My trip to Iloilo last weekend was actually not my first time to visit the city.

I had been there twice before – the first time was in the early 90′s and the second time was like 3 years ago. Both trips, however, were merely the passing-through kind.

The first time was a company visit to the Iloilo branch for a brief staff meeting and I was off to the pier for the short ferry trip across to Bacolod.

The second time we were traveling with a Lakbay Aral group from Leyte on its way to Boracay. Upon our ship’s arrival from Cebu City, we just had breakfast at one of the local restos (I cannot recall its name.) Then off we went for the 4-hour trip to Caticlan.

Last weekend’s trip, Nov. 26-29, to Iloilo for the Visayas Blogging Summit was, therefore, more of the real getting-to-know-more kind of a trip. Three nights and four days! Weee!

Getting to Iloilo from Tacloban, however, is not that fast and easy. Months ahead I already booked on flights – first, from Tacloban to Cebu, then from Cebu to Iloilo.

Due to some flight sked changes, I had to burn some 5 hours at the Mactan Airport last Friday, Nov. 26 before I finally got on my Cebu-Iloilo flight.

I arrived at Iloilo’s new airport terminal – which is impressive, by the way – past 4PM (yeah, I know – that airport should have been the one standing at Tacloban City now! Whew! But that’s another story.)

Anyway, it’s about 15 kms to the city and I had to take a shuttle van (P50 fare, about 30 minutes drive) to one of the SM’s in the city (there are 3 SM’s in Iloilo!) and from there take a cab to Days Hotel at The Atrium where we, bloggers, had a reservation.

By 5PM I was at my well-appointed room.

The photos…

Day 01: Arrival in Iloilo

Iloilo Airport Terminal was quiet when we arrived… another plane left earlier for Cebu; probably there were no other flights at that time in the late afternoon.

The Jaro Belfry, a landmark of Jaro District, Iloilo City.

The Atrium, where Days Hotel occupies the 4th & 5th floors

Inside The Atrium

4th Floor please…

The view from the 5th floor inside The Atrium.

The Iloilo Provincial Capitol sits right across our hotel.

The old Capitol building beside the new one.

(TO BE CONTINUED…)

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