ARRIVAL AT ILOILO
Iloilo is considered the heart of the Philippines because of its geographical location, it is fondly called “The City of Love”. Iloilo is home to the most loving, friendly, kind-hearted, and soft-spoken Filipinos otherwise known as the Ilonggos.
Our adventure begins when we arrived at Iloilo Airport around 6pm with Cebu Pacific airlines. Gotten out from the airport, a couple of taxi asks us for a fixed rates and so they bring you to your destination. Since we did not have any idea of how much is the regular rate going to the city center, towards Ong-bun pension house, we tried to use the GRAB app. When we arrived on our destination the total fee was 507 php ( ride fare 407 php + 105 php booking fee). In the end, the rate asked by taxi drivers at the airport was more or less the same at 500php.
We stayed at Ong-bun pension house and booked it at Expedia a month before arrival. We paid 12 euros (740 php) for 1 room with a queen size bed and a restroom. We fitted in 3 in that bed! The rooms are ideal for a backpacker. It is ok to stay for a night. The hotel was stinky and the room was not that clean to be honest but staying for a night we did not bother to change hotel. A lot of locals are staying in that pension house and we felt we were the only aliens on that night (LoL).
The next day we headed to Calle Real (JM Basa St, Iloilo City Proper, Iloilo City) a historic street located in the old downtown district of Iloilo City Proper.
Completing our Iloilo trip by eating breakfast on this famous old time restaurant in downtown Iloilo: Roberto’s, the best Siopao (steamed bun) in town.
We walked around the city center until we reached La Paz Market.
In the heart of the market, we found Madge cafe where in spite of the heat, we stopped to try there coffee. The coffee was ok but because it was too warm, you can’t really enjoy a hot coffee in a warm weather 😉
After our brunch, we got a taxi (100php) going to Molo church since it was too hot to walk and our shoulders starts to feel the weight of our backpacks.
Bound to Miag-ao, we catched the Ceres bus liner ( 52 php / person) from Molo Terminal. It’s an hour bus ride. The bus stop is right in front of Miag-ao Church.
Miag-ao church is a UNESCO World heritage site. This is something you should’nt miss. It is one of a kind.
The nicest recycling bin I’ve ever seen 😉
GA DUNOT (biodegrable) = WALA GADUNOT ( non-biodegradable)
SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, ANTIQUE
We then moved on to San Jose de Buenavista, Antique ( 2 hrs bus ride from Miag-ao, 70php /person). We decided to sleep for the night in San-Jose.
We stayed at EAGLE’S INN located at T.A. Fornier Street, San Jose de Buenavista, Antique Province 5701, Philippines. The lonely planet guide had good reviews about it. So we decided to give it a try and plus it is very close to the city center. We paid 2000php (32 eur)for one night including breakfast. The room was very clean, quiet and spacious and the staff were so accommodating and very friendly. They even taught us some greetings in Hiligaynon. So we recommend it ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐!
This was our room!
When we arrive at San Jose there was a Tiringbanay festival, so that night was kind of noisy and crowded on the streets in the city center. And they had this tricycle and motorcycle lights and sound show which is really at high volume! We will post our YouTube video on the next few days for the Tiringbanay festival.
On the plaza square, we were advise to eat at GRILLER’S OYSTERS. They had oyster’s specialties but since it was late, we didn’t feel like eating oysters. So we just had fish and vegetables including a platter of rice, a sizzling sisig and some leche flan for dessert. We paid around 1000 php/3 pax ( 17 eur). Not bad at all.
NOTE: We haven’t booked our hotels ahead because we wanted to enjoy each places we end up. So we did a DIY travel and booked our hotels and accommodations on a daily basis.
This is an old Filipino alphabet called Babayin.
Tagalog is the most widely spoken tongue in the Philippines today. Nowadays it is written in a Roman alphabet, but prior to Spanish colonial rule, Tagalog speakers employed a syllabic alphabet named Baybayin to record their language.
The Tagalog Baybayin is one of the many indigenous scripts of pre-colonial Philippines The development of scripts in Philippines remains somewhat of a mystery due to destruction of native literature by Spanish authorities as well as poor preservation of the plant-based writing material in the Tropics.
The island of Panay is very well served with buses and jeepneys and not to exclude motorcycles called habalhabal. Kind of crazy, but yes, this motorcycle carries 3-4 people as you can see below 😉
We carried with us one backpack for 3 person and a backpack filled with all our electronic equipment such as camera, drone, tripod etc…and that’s it, we’re good to go!
We walked a lot and met a lot of interesting people on the road and people curious about our adventure. That’s what we love of travelling. We just don’t want to be only tourist but also live the culture of the country where we are. We love to try different food delicacies and to learn simple greetings of the place. To absorb and learn the culture of a place gives you a different perspective in life.
OUR YOUTUBE VIDEO ON ILOILO : BICINVIAGGIO
Point of Interest PANAY ISLAND
TRAVEL GUIDE TO PHILIPPINES