RJM/PN - Today is a special holiday in the whole island of Panay. Ilonggos mark the 158th birth anniversary of the foremost and only Ilonggo hero on the national level, Dr. Graciano Lopez Jaena. He was born on Dec. 18, 1856 in Jaro, Iloilo City. His monument proudly stands at the Lopez Jaena Park – better known as Jaro Plaza.
BARGAIN-HUNTING AT NIGHT
GUIJO DUEÑAS/PN - At the Iloilo Terminal Market, ukay-ukay flourishes even at night. This one on De Leon Street sells shoes. Ukay-ukay is a flea market selling shoes, clothes, bags, etc. at rock-bottom prices. Buyers gouge on piles of rundown items.
JOSELITO VILLASIS/PN - These are fresh, says this fish vendor at the Iloilo Terminal Market. He has a hard time selling them, he says, because the price of fish has increased to the level of pork and meat as Christmas draws near.
‘BINGKA’ FOR SALE
GUIJO DUEÑAS/PN - Bingka is a popular snack of the Ilonggos like this woman (right) in Molo, Iloilo City. She is buying bingka from a young vendor outside Molo Church after attending misa de gallo, a nine-day dawn Mass leading to Christmas day. Bingka is made of rice flour and coconut milk or water. Other ingredients can vary greatly, but the most common secondary ingredients are eggs and milk.
JOSELITO VILLASIS/PN - An ageing car park attendant on Delgado Street, Iloilo City takes on a sideline – car cleaning – for an extra fee. One is never too old to work and make some money, however modest, he says.
ARCHIE REY ALIPALO/PN - Hundreds of people flock to the Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Parish in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City to attend the misa de gallo (dawn mass) that started on Tuesday. Dawn masses last for nine days toward Christmas.