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UPDATES: 2014 PPSA International Conference (As of 17 December 2013)

posted Dec 17, 2013, 6:27 AM by Philippine Political Science Association   [ updated Dec 17, 2013, 6:46 AM ]
Here are some updates from the PPSA Officers regarding the CALL FOR PAPERS for the 2014 PPSA International Conference (click here to refer to previous announcement):

  1. The deadline for the submission of paper and panel abstracts has been EXTENDED until 15 January 2014.
  2. In addition to the initial themes and topics proposed in the earlier call for papers, topics of papers or panels have been expanded to include the politics of disaster and disaster risk management.
  3. Some additional information about the host university, travel and transportation advisory, recommended hotels and accommodations, and scheduled tour options (please see below for details).

The Host University

University of the Philippines Visayas

The University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) is one of the constituent universities of the UP System. The main campus is located in Miagao, Iloilo with two other campuses in Iloilo City and Tacloban City. It has five colleges-- the flagship College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Management, School of Technology and UPV Tacloban College. Its strategic location has given it the enviable status of being the University with the most far-reaching influence in two regions - Regions 6 and 8. It continues to be at the forefront of higher education, pioneering academic programs relevant to local and national development. UPV’s vision is to be a world class university at the forefront of fisheries and aquatic sciences education, research and development.

UP Visayas has its roots from UP Iloilo College established in 1947. The College merged with the College of Fisheries (from UP Diliman) to form UP Visayas in 1980. The main campus is in the 278-year-old municipality of Miagao, which is located about 41 kilometers from Iloilo City. and is home to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed baroque church. The campus is built on a 1.294–hectare area of rolling hills and lush greenery with a spectacular view of the sea on one side of the campus and the distant mountains on the other.

Travel and Transportation Advisory Upon Arrival at Iloilo Airport

Upon arrival at Iloilo International Airport in Cabatuan, Iloilo, there are three (3) options on how to get to Iloilo City (note: Iloilo airport is 28 kilometers from Iloilo City):

Option 1: via Taxi services (preferably Light of Glory or Merriam, as they are the biggest taxi companies in Iloilo). Upon exiting the airport’s arrival area, you will be greeted (or haggled) by ushers offering taxi services on a fixed rate, ranging from 300-400 pesos depending on the company. Though this option is the most expensive, it is also the most convenient, as the taxi will take you directly to your hotel’s doorstep. Travel time, 30-45 minutes depending on traffic conditions.

Option 2: via Airport van-for-hire (Merriam or Susie Star). Upon exiting the airport’s arrival area, you will see parked white vans (with bulldog stickers) just across the street. Tell the driver/conductor to drop you at SM City Iloilo. The ride costs 50 pesos and travel time may take 30 minutes to an hour depending on traffic conditions. Note that they cram 14 people into the van; not the most comfortable. Upon arrival at SM City Iloilo public transport terminal, you can take a taxi to your hotel (fare is no more than 100 pesos for hotels listed). If you are staying inside the UP campus (Balay Ilonggo or GDP), you can take the jeepney (Leganes or SM City Proper). Just tell the driver to drop you off at UP. Jeepney fare costs 7.50 pesos.

Option 3: via Multicab. This option is the cheapest and will take the longest travel time. Upon exiting the airport’s arrival area, turn right and take a short walk (50 meters) towards the end departure area. You will see white multicabs plying the airport-Santa Barbara route. The ride costs 15 pesos and will take you to their terminal across Total Gas Station in Santa Barbara town. After the multicab ride, take a jeepney (Santa Barbara) going to SM City Iloilo. Jeepney fare from Santa Barbara to SM City Iloilo is 15 pesos. Upon arriving at SM City public transport terminal, you can take a taxi or another jeepney ride as stated in option 2. Travel time for this option may range from an hour to an hour and a half depending again on traffic conditions.

Friendly tips:
  • Before exiting the airport, you can ask the guards on duty to direct you to the taxi, van, or multicab terminals. Ilonggos are very loving and gentle people, and are always willing to help.
  • SM City Iloilo is your point of reference when traveling from and to the airport. Airport vans have their own terminal at the SM carpark, so you’ll never miss them. Fare from Iloilo Airport to SM City Iloilo is 50 pesos, while SM City Iloilo to Iloilo Airport is 70 pesos.
  • Above all, enjoy commuting. Iloilo is quite a small city so arguably, you’ll never get lost.

Recommended Hotels and Accommodation

The recommended hotels and lodging options are clustered in three locations in Iloilo City:

(1) General Luna highway, Molo District

This busy road is one of Iloilo City’s key arteries. UPV City campus is located along this road. The following hotels are within walking distance (50 meters to 1 kilometer) to UPV City campus (nearest to farthest): Sarabia Manor (they also have a Charter Pension House for budget travelers), Highway 21 Hotel, Hotel del Rio, The Residence Hotel and Day’s Inn.

(2) Smallville complex, Mandurriao District

Iloilo’s new entertainment area includes Iloilo Business Hotel, Smallville 21 Hotel and MO2 El Dorado Water Park Hotel; across from the Smallville Complex along Benigno Aquino is Diversion 21 Hotel (newest). This area is roughly >1 kilometer from UP Visayas Iloilo City campus along the Diversion Road/Benigno Aquino Ave.

(3) City Proper

There are several hotels in Iloilo City proper, which are also within easy commuting distance to UP Visayas City Campus: Eon Centennial Plaza, Fine Rock Hotel, Amigo Terrace Hotel and Century 21 Hotel.

The Iloilo City campus is located in Molo District. It is NOT advisable for participants to book hotels from Lapaz or Jaro districts as the commuting time is very long (one hour minimum). There are construction projects going on in these locations; traffic is very heavy at any given time.

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Scheduled Tour Options

Iloilo City tour (no tour guide; hired jeepney @250 pesos per hour; minimum of 10 pax)

The Halls (Bruce and Rosalie) are wiling to take a group for a tour of the city on a rented jeepney. The half-day tour includes:
  • Jaro church
  • Molo church

Optional--Raymundo Belleza house (house of Joe Rizal's friend whom he visited on his way to exile in Dapitan in the 1890s. Inside are authentic period furniture AND a photo of Rizal which the family keeps. They also have a costume library; guests can change into mestiza/mestizo dresses from the 1800s and have their photo taken with a life size (entrance fee is 100 pesos)

Panaderia de Molo- home of authentic old fashioned Ilonggo cookies and sweets.

Sinamay House (ancestral house that also sells hablon and sinamay-- handwoven scarfs, barong material and dining table cover set/table runners; also Mama’s Kitchen artisanal cookies made of locally sourced ingredients);

Lunch options:

Camina ancestral house (example of bahay-na-bato); featuring local dish pancit molo (version of chicken wanton soup); lumpia (fresh roll of minced coconut heart/ "ubod"); empanada (meat turnover-- will advise not to use pork); biscotcho (like Italian biscotti but with sugar and milk); fruits (from their farm!) and local thick chocolate. This is a great house with antique furniture; you can have lunch in situ.The lunch is 250 pesos each but minimum 20 pax.

Tatoy’s Seafood House and Manokan-- Iloilo’s seafood institution by Villa beach! They serve talaba (oysters) and grilled native chicken (with lemongrass inside). We can group order and split the bill. Group reservation is a must so I need to have a head count one day prior.

For a whole day option (Miagao is one-hour from Iloilo City; very pleasant countryside drive:
  • Miagao UNESCO World Heritage-listed church and UPV Miagao campus
  • ILOILO HERITAGE TOUR (Php 1,200/pax; Minimum of 4 pax)


TELEFAX: (633) 5088178 / MOBILE NO.: 09209284638



  • · Half Day Tour of Iloilo City & its countryside’s architectural/heritage sights
  • · Iloilo City Heritage Tour (Churches, & Historical Landmarks- Calle Real, General Hughes, Muelle Lloney, Capitol, New City Hall, Arroyo Fountain, Jaro Cathedral & Belfry, University of San Agustin, St Pauls University, Univ. of the Phils., etc.
  • · Heritage Houses/Mansions Tour Visit (architectural & Interior) –Sanson Montinola, Casa Mariquit, , & Nelly’s Garden. (Nellys Garden’s Entrance Fee is pax account & is subject to availability)
  • · Rolling Tours of Villanueva’s House, Lopez Boat House, Pink House, Makinaugalingon, Bahay na Bato, Sinamay House, etc.
  • · Use of an air-conditioned Van upon duration of tour
  • · Services of Professional Tour Guides (DOT Accredited)
  • · Entrance Fees in all Museums, architectural/ heritage sights, churches, mansions tour.
  • · Permits & Toll Fees

OPTIONAL TOUR: Php 350 add on per pax

· Countryside Heritage Tour (Oton, Tigbauan, Guimbal, Miagao-UNESCO World Heritage Sight, San Joaquin Garin Farm with Pilgrimage Site)

GUIMARAS DAY Tour (Minimum of 4 PAX) ; Php 1,450 / pax

  • · Guimaras Museum
  • · Smallest Town Plaza
  • · Pasalubong Center (GTIC)
  • · Trapist Monastery

· Island Hopping (Optional - 300/pax)

  • Fairy Castle
  • Ave Maria
  • Lawi Turtle Seeing
  • Natago Beach
  • Seafdec
Tour is inclusive of:
  • o Half day Guimaras Inland Tour
  • o Guimaras Island Hopping Tour (Optional)
  • o Boat to & from Guimaras
  • o Tour guide
  • o Entrance fees
  • o Multicab Service for Guimaras Tour