A Historic List of Firsts: ILOILO (part 5)

May 20, 2011 by

41. The first Filipino feminist – Pura Villanueva Kalaw.

42. The first bookstore and printing shop in the Visayas and Mindanao – Libreria la Panayana.

43. The first modern and most beautiful custom house in the country.

The customs building still stands until now. Photo from: http://www.skyscrapercity.com

44. The first government constructed museum building in the Philippines – Museo Iloilo.

Photo from: http://iloiloonfoot.blogspot.com

45. The first city to have modern cinema houses and theatres outside Manila.

46. The first gravity irrigation system outside Luzon – Sta. Barbara Irrigation System.

47. The first successful compact farm in the country – Tagsing Buyo, Sta. Barbara.

48. The only province to have an anti-biotic drug named after it – Ilozone and Ilotycin which are brands of erythromycin, a wonder drug developed from a soil sample from Iloilo.

49. The first province to be declared a model in development planning by NEC/USAID.

50. The number one food-producing province of the Philippines today.

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