Iloilo (city)

Iloilo City is a city in the Philippines on the island of Panay in the Visayas. It's the provincial capital of the province of Iloilo.

Get in

By air

Iloilo International Airport (IATA: ILO) serves both the city of Iloilo as well as the province of Iloilo. It receives flights from Cebu, Davao, Manila, Puerto Princesa, Cagayan de Oro, General Santos, Singapore and Hong Kong. Airlines that use Iloilo airport are: Philippines Airlines and Cebu Pacific.

A seat in an air-conditioned van costs Php50.00 from the Iloilo International Airport to the SM City Iloilo (mall) while Php70.00 from SM City to Iloilo International Airport.

The terminal fee at Iloilo airport is Php200.00 for Domestic and Php700.00 for International.

By sea

Pumpboats are used for traversing the waters between Guimaras Island and Iloilo city.

Cokaliong Shipping lines and Trans Asia shipping lines, Sail to and from Cebu City six times a week.

There are four ferry lines (fastcrafts) that sail from Iloilo to Bacolod many times every day.

1.Ocean Jet. From P530 (With return trip),

2.Weesam Express. From P260 (one-way),

3.2GO Travel. From P280 (one-way).

4.Fast Cat from p 200 one way.


Milagrosa shipping lines and Montenegro shipping lines Sail to Cuyo and Puerto Princesa twice per week.

2GO Travel Sail to Manila 2 times a week.

By bus

There are Buses heading north from Tagbak Bus Terminal to Roxas, Kalibo, Caticlan; also east to San Jose.

Fast vans also run between Iloilo and Caticlan taking 5 hours.

Get around

Taxi

White cars with the obvious Taxi sign on top. The best service are often offered by Light of Glory or GDR taxi. They drive fast but as relatively safe as possible.

Jeepneys

Dubbed the Unofficial national transport system, it's an automobile, with some resemblance to a Jeep vehicle, that has a long leather bench for people to sit on down the length of each side. It's everywhere in the city and each jeepney has a set route to follow. Don't take this if you're in a great hurry as the drivers can sometimes decide to wait in the loading areas for 5–10 minutes.

Tri-Sikads

- or Tri-Cycles: Cycles mean motor bike while sikad means a manual bike. It's the method of transportation for small, tight roads in barangays and the outskirts of the city. It can be more expensive than the Jeepneys.

See

As with most Philippine city and towns, there are many festivals celebrated in Iloilo City annually. Arguably, the Dinagyang Festival is the primary and most important festival of the city.

Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo City.
Jaro Belfry during Jaro Fiesta.

There are also several historical landmarks and points of interest to see within the city.=

St. Anne (Iglesia de Sta. Ana) ceiling painting
Jaro Cathedral is the first Marian dedicated national shrine declared cathedral in the Visayas. The image and statue of the famous Our Lady of Candles (Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria) atop the cathedral`s façade is the first and only Marian image crowned by the late Pope John Paul II in the country. (The view of the façade of Jaro Cathedral)

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The 1990 iron marker placed by the National Historical Institute of the Republic of the Philippines on the main entrance of St. Vincent Ferrer Seminary in Jaro, Iloilo City - the first Institution of Higher Learning in Western Visayas.

Do

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Shopping Malls & Supermarkets

Eat

Good Restaurants in Smallville: Pirate's bar which has a wrecked ship attached to its façade as a design. It's a bit dim inside but it adds to the relaxed atmosphere. They also have a dance club beside the main building. The club has laser lights and great speakers, just be aware that it can get quite congested with cigarette smoke. Annex is for those who love to karaoke.

For local delicacies, you can try the famous biscocho from the aptly names Original Biscocho Haus. There are several branches and stalls around the city, but the main branch is near the Jaro Plaza.

Krua Thai also has some tasty foods. Almost everything on the menu is good and it's a refreshing break from the typical Ilonggo cuisine. A little bit further is Boardwalk which has a few of restaurants. Notably is Paprika where there is almost always a live band performing. They have a selection of sea foods.The B Place is a bar with a relaxing view of the river as well as the cool breeze moving through the place. The food is again typical of bars in this area.

Beside Smallville is Uncle Tom's which have excellent Spareribs, Steaks, Fried Chicken, Baby Backribs and the best of all: Ox Tongue. Their gravy is very tasty and the you can tell that the chicken was well marinated and seasoned. Along the highway you can find Dos Maria's where they serve pizzas that are big; having a diameter of around 20 or more inches. Though the pizza is big the taste is generic and really unsatisfying. The German Bavaria restaurant,has been in operation for 13 years and has become a popular spot for families and get-togethers. Taste Germany in the center of Iloilo City. For those that live in Iloilo or are visiting, come get a sense of what it's like to eat in Bavaria! We offer an array of Sausages, Mouth watering "Schweinshaxen" and of course don't forget about our German Weizen and Pils beers imported from Germany. Great food and the Old World charm are always happening at Bavaria. Bavaria Restaurant – the Best of the Old World, right here in Iloilo. Guten Appetit! close to Jaro plaza, serves real German Weizenbeer and European sauasages. Afriques is an Italian themed restaurant with a touch of Ilonggo flavor. They serve a variety of pizza and pasta-type dishes, most of which are extremely delicious. The pizza is tasty but it's crust can be better. Most of the dishes are served in generous portions especially the sauces. They have two locations: one near Plaza Libertad, General Hughes street and the other beside of Hotel del Rio. Ted's Batchoy is arguably the best Batchoy shop in iloilo. Batchoy is a mix of noodles and pork Chicharon along with some spices and a tasty broth. It's very good and filling espcially if you're very hungry. It's one of Iloilo's native dishes.

Bavaria restaurant has been in operation for 13 years and has become a popular spot for families and get-togethers. Taste Germany in the center of Iloilo City. For those that live in Iloilo or are visiting, come get a sense of what it's like to eat in Bavaria! We offer an array of Sausages, Mouth watering "Schweinshaxen" and of course don't forget about our German Weizen and Pils beers imported from Germany. Great food and the Old World charm are always happening at Bavaria. Bavaria Restaurant – the Best of the Old World, right here in Iloilo. Guten Appetit! $2-$20.

Drink

There are a number of Karaoke, Beerhouses and Strip Clubs in the city. However, these tend to be unsafe for tourists. The safest and cleanest venues to enjoy the city's night life are found in Smallville. There are different bars and restaurants with a wide menu and good drinks to choose from. It's near SM City Mall in Mandurriao.

Sleep

Stay Healthy

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