Thursday, May 24th, 2018

My nephew Doug Grant, a serious biker, is full of praise for the bicycle shops and mechanics of Iloilo City. Ai??He says, “the best bikes shops in Iloilo are invisible to Google on not onAi??Yellow Pages etc. Ai??They are found only thru social contact riding with Filipinos. These are GREAT bike shops, very impressive and bike-tech savvy owners. They can build custom mtn bikes of high professional

Chinese heritage of Iloilo City and the Philippines. Anyone interested in this subject should rush to obtain a copy of Edgar Wickberg’s most enjoyable “The Chinese in Philippine Life 1850-1898″. This is the classic, a highly readable, well foot-noted standard work originally published by Yale University Press, which fortunately has been reprinted by the Ateneo de Manila Press . If you live in the Philippines they’ll ship it to you. You may also buy it from Amazon using this link Chinese in Philippine Life, 1850-1898 Chinese settlement in the Philippines almost always followed Spanish settlements. In the vicinity of their settlements, the Spanish provided the Chinese with commercial opportunities and some level of security of…

There are probably hundreds of money changers in Iloilo City. Here are a couple that I have had good luck with, good luck meaning that the exchange rates are good, the bills they have given me are good, they have not been too fussy about the bills I give them and there have been no instances of them trying to shortchange me:My favorite is Valiant Bank , a rural bank that seems to do a lot of money changing. They are located on the east side of Mabini Street, just a block or so from Robinson’s. Kiryu Money Changer , located Just beyond side (Valeria) entrance to Atrium on east side of Valeria Street is also good. Phone 338-1915 for rate.