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COA uncovers 'bogus' Botika ng Barangays in WV

A total of 901 Botika ng Barangays (BnB) operating in Western Visayas were discovered by government auditors to have been allowed to operate in the past year minus government-mandated "Special Licenses To Operate" (SLTO).  Said figure comprise about 92% of the total 972 monitored in the region with only eight of these BnBs able to submit the required quarterly-reports in 2006.

Barangay, SK bets warm up as 9-day campaign period begins

City Election Officer Jonathan Sayno has called on the candidates for the synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections to obey the rules and guidelines set by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) relative to election campaigning and propaganda.

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Aeta at Overpass
A. Chris Fernandez
Aspirants for various positions in the forthcoming Barangay and Sanggunian Kabataan elections trop to the City Comelec yesterday to file their Certificates of Candidacy (COC). The filing of COC will only be until 12 midnight today.

DTI raps 68 erring establishments in WV

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) regional office has filed 68 cases against unscrupulous establishments for violating the Fair Trade Law. Of the 68 cases, 64 are recorded in Iloilo, two in Negros Occidental and two from Aklan.

Of the 68 filed cases, 55 cases were already resolved. As a result, they have also collected P92,500 as penalties from the violators. The violations include products sold without the ICC marks, credit card violation, sales promos without registration, no price tag and no accreditation of repair shops.


PhilHealth forms task force to probe spurious cataract claims

The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) has created a task force to monitor and investigate hospitals that are currently on its watch list for spurious claims related to cataract operations.

City officials submit report on Taiwan trip

City Vice Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog and the seven city councilors who went on a three-day study tour to Taiwan recently had already submitted their report to the  Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) about their trip.

Ilonggo traders mull bringing 'bangus' to EU market

A top official of a German association of fish processors and fish wholesalers urged local milkfish producers to improve their processing and marketing strategies in order to penetrate the European Union.

Pacific white shrimp hatchery up in Iloilo

Iloilo has been identified and accredited by the Department of Agriculture (DA) to breed  and produce the Pacific white shrimp


WVCST offers computer literacy training for the hearing impaired

The Western Visayas College of Science and Technology (WVCST) Computer Department and the SPED – Integrated School for the Exceptional Children created the Computer Literacy Program Extension Project for the latter. Its aim is to educate the hearing impaired in using the computer as the basic tool that will enhance their full potential to cope in the advancement of society.  This way, they will become competitive in the field of ICT.

6 bird flu 'areas of concern' identified in Negros Occidental

Bacolod City -- Six areas in Negros Occidental were identified as prone to Avian Influenza.

PA, Region 6 directors to hold executive briefing in Aklan

Kalibo, Aklan -- Aklan will be hosting the second in a series of executive briefings initiated by the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Panay and Guimaras.


Anything Under the Sun
World's greatest naval battle started off Panay
Consumers Domain
Of Coal Plants and Junkets
Without the Whitecoat
Taking hypertension for granted
Bridging the gap
Fisheries and aquaculture in Iloilo in the early 1900s
"May the Force be with you!"
Health @ Heart
Brugada Syndrome aka Unexplained Cardiac Arrest


Bull's Eye:

The I-Thou Relationship

Desperate Housewives slur

/By Philip S. Chua, M.D.


By Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz

Servant Leadership

/By Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno, Supreme Court

Coffee Thursdays Just Brewing Thoughts:
Tragedy of 25

/ By Paolo Carreon

Dark night of the soul

/ By Rhea B. Peñaflor

Bona fide TEXT:
Pieces of wisdom

/ By Nicfranz C. de los Reyes

Needed: villains and rebels

/ By Fr. Roy Cimagala

Eye Opener:
First Gentleman appearing no more in Senate

/ By Rodolfo P. Gumabong

Life through our eyes

/ By Kathy M. Villalon

Young Voice:
Of jumbo-sized crayons and pancit canton

/ By Maria Reylan M. Garcia

Blessed Assurance:
Only one way

/ By Karen Mae Barredo

Rational Insanity:
Ten things to do on a Sabbatical

/ By Bryan Mari Argos

Etiquette in restaurant dining

/ By Miner del Mundo



Love to Dance holds first elims

The first elimination of Love to Dance, one of the biggest ballroom dancing competitions in Iloilo City, was held at Cleopatra's Barge last Oct. 13, 2007. That night, they showcased how well they could do that rumba, jive and chacha.


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Freska opens its third branch

Freska, the Best of Ilonggo Seafood, opened its third branch at the Promenade, Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila.


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When Coco Grill turned 10

Coco Grill Restaurant and Comedy Bar turned 10 last month. It's amiable owner, Mandy Salcedo hosted a grand bash of singing, dancing and comedy for its valued clients and friends and Purr was lucky enough to be invited.

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6th Philippine Tatler Ball

Cosmopolitan Manila, a haven for charity parties and glamorous events, was once again abuzz when one of the country's most prestigious Philippine Tatler Ball celebrated its 6th year with elegance and aplomb at the Rizal Ballroom of the Makati Shangri-La Hotel a few weeks ago for the benefit of Gawad Kalinga.


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