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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.

The Grandeur that was and the Glory that will be: The many firsts of Iloilo

May 22, 2012 – 7:03 pm | 19 Comments
Iloilo Mission Hospital

Peering through many lists of Iloilo’s firsts, I was fortunate that this list was sent to me by Ma’am Victoria Jardiolin-Villa, trustee of Iloilo Cultural Heritage Foundation. The following article was published by Panay News …

S. Villanueva Building (International House) now on restoration

May 20, 2012 – 10:57 am | 6 Comments

The icon of Iloilo’s heritage buildings has now taken its turn for restoration work. The third restoration project and by far the largest in size and in magnitude, the Villanueva Building Restoration is now poised …

ILOILO RIVER IN PANORAMA: The Life and Vein of a Thriving City

May 16, 2012 – 8:04 pm | 3 Comments
iloilo river at carpenter-bridge

Who would not miss the Iloilo City government’s theme, “My River, My Life”? In recent years, there is a renaissance in placing the Iloilo River as the centerpiece of Iloilo City’s development. One of the …

Searching for the Datu (Part 2): Lawigan and Sinogbuhan

May 14, 2012 – 9:23 am | 5 Comments

A month ago, I started sharing the first part of our adventure in the coasts of San Joaquin (Part 1 here). Looking for the Imbidayan Rock, we found the beauty of the pristine and unspoiled …

Katagman Festival 2012: Music, Dance & Theater Competition (Part 2)

May 10, 2012 – 9:09 am | 2 Comments

Katagman’s Music, Dance and Theater Competition is not your ordinary cultural or performance contest. I believe the organizers have taken the idea of the way ancient Filipinos pass their stories and myths – through word …

Katagman Festival 2012: Oton moving to greater heights (Part 1)

May 8, 2012 – 8:28 pm |
oton katagman 2012

Oton’s weeklong celebration of the Katagman Festival this year indeed showcased the town’s progress while at the same time looking back to its long glorious past. This year’s edition of Katagman has received local and …

Pavia’s Carabao-Carroza Festival 2012: Honoring the farmers’ best friend

May 5, 2012 – 9:41 pm |

The carabao, because of its robust size, sheer strength, patience and perseverance under the unforgiving heat of the sun, really deserves its place as our nation’s eternal icon of our agriculture. Ever since we learned …

Borador? It’s more fun in Oton’s Katagman Festival

May 2, 2012 – 7:44 pm | 2 Comments

The sky was clear, the sun high up and glistening, and we’re at Trapiche, Oton open field to witness this year’s Borador sa Katagman Kite Flying Competition. With the blue horizon as our background, we …

Sand Sculpting and Skimboarding at 2012 Porma Balas

May 1, 2012 – 11:13 am |
sand sculpture 2012

More than just pretty sand castles -that’s what we experienced seeing Ilonggo creativity give birth to several beautiful sand sculptures at Villa Beach last Sunday. Despite the searing heat in the morning, many beach-goers and …

Katagman Festival 2012 Schedule

April 29, 2012 – 8:58 am |
Katagman Festival 2012 Schedule

Oton is celebrating its 440th Foundation Day with array of colorful activities fit enough to commemorate one of the Philippines’ oldest pueblos. Come and visit Oton on their exciting Katagman Festival 2012!
Katagman Festival 2012
440th Foundation Day …

Iloilo City Development Update (April 2012)

April 28, 2012 – 10:31 pm | 47 Comments
iloilo provincial capitol

And the projects are adding up to give the Queen City of the South a new urban facelift. Restoration projects here and there, and mid-rise buildings sprouting in every corner of this busy metro. Come …

Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (Western Visayas) awarded in Iloilo City

April 27, 2012 – 7:09 pm | 3 Comments

Yesterday, the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines – Western Visayas were named during a solemn yet very joyous ceremony at the august halls of the Iloilo Provincial Capitol. Celebrating with the triumph of our …

Manggahan Festival 2012: It’s more fun eating mangoes at Guimaras!

April 25, 2012 – 4:42 pm | One Comment

It’s going mangoes in the beautiful island of Guimaras in this year’s Manggahan Festival. A colorful array of Agri-Cultural activities marked the annual celebration of Guimarasnons’ simple way of life. Now a premiere toursim event …

Leganes’ Saad Festival 2012: A religious and cultural pilgrimage

April 22, 2012 – 8:29 pm |

Leganes, the Mecca of Western Visayas because of the town’s intense and popular devotion to San Vicente Ferrer, once again successfully staged the 8th edition of Saad Festival. A moment of joyous but solemn, religious …