One of the most thoughtful gifts we received on our wedding is a travel and hotel/resort accommodation in Iloilo and Guimaras.
Our flight to Iloilo was scheduled on the 26th of September, the day where all hell broke loose in Manila. See entry here. While we were in Iloilo, back home, our area, our village, turned into an ilog (river) city 😦
We didn’t know what to expect in Iloilo nor in Guimaras. Come what may was our motto.
To make the long story short, the trip was a nightmare. We were so stressed and worried all day long because typhoon Ondoy hit our area the most. We wanted to go back right then and there but flights were cancelled.
With that said, I choose to look at the brighter side of the trip (at least for this entry).
Why you’d consider going to Iloilo
- New, big and clean airport – I was expecting to land on an old wooden airport, much like the one in Zamboanga, Caticlan or Kalibo. But this one does not look like a provincial airport at all. It is so much better than our domestic airport. It’s like a mini terminal 3. All brand new.
- Chicken everywhere – Inasal is very popular in the city. The store Mang Inasal has a tarpaulin posted in every nook and corner.
- Chicken Inato taste noches better than Chicken Inasal – Jo’s Chicken Inato is really good! Chicken Inasal has its after taste (at least for me), this Inato is really tasty!
- Batchoy is a staple food – For hot soup lovers with chicaron bits, liver, pork and noodles, this city is for you. It’s their specialty. I didn’t like Deco’s batchoy that much. I wasn’t able to taste Ted’s, one of the popular ones as well.
- Good Food at Barato prices – Imagine all these on the dining table: Buttered Scallops, Gilled stuffed squid, Green Mangoes with Bagoong, Sinigang na Isda, Garlic Prawns, Kilawin Isda 4 cups of rice, 3 soft drinks all for Php 895! (This was at Tatoy’s restaurant, a good 15-20 minute cab ride from the heart of the city)
- Convenient taxi rides – Taxi’s everywhere! Hailing a cab is not a challenge. Flagdown is Php 30.
- Cheap hotel rates – You can get a decent hotel at less than Php1,000, complete with refrigerator, air conditioner, and hot & cold shower
- Visit of old Churches – There are a lot of old churches in the city, but due to bad weather, we only got the chance to visit the one in Jaro.
Locals say that it is best to visit Iloilo during the Dinagyang Festival held on Januarys, and Summer during mango harvest season.
Our Iloilo trip may not be what the sponsors had in mind, but it sure bonded us in a way — with nothing much to do inside the hotel (it was gloomy and a little rainy in the city so we didn’t have the chance to roam around) — we ended up wrestling and tickling and laughing until we were drained of smiles and laughter 🙂