KUDOS to Megaworld Corp. for the vote of confidence in Iloilo City and province. No less than Mr. Harold Brian Geronimo, Megaworld’s assistant vice president and head of Public Relations and External Affairs, assured that business continues to be brisk despite the “most shabulized” tag bestowed by the president on Iloilo City. “Despite all the […]

Dinagyang Milestones

(Last of 2 parts) By: Ben Jimena FOURTH DECADE 1998 – 2007 1998 – Tribu Bola Bola returned to Osaka, Japan in 1998, courtesy of the Department of Tourism.  For the first time, the competition was divided into two categories: BARANGAY & OPEN (School-based).  Two sets of winners were selected starting that year. 1999-2000 – The […]

Dinagyang Milestones

(1st of 2 parts) By: Ben Jimena ON THE occasion of its 50th anniversary, we have compiled the significant moments of Dinagyang for the past five decades.  As the flagship festival of Iloilo City, it embodies our way of life, cultural heritage and tradition. Of the three more important devotions for Señor Santo Niño, the origin […]


I RECEIVED another article by John Ritchie of “Tradition, Family and Property” on his interview with Dr. Michelle Cretella, a general pediatrics professional on her second term as President of the American College of Pediatricians. Due to the sensitiveness of the subject and the general lack of understanding of this 21st century phenomenon, not that […]

History oversights

IN HIS response after receiving the Baganihan Award, DILG Undersecretary Austere Panadero commented that he did not know about the events of the Negros Revolution of 1898. The audience watched, prior to the distribution of the awards, a documentary on that uprising. Why were they not told about it? He then challenged the Department of […]


ITS strike two for the Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) after two gun raids in the province since October 2017. The first is against businessman Jojo Sanson of Sara, Iloilo and the second was against a village chief Andres Bedro of Kinalkalan, Balasan who also happens to be the Association of Barangay Captains president. In […]

How government can energize business

By: Jose Galang A PROSPECTIVE investor in the Philippines usually takes 28 days to get a permit to open a business, going through 16 different procedures and paying various fees equivalent to $565.65 which is about 15.8 percent of the gross national income (GNI) per capita. In Thailand, one can get a business permit in 4.5 […]

Principle and practice

By: Lance Patrick C. Enad PROBABLY emerging from the short comings of men who are thought to be exemplary – civil, political, ecclesiastical leaders – many of today’s minds have been accustomed to condemning someone as a hypocrite whenever there seems to be an inconsistency between the beliefs or on one’s expectations and the conduct of […]