Go on a fun-filled night adventure and see a different side of Iloilo City with this mystery tour. The city is filled with rich stories of history and culture with its well-preserved structures like old buildings, ancestral houses, and more, which you can get a glimpse of in this 5-hour tour that includes transfers.
After being picked up by your accommodation in Iloilo City at around 5 PM, the mystery tour will start with a visit to the Old Capital Building of Iloilo or the Casa Real de Iloilo. The building is now considered a National Historical Site by the National Historical Institute. The 112-old building located along General Luna Street and Muelle Loney Street, was used by the Japanese forces during World War II.
After that, you will be headed to what used to be the Iloilo Provincial Jail but is now a museum showcasing the rich history and culture of Western Visayas such as archaeological artifacts, fossils, and textiles, among others. The 108-year-old facility located along Bonifacio Drive houses the Oton Death Mask, a pre-Hispanic gold mask found in a gravesite in Oton town. It stopped functioning as a jail in 2006 after the prisoners were transferred to the new provincial jail.
The next stop along Bonifacio Drive is the Eusebio-Villanueva house. It is a two-story building made of Narra wood, galvanized iron, and concrete used by the Japanese as their headquarters and functioned as their "torture chamber" and prison. From the mansion, you will proceed to the Philippine American Cemetery at the Jaro district, the burial ground for Americans in Iloilo during their occupation in the Philippines.
You will then head to Casa Sanson Y Montinola in Jaro, a house exhibiting the Spanish, Chinese, Muslim, and Filipino architectural designs. Situated along Lopez street, the two-story house of the Montinola’s, one of the hacienderos, shows the lifestyle of the Ilonggo elite. Another preserved ancestral house you’ll be visiting is the Casa Mariquit, a 216-year-old Spanish house that showcases the story of the Javellana and Lopez family of Iloilo.
Not too far is the Jaro Cathedral Church, the last stop for this mystery tour. It is also known as the Church of St. Elizabeth of Hungary. It is an all-male church where you will find a collection of male saints inside. The only rose among them is the statue of Nuestra Senora de Candelaria (Lady of Candles) perched on a glass shrine on its façade. The statue of the lady made of limestone is said to be continuously growing and needs a constant adjustment to its niche.
Be amazed by Iloilo City’s mansions and other old structures in this mystery night tour in Iloilo. Check the availability by choosing a date above.
- All our guides speak English.
- Not all establishments accept credit or debit cards, and ATMs can be limited.
- Weather Dependent