Regarded as one of the country’s newest vacation hotspots, Iloilo City is growing in popularity among travellers. From wining and dining to sightseeing, here are the best things to do in Iloilo City.
Tour Jaro Cathedral
As one of the most ancient churches in all of the Philippines, the iconic Jaro Cathedral is a cultural icon in its own right. A tour of this breathtaking cathedral not only offers visitors a glimpse of the city’s cultural heritage but a chance to admire the stunning architecture of this mammoth structure. The bell tower which is found near Jaro Plaza is another highlight while the 400-year-old statue of the Mother and Child is another reason devotees flock to this church in Iloilo City.
Dig into Batchoy
Considered a local delicacy, sampling a piping hot bowl of freshly prepared La Paz Batchoy is one of the true pleasures of a visit to Iloilo City. The delicious noodle soup combines chicken stock, shrimp, beef loin and chicharron with other meat items to create the aromatic delicacy which has become synonymous with Iloilo City. Sold in a plethora of restaurants around town, Ted’s Batchoy which is located near the city’s airport is regarded as one of the best venues to sample this local dish.
Explore the Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art
Having opened its doors to the public recently, the Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art is fast becoming one of the city’s best-loved cultural institutions to date. Housed within the Casa Emperador Building, the venue celebrates the evolution of Filipino art as well other celebrated artists from around Asia. In addition to its extensive contemporary art collection, the museum also showcases personal collections of various artists while the facility includes a state-of-the-art theatre as well. Visitors based at Citadines Amigo Iloilo or any other apartment in Iloilo City will find that the venue is within close range of their accommodation hub.