I like walkathons – not only will I save my jeepney fare but it’ll also help me burn calories – until my calves and ankles say otherwise. Deciding to walk Diversion Road was a no-brainer. After all, when it’s Iloilo City’s Diversion Road, why not? Iloilo City Diversion Road, also known as the Ninoy Aquino Avenue, is a long stretch that carries Iloilo City’s strongest business and leisure finds. One of the major developments (back in the days) started when SM City Iloilo opened its doors to the public in 1999. SM City stood as a lone beacon until it was followed by the opening of Smallville Complex, Paseo de Arcangeles and its shops in 2009, Ayala Iloilo Technohub, Plazuela de Iloilo in 2010, and The Iloilo River Esplanade in 2012. Now, Diversion has the awesome 21-storey Injap Tower, the road to Donato Pison Avenue’s Ayala Atria, a long line of amazing Ilonggo restaurants and commercials havens, not to mention an organized vehicle lane, motorcycle lane, and bike lane (I prefer walker’s lane) to demonstrate how the Mandurriao road became Iloilo’s strong catalyst in economic development and progress.
So here we are, I prefer starting from SM City’s new overpass. A fragment of SM City Iloilo. On the other end is the mall’s extension (still under construction) and is due to open later this year.
After going down from the overpass, a glance back shows the tall and titanic Injap Tower.
A few steps later, we can see the ongoing construction of Plazuela Dos – a par deux extension of Plazuela de Iloilo.
Sunset’s almost here. Here is an easy road to Ayala Atria and its roster of food havens.
Here will rise the Iloilo City Center, a property development subsidiary of Gaisano Capital Group. It is said to be an overpowering 40-storey building that will house commercial spaces and will have Iloilo’s man-made lagoon.
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