December 1, 2009 :: Iloilo City, Philippines
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More bets expected to troop various Comelec offices

More candidates for the various positions in the province of Iloilo are expected to troop to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) provincial office today, the last day of filing of Certificate of Candidacy (COC).

Treñas ready for political battle

There is no turning back for Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas of the Nacionalista Party (NP) after he filed yesterday his certificate of candidacy (COC) for congressman in the lone district of Iloilo City. The simple activity turned into a show of force for the Treñas group.

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Lakas-Kampi-CMD bets show their certificates of candidacy (COC), from left, Rep. Arthur Defensor Sr. (for governor)

Lakas-Kampi-CMD bets show their certificates of candidacy (COC), from left, Rep. Arthur Defensor Sr. (for governor), 1st Dist. Board Member Richard Garin (for vice governor), Licurgo Tirador (for Board Member, 3rd Dist.), Juanito Acanto (for Board Member, 3rd Dist.), 2nd Dist. Board Member Rodolfo Cabado (reelectionist), 5th Dist. Board Member Jesus Salcedo Jr. (reelectionist), and 3rd Dist. Board Member Arthur Defensor Jr. (for 3rd Dist. Representative).

A Challenge of Conscience

The brutal, indiscriminate mass murder on Monday in Ampatuan town, in Maguindanao province, raises the ultimate challenge of conscience.


House OKs creation of Mindanao Development Authority

The House of Representatives has approved recently on third and final reading a bill creating the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), which seeks to promote, coordinate and facilitate the active and extensive participation of all sectors to effect peace and development in Mindanao.

Roxas: The fight for change is on

Liberal Party standard bearers Senators Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and Manuel “Mar” Roxas II filed their certificates of candidacy at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) last November 28 as the party’s official Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates, respectively, for the 2010 national elections.

Gov’t assures journalists’ groups of Maguindanao massacre resolution

The government Monday assured journalists groups, both in the country and abroad, that it is doing everything to bring the perpetrators of the Maguindanao massacre before the bar of justice at the earliest possible time.


12 out 17 mayors in Capiz join Bolante’s group

ROXAS CITY – It’s final, 12 out of 17 mayors in both 1st and 2nd district of Capiz including City of Roxas joined former Agriculture Usec. Jocelyn “Jocjoc” Bolante’s party, Ugyon Kita Capiz (UKC) in the forthcoming May, 2010 election.

Concern for Tinagong Dagat raised

ROXAS CITY – A concerned citizen has renewed its call for the government to give importance to the rehabilitation of the Tinagong Dagat located in Pontevedra, Capiz to avert future disasters.


Bacolod City has 4 bets for Congressman, 4 for Mayor

BACOLOD CITY — There are four candidates for Congressman, four for Mayor, four for Vice Mayor and 38 for Councilor who filed their respective certificates of candidacy before the Commission on Elections in the City of Bacolod as of press time yesterday.

Rigodon at Negros Occidental PNP

BACOLOD CITY — Three municipal police station chiefs are slated to be relieved from their posts this week as the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO), in a bid to put the right man for the right job, gears up for the upcoming 2010 national and local polls.


Time for refocusing
Thoughts of Gray Novembers in My Soul (Part II)
As seen on TV
Redeeming Maguindanao
Culture of impunity
Eye Opener
Thanksgiving Thursday
Anything under the sun
San Joaquin – Cradle of Malay civilization (2)



/ Maria Reylan M. Garcia

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


Standing Out

Standing Out: Nothing ordinary about Aisha Peñalosa

When she was just a kid, Aisha Peñalosa played with her grandmother’s heirloom sewing machines, but did not understand so much then. Then, she started drawing and designing, realizing later on that she’s part of a family of artists and that they are part of a designing and textile industry.

----------------------------------------Calle Real or JM Basa Street

Calle Real or JM Basa Street

In the Spanish times, one popular street was Calle Real. Now, it’s JM Basa Street but some people still use the old name. Calle Real was the main city street. This was where one bought trendy clothes, gadgets and more.

----------------------------------------Philippine Fashion Week 2009

Philippine Fashion Week 2009

Philippine Fashion Week (PFW) is the most prestigious fashion event in the country. It is the only fashion event that successfully combines seasoned designers with the current fashion favorites and the next fashion guards.

---------------------------------------- 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.


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