Occupying the southeastern portion of Panay Island, Iloilo Province can somewhat be considered as a comeback kid in the Visayas. For years, its economy has been eclipsed by those of its neighbors—notably by Negros Occidental and Cebu Province—but in the last decade, Iloilo has witnessed considerable growth especially in its important industries.
In 2007, after years of planning, Iloilo’s international airport opened in the town of Cabatuan, replacing the old airport situated in Mandurriao in Iloilo City. The airport soon became the Philippines fourth busiest airport, which led to the province becoming Panay Island’s international gateway (along with the Kalibo airport near Boracay). As a result, tourism boomed and the province is now one of the most visited in the Philippines.
However, an international airport is not the only thing that Iloilo has. Indeed, a place with good transportation infrastructures in place but with nothing else to offer is pointless, but fortunately, the province is blessed with some of the best tourist attractions in this part of the Visayas.
Iloilo’s centuries-old Catholic churches are renowned and much visited, and one—Miag-ao Church—even was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other churches worth visiting include the Cabatuan Church, Molo Church, and Passi City Church, among many others.
The provinces’ nature parks are stunning as well. Bucari Mountain Range, which is in the towns of Leon and Alimodian, has been named as the “Summer Capital of Iloilo” and has been declared as a special economic and tourism zone. Another popular area is Bulabog Putian National Park between the towns of Dingle and San Enrique, which is a protected rainforest area dubbed as a “living museum of flora and fauna.” According to travel blog Explore Iloilo, hundreds of foreign and local tourists visit the nature park each month to see the area’s various forms of wildlife and more than 30 caves.
For sun-worshippers, Iloilo has many gorgeous beaches as well, and the most famous among them is the Islas de Gigantes in the town of Carles. Nearby Sicogon Island, also within Carles, will be the future site of an Ayala Resort project, which is a high-end resort to look forward to over the next few years.
Although much of Iloilo’s appeal lies on its stature as a topnotch tourist destination, it definitely does not hurt to live in the province to experience its attractions over and over. What better way to experience this than to find a house for rent in Iloilo. The search for that perfect property will be easy, as the province has plenty of towns and cities, which in turn boast numerous residential real estate developments.
One of these projects is Vista Land’s high-profile Camella Savannah City in the town of Oton. Comprising five separate subdivisions or enclaves, this project offers plenty of houses within a self-contained and complete community.
Other notable real estate projects wherein an Iloilo houses for rent can be had include Centro Verde Residencias de Iloilo, Westwood Iloilo, BellaVita Iloilo, and Providence Iloilo, among many others.