Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Block party at Fort San Pedro
Along the curve of Iloilo’s wharf stand the remnants of a Spanish fort: a statue of Christ, a few steps and a respectable amount of graffiti are all that mark the spot, but next door stands a popular resort/eatery which carries on that questionable European name. Iloilo is an old city, settled early to secure its deepwater port, and many cultural artifacts from the time of Spanish occupation remain – particularly its profusion of venerable cathedrals.
As with so many places in this overpopulated country, the piers and portside walks fill up in the evenings with emancipated schoolkids and off-the-clock laborers. Barkadas try their fishing luck in the oily waters, children scamper around the rusty pilings, and everyone enjoys the cooling breeze blowing off the Guimaras Strait.