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Ayala, Villar firms eye MIWD joint venture

By: F. Allan L. Angelo and Louine Hope Conserva

TWO prominent firms in water production and distribution are interested to join the proposed joint venture project of Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) with the private sector.

Lawyer Roy Villa, MIWD corporate counsel, said Ayala Group’s Manila Water Co. and PrimeWater Infrastructure Corp. of former senator Manuel Villar bought documents relative to the Swiss challenge initiated by the water district on the original proposal of the Pangilinan-led Metro Pacific Water Investments Corp. (MetroPac).

“The two companies already bought documents and they will soon submit their counter proposals for the water district’s consideration,” Villa told The Daily Guardian On Air over Aksyon Radyo-Iloilo, August 29 .

MetroPac is the water investment arm of businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan who has controlling interests in water, telecommunications, power distribution and generation and toll ways.

The firm’s unsolicited proposal involves the “rehabilitation, refurbishment, upgrading, replacement, operation and maintenance of MIWD’s existing water treatment plant in Sta. Barbara, Iloilo and groundwater deep wells in San Miguel, Pavia, Oton and Cabatuan.”

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Promoting WV through films

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE Department of Tourism (DOT-6) recognizes the power of films and multimedia in attracting more visitors to Western Visayas.

Thus, DOT-6 partnered with CineKasimanwa for its Film Grants Program 2015 which will help talented filmmakers produce short films shot in the best locations of the region.

DOT selected five filmmakers from five Western Visayas provinces.

Four were announced in a press conference August 28 – Aimee Apostol-Escasa from Iloilo, Noel Galon of Guimaras, Romart Malapad Martesano from Aklan and Ethel Mae Reyes from Antique.

The filmmaker from Capiz has yet to be selected.

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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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SRA orders assailed-3

August 31, 2015 03:28 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

LAST FRIDAY I presented the complaint of the planters in Oriental Negros, specifically those of the Bais-Tanjay districts. Their gripe is the conversion of the “A” sugar to “B” or domestic market under Sugar Regulatory Administration Sugar Order No. 11 issued on August 4.

Defeat yourself

August 31, 2015 03:22 AM

By: Francisco B Lindero, Jr.

This is what I always remind my daughter, especially when she joins a contest.

I want her to conquer her fears. I want her to defy her limitations.

In most cases, I do not expect her to win. I only hope her to grow every after battle she has on stage. Read more...

Let’s save our young people from the flesh trade

August 31, 2015 03:02 AM

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE incidence of teenagers falling for the lure of the flesh trade is becoming very alarming to parents and authorities in Iloilo City.

Taxi drivers have reported of ambitious teenage school girls entering lodging houses with male clients for a fee to pay for their school fees and other needs their families cannot provide.

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