January 16, 2009 :: Iloilo City, Philippines
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World Bank bars giant const'n firm from road projects

Construction giant E.C. De Luna Construction Corporation, the company behind major multi-million road projects in the provinces of Antique, Iloilo, Negros Occidental and elsewhere in the country has been blacklisted by the World Bank (WB).

As such, the order is out permanently barring the company and its owner, Eduardo De Luna from participating or getting any WB-assisted projects.

Iloilo’s Dinagyang Festival kicks off today

Iloilo’s top tourism event, the Dinagyang Festival formally opens today with an opening salvo at the Freedom Grandstand.

The Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation Inc., the Festival’s organizer, regularly holds the opening salvo to signal the formal opening of the Dinagyang festivities and the start of various Dinagyang-related activities organized by the private sector.

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Personnel from the City Engineers Office check the electrical connection of the Dagoy lanterns installed in lampposts in downtown Iloilo City.

Personnel from the City Engineers Office check the electrical connection of the Dagoy lanterns installed in lampposts in downtown Iloilo City. Various committees are now busy preparing for the Dinagyang celebrations next week.

Aklanons gear for Ati-atihan weekend

The lingering effects of the massive flooding seven months ago have failed to dampen the drum-beatings and the melodic tune of lyres in the capital town of Kalibo in Aklan as residents celebrate the annual Ati-Atihan festival this week.


COA uncovers anew ‘extravagant expenditures’ in Capitol

Once again, official explanation has been sought by government auditors from Iloilo Governor Niel Tupas Sr. following post-audit disbursements of “unreasonable expenses.”

Treñas asks residents to join clean up drive

City Mayor Jerry Treñas has called on the city residents to join in this Saturday’s clean up drive in preparation for the 2009 Dinagyang festival. The one-day clean up campaign will be participated by the different barangays, schools and private organizations.

City gov’t readying documents to avail another P100M loan

The city government particularly City Treasurer Katherine Tingson is now preparing the documents to increase its credit line from P350 million to P450 million to finance the proposed eight-storey new city hall building.


Groups want retention of Roxas City fire marshal

ROXAS CITY – Nine Non Government Organizations (NGOs), the City Council and Capiz Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) had expressed their manifestation through resolutions that they wanted city Fire Inspector Pancho de la Cruz be retained as city fire marshal.

Capiz gives 900 packs of relief goods to flood-hit areas

ROXAS CITY – About 900 packs of relief goods were distributed by the provincial government of Capiz to families in various flashflood-hit barangays of Sigma and Pan-ay towns.

Gonzales finally takes oath as lawyer

ROXAS CITY – Atty. Vincent Elben A. Gonzales, a suspect in an anti-hazing case, has finally taken his oath as member of the Bar.

Capiz gov't luxury cars acquired at cheap price

ROXAS CITY – The Capiz provincial government under the leadership of Gov. Victor Tanco, Sr. is willing to auction all luxury cars used by the provincial government.


Hda. San Benito workers raps Prov'l Agrarian Reform Officer

BACOLOD CITY -- Provincial Agrarian Reform officer Teresita E. Depeñoso is facing a case before the Ombudsman, for violation of RA 3019, Section 3 (e), otherwise known as the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and violation of RA 6657 prejudicial to the best interest of public service.

Court sustains closure of F-Channel for lack of permit

BACOLOD CITY -- City Legal Officer Atty. Allan Zamora announced yesterday that padlocked cable television channel F-Channel managed by Mr. Franklin Villanueva will remain close unless it acquires a business permit from the city government.


Let people's devotions be
Bridging the gap
The prominence of Iloilo in farming in early times
The son also rises
Ruptured Aneurysm
de los Reyes
Bonafide Text
Animal in U
My (Some!) New Year's Resolutions


Paraw Regatta and motorcycle race

/ Erly C. Garcia

The call of the kudyapi

/ Gail Ilagan

Does force really count?

/ Maria Reylan M. Garcia

More children need of care

/ Kathy M. Villalon

Prevent Alzheimer's

/ Philip S. Chua

Eye Opener:
Israel chosen nation of God

/ Rodolfo Gumabong


Jaro Fiesta Princesses

Jaro Fiesta Princesses

On February 2, 2009, the district of Jaro will celebrate one of the country's grandest fiesta in honor of Nuestra Senero de la Candelaria. As a tradition, some of the fairest among the city are chosen to be princesses of the Jaro Fiesta Queen which this year was bestowed upon Marie Angelica A. Chan.

Kinaray-a.com Inc. turns 2

Kinaray-a.com Inc. turns 2

The 2nd anniversary celebration of Kinaray-a.com Inc. was a success. The event was celebrated last December 29, 2008 at St. Anthony’s College's De Witt Hall.


---------------------------------------- The Ms. Iloilo Dinagyang 2009 candidates

The Ms. Iloilo Dinagyang 2009 candidates

With the theme “Musa nga may Kawsa”, the Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation (IDF) through its Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2009 Committee presented its 11 lovely Ilongga beauties vying for the title of Ms. Iloilo Dinagyang 2009 last Tuesday, Jan. 6 at the SM City Event Centre.

Smart, PLDT and the GK Village in Sooc

Smart, PLDT and the GK Village in Sooc

SMART Communications (Smart) gave cheer to 37 families of PLDT-SMART Amazing Gawad Kalinga (GK) Village in Sooc Arevalo, Iloilo when they gave out food packs and household stuff to them.


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