Iloilo City can be like a treasure chest not only because of its rich culture, fun-loving people, and delicious food but also because of its history. It is a place that showed evidence of the Spanish colonial period and other influences from the west. From the National Historical Commission, here are the nationally recognized historical landmarks in Iloilo City.
Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral
The Jaro Cathedral is actually the Church of St. Elizabeth of Hungary and the National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles. This is known to be the first and only cathedral in the province.
Located in Miag-ao, Iloilo, this baroque fortress church of Iloilo was completely built in 1797 and was popular due to its façade sculpted carved in an artistic sculptural relief.
Nazaria Lagos Monument
Found in Dueñas, Iloilo, this is a monument of Nazaria Lagos, the pioneer leader of the Red Cross in the Visayas Region and exhibited several humanitarian activities. She contributed to building the hospital that would cater the rebels, through her own hacienda.
Old Iloilo City Hall
Located in the Iloilo City of Iloilo, the old city hall is a Neo-Classic architecture that was built in 1933 to 1935 with Juan Arellaño and Francesco Monti as the designers. It was used in 1947 during the war by the Japanese and was given to the University of the Philippines Visayas by Mayor Fernando Lopez.
Balantang Memorial Cemetery Shrine
This is a notable landmark in Iloilo which reminds of the “Battle of Balantang” where the bloodiest battle fought by the Panay guerilla forces occurred. This monument is for the freedom fighters of Panay and Romblon who sacrificed for freedom and democracy.
These are just some of the many historical and remarkable places in Iloilo. The rest is for you to discover and visit. Find rest, explore Iloilo and let it take you back to the time of our Ilonggo ancestors by visiting these historical sites.