Iloilo City, the gateway to Panay and the world-famous Boracay Island (only 4 hours by bus), will just be a flight away from Hongkong or Singapore beginning October this year.
I am elated to see that this development is one of the last pieces of the puzzle to connect the Philippines to the rest of Indochina or Southeast Asia backpacking trail.
Budget carrier Cebu Pacific Air has already signified interest to mount a four times a week flight from Iloilo to Hongkong (v.v) and thrice a week Iloilo to Hongkong (v.v) flights. Plane tickets to these flights can be booked beginning July.
Cebu Pacific Air will also open flights from Iloilo to Puerto Princesa City in Palawan. This is a welcome news for many budget travelers or backpackers who want to visit El Nido and Coron in Palawan from Boracay Island but are pressed for time.
Iloilo to Palawan (via Cuyo) connection is currently served by a slow boat which takes 36 hours of sailing across the Sulu Sea.