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A Quick Tour of Iloilo City, Philippines: Best Travel Tips

Iloilo… The City of Love

I have always wanted to visit Iloilo City, Philippines because of its unique history, culture, and cuisine. A lot of Filipinos already know that it is home to the endearing and kind-hearted Ilonggos. I would really love to go to Iloilo with Pappa P, Leon, and Lucas someday.

Luckily, my good friend Jenny Mendoza shared with me some travel tips when she went on a quick tour to “the heart of the Philippines” early this year. Read on to find out where to go and what to do in The City of Love.

Over to you, Jenny…


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What To Eat:


The first order of business when visiting Iloilo is tasting their famous La Paz Batchoy, a delicious noodle soup made pork, chicken, and vegetables. Go to Netong’s Original Special Lapaz Batchoy for the best Batchoy experience! Address: Public Market, Rizal St, La Paz, Iloilo City, Iloilo, Philippines (for the best Batchoy experience) and another branch at the back of Seda Atria

La Paz Batchoy

Where To Go:

The Molo Church (St. Anne Parish Church) is also known as the “feminist church” because of the all-women ensemble of saints represented in 16 statues perched on the aisle pillars. AddressSan Pedro St, Molo, Iloilo City, 5000 Iloilo, Philippines

Molo Cathedral
Molo Cathedral
Molo Church
Interior of the Molo Cathedral

The Jaro Cathedral is one of Iloilo’s oldest churches and was declared a world heritage site in 1976. It is also known as the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Metropolitan Cathedral in 1951. AddressJaro, Iloilo City, 5000 Iloilo, Philippines

Jaro Cathedral
Jaro Cathedral (c) Maharani Gadaoni-Tosoc

The Museo Iloilo showcases treasures from its rich history and connects their importance to the present. It is a great place for children to hop on a trip to the past. AddressIloilo City Proper, Iloilo City, 5000 Iloilo, Philippines

The Iloilo City Hall also has a small museum that is open to the public. In the picture below, I am wearing a headdress for the Dinagyang Festival, a religious and cultural festival held on the 3rd Sunday of January or right after the Sinulog in Cebu.

Dinagyang Head dress
Dinagyang Head Dress (c) Maharani Gadaoni- Tosoc

Aside from its heritage sites, Iloilo City is also known for it being a business district. Here you can find the Atria Park District, Megaworld’s Iloilo Business Park, and the Smallville Complex. Head on over to SM City Iloilo for a unique Filipino malling experience!

Where To Stay:

The Mansion in Iloilo City is one of the most prominent landmarks in Iloilo City. It is also just a short drive away from historical sites and the business centers. Also accessible are ferries to Guimaras, Palawan, Bacolod, CDO, and Cebu.  The Iloilo International Airport is only 45 minutes away. My workmates and I had such an amazing stay here, and I highly recommend it!

Where To Buy Food Souvenirs/ Pasalubong

The Original Biscocho Haus is the best place to buy delicious food souvenirs. Here you can find Biscocho (toasted bread crackers with butter and sugar), butterscotch, fruit tarts, piaya, cookies, tablea (chocolate tablets), and more!

Another place where you can buy your pasalubong is Merzci. It is a brand of pasalubong treats from Bacolod, and has expanded its branches to Iloilo.
Three days was not enough to check out all that Iloilo City has to offer. I look forward to visiting this place again, soon. Glad that I was able to witness the beauty and colors of the City of Love!


Hannah Carmela is the author of Bellissimamma. She blogs about beauty, travel, and motherhood. She is a work-at-home mom and teacher to Leon and Lucas. She is married to her college sweetheart. Her family currently lives in Siena, Italy.


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  1. I went to Iloilo last year! However I only stayed there overnight so I wasn’t really able to go around much. I loved it though and I’m planning to go back with the family cause my parents love visiting old churches, and Iloilo has a lot of those. ☺️

    1. Oh wow! I’d love to visit Iloilo because of its heritage sites. Thanks for commenting!

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