This Week in Iloilo (November 20 to 26, 2016)

Iloilo has an exciting week filled with events related to food, art, and many more.

By: Hyacinth Bangero | November 20, 2016
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Several ASEAN 2017 events to be held in Iloilo

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Pres. Rodrigo Duterte with heads of state at the ASEAN Summit in Laos (Photo courtesy of the Presidential Communications Operations Office)

The tourism and economy of Iloilo City is undeniably booming. The City of Love has been getting more and more attention internationally.

For instance, the Philippine Information Agency recently reported that five meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) in 2017 will be hosted by the city. According to the City Tourism and Development Office, the National Organizing Council (NOC) has already scheduled meetings and ocular visits in the city to determine possible arrangements with airport facilities, hotel accommodation, conference venues, and tourist spots. High-level delegates and senior ministers of the ASEAN member countries will be attending the said meetings.


In general, fair weather will be experienced in Iloilo this week, so visitors can push through with their original plans and scheduled itineraries. The average temperature in Iloilo City will be at 24C.


Road projects are still ongoing within the city.

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Traffic comes to a standstill at a chokepoint in Iloilo City (Photo courtesy of Mavrick Cimafranca)

The intersection of Jalandoni and Delgado Streets in the city proper is now passable. Meanwhile, the street that separates the University of Iloilo and Iloilo Central Market is still under construction.

Motorists going to Mandurriao district may experience heavy traffic. This is because aside from the area being a shopping center, there are also road constructions going on. Areas such as Iloilo Business Park, Carpenter Bridge, San Rafael, Mandurriao, as well as Mandurriao Plaza are also heavily congested.

Alternative routes are being studied by the city planning and development office to minimize traffic congestion within Iloilo. This is in an effort to make it easy for tourists and residents to go around the city.


November 20 is last day of Visayas Islands Visual Art Exhibition and Conference

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Art with a social message from Ilonggo artist Inocencio (Photo from Viva Excon 2016 Iloilo Facebook Page)

The Visayas Islands Visual Arts Exhibition and Conference (VIVA EXCON) 2016 will be held in Iloilo City this November 17 to 20. The exhibition and conference is themed “Hakos: Embracing the Art of the Islands.” Artworks and murals can be seen in strategic locations in the City of Love as part of the exhibition.

Ilonggo visual artists have displayed their works of art in museums, exhibit rooms, and public places to awaken the artistic desire in every Visayan individual who get to notice their work.

Tourists who share the same interest in visual arts may consider visiting the University of San Agustin, Casa Real de Iloilo, Cinematheque Iloilo, Iloilo City Hall, and the University of the Philippines Visayas. The list of artists whose artworks will be showcased in the exhibit as well as the schedule of activities can be found at the VIVA EXCON 2016 Facebook page.

Ilonggo products are available at weekend fairs

this week in Iloilo November 2016

Weekend Tienda sa Iloilo is a concerted effort of various government and non-government agencies led by NEDA Region 6. (Photo and caption from Weekend Tienda Facebook Page)

Ilonggos nowadays are beginning to appreciate local products. That’s why there are several local markets that thrive even in urban places, and food-related events have become trendy. Tourists who opt to bring back home local products may visit Weekend Tienda sa Iloilo at Casa Real de Iloilo otherwise known as the Old Iloilo Provincial Capitol on November 26 to 27.

Another weekend fair happening on November 25 to 27 at the Iloilo Convention Center is Produkto Lokal Weekend Fair. This one-stop-shop fair offers shoppers local pasalubong products as well as non-food items for giving to loved ones.

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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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