The City of Iloilo, the regional center of Western Visayas, with a population of over 425,000 (not including stray dogs and roosters) has to be the greatest place to live in the Philippines. At the turn of the 20th century, Iloilo City was second to Manila, with stores along Calle Real selling luxury products from all over the world, an agricultural experimental station established at La Paz in 1888, a school of arts and trades which opened in 1891, and a telephone network system operating in 1894 (source: Wikipedia.)
From the beginning of the 19th century up until the advent of World War II, no other province in the south was as important historically and politically and as progressive as Iloilo.
With its sugar industry flourishing and many other divergent economic resources, Iloilo’s economy was catapulted to enormous heights. And with the American government pouring in enormous political and economic functions to the city, Iloilo became the second major seat of power during that time with all administrative functions channeling to the province and Manila only.
The “Queen City of the South” title was then made as its official recognition when Iloilo was legally declared a city for the second time by the virtue of the Commonwealth Act No. 158 in 1937 (source: The Manila Times. net.) (Yeah, yeah, I know Cebu now claims that title but since they are under martial law by some accounts, I’m sticking with Iloilo City which is now called “The City of Love.” I don’t know if that’s due to it’s proliferation of drive-in motels or what.)
Just look at the following chart and see what great weather we enjoy in Iloilo City. Why, I can walk around outside in my boxer shorts and tank tops and not even feel a chill in the air. With an average high of 88 degrees and low of 75, I don’t ever need to shovel snow again.
And talk about your beautiful women of the Philippines! Ilongga women, including my own asawa, are some of the most gorgeous females on the face of this planet. Take a look at this stunner playing a game of Tong-its. Ilonggas are said to be some of the sweetest and loving ladies in the Philippines.
(Photo Source: voy.com)
Need a place to pee and you can’t find a CR, Comfort Room, nearby? Iloilo City has the solution: Public Male Urinals, such as the one pictured below. Don’t risk getting arrested like the bonehead in Manila did the other day. The only case I’ve ever heard of someone being arrested for public urination in this archipelago. The sap was found to have numerous bags of shabu (meth) on him. Our drug dealers in Iloilo don’t have to worry about that. They can use the urinal or pee in a public street in broad daylight without fear of arrest. No one here seems to care.
What about shopping in Iloilo City? Regular readers of this website know that SM City is one of our favorite hangouts. My asawa loves to do bargain shopping at the Smart Buy section at the SM Department Store and also looks for cheap clothing at the Surplus Store.
Why shop at a local ukay-ukay where you run the risk of picking up dengue fever (or something else) from some lola that doesn’t cover her mouth? You can do the same at SM City in air-conditioned comfort.
Sure, if you have allergies to certain odors like I do, your eyes will water and you’ll find it hard to breathe and pass out, but isn’t that a small price to pay to go shopping for your asawa?
And talk about food? There are some great dining spots in Iloilo City. Who could forget some of the places I’ve been with some of my expat friends? There was that initial meeting at The Moon Cafe where my asawa got pissed at me afterwards.
And how about the UR Zone right next to SM City? My American expat friend Scott B and I have enjoyed many a bottle of San Miguel Pale Pilsen there. We even got to witness a young Filipina, who obviously had consumed way too much Red Horse, puke her guts out there. That went on for over 30 minutes. That was sure an appetizing sight!
Terrific weather. Filipina babes. Public urinals. Great shopping malls. Super dining venues. Iloilo City has it all. Iloilo City. The best place to live in the Philippines.
This post is in response to an article I saw by Tara Yap, in The Daily Guardian, a local newspaper. Here’s the article:
NEWSPAPERS will not be banned during the highlight of the 2013 Dinagyang Festival.
Iloilo City Tourism Officer Ben Jimena clarified that a previous statement attributed to him by a local radio station was taken out of context.
Jimena said he is only discouraging local newspapers to publish negative stories during the highlight of the Dinagyang Festival on January 27.
“What I said is that I am discouraging stories that are detrimental to the promotion of Iloilo City,” Jimena told The Daily Guardian.
Jimena said that the Dinagyang draws visitors and dignitaries and Iloilo City must put its best foot forward.
“Too much negative publicity defeats the purpose of promoting our city,” Jimena said.
Jimena assured that there is no intent to antagonize the local media.
OK, Mr. Jimena. I hope this latest post helps promote Iloilo City. Good luck with the festival.