Miag-ao Fortress Church

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The Miag-ao Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, sits on the top of a hill, right on the center of the town of Miag-ao, Iloilo.

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Miag-ao Church’s right belfry cuts an imposing figure under the midday sun.

The most notable of Iloilo’s churches, the European baroque church of Santo Tomas de Villanueva popularly known as the Miag-ao Church, sits on the top of a hill overlooking the Panay Gulf, right on the center of the town of Miag-ao, about 40 kilometers west of the city.

As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Miag-ao Church is probably the best-known symbol of Iloilo to the world.

Giant Banana Leaf – Cabatuan, Iloilo

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The giant banana leaf at the town plaza of Cabatuan, Iloilo, Philippines. The dome of the town’s church is visible on the upper-left side.

This giant arch, shaped as a banana leaf/stalk at the town plaza of Cabatuan, Iloilo welcomes visitors to the place. The structure symbolizes the pride of Cabatuan residents – the chicken dish called “Tinuom”. Banana leaves are essential in cooking Tinuom.

Cabatuan town, about 24 kilometers north of Iloilo City, is also the site of the Iloilo International Airport (ILO).

Iloilo River – Cleanest Urban River in the Philippines, Probably

The award-winning Iloilo River, seen here from the top of the Iloilo City Hall, is probably the cleanest urban river in the Philippines.

The award-winning Iloilo River, seen here from the top of the Iloilo City Hall, is probably the cleanest urban river in the Philippines.

The award-winning Iloilo River, seen here looking north from the top of the Iloilo City Hall, towards the Iloilo Provincial Capitol in the distance. Iloilo River is probably the cleanest urban river in the Philippines.

Iloilo River flows through the heart of Iloilo City. From its headwaters at the Iloilo City-Oton border, it flows through the mangrove flats of Arevalo District, towards the posh residential areas of Molo, the new central business district (CBD) in Mandurriao, the Iloilo River Esplanade in Mandurriao, Molo and Lapaz districts, the heritage areas of the old downtown, and the once busy docks of the Iloilo River Wharf (Muelle Loney). It empties into the Iloilo Strait, the narrow body of water that separates Iloilo City from Guimaras Province.

Iloilo River Beautiful

The beautiful Iloilo River, seen here looking West towards Oton, separates Iloilo City’s districts of Molo and Mandurriao

The beautiful Iloilo River, seen here looking West towards Oton, separates Iloilo City’s districts of Molo on the left and Mandurriao on the right. The north bank along the Mandurriao side will be the site of the upcoming Iloilo River Esplanade, designed by famous architect Paulo Alcazaren, who is also the designer of The Esplanade, Singapore.

Since this shot was published in forums and other web pages, it has been recreated countless of times by numerous others. Neil’s Snapshots feels good to be one of the first to find this angle of the beautiful Iloilo River.

Iloilo – the City by the River

The vibrant colors of the Iloilo Provincial Capitol and other buildings in downtown Iloilo City dominate the city’s skyline, as seen from the Iloilo River

The vibrant colors of the Iloilo Provincial Capitol and other buildings in downtown Iloilo City dominate the city’s skyline, as seen from the Iloilo River. In line with the implementation of the Iloilo River Development Initiative, all boats docking along this area of the Iloilo River Wharf are advised to dock downstream – near the Iloilo River’s mouth – or at the Iloilo Fishing Port at the Iloilo Strait.

Iloilo River: Iloilo City’s Jewel

Iloilo River flows through the heart of Iloilo City’s new central business district

The award-winning Iloilo River flows through the heart of Iloilo City. From its headwaters at the Iloilo City-Oton border, it flows through the mangrove flats of Arevalo District, towards the posh residential areas of Molo, the new central business district (CBD) in Mandurriao, the soon-to-be built Iloilo River Esplanade in Mandurriao and Lapaz districts, the heritage areas of the old downtown, and the busy docks of the Iloilo River Wharf (Muelle Loney). It empties into the Iloilo Strait, the narrow body of water that separates Iloilo City from Guimaras Province.

The International Awards for Livable Communities (Livcom Awards) conferred its 2011 Special Project Award to Iloilo City for its continuing project, “Advancing the Iloilo River Development Initiatives for Integrated Sustainable Management”.