2Travel. 2Cruise. 2Go (Part 3) with subtitle: Ikot-ikot sa Iloilo at Bacolod

Part of my 2Go Travel experience is a tour at Iloilo and Bacolod.

After ilang split, tumbling, hagalpakan at palakpak, we have arrived at Iloilo. 

Ladies and gentlemen, the delegates in our 2Go shirts!


Yung totoo, dapat naka traditional costume kami nyan pero baka magulantang ang Iloilo..Ahihihi.. Chos! :D

Since, it's almost lunch, go muna kami agad sa..


The inasal was great.. the Buko Halo,na first time kong matitikman-I super dig! Not only is it super oishi, it's super affordable din at 65 per order! Winnur! Must try din ang kanilang sizzling sisig. I can eat the whole plate, pramis!

And then, we visited St. Ann Parish of Molo- also known as the women's church. Why women's church? That, you'll have to find out. :P



 I always look for churches whenever Im new to a certain place. Im always fascinated with the architectural design, the intricate paintings and chandeliers, the story behind the walls. Iloilo should be proud to have more than 20 century old churches. If I have a chance to go back, I would love to visit more!

For pasalubong, we stopped by the Original Biscocho Haus.


Trivia: Sa aming paglilibot, wala kaming nakitang tindahang may pangalang The Fake Biscocho Haus.. Ahihihi

One's Iloilo trip is never complete without the taste of the authentic La Paz batchoy. So, attack naman kami sa Deco's.


La Paz Batchoy- a hot bowl of soup with chicharon, noodles, meat and innards. Super sarap!! Perfect!

And then we visited another church-the Jaro Cathedral, also known as the Metropolitan Cathedral of St. Elizabeth of Hungary.


The painting on the ceiling of the choir loft is truly a magnificent work of art!
A distinctive feature is that the bell tower is located across a busy street, on the Jaro Plaza. Typically, belfries are built next to their churches. In this case, the tower was adjacent to an earlier church, but an earthquake destroyed the church and left the tower.
Another distinctive feature is the stairs attached to the front facade of the cathedral, over the main entrance, leading up to a shrine above the main entrance to a statue of Our Lady of the Candles. source
There's an interesting story too behind the image of Our Lady of Candles. Our tour guide told us, this image, when discovered for the first time stands at least a foot high. The same image here now stands at least 4 feet. The people of Jaro have witnessed the change in it's height leaving everyone puzzled on how it came to be.
This cathedral is also called the men's church. Intrigued? Again, you'll have to visit and find out why. :D 
Before finally bidding Iloilo our temporary goodbyes, because I will surely come back, we stopped by its Kapitolyo, also a drop off center of relief goods for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.
Isn't this chic? Bongga ang nakaisip ng design ng Kapitolyo! :)
On the deck of this 6 storey building, we had the glimpse of the beautiful Iloilo!

After Kapitolyo, it's time to board the 2Go Supercat and visit Bacolod! It was more than an hour of super nakakahilong byahe by sea. Napawi ng Masskara dancers sa kanilang mataas na energy at wapak na wapak na high kick, split, head roll, tumbling at bonggang choreography na papasa sa makilatis na mata ni Maribeth  Bichara ang naramdaman naming hilo sa byahe. Check na check! I super love the bonggang welcome sa amin sa Bacolod! 
photo credit : Willa Stock thebloggingtraveller.net
We also stopped by The Ruins, with its equally famous tour guide, Roger.

photo credit: Willa Stock: thebloggingtraveller.net

And finally, to satisfy our sweet tooth, we visited Calea, Bacolod-famous pastry house.
I tried their blueberry cheesecake-one of their bestsellers-and it was heaven! I love!

I would have wanted to explore Iloilo and Bacolod more,but we are short of time and have to be back at the vessel onboard Manila. Kind of bitin, yes, so I'll definitely come back. :)

The whole 3 day mini-cruise and the trip to Iloilo and Bacolod was wonderful . Hindi man ako natuloy sa Calaguas to celebrate my birthday, this post birthday vacation was more than how I wanted to celebrate my big day. I never imagined I can have a hotel-like stay in a ship. The fun and the new found friends I met in this event will forever be cherished.

To 2Go Travel and Tagline, thank you for the invitation- I surely had a great time. :D

If you want to experience the fun that we have, book your tickets now via 2Go. Check out their website:  http://travel.2go.com.ph/
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About Allan Bough

Allan works full time as a Recruitment Head for an IT Solutions company in Makati and juggles blogging along side. He’s fond of travelling, a certified beach and nature lover and would want to explore more of Earth’s riches. A former community theater director, a pre school teacher and a frustrated Star In A Million contestant, Allan hopes of conquering the big stage for a spotlight one day. Conversation and people are his passion.
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