ARCHIE REY ALIPALO/PN - Bad weather couldn’t stop 2014 MassKara Queen Christine Joy Madamba and her court from joining Bacolod City’s Charter Day parade on Sunday. The yearly festival and Charter Day attracted thousands of revelers despite the rain.
JOSELITO VILLASIS/PN - A mother and her son check the Jaro River, worried that it might swell and flood Iloilo City’s Jaro district, most especially if it rains hard. Thankfully, there’s a floodway nearby.
IN HIS OWN LITTLE WAY
JOSELITO VILLASIS/PN - This beggar helps keep Iloilo City’s Jaro Plaza clean. He collects used plastic cups and sells them to junkshops for a few pesos. Now called the Graciano Lopez Jaena Park, the plaza is the center of social activities in the district of Jaro. These make keeping the plaza clean a constant challenge.
JOSELITO VILLASIS/PN - The Department of Interior and Local Government wants local governments to be accountable, transparent, participative and effective, says Regional Director Anthony Nuyda (right). He is being interviewed by “Reklamo Publiko” host Danny Fajardo, editor-in-chief of Panay News.
SEAWEED FARMERS PROTEST
JOSELITO VILLASIS/PN - A group of seaweed farmers from Caluya, Antique stages a protest at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources regional office in Iloilo City, Friday last week. They are against the plan of DMCI Holdings, Inc. to expand its coal mining operations from Semirara Island to the two other major islands of Caluya – Caluya proper and Sibay. Seaweed farming is a multimillion-peso industry in Caluya. The farmers fear that an expansion of coal mining in their town will destroy the municipal waters where they grow seaweeds. Caluya is now the fifth largest seaweed producer in the country. Seaweeds are processed into carrageenan, a gum that is used as stabilizer or thickener in jellies and dairy products, processed meat, toothpaste and pharmaceutical products.
BEST STREET DANCERS
ARCHIE REY ALIPALO/PN - Performers from Barangay Granada, Bacolod City wow the crowd during the MassKara Festival street-dancing competition’s barangay category on Oct. 18. Aside from winning the category and bringing home P300,000 cash, Barangay Granada also bagged Best in Concept and Best in Choreography.