|Milo Church, Iloilo City|
Iloilo is the capitol of the province of Iloilo. It is on the island of Panay, one of the many islands that makes up the Philippines. Nearly one million people live in the Iloilo metropolitan area, so it's a lot larger than the little town in Connecticut Logan leaves behind. It has, like much of the Philippines, a long history of colonization by the Spaniards, Americans, and Japanese. Spanish is still spoken by some of the area's older residents, but the primary language is Hiligaynon, with English used in business and education.
Iloilo is a place where Logan will not have to worry about snow. The average daily year-round temperature is 81 degrees. It rains about 76 inches per year and as a result, the average humidity is 81%. There may not be snow, but he'll be wet.
Batchoy - a hot noodle soup made up of pork organs and cracklings, chicken stock and beef loins. This soup is an Iloilo original.
Siopao - a Filipino take on Chinese steamed buns. They are sold by street vendors and bakeries all over the area.
Tsokolate - Filipino hot chocolate
We are so excited for the next two years. Logan is going to be an amazing missionary. Check back here frequently for his weekly updates.