JOSELITO VILLASIS/PN - This temporary “crane walk” in the middle of the Iloilo River is the “fastest” way to build a bridge over it, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways. Some Iloilo City councilors, however, are unconvinced.
GUIJO DUEÑAS/PN - Laborers haul abaca fiber (manila hemp) from a truck in downtown Iloilo City. Abaca, the country’s premier fiber and known worldwide as Manila hemp, has come a long way from its humble beginning as raw material for our ancestors’ coarse and stiff clothing as well as footwear. While abaca is still being used for these purposes, its application has expanded to sophisticated industrial uses. It is now a preferred material in the production of pulp for specialty papers like tea bags, meat/sausage casings, cigarette paper, filter papers, currency notes, stencil papers and a host of non-woven product applications.
GUIJO DUEÑAS/PN - A sidewalk vendor prepares his talaba (oysters) near the Iloilo Terminal Market. Oysters are an excellent source of zinc, iron, calcium, and selenium, as well as Vitamin A and Vitamin B12. Traditionally, oysters are considered to be an aphrodisiac, partially because they resemble female sex organs. A team of American and Italian researchers analyzed bivalves and found they were rich in amino acids that trigger increased levels of sex hormones. Their high zinc content aids the production of testosterone.
GUIJO DUEÑAS/PN - A marginal fisherman hopes to catch lots of fish at the Iloilo River. The once “dying” river, actually an arm of the sea, is again throbbing with marine life although there’s still a long way to go before it can truly be declared pollution-free.
GUIJO DUEÑAS/PN - Ibus is a popular delicacy among Ilonggos. It is made from glutinous rice soaked in coconut milk, wrapped in young coconut leaves then cooked. An integral part of the Filipino food culture, ibus is also a source of income for those making and selling it like these two vendors at the public market of Pavia, Iloilo.
BACOLOD PIO - SM vice president for marketing and communications Mely Dizon (second from left) present an award to Brillante Mendoza (third from left) recognizing his contribution to the independent film industry in the country. With them are (first from left) SM City Bacolod manager George Jardiolin and Bacolod City’s First Lady Josefa Puentevella.