HUGYAW! Let's Discover Iloilo City with Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo

by - 3:52 AM

Situated in the heart of Iloilo Business Park is a Marriott Bonvoy property, Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo. Five years ago, this property was erected as part of the Megaworld Corporation Project. Last weekend, they were celebrating a festival-themed anniversary together with their stakeholders, special guests, VIPs, Hotel staff, and some special visitors from different regions of the country. 

Best Places to Visit in Iloilo City

Address: Iloilo Business Park, Mandurriao, Iloilo City, Philippines
Number: (033) 330 7600

Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo 5th Anniversary

Hugyaw is a Bisaya word which means roar for laughter and this is what the 5th Year Anniversary of Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo is all about! The event started with a red carpet welcome to all Guests and a glass of good drinks was served. Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo General Manager, Ms Joy Alonte welcomed everyone and initiated a toast together with her dynamic Managers and Staff. We were serenaded by Iloilo's best Chorale Group and everyone was delighted with the sumptuous spread of Food such as Lechon, Roasted Beef and Chicken, Crusted Molo Balls in Bamboo Tubes, Batchoy in Coconut Shell, Seafood Paella, Special Sisig, Chicharong Bulaklak, Singko Fiesta Booth with Ilonggo's Chicken Adobo in Bamboo Tube, Pansit Molo, Palabok, Desserts, and many more. The 5th Anniversary special ended with some music, cheers, and laughter from everyone. 

My Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo First-hand Experienced. We arrived in Iloilo City in the morning via Cebu Pacific Air. Kudos to the CebGo captain and cabin crew of the Cebu-Iloilo trip for a safe flight. It was a short but chill trip not to mention my fave Chicken Burrito was served during the flight. Yum! 

We checked in and had time to enjoy the amenities and one of my favorites is their Pool on the 2nd floor. I was not able to try their Gym though. Then we had our heartful lunch in the Runway Kitchen on the upper ground floor of the hotel. Trivia: Runway Kitchen is named after an Airport Runway and the Restaurant pays homage to the city's old airport. Free Breakfast is also served to all Checked-in Guests. 

In general, my short but sweet vacation in Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo is one for the books! I will surely be back in Iloilo and still stay in Courtyard! Thanks for the hospitality and again, happy 5th Anniversary to all of you! 

Best Places To Go When Visiting Iloilo City

Here's a list of Iloilo City Tourist Spots that can be toured in just a day!

Iloilo Business Park is Megaworld’s award-winning 72-hectare township hosting Iloilo’s newest and most modern central business district.

Hailed by PropertyGuru as the ‘Best Township Development in Asia’ at the 2018 Asia Property Awards, Iloilo Business Park enjoys the distinction of being Megaworld’s most successful township outside of Metro Manila to date.

Currently, the township plays host to residential condominiums, office towers, and world-class hotels Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo, Richmonde Hotel Iloilo, and, soon, Belmont Hotel Iloilo. There’s also the Festive Walk Mall—known as the most beautiful mall in Iloilo—the 1.1-kilometer Festive Walk Parade, the Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art (ILOMOCA), and the 1.7-hectare Iloilo Convention Center (ICC), which is dubbed as the biggest convention center in Western Visayas. (Source:  megaworldcorp)

Molo Plaza (San Pedro St. Molo)

Start your stroll of Molo District at its heart - the plaza. Balete and Kalachuchi Trees and a gazebo of Roman Goddesses make this the favorite meeting place of many Ilonggos.

Molo Mansion (San Pedro St. Molo)

Also known as Yusay-Consing Mansion, this historic home faces the Molo Church and Plaza. Lovingly restored, it is a joy to explore. Then discover kiosks that offer local treats and cultural souvenirs.

Sunburst Park (JM Basa St, Iloilo City Proper)

Start your refined tour from this historic place, formerly Plaza De Aduana. This is where the liberation of Panay Island was first celebrated by thousands of Filipino and American forces of the Sunburst Division.

Casa Real (General Luna St., Iloilo City Proper)

Patterned after a traditional Filipino bahay na bato, it was the official residence of the colonial Alcalde Mayor. The "royal house" - restored and preserved - allows future generations to appreciate Iloilo City's glorious history.

Calle Real (JM Basa St, Iloilo City Proper)

Long referred to as Escolta of Iloilo, it is now officially known as JM Basa Street. The street borders an area rich in American-era neoclassical and art-deco buildings housing businesses offering great finds and bargains.

Jaro Plaza (Plaza Rizal St. Jaro)

Iloilo City with such a compact space, is amazingly dotted with public parks and spaces. This is because, during Spanish times, Iloilo City was actually made up of several separate districts each with its own public plaza. The most prosperous of these districts is Jaro. Today, you can still feel the grandeur by spending even just a few minutes in Jaro Plaza.

Nelly Garden (Barangay E Lopez St. Jaro)

The grandest of Iloilo heritage homes in the Philippines' first millionaire's row. This Lopez ancestral home, built in 1928 can today be reserved for private functions and events. The Mansion is named after the owner's eldest daughter, Nelly. 

Iloilo Esplanade (Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr Avenue, Mandurriao)

There is nothing like this in the Philippines: a linear park by a clear and healthy river surrounded by green trees and flora. Walk its length and understand why this multi-awarded project is a source of Ilonggo Pride.

Plaza Libertad (Libertad-Zamora Street)

It is a symbol of Ilonggo's freedom and independence. In 1968, the first Dinagyang Festival was staged here giving Plaza Libertad even more importance to the City of Love.

Old Iloilo Provincial Jail (Muelle Loney St.)

The Western Visayas Regional Museum, formerly known as the Iloilo Provincial Jail, is a refreshing and refined stopover. The Century-old facility now houses modern art from local artists of national and international fame.

San Jose Church (Calasanz St. Iloilo City Proper)

One of the oldest Churches in Iloilo Province. It is also one of the few parishes in the country that still serve by the Augustinian order.

University of the Philippines - Visayas (General Luna St. Iloilo City)

UP Visayas or UPV is a national public research university. Its newly renovated grounds is the pride of the region and it's worth a visit. 

Iloilo Convention Center (ICON) (Iloilo City Business Park)

A proud partnership between the City, Megaworld Corporation, and the Department of Tourism, the ICON is a world-class symbol of the City's coming into its own as MICE destination.

Balay Sa Bato (Villa Arevalo District)

This living heritage is also a popular tourist stop because of its trademark hot chocolate served with its house Biscocho.

Museum of Contemporary Art (Festive Walk, Iloilo Business Park)

It showcases the arts of Ilonggos artists in 5-exhibit areas spread over the 3 stories building. 

Day Tour in Guimaras

This adventure island paradise is less than 20 minutes away from the City. White sand beaches, rich marine bio-diversity dive spots, green hike trails, delicious cuisines, the world's best mangoes, and gentle welcoming people. Guimaras Island is a MUST! 

Must Try Eats in Iloilo City

La Paz Batchoy

The ultimate Ilonggo comfort food. It has traveled across the Country and the world. As with all great dishes - it is simple, rich, comforting, and very very tasty. A complete meal in every bowl - a medley of pork, noodles, soothing broth, garlic, and onions. 

Pancit Molo

Another Ilonggo staple has found its way into homes and restaurants across the Philippines. Chicken broth with little dumplings of Chicken, shrimp, pork, and vegetables. 


Another local invention is known simply by the initials of its three main ingredients. KBL stands for Kadyos (pigeon peas), Baboy (pork), and Langka (Jackfruit). What brings out the flavorful magic is the fourth unlisted ingredient, the batwan or batuan - a local fruit that gives the dish a delicious mildly sour kick. Do not leave Iloilo City without having a bowl of KBL.

Native Lechon Manok

Lean and full of flavor, char-crisped sin, and tender meat, native lechon manok is Iloilo City's unique way of enjoying chicken dishes. This is one of the BESTs!

Biscocho and Tablea 

Crispy little biscuits that go well with everything - from coffee to hot soup. But this Ilonggo delicacy goes best with a hot, thick, creamy, cup of hand-churned chocolate. One should have this as snack during your visit in Iloilo. 

You May Also Like


Show some Love, post a comment please? <3 <3 <3