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Iloilo City, once known as the Queen City of the South before Cebu got the next crown, was a thriving metropolis second to Manila during the earlier colonial eras. However, steep competition and slow recovery from wartime destruction made slow recovery. In the recent years, its strategic location and designation as a regional center helped it recover at a steady rate that by 2010, Megaworld decided to invest in the city's prime property — the former Iloilo Airport, now Iloilo Business Park.

As one of the oldest cities in the country, Iloilo City is home to top regional schools such as University of the Philippines in the Visayas, West Visayas State University, Central Philippine University, University of San Agustin, among others. Former convent schools such as Assumption School and Angelicum School still educates the provincial elite, along with the Western Visayas campuses of the Philippine Science High School and the University of the Philippines Integrated School. The Jesuits also made their presence felt when they renamed the former Santa Maria High School into Ateneo de Iloilo and opened new campuses.

There lies greater beauty beyond Iloilo City's old district parish churches as it also is a jump-off point to the nearby Province of Guimaras, famed for its white beaches and sweet mangoes. It also serves as an alternative port of entry for merrymakers on their way to the northern islands of Gigantes and Sicogon, the UNESCO World Heritage Site Miag-ao Church, and until the recent introduction of direct flights by Philippine Airlines, the southern beaches of the Province of Antique. 

Every January, along with Kalibo and Cebu, the city bursts into festivities as Ilonggos celebrate Dinagyang Festival, itself a testament to its cosmopolitan nature as the festival commemorates the arrival of the image of the Santo Niño de Cebu to Iloilo, and the tribal heritage inspired by the Ati-Atihan Festival of nearby Aklan. It is said that the festivities highlight the merrymaking spirit of the modern Filipino peoples, rooted in the heritage and culture that still fuels the Ilonggo spirit.






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