JARO ILOILO ON FOOT: A Solo Jaro Walk! [Iloilo Walk Tour Series]

After my Lapaz Batchoy lunch at the first Deco’s and ice coffee with pandesyosa at Madge Cafe, both located in La Paz Public Market, I was ready to do my Jaro Walk!,

[See my complete set of my Jaro Walk photos in my Flickr here]

First Stop: ST. CLEMENT’S CHURCH [Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish]. Unlike most churches in Iloilo, this is quite modern, all white, clean and very simple, inside and out. Completed in 1931 and managed by the Redemptorists or Congregation of the Most Holy Rosary Redeemer.

St Clements Church Iloilo

From the church I continued my walk heading to ABS-CBN where the LOPEZ BOATHOUSE MANSION and LOPEZ PINK CASTLE MANSION are located.You have the option to take the jeep going to Jaro and get down at  ABS-CBN.

The Boathouse has a themed-architecture, modern-nautical inspired edifice with round port-hole windows and has a wide deck resembling that of a ship. The whole view is distracted by acacia trees, however, but you can see that it looks like a ship even when it’s popularly referred to as “boat” house. With its appearance, it didn’t seem to have been built in 1935 to me.

Lopez Boathouse Iloilo

Immediately next to the Boathouse is the Lopez Pink Castle Mansion. It’s all pink from top to bottom including the fence. However, you cannot see more than what you can see from the road. The fence is high and the facade does not face the road. The gate seems interesting though. Next to the Pink House is another Lopez Mansion but I did not bother to take a look because it’s in the interior of the compound. I remember then in 2010, I was in a taxi and I asked the driver why the mansion is painted Pink and he said – “agi ang may ari” – but I don’t think so.

Lopez Pink Castle Mansion Iloilo

Second Stop: Not too far from the ABS-CBN Studios is the NELLY’S GARDEN, again, it belongs to the Lopez’s. It was built in 1928 by a Lopez patriach and named it after his eldest daughter, Nelly. The Mansion accepts tour bookings, check them out at Facebook. I asked the guard on duty if I can step in a bit from the gate but I was refused. I should have booked, I was informed. Here are some shots I took from the road. I took the pictures of the mansion from exactly the same vantage point when I was here in May 2010.

Nellyis Garden Lopez Mansion Iloilo

[See my complete set of my Jaro Walk photos in my Flickr here]

Next to Nelly’s Garden is the SANSON y MONTINOLA ANTILLAN Heritage House, built in early 1900’s. It’s not intricate. It’s not lavish. But it’s simply gorgeous! From the road, you can see its full glory and I can just imagine if this structure is restored! It would really be awesome!!! If there was one structure that lingers in my mind after my Jaro walk, it’s this house. I’m no archi-person but I like its charm and perceived nobility.

Sanson y Montinila Antillan House Iloilo

Third Stop: Continuing my walk, I passed by JALANDONI MANSION (Per comment by Anthony below, it’s suppose to be the RODRIGO ARANETA MONTINOLA HOUSE; he lives here)  before reaching JARO CATHEDRAL. Built in 1928, the mansion now houses a life-size statue of Our Lady of Lourdes and regularly paraded in a procession of the Jaro Cathedral every February. Not too far is another LEDESMA MANSION [there’s another one in downtown Iloilo] across the Jaro Plaza and close to Jaro Cathedral. It’s all concrete and appears not to have been restored of late [as of writing, May 2013].

Ledesma and Jalandoni Mansion Jaro Iloilo

Jaro Cathedral Iloilo

After taking some pics of the Jaro Cathedral, I checked my map for the first BISCOCHO HOUSE and the CASA MARIQUIT. It was already [very high!] noon. Hence, I decided to take a pedicap and asked if manong pedikaber can take me to Biscocho House and  Casa Mariquit. Agreed fee – P40, to and fro, with waiting time, not bad. Gave him few extra.

First Biscocho House Iloilo

CASA MARIQUIT is near the Biscocho House although manong pedikaber was somehow lost at first. Casa Mariquit is another mansion that can be traced to the Lopez’s. It belongs to Fernando Lopez, Sr., and was named after her wife, Mariquit. Claimed to have been built some 200-years ago, it then makes it the oldest heritage house I’ve seen in Iloilo. It also served as a bank back then by the father of Fernando Lopez, Sr., the former vice-president of the Philippines, Ramon Javellana, who was a banker. The vault of the bank was located in the masters bedroom concealed by wooden floor planks.

Casa Mariquit Iloilo

Interesting is the servant’s quarter which looked fancy but charming – it’s like a birdhouse! Ayie, the caretaker was very nice to tour me around the mansion and charged P50 but I gave her a little extra.

Fourth Stop: Looking at the map and having been informed that the LIZARES MANSION [now Angelicum School] is quite far [although there are PUJ plying the route], I decided to take a cab, asked the driver to wait for a while then back to Jaro Plaza for P100, 2-way.

Lizares Mansion Angelicum School Iloilo

There goes my Jaro Walk! From Rizal Street in La Paz, I walked the remaining stretch of Luna Street, straight to Eugenio Lopez. It’s more than double my walk in downtown Iloilo but would never exchange it for anything even when there was an almost a fainting episode in the middle of my walk because of heat. Cold water and few minutes of rest were all I needed. Total walk hours – 4 [inclusive].

[See my complete set of my Jaro Walk photos in my Flickr here]


First Stop – St. Clement’s Church – Lopez Boathouse – Lopez Pink Mansion [along the way are ABS-CBN Studios, Western Visayas University, Jaro National High School/Iloilo High School]

Second Stop – Nelly’s Garden – Sanson Y Montinola Antillan House [along the way are Jalandoni Mansion and some old buildings]

Third Stop – Jaro Plaza – Jaro Cathedral – first Biscocho House – Casa Mariquit [Jalandoni Building, Evangelical Church and some other old buildings]

Fourth Stop – Lizares Mansion [Angelucum School]


Iloilo City on Foot: A Solo Downtown Walk Tour [Iloilo Walk Tour Series]

Iloilo Esplanade: Celebrating Ilongo’s love for their River!

La Paz Iloilo: MADGE CAFE inside a public market and DECO’s the first branch that served La Paz Batchoy! [Iloilo Walk Tour Series]


Cebu City: A Solo Heritage Walk

HERE IS A MAP OF MY STOPS [Click to enlarge. Click again to make it larger]:



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12 Responses to JARO ILOILO ON FOOT: A Solo Jaro Walk! [Iloilo Walk Tour Series]

  1. Joepet says:

    It was Fernando Lopez who became the Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines and not Ramon Javellana. Ramon was the father-in-law of Fernando. Casa Mariquit was not owned by the Lopezes. It was built by Ramon for his daughter Mariquit Javellana, who became the wife of Fernando. For correction lang po.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Sir i am prof pedros who is rearxhing about casa mariquit …there are errors in the data that you included about casa mariquit. if you want to learn about my researhc you can cntact me 0921 66 88 518. prof. john erwin pedroso. west visayas state university. iloilo city. or email me.. sayaw_pinoy @yahoo.com.ph

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  4. Xryz says:


    I really love the images you have from Casa Mariquit. I am doing a site about Iloilo and I was wondering if you’re kind enough to let me use some of your images. I will of course be crediting you for it. Thanks!

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