APEC delegates visit Iloilo City landmarks

October 7, 2015 10:27 am 

By Perla G. Lena

ILOILO CITY, Oct 6 (PNA) — Some delegates to the high level policy dialogue on food security and the blue economy of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) concluded their stay in this city with a tour of various landmarks here.

The tour organized by the Department of Tourism (DOT) in coordination with host agencies was aimed to give the delegates a glimpse of what this host local government unit (LGU) has to offer, the various developments going on and other important initiatives that would lure them to come back to this city of love.

First in the itinerary was a visit to the Iloilo City gallery at the new Iloilo City hall building. The gallery showcases Ilonggos’ good governance and cultural excellence highlighting the city’s awards, famed festivals, creative arts and crafts and big development projects.

The delegates also dropped by Museo Iloilo that serves as repository of religious and historical artifacts some dating back to pre-Spanish era, variety of modern and antique Ilonggo paintings, sculptures, weaponries, a mini-library and a photo gallery.

The Nelly Garden, home of one of the illustrious families in the country, also opened its doors to APEC visitors. The house that was built in 1928 sits on a two-hectare lot in Jaro district. It represents the grandeur of the rich families in Iloilo.

Last stop was the SM Casa Grande Mansion in Molo district that was built in 1920. The structure used to host former presidents Manuel Quezon and Sergio Osmeña when they would visit Iloilo.

The Kultura of the SM Group used the place as retail/museum for its various products aside from other local delicacies that are on display.

The half-day tour culminated at the state-of-the-art convention center in Mandurriao district, that has been the venue for the series of APEC meetings in the city. (PNA)

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