Handloom is Iloilo, Iloilo is Handloom

Text and photos by: Bombette G. Marin Iloilo is now a hub for handlooms. Local designers are starting to contemporise our traditional textiles like Patadyong, Hablon and Polyabaca by reinventing weaves with newer patterns and more color palettes. And nothing matches the glamour, which our home-grown designers like International Lifestyle designer PJ Aranador, Nono Palmos and […]

The Greg Secker Foundation Village: rising from the ashes of destruction

A community is rising from the ashes of Super Typhoon Yolanda’s (Haiyan) destruction, the Greg Secker Foundation Village.  Located at Barangay Capinahan in the town of Lemery, Iloilo, almost 60 houses have been constructed or are being built out of the target 100 houses.  The United Kingdom (UK)-based Greg Secker Foundation (GSF) is spearheading the […]

Habol Ilonggo: A Heritage of Traditional Weaving

Text and photos by: Bombette G. Marin THE Department of Tourism (DOT) with the Philippine Embassy in Canberra, Philippine Consulate General in Sydney, DOT Western Visayas, and Philippine Airlines showcased Iloilo’s hand-loomed textiles in a fashion show entitled “Habol Ilonggo: A Heritage of Traditional Weaving” at the Art Gallery, New South Wales, Australia recently. The […]

FIBER FASHION FAIR : 10 Years of Celebrating, Showcasing and Promoting Handloom Weaving in Iloilo

By: Bombette G. Marin IN 2007, the Provincial Office of Culture, Arts, History and Tourism of the Iloilo Provincial Government and SM City Iloilo mounted the Indigenous Fiber Fashion Fair to support handloom weaving through partnerships with local weaving communities. By combining various initiatives in the weaving towns of Miagao, Oton, Badiangan, Igbaras and Duenas, the […]


FESTIVE Walk Parade is a 1.1-kilometer strip divided into four phases. The longest shopping and dining strip in Iloilo, Festive Walk Parade will showcase local and legendary Ilonggo restaurants as well as international dining brands. The exterior design of Festive Walk Parade is reminiscent of Santana Row development in California, with touches of art nouveau […]

SDH Institute, PHINMA UI forge partnership

SCHOOL D’ Hospitality Institute (SDH Institute), launched its partnership with PHINMA University of Iloilo (PHINMA UI) in a program held at the Washington Sycip boardroom of PHINMA UI. Established in Year 2007, SDH Institute is a forward looking school with a clear focus on hospitality education. Their programmes not only equip students with the professional […]

Break Out And Start Your Own Path – Innovate

By: Francis Lloyd Sauza Photos By: Food Park Iloilo & Quito Treñas Sometimes it’s easier and safer to follow others. But if we never sought out new landscapes or ideas we would never have any of the wonderful innovations we have today. Had Thomas Edison never believed in electricity, we wouldn’t have light. If Rosa Parks hadn’t […]

Guardians of the Visayan Sea convened

Photos by Candeze Mongaya GOVERNORS and mayors from the Visayas committed to protect and restore the Visayan Sea, one of the richest fishing grounds in the Philippines, from illegal commercial and destructive fishing. Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Director Eduardo Gongona signed the covenant of commitment and cooperation for the protection and conservation […]