Sunday, May 28th, 2017

Welcome to Alimodian, Iloilo There is so much…

WW II Panay Landing Memorial, Parara, Tigbauan, Iloilo (2008 before renovation) The Panay Landing Memorial marks spot where American troops landed on March 18, 1945 on the beaches of Parara, Tigbauan to begin the liberation of Panay Island. The Japanese garrison on Panay was only 2000 to 2350 soldiers. American soldiers came ashore to be greeted by Philippine guerrillas “stiff in starched khaki and resplendent in ornaments.” By the time American troops landed, the well-organized resistance fighters were in control

Historic Spanish Stone Bridge, Miagao, Iloilo Midway between Guimbal, Iloilo and Miagao, Iloilo, pause at the old Spanish

Namocan, Tigbauan War Memorial This well-kept memorial is located on the north side of the National Highway before Tigbauan property.  It celebrates a raid by Filipino guerrilla against a Japanese truck convoy. Namocan, Tigbauan War Memorial Namocan, Tigbauan War Memorial

Manila Bookstores.  We live in the provinces where it’s practically impossible to buy books, unless you’re looking for a review book for a nursing board exam.  Iloilo is a city of nearly 400,000 souls, a good percentage of them going to the city’s numerous colleges, but we’ve never found a decent bookstore.  (But, there are some good college libraries in Iloilo.) The National Bookstore branches at SM City and Robinson’s mainly have…

Capiz Shell Windows, Lucban, Quezon Province, Philippines Capiz or Lampirong (alternative spelling: Lamperong) Windows. One of the most distinct and beautiful architectural details of old Philippine buildings are the windows made with shell rather than glass.  We’re not sure if this is because glass was not made in the Philippines or it was just too expensive, but whatever the reason, it has has given us a treasure in these beautiful windows.  We had imagined that Capiz was something of the distant past until the stands selling “Lampirong” oysters ( Placuna placenta ) sprang up along the National Highway between Oton and Tigbauan, Iloilo on Panay Island in May.  The vendor told us that these Lampirong were harvested right in the immediate area, not trucked in from Capiz Province. One of dozens of roadside stands selling Lamperong near Oton The photo above shows Carol buying Lampirong oysters.  At first glance the Lampirong seem so thin that there could not be much meat.  This proved not to be the case.  The Lampirong were meatier than other local oysters and, according to my Filipino family, exceptionally…

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Infante flyover, Iloilo. Jalandoni flyover, Iloilo City. We have already expressed our sadness over the visual impact of the Infante flyover (overpass).  The French government financed “Mega Project” flyover at Jalandoni Street could be an even worse aesthetic disaster for Iloilo’s prettiest boulevard, Gen. Luna Street — and for the San Agustin campus.  We can’t imagine that the French would allow such a project in one of France’s historic downtowns.  Let’s…

Breakfast with Kindle KINDLE NEWS FLASH ! October 7, 2009. Amazon has announced a new international version of the Kindle which, according to Amazon, works wirelessly in the Philippines and around the world. I have never found having to get my Kindle downloads through USB to be a major inconvenince.  To me the biggest news is that Amazon will ship the Kindle to the Philippines and allow Philippine residents to purchase Kindle content.  Here’s the link to the new INTERNATIONAL KINDLE. You can click on the image below just to get all the details. If you decide to buy, you’ll help support goIloilo by using this link. Thanks! Just remember that such purchases will be subject to Philippine customs duty. NEWS FLASH TWO .  Before buying a Kindle be sure to look over the brand new Barnes & Noble “Nook” e-reader. More info at http://www.barnesandnoble.com/nook/index.asp A big advantage for Philippine readers is that the …

Green Park Hotel (Pension House) Pandan, Antique Province – a good stopover point when traveling from Iloilo City to Caticlan and Boracay Green Park Hotel, Pandan, Antique P1500 room, Green Park Hotel, Pandan Antique The Green Park Hotel is located on the National Road in Pandan, Antique. Phone 036-278-96-16. We did not stay here on this trip, but wanted to check it out for future reference.  The hotel has beautiful views of the surrounding rice fields. It’s a very convenient location for those traveling from Iloilo to Boracay who get a late start or don’t want do do the trip in one day.