Heritage Houses Tour:
When the province used to export sugar abroad from the late 1800’s up to the early 1900’s, rich families who owned vast plantations built houses and mansions. We passed by the main road that leads to Jaro district from the City Proper that is called the E. Lopez st. or the Millionaire’s Row. Among the houses that we saw during our running tour were the Lopez Boathouse, the Pink Lopez Mansion, Sanson-Montinola, Jaen and Joaquin Ledesma Mansion. We were supposed to enter the Nelly’s Garden or the most iconic mansions built by the Lopezes but they were preparing it for an event. The coaster just stopped for a while as we took photos.
We then went to Lizares Mansion or now known as the Angelicum School. Though it’s a popular destination during Christmas when all of the mansion’s facade is decorated with lights, it’s still a memorable experience because it’s my first time to enter the mansion. I didn’t know that the central part upon entering was converted into a chapel. It is said that the Lizares ladies were so refined that they can never go down from their bedrooms if they didn’t looked and dressed like royals.The elaborate and grandiose design of this landmark still stood up despite of its horrible past when it was used as a garrison and torture chamber by the Japanese in the Second World War. Today, priests who run the school could also sense something different from time to time.
Madge cafe is one of Iloilo City’s famous tourist spot that is located in the heart of La Paz Market. More famously known for the La Paz Batchoy, this district is also home to Madge which has been serving native coffee for more than 70 years. Political figures and people from all walks of life have been to this place not only for the coffee but because of the ambiance also.