Iloilo is a province of the Philippines located in the Western Visayas subdivided into 42 municipalities, one component city and one highly urbanized city. Although independent from the Province of Iloilo, the provincial capital remains to be Iloilo City which is a useful transit point for Guimaras Island and other Visayan islands.
We were in Iloilo City from 6am to 1:10pm last May 17, 2012 and here's my TAKE 4 in this economic hub, cultural and heritage center aside from doing the Lakbay Jose Rizal @ 150 Heritage Pilgrimage Trail.
Take the Cultural & Heritage Center (Spanish-American Tour) which includes a visit to 9 sites that highlights Iloilo City's ancient and historical heritage as a prominent place hosting the religious-political power of the Spanish Authority during the colonial period. The Molo Church, Jaro Cathedral/Belfry, Sinamay House, Philippine -American Cemetery and other colonial homes of sugar barons and mooch highlights this tour. If you still have the time to wander around, check on Maragtas (Historical Landmarks) and Maricudo (Historical Educational Institutions) Tours. Just don't forget to take brochures while at the Iloilo Airport.
Award the Franklin S. Richards Pro Bono Service Award to recipient Atty. Benjamin Candari, Jr. from Bacolod City who happens to be in Iloilo City while I was there. He contacted some J.Reuben Clark Law Society - Philippines Chapter members - Provincial Prosecutor Virgilio Garcia and Chris Barredo for a meet - up. It was a great meeting!!
Kick-start your Lakbay Jose Rizal @ 150 Heritage Pilgrimage Trail (with side trips) just like what I did by flying from Manila to Iloilo City thru its new airport to check off No. 17 - Molo Church (St. Anne's Parish) and Escolta then take one of the many ferries bound to Bacolod City where you can take a Ceres bus bound for No. 18 - Dumaguete City (or stay first in San Carlos City and swing by Sipaway Island for some cool swimming) then hop on board a ferry from Sibulan, Negros Occidental to Liloan Cebu. Finally a three hour bus ride to Cebu City to check off No. 19 - Fort San Pedro before flying back to Manila.
Enjoy Iloilo's delights like La Paz Batchoy and Pancit Molo or just have lunch in one of its many restaurants like Ocean City Restaurant and satisfy your gastronomic pleasures. Take home some pasalubong like galletas and muscovado sugar or its Dinagyang shirt.
Well no matter how long or short you are in Iloilo, you will surely be able to have a TAKE 4 experience to your liking.