Pan de Azucar in Concepcion, Iloilo, a rabies-free island (Photo courtesy of Bangon Pan de Azucar)
Iloilo government officials are taking steps to address the prevalence of rabies in the province, which is increasing at an alarming rate. As of the third quarter of 2016, there have been 23 recorded cases already. This figure is four cases higher when compared to 2015 statistics. Thus, authorities are advocating for public awareness of rabies, accurate reporting of cases, and monitoring of rabies-free areas. Recently, Pan de Azucar and Botlog Islands in Concepcion, Iloilo have been declared as rabies-free zones.
On the other hand, Dr. Pacifico Lumauag, Rabies Focal Person of the Department of Agriculture-6, instructed pet owners to seek the help of their municipal and city veterinarians in vaccinating their pets.
Some major streets under construction and the rain can bring heavy traffic
A few of the major streets in Iloilo City are still under construction. Benigno Aquino Jr. Ave. in Mandurriao, Iloilo City and Luna St. in La Paz, Iloilo City are currently being overhauled and are just partially utilized by motorists and commuters. Tourists may opt for alternative routes such as Jereos St., La Paz and the service roads in Mandurriao district.
Tourists and first-time visitors in Iloilo must be cautioned that during rainy nights, it is hard for commuters to ride a cab or jeepney. This is because of heavy traffic congestion and the few drivers who roam around when it pours in the metro. Thus, tralevers might consider renting a vehicle to minimize delays in their schedule. Another option would be to go to their destination prior to the rush hour so that they don’t get stuck in traffic. Bringing an umbrella might also be helpful, whether rain or shine.
MAJOR AND MACRO ENTERTAINMENT
Biking enthusiasts can join the Freedom Cycle this Saturday, October 22 at Atria Park, Narra Drive, Mandurriao, Iloilo City. Tourists and locals can participate in this free event. Free shirts and snacks will be given to the first 1,000 registrants. Tourists may look for shops within the vicinity that allow bike rentals should they decide to participate. The official ride for mobility and freedom will begin at 4:00 PM.
Iloilo Taboan 2016: West Visayan Literary Festival
Schedule of activities for Iloilo Taboan 2016 (Photo courtesy of USA Little Theater)
Various activities are set for the Iloilo Taboan 2016: West Visayan Literary Festival to happen on October 21 and 22 in several locations.
Prominent historians will be giving lectures about Western Visayan culture for the Iloilo Taboan 2016: West Visayan Literary Festival at the University of San Agustin on the 21st. There will also be a screening of short films by award-winning Ilonggo director Elvert Bañares at the Iloilo Cinematheque on the same day. On the 22nd, a cultural show, poetry, and book presentation are slated at the Casa Real Gallery, Iloilo City.
Light show in Mandurriao
Casa Real de Iloilo at night (Photo courtesy of Rexcel John Sorza)
Tourists visiting Iloilo for the week might witness for the first time a 3D light exhibition
. The very first light show in Iloilo is set on October 22, from 8:00 PM onwards at Two Global Center in front of Richmonde Hotel Iloilo
at the Megaworld Iloilo Business Park, Mandurriao, Iloilo City. The event is open for everyone and promises to be a one-of-a-kind light show experience.
The 5th Wave Band and three guest DJs will grace Oktobearfeast 2016. (Photo courtesy of Bearland Resort)
is expected to draw partygoers this Friday, October 21, 4:00 PM at the amphitheater and infinity pool of Bearland Paradise Resort
. The resort is located in Tigbauan, Iloilo which is an hour’s drive away from the city. The party, which features a band and DJs, is set to last until 12:00 AM.
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