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Articles by Mark Segador

Mark Segador is a nurse, a freelance photographer, and a local tourism and investment advocate. Grew up in Tarlac, spent a decade in Manila before settling at Iloilo. He enjoys taking stunning photos and shares them with meaningful stories.

Arevalo Elementary School: More than a century of history

October 24, 2011 – 4:06 pm | One Comment
Arevalo Elementary School Villa Arevalo Iloilo

On my way to Villa Plaza, an arch of green and red caught my attention. It was an entrance to a very old elementary school, the Arevalo Elementary School or AES. Though the school may …

Guimaras-Iloilo Ferry Terminal (GIFT) Construction

October 13, 2011 – 9:42 pm | 7 Comments
Guimaras Iloilo Ferry Terminal Perspective

To better serve the transportation of goods and passengers between the island of Guimaras and Iloilo City, the city government proposed the construction of a modern transit hub, dubbed as Guimaras-Iloilo Ferry Terminal (GIFT), at …

Parish of the Immaculate Conception – Oton, Iloilo

October 11, 2011 – 9:42 pm |
Oton Church Altar

One of Iloilo’s modern churches in design, the Parish of the Immaculate Conception offers a glimpse to Oton’s ability to rise from its challenges. With its beautiful church crumbled upon the destructive force of the …

OTON: A Quest for its Heritage

October 10, 2011 – 2:57 pm | 12 Comments
Oton Public Market

It was seven in the morning and I was nearly complete with my nursing endorsement. Just been through an eight-hour shift, I was quite exhausted but at the same time excited at my day’s itinerary. …

Fort San Pedro of Iloilo: In sad state of preservation

October 8, 2011 – 7:27 pm | 8 Comments
Fort San Pedro Iloilo

Ruins invoke a different sense of emotion; sadness for one, longing in the other. Just like paying a visit to ruins of Fort San Pedro or Fuerza Nuestra Senora del Rosario of Iloilo City, seeing …

A Salute to Ilongga Educators this Teachers’ Day

October 5, 2011 – 9:58 pm |
Eufemia Octaviano

Happy Teachers’ Day to our educators! We usually underestimate our teachers’ effort and sacrifices to provide us quality education which enable us to become competitive and productive citizens of our country. Today’s post is my …

Sto Nino De Arevalo of Iloilo: Miraculous, Historical But Uncelebrated

October 2, 2011 – 10:35 pm | 8 Comments
Villa Arevalo Church and Plaza

This image of the Sto Nino De Arevalo, considered the third oldest in the Philippines after the Sto Ninos of Cebu (1521) and Tondo (1572), is humbly venerated at the simple yet beautiful church at …

Memories at Plaza Villa: Heritage and Prestige

September 30, 2011 – 10:20 pm | 2 Comments
Villa Arevalo Iloilo City

La Villa Rica De Arevalo, one of the first pueblos established by the Spanish conquistadores in the 16th century, enjoys the prestige and honor brought by her children through the centuries. These memories are all …

Nicholas Loney: Lonely and Forgotten

September 29, 2011 – 6:14 pm | 23 Comments
Muelle Loney Iloilo City

Called the Father of Iloilo’s Sugar Industry, there is more to this gentle Englishman who, by love and romance to this tropical islands, settled at Iloilo as a trader in 1851 and was appointed the …

Molo Church: Feminine, Beautiful but Tough

September 23, 2011 – 11:50 pm | 5 Comments
Molo Church

One of the most prominent of Iloilo’s icons, the Church of St Anne at Molo District is the only Gothic church outside Manila. Her beauty and unparalleled heritage stands out; giving every visitor an experience …

Pison Family: The salty and sweet side of Ilonggo entrepreneurship

September 23, 2011 – 9:13 pm | 12 Comments
Pison Monument Iloilo City

Salt and Sugar – the gold that catapulted the Pison clan to their heritage and unquestionable contribution to Iloilo’s society and agricultural industry. Today, though the family does not much export this “gold”, they invested …

35th National Milo Marathon Elimination at Bacolod City

September 21, 2011 – 3:03 am |
Bacolod milo marathon route

Bacolod City will once again host an elimination round of the National Milo Marathon.
The last time the city participated in such event was last 2009.
This year, around 8000 runners are expected to flock the event …

Twin Festivals at Capiz: Bayanihan and Thanksgiving

September 18, 2011 – 8:12 pm | 3 Comments
Bayanihan Sa Capiz

This 3rd week of September, two different festivals are set to be celebrated at Capiz – the Patabang Festival at Tapaz, and the Pasalamat Festival of Dao. Both of these festivals stem from the Capiznons’ …

Bacolod City’s MASSKARA Festival 2011 Schedule

September 17, 2011 – 9:25 pm |

The 32nd MASSKARA Festival of Bacolod was launched last September 2, 2011; for those who missed the launching, no need to worry because the climax is still to come this October. At the end of …