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Wherever your travels take you in Iloilo, you will experience the unique charm of this historic province. A relatively short trip, and you are magically transported to a totally different environment, an extra ordinary destination of remarkable sights.

Standing at the crossroads of the Orient and the developed Western world, ILOILO lies in the Heart of the Philippines, stretching 4,663 square kilometers. This strip of land is cut by the Iloilo and Salog Rivers, looking like a nose, hence, the name "Irong-Irong," and later, Iloilo was given. Occupying the southern and northeastern portion of Panay Island, to the north of Iloilo lies the Province of Capiz and JIntotolo Channel, Guimaras Strait washes its southern shores, to the eastern side, the calm waters of Panay Gulf and Iloilo Strait, and the Province of Antique is our western neighbor.

Composed of 42 municipalities and a component city, Iloilo is readily accessible to the different regions of the country. Its unique location has made Iloilo the commercial, cultural and intellectual center of Western Visayas from the dawn of history. Strategically, it is considered as one of the main tourist’s entrance here in the region. Iloilo City, the vibrant provincial capital, is a booming financial center.

The provinces’ geographical structure and makeup has, in fact proven to be an advantage to the traveler, particularly the adventurous, daring and enterprising. The province is connected by a network of modern roads and bridges that traverse towns in the south with their old churches and Antillan houses; the cool, mountain haven of pine trees, flowers and wildlife sanctuaries in central Iloilo; and the stunning land and seascapes with strings of resorts in the north.

But, for many visitors to Iloilo, their enduring memory of their travel will always be the people. Considered as the birthplace of Malayan civilization in the Philippines, present-day Ilonggos are a complex lot, most come from Malay stock, with varying infusions of Chinese and Spanish ancestries. Ilonggos are gregarious, fun-loving people whose hospitality is legendary. Their amiable faces, always ready with a warm smile and a cheery welcome, embodies a beautiful culture with pleasing voices that echo a proud past. Ilonggos are proud of their legacy as people normally entertaining their guests with tales of their cultural affluence. Moreover, Iloilo is steep in historical significance. Its contribution to history is valuable. It is home to freedom fighters, outstanding legislators, legal geniuses, noted business pioneers and famed musicians. Ilonggo’s zest for life has made us a world-class professional human resource.

Wherever your travels take you in Iloilo, you will experience the unique charm of this historic province. A relatively short trip, and you are magically transported to a totally different environment, an extra ordinary destination of remarkable sights and attractions: a rendezvous of street dancing in January, retreat in April, beachcombing in May, from June to October, it is bustling education center, and the closest thing to white Christmas in December

There will definitely never be a dull moment here. Many who visit over and over again, and who have definitely fallen in love with the place, would attest to the charm, beauty, and magnetism of Iloilo.

Part or or all of this text stems from the original article at: http://www.iloilo.gov.ph/

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February 13, 2007 change by berniemacksouthcentral

November 27, 2006 change by giorgio

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