Iloilo City is a Tourist favorite because of its delicious cuisine, Ilonggo hospitality, grand ancestral homes and old churches. In its glory days, Iloilo City was called the Queen City of the South. It was the last Spanish-Colonial capital of the Philippines when Manila surrendered to the United States of America.You’ll see remnants of its splendid past standing proudly amidst the bustling and chaotic streets of iloilo today.Light a candle at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Candles or Jaro Cathedral, It’s a historic landmark as declared by the National Historic Institute. And while you’re in Jaro, don’t forget the art deco style mansion of Nelly’s Garden.But churches aren’t the only things historical value in iloilo.The whole downtown area is full of history too.Start your tour at the Capitol complex, where you’ll see the new and old Iloilo Capitol(Casa Gobyerno).Nearby, you’ll find the Iloilo Museum, which houses fossils,artifacts,traditional pottery and old photos of Iloilo province, an important landmark is the Arroyo Fountain-kilometer zero for the whole Panay Island. The majestic fountain also serves as rotunda where important streets, including the historic Calle Real, converge.Wander around JM Basa Street. Its full of old buiidings.It’s also a shopping mecca for Ilonggos. Within walking Distance is the Freedom Grandstand of Iloilo, the venue of Dingayang Festival. Climb to the top of american period emperial custom buildings known as Aduana fo a stunning view of Iloilo’s Central Business District, iloilo River Wharf and Guimaras Island. Muelle Loney is Iloilo’s river wharf that serves the RORO(roll-on,roll-off)ships that go to and from Bacolod City. keep an eye out for the statue of Nicholas Loney,the man who is considered to be the Father of the Philippine Sugar Industry after whom the wharf was named, Iloilo is an emerging Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions(MICE)destination with a full range of attractions.With the fast development of tourism facilities, a reliable track record of hosting, accessibility in terms of transport and communication, modern amenities and security, Iloilo City has what companies need.But the best thing that Iloilo has to offer is the entertainments after events end. If you’re lucky, you can even join one of the city’s colorful festivals.
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