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Christmas is fast-approaching and Iloilo has fun activities waiting around the corner!
Image: Esplanade River-Ride Facebook Page
The holiday season always unwraps the best of Ilonggos. In the past, Christmas was the time when families and friends would gather and spend quality time over dinner, coffee, or even an outing. Since traveling far from home is not ideal amid the pandemic, a different celebration should be held this year. Luckily, Ilonggos can find many fun activities this Christmas within the province for the holidays. If you’re celebrating in Iloilo this year, read on to see five fun activities this Christmas that you can do with your family or friends!
Looking for a place to simply chill this Christmas? Savor good food and relaxing ambiance at Food Park!
Image: Food Park Iloilo Facebook Page
Celebrations will not be completed with good food! Eating together is a great way to reunite and bond families and fun thing to do during holidays and special occasions.
Iloilo City is synonymous with gastronomic food, and at Food Park, families and friends can gather and savor various delicacies from seven food outlets. The park supports local entrepreneurs who prepare and serve affordable Ilonggo-cooked meals in generous servings. Also, it offers al fresco dining ideal for individuals who want to enjoy food out in the open.
Food Park Iloilo is open daily from 10:00 AM to 10:30 PM. Follow their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/foodparkiloilo/, to catch their latest updates.
Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Parish is listed in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.
Images: Sto Tomas De Villanueva Parish Miagao Facebook Page
One of the cherished traditions of Filipino families is visiting churches, especially during the holidays. After all, Christmas is not only the season to celebrate but to give thanks to the Almighty. Iloilo province is blessed with many centuries-old Spanish-colonial churches, and one of them is Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Parish in Miag-ao, Iloilo. Before celebrating the yuletide cheer, visit the church with loved ones and reflect on the real meaning of the season.
The church holds daily masses at 6:00 AM, every Wednesday at 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM, every Sunday at 6:00 AM, 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM and 5:00PM. Follow their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/StoTomasDeVillanuevaParishMiagao/, to catch their latest updates.
Location:Megaworld Boulevard, Iloilo Business Park, Mandurriao, Iloilo
Christmas is the season of giving, so shop and wrap presents at Festive Walk Iloilo!
Image: Festive Walk Facebook Page
Shopping is indeed a holiday fun activity especially during Christmas season. Because it’s the holiday season, it is time to shop until you drop! Festive Walk is the ideal shopping district to buy presents for your loved ones. You can either shop alone or hit up a few friends and look for gifts together. There are also restaurants with al fresco dining if you get hungry or thirsty from shopping.
Festive Walk is open daily from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Follow their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/FestiveWalkIloilo/, to catch their latest updates.
Have a family staycation at Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo this Christmas!
Image: Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo Facebook
Apart from Iloilo’s collection of heritage sites and food districts, the city is also teeming with cozy hotel accommodations. At Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo, you can relax and have a staycation this holiday. The leisure hotel is located at the heart of Iloilo City, so you don’t have to leave the metro to unwind and rest.
For bookings and reservations, you may send them a message at their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/CourtyardbyMarriottIloilo/.
Location:Esplanade, Senator Efrain Treñas Boulevard, Mandurriao, Iloilo City
The perfect time to enjoy a boat ride along the Esplanade River is during sundown.
Image: Esplanade River-Ride Facebook Page
Another fun activity you should tick off from your holiday list is going on a boat ride over the Iloilo River along the Esplanade. During sundown, the peaceful river boasts breathtaking sunset views. This activity is ideal for couples who want to end the day on a romantic note. After you pedal along the river, you can walk along the landscaped promenade and catch the beautiful city lights of Iloilo by nighttime.
Iloilo River is open daily from 6:30 AM to 9:00 PM. Follow their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pedalboatride/, to catch their latest updates.
These activities show that sometimes, the best destinations and things to do can be found at home! One last thing before you mark your calendar for your Christmas activities: don’t forget to practice health protocols when going out to celebrate!
Stay safe as you travel! Make sure to follow social distancing protocols and observe health precautions wherever you go. For now, keep safe!
This article was originally published in Yoorekka on October 30, 2020.
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