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MIWD taps new water supplier

By: F. Allan L. Angelo

THE Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) said it expects additional 5,000 cubic meters (cu. m.) of water from its newest bulk supplier.

In a statement, the water utility said Mactan Rock Industries, Inc. won the bidding for the additional supply after tendering the single calculated and responsive bid for the latest bulk water supply (BWS) project.

Mactan Rock is set to deliver the additional 5,000 cu. m. daily (CMD) for 10 years starting September 2015 at P10.73/cu. m.

The target sources of the additional supply are MIWD’s existing deep wells in San Miguel, Iloilo.

The injection point of the BWS project between MIWD and Mactan Rock is “the 400 millimeter (mm) and/or 600mm diameter transmission line traversing Barangays Cabolo-an Norte and Abilay in Oton; San Jose in San Miguel; Jibao-an, Pavia in Iloilo province; to Hibao-an Norte and Hibao-an Sur in Mandurriao, Iloilo City.”

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‘Dirty findings’ in abattoir probe

By: Wenceslao Mateo

DIRTY practices at the Iloilo City slaughterhouse were revealed on the first leg of the investigation conducted by the City Council Thursday afternoon.

Councilors Rodel Agado, Plaridel Nava, Joshua Alim and Lyndon Acap led the probe into the practices and status of the abattoir.

Marjorie Dumalag, a meat vendor from the IIoilo Terminal Market, described the situation at the abattoir.

“The slaughterhouse is dirty, the water from the shallow well to wash slaughter meat is dirty, and it reeks of a thriving business on condemned parts of slaughtered animals.”

Three meat vendors from other public markets in the city confirmed Dumalag’s observations.

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‘Mejorada not worth my time’

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

SENATE President Franklin Drilon said he is not about to waste a second on his former confidant-turned-nemesis Manuel Mejorada.

Drilon and Mejorada are at loggerheads after the latter filed graft cases against the third highest official of the land relative to the alleged anomalies in the construction of the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) in Iloilo City.

But Drilon said he is not about to verbalize his vindication after the Office of the Ombudsman dismissed the ICC case for lack of probable cause and proof.

“I have no message for him. I don’t want to waste my time on Mejorada,” he said.

Drilon instead lamented the delay in the completion of the ICC because of the graft charges.

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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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The need for spiritual direction

May 22, 2015 04:42 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

WE all need to have spiritual direction. We have to allow the intricate workings of our spiritual life, which has to contend with all sorts of things in life, to be guided by somebody else, because though we are the ones who make the final decisions and choices, we all need to be enlightened, guided, suggested, even corrected. Read more...

The Roxas image

May 22, 2015 04:40 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

THE AXIOM ascribed to the late Chinese communist leader Mao Chedong says “a picture is worth a thousand words.”In real life, image creates impressions and opinions as it evokes emotions of anger, fear or affection and sympathy. Read more...

Why I want to write a book on Western Visayan art

May 22, 2015 04:38 AM

By: Lucell Larawan

ALBEIT our understanding of culture determines society’s take-off, books on regional art are mostly non-existent. This is the reason why I have focused on writing “Art Icons of Western Visayas: a Pioneering Inquiry of their Oeuvres and Lives.” The manuscript is now 55% complete. Read more...

Cakes and bullies

May 22, 2015 04:36 AM

By: Juan L. Mercado

“LET them eat cake”. That’s attributed to – no, not Vice President Jejomar Binay and his family’s pastry shop for Makati senior citizens.

That’s from Marie Antoinette (1755-93), queen consort of Louis XVI. Told the French people had no bread, she snapped: Qu’ils mangent de la broche.

The source of Binay’s bread or “personal funds is a puzzle”, ABS-CBN's Inday Espina Varona writes. Read more...

The Ombudsman case of Gov. Tupas

May 22, 2015 04:34 AM

By: Peter G. Jimenea

A CASE for violation of R.A. 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act) was filed in the Office of the Ombudsman against then Iloilo Gov. Niel Tupas in 2004.

By that time, the Iloilo Airport of International Standards is undergoing construction and the need for sand and gravel is a must.  Applicants for the contract to supply the materials queued at the Capitol. Read more...

Express lane

May 22, 2015 04:32 AM

By: Manuel “Boy” Mejorada

I GUESS I had pinned too much hope in Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales when I filed the graft case against Senate President Franklin M. Drilon and several other public officials, including two private respondents, in the anomalies surrounding the funding, procurement and implementation of the Iloilo Convention Center. Read more...

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