Beggars & Burgers at Delgado in Iloilo City

Beggars and burgers at Delgado in Iloilo City are plentiful.  Giving alms to street children and beggars is not allowed in Iloilo City and such an act is punishable under City Regulation Ordinance 2002-400 as reported in the July 20th, 2010, online edition of The News Today.  The ordinance provides that “those caught begging are liable to fines of P500, imprisonment of not more than a year or both fine and imprisonment.” 

street beggars in Iloilo City

Iloilo City is attempting to curb the growing number of ethnic Badjaos and Atis, street children and elderly roaming and begging in its streets, a press release from the Public Information Office said.  When the new ordinance first went into effect, I recall that the areas around Delgado Street and The Atrium, were virtually clear of any panhandlers. However, that only lasted a few months, since, I personally believe, that the law is not being enforced as is the case of many rules and regulations in the Philippines.

The ordinance provides that “those caught begging are liable to fines of P500, imprisonment of not more than a year or both fine and imprisonment.”

And what if you give to a beggar, such as one of the unfortunate blind ones shown in the lead photo? Giving to beggars in Iloilo City is punishable by a fine of P500, 11 US Dollars, or community service. Any person, syndicate or group who utilize and exploit minors, disabled and infirm persons in the mendicancy trade shall suffer a penalty of P2,000 in fine and imprisonment of not less than two months.

That’s the problem. Many of these panhandlers are controlled by syndicates, gangs, in Iloilo and are forced to turn over their earnings to the syndicate. If they don’t collect enough money for these heartless thugs, they are beaten.

I noticed the two blind beggars in my photo near the McDonald’s located at MaryMart while I was waiting for Rease to arrive, so we could quaff a beer or two, I couldn’t help but spot the various motorbikes parked near the burger joint which were used for deliveries.

McDonald's motorcycle delivery at MaryMart in Iloilo


My asawa and I had already eaten breakfast at the Mickey D’s located a few blocks away at The Atrium. My wife ordered coffee with her pancake meal and when I took our food up to the second floor (the only two-story McDonald’s outlet in Iloilo), my spouse opened her container and remarked that she had hot chocolate instead of coffee. Our bill said “coffee” so I went downstairs to get this sorted out.

My beautiful asawa


My beautiful asawa and her real cup of coffee at McDonald’s

I approached the counter girl that served me and both of the employees at that station stood by, doing nothing. There were several people in line and they were busy with breakfast so I spoke to a manager that came by and advised her what I needed. She told me “sorry, sir” which is more than the girl that gave us the wrong beverage said, and gave me a coffee. I thanked her and went upstairs to deliver it to my wife.

“Did you get mad?” my asawa asked.

“No, I didn’t. I was polite and didn’t even raise my voice,” I replied.

“Good,” my spouse said with a smile.

Whether it be the McDonald’s outlet at The Atruim, SM City, or MaryMart, I estimate that at least one third of the time my orders are messed up. Maybe because it’s because of my “English slang” or perhaps the cashiers are not paying attention. I don’t know. But I can tell you that after almost five years of living in the Philippines, I believe my orders at the local KFC’s have only been screwed up twice.

While I’m on the subject of beggars and burgers at Delgado in Iloilo City, I’ve received a disturbing report from an American expat friend, regarding my highly recommend Crave Burger, of which I praised as the best burger in Iloilo.

The best burger in Iloilo City, the Crave Burger

The Crave Burger

My expat friend had recommended the Crave to another expat who visited the Smallville outlet and was disappointed by his Crave Burger. I was sorry to hear that. I had gone to the outlet near The Atrium, which has since closed, but will need to make a stop at the Smallville store to check this out. Plus, it gives me an excuse to chow down on my all-time favorite food, the hamburger.  I’d put it on my “To Do List” but I don’t bother with one. Since we hired our new maid, Mera, I have even less to do, if that’s possible, and don’t see any need to keep track of “chores” I need to do. Believe me, going back to Crave Burger won’t be a chore at all!

Author: The Kano

POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 19 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Shepherd called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people in the last two years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.

8 thoughts on “Beggars & Burgers at Delgado in Iloilo City

  1. Unfortunately Crave Burger has gone downhill. After they relocated to Smallville they reduced the burger size and quality and raised their prices. I used to enjoy their burgers when they were next to Atrium. Now, tragic as it seems, McDonald’s has the “best” burger in Iloilo 🙁

    1. Sorry to hear about the Crave, Rease. Looks like I won’t be making a return trip there after all. Well, McDonalds’ will just have to do because I do need my burger fix. Thanks for the info, Rease.

    1. Yeah, I love DQ, Don M, but we don’t have any in Guimaras or nearby Iloilo City. I used to go to our local DQ in Auburn, IL, where the drive-up window was geared to “Filipino Time.” But I sure miss the Blizzards and those greasy fries and burgers. 😉

  2. Dave,
    Since we moved down to Lipa City, we really haven’t had to deal with many beggars. Some were very persistent and refused to quit. Army/Navy Burgers/Burritos has pretty good burgers and ok burritos. When we go up to Alabang to the S&R we usually eat lunch there. They have the best pizza in the Philippines and there burgers are good too. All ingredients are imported from the US.

    1. Most of the beggars in Iloilo are concentrated in the Delgado and Atrium areas, Papa Duck. I’ve only had one panhandler approach me at SM City in Iloilo in five years. As you know, there’s no S&R in Iloilo, but I’ve been discovering some good American cheese and other imported products at the Iloilo City Supermarket at The Atrium.

  3. PapaDuck, Dave and I plan to go out for chimichangas here in Iloilo in the not too distant future (sometime after 4th of July). You should come join us 🙂

    1. Rease informs me this is AUTHENTIC Mexican cuisine, Papa Duck. A Fil-Am from California runs it. Believe me the so-called “Mexican-Inspired” fare at “The Moon Cafe” in Iloilo City isn’t much better than regurgitated dog food. 🙂

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