Iloilo tourist spots: what to do and where to go

iloilo tourist spots
  • Dubbed as the City of Love, you will sure to fall in love with these Iloilo tourist spots.

  • Iloilo is not just about food; it is also about history, culture and heritage.

  • There are so many things that you can do when in Iloilo and these are some of the famous Iloilo tourist spots.

Iloilo tourist spots are just so plenty that you can’t explore everything in a day or two. Gone are days when Iloilo is boring and less lively. Now, there are so many places, spots and things-to-do that you should not miss whenever you are in Iloilo.

Here are some of the top Iloilo tourist spots suggestions to make you travel memorable and worthy.

Iloilo Churches

Molo Church

Molo Church is a Neo-Gothic colonial church, built in 1831. Its other name is St. Anne Parish Church and one of the most visited churches in the city. In addition to this, the church is a female church because of the figures of the holy women on each column in the church aisles.

Molo Church
Photo by: Sheila Mae Gomez

Jaro Cathedral

Jaro Cathedral is Iloilo’s center of catholic faith. It is the home of Candelaria, the home of the Our Lady of Candles. Particularly, the Cathedral is known as male church in response to the arrangement of Molo Church. The Virgin’s icon is the only exception. It should be noted that the Cathedral’s main pillar is an all-male ensemble of saints.

Jaro Cathedral
Photo by: Saz Geena

Miag-ao Church

Miag-ao Church is also famous as Santo Tomás de Villanueva Parish Church. The church is one of the four Baroque Churches in the Philippines. This is the only one in the Visayas as inscribed by the United Nations. Miagao Church was built in 1797. Moreover, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.

Miagao church
Photo by: Mike Ramos

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Iloilo Beaches

Islas de Gigantes

Islas de Gigantes is a remote group of islands located off the coast of Carles and Estancia. For years it has became a favorite getaway place of those who wanted to experience calmness brought by its white sand and blue seas.

Bulubadiangan Island

Bulubadiangan Island or Bolobadiangan Island is a part of Concepcion, Iloilo. Also, it is famous for its 200-meter sand bar, white sand and beautiful glass-like beach.

Sicogon Island

Sicogon Island is another gem in the northern part of Iloilo. This is a part of the town of Carles and already a famous spot of the locals since the 1970s.

Iloilo Mansions

Nelly’s Garden

The Lopez Heritage House or Mansion de Lopez or Nelly’s Garden is a national heritage house at Jaro, Iloilo City. It was built in 1928 an Ilonggo statesman Don Vicente Lopez and his wife Doña Elena Hofileña. It is called Nelly’s Garden because it was named after the couple’s eldest daughter, Nelly Lopez y Hofileña. By just the looks of it, Nelly’s Garden is not only a mansion but also an iconic status representing the grandeur of the city in the olden times.

Nellys Garden
Photo by: instagr.am/wanderkwin

Molo Mansion

Yusay-Consing Mansion or Molo Mansion is in front of Molo Plaza exactly opposite of Molo Church. It was built in the 1920s by the forefathers of the Consing family of Iloilo. Before, this mansion has been neglected for years. It is now open to the public after its successful restoration.

Yusay Consing Mansion
Photo by: Sheila Mae Gomez

Lizares Mansion

Lizares Mansion or popularly known as Angelicum School, is an architectural wonder. The mansion is located along McArthur Drive, Tabuc Suba, Jaro, Iloilo City. It was built in 1937 by Don Emiliano Lizares for his wife Conchita Gamboa.

Lizares Mansion
Photo by: Luis Mercado Buenaflor Jr.

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Iloilo Old Buildings

Old Iloilo City Hall

Old Iloilo City Hall is now The University of the Philippines Visayas Main Building. It is a historic building which dates to the 1930s. It is restored recently bringing back the old beauty that echoing the of the past for the present generation.

UPV Main Building
Photo by: Isko Bisaya

Casa Real De Iloilo

Casa Real De Iloilo is the Old Capitol Building of Iloilo. In October 2016, it was renamed as Casa Real De Iloilo and now considered a National Historical Site. It was built in 1869 during the incumbency of Spanish governor Manuel Iznart. In 1927, it gave way to Arroyo Fountain. Most importantly, is where the point of reference in measuring distances in the city and province of Iloilo. Also known as “kilometer zero.”

Casa Real
Photo by: Edgar H Siscar

Eusebio Villanueva Building

The Eusebio Villanueva Building is the old International Hotel. It is along the historic Calle Real in Iloilo City. Truly an icon of Iloilo’s heritage buildings, it has taken its turn for restoration work.

Eusebio Villanueva Building
Photo by: IG @ jo_obel

Read also: Cultural Heritage Sites That You Must Visit In Iloilo City

Iloilo Museum and Galleries

Museo Iloilo

Museo Iloilo is located along Bonifacio Drive beside Iloilo Provincial Capitol. It was built in 1971. This is as a tribute to Ilonggo heroes and ancestors. It is a home of the whole Panay’s cultural and historical stories. Obviously, Museo Iloilo is where you paleontological and archaeological finds in Iloilo and Panay’s various artifacts relating to the history and culture.

museo iloilo
Photo by: Museo Iloilo Official

Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art (ILOMOCA)

Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art (ILOMOCA) is a another art museum in Iloilo City that you must visit. It is located at Casa de Emperador Festive Walk Parade, Mandurriao. This is project by Megaworld through the Megaworld Foundation. Definitely, its aim is to enriching more the culture Iloilo community and the whole of Western Visayas.

ILOMOCA
Photo by: Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art’s Facebook Page

National Museum Western Visayas

National Museum Western Visayas Regional Museum is the old Prison of Iloilo. It was built in 1911. The 100-year old penitentiary in Iloilo is now a national museum. Without a doubt, the National Museum is an educational institution, a scientific institution and a cultural center.

National Museum Western Visayas
Photo by: National Museum Western Visayas’ Facebook Page

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Must-Visit Spots

Iloilo River Esplanade

Iloilo River Esplanade is an esplanade along Iloilo River. An esplanade is a long, open, level area, next to a river where people may walk. For years it has been the locals’ peaceful promenade where Ilonggos can walk, jog, Zumba, enjoy sunrise and sunset.

Iloilo Esplanade
Photo by: Kenneth Gohel

Sunburst Park

Sunburst Park’s name in the olden times was Plaza de Aduana. It is located right in front of the old Aduana building (Iloilo Customs House). The name is in honor of the US Army 40th Infantry “Sunburst” Division. At this time, the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) has turned over the historic Sunburst Park to the Iloilo City.

Sunburst Park
Photo by: Randy Javier Fadrigo

Fort San Pedro

Fort Nuestra Senora del Rosario or Fort San Pedro’s location is along San Pedro Drive in the port area. Limestone and mortar are the materials of its foundation. Indeed, it is a famous hangout place and the sunset here is breath-taking.

Fort San Pedro Iloilo
Photo by: Mary Ann Fajardo

These are just some of the Iloilo tourist spots in the city and province. The pandemic may have changed our social distance, but clearly, our tourist spots will remain to welcome the arrivals for the local and foreign guests.

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