Sunday, September 29, 2013


Ang Pinaka: Yummy in Iloilo City by GMA7

Once again Iloilo City is features in GMA7's national TV show the "Ang Pinaka" with the episode title "Ang Pinaka: Yummy in Iloilo". I will share to you the complete list of the yummy restaurants here in Iloilo City according to the show. Well the top spot was taken by Tatoy's Manokan and Seafood that features native Filipino dishes and signature grilled chicken. So visit the list below and rate them yourself. (Date aired: September 8, 2013) 

Here is the complete list:

10. Green Mango
09. The Mango Tree Restaurant
08. Roberto's Restaurant
07. Netong's Original Special La Paz Batchoy
06. Afrique's Restaurant
05. Al Dente Ristorante Italiano
04. Bourbon Street
03. Breakthrough
02. Summer House Restaurant
01. Tatoy's Manokan and Seafood 

Market to Master features Iloilo and its Renowned Dishes

In this episode of Market to Master : Philippines, Chef Hylton Le Roux and his crew head over to Iloilo City, Philippines to have the taste of the original La Paz Batchoy and get a chance to learn how to make Pancit Molo. Also the in the episode they have also covered two of the Iloilo's best restaurant the "Breakthrough Restaurant" found in Villa and "Netongs La Paz Bachoy" found in the heart of the La Paz public market.

Thursday, September 26, 2013


Construction starts for P470-M Iloilo Convention Center

The contractor builder of the imposing five stories Iloilo Provincial Capitol handily won the bidding of the Iloilo Convention Center held last September 24, 2013 held at the Dept. of Public Works and Highways regional office here.

DPWH Regional Director Edilberto Tayao said that Hilmark Construction posts a bid price of P479 million against FF Cruz Construction of P600 million and FGurrea without a price bid to win the contract and finish the building within 270 days.

Tayao said that documents of the winning bidder were sent yesterday to the central office of the Department of Tourism-Tourism Infrastructure Economic Zone Authority (CDOT-TIEZA) and the Notice of Award and Notice to Proceed will be issued within a week to Hilmark to start the construction. Tayao said the construction of the structure only is expected to commence October 15, 2013 to be finished in nine months by 2014 following the design of Ilonggo international architect William Coscoluella.


The Iloilo Convention Center is set to transform the Western Visayas Region into a world-class business tourism, convention and events destination. This grand new setting located at the Il oilo Business Park in Mandurriao affirms the vibrancy and vitality of Iloilo, the South’s new city of tomorrow.

Designed by Ilonggo Arch. Willy V. Coscolluela
With 15 exterior fins that evoke the beauty of Iloilo’s colorful Paraw Sail
Glass Walls feature abstract designs of the Dinagyang Festival
Use of indigenous stones for the fa├žade and interiors

Can accommodate over 3,700 guests
Main convention hall at the ground level
8 function rooms at the second level
State-of-the-art audio and video equipment
Kitchen designed to international standards
Museum / souvenir shop

Part of the Iloilo Business Park, and near the community’s hotels
BPO offices and retail and leisure attractions
Near the Iloilo international airport


Monday, September 23, 2013


Beautiful Iloilo a tribute video by BluQube Inc

I just want to share this amazingly creative video about Iloilo City. As published on their youtube video description.

This is Beautiful Iloilo:) BluQube Inc's humble tribute to our beloved city!:)

We would like to take the opportunity to thank our friends and sponsors who contributed to make this project possible.

A special shout out to Councilor Jason Gonzales, City Tourism Officer Mr. Ben Jimena and our Hon. Mayor Jed Mabilog for making this project easier. Mr. Joeboy Agriam for the support and guidance. We hope you ( fellow ilonggos) will help our team promote our Beautiful City:) Consider our project as a contribution to promote tourism and our love for Iloilo City!:) Enjoy!

BluQube: We See Things A Little Differently!

We would like to take the opportunity to thank our friends and sponsors who contributed to make this project possible.

A special shout out to Councilor Jason Gonzales, City Tourism Officer Mr. Ben Jimena and our Hon. Mayor Jed Mabilog for making this project easier. Mr. Joeboy Agriam for the support and guidance. We hope you ( fellow ilonggos) will help our team promote our Beautiful City:) Consider our project as a contribution to promote tourism and our love for Iloilo City!:) Enjoy!

We would also like to thank the following:

Official Radio Partner: Home Radio 89.5
D. John Clement for the wardrobe and Arch. Joemarie Yao for letting us borrow his Jetski.

Original Music: "Beautiful Iloilo - by Robert Clyde Benedicto"

BluQube: We See Things A Little Differently!

Iloilo City Hymn (Video and MP3)

“Himno Sang Dakbanwa Sang Iloilo”


Puluy-an ka sang mga dungganon
Guindihon sa imong gugmang bilidhon
Namat-an sang mga baganihan
Nakigbato para sa kahilwayan

Dunang manggad sa amon guin-aman
Manggaran sa kulturang kinaadman
May maragtas nga madinu-agon
Bulawanon ang mga palanubli-on

Iloilo, Iloilo
Dakbanwa kong nahamut-an
Iloilo, Iloilo
Bugal magpadulong diin man
Tampad nga magpabilin sa imo
Tungod palangga ko
Dakbanwang Iloilo, bugal ko!

Himpit nga gugma sa imo halad
Sakdagon ang imong katuyuan
Itib-ong and kauswagan
Padayun nga angkunon ang katin-aran

MP3 Version Download

Sunday, September 22, 2013


PHILPOST to issue Dinagyang stamps

THE country’s postal service agency expressed interest to bring Iloilo City’s premier celebration, the Dinagyang Festival, to anywhere in the world via commemorative stamps.

Festival Photo by Nikka Corsino

Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog said Postmaster General Ma. Josefina Mendoza-dela Cruz broached the idea during the opening of the Philippine Postal Corporation’s (PHLPOST) Philately Exhibit and Counter Launch at Robinsons Lingkod Pinoy Center in Iloilo City September 17.

The mayor encouraged Ilonggos to take advantage of the accessibility of the post office through the PHLPOST counter in the mall.

Dinagyang 2014 is themed “Bringing more fun to the world” and will culminate on January 24-26 next year. (JVF/Iloilo City PIO)

I am ILOILO Photo Contest

Calling all photography enthusiasts to join the #IamILOILO Photo Contest and help promote our beloved Iloilo at the same time. Pls. share..

You may now send your photos (attach via message) to "".

Week 1: September 22-30, 2013
Theme: River of Life
Deadline of submission of entries: September 30, 2013
Deadline of Voting: October 12, 2013

Week 2: October 1-12, 2013
Theme: It's More Fun in Iloilo
Deadline of submission of entries: October 12, 2013
Deadline of Voting: October 26, 2013

Week 3: October 13-26, 2013
Theme: Heritage
Deadline of Submission: September 30, 2013
Deadline of Voting: November 9, 2013

Prizes to be announced soon. Interested sponsors may also contact "".

- Photographers may send a maximum of 2 photos (1 City/1 Province) along with their Names and Organization (if applicable) per challenge.
- Photos must only be taken by the photographer within Iloilo City/Province.
-The 2 photos (1 City/1 Province) with the most number of likes at the end of each voting period will win the contest.
-Photo Collage will not be accepted.
-Watermarks are allowed.

Kindly Check this if you are also interested.

Friday, September 20, 2013

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Work for Iloilo Dinagyang 2014 Begins

The Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation Inc. (IDFI) officially launched on Wednesday the 46th Iloilo Dinagyang Festival celebration to be held from January 24 to 26 with the theme, "Bringing More Fun to the World."

The launching started after the Mass celebrated at the San Jose Parish Church, followed by the signing of memorandum of agreement between IDFI, represented by its president Ramon Cua Locsin, the Iloilo City government through Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog and the Parish Church led by Fr. Raymundo Edzel Alcayaga.

Iloilo City Tourism officer Benito Jimena said this early launching will help probable candidates to prepare earlier for the event and more time to invite many visitors to come in Iloilo for the annual festival.

Jimena said Iloilo Dinagyang has been known as the Best Tourism Event in the country and this will remain as the Ilonggo's pride.

To make the Dinagyang more convenient, the foundation will still follow the old set-up or the carousel type where the final performing area for competing tribes will be at the Freedom Grandstand.

As carousel type, performing tribes will simultaneously perform in each of the four judging areas Freedom Grandstand, Quezon-Ledesma Streets, Iloilo Provincial Capitol and Ma. Clara Street all within the city proper area, said Jimena.
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I am ILOILO, proud to be ILONGGO

“I am Iloilo” is a statement that embodies what Iloilo is all about – its rich history and culture, heritage houses and mansions, majestic river, colorful festivals, warm people, sumptuous cuisine, grand churches, breathtaking countryside… the list could go on. It is a passionate declaration that there is nothing else like Iloilo. It is claiming ownership of the place and personifying it in one’s being.

“I am Iloilo” Campaign Video

“I am Iloilo” is a social media movement that hopes to stir the consciousness and instill in every Ilonggo the love for their city. It aims to generate the Ilonggos’ sense of pride and ownership of their place. It seeks to awaken the Ilonggos’ conviction that this city is the best because they were born and raised here - there is no place like home. They have seen its transformation from a sleepy metropolis to a booming and dynamic city. And they are proud of it.

“I am Iloilo” connects all Ilonggos who are proud of their history, heritage and culture, and ultimately what their city has become through the years, today and the future it will bring. Social media connects them, knowing the power technology has these days. The movement expects that this sense of pride snowballs in the social media and beyond and reaches a wider number of Ilonggos, especially the youth who will be the future of Iloilo.

Indeed, this sense of pride and appreciation of what Iloilo City has been and is now should start from each Ilonggo.

“I am Iloilo” radiates positivity and excitement for Ilonggos about all the grand things the city is heading to.

Show your support #IamIloilo by "liking" these pages:

Thursday, September 19, 2013


True Pinoy Yaya of Director Anthony Chen, who inspired Cannes-winning film, "ILOILO"

During the 66th Cannes International Film Festival held in May, Anthony Chen’s feature film debut “Ilo Ilo” became the first film from Singapore to win in the world’s most prestigious festival. After earning a 15-minute standing ovation during its gala premiere, it was awarded the Camera d’Or, given to the best first feature film presented in the Official Selection, International Critics’ Week or the Directors’ Fortnight section where it was an entry.

The film focuses on the relationship between the Lims, a typical Chinese-Singaporean family, and their newly arrived maid, Teresa or Terry, an OFW from Iloilo (hence, the title), in the wake of the Asian financial crisis in the late 1990s. The maid was played by Filipina independent film actress Angeli Bayani.

As it turns out, the story was based on the director’s childhood and inspired by the Pinay domestic helper whom Chen and his two younger brothers referred to as, yes, Auntie Terry.

As reported by the Chinese-language newspaper of Singapore, Lianhe Zaobao, Chen embarked on a search for the real Auntie Terry shortly after winning the Camera d’Or for his film. With the help of Iloilo natives or Ilonggas as we know them, it did not take long before Auntie Terry (real name: Teresita D. Sajonia) was found still living in, of course, Iloilo.

“Sometimes, even after years of separation, there are those who are destined to meet again. On Sunday 23rd July, in a small hut in the village of San Miguel in Iloilo Province, Anthony and Christopher were reunited with the real Auntie Terry after a 16-year separation. Words were unnecessary as they embraced. It was an emotional moment for all who were present,” according to Lianhe Zaobao as translated by the movie’s Facebook site from the original Chinese report.

Now 56, Auntie Terry was also described in the report as looking a lot older with ragged clothes, greying hair and wrinkled face, a far cry from how Anthony Chen remembered her: “a cultured, young, and beautiful lady who loved to dress up and listen to cassette tapes of ‘Evita’ and ‘Miss Saigon’”.

Her current living conditions are also hardly what anyone would consider as that befitting a former OFW. The report further revealed that Auntie Terry now lives in a foul-smelling run-down house that’s akin to “a chicken shack” in their village. Characterized by wooden planks, bamboo materials, muddy floors, well water, no toilet and lit only by a small light bulb, Auntie Terry’s place only has an old radio for its only appliance.

According to the report, Auntie Terry is one of the classic cases of OFWs who worked hard to support their family but in the process, forget to look after their own welfare. When she was working in Singapore, she sent most of her salary to her family, setting aside P80,000 for herself.

The Chen siblings, Anthony, Justin and Christopher, had very fond memories of their Auntie Terry during the eight years that she worked for their family.

“After she returned to her village, Teresita missed the three boys very much. She didn’t marry and had no children. Up till today, she still carries photos of the three boys with her, as if they were her own children. She wrote to the Chen family once, but unfortunately the family moved to a different address and they lost contact,” the report continued.

When she returned to the country due to health reasons 16 years ago at the age of 40, Auntie Terry went back to Iloilo and never returned to Singapore. Now living with a partner who, like her, suffers from poor vision, she lives a hand-to-mouth existence bartering her chickens for fish and usually eats just bread twice a day.

Fortunately, the Chens did not forget her. “There are many domestic helpers working in Singapore. We thought when they return home, they’ll be able to afford a big house, or run a small business. But the truth is not always the case,” Anthony said in the same report.

When the Chen brothers found Auntie Terry, they gave her money, vitamin supplements and bought her a pair of glasses, some clothes, T-shirts, jeans and shoes.

Thanks to the efforts of businessman Charles L. Lim — a Singaporean himself who has been living in the Philippines for many years and learned about Auntie Terry through “Ilo Ilo” — Auntie Terry and her partner only known as Mr. Jhunie will be flown to Singapore free of charge to attend the film’s premiere in the city-state.

This will mark the first time in 16 years that Auntie Terry will set foot again in the Lion City, as well as her first time to watch a movie in a cinema — a movie whose story she inspired.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Pyronale 2013: Dragon Fireworks - Philippines

Berlin, Germany - Here is the video of the Winning fireworks display from Dragon Fireworks from the Philippines performed at the Pyronale 2013 fireworks World championships!