The word Iloilo came from the shape of the city, cut by the river which looks like the shape of a nose, “Irong-lrong” nose-like, later became Iloilo. Other accounts point the origin of the name to a fish.
The City is a conglomeration of former towns, which are now the geo-political districts consisting of: Villa de Arevalo, Iloilo City Proper, Jaro (an independent city before), La Paz, Mandurriao and Molo.
As one of the gastronomic capitals of the Philippines, Iloilo is famous for Pancit Molo; La Paz Batchoy; Kadyos, Baboy kag Langka (KBL); Laswa; and Kansi. Several regional national government offices, financial institutions and government-owned and controlled corporations held offices in the city. The Dinagyang Festival, held every January; Paraw Regatta, Asia’s oldest sailing event; and Fiesta de la Candelaria (Fiesta de Jaro), one of the largest Philippine marian festivities; are three of the known cultural and religious festivals the city is flocked and renowned for in the country.