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FOOD & DELICACIES

The definition of every society is not only best described by its history and culture. The prevailing culinary art and food preferences of its people are essential components that can explain the evolution of such society since food is always associated with historical struggles and cultural development. This presentation is an attempt to educate every traveller who chooses Iloilo City as a destination, of the multitude of great gastronomic recipes and mastery of the kitchen art which are remarkably an illustration of the indigenous Ilonggo culture.

Popular Delicacies

Lapaz Batchoy - probably the most famous Ilonggo dish in the national scene which was started in the late 1930’s before World War II broke out. La Paz batchoy is a noodle dish with pork innards, liver and heart served with hot broth and topped with crunchy chicharon, garlic, onion leaves with soy sauce and powdered pepper used to adjust the flavour according to one’s taste.

Pancit Molo - Another famous Ilonggo dish named after a well-known district in Iloilo City, the Molo district. It is an adaptation of Chinese wanton soup which is composed of a mixture of ground pork wrapped in molo wrapper, shredded chicken meat and shrimps topped with some minced green onions and lots of toasted garlic.

Biscocho - derived from the Latin phrase word ‘bis coctus’ which means “twice baked.” It is a popular delicacy in Iloilo City refers to baked bread topped with butter and sugar, or garlic, in some cases. Biscocho is a part of Filipino cuisine originated from Iloilo province and it is also known as perfect match for coffee or hot chocolate drinks.

Old World Delicacies

  Pinasugbo - a native confection made from thinly sliced caramelized native banana sprinkled with sesame seeds. It is also one of the most popular delicacy in Iloilo City and   well-loved by children because of its chewy and sweet consistent taste..

Barquillos - are thin rolled crisp wafers made from flour, milk and sugar rolled into hollow cylinders. Iloilo is particularly known for its barquillos. They are made by pouring a thin batter is onto a wafer iron (barquillera). Once the wafer is cooked to a light brown it is immediately rolled while still hot and it becomes a crisp rolled cookie when it cools. Barquillos are now available in local flavors like ube and pandan. Sometimes they are filled with polvoron powder to make a sweet called barqueron.

Native Delicacies

Baye-Baye - It is a mixture of scraped young coconut meat,sugar and pinipig (pounded rice grains). Some prepare it in simpler ingredients of coconut meat, sugar, grounded sticky rice (pilit or malagkit)or corn grains. So when you’re in Iloilo City, be sure to check out the public markets and other pasalubong centers for this native delicacy that can make your trip more gastronomically satisfying.

Baye-Baye - It is a mixture of scraped young coconut meat,sugar and pinipig (pounded rice grains). Some prepare it in simpler ingredients of coconut meat, sugar, grounded sticky rice (pilit or malagkit)or corn grains. So when you’re in Iloilo City, be sure to check out the public markets and other pasalubong centers for this native delicacy that can make your trip more gastronomically satisfying.


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Ancient and Historical Heritage of Iloilo City
by Jeffrey Celiz

Iloilo City is indeed a repository of ancient and historical heritage. Every visitor can not miss-out the iconic imagery that these structures impose on the viewers’ perception. The mixture of its colonial past and western influence is a unique feature of Iloilo City’s line-up of cultural and ar! s! c treasures.

The stand-out Baroque architectural design of Molo Church (St. Anne Parish) reflects the dominant influence of Catholicism in the Iloilo. From an early place used to be known as a Chinese Ghetto to the seat of Spanish authority in the south western side of Iloilo, Molo Church is astonishingly a surviving heritage of Iloilo City. It resembles the deep spirituality of the Ilonggos and an enduring legacy of majestic artistry handed down from generations to generations, from the complexities of a colonial past.

Historical records attest to the fact that Iloilo City had been a prominent place hos! ng the religious-political power of the Spanish Authority during the colonial period. Of course we can’t deny the fact that the first political structure of Spanish Colonial Power in the entire Philippine Archipelago was established in the town of Oton, Iloilo, (the site of first “Encomienda System”). So it is not surprising if a lot of districts in Iloilo City had been adjunct of this Center of colonial political authority. Molo District and Jaro are the most commonly referred to as the place of “Alcalde Mayor”.

The famous Jaro Cathedral and the prominent Jaro Belfry across it are among the monuments of religious heritage in Iloilo City. Until today, Jaro Cathedral still symbolizes and literally hosts the main Catholic Church’s hierarchical center of authority. The Jaro Belfry survived a major earthquake disaster some! me before the outbreak of World War II. Presently , it is a symbol of strong colonial heritage in the city.

Calle Real or the main downtown area of Iloilo City does not only host the traditional trading bazaars of old entrepreneurial Chinese families. Old Spanish Houses of the “illustrados” (the rich Spanish mes! zo families) still adorn its far end area along the road going to Plaza Libertad ( JM Basa St.) These colonial houses which age more than a century since they were first built have their counterparts in the old mansions of the Montinola, and Lizares in Jaro District.

The glorious and colorful history of Iloilo City is more vividly preserved in the monuments of heritage that continue to amaze visitors who come to the city. Written historical records may only possess the informa! on of the past but they can never take the place of living heritage as undying tes! monies of a people, their struggles, aspira! ons dreams and their cultural uniqueness. This is the living testimony of Iloilo City’s ancient and historical heritage.

Historical Landmark

Fort San Pedro Muelle Loney Graciano Lopez Jaena Carpenters Bridge Jaro Belfry Replica of the Spanish Crown of Queen Regent Ysabel II Museo Iloilo Provincial Capitol

Spanish American Heritage

Molo Church Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral Nelly Garden Arevalo Church American Cemetery

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