraw-making contest, seafood cooking competition, rowing and paddling, seafood festival, photo contest, torch parade, Sinamba sa Paraw Regatta mardi gras competition, deep-sea fishing competition, skimboarding competition, jet ski competition, Paraw Slalom short distance race, rapid chess tournament, national Frisbee exhibition games, national invitational women’s volleyball, beach concert and party, fireworks display, paraw sail-painting contest, and body painting contest.

Dinagyang 2013 now trending

Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2013 climaxed on a high note showcasing the city’s premier celebration and Ilonggos cultural excellence.

“Dinagyang leveled up. It was trending on Twitter (or talk of the town on the popular social networking site). It was perfect, seamless and amazing,” stressed Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog of the successful staging of the 45th year Sapphire anniversary of the festival.

Dinagyang became more popular in terms of participation and performance – it is a living, dynamic and growing festival, said City Tourism Officer Ben Jimena.

This year’s champion Tribu Panayanon of Iloilo City National High School and Kasadyahan winner Tribu Salakayan of Miag-ao, Iloilo are expected to wow national audience in Aliwan Fiesta’s battle of festivals in Manila in April to promote the city as bannered by the world-class Dinagyang Festival.

Dinagyang has also become the first religious-cultural celebration in the country to be conferred the prestigious 2012 National Galing Pook Awards as “Community Participation and Collaborative Governance through Dinagyang Festival” won as one of Top 10 innovative and exemplary practice.

The awards will be handed by no less than Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III in a ceremony to be held at the Heroes Hall of Malacañang on Jan. 30.

As local governance best practice, the festival highlights strong public-private partnership spearheaded by a triumvirate of the city government, Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation Inc. and San Jose Parish Church.

The Awards Program is facilitated by the Galing Pook Foundation as a foremost resource institution continuously promoting innovation and excellence in local governance.

Originally posted on The Chronic Vacacionista:

Food in Iloilo City is literally just everywhere. Especially with the Dinagyang Weekend approaching, the streets started to get filled with foodstalls and Food festivals were being held simultaneously in different designated areas (SM City Parking Lot and the area near the Capitol).

I’ve heard a lot of talk about how food is in abundance in Iloilo and how inexpensive it is. With my 4-day itinerary, I made sure to document my food experience in the city, trying my very best to recover after every bout of  “food coma” so I could live to tell about it. So here goes. Let the pictures whet your appetites :)


For the more adventurous palates (and tummies), Iloilo’s streets during the Dinagyang week would feel like a streetfood bazaar.

Ramboy’s Liempo

Here they serve liempo like no other. My friends Bo and Russel shared with me a secret on how to tell…

View original 459 more words

Originally posted on Liquid Druid's travel blog:

The Gigantes Islands, with all its beaches, caves and rich marine life, is a real gem in the rough in the province of Iloilo.  Its sheer distance from Iloilo City and the rest of the Panay mainland however ensures that it almost always gets bypassed as a tourism destination of beach goers and backpackers in favor of the much nearer municipality of Concepcion or the more accessible province of Guimaras.

View original 1,905 more words


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 66 other followers