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  • March 2, 2020
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Throughout the years, the mayor vows to make the city stay that way—highly livable.

There are are several places in the Philippines that are considered highly livable. Then again, Filipinos and even expatriates have their own characterization of what makes a place livable for them.

It all boils down to how the place sustains and fulfills needs, preferences, and wants.

But what makes Iloilo livable? These.

Ilonggos are the sweetest.

That’s their trademark—the gentle, calm, and sweet accent that melts worries away. When speaking also, it is always accompanied by a smile.

Even when you are new to the place, you won’t hesitate to talk to any of them. They would treat you with the utmost respect, whether you are a local or a foreigner.

Anyone can boast of how hospitable they are, but no one comes close to how sincerely welcoming the Ilonggos are.

Apart from their friendly demeanor, the locals are also accommodating. They are willing and prepared to offer help because they know when you need it and how.

Ilonggos prioritize a healthy lifestyle.

The locals are very particular when it comes to their health and wellbeing. 

The government takes heed by providing the residents with various fitness and health programs such as organized Zumba sessions as well as the needed infrastructure. The esplanade is a great place to do physical activities from walking to organized exercise in the morning.

Iloilo City is bike-friendly too because the government is promoting biking as alternative public transportation. You can go running and biking with other fitness enthusiasts.

Air quality is better here also since the place is relatively small, with fewer population and lesser vehicles to pollute the air.

Ilonggo cuisine is a gastronomic treasure.

You are in a treat for the freshest and cheapest seafood. Oysters, for instance, are sold in a tub for the lowest price imaginable.

Fishing is a major industry since Iloilo City is found at the coastal Panay Island.

Much like the rest of the Philippines, the place has a distinct taste because of the spices they use.

Inasal (roasted chicken with anato oil), binakol (chicken soup cooked in coconut milk), kansi (beef bone marrow stew), pancit molo (pork dumplings soup), and batchoy (noodles in pork broth), and the tasty silvanas originated from Iloilo. 

Laswa (vegetable soup with shrimp), however, is the most popular dish.

There are local restaurants that serve culinary heirlooms. And when we say so, each step of cooking is done from scratch—the way the materfamilias or well-trained and ever-reliable kusineras prepare the dishes.

The restos are keen on preserving culinary traditions. This is the main reason why there are limited numbers of dining areas that offer fusion cuisine, although there are some of them in key areas in the city.

Iloilo City has minimal traffic.

The city has less traffic, and sometimes no traffic at all. Even during rush hours, the traffic is not as bad in other parts of the Philippines. The scale of congestion, whenever there is any, is short-lived, like up to 20 minutes max in traffic.

Jeepney is the primary mode of transportation, although there are several cab and tricycle operators. 

It helps that the majority of the part of the city has wide and well-paved roads. The government also makes sure that the streets look attractive by planting plenty of trees and ornamental plants.

That means less time spending on the road and more quality time with your family and friends.

Iloilo City has a comparatively low cost of living. 

The place is one of the cheapest places to live in the Philippines. Everything seemed low-priced here compared to its counterparts, such as Cebu City, where prices are slowly escalating.

Real estate prices are definitely lower.

Household needs and supplies are obtainable from your friendly neighborhood palengke and numerous malls, particularly in the downtown area.

Iloilo City is safe and secure.

Police presence is everywhere, although they are mostly concentrated in areas where people frequent such as the plazas and churches.

One good thing about living here is you can walk freely to wherever you need to go without worrying too much about who you’d come across with—no drunks, pickpockets, and beggars on the streets. 

Speaking of which, begging money is something unusual in Iloilo. It’s the Ilonggo pride that drives them to work hard.

It is basically pedestrian-friendly, with the abundance of sidewalks and road shoulders. 

These are some of the most important reasons why living in Iloilo should be on your agenda, especially if you are actively looking to relocate.