October 12, 2009 :: Iloilo City, Philippines
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Voters get first taste of automated polling

Voting with the use of Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machine is easy and simple. This was the common observation of participants in last Thursday’s public orientation on next year’s automated election.

Disasters set back efforts to fight poverty

With six years to go before the deadline for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Philippines continues to lag behind on its targets to reduce poverty by year 2015, and the series of natural disasters further threatens development efforts.

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A boy inserts his head among different kinds of masks sold in downtown Bacolod City.

A boy inserts his head among different kinds of masks sold in downtown Bacolod City. MassKara Festival is currently being celebrated in Bacolod which will culminate on October 18.

Raul Sr. willing to ‘sell soul’ to get Senate nod on HB 4256

Chief presidential legal counsel Raul Gonzalez Sr. warns Sen. Noynoy Aquino that he will campaign against him following the latter’s non-endorsement of the bill that would divide Iloilo City into two districts.


Bukidnon solon to bring environment programs in Senate

If given a chance to sit as one of the senators in the Senate, Bukidnon Representative Neric Acosta said he will continue and bring his programs on environment which he started during his 9-year stay in the Lower House.

City Hall close to hitting 100% collection target

The Iloilo City Government is almost sure to surpass the 100 percent revenue target in the last three–month period after hitting a high 95 percent in collections in the first nine months of 2009.

Ocampo to launch Makabayan Party in Iloilo

No less than House Deputy Minority Floor Leader Cong. Satur Ocampo of Bayan Muna partylist will lead the launching of Makabayang Koalisyon ng Mamamayan (Makabayan) political party here in Iloilo City this coming October 16, 2009 at the La Paz Plaza Covered Court.

MIGEDC-JICA constructs Jeepney Bay along Timawa Avenue

The MIGEDC-JICA Project Team is starting with the preparations for the construction of a Jeepney Bay along Timawa Avenue this city, considered as a traffic bottleneck.


Sen. Roxas to allies: Show your political colors

ROXAS CITY — Sen. Mar Roxas told allies to show their political colors so that he can draw the line as to who are enemies and the real allies among members of the Liberal Party (LP).

Capiz Evangelical Church baptizes 42 persons

ROXAS CITY — The Emmanuel Christian Assembly Church and the Roxas City Alliance Church has baptized 42 new Christians on Saturday morning at Barangay Baybay here.


City Gov’t registers 19 new coops; benefits 4,499 more

BACOLOD CITY – The City Government through the Cooperative and Livelihood Development Office (CCLDO) has already registered 19 new cooperatives and helped 4,499 micro business people through various orientations, seminars, trainings and other business purposes in the city.

Noynoy expects to talk to his Uncle Danding

Liberal Party stalwart Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, III said that he never had the chance to talk to his uncle former Ambassador Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco regarding his presidential bid comes 2010 elections.


When good is bad and vice-versa
As seen on TV
Bridging the gap
Globalization and nationalism: Strange bedfellows (II)
Honesty: a lonely word
Environment-loving cops


Two typhoons, an earthquake and a tsunami

/ Ma. Zenaida B. French

Bull's Eye:
Atty. Rene Villa’s media blitz


Iboto natin ‘Perlas ng Silangan’

/ Ka Noel Malicdem

Oratio Imperata; Let us also help



/ Maria Reylan M. Garcia


Arte en Madera

Arte en Madera: The woodcrafts of Tim Jumayao

Timoteo J. Jumayao, 75, is a Fine Arts graduate of the University of Sto. Tomas. Tim, as he is popularly called, is a resident of Pavia Iloilo and is married to Jovita Sacramento with whom he has two children, namely Michelle Marie and Timoteo III.

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The Masskara Village

ABS CBN once again opened its MassKara Village at the second level of Robinsons Place Bacolod to display the various entries for this year’s Mask Making Competition. The competition, on its third year, has become so much a part of the MassKara Festival.

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Charity at Spa Riviera

Spa Riviera held its first ever charity event in line with its ninth anniversary last September. Families, friends and loyal clients went to Spa Riviera and had their services done in order to help raise funds for the building of the Emmanuel Church in La Paz.

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The Elderly Queen

Beauty pageants are a fare to any annual celebration. It’s the same with our MassKara Festival wherein it’s not just the MassKara Queen and the Ms. Gay MassKara that bring joy to Bacolenos and guests, but also the Elderly Queen!

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Picking books at the dumpsite

A garage truck has just unloaded another mound of junk nearby. She could clearly hear the sound and she rushed to see if there was anything that she could use. What caught her eyes was the number of books just dropped off.


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