Cebu City: The Queen City of the South. My lovely asawa and I recently returned from a short vacation to do some shopping and to relax in the famed “Second City” of the Philippines, the oldest city in the archipelago. While I haven’t done anything to earn a sabbatical, my spouse has. My wife has been dealing with the construction of our new home in the Philippines for almost six months now, and needed a break, even though she would never admit to that.
The road crew in Guimaras, the island province in Western Visayas that my asawa and I reside, has been making excellent progress on highway improvements in our immediate area. It won’t be long until my spouse and I will be driving our new truck on these new widened pathways making navigating the mango island much easier. And, as a 62-year-old geezer, I’m all for making our own “pocket of paradise” more comfortable and less stressful.
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.)