October 19, 2016

September to Remember: Manila to Iloilo City

September to Remember: Manila to Iloilo City

(c) Andrew

After my third bottle of beer I took my backpack, which is almost half of my size, and left our mini celebration to meet Andrew. We left Bataan at 3 in the morning and I dozed off the moment we got inside the bus and took our seats.

If you want to sleep easily during a long bus ride, drink beer or any alcoholic beverage.

It was still dark when Andrew woke me up telling me we were already in Cubao. Our bus almost flew us– it took us only two hours from Limay, Bataan to Cubao! We got off and took a bus to Pasay even though I was still groggy. The traffic was smooth and before we knew it we were already in Pasay Rotunda bus terminal. Luckily, there’s an available airport loop bus, which will take you to NAIA Terminal 3 at Php20 only.

We arrived at NAIA Terminal 3 before 7 AM and since we got there earlier than we expected, we decided to eat breakfast at McDonald’s and drink coffee. We took a lot of selfies to kill time.

Early stage of relationship. I know. That can’t-get-enough-of-each-other kind of thing but not R-18 or whatever.

After waiting for an hour we finally boarded and guess what? Kim Chiu is on the same flight with us. She’s wearing very large sun glasses and high heels.  I didn’t like the sound of her voice but she looked ok.

Even though there was a Zika virus case in Iloilo, most of the seats in our flight were occupied. Walang makakapigil sa amin. But to be safe we brought two medium-sized bottles of off lotion. Segurista lang.  

Our trip took an hour and we arrived at Iloilo International Airport 15 minutes earlier than our ETA. To my surprise, the airport was impressive. It is clean, huge, and modern. It’s nice to know that we have a nice airport besides NAIA Terminal 3.

We made a quick stop at the Tourism Desk inside the airport to get Iloilo map guides then proceeded to the parking lot to look for the airport shuttle van. We only paid Php50 each for the van which brought us to SM Iloilo.

Finally, we can eat lunch and buy foods and supplies for our trip to Concepcion, Iloilo. More about this on my next blog. I’m sleepy.

There were supposed to be five of us on this trip but three of them couldn’t make it. One was broke, the other one was having issues with her leave and the last one got sick before our flight. My boyfriend and I were the only ones left to fulfill the itinerary I had made even if there was a Zika virus case in Jaro, Iloilo. Syempre, walang makakapigil sa akin- sa amin pala. 


Iloilo and Guimaras Travel Guide

Iloilo and Guimaras Travel Guide

Concepcion, Iloilo

Iloilo is one of the provinces occupying the Panay island in Visayas. It is known for its old Spanish churches where one is declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, island destinations and of course the origin of La Paz Batchoy.

How To Get There

Iloilo can be reached by plane from Manila and travel time takes 1 hour. There are also flights from Cebu, Davao, Hong Kong and Singapore via Cebu Pacific. For the flight schedules, visit cebupac’s website.

Note: Iloilo guide maps are available at the Tourism desk inside the Airport.

Where To Stay

We stayed at a budget hotel, Urban Inn, located near the La Paz Public Market. We chose this hotel due to its accessibility to public transportation. It’s also decent and very affordable; we got our room for 560/night/person with free breakfast. The room was clean, so are the sheets.

What To Do

Island hopping in Concepcion

Bulubudiangan Island

Agho Island

Lumpatan Island 

Guimaras Day Tour

Alubihod Beach

Iloilo City Walk and Jeepney Tour

Molo church

Iloilo Eats

Netong's La Paz Batchoy

How To Get Around

As compared to other provinces in the country, getting around Iloilo by public transportation is easy and convenient.  We roamed around the city via jeepneys and used the bus to get to Concepcion.

Tranpo Tips:

Airport shuttle

There are airport shuttles (vans) bound for SM Iloilo located in the parking lot of the airport. Fare is Php 50 and travel time is 30 minutes.

Jeep to Ceres Terminal (Tagbak)

Walk across the street from SM Iloilo and look for Leganes bound jeepneys. Tell the driver to drop you off at Ceres Terminal in Tagbak. Fare is Php 10 and travel time is around 10-15 minutes.  

Jaro-CPU Jeepneys

Jeeps with this signboard pass along Jaro Plaza (which is a walking distance to Jaro Cathedral and Belfry), Gaisano Mall, Museo Iloilo and Calle Real.