Over the years, Iloilo’s cityscape has undergone a fusion of the old and modern: from Spanish colonial churches to old houses, the city now boasts several major modern infrastructures and tourist spots. And now that Dinagyang is fast approaching, take a detour to visit Iloilo’s timeless heritage sites and emerging modern infrastructures while enjoying the delights the festivity bring.

Discover These Places While Enjoying Dinagyang

The Old and Timeless

  1. Calle Real & Casa Real – discover the “Escolta of Iloilo”
  2. Jaro Cathedral Church – visit the shrine of Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria, declared by St. Pope John Paul II as the Patroness of Western Visayas.

    Calle Real the “Escolta of Iloilo” at night (Photo by: Michael Sabido)

  3. Molo Church and Molo Mansion – recently renovated, Molo Church and the Molo Mansion across it reflect the old-time grandeur of Molo
  4. Plaza Libertad – visit the site where the first flag of the Philippine Republic was raised as Spain surrendered Iloilo, her last capital in the country, to Gen. Martin Delgado
  5. Museo Iloilo – take a cultural and historic tour of Iloilo as well as Panay’s historic artifacts, learning the stories of the province’s past.




The New and Emerging

  1. Iloilo River Esplanade – the perfect locale for tourists wanting to witness the scenic Iloilo River and to experience nature at its finest

    Iloilo Esplanade as Ilonggo's Pride

    Iloilo River Esplanade (Photo by Michael Sabido)

  2. Megaworld – a more modern and commercial tour for visiting looking to discover good food and establishments Ilonggos have to offer
  3. Plazuela De Iloilo and Plazuela Dos – experience Iloilo’s Hispanic-European links, as envisioned by its founders, in Plazuela and the recently opened Plazuela Dos.
  4. Diversion Road – bonus: take a long walk along Diversion road as the city zips by and you’d be surprised by the shops you can discover along the way.

Iloilo has several tourist spots and eco-friendly destinations everyone needs to discover while visiting the city. As one of the most progressive cities in the Philippines, Iloilo is sure to satisfy those looking for both traditional and modern urban experience.

Diversion Road (Photo: Michael Sabido)