17 Oct 2017 - 8 min read
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Iloilo city is rich in history and this is evident when you take a stroll along JM Basa Street, aka Calle Real. The local government has preserved the old charm of the city by restoring the enfeebled buildings that line this historic street, reflecting the architecture during the Spanish and American era. Most establishments date back to the Commonwealth era (1930-1950), while some were built in the late 1800s. Aside from the retro-themed buildings, Calle Real and its bordering streets are impressively clean too -- a nod to how the old Philippines was back in the years.
Known as “the Feminist Church” because of an all-women ensemble of saint statues decorating the church, Molo Church is one of the most popular Iloilo tourist spots. Built in 1831, it features gothic architecture highlighted by the two pointed belfries on both sides of the church. The interiors are decorated with murals painted by Mariano Mabunay and Jesue Huervas.
The Iloilo River Esplanade is a communal area where families and friends can come together to hangout, stay healthy, eat, or just unwind. A favorite among locals during early mornings and late afternoons for its cool breeze, the esplanade serves as an area for recreational activities or a hangout spot with its stretch of cafes. Make sure to pass by the open area at sunset, the view will stun you.
Have more time to explore? You shouldn't miss these other top Iloilo tourist spots that will leave a great memory for you.
More and more tourists are heading to northeastern Iloilo for a patch of paradise in the country. Gigantes Islands have become a favorite summer destination because of its fine white sand, clear blue waters, and breathtaking views. However, unlike Boracay or Palawan, Islas de Gigantes remains underdeveloped, leaving its raw beauty intact.
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Beach lovers will probably have Islas de Gigantes in mind when visiting Iloilo. However, not many know, there’s another set of islands that are just as stunning as those of the giants -- welcome to Concepcion Islands. Made up of 16 white sand islands, surrounded by crystal clear waters. Majestic mountains and rock formations make the site even more breathtaking. It’s one of the must-visit Iloilo tourist spots!
As if beaches at Gigantes Islands aren’t enough, the postcard paradise offers yet another gem. Tangke Lagoon is a saltwater pool surrounded by giant rock formations. The lagoon is highlighted by its blue-green water that changes hues depending on the tide. If you’ll be heading to the islands of giants, Tange Lagoon shouldn’t be missed.
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A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Miagao Church is part of the Baroque Churches of the Philippines. Its intricately designed facade, coupled with its rich history, makes it a favorite tourist spot in the province. Its yellowish-brown color is caused by the materials used in the building -- adobe, eggs, corals, and limestone.
Nadsadjan Falls is one of most visited Iloilo tourist spots because of its might and beauty. The 100-foot waterfall flows into what locals call a “cauldron-like” pool where locals and tourists can swim in. The fresh cool waters make the trek up to the falls a treat.
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If you’re planning to visit Iloilo during the holidays, you should take a trip to Pototan -- the Christmas Capital of Western Visayas. The town plaza is glittered with lights, Christmas decors, and banderitas during their Iwag Festival of Lights. Pototan is so festive during the Christmas season that it serves to be a Christmas village in Iloilo.