GUIJO DUEÑAS/PN - “There is no vacancy in the office of the governor,” says Antique’s Gov. Exequiel Javier. The Commission on Elections disqualified Javier’s candidacy for governor in the 2013 election for suspending Valderrama, Antique mayor Joyce Roquero during the election period – an act prohibited by the Omnibus Election Code.
JOSELITO VILLASIS/PN - Performers of Caluya, Antique’s Tatusan Festival join the Kasadyahan regional cultural competition of the 2015 Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo City on Jan. 24, 2015. It was declared the grand champion. Tatusan Festival pays homage to the tatus or coconut crabs abundant in Caluya.
GUIJO DUEÑAS/PN - Dinagyang’s over but the festive atmosphere in Iloilo City remains. After Dinagyang comes the Chinese New Year celebration, Jaro fiesta and Paraw Regatta. January and February are hectic months in the city.
GUIJO DUEÑAS/PN - The old Iloilo provincial capitol is undergoing renovation. There used to be a semi-circle garden with a flagpole in front of it. In 1927, it gave way to one of Iloilo City’s landmarks, the Arroyo Fountain which is a point of reference in measuring distances in the city and province of Iloilo. The site is also known as “Kilometer Zero.”
GUIJO DUEÑAS/PN - This is Iloilo City as seen from the roof deck of the Iloilo City Hall. A bridge is being built at the Iloilo River. From a distance can be seen the Iloilo provincial capitol and a high-rise building being constructed. The city is enjoying a construction boom.
JOSELITO VILLASIS/PN - Dancers of Talakudong Festival of Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat perform at Iloilo City’s Freedom Grandstand during the Dinagyang Festival ati tribes competition on Jan. 25, 2015. Tacurong City’s Mayor Lina Montilla was conferred the honorary title “Punong Hangaway” during the festival.
JOSELITO VILLASIS/PN - Superintendent Kim Legada, group commander of the Iloilo City Public Safety Company, inspects a party popper that triggered a bomb scare at a mall in La Paz, Iloilo City.
ARCHIE REY ALIPALO/PN - Men focus on playing chess, one of many Bacolodnons’ favorite pastimes, at the Bacolod City public plaza.