Monday, December 18th, 2017

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…

A Tigbauan, Iloilo digital photo essay; Tigbauan history, Tigbauan heritage, architecture, 18th century Spanish church, Tigbauan municipal hall, Tigbauan market, Tigbauan beach resorts, real estate and more. Entering Tigbauan – Tigbauan’s Saludan Festival banner Tigbauan Church and Convent from Tigbauan Market Tigbauan Church from Plaza Pretty garden in Tigbauan Church courtyard Tigbauan Municipal Hall from Plaza Entrance According to this plaque the Tigbauan Municipal Hall was built in 1960 Bandstand at Tigbauan Plaza Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines – Plaza Sunday is a busy market day in Tigbauan Tigbauan has one of the busiest small town markets. As a foreigner I often misjudge things. Tigbauan looks like a small town. By North American standards it looks like a town of 2,000 or 3,000. In actuality, the municipality of Tigbauan is has a population of over 50,000! Most buy their essentials in the market. Tigbauan is about 25 km from Iloilo City, too far for everyday shopping. Sunday is Tigbauan’s market day and on that day it’s packed with vendors and shoppers but the market operates seven days per week. Although it’s one of the busiest markets the damp and dark market facilities really need an upgrade to make shopping there a…

These are snapshots of other tropical houses, tropical house details and so forth to help us define the design of the retirement house we plan to build on our Tigbauan, Iloilo land.  They are an unorganized hodgepodge of things we’ve seen, things which caught our eye.  Maybe something here will be an inspiration to your Philippine building plans…

Iloilo beaches and beach resorts. If you’d like to spend time in Iloilo City but want to stay at a nearby beach resort, here are a couple of options.  Nes and Tat’s Beach Resort in Oton is closer to the City and has a pool, Sol y Mar Beach Resort in Tigbauan is quieter and has a better beach.  Don’t expect to find Boracay quality white sand beaches near Iloilo City.  The sand is brownish. Sol y Mar Beach Resort, Tigbauan, Iloilo Sol y Mar is a beach resort in Tigbauan, on the National Highway, about 20 KM west of Iloilo City. While we have not stayed there overnight, friends have, we have dined there, looked at the cottages and had a tour of the resort facilities.  We now live only a short walk away.  There is a restaurant offering basic dining options; grilled seafood, chicken and pork as well as sandwiches.  Especially recommended are the buko shakes and brewed coffee. Cottage at Sol y Mar For us, Sol y Mar is the best option for those who want stay overnight at a real beach…