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    Displayed at SM City Iloilo’s new wing is the 15-foot Chinese Fire Monkey lantern handcrafted by inmates of the Iloilo District jail. The lantern is made of durable materials and illuminated with hundreds of lights. The inmates have been engaging in meaningful work such as lantern-making, especially during the Christmas season. It gives them an opportunity to earn as well as show love for their families by helping provide for their needs through mastering this craft despite their situation. The production of the giant monkey lantern in celebration of Chinese New Year 2016 proves the inmates’ skills and innovativeness. The monkey lantern, found only at SM City Iloilo, is a truly delightful attraction to shoppers.

  • Students of Iloilo National High School perform a cheerdance number during the opening of the Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association Meet at the Iloilo Sports Complex in La Paz, Iloilo City on Feb. 7, 2016. Cheerdance is a team physical activity using organized routines to motivate sports teams or entertain an audience. GUIJO DUEÑAS/PN

  • Before this fun ride is dismantled at the plaza of Jaro, Iloilo City, these children hope to hop on one of these horses. The district of Jaro celebrated its fiesta on Feb. 2. Just be careful, kids! GUIJO DUEÑAS/PN

  • “I am inviting investors to come to our town,” says Mayor Alex Centena (right) of Calinog, Iloilo. “There is nothing to fear. Our town is peaceful and local officials are united.” Interviewing him is Panay News editor-in-chief Danny Fajardo, host of Reklamo Publiko program. JOSELITO VILLASIS/PN


    Kites can come in all shapes, colors and sizes. Flying them has become these children’s favorite pastime on a windy February afternoon at the People’s House (city hall) grounds in Bacolod City. ARCHIE REY ALIPALO/PN


    2016 is the Year of the Fire Monkey. Filipino-Chinese communities across the Philippines, including Bacolod City, are celebrating the Chinese New Year today. Photo shows a contesting group in the Bacolaodiat Festival street-dancing competition on Lacson Street, Bacolod City. ARCHIE REY ALIPALO/PN

  • After months of repair, the rubberized track oval of the Iloilo Sports Complex is finished. Athletes seeing action in the ongoing Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association meet are thankful. They are seen here practicing. JOSELITO VILLASIS/PN





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