There is much more to Iloilo than a steaming bowl of delicious batchoy. Take, for instance, the province’s smallest municipality, Pavia. For one, it holds Iloilo’s oldest festival—the fun and colorful annual carabao race, the Carabao Carroza. Pavia is also strategically located; it is close enough to Iloilo City for its residents to enjoy the perks of city life, but far enough to give Pavia homeowners a laidback lifestyle.
If you swing by Pavia, try one (or all) of the local activities listed here!
Take a long coffee break at LoCo
LoCo (Local Coffee), with several branches all over Iloilo, is known to serve some of the strongest cups of coffee in Iloilo. Add to that a relaxing vibe and friendly staff, and you’ve got a coffee shop that needs to be on your regular weekend itinerary.
LoCo promotes an advocacy that supports local coffee farmers; so for every cup you sip at LoCo, you are helping sustain Iloilo’s local coffee industry.
Fernando Lopez Avenue, Ungka I, Pavia, Iloilo City
Open hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily
Phone: (033) 327 2048
For deliveries, call 0966-3774847 (delivery hours: 12 nn to 8 p.m., Friday to Wednesday)
Catch indie films at Cinematheque Iloilo
Any film buffs in the house? Cinematheque Iloilo, run by the Film Development Council of the Philippines, regularly shows indie films and hosts international film festivals. Apart from offering such film festivals as the Cine Europa Film Festival and the Israeli Film Festival, Cinematheque Iloilo’s main aim is to “bring Filipino films to Filipinos.” So get those tickets now!
Cinematheque Iloilo, G/F B&C Building, Solis cor. Iznart Sts.
Regular Screening Time:
6 p.m., Tuesday to Friday
4 p.m.and 6 p.m., Saturday
Phone: (033) 335 0543
Ticket rate: P100 for regular showing; free admission for international film festivals
Get doughnuts at Sidro
Regulars swear by Sidro’s product as “the best doughnuts in the country,” making this bakeshop Iloilo’s tastiest non-secret. They offer handmade gourmet doughnuts, which they make in small batches throughout the day to ensure the best quality in each one. Unusual flavors such as calamansi poppy-seed and polvoron will definitely pique the interest of foodies. We grudgingly admit: there is some good in sugar!
Do a staycation
Is there anything more relaxing than enjoying a staycation? A well-developed community would have an adult and kiddie pool, playground, wide open landscaped gardens, a basketball court, and a clubhouse for hanging out–all to keep your weekends extra chill. Avida Village Iloilo, laid out in a cozy neighborhood, has wide open spaces and amenities for everyone in your family. Do check it out.
Angela Ave., Bgy. Balabag, Pavia
Go on a bike ride, then enjoy Russian tea cookies at JD Bakery Cafe
Safe bike lanes and walkways help keep Iloilo a sustainable city. Take advantage of this and pedal with your family for some miles along the Diversion or Circumferential Roads. To reward yourselves afterward, head on to JD’s Bakery Cafe for some comfort food. Regulars of the cafe swear that their Russian tea cookies are just as good as the ones in high-end Manila.
38 Gen. Luna St.
Open hours: 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., daily
Phone: (033) 337 4292
Live in an Iloilo neighborhood close to many establishments that make life enjoyable. Visit Avida Land to find the right home for you in Pavia, Iloilo.