Iloilo International Airport, more popularly referred to simply as Iloilo Airport, serves the Province of Iloilo, including its capital city, Iloilo City, the regional center of the Western Visayas region in the Philippines. It is also known by the locals as Cabatuan Airport and sometimes Santa Barbara Airport, as the airport grounds lies in the municipality of Cabatuan and nearby Santa Barbara.
The airport started operations in 2007 and is one of the largest airports to be constructed in the Philippines. It replaced the former Iloilo Airport in Mandurriao, Iloilo City.
Iloilo International Airport is the fourth-busiest airport in the Philippines, and is the only airport in Western Visayas to be built to serve as an international gateway. Currently, the airport serves flights from Cebu City, Davao City, Manila, Puerto Princesa, Cagayan de Oro, General Santos, as well as Singapore and Hong Kong. Flag carrier Philippines airlines and Cebu Pacific are the two airlines which operate from Iloilo Airport.
The airport is located 19 kilometers northwest of Iloilo City and is easily accessible by from the city centre with an estimated travel time of a round 20-30 minutes. A shuttle service is currently available to the airport from Iloilo City, with pick-up and drop-off points at SM City Iloilo and Jaro Plaza. Taxi services are also available. There are local jeepney routes from various locations in Iloilo to the nearby Santa Barbara town proper.
Iloilo City the capital city of the province with the same name, is located on the island of Panay. The city is the regional centre of the Western Visayas, and a popular tourist and economic hub. Iloilo has a rich cultural heritage owing to the strong colonial presence in the city’s early development. It is home to many centuries old Spanish-colonial churches, grand vintage houses, and pre-war commercial and institutional buildings. The distinctive local cuisine is also Iloilo’s major draws. Friendly locals will surely offer visitors to partake of signature Ilonggo dishes.
The city has a fairly compact urban core and many transport options for getting around are available. The ubiquitous tri-sikads and tricycles are a common means of transport but now mostly relegated to the suburbs and outskirts. The downtown core is mostly served by jeepneys and taxis. Rental vans with drivers are also available for a more convenient way of touring the popular sights of the city. Iloilo’s downtown area is also easy to navigate on foot. Strolling down Calle Real and Plaza Libertad is a most pleasant way of taking in the old city. There are many things to see and do in Iloilo, and here is a list of favorite attractions in the city that one simply can't miss.
Walk the streets of Iloilo City Proper to find recently restored heritage buildings along Calle Real, the city’s old central business district. Resting on the southern shoulder of Calle Real is Plaza Libertad, which was built in honor of national hero Jose Rizal. Around it you’ll find important buildings such as the Lacson Ancestral House, the Masonic Temple, and the remnants of Botica Lacson and Iglesia de San Jose de Placer.
This museum is located beside the Iloilo Provincial Capitol. It houses an impressive collection of Iloilo’s cultural heritage which includes stone age native pottery, fossils, jewellery, artefacts from burial sites, trade pottery from China, Annam and Siam, and historic photographs.
Constructed in 1831, the St. Anne Parish Church, also known as the Molo Church, is the only Gothic church in the Philippines outside of Manila. The church is made of white corral rock and is considered as one of the most attractive churches in the Philippines. The gothic design is evident on the two pointed towers of the church as well as its interior elements, such as the altars and pulpits. It earned the moniker “women’s church” or a feminist church because of the 16 images of women saints found inside.
The Miag-ao Church is one of the Philippines' four world heritage listed baroque churches. Also known as the Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Parish Church, this Roman catholic church served as defensive tower of the town against Muslim raids. The interior's most prominent structure is the gold plated retablo or sanctuary.
Iloilo is an emerging tourist destination with its variety of attractions, strong local initiatives for the preservation of its colonial heritage as well as green and sustainable environment. The city definitely promises a truly amazing holiday. If you’re in festive mood, visit Iloilo in January and join in the fun of the Dinagyang, their most colourful festival. Plan your trip now! Find the best flight for you by searching for promo fares to Iloilo International Airport on Skyscanner Singapore.
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