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Iloilo is a province of the Philippines located in the Western Visayas region. Its capital is Iloilo City, the second oldest city in the country.


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Sunday, June 04, 2006

Metropolis Iloilo Real Estate

The Family-Friendly Factor

Illustrious Iloilo, heart of beautiful Spanish architecture, where the Jaro Cathedral and Belfry lend a touch of distinction to one of the country's oldest cities. Home to the nation's established entrepreneurial families. Iloilo is the magnificent backdrop, along with the Ilonggo spirit of fun, and familial pleasure, for The Metropolis Residential & Commercial Estates.

Integrated with a complete sports complex, The Metropolis has grown alongside a booming town. Five exclusive villages, The Metropolis Center, The Metropolis North, The Metropolis South, The Metropolis East, and Metropolis West are all bound by a common main avenue. Majestic Metropolis Tower stands like a sentry to welcome you and your family at the grand entrance. Each village has its own perimeter wall for privacy and security, its own guardhouse, park, and playground.

A short drive away you'll find one of the world's most famous churches, the Miag-ao Church. Here in the midst of all the Hispanic glory, your family can live out a new life, guided by the Ilonggo tradition, and fortified with Sta. Lucia's modern innovations.

The Metropolis group of villages is situated near the Philippine Science High School and Angelicum School, bringing your children closer to the quality education they deserve. Scroll down and see what other wonderful things await your family at The Metropolis of Jaro, Iloilo!

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More Pictures of the San Joaquin Church

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San Joaquin Church

The church is made of gleaming white coral stones abundant along the shores of Punta Malagting, Brgy. Igcadlum. Fr. Tomas Santaren of the Agustinian Order built it in 1869 and it is considered the country’s most militaristic church. (source)

The two stories of the façade are uneven in height, the second being about one-half the dimension of the first. The first story is decorated with rosettes and divided vertically by engaged columns on tall plinths like Guimbal. Composite capitals crown the columns. A plaque above the arched portal displays the Augustinian seal flanked by cherubs.

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The façade's striking feature, however, is the disproportionately large pediment. When Fr. Santarén was still building the church news of the victory of Gen. Leopoldo O'Donnel over the Moroccan Crown Prince Muley Abbas reached Iloilo. The Spaniards recaptured Tetuan. Santarén's low relief mural captures the excitement of victory where cavalry and infantry are tearing down Moorish defense, near palms and a minaret. The troops are composed in an ascending spiral with figures of horse and rider becomes smaller the higher they reach. Spaces between the figures are filled with vegetation. (source)

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The carving is spread on a mosaic blocks. Each block was carved and set in place. So intricate is the sculpture that even the expression of agony by wounded soldier is visible.

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Saturday, June 03, 2006

San Joaquin Cemetery Pictures

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San Joaquin Cemetery

A flight of 20 steps leads up to the San Joaquin cemtery compound where a grandiose mortuary chapel, decorated with classical motifs, stands. The mortuary chapel including the steps leading to it is made of coral rock and has just recently been nicely restored.

From a distance, the image of the domed structure is awe-inspiring, and walking past it's wall gives you a unique feeling of history. It truly is a treasure of Iloilo and a must see for all tourists and Ilonggos alike.

The San Joaquin Cemetery was built in 1892 during the time of Fray Mariano Bamba, an Agustinian priest. Its square perimeter is demarcated by a wrought iron fence and shored by a wall of carved coral stone.

The San Joaquin cemetery can be reached through land via private vehicles or a jeepney. If you opt to take the bus, a tricycle ride will be needed from the highway in San Joaquin since the cemetery is not located along the highway.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Chito's Hotel

A quaint 22-bedroom botique hotel located at the heart of Iloilo City provides a tranquil retreat for you to unwind and relax. Our personal service, combined with the intimate ambiance, makes even the weariest traveler feel at home.

180 Jalandoni de Leon St., Iloilo City, Philippines, 5000
Tel. No.: (63 33) 3376415,3376135
Fax No.: (63 33) 3361186
22 rooms

  • Air-conditioned rooms with telephone/cable TV/private bath (hot and cold) water
  • Fully equipped function room with television
  • Swimming Pool
  • Lobby Restaurant
  • Safety deposits boxes
  • 24-hour stand-by generator
  • 24-hour security services
  • Room Service
  • Express Laundry and pressing services
  • Secure Parking
  • PABX telephone system with IDD/NDD

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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Dumangas Port

The Dumangas port is located in Brgy. Nalu-uyan, it was constructed at a cost of P60M.

A Roll-on Roll-off Ferry (RORO) Vessel services the Dumangas-Bacolod route. Here's its schedule of trips and the pricing:

as of May 2006:

Departure Dumangas


Departure Bacolod


Freight (not inclusive of Terminal Fee)
Motorcycle - P200
4 Wheels - P700

Passenger Fee
Adult - P50

Here are Port Statistics of Dumangas Port (as of 2004):

Cargo and Passenger Statisticss (at berth only)
Total Cargo Throughput - 138,558 m.t.
Total Passengers - 41,612

Shipping Statisticss (at berth only)

1. Number of Vessels - 1,331
2. Gross Registered Tonnage - 326,597
3. Net Registered Tonnage - 197,703
4. Deadweight Tonnage - 614,971
5. Length of Vessels - 58,348 m.
6. Beam of Vessels - 12,507 m.
7. Draft of Vessels - 1,907 m.
8. Waiting Time - 38 hrs.
9. Service Time - 10,082 v

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Janiuay Church Ruins

The old structure of the Janiuay Church, destroyed during World War II. It was built between 1830 to 1871.

Judging from what is left, the Janiuay Church was built as a Neoclassical Structure with brick walls decorated with arched openings and engaged columns and pilasters made of coral stone.

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Janiuay Cemetery Pictures

Built on a slope, the Janiuay Cemetery is one of most artistic cemetery in the whole Philippines as described at the time it was built by Fr. Fernando de Llorente who commenced work in 1874.

Janiuay Cemetery Gates

Janiuay Cemetery Capilla Gothic Windows

Janiuay Capilla

Janiuay Cemtery Gates

Janiuay Central Gate

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Monday, May 15, 2006

Coastal Villas Real Estate

Imagine holding a palette in your hand and mixing all the colors in it in one sheet of paper. This is Iloilo, an eclectic blend of historic culture and modern lifestyle.

A prime tourist destination, Iloilo has some of the oldest and well-preserved churches in the country. Equally exciting are its historical landmarks, splendid mansions and fun, vibrant festivals like the Dinagyang.

Iloilo also prides itself with the Jaro Grand Estates, a unique community complete with upscale houses, office and business centers, retail commercial town center, institutional areas and other amenities such as parks, playgrounds, sports and entertainment facilities. Truly a sight to behold, the Jaro Grand Estates is not just a home but a lifestyle for the Ilonggos. Found here is the Coastal Villas, a beautiful village built in the true taste of Caribbean Lifestyle. Enjoy a lively array of pastel-hued houses complete with large windows that welcome the cool breeze and natural landscapes that makes you want to sit back and relax.

A truly enchanting gateway, it is also strategically located near major business establishments, shopping centers, and educational institutions. A perfect setting for a historic adventure, it is also close to famed churches of Jaro and the mystical island of Guimaras. Coastal Villas offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city providing utmost convenience and security.

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