JOSELITO VILLASIS/PN - An officer of the Land Transportation Office checks this bus bound for Caticlan, Malay, Aklan as part of stringent safety and security measures being imposed for the Halloween break.
BAMBOO FLOWER BASKETS
JOSELITO VILLASIS/PN - This woman sells bamboo flower baskets in downtown Iloilo City. She hopes to cash in on the traditional Halloween break when people visit cemeteries and bring flowers for their dearly departed. She hopes to sell all her baskets early so she could visit the tombs of her own dead relatives on Nov. 1.
WHERE ARE THE CUSTOMERS?
GUIJO DUEÑAS/PN - This flower vendor waits for buyers. Every year, days before the Halloween, she sells flowers along Iloilo City’s Aldeguer Street. This year, business is slow, she says. Tradition dictates Ilonggos to visit the tombs of their dearly departed during Halloween and offer flowers and prayers.
GUIJO DUEÑAS/PN - A boy proudly shows his new “pets” – coconut rhinoceros beetles, commonly known in Western Visayas as bagangan. The more enterprising ones make money from these beetles through paupas or beetle wrestling. They bet on which beetle will win. But that’s illegal gambling already.
ARCHIE REY ALIPALO/PN - People start buying flowers at the Bacolod City public plaza for their departed loved ones on All Saints’ and All Souls’ days. Vendors who pay a daily rent of P350, say their flowers came from the Baguio City, province of Cebu and Murcia, Negros Occidental.
DOH ON WHEELS
PIA PHOTO - Department of Health regional director Marlyn Convocar (far left) leads government officials during the launching of DOH on Wheels: Kalusugan Pangkalahatan Roadshow on Oct. 29 in Culasi, Antique. With here are Culasi mayor Joel Lomugdang, Acting Governor Rhodora Cadiao and Acting Vice Governor Edgar Donosta, among others.