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Kidnap yarn stirs city; police clueless

Rumors of a kidnap for ransom (KFR) case involving a Filipino-Chinese businessman hit the city over the weekend.

Oil leak slowing to a trickle--PCG

The Philippine Coast Guard said yesterday that the leak from the sunken tanker Solar 1 off Guimaras island has slowed to a trickle.

"Oil is still leaking from the tanker, but the rate has slowed down. We estimate that less than 20 liters of oil are seeping into the sea every hour," PCG on-scene commander Harold Jarder told a press briefing yesterday organized by the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council. It was estimated earlier by the PCG that about 100-200 liters of oil was leaking from the ship's air vent.

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Improvised Boom
A.Chris Fernandez
A volunteer secures the improvised boom made of rice straws and empty plastic containers at Villa beach. Patches of bunker oil which spilled from the sunken tanker MT Solar I have reportedly reached the shores of Iloilo City.

Palace assures comprehensive rehab of Guimaras

Malacañang vowed to spare no effort to bring back Guimaras province to its healthy state before the Aug. 11 MT Solar I oil spill that turned the pristine shores of the tourist island into a disaster area.


Batiano bridge budget is P12 M not P7 M

Iloilo City District Engineering Office OIC District Engineer Teodoro Castillo has a lot to explain relative to the funds intended for the rehabilitation of the Batiano bridge.

Raul Jr. not satisfied with Castillo's explanation on Batiano bridge

Iloilo City Rep. Raul Gonzalez, Jr. is not satisfied with the explanation made by Iloilo City District Engineering Office OIC District Engineer Teodoro Castillo as to the delay in the construction of the Batiano Bridge.

Oil slick approaching coastal waters of Iloilo City, Oton town

Iloilo City Area Coordinating Center (ACC) chief, Jose Papa, confirmed Thursday the presence of oil sheen along the coastal area of Sto. Niño Sur in Arevalo district.

Solon allocates P100T for possible oil spill victims in city

Rep. Raul Gonzalez, Jr. has allocated P100,000 for city residents who might be affected by the oil spill after it already reached the shoreline of Arevalo and Calumpang Thursday night.


Low catch on bangus, prawn fries noted in Arevalo

Fishermen noted a low catch in bangus and prawn fries as oil slick reached portions of the coastal barangays in Arevalo Thursday last week. They fear that the stock of fries will be affected should the oil slick continue to expand.

20 schools avail of computers under 'PC for Public School' project

In line with the government's thrust of eradicating computer backlogs in public high schools, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) turned over 200 computers to 20 public high schools in the province as part of Personal Computer for Public School Project (PCPS) Phase III.

Aklan may lose title of having biggest coco cover in WV if…

Aklan, considered as the province in Western Visayas with the biggest coconut cover might be dislodged from this position by neighboring province of Antique if Aklanons do not start replanting to replace old unproductive trees now and those cut for other purposes.

Thousands of Aklanons have jobs due to SMEs

Even before PGMA's call for the creation of some 6 to 10 million jobs for Filipinos by 2010 to eradicate poverty, Aklanons, through their Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) here have already made headway in this direction by employing some 13,506 provincemates.


Oil spill: A crime against humanity
Anything Under the Sun
Guimaras – the Emerald Isle (2)
Consumers Domain
Petron oil spill and other stories
Without the Whitecoat
JOC....different faces of JOY
Bridging the gap
Bisayan tattoos and clothes of long ago
Are you a subversive?
Life's little disappointments and annoyances
Unusual Channel
Love triangle
Celebrating 100 Years of Golf in the Philippines
The Iloilo Golf and Country Club Inc., home of the Sta. Barbara Golf Course which is the oldest existing golf course in the Philippines, is celebrating its centenary in 2007. Click here to visit the website


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Res Gestae


Rational Insanity

Gratitude in place


Street blues


The Ultimate Seven: Fundamental principles of a God-centered life 5


There is an issue on what to name the new airport in Cabatuan... what do you suggest? Why?



Guimaras, a world celebrity overnight

On May 11, 1992 through a plebiscite (YES -- 230,224; NO -- 42,584) Guimaras, then a sub-province of Iloilo, became a full-fledged province. Gov. Catalino G. Nava, the physician turned politician campaigned vehemently for the Guimaras provincehood and told this writer when he was still alive that after 26 years of the prosperity of the island being a sub province of Iloilo, his long cherished dream and that of his provincemates to make the island become an independent province has been realized.


A family business flourishes to a Good Food Company

When JD Bakeshop opened in 1975, it instantly became the pioneering bakery in Iloilo to innovate an exceptional process for breads to have a longer shelf life which is not perishable until seven days. It was then operated by another company but eventually merged with the Diez Family and the intermarriage routed towards triumphant expansions which spread out in major strategic sites in the city. The transformation initially embarked in 1993 when JD Bakeshop fused a fast food service which soon became popular for quality food at an inexpensive cost.