Iloilo City is also known as the City of Love. I didn’t know that until few days before our trip when I was doing my research, which explains why people say that Ilonggos never get angry or mad, and that is why we would often ask the locals if that is true. It’s not. It’s kind of a relief when they admit otherwise, because it’s in nature to feel upset sometimes.
There are so many reasons to fall in love with Iloilo City. More than just the beautiful photos (Ehem! HAHA!) I shot, the locals made us really feel at home. They were very welcoming, kind, and warm to us tourists. Sad that we only had roughly 5 hours to explore the city proper before we fly back to Manila.
We woke up as early as 5 in the morning to get ready and maximize the few hours left we had in the city. We didn’t rent a car so we left the hotel at 6AM and asked few locals how to get to our first stop, Molo Plaza and Molo Cathedral. It was an easy commute. There were no traffic and it wasn’t too hot. I think days in the city of Iloilo doesn’t start until 8 in the morning.
After our first stop, we then headed to La Paz Market where we had breakfast. It was 2 jeepneys away from the Molo Plaza. It was still early and we got there in about 10-15 minutes. We tried the famous Netong’s Original La Paz Batchoy. It was cheap but really good. Your P100 can go a long way! And, we also tried the so unusual menu for breakfast, Halo-Halo w/ Barquillos from 5G’s Halo-Halo. It was loaded with various ingredients on a big bowl good for sharing and who would know that it was only 35 pesos?!
After fueling up our tummy with a delicious and peculiar breakfast, we went to Jaro Cathedral and Belfry where we found a beautiful church. Funny because every single church, whether very old or newly built, is amazing and this is absolutely one of them.
We also dropped by at the Lizares Mansion for our last stop. Across the Angelicum School, we found this beautiful mural work of art. It was picture perfect and we just had to strike our poses and take photos.
And before heading to the airport, we had lunch at Jo’s Chicken Inato. It was basically the ‘Mang Inasal’ of Iloilo, but this one has more on its menu. You have a lot to choose from. We tried some of the eye-catchers just like the Grilled Squid, Sizzling Crab Meat, Jo’s Chicken Inato, and the Buko-Halo.
I highly recommend touring Iloilo City as early as possible. There’s so much to see in this beautiful city and 5 hours is barely enough. I’m looking forward to my next visit and I will definitely check out all the tourist spots in the Southern part. Sharing as well the itinerary I made for this day.
DAY 3 – Iloilo City Tour
5:00 AM – 6:00 AM Get ready for Iloilo City day tour
6:00 AM – 7:00 AM Go to Molo Church/Molo Plaza/Molo Mansion
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM Go to La Paz Public Market and breakfast at Netong’s
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM Go to Jaro Cathedral and Belfry, Lizares Mansion, Casa Mariquit
10:30 AM – 12:30 NN Get ready and check out. Miagao Lunch at Jo’s Chicken Inato, Quezon St, Iloilo (near Circle Inn)
12:30 NN – 01:00 PM Cab to airport