Sunday, December 30, 2007
The Robinson's Place, probably one of the top shopping destinations in the city shared a different twist of Christmas Decorations. Move the Christmas Lanterns and welcome the colorful icons of popular cities around the world.
The Eiffel Tower of Paris , The Sydney Opera House, The Leaning Tower of Pisa, New York's Statue of Liberty, Roman Colosseum, Russia's Saint Basil's Cathedral and more wonders merged in one setting to showcase Christmas as the world sees it.
Wherever you may be, may it be in the Philippines or somewhere out there on the other side of the globe. The real meaning of Christmas isn't just about presents, Santa Claus or Noche Buena. Christmas is all about the birth of our Jesus Christ.
Friday, December 28, 2007
The food is great, the ambiance is warm, the view is magnificent... what else would a hungry traveler wish for? It was indeed unintentional for us to drop by at the Promenade, but for sure, we will hop in again for this fine restaurant defines the word 'Splendid'!
Friday, December 21, 2007
Molo is considered as the Athens of the Philippines, since it produced many Political leaders of the country. It is the home of many old houses, may it be a grandiose mansion or a quiet Bahay na Bato. One of the oldest bakeries in the country is also located near the Plaza.
Monday, December 17, 2007
The Castle Hotel located in Bonifacio Drive isn't just a beautiful old house. Restored to the nines it is a perfect place to stay as it exudes an old world vibrance as manifested by its Medieval inspired architecture. Each room is well furnished, air conditioned and equipped with facilities of comfort, warmth, and privacy.
It is located near the Provincial Capitol, The Atrium Mall, The Gaisano City Mall and the Days Hotel. For more information and for reservation please contact Tel No: (033) 338-1021/338-3280/338-3281 or Fax No: 338-1021.
So why should tourist stay in the Castle Hotel? Well, I guess one of the reasons is that it is situated in one of the most accessible places in the city and the best part is that it is just a few steps away from one of the Major routes of Dinagyang Festival's 'Ati' street dancing. Indulge yourself with the best that the Castle Hotel can offer and you'll realize it's not just the outside that's pretty about this historical destination.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
The Jaro Belfry remained an astonishing sight in the City of Iloilo years thereafter. It captured the eyes of onlooker, travelers, and photographers of the 19th century. In 1948, a great earthquake destroyed the belfry leaving only the base intact. It was then rebuilt but in a remodeled sense that the new structure was given less Neoclassic details. Unused for years, the belltower remained an icon and a marker of a great Religious Era.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Tienda Antigua on the corner of Benedicto Street, Jaro, might offer you interesting finds like, furnitures, lamps, religious art sculptures and more. The name itself, "Tienda Antigua" is a Spanish translation of "Antique Shop". There are artifacts inspired by Biblical and Religious Characters. Others have oriental features, like for instance, a Chinese Medicine Safe or an old Chinese vase. Furnitures of classical styles preserved or restored are also available inside.It is not a rarity to find old wooden saints possibly of the golden years of Spanish Religious Art in the Philippines. There are also stone sculptures similar to those carved on stone churches and houses typical of the region.
For antique dealers, Tienda Antigua is a haven of good deals perfect for a souvenir or a fine living room art piece. It is a one -of-a-kind store that doesn't just sell anything pleasing to the eyes but things that have survived ages and generations, ornaments that aren't just there to amaze but rather tell stories old families, people, and events in a time frame that was forgotten by this constantly changing world. Tienda Antigua doesn't just sell anything usual like any store does... They sell History.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
The Manduriao church might not be as historic as the other churches of the city but it is worth a visit. It is located in front of the town plaza and was probably built in the 19th century. Built to complement Iloilo's old world distinction, the exterior is somewhat a combination of modern and classical architecture and the idea of having twin belfries could have been possibly inspired by the usual Hispanic Era Churches in the region.
Monday, November 26, 2007
The church has been reconstructed many times after calamities and war tested the strength of its stone walls. It has been enlarged and restored so well that it appeared to have never been tainted by time. The tall belfry was recently reconstructed years after the original one was destroyed. The new belfry which is possibly of West Asian influence is so large that it gave the entire structure a fortress like appearance.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Janiuay church was said to be a very beautiful edifice that gave pride to its creators. It was one of the largest churches built in the region with an architecture so fine that it deviated from the usual 'Earthquake Baroque' Styles of the other neighboring churches since it used wooden elements and emphasized lightness through large windows instead of heaviness with thick walls of stone. In the second world war, it was burned down but the solid parts of the church still remained. The whole church was then transformed into a garden made by birds and bats who seeded the ruins with trees, flowering weeds and shrubs. Later on, a man made garden was the built to emphasize this incidental wonder, a hanging garden.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
The style used in this edifice is so oriental that even the saints settling in their rosette framed niches look very Chinese, so as the warriors and their horses carved in the pediment.
The carved mural on the pediment isn't the sole reason why this shrine is called a 'gem' the fact that it is dedicated to the Most Holy Name of Jesus Christ, makes it a very important structure in the world of Christianity.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Dingle, which was then called Baong was once a visita of Pototan and became an independent parish in 1611. Though the church is not as large as compared to the huge churches of Molo and Cabatuan, it boasts a clean and preserved elegance which matches the calmness and tranquility of the town.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
During the American regime, the fabric-textile industry began to decline when cheap cotton was used instead pineapple fabrics. However, in the late decades of the 1900's, the textile industry began to rise as pineapple fabric was recognized not only because of its durability but also because of its intricacy and beauty.
Monday, November 5, 2007
Oriental art can be distinguished by the intricate use of floral motifs and curves, pointed finials that have Hindu influences all enhanced by the alternating colors of white and red.
Before reaching the town, a traveler might notice the crown like chapel looming over the cemetery. Delicate like a freed soul, the 'Campo Santo' is truly a heritage treasure that should be preserved for the next generation.
Friday, November 2, 2007
The Laguda House, a beautiful neoclassic mansion was a beautiful edifice before the spark of the second world war. However, like Fort San Pedro, it was bombed and later left in ruins. Lost Memories and Forgotten treasures still haunt the very walls of this old mansion. Astonishing and Mysterious, the beauty of the mansion is still extant that even if it is left in ruins, it never fails to struck passersby with awe.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Let us move now! I know it is easier said than done, but let us not wait for these structures to dilapidate and fall a part before we act and save them.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
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Saturday, July 21, 2007
Historically, Santa Barbara Church was the headquarters of Iloilo's Revolutionary government which was headed by Iloilo's first provincial governor, General Delgado. The convent survived the threats of World War II but some parts were damaged after the 1948 tremor.
If you're itenary includes Sta. Barbara Church on the list, you wouldn't have any problem figuring out which jeepney to take. The Santa Barbara-Highway Jeepney passes UPV-Iloilo and SM city Iloilo and the Santa Barbara- Lapaz Jeepney routes through Lapaz and Jaro. Both jeepneys routes through Pavia. Santa Barbara shares a part of the Iloilo International Airport which is originally in Cabatuan, a neighboring town. It hosts the main access road towards the airport. The oledst golf course in South East Asia was also established in Santa Barbara, thus making it the recreation capital of Northern Iloilo.
Saturday, June 30, 2007
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Many Historical artifacts are housed in the church making it not any ordinary one. It may not look very artistic from the outside but it's grand rococo-gothic interior will surprise a visitor. The most important treasure in this church is the statue of "Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary" which was accidentally discovered in a pile of debris during the Spanish-Dutch War in La Punta in 1614.
Thursday, May 3, 2007
When walking around Iloilo's old world district along Calle Real, one might notice a magnificent tower popping out behind the Iloilo Freedom Grandstand. The same scene can be distinguished when one arrives on Iloilo through Iloilo's Domestic Port. That beautiful tower which welcomes the break of the dawn and muses the last peek of the sunset is the tower of Iloilo's Customs house, more commonly known as the Aduana. This Neoclassic structure which looks over the river wharf and the Muelle Loney port, is one of Iloilo's most astonishing icons. Built during the early 1900's it was believed to be deisgned similarly with the old Custom houses of Cebu and Manila.
Aduana seemed to be one of the fewest 18th-19th colonial buildings which still stand intact along the Muelle Loney River Wharf. Though many old world buildings were left abandoned or in ruins, Muelle Loney still proves that history never ceased along its territory. It is still a historic international port like it was back in 1855.
Monday, April 30, 2007
Why I Love Molo Church? The spires of St. Anne church never failed to astonish me. It's grandeur is like no other and it's colonial environment complements its splendid millieu. The relaxing ambiance of the districts square burgeoned by enchanting trees gives the setting a classic medieval touch worth seeing.
Friday, April 27, 2007
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Sunday, February 11, 2007
... the taste that will make you say... "Bene!"
When in Iloilo, a tourist might be given a chance to taste the province's savoury pieces of heaven. The province is noted to have been the origin of some oriental filipino delicacies, which are being sought by millions. In case a tourist might crave for something western, then he must try Afrique's...
An Italian inspired menu will surely liven up everybody's tastebuds. Oriental Supreme Pizza, Sicilian Pasta, Special Pizza... ahhh.. sounds Yummy? well, the taste is even better! these are just few of the restaurants numerous tasty delicacies. A date, family day dining, a birthday treat... every event suits Afrique's restaurant. And every tongue will surely love what's Afrique's can offer.
Afrique has about four branches in the entire city of Iloilo, one is in Jaro, the other is in Smallville in Manduriao, next is in Molo near Hotel del Rio and the last is near Plaza Libertad in the downtown area. Afriques also offers a menu of varied meals and delicacies that will definitely make travelers enjoy a dining experience that is like no other.