Running In ILOILO City!

Traveling 55 minutes via Cebu Pacific from Manila domestic airport, I reached Iloilo City at 6:30am. It’s my second time to be here, the first one way back sometime in 1994. There are many changes in this city, but the big difference was, I am not yet a runner then. When I first came here, I went to Bay-ang, Ajuy, Iloilo, some 3 hours ride from the city..but this time, I stayed here in the city for 3 days and that gave me an opportunity to conquer this place by means of running. Let me give first my impression on this city…

The strategic location of Iloilo, at the center of the Philippines, affords it an unparalleled advantage of being the hub of trade, commerce and industry. Iloilo’s excellent port facilities, extensive infrastructure, modern telecommunications system and reliable utilities make it an ideal focal point for the exchange of goods, information and services. The province of Iloilo has a land area of 4,731 square kilometers.It is 55 minutes by plane from Manila, 30 minutes from Cebu and 2 hours from Davao. By boat, it is 18 hrs from Manila and 12 hours from Cebu.

I stayed in Chloe’s Pension House, where it was very near to the town plaza. I ran here and in some streets that I’m not familiar with. One thing I’ve noticed about this city is that, it has 2 Shoe Marts, one proof that it is indeed a progressive city. I ran 1 hour and 15 minutes for my 2nd day here and 1 hour and 30 minutes for the 3rd day. I saw some elite runners in the making, jogging around the city’s plaza…

Here are some traces of that unforgettable experience:

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Aerial view of Iloilo City…

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The town plaza, ideal for running…it’s here where I mostly run.

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I don’t know if it’s possible for me to be back there in Iloilo city and join the Milo half marathon on Aug. 16, 2009,…but i will try.

God bless us and see you at the finish line.

“Do not walk in the way of evil…” Proverbs 4:14

8 responses

23 10 2009
rod

Well, I know Iloilo is a very progressive city of the phillippines, everything is there and the place is very potential for bussiness, they produce also a large numbers of young professional because Iloilo is one of the largest schools institutions in the country with 8 Universities and other 42 colleges in the city, very stable and a perfect to live in Iloilo ,It is also the Festival Capital of the philippines.Iloilo has a lot to offer, the airport is the most beautiful also in the country and holding as the 4th bussiest in the philippines, they are really a very potential place for everything in the future.

23 10 2009
arn

Iloilo is really a top place to live it is now the Next BPO Destination of the Philippines in Asia Pacific, Because they have a large numbers of untapped young talented professionals of the country. And I beleived Iloilo will rise again as the Next Economic Hub of the Philippines , Iloilo have everything to boast Excellent Domestic and International Port, Advance and very Beautiful Domestic and International Airport,Excellent huge numbers Colleges and Universities. Regional Center and Economic,Political,Commerce,Education and Relegion of Entire Western Visayas of nearly 8 million population.

14 06 2010
bennyBARNETT

is there a milo half marathon in iloilo august? am goin home and i love to run

28 08 2010
Princess Gonzaga

Hi, thank you for the nice things you said about my hometown. 34th Milo Marathon in Iloilo City will on September 26, 2010.

29 08 2010
runnerforchrist

Hi princess, thank you for dropping-by. Yeah, Ilo-Ilo will always be special to me and I’m looking forward to run in that scenic city in the future. God bless.

15 01 2011
Nang

I borrowed some of your pictures of iloilo. I’m doing a report of my recent trip to ajuy, iloilo but didn’t bother taking pictures while on the road.

Keep on running for Christ. Finish the race!

God bless you.

4 08 2011
pet balindres

Every one of us is claiming that our place is on top among other places in the country (Philippines), I think all words belong to adjective have always been repeated that ends so much deciet. A piece of advise folks,
can you be more specific in describing your place, it would be more interesting to read when you are going to tell, the uniqueness of your place, tell some stories of the people, product of your town, and not just a mere description of your town.

2 01 2012
jhonlo

i missed my hometown, i missed banate, iloilo…go ilonggo..

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