Iloilo City’s reputation as the ‘City of Love’ might already be reason enough for you to travel to the city to spend your Valentine’s Day there. Well, this is because of the songy-sweet-sounding local dialect of its locals, as well as its central location within the archipelago – it’s the country’s ‘heart,’ if you will!
Walking around the city’s infrastructure, especially at night, is a wonderful experience what with the beautifully designed walkways and streets, making it the perfect romantic spot to spend with your loved one. It’s also home to some excellently preserved Spanish-era historic sites such as churches and buildings!
But if this wasn’t enough to convince you to go there, here are 5 especially romantic places for you to add to your Iloilo City itinerary on Valentine’s Day!
- Iloilo River Esplanade
Simply called the ‘Esplanade’ by Ilonggos, the place is a beautiful 9 km walk that stretches on both sides along the Iloilo River. If you’ve ever wanted to have a simple Valentine’s Day celebration, then this is the perfect spot for you and your loved one. Scenic views on every part of the path and a stunning view of the river afford you a calming and yet enjoyable time with your SO!
- Jaro Cathedral
Jaro Cathedral is a Spanish-era church that was preserved beautifully and is now one of the major tourist attractions of the city. The 2nd National Shrine of Visayas and Mindanao, its beautiful limestone facades never fail to impress anyone who sees it up close. If you’ve ever wanted to start the day of love spiritually, then this is the perfect church to do so!
- Molo Mansion
One of the most outstanding historical homes built in the Philippines, the Molo Mansion now serves the public as a heritage museum with a souvenir shop. Spending a few hours here as part of your Valentine’s Day trip with your loved one is never a bad idea! With its many Instagrammable exteriors and regal interiors, you could never go wrong with stopping by the mansion.
- Cafe Aroma
Though it looks just like a modern coffee shop with its minimalistic interiors, Cafe Aroma is one for the books! The aesthetically pleasing design of the cafe coupled with that sweet coffee aroma might be the perfect place to rest and rejuvenate after a tiring day in the city. The cafe serves caffeinated and non-caffeinated drinks, so if your special someone isn’t particularly fond of coffee drinks they won’t have to worry!
- Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art
Is your loved one an art aficionado? Well, the Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art makes for the perfect place to get your creative juices flowing. Taking the time to admire beautiful works made by exceptional artists might be old-school, but there’s a reason museums are still around! Taking photos at the museum to show off your loved one makes for interactions too!