Iloilo: Where the Past Meets the Present


Liezel Porras


May 27, 2022


Our main office in the Philippines resides in one of the major cities in the country: Iloilo. A city filled with a rich culture where classic, colonial, and contemporary architecture coexist and complement one another. 

The traditional Iloilo settlement was made out of bamboo and grass or palm huts that lined the coastlines or riverbanks. Our tools were made from the lush surroundings of woods, rice fields, mountains, and brush and bamboo thickets. Once we started to be colonized by different countries, a period of transformation began.

Honoring the Past and Creating a Better Future

Over time the city has become a bustling metropolis with prominent businesses and a leisure destination for tourists. Although the city has made some changes, many historical structures still stand to this day.

Historical structures and new buildings coexist in our downtown areas, accommodating today's busy society while still embracing our heritage and past. You will see many buildings that have stood for decades like bank branches, mansions and historical buildings, pre and postwar businesses, and many other offices that seem as if they are frozen in time. Having these different time periods in our infrastructure allows us to advance into the future while acknowledging our past and where it all started.

With the rise in expansion and emergence in our city, Iloilo is seen as the Philippines' next economic epicenter. But the conservation initiatives aren’t only to promote the city's legacies. It’s a reminder for us to strive for greatness, as we did in the past.

Liezel Porras

Liezel holds a degree in Literature and has years of experience in remotely mentoring foreign students to speak English. Her academic involvement also includes writing and editing learning materials and content. Her distance learning profession cultivated her competency in communication, management, research, and technology.

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