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More job opportunities up for Ilonggos in Iloilo Business Park

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Iloilo -- About 40,000 jobs await Ilonggos as more BPO companies are expected to put up shop at the 72-hectare Iloilo Business Park in the next three years.
Megaworld, the country’s premier property developer has announced that they will double their Iloilo Business Park office spaces to accommodate the growing clamor from BPO companies. “During the last three years, we have experienced a spike in the demand for office spaces in Iloilo Business Park. Thus, we expedited the construction of our first four towers and we have decided to build more to meet the demand,” says Jericho Go, senior vice president, Megaworld.
Within the year alone, Megaworld will open two towers – Festive Walk Tower and Two Techno Place – which will generate a total of 7,000 jobs. Two Techno Place is a five-level office building with an estimated leasable area of around 10,000 square meters. Festive Walk Office Tower, on the other hand, is a four-level office building with around 12,000 square meters of leasable sp…

Why preserving the old matters

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Old Jaro Municipal Building restoration to boost Iloilo’s cultural tourism
Cultural tourism has many benefits, such as positive economic and social impact, helps establish a place’s identity and promotes harmony and understanding among people, according to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).




To strengthen Iloilo City’s cultural tourism, Iloilo's Lone District Representative, Rep. Jerry Trenas, Department of Tourism (DOT), with the help of the Iloilo City Government, Iloilo City Cultural Heritage Conservation Council, the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) and National Museum, spearheaded the restoration of the old Jaro Municipal Building.
Built in 1934, the old Jaro Municipal Building is one of the greatest structures of Art Deco style in Southeast Asia, according to National Museum Director, Jeremy Barns during the unveiling of the restored building last February 17, 2017. It was built by architect Juan Arellano (1888-…

Papa Vomito: a taste of Colombia in Iloilo

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Some precious gems are hidden but people travel far and wide to find them. So much like Papa Vomito, the only Colombian restaurant in Iloilo City that is located in Jesena-Guzman Street, district of Mandurriao.
Upon entering Papa Vomito, we were greeted with festive Cumbia music that instantly put us in a lively mood. The restaurant is small and cozy and the design gave us a peek of Colombian culture.




As we waited for our food to be served, we looked at the mural that shows a bit of Colombian culture.
There is an image of a couple dancing to Cumbia, a popular Latin American courtship dance.  Both are dressed in traditional Spanish attire whose main features are the woman’s multi-layered skirt and the red scarf around the man’s neck.




The wall art also shows football players which reflects Colombians’ love for the sport. According to Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), there are 3,043,229 football players in Colombia alone. Their football team ranks seventh in the FIFA…

Sanday Tay Alib kag Tay Amar: the new face of children’s literature

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Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood. –John Green
ILOILO --- Literature is indeed one way to enlarge a child’s understanding of the world. Even better when mother tongue is used because it is the first language of the child.
One such book is “Sanday Tay Alib kag Tay Amar”, the first book that Ilonggo poet and University of San Agustin teacher Noel del Leon has written for the Ilonggo audience.


A popular Ilonggo writer and also a member of Hubon Manunulat that promotes Western Visayan Literature, de Leon has written critical essays and poetry that appeared in local and national magazines and anthologies such as Philippines Graphics, Kalatas online magazine of Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas, Liwayway magazine, SanAg Literary Journal to name a few.
De Leon is currently finishing a paper about Children's Literature in Hiligaynon for his thesis paper at the University of the Philippines Visayas.
“Sanday Tay Alib kag Tay Amar” is de Leon’s courageous push …

Movie theater etiquette

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Holy shit! Holy cow! Holy crap! Shouted my friend at the top of her lungs for almost every exciting scene in a movie (whose title I have already forgotten)  many years ago.
While I thought it was really funny then, I did wonder recently if other movie watchers found it funny or annoying. After all, the number one rule is "Do not talk loudly inside the theater."

Recently, I watched Kung Fu Yoga in Robinsons Jaro’s Movieworld. It was my third visit there and it won’t be the last. In fact, it has become my favorite movie theater because the seats are very comfortable, the quality of the visuals and the audio is excellent, each theater has a lobby, they have a wide array of snacks and their staff are friendly and accommodating. I also appreciate the fact that they have a ramp for persons with disabilities who wish to go to Movieworld as well as a PWD space inside each theater.



Before the movie starts, they show a reminder on how to behave inside the movie theater. But there will a…

Of greenhouses and sustainable living: Salas Real

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Having an abundance of plants at home and in one's community promotes well-being. Plants are good for the body and the environment because they help reduce the levels of dust, carbon dioxide and pollutants.

So, I’m quite happy to learn that Salas Real, a new subdivision in Quintin Salas, Jaro is poised to have their Greenhouse project which features a tented garden where the residents can grow their own food. I think this would also expose children to a more sustainable lifestyle which is what the world needs right now.



"In our other communities, we are already doing this. We intend to do it here. We encourage homeowners to have their community gardens," said  Theodora Namin, vice president for Planning, Design, and Development of Salas Real’s developer, ACM Landholdings, Inc.

Antonette de Guzman, managing director calls it a "pinakbet" garden. Pinakbet is a vegetable dish that consists of eggplant, squash, okra, and bitter gourd, among others. She added that havi…