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Iloilo - Budget Inn, SM City and Mooon Cafe


From Guimaras Island, we ride again the ferry boat bound for Iloilo City. Goodbye my lovely Guimaras, we'll see you again... =D



Upon reaching Ortiz Port, we took a cab and told the driver to bring us to a place where we could stay. As I mentioned in my previous posts, we are on a tight budget, so we asked him to help us find a budget hotel within the city. He then dropped us at Budget Inn located at Castilla EL-98 Jaro Iloilo City. It is indeed a budget hotel. A twin room only costs 700 pesos per night. It's clean and well maintained. The staffs are very accommodating. With all its amenities such as cable television, stand-by generator and WIFI zone, I guess it's a great deal!





The rain was pouring hard when we arrived, so all we can do is stay and rest inside our room. We just decided to explore the city in the evening. We took a jeepney going to SM City Iloilo in Madurriao. Checked out the stores and bought some things. There's nothing extra ordinary, I felt like I was just in Manila. Stores that you can find in any SM Malls in Manila are also available there.





When we felt hungry, we checked out Mooon Cafe located just outside the mall.





It's a Mexican inspired restaurant serving international cuisines, but their specialty is more on Mexican food. First thing that you will notice in their restaurant are the vibrant colored walls and nice artworks on it. The place is very cozy, yet the prices of their food is not so expensive.






We had their house specialty, the Mooon Steak and a salad. We also tried their Moonba Moonba Iced tea (I'm not really sure of the name). Hehehe! Food is great! We enjoyed it a lot!




On our second day in Iloilo, we visited the famous Miagao Church, which is one of the four UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Baroque Churches in the Philippines. We also went all the way to the town of San Joaquin to see the San Joaquin Church and the Campo Santo - a cemetery overlooking the sea.


More Pix? >> [ Discovering Iloilo - Nov 21-22 '10 ]



Happened last November 20-22, 2010, Ilo-ilo - Guimaras Adventure is a series of blog posts of my 3-day experience in these 2 lovely provinces in the Visayas. Discover the places we've been to, the people we met, the food we tasted and the experience we gained in this memorable adventure.

| Jordan Port, Museo De Guimaras and Trappist Monastery | Guisi Point Light House and Guisi Beach in Nueva Valencia | Raymen and Rico Beach Resorts | Island Hopping Adventure | Budget Inn, SM City and Mooon Cafe | San Joaquin Church, San Joaquin Iloilo | Campo Santo in San Joaquin Iloilo | Miagao Church, A UNESCO World Heritage Site |






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23 comments :

Bino said...

sinulit talaga ang byahe sa iloilo :D

glentot said...

Wow Iloilo my mom's hometown...

Axl Powerhouse Production Inc, said...

wow... Mooon Cafe.... sabi ng tropa masarap daw dian yummy inggit :D

empi said...

Sulit na sulit ang byahe kahit tight ang budget. Good for you, guys! :D

peterjohnr25 said...

wow may mooon cafe pala sa iloilo hehe.. i only tried it sa cebu. i want to visit iloilo soon hehe

fetus said...

Mooon cafe. they serve cerveza negra, one of the best beers i have tasted. :)

Mitch said...

Sarap naman sa moon cafe, hehe.

pusang kalye said...

ang dami ko na palang namiss. sori naman. akala ko nasa Ilo-ilo ka for the blog summit. at, at ,at. yan ba ang walang pang-gala e sang lupalot ka naman pala napadpad? ako Luzon Luzon lang ikaw pa Visa-Visayas ka!!hmmmp. nacurious na talaga ako dyan sa Ilo-Ilo Guimaras na yan. mapuntahan nga next year. me nakontak nako na blogger na dyan ang hometown so di na talaga dapat palampasin yan. lol

Pinoy AdvenTurista said...

@Bino-hindi nga po eh, kc kulang na kami sa oras...

@Glentot-wow! kaya pala malambing ka? hahaha!!! as if close tayo... lolz!

@Axl-korek! masarap talaga Mooon Cafe...

Pinoy AdvenTurista said...

@empi- sa oras lang kami talaga kinulang, pero sulit talaga...

@Peter-yup, 2 yata branches ng Mooon Cafe sa Iloilo, the other one is in robinson's

@fetus-we didn't have beer...

@Mitch-sarap na...

@Pusang Kalye- iloilo and guimaras is a must-see... di naman ako masyadong gala... sa weekend punta ako Bacolod, mag isa! hahaha!!!

Ester Yaje said...

galing ng trip mo. nakakainggit lang tol :)

HaLoJiN said...

hehe kuya mervz! Sori now lang ulet napadpad.. Pano busy sa mga report ko sa school. Kuya ingat lage sa byahe at adventure!

-halojin

Pinoy AdvenTurista said...

Thanks Ester!

@Halojin-ok lang po... salamat sa pag adventure... =D

Earl (Suroy Pilipinas) said...

Great blog! How far is the Budget Inn from SM Iloilo. I might be in Iloilo on February and is currently searching for an affordable place to stay.

Pinoy AdvenTurista said...

@earl - around 5-10 mins by jeepney... or you can opt to walk for 10-20 mins, which we did on our way back to Budget Inn..

Earl (Suroy Pilipinas) said...

thanks!one more question, is the terminal of the passenger vans going to the iloilo airport also located in SM? pasensya na ha, ang dami kong tanong...hehehe. : )

Pinoy AdvenTurista said...

@Earl - it's ok... yes, nasa SM iloilo din ang terminal. Be sure to check the sked of the van, from what I remember, 7PM ang last trip going to the airport...

BloggerHead said...

thanks again!that was really helpful. happy traveling!

Earl (Suroy Pilipinas) said...

Thanks again! That was really helpful. Happy traveling!

Pinoy AdvenTurista said...

@Earl - no problem po... =D

Anonymous said...

good thing about moon cafe is that affordable and very yummy yung food. Malapit na dito yung Dinagyang. Sana makabalik kayo dito!

Earl (Suroy Pilipinas) said...

We stayed in Budget Inn for 1 night last Feb. 5. Malapit lang pala sya sa Jaro Cathedral & Belfry. Thanks to this post, I discovered an affordable place to stay in Iloilo City.

Rachel Rubio said...

We're planning to go to Ilo-ilo and we choose Go Hotels for the Hotel. Any suggestion? We booked in their website www.gohotels.ph

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