March 11, 2009 :: Iloilo City, Philippines
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Tension grips Calinog as two 'mayors' claim post

Tension has gripped the town of Calinog in Iloilo, 32 km north of Iloilo City, after the incumbent mayor has refused to give up his position despite an order of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) recognizing the mayor's defeated political opponent as the winner in the 2007 elections.

Biz group alarmed over Boracay erosion

A business group on Boracay Island has raised alarm over the erosion of part of the island's famous white beach. In a letter to Environment Secretary Jose “Lito” Atienza dated Feb. 25.

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People in Calinog go on with their normal daily lives oblivious of the conflict engulfing the town leadership.

People in Calinog go on with their normal daily lives oblivious of the conflict engulfing the town leadership.

Two cops under probe for alleged mauling

Two policemen have been disarmed and restricted to quarters for allegedly mauling a rookie police officer inside a sub-station Monday.

PUJ fare now P6.50

Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory (LTFRB) has started distributing the new fare guide to all transport associations yesterday.


Ilonggos encouraged to join Earth Hour on March 28

Department of Energy Undersecretary Roy Kyamko encouraged Ilonggos to join the Earth Hour 2009 which will be held from 8:30 to 9:30 P.M. on March 28.

PRO-6 braces up for summer vacation and Holy Week

The Police Regional Office 6 (PRO6) Director, Police Chief Superintendent Isagani R. Cuevas, directed all police stations to put up public assistance centers in terminals and highways as the country approaches summer vacation and Holy Week celebratio

Piggery given 30 days to address environmental concerns

The task force created to conduct investigation on the cause of water contamination in the water supply from the Jordan Water District has given the Uswag Foundation piggery 30 days to comply with the conditions set forth on its Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC).

Official notice on Centena victory reaches Capitol

Official notification has been made to the Capitol yesterday on the assumption into office of Alex Centena as the rightful mayor of Calinog, Iloilo.

Pagtaltal sa Guimaras shifts from stage play to street presentation

Pilgrims in the yearly Ang Pagtaltal sa Jordan will experience a new kind Christ Passion and Death on the Cross this year as the stage play inspired by the Seven Last Words is transformed into a street play.

Fewer WV schools to hike fees

The appeal by President Arroyo and the country’s education officials seems to be working as fewer colleges and universities in Region VI will be increasing their tuition and other school fees compared to the number last year, according to the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd).


Antique’s wetlands home to various migratory birds

SAN JOSE, Antique – Antique’s wetlands is home to more than 5,000 migratory birds who come by to enjoy the tropical climate, said John Temana, Information Officer, of DENR.

Police facing blank wall on gasoline station heist

ROXAS CITY – Police has yet to identify the suspects in the killing of a cashier and seriously wounding a security guard in the hold up that took place in a gasoline station in Brgy. Lawaan here early Saturday morning.

Sen Roxas’s political ally: Local coalition still intact

ROXAS CITY – An ally of Sen. Mar Roxas said that the local political coalition called USWAG Capiz is still united and intact and that there is no such thing as breakaway faction among them.

1st Engineering District chief deny Ombudsman raps

ROXAS CITY – The chief of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 1st Engineering District is now facing charges before the Ombudsman - Visayas for alleged wrongdoings and corrupt practices.

DAR-Aklan strengthens women’s desk

The Department of Agrarian Reform in Aklan operationalized its Gender and Development Focal Team and women's desks as it lines up its activities for the next six months.


Escalante cops kill suspect in shooting rampage

BACOLOD CITY -- A valuable tip from a concerned citizen led to the neutralization of a member of Escalante City's Police Auxiliary Unit who was responsible for the fatal shooting of three civilians and the wounding of two others including his fellow PAU member last Sunday morning.

High Court favors GSO head over reinstatement issue

BACOLOD CITY -- General Services Office (GSO) chief Jerome Solinap confirmed yesterday that he officially received a Resolution by the Supreme Court En Banc denying the petition for review filed by Mayor Evelio Leonardia regarding the legality of his reinstatement as GSO head by the Civil Service Commission.

Plight of sugar industry, politics tackled in Macau trip

BACOLOD CITY -- Fourth District Congressman Jeffrey Ferrer, one of the officials who joined the trip to Macau, China, admitted that politics was among the things they discussed, but they also talked about the plight of the sugar industry.


Growing old. Acupuncture session, anyone?
Short pants, long pants
Res Gestae
Marriage encounter, a love experience for a couple
Bridging the gap
The San-Lop Melodiers: Playing music as sweet as sugar
Recognition, Reverence, Respect
Heart Bypass


Anything under the Sun:
The unsung war heroes

/ Rex Salvilla

Bona fide text:
Health is wealth

/ Nicfranz C. de los Reyes

Friends and chocolate mousses

/ aria Reylan M. Garcia

Bull's eye:
Double standard

/ Rex Salvilla


Iggy’s Friends

Iggy’s Friends: Friends working together to help a young man fight leukemia

Everyday I search for Negrense personalities I can feature in this column, which shouldn’t be a hard task, because Negros is full of vibrant personalities. I have this imaginary list in my head filled with names of people I can write about.

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Meshi: The Promenade’s Japanese dinner buffet

Lovers of Japanese food will be delighted to know that a new Japanese dinner buffet experience will be theirs at The Promenade every Wednesday night. The buffet is called “Meshi,” a Japanese word for boiled rice or any rice meal.

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It must be magic: Meet Prof. James Narvaez, an expert in illusion

Hervacio Bassig, a magician trained his grandson well in the art of illusion since the kid was nine years old. His years of training paid off as that curious child emerged to become one of the country’s sought after magicians.

---------------------------------------- A talk on volunteerism

A talk on volunteerism

In my four years of working for the media, I was exposed to writing about medical missions and other community work, which I personally attended. From such, I’ve witnessed the spirit of volunteerism.


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