Top 5 Tourist Spots in Iloilo


Molo Mansion in Iloilo, the Philippines

Nestled in the Western Visayas of the Philippines, Iloilo is a hidden gem bustling with must-see sights in the country.

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1. Miag-ao Church (Zalueta Ave, Miagao)

Built in 8786, Miagao Church, also known as the Sta Tomas de Villanueva Parish Church is an amazing tourist destination that offers not just a beautiful facade but also a rich history. More than a place of worship, it also served as a fortress. It was designed with baroque features and Chinese and Filipino motifs, making it one-of-a-kind.

2. Gigantes Islands (Carles)

Gigantes Islands in the Philippines

Also known as Islas de Gigantes, Gigantes Island is a set of islands that make up a paradise of pristine beaches, clear water, and huge rock formations. But what truly sets it apart are its stunning, secluded beaches. From the city proper, Gigantes Islands is a five-hour trip. Its untouched beauty is one of Iloilo’s best kept secrets.

3. Garin Farm (San Joaquin)

Garin Farm in the town of San Joaquin is a one-stop destination for travelers looking for both laid-back and fun activities. Here you can kayak, swim, fish, chill and ride the zipline.

4. Molo Church (San Pedro Street)

Molo Church in the Philippines

Molo Church is one of the most fascinating tourist attractions in the city. Its ensemble of statues of female saints has earned it the moniker “The Feminist Church”.

5. Molo Mansion (Yusay-Consing Mansion, Locsin St Molo)

Molo Mansion is one of the best places to visit in Iloilo as it encapsulates the life of the rich in days past. It was built in the 1910s and owned by the Yusay-Consing family.

This is an excerpt from an article from Asian Geographic Issue 5/2021. To continue reading, get your copy here.

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