Everything Meets at Plazoleta Gay
Plazoleta Gay is actually where the intersection of main Iloilo streets are. J.M Basa Street, Iznart Street, Delgado Street and another one that I don’t remember the specific name. Why the name is so? It is named in honor of one ancestral family in Iloilo City. To signify its importance, a white obelisk-like structure with a dove perched on top was erected in the center of the intersection. I cannot count how many times I passed and crossed by this place but maybe nearly a thousand times! Count twenty years of living in that city anyway.
Aside from being a historical symbol, Plazoleta Gay has become an emblem for freedom of speech as rallies, protests, and other political and social demonstrations occur in this area. Not to mention the missionaries with their open donation bags and loud trumpets spreading the gospel on how to come up to heaven!. Most notably, it was where freedom-loving llonggos congregated at the height of People Power Revolution in February 1986 to denounce the Marcos dictatorship and demand the ouster of the said president.
Aside from those mentioned, it is a commercial center as well. At the beginning of J.M Basa Street, there are textile stores and whole sale school and office supplies shops. At the end of Iznart Street, there is the famous city high school for Chinese bloodied Ilonggos and a Filipino fast-food. There is also a big Chinese wholesale shop (Unitop) nearby where I frequented before. These are few of what the place can offer. However, if you plan to see this place, be aware of the heavy, noisy and lung-cancer causing traffic! [more]
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