la muy leal y noble ciudad, the most loyal city to spain in the colonial time.
Iloilo City Travel Blog› entry 73 of 106 › view all entries
April 29th, 2009 – by: lauro
so the plan was, go around iloilo city, then to the municipality of guimbal for some nature blah blah blah and lastly to miagao, where one of the majestic baroque church in the philippines stand.
ben and me had breakfast already, so we were full, rommel came with us. so its me, ben, manay boggie, palangga (my nephew and driver), rommel and the battle truck set off for the roadtrip!
the first part of the trip was go to around iloilo city! this is what i wanted to do! see the city in daylight, but since it was raining, we didnt had a chance to go down the battle truck, i took pictures from the vehicle and most of them are blurred or the lighting was not good because of the rain.
ben sat on the back with manay boogie and rommel, while i sat on the front. driving around iloilo city, i felt sad. the city is very beautiful! mixed with the proud and high nosed ilonggos with their charming dialect, but inspite of, the city is decaying. so many beautiful colonial buildings are neglected, some existing over a century or more.
after colonialism broke down, the city still enjoyed its rich status, with wealthy hacienderos ruling the province. after world war 2, the city was devastated and damaged to pieces. so most of the upper classes and business men left and went to other provinces or manila. leaving iloilo city in its crumbling state.
fast forward, as we were driving along, the contrast of the rich and poor always seem to be right in our faces, the villas and mansions of one of the richest spanish-filipino family were displayed right before our eyes, and yet the underprivelege people passed it by, carrying their earnings from all in a days work.
then we we drove to fort san pedro, where it was once a battle fort protecting the city from its invaders, it is now a ruin, if anyone would see it, no one would think it is a fort, but just boulders and slabs of rocks crumbling slowly to the sea.
i felt sad for iolilo city, eventhough manay boogie and manay lala bragged about new structures being built around the city, it forgot about its heritage, the once and proud loyal and noble city in the spanish empire.
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