Scenic Iloilo cityscape

Scenic cityscape atop Iloilo City Hall

The beautiful Iloilo River as it meanders from its headwaters in Oton and empties into the sea in Iloilo City. It was also a finalist in the international Thies Riverprize held in Australia last October 2013 that highlighted the positive efforts in rehabilitating this body of water.

The beautiful Iloilo River as it meanders from its headwaters in Oton and empties into the sea in Iloilo City. The river was a finalist in the international Thies Riverprize held in Australia last October 2013 that highlighted the positive efforts in rehabilitating this body of water.

I was in awe at the beautiful scenery that unfolded before me: the port of Iloilo along the banks of the Iloilo River as dusk is ushered in and the lights of the city is just starting to switch on. It was one of those moments when I just stare and smile and enjoying the stunning vista.

And the sun was in haste to set behind the mountains of Antique’s long end that, alas, after changing into a standard lens with my camera atop the carbon fiber tripod, I was able to capture it halfway. But darn, I should have used the 200mm for it. And it was too late.

But then, I wasn’t complaining much. Antoine Greg, an Iloilo City based blogger who I’ve met first in Capiz during a familiarization tour took me to the top of the Iloilo City Hall’s modern building, all eight floors high that gives a scenic 360 view of the city and surrounding environs.

At the top, one can better appreciate the collection of buildings. The old side by side with the new. Churches and a plaza. The meandering river and factories. It is where one can readily appreciate the beauty of Iloilo City as one grand dame of the south.

The view of San Jose Church (left), Plaza Libertad (center) and the Masonic Temple (right)

The view of San Jose Church (left), Plaza Libertad (center) and the Masonic Temple (right)

View of J.M. Basa Street and Guimaras

View of J.M. Basa Street and Guimaras

The sun sets behind the mountains of Guimaras in the distance

The sun sets behind the mountains of southern Antique in the distance

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

7 Comments

  1. Neil
    February 5, 2014 @ 8:02

    When you’re atop the city hall, the sun doesn’t set behind the mountains of Guimaras, because Guimaras is East and Southeast of Iloilo City. The sun sets behind the mountains of Antique and Iloilo. 🙂

  2. Neil
    February 5, 2014 @ 8:03

    Rather, Guimaras is East and South of Iloilo City.

  3. estancabigas
    February 5, 2014 @ 11:06

    Neil, thanx so much for the correction. I rechecked it and, yes, its the southern end of Antique, specifically in the mountains terminating in Anini-y. 🙂

  4. estancabigas
    February 5, 2014 @ 11:06

    I’ve corrected it na. Thanx again 🙂

  5. Micole l Philippine Traveler
    February 6, 2014 @ 13:19

    That iloilo River is grand! And still, a good shot for that sunset albeit better in close up i think. =)

  6. Berniemack Arellano
    February 7, 2014 @ 10:37

    Missing home…

  7. estancabigas
    February 14, 2014 @ 22:42

    It was too late when I switched lenses!

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