November 30, 2009 :: Iloilo City, Philippines
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NUPL slams gov’t laxity in handling Maguindanao massacre

The National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) all over the country lambasted the government for its carelessness in handling evidences on the brutal killings in Maguindanao with 57 dead bodies recovered as of press time.

Treñas, Mabilog groups to file COCs separately

Mayor Jerry Treñas and Vice Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog may have an alliance for next year’s election but they will be filing their certificates of candidacy (COCs) separately with their respective groups after a mass in two different venues today.

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Policemen secure the perimeter of Provincial Comelec office in Burgos St., La Paz, Iloilo City

Policemen secure the perimeter of Provincial Comelec office in Burgos St., La Paz, Iloilo City as politicians flock to file their Certificate of Candidacy.

Iloilo City as new gastronomic center

City Tourism and Development Office (CTDO) chief Benito Jimena said they want foreign visitors here to recognize Iloilo City as the “new gastronomic center.”

Iloilo City is now hosting the Philippine International Mathematics Competition 2009.


RDC VI to host Western Visayas water summit

The Regional Development Council VI is set to conduct a two-day Western Visayas Water Summit on December 1-2, 2009 to be held at the Sugarland Hotel, Bacolod City. It carries the theme: ‘Towards a More Effective and Efficient Management of the Region’s Water Resources.”

Iloilo celebrates 10th NGO-PO Week

The Iloilo Coalition of Non-government Organizations and People’s Organizations (ICON) will spearhead the 10th NGO-PO Week in Iloilo on December 1-7, 2009 under the theme, “Palibot Amligan; Maayong Panghimanwa Dampigan.”

Study shows enrollment in 4Ps areas increased

There is an increase in enrollment in day care centers, pre-school, elementary and high school in areas where the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) were initially implemented as shown by a study, according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).


2nd District poll contenders file COCs on Saturday

ROXAS CITY – 2nd District Cong. Fred Castro’s wife Mrs. Jane Castro and five 2nd district board members and opponents led by former PNP Chief Gen. Roberto “Bobby” Lastimoso and and his allies filed their Certificates of Candidacy (COCs) on Saturday at the Commission on Election (Comelec) provincial office here.

Ex-Rep. Dadivas on congressional bid: No turning back

ROXAS CITY – There’s no turning back, former 1st District Cong. Rodriquez “Roging” Dadivas will also throw his hat in the congressional race thus, there will be a 3-cornered fight among incumbent Cong. Antonio del Rosario, Vice Gov. Felipe Barredo and himself.

Successful Capiceño lawyer in Manila back home to run as board member

ROXAS CITY – A successful practicing lawyer, who is a native of Dumalag, Capiz, went back to his place and will run for board member in the second district of Capiz this May 2010 election.


Bacolod teachers’ ECOLA increase to P1,500 in 2010, Mayor says

BACOLOD CITY – Mayor Evelio Leonardia announced recently that the City Government will increase the public school teachers’ emergency cost of living allowance (ECOLA) to P1,500 from the original P1,000 beginning January next year.

Kabankalan candidate crowned Ginoong Mangunguma 2009

Nonito Pausa, a farmer representative of Barangay Hilamonan in Kabankalan City was crowned as the Ginoong Mangunguma 2009 during the Coronation/Pageant Night Thursday, November 26 at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City.


Call for civil disobedience?
As seen on TV
Redeeming Maguindanao
Culture of impunity
Eye Opener
Thanksgiving Thursday
Thoughts of Gray Novembers In My Soul (Part I)
Anything under the sun
San Joaquin – Cradle of Malay civilization (2)


Down South:
Tectonic movement

/ Gail Ilagan

Atty. Rene Villa’s thoughts on responsible citizenry

/ Francisco B. Lindero Jr.

Destroying our planet

/ Philip S. Chua, MD

Bull's Eye:
From the e-mail


Comelec’s ‘miseducation’ and ‘misplaced’ homophobia

/ Rhea B. Peñaflor


/ Maria Reylan M. Garcia


Reminiscing Rey

Reminiscing Rey

Reynaldo Ponsaran was an icon of food and beverage service in Iloilo City, having had countless talks on the art of fine dining. He was the Lifetime Achievement Awardee on Food and Beverage Operation. He earned the monicker “The Mother of all Buffets” because he changed how buffet dining should be.

---------------------------------------- An awesome masquerade

An awesome masquerade

Not even the Venetian Carnival gathering and festivities could rival the color and fun of the Masquerade Ball of Hotel del Rio held last Oct. 31, 2009. The guests arrived in their elaborate costumes and masks that were mysterious, romantic, adventurous, fun, magical and pure,

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The municipality of Leganes was rocked by two nights of concerts featuring bands like Hotter than Cold, Where’s Charlie and Katokamus Band recently. The event was organized by Christine and Josh Grocery and Cared Essentials, both tenants of Jardeleza Arcade where the concerts were held.

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The Gift Box

As I was making the rounds of Atrium, scouting for possible Christmas gifts this December, I caught sight of a cute store bursting with colors at one corner of the third floor. Called Gift Box, the store sells varied toys, decorations and some functional items that are playful, enough to make the receiver feel loved.


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