Provinces

Iloilo Province

Written by Patrick

ABOUT

Iloilo is a province located in the region of Western Visayas in the Philippines. Its capital is Iloilo City. Iloilo takes its name from Irong-Irong, the old name of the city of Iloilo, a tongue of land that sticks out like a nose on the south of Iloilo River. Irong is a local word for nose.

LOCATION

Iloilo

Coordinates: 11°00′N 122°40′E

FAST FACTS

The following are a few useful and interesting details about this province.

Province:
Iloilo
Location:
11°00′N 122°40′E | View Map
Year Founded:
1566
Capital:
Area:
5,000.83 km2 (1,930.83 sq mi)
Population:
2,051,900
Density:
390/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Division:
Region:
Cities & Towns:
1 Independent city, 1 Component city, 42 Towns (Municipalities)
Demonym(s):
Ilonggo
Elevation:
(Mount Baloy) 1,920 m (6,300 ft)
Time Zone:
PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code:
5000–5043
Area code:
+63 -(033)-XXX-XXXX
Electricity:
Standard voltage is 220V.
Plug commonly used is Type A but Types B and C are used as well.
Bring A to B adapter(s).
Currency:
Philippine Peso (PHP)
Exchange Rate:
Approximately 1 USD = 50 PHP | click for exact exchange rate
Income Class:
First Class
Religion(s):
60% Roman Catholic, 35% Protestant
Language(s):
Hiligaynon (Ilonggo), Kinaray-a, Ati, English
Known For:
Dinagyang Festival, heritage sites
Major Industries:
Agriculture (corn, rice, bananas, pineapples and sugar), Fishing, Finance, Tourism, Information Technology
Climate:
Tropical
Best Time to Visit:
January to June, December, August
Clothing:
Casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.
Bus Terminal(s):
COMING SOON

CLIMATE

The climate in this province is a tropical wet and dry climate as according to the Köppen climate classification system, with pronounced wet season.

The driest months and therefore the best time to visit Iloilo is from January to June. December is also a good time to visit, but you can expect high rates from hotels during this month. If you want to visit Iloilo during its low season, August is the best time to do so, though you should expect plenty of rain.

The most appropriate clothing in this province is casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.

READ MORE: Climate & Weather in the Philippines

CITIES & TOWNS

Iloilo Province Map

The Iloilo province is divided into 42 Municipalities, 1 Independent City, 1 Component City:

  • Ajuy
  • Alimodian
  • Anilao
  • Badiangan
  • Balasan
  • Banate
  • Barotac Nuevo
  • Barotac Viejo
  • Batad
  • Bingawan
  • Cabatuan
  • Calinog
  • Carles
  • Concepcion
  • Dingle
  • Dueñas
  • Dumangas
  • Estancia
  • Guimbal
  • Igbaras
  • Iloilo City
  • Janiuay
  • Lambunao
  • Leganes
  • Lemery
  • Leon
  • Maasin
  • Miagao
  • Mina
  • New Lucena
  • Oton
  • Passi
  • Pavia
  • Pototan
  • San Dionisio
  • San Enrique
  • San Joaquin
  • San Miguel
  • San Rafael
  • Santa Barbara
  • Sara
  • Tigbauan
  • Tubungan
 

ISLANDS

There are 55 outlying islands surrounding the mainland of Iloilo which are under the jurisdiction of the province.

  • Adcalayo Island
  • Agho Island
  • Bagabu Island
  • Bagosipol Island
  • Balbagon Island
  • Bantigui Island
  • Bayas Island
  • Binanan Chico Island
  • Binuluangan Island
  • Bocot Island
  • Botlog Island
  • Bulubadiang Island
  • Bulubadiangan Island
  • Buri Island
  • Cabugao Gamay
  • Cabugao Grande Island
  • Calabasa Island
  • Calagnaan Island
  • Canas Island
  • Chico Island
  • Danao Island
  • Gaguit Island
  • Gigantillo Island
  • Gigantona Island
  • Himamaylan Island
  • Igbon Island
  • Igcalayo Gamay Island
  • Labno Island
  • Longingot Island
  • Magaisi Chico Island
  • Magais Island
  • Magalumbi
  • Magusipol Island
  • Malaiya Island
  • Maliog-liog Island
  • Manipulon Island
  • Manlot Island
  • Nabunut Island
  • Naburot Island
  • Nasidman Island
  • North Gigante Island
  • Ojastras Island
  • Punta Buri
  • Quiniluban Island
  • Salog Island
  • Sicogon Island
  • Sombrero Island
  • South Gigante Island
  • Tabugon Island
  • Tago Island
  • Talingting
  • Tulunaun Island
  • Tumaquin Island
  • Turnina Island
  • Uaydajon Island
 

POINTS OF INTEREST

The following is a list of points of interest relating to the Iloilo province:

  • Agho Island
  • Calle Real
  • Camina Balay nga Bato
  • Casa Mariquit
  • Casa Real de Iloilo
  • Central Philippine University
  • Dinagyang Festival
  • Festive Walk Iloilo
  • Fort San Pedro
  • Iloilo City Hall
  • Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Jaro Cathedral
  • Lizares Mansion
  • Museo Iloilo (Iloilo Museum)
  • Museum of Philippine Economic History
  • Nelly’s Garden
  • Robinson’s Place
  • Santa Barbara Church
  • Santa Maria Parish
  • Sinamay House
  • SM City Iloilo
  • Smallville Complex
  • St Anne Parish Church
  • St. Clement’s Church
  • Sta. Monica Church Pavia
  • The Molo Mansion
  • Vista Mall
  • WaterWorld Iloilo
 

FESTIVALS

The following is a list of festivals celebrated in Iloilo throughout the year:

  • Binanog Festival (Second Sunday of January) – Lambunao
  • Leganes Saad Festival (Last week of January) – Leganes
  • Dinagyang Festival (Last Sunday of January) – Iloilo City
  • Jimanban Festival (Last week of January) – New Lucena
  • Hirinugyaw-Suguidanonay Festival (Last week of January to first week of February) – Calinog
  • Kasadyahan Festival (Fourth Saturday of January) – Iloilo City
  • Candelaria Fiesta (February 2) – Jaro
  • Paraw Regatta Festival (February) – Villa de Arevalo

FAQs

The following are the most frequently asked questions about the Iloilo province.

Where in the Philippines is Iloilo located?
Iloilo is occupies the central and eastern section of Panay island in the Western Visayas region.

Is Iloilo a city or province?
Iloilo is a province with its capital of the same name.

What is the Capital of Iloilo?
The capital of Iloilo is Iloilo City.

What is Iloilo famous?
Iloilo is famous for Dinagyang Festival, heritage sites, la paz batchoy, and pancit molo.

How do I get to Iloilo?
There are several ways to get to Iloilo, the most common being from Manila:

  • Bus Ferry | 18 hours | $20-$28
  • Ferry | 20 hours | $17-$126
  • Plane | 1.25 hours | $28-$100

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How many islands are in Iloilo?
There are 55 islands in the province of Iloilo.

What does Iloilo mean?
Iloilo came from the Hiligaynon word “Ilong-Ilong” or the Kinaray-a “Irong-Irong”, meaning nose-like, which refers to the nose-shaped islet formed by the river now called Iloilo River.

How Safe is Traveling in Iloilo?
Iloilo is very safe for locals and tourists.

Is the climate in Iloilo the same as the rest of the Philippines?
The climate is Iloilo is considered tropical. It is similar most provinces of the Philippines.

To learn more about the various climate types in the Philippines, and for a Climate Map, click the link below …

READ MORE: Climate & Weather of the Philippines

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About the Author

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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