Iloilo City geographically located at the center of the Philippines. It is popularly known as the ‘City of Love’ and the land of the famous religious festival, Dinagyang. Lapaz Batchoy is one of Iloilo’s signature dishes. Ilonggos are said to be one of the sweetest because of the musical tone of their dialect called Hiligaynon. Here are some culture and history facts of Iloilo’s that you might not probably know.
1.Queen City of the South
Iloilo was once the “Queen City of South” before Cebu surpassed its economic growth. Lots of businesses had emerged in Iloilo back then, and Pavia was the center of most of the agri-businesses and manufacturing companies.
2. Hablon Weaving
Hablon weaving is part of Iloilo’s culture located at Miagao. It is handwoven fabric mostly seen in the fashion show and formal events. Long ago, it was made from natural materials such as banana fiber or piña fiber. Today, it is made from cotton and threads.
3. Oldest Church
The oldest Church in Panay Island is found in Dumangas, Iloilo. Dumangas is part of the 4th District of Iloilo and located at the southeastern part of Panay. In 1566, Augustinians established the first church in Panay Island at Dumangas.
4. Alaska of the Philippines
Iloilo takes pride for having Estancia as the “Alaska of the Philippines”. Estancia is located at the northern area of Panay and part of the 5th district of Iloilo. Estancia is abundant for different marine resources. Fish products being commercially sold in the area are cheap and affordable.
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