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Things To Do In Iloilo City

Iloilo City Things To Do

Located on Panay Island in the Philippines, Iloilo City is a city for great food, beaches, and tourist attractions. There’s no end to the things you can do in this fascinating East Asian city.

Visit Iloilo City’s Cathedrals

Iloilo City has many churches and two major cathedrals. The Jaro Cathedral is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Jaro, which has control of the churches of Iloilo Province. The Bell Tower of the Church is located across the street from the church; it was the remains of the original church before being destroyed by an earthquake. It is known as the shrine of Our Lady of the Candles under the original patronage of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary and is open every day for parishioners and gawking tourists.

The Dinagyang Festival

The Iloilo Dinagyang Festival is considered the best of the best festivals in the Philippines. Dinagyang is a month-long city celebration but the culminating activities are held every fourth Sunday of January, just a week after Cebu’s Sinulog and Aklan’s Ati-Atihan. Iloilo Dinagyang Festival is a celebration of green life, conceived to push barangays and towns to protect the environment and take on new directions for a more vibrant, prosperous, healthy, and safe community living.

Seafood and Other Ilonngo Cuisine

Panay Island is known as the Seafood Capital of the Philippines and the whole region, of which Iloilo City is included. They offer a dizzying variety of local seafoods, both freshly caught and harvested from the fishing farms. There are also all kinds of Ilonggo BBQ and Ilonggo delicacies, such as catfish and oysters.

Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Iloilo City.

By Caroline Morse Teel

Unfortunately for her bank account, Principal Editor Caroline Morse Teel is powerless to resist a good flight deal. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline.

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