Jaro

Jaro

Jaro, located in the Iloilo province, is a district that owes its name to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Jaro and is said to be the cradle of the Roman Catholic and Protestant faiths. Its annual festival, the Catholic Feast of Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria (Our Lady of the Candles) is celebrated every February and is a popular festival in the country. Jaro is also the home of Philippine national hero Graciano Lopez y Jaena, and many streets and buildings honor his name in the area.

Visit the Jaro Cathedral, an awe-inspiring church established by Spanish Catholics. Visit the Jaro Evangelical Church, known for being the first Baptist Church, and the Jaro Adventist Church, known for being the first Adventist Church in the country. The Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches was also established in Jaro and is the oldest Baptist organizational body.

The Central Philippine University was founded by American Protestants in the 20th century. It takes pride in being the first Baptist university and second American university in Asia. Notable hospitals in the area include the Iloilo Mission Hospital, the first Protestant and second American hospital in Asia.

Aside from churches and hospitals, Jaro is also known for its mansions. Nelly Garden is the most popular destination, as it was the home of the wealthy Lopez family. The Lizares Mansion is also a must-see and is now a school run by Dominican priests. The Casa Mariquit, dedicated to Fernando Lopez, also makes for a good visit and has been around for 200 years.

Any kind of craving will also be satisfied once you get a fill of what Jaro’s restaurants have to offer. Their local specialties are chicken inasal, batchoy, and bulalo, among others. Iloilo’s famous bibingka (rice cake), Balasan’s RCJ Bibingka can also be found in the area. If you’re looking to bring treats for family and friends back home, stop by Biscocho House, a store that sells everything from butterscotch to yemas (traditional sweets) and of course, biscochos (biscuits).

Visit one of the oldest bakeries in the country, the Panaderia ni Pa-a, and have a taste of their famous pan de sal (salt bread). Drop by the Deocampo’s Bakeshop and have some of their barquillos (rolled wafer).

Top Rated Restaurants in Jaro Browse All

  1. Netong's Original Special La Paz Batchoy
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    21 Reviews View
  2. Ramboy's
    5.0 Stars
    Filipino
    8 Reviews View
  3. Dulgies Desserts and Cafe
    5.0 Stars
    Dessert
    8 Reviews View
  4. Afriques's Italian Restaurant
    4.5 Stars
    Italian
    8 Reviews View
  5. Samurai Talabahan
    4.5 Stars
    Seafood
    9 Reviews View
  6. Breakthrough Restaurant
    5.0 Stars
    Seafood
    5 Reviews View
  7. DoVa Brunch Cafe
    4.5 Stars
    Café
    6 Reviews View
  8. Mojave
    4.5 Stars
    Steak
    5 Reviews View
  9. Bauhinia
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    7 Reviews View
  10. Netong's Original Special La Paz Batchoy
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    7 Reviews View

Top Rated Hotels in Jaro Browse All

  1. Smallville 21
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    10 Reviews View
  2. Injap Tower Hotel
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    3 Reviews View
  3. Iloilo Midtown Hotel
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    4 Reviews View
  4. Riverside Inn
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    2 Reviews View
  5. Mo2 Westown Hotel and Resort
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    5 Reviews View
  6. Skinetics Wellness Center
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    2 Reviews View
  7. Seda Hotel Atria
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    2 Reviews View
  8. Richmonde Hotel Iloilo
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    2 Reviews View
  9. Harbor Town Hotel
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  10. Days Hotel Iloilo
    3.5 Stars
    Hotel
    3 Reviews View

Top Rated Places in Jaro Browse All

  1. Netong's Original Special La Paz Batchoy
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    21 Reviews View
  2. Ramboy's
    5.0 Stars
    Filipino
    8 Reviews View
  3. Dulgies Desserts and Cafe
    5.0 Stars
    Dessert
    8 Reviews View
  4. Madge Cafe
    4.5 Stars
    Coffee
    9 Reviews View
  5. Afriques's Italian Restaurant
    4.5 Stars
    Italian
    8 Reviews View
  6. Starbucks Coffee
    5.0 Stars
    Coffee
    6 Reviews View
  7. Samurai Talabahan
    4.5 Stars
    Seafood
    9 Reviews View
  8. Breakthrough Restaurant
    5.0 Stars
    Seafood
    5 Reviews View
  9. DoVa Brunch Cafe
    4.5 Stars
    Café
    6 Reviews View
  10. Smallville 21
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    10 Reviews View