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New MIWD board tries to break impasse with FLO Water

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE new set of Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) board of directors said they are trying to break the impasse with one of its bulk water suppliers.

Dr. Teodoro Robles, new MIWD board chairman, said they have met with businessman Rogelio Florete Sr., owner of FLO Water, to discuss the dispute between the latter’s firm and the water district.

In an interview with The Daily Guardian on Air last Saturday, Robles said Florete has agreed to their proposal of  diverting the undelivered 10,000 cubic meters daily (CMD) to the transmission pipe of Prime Water Ventures Inc., another bulk water supplier of MIWD.

“Mr. Florete agreed to our proposal. We might start the experiment this week,” said Robles, who is also the president of the Central Philippine University.

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200 cops to secure Candelaria fiesta

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

TWO hundred policemen from different police offices in Western Visayas will augment the Jaro, Iloilo police in securing today's religious fiesta in honor of Nuestra Señora Dela Candelaria (Our Lady of Candles).

Senior Inspector Herbert Ballego, Jaro police chief, said the additional police force came from Aklan, Capiz, the city and province of Iloilo, and Guimaras.

With the large number of devotees and visitors, Ballego said the 40 policemen assigned at the district are not enough to maintain peace and security during the fiesta.

Aside from devotees who will flock the Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral, which has been declared a National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles, cockfight enthusiasts will also storm the Iloilo Coliseum for the renowned Candelaria derby.

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Estante blames vendors on ‘chicharon yarn’

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

AN Iloilo City official blamed meat owners and vendors for the proliferation of chicharon or cracklings made from large intestines of slaughtered pigs which has been declared unfit for human consumption.


Former city councilor Ely Estante, executive assistant on markets and slaughterhouse, said abattoir personnel should not be blamed for the proliferation of chicharon in markets and restaurants.

“This could happen when owners of pigs slaughtered at the city’s slaughter house would sneak them out back to the market and sell to manufacturers of pork chicharon.  The intestines that the slaughterhouse is able to retain are, burned and buried,” Estante said.

But Councilor Armand Parcon insists that slaughterhouse workers sell large intestines of pigs to vendors who cook chicharon.

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Iloilo’s Gay Fairest crowned Miss Gay Philippines-Universe 2012

STATUESQUE Ilongga gay stunner Erriz Erikha Lanceta bagged the much-coveted star-studded Miss Gay Philippines-Universe 2012 crown held recently at the cool Teatrino Greenhills.

Lanceta, a multi-awarded sultry beauty expert, who is at 5’10” tall, bested 23 other lovely gay hopefuls from around the country. Coming close is Ms. Philippines-World Stephie Zanora of Cebu City, followed by Ms. Earth Michelle Biñas of Sultan Kudarat, Ms. International Bem Bem Radaza of Cagayan De Oro City and Bacolod City’s Crystal Elizalde as Ms. Asia Pacific.

Other than winning the crown, Lanceta also bagged the Best in Swimsuit award. Meanwhile, Biñas took home the Best in National Costume and Best in Gowns awards and Elizalde was cited as Ms. Photogenic.

The stellar members of the Board of Judges were former beauty queens Ms. World 1st runner-up Evangeline Pascual, Bb. Pilipinas-Universe titlists Peachy Veneracion and Maria Ysabel Lopez, the reigning Ms. Earth Athena Imperial, veteran actress Liza Lorena, Lani Lobangco and movie director Boboy Tan.

Now on its 33rd edition, the Miss Gay Philippines beauty pageant was founded and produced annually by famed celebrity columnist Chito Alcid.

“Ms. Gay Philippines beauty pageant is not produced to glorify gays. This is a platform for them to further develop their personality, how to be more productive gays, to be professional in dealing with people, to have positive outlook in life, remind them the importance of moral values and their relationship to society,“ stated pageant producer Chito Alcid.

2012 Ms. Philippines-Universe Erriz Erikha Lanceta will represent our country to the Ms. Gay-Universe 2012 beauty pageant in Thailand this coming November.


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Calm and sobriety

January 31, 2015 12:56 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

CRIES for blood and war reverberated across the land as news of the death of 44 (government figures) or 64 (Moro Islamic Liberation Front or MILF count) members of Special Action Force (SAF) spread. Emotions ran high as social media immediately showed gruesome pictures of the dead law enforcers, stoking the fire of revenge. Read more...

Antique on brink of chaos as Mar Roxas dilly-dallies

January 31, 2015 12:54 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“A perfection of means, and confusion of aims, seems to be our main problem.” – Albert Einstein

INSTEAD of an ounce of prevention, a pound of cure is now needed to solve the leadership crisis that hit Antique, which now has two governors. Read more...

Christians are challenged to become “persons with authority”

January 31, 2015 12:52 AM

By: Fr. Czar Emmanuel Alvarez, OSA


Gospel Reading: Mark 1,21-28


OUR Gospel reading this Sunday narrates one of those usual instances in which Jesus goes to a synagogue to perform the traditional Jewish duty of attending a religious service and, being of the right age, of reading a Biblical text in public and commenting on it. Aside from this, we have one of those many accounts of Jesus curing a possessed man by expelling the evil spirit in him. Read more...

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