Iloilo is a province located in the region of Western Visayas in the Philippines. It occupies a major southeast portion of the Visayan island of Panay and is bordered by the province of Antique to the west, Capiz to the north, the Jintotolo Channel to the northeast, the Guimaras Strait to the east, and the Iloilo Strait and Panay Gulf to the southwest.
With over 5,000.83 square kilometres, the province includes the central and eastern section of Panay Island in the Western Visayas region. It consists of 42 municipalities and two cities. Iloilo's capital is Iloilo City, though the city itself is independent and not governed by the provincial government itself. According to the 2015 census, the population of the province (excluding Iloilo City) is 1,936,423. The total population is 2,361,042 if Iloilo city is included.
Iloilo is generally humid and hot throughout the year. The best time to go to Iloilo is from January to June as these are the dry months and the hotels are cheaper. Rates are more expensive towards the end of the year, especially in December. Just like most cities in the Philippines, Iloilo has two seasons, which are wet and dry.
The Iloilo Dinagyang Festival is one of the Philippines' biggest religious and cultural festivals that transforms Iloilo City into one big venue for spectacle and merrymaking in January. There are thousands of Dinagyang Ati performers fill the city streets as they dance in sync to fast-paced thundering drum beats. In addition to the Dinagyang Festival, the city is also host to many exciting events like the Paraw Regatta Festival, Jaro Fiesta, and Chinese New Year.
Cotabato Airport – This airport is an airport that generally serves Cotabato city and it is also known as the Awang Airport. It is classified as a major domestic airport by the Philippines's Civil Aviation Authority. Cotabato Airport is also the 20th busiest airport to operate in the Philippines with an annual number of passengers of nearly 300,000 people, aircraft movements of nearly 3,000 and these numbers are increasing year by year. However, it does not serve the city by handling major international flights. It is located in the Maguindanao province, about 7 km away from the centre of Cotabato City. An international airport is expected to be built in June 2019 to serve the Cotabato City.
Iloilo International Airport- Besides Iloilo Airport, this airport is also referred to as Cabatuan Airport after the municipality of Cabatuan, Iloilo where this airport is located. It is the airport serving the province of Iloilo in the Philippines, including its capital city, Iloilo City, the regional center of the Western Visayas region. Opened commercially on June 14, 2007, on a 188 hectares land, this airport underwent a decade of planning and construction and has replaced Mandurriao Airport in Mandurriao, Iloilo City which had been in service for over seventy years.
This airport also acts as the primary gateway and the fourth-busiest airport in the Philippines. It is also the first airport in both Western Visayas and the island of Panay to be built to international standards. It is classified as an international airport by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines. The airport features a single runway, various administrative and maintenance buildings, waste-sorting and water-treatment facilities, a power-generating station, a cargo terminal, and the main passenger terminal. Iloilo International Airport is one of the largest airports to be constructed in the Philippines and regarded as the most beautiful and modern in the country.
Iloilo city experiences a tropical climate with sunshine and humidity. Most months of the year are marked by significant rainfall. The short dry season has little impact. In Iloilo City, the average annual temperature is 27.1 °C and the lowest temperature is in January recorded is around 25.8 °C. The driest month is February while the wettest is in August.