After the Visayas Blogging Summit and Philippine Blog Awards – Visayas, the Iloilo Bloggers Organization have organized a Heritage Tour of Iloilo for the bloggers to showcase the historical and cultural attractions of Iloilo City and Province.
The assembly area was at Museo Iloilo located at Bonifacio Drive, City Proper, Iloilo City (beside the Iloilo Provincial Capitol). After a few minutes of briefing and a few chitchats, we boarded our Starex-shaped jeepney and started the tour. The jeepneys in Iloilo features wide-bodies and streamlined designs with hoods copied from branded cars, pick-ups and vans. So If you go to Iloilo, stop your jaws from dropping if you see a jeepney looking like you neighbor’s expensive vehicle.
Our first stop would go all the way to the southernmost town of the province, San Joaquin, located 53.5 km. west of Iloilo City. San Joaquin borders the province of Antique. This town is known to be one of the landing sites of the mythical Ten Bornean Datus. The crowning jewel of this southern town would be its 19th century church and its cemetery.
San Joaquin Church was declared as one of the National Cultural Treasures by the National Historical Institute.
We were not able to go inside San Joaquin Church since there was a mass ongoing and I was too busy munching on the buko pie that we had for snacks (the buko pie was heaven!).
Next off, San Joaquin Cemetery.
I did not bother going up to see the details of the “Campo Santo” up close. With all the bloggers around, the was this eerie feeling in the place so I did not bother going up (yeah, I chickened out).
If only the National Historical Institute can also declare San Joaquin Cemetery as a National Cultural Treasures.
Next stop, Miagao Church and Molo Church.