Molo Church from the far side of the Iloilo River
Molo Plaza - just a couple of blocks from our place
Molo Plaza, a busy park, is very free of scary people -- drunks, shabu dealers etc. -- at least during the day but receives such heavy use that it's unavoidably frayed.
The towns and cities of Iloilo Province seem to take real pride in improving and maintaining their town plazas - many of which were first built as a regular part of Spanish colonial town plans.
My favorites so far are the Oton and Santa Barbara plazas.
Iloilo's fine local museum
An unusually good local museum with permanent and special exhibits. Well worth a visit. Located adjacent to new provincial capitol building.
Lunar New Year at China Bank, Iloilo
University of the Philippines in the Visayas, Art Gallery
According the new fabulous and must-have book on Iloilo, "Iloilo, A Rich and Noble Land", this building was designed by Juan Arellano built in 1934 as the Iloilo City Hall. The building features reliefs and sculptures by an Italian sculptor, Francisco Monti.
Magdalena G. Jalandoni Museum, Jaro, Iloilo City
Sorry for the poor quality photo. I only visited this small museum briefly but plan to go back. For the history buff it seems well worth a visit. Magdalena G. Jalandoni was a celebrated Ilongga writer.
Rosendo Mejica Museum, Molo, Iloilo City
The Rosendo Mejica Museum is a wonderful gem of a small museum. It's easy to find at 251 Lopez Jaena Street in the Baluarte district of Molo, Iloilo City. What's special about this museum is that it is so genuine and uncontrived. It's not a grand, pretentious, off-putting hulk, but is rather the modest residence of a an important citizen. It therefore gives an authentic-feeling experience of life in turn-of-the-century Iloilo.
The museum still owned by the same family after a stint as a government-run historic landmark. Evidently the government did not have the resources to maintain the place so it was returned to the family.
Rosendo Mejica was a Ilonggo of many accomplishments. He translated Rizal's Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo from Spanish to Visayan. He founded and built the first public elementary school in the Philippines in 1905 in Baluarte, Molo. He was a newspaperman, printer and an individual engaged in every imaginable civic improvement effort.
The museum appears to be entirely original; the building itself, the furniture and other furnishings, clothing and the extensive papers and other collections of Mejica.
To get into the museum you'll need to see the guard at the adjoining printing company. That's what we did. After a short wait we were given a very enjoyable tour by Pilar Martinez who has assumed responsibility for the management of the museum.
Pioneer Jaro Antique Collector Lourdes Delotta
Lourdes Delotta may be the grand dame of antique collecting in Iloilo City. She began collecting Santos, porcelain, furniture and architectural elements decades ago and has given encouragement to succeeding generations of collectors. Her latest enthusiasm is for excavated beads which she restrings to create lovely new creations using these many century old beads. If you look closely you'll see one of her creations gracing Agnes' neck.
Mrs. Dellota's Antique Store in Jaro, Iloilo City
Other Iloilo antique shops we've discovered:
Tienda Antique on Washington Ave in Jaro
Mario Yang, a serious and knowledgeable collector who has a small shop in Mary Mart Mall
Nice shop selling mainly furniture on Yulo Street between Iznart and Muelle Loney
a shop on Avancena in Villa
Sorry to be vague about some of these. I'll get the details and update this page.
Stone Sculpture for Sale at Tienda Antique, Jaro, Iloilo City
Salvaged from Tigbauan Church?
New Provincial Capitol Building taken from Atrium Shopping Center