Western Visayas Category

Willy’s Rock

August 19, 2013

No first-time visit to Boracay’s White Beach would be complete without taking at least one picture of the famous Willy’s Rock. You can either just take a photo of the intriguing rock formation from afar, or up close (like at the Marian grotto), or with yourself in the picture either... (read more)

Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral

July 8, 2010

Since I’ve featured Iloilo City’s Jaro Belfry more than 2 years ago, I guess now it’s time to do a post about the belfry’s associated church itself, the Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral (Wikipedia article). I’ve said before that the Jaro Belfry is among the minority of belltowers that stand apart from... (read more)


January 17, 2010

Located in the southeastern part of the Visayan Sea, between Bohol and Leyte, is the really fascinating island of Dawahon. This island is actually a barangay of Bato, Leyte and it is the only barangay of the town outside the Leyte mainland. Along with the nearby island of Hingotanan in... (read more)

The Ruins (Talisay)

June 29, 2009

I’ve heard about the famed The Ruins in Talisay City, Negros Occidental (just north of Bacolod) from various travel and photo blogs (such as this blog post by Byahilo). Well, I got even more interested when Jayvee disclosed that the first owner of the house, Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson, a... (read more)

Panaad Park and Stadium

July 21, 2008

The Panaad Park and Stadium is one of the most modern sports complex in the Philippines and it is found in Bacolod City. This 25-hectare sports complex has been the site of the Mens’ Football Event of the 2005 SEA Games as well as the location of the qualifying tournament... (read more)

Jaro Belfry

June 6, 2008

The first sight we’ll feature from the new satellite imagery added by Google last May 13 is the Jaro Belfry, located along E. Lopez St. in the district of Jaro in Iloilo City. This belfry, affectionately called the kampanario by the locals, is associated with the Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral across the... (read more)

Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol

May 22, 2008

Leandro Locsin, possibly the greatest Filipino architect, supposedly considered the Provincial Capitol Building of Negros Occidental in Bacolod City as the most beautiful capitol building in the country. Well, he may have been quite biased since he grew up in Silay, Negros Occidental, but I would have to admit that... (read more)

Bacolod Public Plaza

December 28, 2007

One of the several notable landmarks in Bacolod City is the Bacolod Public Plaza, which is found very near the city hall and right across the San Sebastian Cathedral. The plaza is a trapezoidal park with a belt of trees all around the periphery and a gazeebo/bandstand at the center.... (read more)

Robinsons Place Bacolod

July 7, 2006

Our second featured shopping mall is Robinsons Place Bacolod in Negros Occidental (the first one is SM City Bacoor). Bacolod City is one of the few places Robinsons Land Corporation, which is probably the country’s second-largest shopping mall operator, has SM Prime Holdings beat to put up a shopping mall.... (read more)

White Beach (Boracay)

March 3, 2006

It’s time to explore the low-res world now and see what interesting places there are to see (at least from a satellite) in the Philippines. First up is the famous White Beach in Boracay Island. This 3-kilometer stretch of white sand is arguably the most desired vacation spot among Filipinos.... (read more)