April 21, 2008 :: Iloilo City, Philippines
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Tourism prospects remain bright amid econ, food crisis—DOT chief

GUIMARAS ISLAND—The country's tourism industry is expected to sustain its growth despite the growing impact of the economic recession in the United States and the global rice supply crisis, according to Tourism Secretary Joseph "Ace" Durano.

Wage board convenes on petition for wage hike in WV

Initial talks for a P50 increase in pay of minimum-wage earners in Western Visayas begin today with no less than the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board convening.

In a radio interview yesterday, Regional Director Aida Estabillo of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said foremost of the related discussions of the petition will be anchored on the current economic situation of the country.

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Lambunao Bridge

Hanging Bridge. Lambunao, Iloilo Mayor Raynor Gonzales (right) a former commanding general of the PNP Narcotics Command, cuts the ribbon during the formal opening of the hanging bridge built by the KALAHI-World Bank fund in Alugmawa, Lambunao that connects with neighbor Calinog town. The affair was witnessed by barangay officials lead by village chief Guillermo P Silva Jr. (middle) and Jun Manzano (left).

Icupao chief ready to face SP inquiry on relocation sites

The chief of the Iloilo City Urban Poor Affairs Office (Icupao) denied the accusations hurled against him by some members of the City Council relative to his alleged failure to submit reports on the status of relocation sites and the corresponding payment from the beneficiaries. As such, he is ready to submit himself to any legislative investigation on the issue.


New Iloilo Airport to implement increase in fees and charges

The Air Transportation Office (ATO) recently held another public hearing for the proposed increases in fees and charges at the New Iloilo Airport in Cabatuan.

Arroyo eyes Deputy Ombudsman for Agriculture

Presidential Management Staff (PMS) Secretary Cerge Remonde said President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has initiated moves to install a Deputy Ombudsman for Agriculture to keep an eye on the billions of pesos being allocated for the success of country's agriculture programs.

Docs, hospital execs back Guerra, blames politics in oust-moves

Politics at its worst.

Such was the shared sentiment of the West Visayas State University Medical Center (WVSUMC) community primarily doctors and hospital workers in active duty here on the controversy faced by its hospital chief.

DOT chief wants rehabilitation of 18th century old Spanish lighthouse

Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Joseph Ace Durano will initiate efforts to rehabilitate the 18th Century old Spanish lighthouse in Sitio Guisi, Barangay Dolores, Nueva Valencia in the island province of Guimaras. At the same time, he wants the community to maintain the "rustic" look of the lighthouse.


Boracay police beefed up

Philippine National Police chief Director Avelino Razon has beefed up the police force of Boracay Island to ensure peace and order in the island-resort especially at this time when a lot of tourists flock the island.

More Botika ng Barangay up in Antique soon

SAN JOSE, ANTIQUE – The Botika ng Barangay (BnB) that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo launched in 2003 to cut medicine prices in half for the Philippine poorest of the poor has paid off.

Fireworks competition puts colorful end to Capiz anniversary fest

ROXAS CITY – A fireworks competition participated in by top fireworks manufacturers in the country put a colorful and exciting exclamation point to the conclusion of the five-day celebration of the 107thfoundation anniversary of the Province of Capiz here April 15.


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Redux: The agony of May Wan and Rosemarie
Bridging the gap
Tsinoys in Iloilo City: Shifting identities and businesses (2)
anything under the sun
Origins of place names (15)
de los Reyes  
Bonafide Text
The art of listening
Consumers Domain
Misinformation on Coal


Eye Opener:
Revive backyard gardening

/ Rodolfo P. Gumabong

Rational Insanity:
TNT explodes in Roxas City

/ By Bryan Mari Argos

Young Voice:
Laundry and black briefs

/ Maria Reylan M. Garcia

Dancing with cancer

/By Kathy M. Villalon

Cultural activism in Iloilo City

/By Rhea B. Peñaflor


Mon's Birthday Party

Mon's Birthday Party

Well-loved Eon Centennial Plaza Hotel and Centennial Resort Hotel and Convention Center's General Manager Edmund Sales was recently feted by his co-employees in an intimate dinner party in celebration of his birthday. Also in attendance were Eon Centennial owners Felix and Bernadette Tiu with their daughters and some of Mon's close friends.

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The Wizard of Oz: Santa Isabel Int'l Inclusive School in its culminating activity

Holding a creative event, a play for example, for a school's culminating activity is very important. Children have the tendency to bond with each other. This is part of their socialization and it is priceless. Your children will give you a surprise of your life. Their talent that was once hidden, will come out.

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Manggahan Festival's beauty search and photo exhibit

Manggahan Festival thrives again this year, with activities and events lined up to promote the honor and pride of the Province of Guimaras mangga or mangoes. These activities and events are set either in the province or here in Iloilo City. One of the most frequent venue for thew festival's activities is Robinsons Place, a premier mall in the city.

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Two Summer Parties in One Village

Smallville Strip, a chi-chi village that almost never sleeps on weekends, good parties are as commonplace as counting sheep. But once in a blue moon, something comes along that really rattles the cages of dancing and feasting insomiacs.


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