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Iloilo International Airport, Iloilo has a new airport of "international standards" about 20 kilometers outside the city. A flight from Manila to Iloilo takes one hour. Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines currently fly 4 times daily, while Air Philippines flies 3 times daily. There are also flights to Cebu by Air Philippines and Cebu Pacific, each with 1 flight daily, and via Cebu to Davao. On May 2008, Cebu Pacific will commence its Iloilo - Davao direct flights with three times per week. Iloilo City has the fourth busiest airport in the country and the busiest domestic airport in the country. International flights are being proposed mainly by Cebu Pacific going to Hong Kong and to Incheon, South Korea.
The city is a transportation hub of Panay and nearby islands including Boracay and Guimaras. There are several bus companies that provide transportation to the other major urban areas of Panay - Kalibo in Aklan, San Jose in Antique, Roxas in Capiz, and Passi City in Iloilo.
The Ceres bus company (and others) provide bus services up to Manila via the RoRo (roll-on, roll-off) route.
There are jeepneys and taxis plowing through the streets; the best option for going around the city. There are also PhilTranco buses from Cubao, Quezon City to Iloilo City that use the ro-ro ferries. Iloilo is also noted for her Passad Jeepneys which are fashioned after the latest car trends.
The city has four major seaports, the International Port at Loboc, the Domestic Port at Fort San Pedro, the Muelle Loney Port serving the Iloilo to Bacolod trips and the Ortiz Port serving the Iloilo to Guimaras trips. Iloilo currently has the only true international port in Western Visayas and the is one of the busiest ports in the country. A Yacht Club has also been proposed by the City Government. There are also a number of Ro-ro ships in the city.
You can get around the city by car or jeepney
Stay a week longer and experience the Jaro Fiesta. Visit the Jaro Cathedral and join the devotees, get yourself invited in a Jaro resident's house to experience Filipino hospitality, and also pass by the temporary market set up in the Plaza (park) across the cathedral.
There are a lot of malls in the City:
SM City & Departments Stores, Atrium, Robinson’s, Gaisano Capital, MaryMart Mall, Iloilo Supermarts, Time Square & others
Iloilo is nationally famous for it's local cuisine and the visit to Iloilo will not be complete without trying the popular La Paz Batchoy and the Pancit Molo. These Ilonggo specialities were named after 2 of the several districts in Iloilo City. While there are batchoy places specifically dedicated to the dish (Ted's, Deco's - do try Ted's branch in Lapaz Market, a little dingy but worth the dare), there are no specific Pansit Molo places.
For something quirky, do join the early morning crowd at Madge's Cafe in Lapaz Market. Traditional coffee with made-to-order breakfast treats.
Gorge on the crispy tender lechon kawali of Ramboys, and be surprised at how light the meal is on your wallet.
Of course, Tatoy's and Breakthrough in Villa are top on the list of visitors from the Big City. Ilonggos take seafood for granted and wonder what the fuss is all about, but these two places do them very well and they have their strong supporters among residents preferring one over the other.
The Avenue mall is Smallville offers a good range of choices (and do check the other places in Smallville as well). Not expensive but as the owner says, "we need to educate the taste buds of the Ilonggos."
Before you leave, take home the ginormous siopao of Roberto's, the ginormous hamburgers of Perri Tod's and the "better than Bulacan's" buko pies of Nang Palang.
Smallville is a popular night spot in Iloilo where Ilonggos and visitors go to eat, drink, and spend a fun night out in the city. The term Smallville refers to the original row of restaurants, bars, and clubs. Within the original Smallville is Maki (Japanese Cuisine), Freska (Filipino), Crave Restaurant and Steak House, Krua Thai (Thai), Off Price (Boutique), Imay’s (Filipino), Blue Jay, Crave Brugers, and the Iloilo Business Hotel.
Smallville - the place is great. a lot of restos to choose from. You can actually hop from one place to another because it 's like a village of restos - thus the name Smallville. Regatta's grill and Maki give you the best food with reasonable prices. There are also places with live bands to keep you up and about till closing time. There are also shops brewing coffee that you must try just before you head for home.
If you want to take it slow, there are a few coffee places spread all around the city, notably those of the Coffee Break chain. Do visit their Lopez Mansion branch in Jaro and take a glimpse of the mansion as you sip your latte.