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Iloilo City honors Señor Sto. Niño de Arevalo

January 20, 2013 – 8:40 pm |
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Iloilo City celebrated the annual feast of the Sto Niño through Masses, processions, merry-making and praying to the image of the Child Jesus. At Villa Arevalo, where the highlight of the celebrations is the 3rd …

Opening Salvo sparks Dinagyang Fever anew

January 18, 2013 – 10:12 pm | 2 Comments
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When it rains, it pours. That’s how the cold weather greeted the hot support of the Ilonggos towards their favorite Ati Tribes when they showed a preview of their forthcoming performances for the Dinagyang 2013. …

Taytay Boni: Miag-ao’s Sesquicentennial Bridge

June 21, 2012 – 2:20 pm | 3 Comments
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On your way to the town of Miag-ao from Guimbal, you’ll notice a strange shaped structure at the side of the road. Now enclosed in a small park, this stone structure used to be a …

Witnesses to a forgotten and perilous past: Guimbal’s Bantayan and Kota of Miag-ao

June 17, 2012 – 11:17 am |
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Iloilo, being the seat of power of Spain in Western Visayas and a main supply route to the south in the colonial period, has been an attractive target for foreign skirmishes aiming to weaken the …

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

May 14, 2012 – 9:23 am | 5 Comments
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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
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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 |
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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 |
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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
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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 …

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

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

Searching for the Datu (Part 1): Tiolas and Cataan Cove

April 10, 2012 – 8:10 pm | 18 Comments
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It was another adventure for us – this time searching for the steps of the old Datus. Centuries ago, in this part of Panay Island (the town of San Joaquin), balangays of ten Datus from …

Barotac Viejo’s Taltal: Remembering the Passion of Christ

April 7, 2012 – 9:46 pm | One Comment
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Semana Santa in Iloilo is always a great oopportunity to witness the deep religiousity of the Ilonggos. The Holy Week is peppered with so many religious activities such as masses, processions, meditations, Visita Iglesia, and …

Miag-ao Church: A Queen among Queens

April 5, 2012 – 9:49 pm | 3 Comments
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A Queen among Queens – that’s a title I would give to this magnificent church. No other church in the Philippines will rival the beauty and majesty of the Miag-ao Church, also known as Church …