ILOILO AIRPORT: THE QUEEN'S GOLDEN GATE



Iloilo Airport! Iloilo’s elegant way to welcome its visitors.  Tag as one of the most modern and sophisticated airport in the world, the NEW ILOILO AIRPORT (With international Standard) offers luxurious and superb service.  From the friendly airport personnel, to the shops, restaurants inside the airport and the cool & modern design; indeed Iloilo Airport is one of a Kind.



From an old and dilapidated airport in Mandurriao, Iloilo City; the new Iloilo Airport is currently standing strong between the two municipalities, Cabatuan and Sta. Barbara. 



A million thanks to the supportive Ilonggo Senator Frank Drilon and the local public servants of the province and City for making a great step to revitalize the almost sterile City. 

Currently the New Iloilo Aiport caters local flights, but the Honorable Mayor of the City of Iloilo is in the process of negotiating with the officials from Korea to provide a direct flight from Korea to Iloilo

Also, The Good Ilonggo Senator pledged for additional funds to extend the terminal and provide additional facilities and equipment to cater International flights. 

Soon, Iloilo will be the main gateway to Boracay, Guimaras Island, highly acclaimed festivals and superb tourist destinations in Western Visayas.

The sleeping giant is now awake and making a great wave! The Queen is BACK! The Queen is 








Photos courtesy of : Hawili Hurom; Angelkirk89; P Tacapan; Province of ILoilo; Elvert Banares.



No hired killers in Western Visayas - PNP official



ILOILO CITY, Nov. 29 (PNA) - C/ Supt. Cipriano E. Querol, Jr., director of the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO 6), contradicted alleged reports that hired killers, particularly motorcycle riding in tandem suspects are part of loosely organized crime syndicates sowing terror in the different provinces of Western Visayas.
Querol made the confirmation in the presence of Philippine National Police Chief Director General Nicanor Bartolome during the latter's recent visit in Bacolod City.
Answering queries from worried sectors seeking veracity on the allegations, Querol gave a resounding no, asserting that although motorcycles appear to be the favored get-away-vehicle by criminals, highway robberies and other forms of grab-and-run heist are carried out independently by groups not related to each other.
Moreover, Querol said the motorcycle is probably the easiest and quickest way to elude pursuers after the commission of the crime.
A number of unsolved killings and robberies has been blamed on suspects riding motorcycles in pairs. (PNA)
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EXPERIENCE GUIMARAS at its FINEST



As an Ilonggo, Guimaras Island is our refuge from stressful a city-life. 

It became a dwelling place not only for the locals but some celebrities and foreigners as well.  

Guimaras offers variety of products and sights, from the sweet mangoes and other tropical fruits, delicacies, dried fish, The Trappist Monastery, shooting and sports ranges, caves, beautiful world class white beaches, hiking adventures, extreme sports facilities, festivals, plantations, historical landmarks, picturesque light houses, Mansions, and peace-loving people!  




Guimaras also became known not only in the Philippines but in the entire world, when M/V Solar devastated the virgin island with oil spill, the worst in Philippine History.

One of the most popular festivals in Guimaras Island is called “PAGTALTAL sa Guimaras”, a yearly event to commemorate the crucifixion of Christ.  

The agony of the pilgrim starts in Ortiz Wharf, taking long hours of queuing while grilling yourself from the heat brought by Mr. Sun plus smelling the not-so-good aroma of other people.

After taking a five to ten minute-motorized banca ride, the real and holy pilgrimage starts.  A pilgrim shall take a spiff and rocky trail about thirty minutes to one hour. 

Along your way up “bala-an bukid” are the stations of the cross, one shall take a little prayer or novena and sometimes light a candle.





It feels like heaven when you reach the mountain top. At the top of the mountain is a small church one can take a solemn prayer and confined yourself from the challenges you’ve gone through (but during this time I don’t think it would as solemn as you expect). 

If fortunate, you can climb and take some fresh air at the balcony of a gigantic concrete cross.

Experience heaven at the top of Bala-an bukid; where you see holy statues and take a breathtaking perspective of Iloilo City.





The main attraction called Pag-taltal sa Guimaras, a Christ crucifixion drama is held also at the top of the mountain. The drama starts from the Poblacion of Jordan, Guimaras by around twelve noon, and then by three in the afternoon the REAL CRUCIFIXION happens right at the top of the mountain.        



After the holy celebration, one can take some plunge of Guimaras’ beautiful WHITE BEACHES or take some souvenirs like fruits, dried fish and delicacies available at the foot or sometimes along mountain tract.








Experience Guimaras at its finest!



You can make your loved ones feel special by giving them unique experiences & memorable gifts #DealGrocer


You can make your loved ones feel special by giving them unique experiences & memorable gifts #DealGrocer


DILG-6 sets mitigating measure to counter effects of climate change



ILOILO CITY, Nov. 27 (PNA) -- The provinces of Iloilo and Capiz are vulnerable to disasters, said Evelyn Trompeta, regional director of Department of Interior and Local Government 6 (DILG-6).
Trompeta said these two provinces are considered among the 27 provinces in the country that were identified to be prone to calamities like flooding, landslides and earthquakes brought about by climate change.
The DILG has conducted a one-day ‘development forum’ on disaster preparedness, together with Local Government Units (LGUs) in Western Visayas, Friday last week at Smallville 21 here to address the critical issue.
The forum focused in Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) on climate change adaptation. The activity was participated in by municipal mayors, governors, Canadian nationals from Canadian Urban Institute, and several German national from GIZ.
The DILG regional head said “Through this forum, we could encourage building the resilience of local communities to disasters, encourage LGUs to create local development plans like Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP), and Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) and will make sure that by 2012 they would integrate DRRM and climate change adaptation on their plans.”
Trompeta added the forum is the right venue where they could share their experiences, planning in barangay level, participatory planning, best practices in mitigating measures, and pre and post-disaster rehabilitation works.
Among the speakers during the forum are Guimaras Governor Felipe Hilan Nava and Rodulfo Cabias of Municipality of Abuyog, Leyte who shared their mainstreaming in local planning.
“At the end of the forum, this effort might turn local government units into proactive participants in disaster risk reduction from being risk areas,” Trompeta said.
DILG is the vice chairman on disaster preparenedness, along this line, the department which under the law is tasked to implement measures on disaster preparedness, issued calamity response protocols and associated actions in flood and landslide-prone LGUs.
The protocol calls for the activation of all disaster command and auxiliary command centers, area-wide warning and alarm system and deployment of emergency response, rescue and medical teams in areas hit by disasters, among others.(PNA)
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Fire destroys 15 houses in Boracay island



ILOILO CITY, Nov. 27 (PNA) - A fire of still undetermined cause gobbled up Saturday an array of residential houses in Sitio Hagdan, Barangay Yapak in the island resort of Boracay off mainland Malay, Aklan.
Report reaching here said the late afternoon fire destroyed 15 houses and stalls mostly made of light materials.
Fire Inspector Joseph Cadag of the Bureau of Fire Protection-Boracay said the fire, fanned by strong afternoon breeze, spread rapidly.
Fire trucks from the different hotels in the island resort immediately responded to the fire call following the second alarm level raised by the Bureau of Fire Protection. Islanders also doused pails of water to the raging fire to help firefighters.
Arson probers said the fire might have been caused by faulty electrical wiring at the ceiling of the house owned by a certain Paolo.
Property damage was estimated at P300,000. No one was reported hurt.
Meanwhile, the homeless families took temporary refuge at the barangay hall and chapel in the locality where they availed of emergency relief assistance from the local social welfare and development office in the island resort. (PNA)
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PUNONG LAPUZ, ILOILO: HALLOWEEN AT ITS BEST


Last November 1, 2011 Brgy. Officials of Brgy. Punong Lapuz, Iloilo City headed by the Brgy. Captain Twet Asturias, hold once again a yearly halloween extravaganza. 


A Halloween costume and make-up contest was held, participated by the locals.  It's astonishing to see an ordinary Brgy. can stage such a spectacular event.


Kudos to the Organizers!


Two thumbs up!


Photos were taken by my friend Abner Cabayao.


 
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ILOILO HERITAGE: CHURCHES



As a leading province during the Spanish Colonial Era, the province of Iloilo is widely known for its beautiful old world architecture similar to that of Latin American Countries. Spanish colonial Churches are amongst the well-known tourist sites in the province.

Following are some notable churches in Iloilo... 

Miagao Church. The World Heritage Site. The Aztec-Baroque inspired church with Filipino botanicals used to carved on the facade. It is known for its intricate facade and pyramidal bell towers. The church was used as a fortress during the olden days. It is a massive structure built of yellowish Limestones.


Molo Church. The Gothic Renaissance Church of Molo was used as a watch tower to warn the people if there are any attackers on the shore of Iloilo City. It is a fine coral stone church with Classical and Gothic details. It is also known as the feminist church because of the beautiful female saints lining inside the church.


Cabatuan Church. This Neoclassic Church, known to be the most massive Hispanic structure in Iloilo is built of red bricks. It is believed to be the largest red brick structure in the Visayas and it was given the title "Model of Temples" by the 'El Eco de Panay'. The Cabatuan Church is known to be the only extant Spanish colonial church with three facades.


San Jose Church. The beautiful church in front of plaza Libertad is considered the most historic amongst the churches in Iloilo City. It is a Byzantine-Neoclassic Church planned to look like the Spanish Church of Valencia del Cid. The Church is known for its collection of priceless Catholic treasures.





Photos courtesy of : Hawili Hurom and Flicker



DA BEST ANG PASKO NG MGA ILONGGO: ABS-CBN ILOILO PLUG


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Videos from You Tube.

I am happy to share the videos i bumped on youtube to all of you guys.  A number of plugs prepared by ABS CBN Iloilo to share the world how Ilonggos celebrate Christmas.

When i saw the videos, i felt so proud.  I miss Iloilo a lot, can't wait to go home.






THE SEARCH IS ON: MISS DINAGYANG ILOILO 2012



Beautiful and lovely Ilonggas all over the world, whatcha waiting for? It' your time to show the world "God's masterpiece".

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Maasin celebrates 9th Tultugan Festival


All roads lead to the town of Maasin on December 26 as the booming third district municipality known all over the country for its finest bamboo products celebrate once again its renowned Tultugan Festival, which is on its ninth year this year.



Maasin Mayor Mariano D. Malones, Jr., who is on his second year as town chief executive, promises a much better, bigger and brighter Tultugan Festival for 2008.
"We did everything to make this year's Tultugan Festival better than its previous stagings to provide our visitors and guests coming from all over the country, especially our balikbayans the world over, an entertainment that they would remember long after they have gone back to their respective homes," the youthful Malones said.
The six competing groups are Group A-Manuglayon of the Quiling National High School, Group B-Manugrara of the Tigbauan National High School, Group C-Manugsukdap of the Siwalo National High School, Group D-Binalantak of the Burak National High School, Group E-Manugbagat of the Layog National High School, and Group F-Manuggama of the Maasin National Comprehensive High School, the defending champion.
To note, Tultugan Festival is an annual spectacle in Maasin featuring choreographed performances of several participating groups that represent the different public secondary schools in the municipality. What sets Tultugan tribes apart from those competing in other festivals is that they make use of materials indigenous to the town, most specifically bamboo, which made Maasin the recognized "Bamboo Capital of the Philippines."
No less than Iloilo Board Member Mariano M. Malones, Sr., the acknowledged father of Tultugan Festival having conceptualized it near the end of the first of his three terms as Maasin mayor, is excited with how the yearly festival would turn out this year.
"We conceptualized Tultugan Festival to be a colorful showcase of the Maasinanons' rich cultural heritage and a tribute to our town's premier product, the bamboo. Over the years, it has metamorphosed into one of the province's biggest festivals, and we are confident that this year's edition would be a huge improvement from the last," said the Sangguniang Panlalawigan member.
To provide additional entertainment to the throngs of visitors that are expected to flood Maasin on the grand day, town officials invited popular singer Mark Bautista to render a few songs during the occasion.
Mayor Malones also invited everyone to visit the town on December 30 as Maasin celebrates its annual religious fiesta in honor of patron saint St. James the Great.





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Farmers group pickets DAR-6 office, demands immediate installation to land



ILOILO CITY, Nov. 25 (PNA)- A group of almost 100 farmers from Barangay Palasyawan, Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo has picketed at the regional office of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR-6) here to demand their immediate installation in the piece of land they claimed under the agency’s land reform program.
The move launched recently was in protest for the failure on the part of the DAR-6 to come out with an order for finality in their petition for inclusion of the 79 qualified farmer beneficiaries who were already given the Certificate of Land Ownerships (CLOs).
The hotly contested lands subjected to the government’s land reform program were the 115 hectares Jison-Lopez estate located in Barangay Palasyawan, Barotac Nuevo.
According to Bonifacio Nadura, spokesperson of the more than 80 farmer-beneficiaries, the DAR earlier assured farmers of their immediate installation to the land they were entitled for claim within the 15 days period after they received notice last August this year from the DAR office.
The protesting farmers group has asked DAR for the implementation of its commitment as soon as possible before the farmers could harvest their agricultural crops in the lands they have cultivated for the many past years. (PNA)
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Guimaras 'Paradise Island' up for tourism development



JORDAN, Guimaras, Nov. 23 (PNA) -- A little-known but breathtakingly enchanting Marine Reserve in the province of Guimaras holds great promise of becoming a major tourism attraction and give the country's jewels like Boracay and Palawan a run for their money.
But unless the national government steps in and provide more incentives, the vast tourism potentials of Taclong Island Marine Reserve in Nueva Valencia town would remain regretfully untapped.
In a public dialogue initiated by the Guimaras provincial government, spearheaded by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO), PENRO Officer Jessie Vego, accentuated the exigency of placing Taclong Island under the more comprehensive National Integrated Protective Areas of Republic Act 7588 to pave the way for bigger funding and also provide more teeth or authority to existing protective guidelines and lead to the Island's full development.
According to Vego, Taclong Island, which lies 38 kilometers off Jordan Wharf, was initially put under the protection of the National Marine Reserve in 1990, but little has been done to exploit its commercial and tourism potentials since then.
“More state funds and stricter guidelines would enable us to determine its peripheries, meaning knowing what areas can be utilized for the government's interests, and what areas should be prohibited for use,” Vego said.
The development of Taclong Island, composed of about 1,000 pristine hectares, as tourist destination, threatens to displace long-time settlers from making a livelihood in the marine reserve.
Governor Felipe Hilan Nava has vowed to identify resettlement sites should development plans pushed through. (PNA)
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City employment program sends 15 workers to Qatar



ILOILO CITY, Nov. 22 (PNA)– Fifteen Ilonggos, hired through the city government’s special recruitment activity, have just flown to Qatar to work, according to the Public Employment Service Office (PESO).
In a report to Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog, PESO-Iloilo City manager Alan Zaldivar said the workers, who left Tuesday for Qatar, were employed as service and delivery crew, and food handlers.
They are products of the special recruitment activity which PESO conducted in September, he said.
Last month, 34 workers who also found jobs through PESO were deployed to Kuwait to work in hotel and food industries.
Both workers for Qatar and Kuwait were under the agency, Lead Resources Management Corp. (PNA)
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Philpost to operate remittance center, door-to-door delivery services



ILOILO CITY, Nov. 24 (PNA) - The Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost) is embarking on a modernization program in a bid to enhance its services to the public and make these at par with emerging courier services in the country today.
Philpost Chairman Cesar N. Sarino, who visited Iloilo City Wednesday, bared that the modernization program includes putting up of remittance center for domestic and international transaction and door-to-door delivery services.
Sarino stressed the need to change the operations of postal office throughout the country.
He said they would rid the Philpost of its bad image following complaints of rampant robbery within the postal office and its slow services.
Unlike before, the Philpost will no longer depend on the delivery of mail matters as its major business because of the presence of so many mobile phones and networking sites in countries globally. (PNA)
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Iloilo: WINNER of the 2011 LIVCOM AWARDS


Iloilo City won silver and bronze awards during the International Awards for LIVEABLE Communities 2011 in Songpa, South Korea.




Iloilo City received Special Project Award, for the project " Iloilo City: Post LiveCom: Advancing the Iloilo River Development Initiatives Through Integrated Sustainable Management". This project won Silver award.  



Iloilo City also received silver award for Dinagyang Festival and Bronze for the City Category.

Photo credits: Iloilo City Government FB Account


2012 Dinagyang organizers to ensure high standard performance of tribes



 Organizers of the 2012 Dinagyang Festival will create a monitoring team that will look into the preparation of participating tribes to “high standard of performance.”
This was disclosed by City Tourism Officer Benito Jimena during Tuesday’s meeting with the festival’s members of the board and working committees.
Currently, 13 tribes have already submitted their documents to the City Tourism Office signifying their participation in the festival.
This year, the festival organizers composed of the city government, the San Jose Parish and the Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation have instituted several changes, one of which is the change in the venue of judging area number one from the Iloilo Freedom Grandstand to the Iloilo Sports Complex.
The change in venue was entertained to accommodate a larger audience as the festival continues to draw bigger crowd every year.
Likewise, the parade shall no longer be of the carousel type but it shall be a straight parade which will start at the Iloilo Sports Complex and end at the Freedom Grandstand.
The 2012 Dinagyang Festival anchors on the theme: Beyond Awards, A Culture of Excellence. It’s religious theme is Senor Santo Nino: One Beat, One Voice, On the Move to Serve.
The highlights of the celebration will be held on January 20-22, 2012. 


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Treñas Boulevard closed for 6 months



The Treñas Boulevard along the Iloilo River will be closed starting Dec. 5, 2011 to allow the construction of the P48-million Esplanade project and the rehabilitation and widening of the 1.2 kilometer road.
City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the closure might last for six months or until May 2012 even as the contractor had already deployed heavy equipment in the area.
Joggers and other physical wellness buffs are enjoined to consider and look for other venues for their exercises pending the construction of the Esplanade project out to beautify and enhance the boulevard along the riverbank.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has bid out the project last month with Roprim Construction declared as the winning bidder for its P38 million offer.
Mabilog said the Treñas Boulevard was a component of the Iloilo floodway project, which is not yet turned over to the city government by DPWH.
He also said that there was no more legal impediment as to the ownership of the area since it was owned by the government.
The Esplanade project was facilitated by Ilonggo Senator Franklin M. Drilon in a move to protect and conserve the Iloilo River. International Filipino architect Paolo Alcazaren desined the Esplanade, patterned after a similar river project in Singapore, which he also designed.
The area will have a view deck, palm trees, lamp posts, food kiosks and a giant Dagoy statue, depicting the city’s famous Dinagyang Festival. (PNA)
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                                       Photo: Hawili Hurom


LAGAW LAGAW KITA SA DOWNTOWN PART 2


Ti kamusta ang inyo nga lagaw sa down town? damo pa ang mga lugar nga wla ta malab ot no? Yari na ang ikaduwa nga bahin sang aton nga pag ratsada sa down town sang Iloilo...

Sa liwat ang tanan nga mga pictures/ photos ang ginapanig iyahan n HAWILI HUROM nagikan sa iya nga FACEBOOK account, ang iban gina panag-iyahan sang iya mga abyan (ZYNET, EVAN FUENTES) indi akon ang mga ini, gin hulam ko lang para i share man sa inyo tanan.

ARROYO FOUNTAIN, KILOMETER ZERO: "hhhmmm ma skwela ka sa Cabalum ukon matambay nlang sa Atrium?"


 QUEZON STREET: "may nadumduman kamo nga club/ pab diri no?, wala na sarado na"



LA TERAZZA, DELGADO STREET: "Pagkatapos shopping sa SM Delgado, manyaga anay sa Andok's tapos pagkahapon mainum-inum sa La Terazza"


VALERIA STREET: "Shopping na kita sa first and oldest SM outside Metro Manila"


GOING TO ORTIZ STREET: "Pa Guimaras na, maglantaw n sang pag Tal-tal."


ALDEGUER STREET: "Mabakal ako anay sang mga tela ah, maubra pako gown, ti hapit ko anay sa Adleguer"


ORTIZ STREET: " Ti, ano na? pa Guimaras na kita"


CARAM/ IZNART STREET: " Di-in kana?, Ari pa sa tubang Amigo, traffic"


CALLE REAL: "Bakal ko anay bulong ni lola sa Socorro tapos mabakal materials, project ko sa THE"


ARROYO FOUNTAIN: "Diri naga umpisa ang pag isip sang kalayuon sang isa ka lugar sa Panay"


CARAM/ IZNART STREET: "Ahay wala na ang Alegro"


DELGADO STREET: "Check it ta bala sa Amigo para sosyal"


CALLE REAL: "No comment, yuhom kamo no?"


ILOILO PROVINCIAL CAPITOL: " Pa Lapuz, pa Jaro ukon pa City proper?"


OLD CITY HALL ANNEX, COA OFFICE: "nan! puro trisikad hahaha"
 CARAM/ IZNART STREET: "Dugay, dugay na ni nga building, diri pa sang una gina post ang mga showing sa Cinema, Crown kag Regent"


YMCA:  " Kung Sang una permi diri may boxing, subong puro na lang Basket"
 MABINI STREET : "Parkingan/ terminal sang una, subong puro construction materials ang gina baligya diri"

PLAZOLETA GAY: "Time square of Iloilo"

Ti kamusta ang aton pag lagaw-lagaw kag pagdumdum sang mga nagliligad?

Til next time mga kasimanwa.


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