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LTFRB to ICVB: stop self-imposed taxi rate

Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) regional director Porfirio Clavel has appealed to the Iloilo Convention and Visitors Bureau (ICVB) to stop imposing P80 gratuity on top of the metered fare rate to taxi passengers going to the new Iloilo Airport in Cabatuan.

Clavel said he has asked the help of Department of Tourism (DOT) regional director Edwin Trompeta to have a dialog with representatives from ICVB last Friday but it did not materialize.

Iloilo media fall 'victim' to fake hostage drama

Media outlets in Iloilo City fell victim to a big joke Saturday for its blow-by-blow coverage of an ensuing hostage drama in La Paz district which turned out to be just a drill of the newly formed Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team of the Iloilo City Police Office.

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LTFRB Hearing
A. Chris Fernandez
Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) regional director Porfirio Clavel and hearing officer Atty. Rommel Duron look at the placards left by some attendees of the hearing on the P150 add on petition filed by Association of Taxi Operators in Panay (ATOP). The placards bear derogatory statements against lawyer Joseph Vincent Go (left, standing) and Clavel.

15 Iloilo mayors begin civilian life

A total of fifteen Iloilo mayors, majority in public office for at least nine years mark the first week of "civilian" life today.

From multi-awarded former Concepcion Mayor Raul Banias of the Fifth District to highly-controversial former Tigbauan Mayor Myrna Torres of the First District, it would literally be a fresh start on the governance and town administration of these fifteen Iloilo towns.


Antique guv, other officials proclaimed amid tension

Antiqueños finally have a new set of officials that will govern for the next three years after a special provincial board of canvassers (SPBOC) on Friday proclaimed the winners in the May 14 elections led by Gov. Salvacion Zaldivar-Perez.

Peñaredondo denies rift among administration councilors

Even before the new set of elected Sangguniang Panlungsod assumed their respective committee chairmanships, reports on the alleged division among the members of the administration group is brewing. This after one opposition councilor is likely to retain her chairmanship in the committee she currently holds despite an earlier report that those from the opposition should not be given committee chairmanships.

Taxi drivers told, wait for LTFRB's decision on airport fare

Department of Tourism Regional (DOT) regional director Edwin Trompeta said all the taxi fleet that operates at the Sta. Barbara airport should wait for the decision of the Land Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) before imposing any additional fee.


16,000 trees planted at Alimodian

A total of 16,500 tree seedlings were planted last June 29, 2007 at Agony Hill, Alimodian, Iloilo as part of the Green Philippines Program of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region VI in line with the National Greening Program of Secretary Angelo T. Reyes.

Court convicts security agency exec for libel

The defense of "response to duty" in justifying the publication of an open letter containing libelous statements was struck down by the court and convicted the chairman of the board of a security agency of libel.


Anything Under the Sun
Cross and crown of Arevalo
Consumers Domain
A stew of social injustices
Without the Whitecoat
Fever: Always consult your doctor
Bridging the gap
Slavery as practiced by the ancient Bisayans
Democracy into the mud?
Health @ Heart
Human Bar Code


Rational Insanity:
Bragging rights

/ Bryan Mari Argos


/ Fr. Roy Cimagala

Res Gestae:
Adopted, proud and happy

/ By Francisco B. Lindero, Jr.

Young Voice:
Schoolbag with rollers

/ Maria Reylan M. Garcia

Rubber talk

/ Kathy M. Villalon

From The Inbox:
Pinays in Dubai: How much?

/ Amme Greel

Eye Opener:
Text messages promote wrong spelling

/ Rodolfo P. Gumabong

Cerebral Combustion:
Forgiving the sins of my father

/ By Hacel D. Du-Chua


Bengtsson-Tupaz Wedding

Because love found a way: The Bengtsson-Tupaz Wedding

Thus were the guiding words of Dr. Florentino Alerta, second parent to couple Carl Olof Magnus Bengtsson and Ilongga Ruby Anna Tupaz. Dr. Alerta was one of the Tupaz family members who rejoiced on the union as he joined other principal sponsors in witnessing the Bengtsson -- Tupaz nuptial.

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Marie Jean Cordero: Riding the challenges of the hotel industry

The hotel industry has a new force to reckon with. She's someone who is believed to be one of the major players in securing Iloilo's reputation as a tourism destination. She's no less than Marie Jean Cordero, a charming and success-driven marketing expert who manages Amigo Terrace Hotel. She had been in this industry since she was 18 years old.

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The Royal Academy of Dance presents Festival of Dances 2007

The Royal Academy of Dance (London) Registered Teachers Association of the Philippines(RADRTAP) celebrated its 40th anniversary last April 1, 2007 with a Festival of Dances 2007 at the Assumption College, San Lorenzo Village, Makati City.


Flip-flops and High Fashion

Great fashion could be anything as they say, but one thing that really got the nod of the trendy, the unpredictable and the young spirited fashionistas these last many seasons is the Brazilian flip-flops famously known as HAVAIANAS.


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