The afternoon of January 27 was hot that time and was waiting for 2:40 pm to come then meet my schoolmate at Tambo Jeepney and Bus Terminal. Walking down from home to Terminal since it was a bit near and want to save 6 pesos in a jeepney fare. The surrounding became shady when about to reach the Terminal. We meet with my friend and decided to ride a jeepney that passes Highway 30 which will be the stop over for another jeep to reach Paseo de Santiago.
Vehicles was busy running in Highway and we are near in Highway 30 which is known as one of the famous Gym/Physical Fitness Center of Iligan City. While waiting Santiago Line Jeepney, Trisikad/Traysikad is the first thing you will notice around the area going inside the Barangay Santiago.
Trisikad is a Philippine pedicab that has 3 wheels for transporting passengers to their destination. We didn’t ride on Trisikad instead we commute Santiago Line since we are in a hurry to catch up the 10 pesos entrance fee of Paseo de Santiago.
Entrance Fee from 6 a.m-2:59 p.m is 10 pesos only while starting from 3 p.m-10 p.m will be 20 pesos per head. Sadly, we arrived at 3:30 p.m so we payed 20 pesos then.
Barangay Santiago of Iligan City is known as the area of dumpsite in the city, in 1950’s Barangay Santiago’s 10-hectare area was opened as a dumping area and that makes the residents to complain about the possible effects of waste to them. As years goes by Barangay Santiago upgraded and make the place as a new Favorite Spot. Paseo de Santiago lifts up tourism and did change the perception of Barangay Santiago as a dumpsite area.
Arriving at Paseo de Santiago welcomed us with a wide entrance and the cool breeze from the seashore that swiftly brushes my hair to one side. “Dayon kamo, Paseo de Santiago” entrance shows its regionalism in dialect. With HUMSS students and teachers we witnessed the beauty of the new spot of Iligan and thankful to our literary journal which made us to visit this place.
The sky became cloudy until raindrops falling into the surface. We were wandering around like we are a tourist from the other city. The presence of the sea gives refreshment and it is like a stress reliever. Taking pictures was the first thing we did either for documentation, blogging, Instagram, Facebook or for other purposes.
Many people captured every angle, like others are posing in Iligan City Standee, displayed Kalesa, displayed Jeepney, Philippine standee, seashore, Lapu-lapu standee/statue, under the lantern, trees and anywhere where they think it has a good background to be captured. To those who know how to ride a bicycle, there is bicycle for rent which is 50 pesos per hour only around the Paseo. There are KTV rooms, PS4 room or gaming room for 120 pesos per hour. There are good foods to be craved of like waffles, popcorn, burger, French fries and junk foods as snacks, buko juice, soft drinks and beverages are in for one’s thirst. Samyang, isaw, canton, barbeque and many more are the foods to eat. Kilig moments with the live band will be witnessed at 7 pm.
Sunset can be seen in the area but since it’s cloudy we didn’t see well the glowing of sunset going down shyly in the sea’s horizon. Paseo de Santiago is a good place to stay for bonding moments with family, friends, in relationship or workmates. We’re just watching the surroundings became dimmer. The place looks lovelier because of couples anywhere where it matches the heart and in love design around as a preparation for the Month of Hearts, February. It was near 7 p.m and the area were fully lightened up with lights and lantern that makes the place glowing and romantic.
The Paseo de Santiago tour was a success.