facts about iloilo

5 October 1889: Established as the Queen's City of the South (Royal City of the South), through the Royal Decree of Queen Regent Maria Cristina of Spain

The name “Iloilo City” was derived from “irong-irong”, a reference to the native word “irong” which means “nose”. The name took after the nose-like configuration of the main settlement area during the pre-Spanish period as so shaped by the Iloilo River.