Better Your Best

By: Ancel Marie B. Mondia MICHAEL Angelo Dejando, 20, of Oton, Iloilo, who is one of the 2018 Elite Circle of Five awardees of The Outstanding Students of Iloilo Awards (TOSIA), has established his purpose and is prepared to carry it out. When he began his journey at West Visayas State University College of Education, he […]

Nobleza’s art and architecture

By: Ancel Marie B. Mondia FRANK Alexi Nobleza, 41, of La Paz, Iloilo City, is back in the Iloilo art scene after two decades of focusing on architecture. Nobleza describes his art as a continuous learning process. He discovered his talent when he was in college where he joined school contests and local art competitions. He […]

You Are Beautifully and Wonderfully Made

By: Francis Lloyd Sauza Photos by: Sig Aldeen EACH and every one of us is on this earth for a reason. No two people are alike—that is what makes each and every one of us so magnificent and special. It’s human nature to judge ourselves, to judge others, and when we’re feeling insecure we start comparing ourselves […]

Carve and Create

By: Ancel Marie B. Mondia Tyrone Dave Espinosa, who comes from a clan of wood carvers, describes his art as a form of surreal expressionism that depicts brutality signified by piercings and chains, a negative appearance which holds a positive significance. Raised in Bago City, Negros Occidental, he is the eldest of the five children of […]

A Farmer and his farm school

By: Ancel Marie B. Mondia Ereberto Jucaban, the 2017 Regional Gawad Saka Outstanding Integrated Farmer of Western Visayas, continues to train farmers on rice-based integrated farming system at the Pagsanga-an Farm School established in 2013 and located at Barangay Pagsanga-an, Pavia, Iloilo. As one of the learning sites of the Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center VI, […]


INVEST, INVEST, INVEST Mayor seeks investments in land, buildings By: Maricyn A. De los Santos IF THE Duterte administration has its “Build, Build, Build” mantra, Mayor Jose Espinosa III has created one for Iloilo City – “Invest, Invest, Invest.” “I am asking businessmen to invest in Iloilo City. If President Digong (Duterte) says, ‘Build Build Build’, […]

‘Success is paying it forward’

By: Ancel Marie B. Mondia ARIS LARRODER, 37, of Jaro, Iloilo City, continues to devote his life to inspiring and helping young minds as a science teacher at the Philippine Science High School. Originally from Lambunao, he lived in a rural area which had no electricity until the age of 24. He sold bread in a […]

For Fisheries’ Sake

By: Ancel Marie B. Mondia JERWIN BAURE, 21, of Guimaras placed second in the October 2017 Fisheries Technologist Board Examination. He is currently based in Quezon City, Metro Manila as a Research Assistant at the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI), the research arm of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR). Baure took […]

Ripple of Change

By: Ancel Marie B. Mondia “ONE SIMPLE act of kindness can start the ripple of change that we want to see in the world. As one person we may not change the world, but we can change the world of one person.” These are the inspiring words of Kyzel Dagdag who manages Bambulig, a social enterprise […]

Independence and Determination

By: Ancel Marie B. Mondia BHERRA GRACE Bontigao, 21, of Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo, is a proud product of Iloilo State College of Fisheries and a Top 10 passer of the October 2017 Fisheries Technologist Board Examination. At an early age, Bherra Grace’s parents trained her how to be independent, a trait which made her a strong […]

For a Better and Healthier Place

By: Ancel Marie B. Mondia JASPER Ruby Vijar, 21, of Zarraga, Iloilo, is one of the founders of Team Dugong Bughaw, an organization that promotes human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) awareness, aims to make the Philippines a healthier place. Dreaming of becoming a doctor, he earned his degree in Bachelor of Science […]