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Information about Muelle Loney

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Location
Muelle de San Francisco, Port Area, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Distance From City Center
67 m
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Muelle Loney

 

Muelle Loney, also known as the River’s Wharf of Iloilo, serves as a sooting place to appreciate the history and success of the city. It is a place for one of the best sunset view in town. If you want to explore the city of Iloilo, Muelle Loney should be included in your bucket list as it mirrors the great history of Iloilo. 

With its important role in the flourishing success of the sugar industry in the area during the 1800s to 1900s, Muelle Loney serves as a bridge of making Iloilo City a vital trading city in the Western Visayas and one of the wealthiest cities in the country. Local goods from Iloilo and its neighboring islands are gathered in Muelle Loney before being transported outside the country. Today, it is one of the most important and busiest ports in Iloilo, Negros, and Guimaras. 

Derived from its Spanish term, “muelle” means wharf and Loney, was named after British Vice Consul Nicholas Loney for his contribution to the development of Iloilo through the sugar industry. 

The river wharf was originally made to export textile from Iloilo to Manila. Since in 1700s, the weaving industry in Iloilo was already flourishing naming Iloilo as the “Textile Capital of the Philippines.” In 1855, the Iloilo’s River Wharf opens its port for international trading and comes the booming of the sugar industry in the region. Unfortunately, there was a decline in the production of the sugar business in Iloilo because of a conflict between two labour unions that eventually led to the downfall of the Queen City of Iloilo. 

To recognize his great contribution, Nicholas Loney was named as the “Father of the Philippine Sugar Industry.” The River Wharf was named after him in 1904 and a statue of him stands at the end of Muelle Loney Street to commemorate his honor. 

Today, Muelle Loney still serves as a port between Negros, Guimaras and Iloilo. Although the wealthy label it once claimed is gone, Muelle Loney serves as a reminder of the success of Iloilo, and how with great determination and perseverance success can be attained once again by the city that was once called as the Queen City of the South.