“Casa Real” another tourist attraction

The Old Capitol Building of the Province of Iloilo. Photo by Clark Villaruel Antiquiera/IMT
The Old Capitol Building of the Province of Iloilo. Photo by Clark Villaruel Antiquiera/IMT

The newly-restored old Iloilo Provincial Capitol building is another reason why tourists should visit the city and province of Iloilo.

During the blessing of the building held Friday, May 29, 2015, City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said that the historical edifice, also known as “Casa Real” is another tourist destination for local and foreign visitors not only in the city and province of Iloilo but also in Panay Island.

“It is an added feature and another part of the tourism circuit that could be established in the city and province,” he said.

The historical building which was completed in 1873 served as the seat of power of the provincial government of Iloilo.

“The building proves that Iloilo is an old province and an old city full of heritage and culture and if there is one destination in the country that heritage and culture can be found, it is Iloilo,” he said.

According to the Public Information and Community Affairs Office (PICAO), the National Historical Institute (NHI) declared the Provincial Building of Iloilo a historical landmark on April 11, 2010.

In 2012, Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. initiated the restoration of the historic building to its American-era architecture.

The project has become the provincial government’s major contribution to tourism and its resounding answer to the call for cultural heritage conservation.