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WV’s tallest tower to rise at the Iloilo Business Park

By Marie Katherine Villalon
Megaworld, the country’s leading real estate developer and a pioneer of townships, has announced that it will build Western Visayas’ tallest residential condominium at the 72-hectare Iloilo Business Park, located in Mandurriao, Iloilo City.

Iloilo Business Park’s fifth residential tower, The Palladium will be 80 meters tall and will feature many “firsts”.
“It will be the first in the region to have sky gardens in every floor of the building. It will be the first to offer loft units at the penthouse that would allow residents an unobstructed view of Iloilo. The Palladium will have an infinity pool, children’s pool and day care center,” said Harold Geronimo, Megaworld’s head of Public Relations and Communications during a press conference held at the Iloilo Days Hotel, September 30.
Comprising 22 floors, The Palladium will have 482 units, ranging from studio, executive studio, one-bedroom to two-bedrooms. The tower will be divided into North Wing and South Wing. …

Smart taps youth as ambassadors of local tourism

The Internet has provided netizens with a channel to promote their advocacies, express their views, or simply share their OOTDs (outfit of the day) or #ThrowbackThurday posts. Through social media and blogs, they have leveled up from merely being consumers of information to generators of original content. Many Filipinos, in particular, are making their presence felt in cyberspace. 


Philippine tourism, for one, is getting a boost from Internet savvy Pinoys. Our country, blessed with abundant natural wonders, is not difficult to sell as a tourist destination. As various interesting places in the country get more exposure online—thanks to Pinoys who love to post, like, share, and retweet—the Philippines is steadily regaining popularity as one of the top destinations in the world.
Wireless services leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) is calling on all Filipinos, especially the youth, to use the Internet to promote hometown stories through Doon Po Sa Amin, its annual online competition…

Ilonggo child is new dance sensation

By Marie Katherine Villalon
When he was a day care student in Dumangas,  Iloilo, Jun Carlo Dumaplin Gumacal endured walking from home to school and back everyday under the searing heat of the sun. One day, while he and his mother were walking home, he told her that he would buy a car for the family when he becomes famous someday.

This child does not forget his dreams. So, working towards it, he joined the audition for MiniMe at the age of 4. MiniMe is a segment of ABS-CBN’s “Showtime”.
 “I did not force him to join MiniMe. It was his decision and I supported him. There was a long line of children outside the studio because they wanted to audition for the show. It was raining but JC endured it. He also patiently sat on the floor for hours while waiting for his turn,” JC’s mother Concepcion narrated.
Passed the audition he did and danced his way to televiewers’ hearts! (Watch the video)
That was 2 years ago. Since then, he became a better performer and it seems that nothing is going to stop …

‘School In A Box’ for schools without electricity

How can you bring Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to far flung schools which do not have electricity? This is a problem which a group of community-oriented and tech-savvy individuals is trying to solve using a low-cost and energy-efficient mobile learning kit.


Called the School In A Box (SIAB), the handy and affordable equipment which runs on a motorcycle battery intends to make learning fun and interesting for students by allowing video and audio materials to be played before the whole class, give teachers and students an opportunity to do research online, and even serve as a base platform to support modular tools for core subjects like Science and Math.
School In A Box was an innovation of learning advocate Miguel Bermundo and electrical engineer Nikko Torcita who are helping schools explore creative ways of teaching through simple technology which only costs about P15,000 per package.  Bermundo was later on joined by Carmela David and Skye Male who are both immersed i…

It pays to be a ‘Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya’

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office VI (DSWD) honored this year’s regional winners of the Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya in fitting ceremonies held September 5, 2014 in Iloilo City.


The family of Gemma Tanutan of Brgy. Velasco, Lemery, Iloilo bested other finalists from Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras and Negros Occidental to clinch the distinction of Regional Winner. She was awarded with a plaque and P10,000 cash.
Named 1st runner-up was the family of Jimmy and Unevel Pelayo of Brgy. Ganzon, Jamindan, Capiz.  They received P7,000 cash and a plaque.


The family of Joslon and Laila Fillone of Brgy. Igparas, Sibalom, Antique ranked 2nd runner-up and they received P5,000 cash and a plaque.
“The Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya is an annual event held nationwide. This is aimed at recognizing family-beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program who religiously follow the conditions of the program, maintain strong family ties and demonstrate positive Fi…

Cebu Pacific Air launches Dammam and Riyadh flights

Cebu Pacific Air (PSE:CEB) announced it will operate non-stop, thrice-weekly flights between Manila and Dammam, Saudi Arabia, starting October 4, 2014.
CEB’s Dammam service departs Manila every Monday, Thursday and Saturday at 9:55 pm, and arrives in Dammam at 2:40 am the next day. The return flight departs Dammam every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday at 4:10 am, and arrives in Manila at 6:35 pm.

To introduce CEB’s newest long-haul destination, CEB offers a special introductory seat sale fare of PHP1 from September 5 to 10, 2014 or until seats last. This is for travel from October 4 to December 31, 2014. After the seat sale, lowest year-round fares start at PHP3,499.
Meanwhile, the airline will also launch thrice weekly non-stop flights to Riyadh starting October 1. It will be the only low-cost carrier flying between the Philippines and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The Riyadh service is scheduled to depart Manila at 5:05 pm every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, arriving in Riyadh at 10:35 pm. Th…

Tigerair destinations available in Cebu Pacific Air website

Cebu Pacific Air (PSE:CEB) makes its network wider, now that its interline agreement with Singapore’s largest low-cost carrier, Tigerair Singapore, has reached its final phase.
Starting September 3, 2014, destinations such as Bangalore (India), Yangon (Myanmar), Perth (Australia), Male (Maldives), and Dhaka (Bangladesh), among others are available through the CEB website, www.cebupacificair.com.


CEB flights became available in the Tigerair Singapore website (http://www.tigerair.com) last July 23, 2014.
“We are very happy to offer our guests more travel options and easy connectivity through the Manila and Singapore airports. With the final phase of this interline agreement in place, cross-booking flights on a single itinerary to the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East becomes very convenient,” said CEB VP for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog.
Both Tigerair and CEB operate out of Singapore’s Changi International Airport Terminal 2.
Guests taking CEB’s direct flights from Manila, Cebu, Cl…

SM Group's housing project for Yolanda survivors

The SM Group through SM Cares held a ground breaking ceremony that marked the company’s second leg in the housing project for survivors of super typhoon Yolanda in Northern Iloilo.

The project will also roll out in other areas in the Visayas such as in Tacloban City and Ormoc City, Leyte and just recently in Bogo City, Cebu.
Mr. Hans T. Sy, president of SM Prime Holdings,Inc., and Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. led the ground breaking ceremony of the SM Cares Housing Project in Brgy. Bacjauan Sur in Concepcion, Iloilo last August 9, 2014. Joining them were Provincial Administrator Raul Banias and officials of the Municipality of Concepcion led by Mayor Millard Villanueva.

The project is in cooperation with the family of Roberto and Gloria Lorca Tirol as represented by their daughter Ruth Tirol Jarantilla, who donated a one- hectare property to the SM Group as a show of support for the project. The company will build a village of 200 houses in the donated lot in Concepcion, Iloilo.
Th…