Iloilo Food Coma
Continuing our last day in Bacolod City, we still had some time before our trip back to Iloilo City so we decided to roam around.
On the previous night we did not agree what time should we meet up to mobilize, just that we should be out of the hotel before lunch and so we decided that we should wake up a bit early to have breakfast and relax afterwards. I only had one more place in mind to go visit so I figured we could go there before heading to the port.
After a hearty breakfast of batchoy, bread and various silog meals at the market, we headed back to the hotel to finish packing up. At a little before  we checked out of the hotel and headed out to see the Familia Luzuriaga Cemetery, quite famous in that it is in the middle of the road of a major city intersection, and in its three corners are located the Public Cemetery on one side, and two mausoleums on the others.
After taking a couple of pictures we headed on to the port to check the boat schedule, and after confirming that we had some time to spare for the next trip, a few of us went out to make a side trip to the Old City Hall, Calea (a famous pastry shop) and the Provincial Capitol. With that done, we headed back to the port to get our tickets and settle down.
We hit another snag this time, they said we couldn’t take our folding bikes inside the cabin, which was resolved by paying Php50 each to have our bikes stowed at the forward compartment. On my previous trip to Bacolod I was allowed to carry my bike with me inside the cabin so I wondered why this time was different. On hindsight, there were quite a number of us and the weather was nasty (there being a storm brewing) so I thought it was a good safety precaution. What I couldn’t remember is that if we were charged a handling fee upon disembarking in Iloilo.
Upon our arrival we headed straight to Biscocho Haus (big thumbs-up for bike-friendly hotels) to check-in our gear and retrieve the stuff we left behind. After freshening up we waited for Ivy’s relatives to pick us up for lunch, they planned to take us to Dumangas (a town northeast of Iloilo, famous for their fresh seafood caught and cooked onsite).
What we didn’t anticipate was the Opening Salvo for the Dinagyang Festival is happening right then and there, the streets were closed for the parade so we had to walk some distance just to get to where the car could park. We arrived at the restaurant in Dumangas at nearly  so we hurriedly placed our order and waited.
When the food finally arrived, we were not disappointed. Generous servings of various fish dishes and shrimps were bought to the table, it was such a delicious spread that we ordered a lot of extra plates of rice that we never thought we could finish but did! We were so full that we wanted to do nothing more than lie down and sleep in a food induced coma. 🙂
We still had plans to meet with the iFold group at Calle Real so they dropped us back to the hotel, took a few minutes to relax and then cycled out in the cool night. As it turns out we missed the night’s festivities at Calle Real so we took more pictures and did an impromptu night ride, they took us to see their bike lanes and made our last stop at the Iloilo Esplanade, an attraction and recreation area for locals and visitors alike.
One of the few things cyclists have in common is our love of eating so we stopped at a cafe at the Esplanade and had coffee and sweets and some good conversation. As it was getting late and we still had an early morning flight the following day we decided to call it a night, well, almost. While moving out we found a place where they rent out pedal karts so we decided to give it a go and have some fun before saying our goodbyes and headed back to our hotels.
And so the night ends, and morning came soon after. We headed out on the road to the airport to catch our flight back home to Davao. And that officially ends our long weekend spent exploring Bacolod and Iloilo City, but it will not be the last. There are still a lot more places to explore, and we will definitely be coming back!
See you all on our next adventure!
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