Monday, December 18th, 2017

Guimaras Island is just a short, scenic and inexpensive pump boat away from Iloilo City.  You’ll leave from rather decrepit docks off General Hughes Street (going to Jordan port on Guimaras) or from the north side of Fort San Pedro to Buenavista on Guimaras.  This is not one of the safest areas of Iloilo City after dark so our advice is that if you arrive after dark take a taxi, don’t wander the streets in the port area. Once you get to Guimaras you’ll find pretty rural landscapes dotted with Mango plantations.  Alubihod beach is the best white sand beach that’s close to Iloilo City.  From Jordan you can take a multicab (small truck with bench seats in back) to Alubihod.  You can wait for the muliticab to fill with passengers or …

“The Ruins” Talisay, Bacolod This begins as an account of a May 2008 visit to Bacolod and environs but we hope to expand this section as we spend more time in Negros. We have been living in Iloilo City for nearly two years. Our Iloilo stay was supposed to only be for a month and then we were to go on to Bacolod City. We liked Iloilo so well we just stayed, but after this visit to Bacolod we can see that it’s an excellent choice for those seeking a mid-size Philippine city. Iloilo City’s expansion sprang from the core of an old Spanish settlement. Bacolod is newer and has a more modern plan with some wide roads and a more spacious layout. It also seems more prosperous than Iloilo City, its civic buildings and museums better maintained. It has also planted and maintained trees which grace its streets. I don’t know if Bacolod can match Iloilo’s medical care or educational facilities, but it’s certainly…