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Panayanon retains Ati-ati dance crown for 3 years


By: F. Allan L. Angelo

TRIBU Panayanon of Iloilo City National High School retained the crown of the Ati-ati dance competition of the Iloilo Dinagyang festival.

The tribe directed by the renowned choreographer Rommel Flogen won P175,000 cash and a trophy.

This is the third straight year that Panayanon won the Dinagyang crown since 2013.

Panayanon also grabbed two minor awards (best in performance and choreography) and three special awards (best choreographer, best headdress and best shield and spear).

As usual, Panayanon’s performance was highlighted by its quick routines and giant props which elicited cheers from the spectators.

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Dinagyang tribes hit for excessive props, G-strings

By: Louine Hope Conserva

DESPITE the success of the Dinagyang Ati Tribe Competition, many were disappointed due to the extravagant use of props and “sexy outfits.”

In the eyes of a media personality who has been covering the event for a long time, the use of props in the Ati-ati dance contest is already excessive.

“The performances have bigger props and the essence of choreography is lost. Dinagyang should be more of a street dance rather than a showcase of props. Also, other tribes don’t have enough financial funding which was reflected in their performances,” said Regan Arlos, radio anchorman of RMN Iloilo.

For researcher Katherine Yap, the performances are “recycled and less exciting.”

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Lawyer wants to replace Javier

By: Louine Hope Conserva and Albert T. Mamora Jr.

THE opponent of Antique Gov. Exequiel Javier in the 2013 elections wants to succeed the former when he steps down from office.

Atty. Cornelio Aldon said he will ask the Supreme Court to rule on who should succeed Javier as governor.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) disqualified Javier in the 2013 polls for violating the Omnibus Election Code when he suspended a municipal mayor within the election period.

The Comelec then ordered Javier to leave his post and directed Vice Governor Rhodora Cadiao to sit as governor under the rule of succession in the Local Government Code.

Aldon challenged Javier in the May 2013 elections but lost.

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By: Venus G. Villanueva

KALIBO, Aklan – Physically and mentally fit Aklanons who wish to work with the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) can now have their chance to do so by taking the Penology Officer Examination on August 12, 2012 in Iloilo City.

According to Ma. Cynthia P. Aranas, Director II of Civil Service Commission (CSC) Field Office-Aklan, the examination is open for incumbent personnel of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, personnel of Provincial and Sub-Provincial Jails and other interested applicants.

Aranas said successful examinees will be conferred the Penology Officer Eligibility, considered appropriate to second level ranks in the jail management and penology and functionally related services only, except for ranks under the Philippine National Police (PNP).

To pass the test, the examinee should get a grade of at least 80, according to Aranas.

Aranas said interested applicants can now file their applications at the CSC Regional or Field Officers.

Incumbent employees of the BJMP, on the other hand, may file their applications at the BJMP Regional Office.

“Application forms are available at the CSCROs/FOs and can also be downloaded at

To qualify, applicants must be a Filipino citizen; must be of good moral character; must be mentally and physically fit; must not have been convicted by final judgment of an offense or crime involving moral turpitude, or disgraceful or immoral conduct, dishonesty, examination irregularity, drunkenness or addiction to drugs and must not have been dishonorably discharged from the service.

A waiver for height requirement will be granted to applicants belonging to cultural communities, subject to submission of certification of membership to a cultural community issued by the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP), the CSC emphasized.

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Water as a dwindling resource - Part II

January 26,2015 12:58 AM

By: Edgar Mana-ay

IN MY first article on this subject, I explicitly stated that water cannot be destroyed, that it can only be transformed into other forms from fresh, clean, accessible water to dirty water in our rivers and lakes, to salt water in our seas and oceans, contaminated water in the aquifers and even to water vapour in the clouds high above the sky. Read more...

CARP failure

January 26,2015 12:54 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

CROP failure is perhaps the most dreaded of all agricultural pursuits. Farmers can only watch helplessly and imagine the cost of the collapse of their income, plans and investments. They can decide on two things – replant or abandon the enterprise. In most instances the farmers continue to cultivate believing that a new effort will give enough to recover their losses. Read more...

Pope Francis beyond Manila        

January 26,2015 12:52 AM

By: Juan L. Mercado

“WHAT events are shaping beyond Pope Francis successful visit to the Philippines?” Associated Press Nicole Winfield asked en route to Rome from Manila on the papal flight?

“Which US cities will you visit?  While there, will you go to California for the canonization of Junipero Serra? Read more...

A tribute to a golf buddy

January 26,2015 12:50 AM

By: Perfecto R. Yasay, Jr.

WITH many years now blurring my memory, I could not recall precisely the encounter I had with Edgardo C. Deleon that marked the beginning of our enduring friendship. In fact with almost 10 years difference in our age, the same passion for golf and our combative desire to beat each other in every match, it looked like we were destined to be hardnosed adversaries. Read more...

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