30 Photos of Iloilo That Make You Feel Like You’re In Europe

No need to go to Europe when you have beautiful colonial cities in the Philippines! Head to Iloilo for a trip back to a time where cobblestone roads and pastel-colored buildings were the norm. The patterns, architecture and structures are just absolutely stunning.
 1. Molo Mansion

Shot with Sony RX100V by Lucky Alabado

Molo Mansion is just like the villas that you see in movies. Come here to get some souvenirs and trinkets for your family back home.

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  1. Calle Real

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The pastel-colored buildings at Calle Real could easily be any corner in Spain. It may also be the busiest street in Iloilo city.

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  1. Fort San Pedro

Fort San Pedro is amazing for sunset.

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Come by here and listen to the peaceful sound of waves crashing onto the shore.

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 Shot with Sony A7rII | FE 24-70mm 2.8 GM by Taryn Navarro

  1. Nelly’s Garden

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Nelly’s Garden is owned by the Lopez Clan. It has an expansive green lawn that you’d only dream of seeing in the Philippines. The house is open to the public but it can be visited upon request only or through private tours.

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  1. Jaro Church

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Instead of going to pilgrimage sites abroad, you can also visit Jaro Church in Iloilo. Pope John Paul II came to this church on his visit to Iloilo city and crowned the Mother Mary statue in Jaro Church. This is the only statue in the Philippines to be awarded this distinction.

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  1. Balay na Bato

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Shot with Sony RX100V by Lucky Alabado

Balay na Bato is a family owned heritage house with colonial Spanish architecture that serves amazing molo and a breakfast buffet upon request. They have vintage furniture and appliances that you can shoot for amazing Instagram photos!

 Shot with Sony A7rII | FE 24-70mm 2.8 GM by Taryn Navarro

 Shot with Sony A7rII | FE 24-70mm 2.8 GM by Taryn Navarro

  1. Garin Farm

Shot with Sony RX100V by Lucky Alabado

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The highlight of Garin Farm is the pilgrimage site that feels like a journey to heaven. Climb up several flights of stairs, walk through a pitch black tunnel until the end and be greeted by a radiant white light that makes you feel like you’re in heaven. You can’t miss this place.

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 Shot with Sony A7rII | FE 24-70mm 2.8 GM by Taryn Navarro

  1. Miagao Church

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What makes Miagao unique is its orange color. This is because it was built with coral, limestone and surprisingly, eggs! The carving on the church can definitely be at par with many churches in Europe.

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9. Ephathath Farm

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You cannot run out of things to do at Ephathath Farm – agriculture classes, zipline, swimming, photoshoots and even weddings. They have the dreamiest glass church that is perfect for a garden wedding.

Shot with Sony RX100V by Lucky Alabado

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10. Damires Hills

Shot with Sony RX100V by Lucky Alabado

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Damires Hills is a family owned resort, inspired by Balinese architecture. We’re a big fan of the tiles, patterns and the furniture. You can also zipline, go for an ATV ride, and get a massage right after.

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  1. Santa Barbara Church

Shot with Sony RX100V by Waltz Siy

Santa Barbara Church takes you back to colonial times. It also has a beautiful garden indoors, and a park closeby with the biggest Philippine flag in the country. This place is perfect for an afternoon stroll.

Shot with Sony RX100V by Lucky Alabado

 Shot with Sony A7rII | FE 24-70mm 2.8 GM by Taryn Navarro

TIPS

If you need help getting around, we recommend Southwest Tours. They’re friendly, efficient and helpful! Be sure to get them if you want a fun-filled city tour of Iloilo.

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Check out our Iloilo Itinerary: http://www.discovermnl.com/iloiloitinerary/

GETTING THERE AND AROUND

PLANE

Cebu Pacific has daily flights to Iloilo from Manila.

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FROM AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER
Take a tricycle or a taxi. Travel time is around 20 minutes.

WHAT TO BRING?

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  • Travel friendly clothes – A must! Stay comfy wherever you are.
  • A sturdy backpack – our pick: Outdoor Products Backpacks! Numerous convenient pockets and super spacious!
  • Your trusty travel luggage – our pick: Delsey Paris luggages! Better invest on a sturdy set of luggage if you’re always on the go! It’s worth the investment, plus you don’t have to worry about getting your bags all damaged while en route!
  • A handy camera that fits your shooting needs – our pick: Sony Philippines has a wide range of cameras to choose from, our best travel buddies are the RX100V and Sony A6500!
  • Since you’re also going island hopping, a few water friendly clothes will be best! – our pick: Travel and adventure outfits & gear from Grind Philippines!

 

So are you all set? Ready to explore the rich history and culture that Iloilo has to offer? Share your experience with us! Have fun!

 

Words by: Roxi Lim & Lucky Alabado

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