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After quake, makeshift churches welcome pilgrims in Bohol

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CRANE sifts through the rubble of the damaged Our Lady of Assumption Parish Church in Dauis in Bohol. AP FILE PHOTO

The 7.2-magnitude earthquake destroyed centuries-old churches in Bohol province but not the spirit of its people.

Posted: April 17th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

No noise, partying in Boracay on Good Friday

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TOURISTS enjoy the white sand beach of Boracay INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The municipal government of Malay, which has territorial jurisdiction over Boracay, has banned loud noise and parties on the resort-island on Good Friday to give Catholics a chance to reflect on the significance of Holy Week.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

15 teachers hospitalized for inhaling carbon monoxide

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Catbalogan City map

At least 15 teachers from Catbalogan City in Samar were taken to a hospital on Wednesday after they were overcome by carbon monoxide from a generator set installed at the door of a two-story building of the City Schools Division Office.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Employees ask Malacañang to probe local NIA officials

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Allah River Irrigation System project. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Region12.nia.gov.ph

Employees of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) have asked President Benigno Aquino III to investigate three agency officials for changing procedures to allow a contractor to corner a P105-million project in Mindanao instead of letting farmers provide the labor as an alternative source of livelihood.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Iloilo breaks lit candles world record for peace

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VARIATIONS ON THE THEME OF LIGHT Tens of thousands of Filipinos stand beside bamboo torches that hold lighted candles to offer a message of peace and form a Philippine map in Oton town in Iloilo province on Monday. With 56,680 lit candles, they set a new Guinness World Record, beating the previous record of 35,478 candles that Pakistan set on Dec. 10, 2009. AFP/MIDDLE WAY MEDITATION INSTITUTE

Intermittent rains failed to stop thousands of people from lining up in a dark, muddy field in Oton town in Iloilo province on Tuesday to form a giant map of the Philippines, in a bid to set a new world record for the largest flaming image using candles.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Siquijor ‘healer’: For every cure, there’s a plant

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‘HEALER’ OF SIQUIJOR    Noel Torremocha, 43, holds a photo of his father-in-law, also a healer, who was featured in the Inquirer several years ago. EDWIN BACASMAS

There is a plant for everything. “Here, we still believe that nature and men are one. Man is an extension of nature. Nature would always want itself to heal,” said Noel Torremocha.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Family of slain fair trade center exec seeks justice for his murder

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iloilo-city

The family of slain fair trade center head Romeo Capalla has appealed for justice and the speedy resolution of his murder.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

100,000 Iloilo folk to light candles for peace

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Thousands of youths release sky lanterns—15,185 of them—within 10 minutes at the University of the Philippines Visayas campus in Miag-ao in Iloilo City on May 24, 2013, to call for world peace through inner peace. On Monday, April 14, 2014, tens of thousands of people are expected to meditate and simultaneously light candles for world peace in Oton town in Iloilo province.  GUIJO DUENAS/INQUIRER VISAYAS

Tens of thousands of people are expected to meditate and simultaneously light candles for world peace in the Light of Peace in the Philippines gathering in Oton town in Iloilo province early evening on Monday.

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Despite typhoon, Bantayan ready for Semana Santa

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WHILE the rest of the town is a scene of massive devastation after Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” a church in Daanbantayan, a town in northern Cebu, appears to have survived the storm. TONEE DESPOJO/CEBU DAILY NEWS

A week before Holy Week, the people of Bantayan were busy preparing for one of Christendom’s sacred celebrations that the island in northern Cebu province has been known for.

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Amid Bohol church ruins, ‘palaspas’ blessed

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AMONG RUINS IN BOHOL  Fr. Warren Abarquez leads devotees past the ruins of an old church in Maribojoc town during Palm Sunday rites.  TONEE DESPOJO/CEBU DAILY NEWS

Emilia Cuering, 61, woke up early on Sunday morning to gather six long palm fronds from the palm tree near her house in Barangay (village) Bayacaba.

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

DSWD rice in relief packs sold

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An official of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Eastern Visayas (DSWD-8) was eating in a small restaurant here when something caught his attention.

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Deeper meaning for Palo Passion Play

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Eighteen-year-old Jay Gatela had to literally climb a mountain, spend a few hours in a cemetery and pay for his own costume to play a minor role in the reenactment of Jesus Christ’s suffering and death.

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Int’l protocols delaying rehab–Lacson

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ONE HUNDRED days after Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” the alliance for Yolanda victims People Surge marched toward Mendiola Bridge to protest their continuing neglect by the Aquino administration.  NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

Local officials of provinces hit by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” will have to wait longer before the rehabilitation of affected areas goes into full swing.

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

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