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Massive infra spending set

PASSENGER TERMINAL INSPECTION  President Aquino boards MV St. Pope John Paul II docked at Manila North Harbor’s North Passenger Terminal Complex in Tondo, Manila, as part of his inspection of major passenger terminals in Metro Manila. Behind him are Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma and Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson. LYN RILLON

With just two years to go before its term ends, the Aquino administration plans to spend more on infrastructure and introduce other reforms to try to make economic growth inclusive and lift millions out of poverty.

Posted: April 17th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation | 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 »

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 »

‘Yolanda’ victims in Aklan, Capiz rally

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Survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” on Tuesday held what they said was their version of the Stations of the Cross to protest the alleged delay and lack of help from the national government.

Posted: April 9th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Iloilo gov’t has no role in confab of village chiefs

A controversial convention of village chiefs of Iloilo province in a giant mall in Manila will not be funded by the provincial government, Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor said.

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

Boats given to Leyte, Iloilo fishers who survived Yolanda

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BENEFICIARIES, fishermen who lost their boats to Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” pose with the new boats they received under the Peter Project 2 program. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

It looks like good fishing is ahead for 230 fishermen in the typhoon-hit areas of Leyte and Iloilo, who received fiberglass bancas from the Negrense Volunteers for Change (NVC).

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

Agriculture group backs Iloilo, Ilocos dam projects

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A nationwide coalition of farmers and irrigation associations is pushing for the completion of an P11.2-billion mega-dam project in Iloilo province that is being questioned in the Supreme Court.

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

Dinagyang fest showcases Ilonggo resilience

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MEMBERS of Tribu Salognon of Jaro National High School wow the audience with their colorful costumes and brisk movements during the Ati tribe dance contest of Iloilo’s Dinagyang Festival. GUIJO DUENAS/INQUIRER VISAYAS

Ilonggos refused to be held down by the destruction of Super Typhoon Yolanda as hundreds of thousands packed the streets of this city on Sunday, the final day of the Dinagyang Festival.

Posted: January 27th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Cargo ships sinks at Iloilo port; all 29 crewmen rescued

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A cargo vessel anchored at the port of Iloilo sank early Sunday morning, according to the Philippine Coast Guard.

Posted: January 19th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Iloilo execs seek faster spill cleanup

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An official monitoring the progress of operations to clean up the oil spill that aggravated the effects of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” on a town in northern Iloilo province is asking the firm handling the cleanup to work faster as the operation is just half completed almost three months after the spill hit the town.

Posted: January 18th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Kalibo, Aklan cops on full alert for Ati-Atihan fest

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Members of a tribal contingent dance after the Pilgrims’ Mass at Pastrana Park in Kalibo, capital of Aklan, as part of the Ati-Atihan Festival celebration. FILE PHOTO/HARESH TANODRA (CONTRIBUTOR)

The police in Western Visayas police have stepped up its security measures for the week-long Ati-Atihan festivities, which will kick off on January 10 until January 14.

Posted: January 7th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Estancia rid of toxic chemical, says DOH

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WORKERS siphon off bunker fuel and manually collect debris on the coast of Estancia town, Iloilo province. NESTOR P. BURGOS JR./INQUIRER VISAYAS

About 2,000 residents of Estancia town in Iloilo province who were evacuated due to a typhoon-triggered oil spill can now go home, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

Posted: December 20th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

UP student life goes on after supertyphoon

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STUDENTS from the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) Tacloban in high spirits on the UPV campus in Iloilo City before their trip home. Photo by Nestor P. Burgos Jr.

It was a Christmas homecoming that Bret Michael Urmeneta thought couldn’t happen. On Wednesday, he boarded a ship from Iloilo City to Cebu City and a boat to Ormoc City. He traveled by land to his typhoon-devastated hometown of Jaro, Leyte province, 42 kilometers from Tacloban City.

Posted: December 20th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

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