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Iloilo City, Boracay gear up for high level meetings

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

TWO areas in Western Visayas are in frantic state in preparation for high level meetings for the 2015 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in the Philippines.

Based on information from the APEC-National Organizing Committee (APEC-NOC), six regions in the country are officially designated as APEC sites.

The host regions are Metro Manila representing the National Capital Region; Bagac, Bataan and Clark, Pampanga in Central Luzon; Tagaytay City in Cavite for CALABARZON; Legazpi City, Albay in Bicol; Boracay, Aklan and Iloilo City in Western Visayas; and Metropolitan Cebu in Central Visayas.

Iloilo City has been assigned to host meetings on Small Medium Enterprises (SME) on September 21-25, 2015 and Food Security Week (High Level Policy Dialogue on Food Security and the Blue Economy) on September 28 to October 6, 2015.

Both meetings have a combined attendance of 1,600 delegates who will gather at the Iloilo Convention Center in Megaworld’s Iloilo Business Park in Mandurriao district.

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PDEA: Some foreign students involved in drug syndicate

By: Louine Hope Conserva

ILONGGAS with foreigner boyfriends, beware!

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency said it is monitoring foreign exchange students in Iloilo who might have links to an illegal drug syndicate.

PDEA-6 Regional Director Paul Ledesma particularly warned Ilonggas who are in a relationship with foreign students to be wary of their partners.

Ledesma said they received a report from the PDEA national office on the presence of foreign students who are believed to be members of the West African Drug Syndicate (WADS).

Ledesma said it is possible that these students might marry Ilonggas and use them as drug mules.

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What to expect from PNoy’s SONA

By: Louine Hope Conserva & Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

ASIDE from a list of achievements and promises, people can expect protests when President Benigno Aquino III delivers his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 28.

It is expected that President Aquino will brag about his administration’s feats but the public is anticipating a renewed defence of the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) that the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional.

The President is also expected to throw brickbats at his critics and to blame the previous administration for the country’s woes.

Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. expects the President to take up the pork barrel and DAP issues aside from the anti-poverty programs he initiated.

Atty. Raul Anlocotan, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA-6) assistant regional director, said they want PNoy to discuss the economic growth of the country.

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October 24, 2012 12:18 AM

ENJOY A WACKY and wicked Halloween at SM City Iloilo on October 31, 2012.

The event is open to all girls and boys, 3-12 years old.

Interested participants may register and purchase a ticket worth P250 from October 15-31, 2012 at Jollibee, SM City Iloilo, SM Delgado and SM Jaro branches.

A ticket is inclusive of two (2) SM bottled water, Jollibee Meal good for two (2) persons, one (1) Ride-All-You-Can tag of SM Storyland, Mascot Show, Games and Prizes

Contestants may join in any of the following categories: Cutest Costume, Spookiest Costume and Wackiest Costume. Prizes at stake for each category are: 1st Prize-5,000 worth of SM Gift Certificates, 2nd prize-2,500 worth of SM Gift Certificates, 3rd prize-1,500 worth of SM Gift Certificates.

Costumes will be judged according to Visual Impact-30% ,Creativity-30%, Adherence to theme-30% and Stage presence-20% for a total 0f 100%.

All SM Supermalls employees, its affiliates, anchors, organizers and advertising agencies up to              the second level of infinity and consanguinity are not qualified to join this competition.

The Halloween Costume Contest is brought to you by: Cadbury, Jem Junior, Bibo, Jollibee, SM Foodcourt, SM Storyland and Picture City.

Meanwhile, other exciting events are in store for shoppers to enjoy.

On October 27, Anigumi Joukai Halloween Cosplay Party will color the stage with their beautiful costumes, 3pm at the Toy Kingdon area.

The Pavia Dog Lovers Association will hold the Bow Wow Wacky Dog Show on October 28, 2pm at the Toy Kingdom area.

A trick or treat activity is also in store for kids on October 31 10am to 3pm, wherein they can get treats from SM mall tenants.

To document your experience at SM, you can also post your wackiest Halloween photo with SM City Iloilo background and win special prizes, through the Wacky photo contest from October 27-31.

Celebrate your Halloween with SM because everything’s here for the family to enjoy!

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A decade of commitment

July 26, 2014 12:08 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

TIME flies so fast.  It seems like yesterday when this column first appeared in this paper on July 23, 2004.  Ten years - a full decade - had passed since then.

The topic of that first article was on the decision of the Philippine government to withdraw the tiny contingent of Filipino troops in Iraq.  Iraqi militants kidnapped Filipino truck driver Angelo de la Cruz and threatened to behead him unless Filipino troops leave their country.  Read more...

Desiring and getting what we want properly

July 26, 2014 12:06 AM

By: Fr. Czar Emmanuel Alvarez, OSA


Gospel Reading: Matthew 13,44-52

THE Liturgy of the Word continues to talk about the Kingdom of God. Last Sunday, Jesus Christ used three parables to help his listeners understand what the Kingdom of heaven was all about – namely, the parable of the weeds and the good seed, Read more...


July 26, 2014 12:05 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

IN AN open letter July 21, A. Steven Chan called the export program of the Philippine sugar industry “fiction” since the sugar that is exported is actually replaced by imports.

Simply put, we export our sugar and then import to replenish what we exported. Seems unsound but if we export and get a high price and import at a low price, then there is profit for the exporter-importer. Read more...

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