This Week in Iloilo (October 30 to November 05, 2016)

Witness the Tigkalarag and Banaag Festivals and the haunted underground at Barotac Viejo

By: Hyacinth Bangero | October 30, 2016
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Rain showers are expected during the week

Iloilo November 2016

The week will have unpredictable weather conditions. During afternoons, there is a great possibility for downpours to be experienced.

The average temperature in Iloilo is 25C. It is still advisable for visitors to bring an umbrella for protection regardless if it’s raining or not.


Long weekend for Undas 2016

Iloilo November 2016

Filipinos remember their dear departed on All Saints’ Day.

Workers can enjoy a long weekend on the first week of November as Malacañan Palace has declared Monday, October 31, as a special non-working holiday. This is followed by All Saints’ Day on November 1, which is also a holiday.

Since this is the time when people would visit family members who have passed away, the demand for candles and flowers is high. Thus, within the vicinity of churches and cemeteries, vendors pop up to sell these commodities in order to take advantage of the season.


Banaag and Tigkalarag Festivals anchored on All Saints’ Day celebration

Iloilo November 2016

Banaag Obstacle Race is a team competition for bike riders. (Photo courtesy of Banaag Festival Anilao Iloilo)

This week, the townspeople of Anilao will celebrate Banaag Festival or the festival of light. The feast is anchored on the celebration of undas or All Saints’ Day, when family members light candles for their dead relatives.

As part of the festival, riders can join the Banaag Obstacle Ride on October 30, 7:00 AM.

Iloilo November 2016

The Anilao Banaag 2016 Color Fest (Photo courtesy of Banaag Festival Anilao Iloilo)

Banaag Festival culminating activities fall on the evening of October 31. There will be a street dance competition, fireworks display, and a car show.

On the other hand, the Municipality of Pavia will hold a Halloween Fun Ride in celebration of Tigkalarag Festival. Loosely translated to a season or time for souls, the festival is their own version of Halloween. Tourists and locals can see participants ride their bikes while dressed in their Halloween costumes on October 30 at 6:30 AM.

Registration fee is at PhP25 which is inclusive of snacks and a chance to win in the raffle draw.


Road projects cause traffic congestion

Motorists can experience heavy traffic along E. Lopez St., Jaro, Iloilo City from a portion of the road at the stop light stretching to the newest mall in the district.

Traffic congestion can also be experienced at Guanco St., Iloilo City, where Iloilo Central Market is located. This is due to the long stretch of road construction in the area.

The road to Mandurriao district along Carpenter Bridge is also congested. This is because of the ongoing development projects in the Iloilo Business Park and along the main roads leading there.


Haunted underground at Barotac Viejo, Iloilo and trick or treat shows in Iloilo City

Iloilo November 2016

The cast of Peter Pan and The Lion King (Photo courtesy of Iloilo Prima Galaw)

Hotel Del Rio in Iloilo City has partnered with Iloilo Prima Galaw Inc. to bring Peter Pan and The Lion King on stage. The interactive musical show dubbed “Return to Neverlands and Pridelands” will be held on October 31, 2:00 PM at the Sunset Terrace of Hotel del Rio.

Another activity that sparks the interest of tourists and locals during this season is visiting haunted areas. It has already become a tradition of the people of Barotac Viejo to experience horror at the haunted underground after visiting the dead.

Iloilo November 2016

Asylum of Terror at the Haunted Underground in Barotac Viejo, Iloilo (Photo courtesy of Haunted Underground)

Those who would want to experience the thrill and fear for several minutes can opt to visit the haunted underground at Barotac Viejo, Iloilo. This attraction is located 1.5 hours away from the city.

There will be a special show in the Asylum of Terror on October 30. The regular show is scheduled on the evening of October 31 and November 1. Entrance fee ranges from PhP15 to PhP30.


Road projects boost tourism in Iloilo City

Government budget allotted for tourism indicates that it is a priority in Western Visayas. According to an October 21 Sun Star news article, almost PhP3 billion worth of tourism road projects by the Department of Tourism and the Department of Public Works and Highways have been completed in the region. Since 2012, the budget made possible the construction of 59 road projects with a total length of 339.5 kilometers.

Among the cities and provinces in the region, Iloilo City has the most number of road projects. These road projects are credited with boosting tourism in Iloilo City.

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About Hyacinth Bangero
She is a young broadcast journalism professor and marketing officer of the University of San Agustin. She's a proud volunteer of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines. Hyacinth is geared to educate, experience, and explore.
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