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Two kids rescued from ‘hellish ordeal’

By: Ranie Z. Jangayo

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Iloilo provincial office is under fire for the manner it handled the case of two children believed to be abused by their adoptive mother.

The Daily Guardian sought the help of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in rescuing the two children after concerned individuals brought the matter to this paper last September 6.

TDG learned of the ordeal of Toto (not his real name), 8; and Nene (also not her real name), 4, in the hands of their foster mother from persons close to the family.

The former nanny of the victims said she personally witnessed the alleged abuse committed by Jane (not her real name) against the victims.

The nanny said the kids were treated like animals.

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Discounts pushed to attract tourists to Boracay

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE Department of Tourism (DOT-6) is proposing discounts on transportation and accommodations to stop Boracay Island from bleeding revenues due to the travel ban imposed by China.

DOT-6 Regional Director Helen Catalbas pushed the proposal in a letter to local officials and stakeholders in Aklan province.

Catalbas said she wrote Aklan Rep. Teodorico T. Haresco, Governor Florencio T. Miraflores, Malay Mayor John P. Yap and stakeholders of hotels and resorts in Boracay to offer short term solutions to the problem.

Catalbas made the appeal following the massive cancellations of room bookings in Boracay and international flights from China to Kalibo International Airport.

“While our National Government officials are working hard to address International issues affecting the Tourism Industry of the Philippines, we have to do something on the ground here in Boracay,” she said.

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Ferry tragedy blamed for dwindling number of Koreans

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE tragic sinking of the Sewol Ferry in South Korea last April may have discouraged Koreans from going to Iloilo and other parts of the Philippines.

This, as the Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported a drop in the number of Korean students who visited Iloilo.

Bienvenido R. Regala, BI-Iloilo head, said they recorded a 15 % decrease in the number of Korean students enrolled in schools in the province.

Regala said only 800 students enrolled in August 2014, compared to 1,400 last year.

“When I asked the liaison officers, they would reason that the drop was due to the sinking of the Sewol Ferry last April which caused fear among Koreans in sending their students outside their country,” he said.

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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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Garin, Valencia ‘no’ votes reek of 2016

September 18, 2014 12:56 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike.” – Alexander Hamilton

WE DON’T kick a person who is already down and politics is addition. Read more...

Who’s missing?

September 18, 2014 12:54 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

NO POLITICIAN will ever miss the opportunity for photo ops especially if the snap will go into print, front page at that. So when the picture of the politicians who went to Macau for what is billed a “weekend of bonding” hit the front page, I immediately went through the line-up. But what struck me was not who were there but who were not.   Read more...

Standing Room Only?

September 18, 2014 12:52 AM

By: Juan L. Mercado

WHAT do you do when all seats are taken?

The Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan and Malaysia control real islands in the South China Sea. “China came very late to this party and missed out on all the good real estate,” wrote  British  Broadcasting Corporation’s Rupert Wingfield-Hayes in “China’s Island Factory.” So, it is creating, through reclamation, new islands. Read more...

Mae Paner, PNoy and the politics of performance

September 18, 2014 12:50 AM

(1st of 2 parts)

By: Antonio P. Contreras

(The author is a former dean of De La Salle University)

AND WE thought Daang Matuwid is an objective reality, a non-negotiable standard, an impersonal rubric that has to be pursued regardless of who may be its friends and its enemies. Read more...

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