Backpacking Eastern Panay Island: Iloilo City

After our intense motor boat ride from Isla de Gigantes to Port of Estancia, the group went ahead to the Estancia Bus Terminal. Emil, Paula, Mac and I rode a van going to Iloilo City while Mike and Angel took a bus going home.

The experience has not get us past. Most of the passengers in the van were also in the motor boat with us. At least one passenger was traumatized by the incident and promised herself that she will never go on vacation which involves sailing in the ocean.

The ride going to Iloilo City was so much uncomfortable and almost unbearable. First, it is so warm inside the van because of a poor air conditioning system. This is a typical situation in any passenger van in the country. It would be much better to just turn off the air conditioning system and open the windows to enjoy the cool air outside. Second, our van overheated and we need to pull over for few minutes. We were willing to transfer to a bus but was told by the driver that buses will not pick us up. I guess there is a consensus among passenger vehicles in the area about picking up passengers in cases like this. That said, I suggest to ride a bus instead of a passenger van because buses pass the route frequently. Few minutes after, the driver told us that we can make it to the bus terminal in Iloilo by turning of the air conditioning system. We agreed as it is really warm inside the van. Just as we thought that it was the last trouble we will encounter, our driver had informed us that the van could not make it up to the bus terminal. We do not have a choice but to transfer to a passenger jeepney to reach the bus terminal. From the bus terminal, we rode a taxi going to airport passing SM City Iloilo. Mac and I alighted in SM City Iloilo while Emil and Paula went ahead to the airport to catch their flight back to Manila.

The group at Estancia Bus Terminal before parting ways. (L-R) Me, Paula, Emil, Mac, Angel and Mike.

The group at Estancia Bus Terminal before parting ways. (L-R) Me, Paula, Emil, Mac, Angel and Mike.

On our way to Iloilo City when our van experienced an engine trouble. Buses plying this road will not pick us up.

On our way to Iloilo City when our van experienced an engine trouble. Buses plying this road will not pick us up.

Mac and I grabbed a coffee in Bo’z Coffee and meet his friend there. We stayed there for few minutes before we part our ways. Just on my way to Ong Bun Pension House, I was invited by a representative of Cocolife at the ground level of SM City Iloilo. If I was not asked nicely, I would not have attended the invitation for their business presentation. With my experience in Astoria Hotel in Boracay, I knew that they will try to sell something to me. This time around, I was very firmed with my decision that unless that they can offer something around a thousand pesos, I will not signup. With this invitation, I met Alyn Belgira. She was a nice lady and was very professional despite of my apathy towards her presentation.

With Mac's friend at Bo'z Coffee, SM City Iloilo.

With Mac’s friend at Bo’z Coffee, SM City Iloilo.

Photo opportunity with Ailyn, an employee of Cocolife in SM City Iloilo.

Photo opportunity with Alyn Belgira, an employee of Cocolife in SM City Iloilo.

SM City Iloilo signage.

SM City Iloilo signage.

From SM City Iloilo, I rode a jeepney to Ong Bun Pension House. With Google Maps, I was able to locate the place without getting lost. Of course, it was also with the help of the jeepney driver. The staffs were very accommodating. I made a reservation but it is only good until 6:00PM. I arrived there past 7:00PM. I have no choice but to get a room with a higher rate. My experience with the place is very satisfactory and if you are a traveler who does not mind of shared bathroom, this accommodation will suit your requirement.

Ong Bun Pension House front desk.

Ong Bun Pension House front desk.

Ong Bun Pension House signage.

Ong Bun Pension House signage.

The next morning, I went for a City Tour. I took my breakfast at Netong’s Original Special La Paz Batchoy in La Paz Public Market. I grabbed a cup of coffee in Madge Cafe, a few stalls away from Netong’s. I then went ahead to Parola port where I rode a motor boat going to Guimaras Island. More of Guimaras Island on this blog.

La Paz Public Market where Netong's Original Special La Paz Batchoy and Madge Cafe can be found.

La Paz Public Market where Netong’s Original Special La Paz Batchoy and Madge Cafe can be found.

Netong's Original Special La Paz Batchoy restaurant.

Netong’s Original Special La Paz Batchoy restaurant.

Rice Cake and La Paz Batchoy at Netong's.

Rice Cake and La Paz Batchoy at Netong’s.

Madge Cafe inside La Paz Public Market.

Madge Cafe inside La Paz Public Market.

After my tour in Guimaras Island, I went back to Iloilo City and continue my City Tour. After few minutes of strolling the city, I decided to kill time in SM City Iloilo because there are vans who ply the airport. My flight back to Manila is not until 12:00AM so I decided to leave SM City Iloilo few minutes before 9:00PM. I never thought that passenger vans are limited. Good thing that there are taxis lined up that ply to the airport that you can share with other passenger. Instead of just paying around Php70.00 for the passenger van, I end up paying Php150.00 for the shared taxi. It is not bad considering the airport is really too far from SM City Iloilo, which is around 20 kilometers away.

Just like my trip to South of Cebu, I forgot to take a video of the places I visited in Iloilo City. The video clip below is when I was inside a taxi on our to the airport from SM City Iloilo. I know it is not worth sharing. I promise to take videos of the places I will visit on my future travels.

For travel itinerary, please click here.

For travel expenses, please click here.

This is one of the destinations of my BORACAYKALIBOROXASCARLES, ILOILOILOILO CITYGUIMARAS trip with travel dates from 30th of June, 2015 to 8th of July, 2015.

By | 2017-02-26T12:27:27+00:00 November 6th, 2015|Local Travels|0 Comments

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Elpi Garcia is a travel enthusiast who go for an adventure whenever his budget and time allow it. He is more into sight seeing for a nature-packed experience and city / town tour to understand the history and culture of the places he visit. Aside from travel, he is also interested in alternative medicine, business opportunities, website design and information technology. He maintains websites related to alternative medicine, business opportunities like eLoad Matrix and Payday Loan; and website design services.

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