After my solo walk tour of downtown Iloilo [to be posted later], I wanted to take photos of the sunset as I always do with best efforts in every place I go to. From the airport to my hotel in downtown, I passed by a place called ESPLANADE and I thought it would be a nice venue for sunset shoot being along the river.
Inaugurated in June 1, 2012 by Pres. Pinoy, the Esplanade was constructed to celebrate Ilongo’s love for their river and promote environmental awareness while providing venue for various leisure activities. The existing 1.2-kilometers of promenade from the Diversion road to Carpenter’s Bridge in Mandurriao was designed by the same architect of Singapore quay and river esplanade. There is a proposal to extend the project to 2-more phases.
Esplanade is Iloilo’s “baywalk” or should I say – “riverwalk.” Establishments are still being constructed and being relatively new [as of date-May 2013] all you can do for now is to walk, jog, take pictures, or just let time pass while enjoying the breeze of Iloilo especially in the afternoon. There are no open restaurants when I was there but saw some being put-up. When fully developed though, I see a MOA Seawall in Iloilo riverbanks!
Unfortunately, the venue is not good for sunset shoot. The view is distracted by “bakawans” and constructions. It is a good vantage point though to take photos of the river and the bridge. As the sun was setting and still looking for a better place to take a shoot, I ran back to the main road and to the far end of Jalandoni Bridge where I think I got a better view of the sunset than in the Esplanade.
Here’s the location of Iloilo Esplanade. Click to open. Click again to enlarge:
See you again, someday, Esplanade!
Know more about Iloilo Esplanade in Explore Iloilo.
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