Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Iloilo City: Arroyo Fountain


ILOILO CITY, Iloilo - There is perhaps no other landmark that best represents Iloilo City than the Arroyo Fountain.

Located in front of the old Provincial Capitol of Iloilo, the fountain stands in the middle of the road serving as a roundabout for vehicles coming to and from the different districts of the city.

At the centerpiece of the fountain are four caryatids supporting a circular entablature, on top of which is the fountain basin. Both the base of the fountain and basin feature mythical sea creatures.

The Arroyo Fountain was named after Senator Jose Maria Arroyo (1919-1928). He was the author of Act No. 3222 of September 16, 1925 establishing the Iloilo Metropolitan Water Works.

According to Explore Iloilo, the current site of the Arroyo Fountain is where the original flagpole of the old Provincial Capitol used to stand. The building, also called Casa Real, is undergoing renovation aimed at restoring the building to its former glory. To be called Casa Real de Iloilo, it is one of the most anticipated heritage conservation projects in Iloilo today.

It will be surely be a marvelous sight to see the Arroyo Fountain with the completed Casa Real de Iloilo at the background. Yet another reason to keep coming back to Iloilo City.

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