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IN PHOTOS: 2020 Dinagyang Festival celebrates devotion to Sto Niño in full color

Jan 27, 2020 - 8:20 PM

This year's Dinagyang Festival spices things up by giving the audience a 360-degree view of the performances during the Ati Tribe dance competition

BURST OF COLOR. Eight Iloilo school-based tribes compete for the Dinagyang Ati Tribe competition at Iloilo Freedom Grandstand during the Dinagyang Festival on Sunday, January 26. Photo by Carl Don Berwin/Rappler

Devotee for 40 years: Iloilo's faithful steward is Dinagyang's hermana mayor

Jan 25, 2020 - 5:04 PM

'The divine Santo Niño has brought a lot of blessings into my life over the years. That’s why I have to give back tenfold, as thanksgiving for all the graces I’ve received,' says Emma Galindez-Zapanta

67-year-old Sto. Niño devotee Emma Galindez-Zapanta is this year's newly-installed hermana mayor for the 2020 Dinagyang Festival celebration. With the role, she is tasked to be steward of sorts of the image of the Señor Sto. Niño for the duration of the Dinagyang Festival, leading the nine-night novena mass at the Parish of San Jose de Placer. Photo by Rhick Albay

GrabFood expands to Iloilo

Jan 23, 2020 - 4:46 PM

The GrabFood expansion to Iloilo comes right on time for the city's Dinagyang Festival

NOW IN ILOILO. Iloilo City residents may now avail of Grab's food delivery service. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Homegrown hero Jeruta lifts Iloilo to crucial win

Jan 21, 2020 - 4:04 PM

Aaron Jeruta comes up clutch as Iloilo United finally gets a win in its home court after 3 tries

CLUTCH. Aaron Jeruta bucks a rough shooting performance to deliver a win for Iloilo United. Photo from Chooks-to-Go


Artivism gives face to Iloilo’s vulnerable public markets

Jan 20, 2020 - 12:15 PM

As rapid growth pushes local vendors to the fringes, Ilonggo artists seek to empower them with public art at Barotac Viejo’s Public Market

BEARERS OF ILONGGO TRADITION. Artivism Iloilo features local market vendors in their murals, seeing them as unnoticed bearers of Ilonggo tradition, unappreciated despite their indelible contribution to their community's culture and customs. Photo by Marrz Capanang

Over 130 homegrown films find home in Iloilo's regional film festival

Jan 18, 2020 - 4:52 PM

The festival kicked off in December 2019 but due to popular demand and support from the local government, it has been extended until January 24, 2020

THE CHANTERS. CineKasimanwa also served as a homecoming of sorts for the award-winning film “The Chanters” directed by James Robin Mayo. The screening of this film became one of the highlights of the festival. Screenshot courtesy of CineKasimanwa

Expropriation case over Iloilo power remains with local court – Supreme Court

Jan 14, 2020 - 5:04 PM

The SC resolution is a point in favor of the Enrique Razon-owned MORE, whose franchise is being challenged by longtime-provider Panay Electric Company

Iloilo sets up 24/7 help desk for OFWs, families amid tension in Middle East

Jan 11, 2020 - 10:28 AM

The Operation Bulig Ilonggo help desk will attend to queries and emergency needs of distressed Ilonggo OFWs and their families in crisis areas in the Middle East

Flash floods from Typhoon Ursula sweep away family in Iloilo

Dec 26, 2019 - 8:05 PM

Roel De Asis, along with 3 of his children, his nephew, and niece, are found dead after being swept away by a current from flash floods. De Asis' other child is reportedly still missing.

IN PHOTOS: Buildings, homes destroyed as Typhoon Ursula batters parts of Visayas

Dec 25, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Typhoon Ursula leaves a trail of destruction in parts of Visayas, as it destroyed buildings and flooded areas in the regions

LOOK: Several houses in Barangay 95-A (Caibaan) in Tacloban City were damaged on Wednesday, December 25, due to Typhoon Ursula's wrath. #UrsulaPH. Photo from Ronald Madera

IN PHOTOS: Typhoon Ursula brings Christmas Day floods to Visayas provinces

Dec 25, 2019 - 2:10 PM

Typhoon Ursula strikes several provinces in Visayas, resulting in severe flooding after heavy rains

MASSIVE FLOODING. Several areas in President Roxas, Capiz are flooded due to heavy rains triggered by Typhoon Ursula. Photo courtesy of EJ Escosia

On 1st day of ceasefire, PNP says NPA likely behind attack on cops in Iloilo

Dec 23, 2019 - 12:33 PM

‘For the past few days we had massive operations and we were pursuing the communist local terrorists, the NPAs,’ says PNP acting chief General Archie Gamboa

NPA ATTACK? PNP acting chief Archie Gamboa attributes to the New Peoples Army an attack on cops in Iloilo on December 23, 2019, or the first day of a ceasefire between the government and the communists. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Thousands join 2019 Iloilo Pride March

Oct 13, 2019 - 10:25 PM

Organizers say some 5,000 participants from the LGBTQ+ community and their allies took to the streets, smashing the previous record attendance of the 2018 Iloilo Pride March

PRIDE. Thousands of attendees from the LGBTQ+ community and its allies join the 4th Iloilo Pride March on Saturday, October 12, as they call for the passage of SOGIE Equality Bill in the Senate. All photos by Carl Don Berwin/Rappler

Amid rise in suicides, Iloilo to strengthen mental health crisis response

Oct 10, 2019 - 8:10 PM

The province records 67 deaths due to suicide from January to September 2019

Iloilo province bans live hogs, pork products from Luzon, areas with ASF

Sep 19, 2019 - 5:51 PM

The province also seals its borders from pork and pork products coming from countries blacklisted by the Department of Agriculture

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SM’s Hans Sy on disaster resilience: ‘Private sector should invest in cities’

Sep 04, 2019 - 5:51 PM

SM and private sector partners ‘adopt’ disaster-prone cities, Naga and Iloilo, for national resilience campaign

Iloilo officials mull opening scenic River Esplanade to cyclists

Aug 17, 2019 - 2:17 PM

'We believe the longest linear park in the country, with the proper rules in place, can become an accessible venue for bike enthusiasts to enjoy the city,' says Iloilo City Councilor Jose Efraim 'Jay' Treñas III

ONE DAY. Envisioned as a place of leisure for Ilonggos and as a potential tourist spot, the Iloilo River Esplanade may soon be reopened to bikers. Photo courtesy of Paulo Alcazaren

Iloilo-Guimaras passenger boat trips allowed to resume

Aug 13, 2019 - 10:25 PM

The Maritime Industry Authority sets several conditions as it lifts the suspension on Iloilo-Guimaras passenger boat trips

Robredo seeks lifting of 'knee-jerk' ban on Iloilo-Guimaras boat trips

Aug 12, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo meets with survivors and relatives of the victims of the Iloilo-Guimaras sea tragedy

CONDOLENCES. Vice President Leni Robredo visits the wake of 9 of the 31 casualties in the Iloilo-Guimaras sea tragedy on August 12, 2019. Photo by OVP

Marina suspends operations of passenger motorboats along Iloilo-Guimaras route

Aug 05, 2019 - 9:37 PM

(UPDATED) The Maritime Industry Authority has directed roll-on roll-off or RO-RO vessels to increase the frequency of their trips to serve passengers in the area

Death toll in Iloilo-Guimaras Strait boat accidents rises to 31

Aug 04, 2019 - 3:53 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard says 'squalls' or sudden strong gusts of wind sunk the 3 passenger motorboats

At least 7 dead after 2 boats capsize off Iloilo

Aug 03, 2019 - 4:30 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard says over 20 people have been rescued, so far, and search operations continue for the missing passengers and crew members

Drilon files cyber libel complaint vs former Iloilo provincial official

Jul 29, 2019 - 5:53 PM

The senator says Manuel Mejorada continues to publish 'malicious' content against him despite his conviction in a previous libel case

CYBERLIBEL. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Monday files a criminal complaint against a former Iloilo provincial administrator who was earlier sentenced by the Pasay Regional Trial Court Branch 118 to 4 years and 2 months imprisonment over libelous social media posts. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Megaworld eyes P2 billion in sales from Iloilo office tower

Jul 24, 2019 - 9:15 PM

Megaworld Corporation is constructing a 19-storey building which it says would be the 'most modern and state-of-the-art office tower in Western Visayas'

Multi-lingual BPO firm eyes expansion in Davao, Iloilo

Jul 19, 2019 - 7:11 PM

While the company is eager to expand to other areas in the Philippines, Open Access BPO chief executive officer Benjamin Davidowitz says Metro Manila is still crucial

Photo courtesy of Open Access BPO

Megaworld to launch P2P bus transport hub at Iloilo Business Park

Jul 10, 2019 - 1:45 PM

The P2P bus transport hub at the Iloilo Business Park will have two terminals. Here's what travelers can expect.

LAUNCHING SOON. Megaworld will be bringing in the first premium point-to-point bus services in Western Visayas within the year. Photo from Megaworld

Iloilo governor declares dengue outbreak

Jul 05, 2019 - 5:01 PM

(UPDATED) Over 3,000 cases of dengue have been recorded in the province since January 2019

CASES INCREASING. Dengue is a disease common in tropical and sub-tropical countries in the world. Photo from Shutterstock

'Artwork by the sidewalk': Ilonggo painter's life changes after going viral

Jul 03, 2019 - 6:23 PM

A viral post has enabled many benevolent people to reach out to local artist Larry Casinao

16-year-old girl from Iloilo discovers a potential cure for diabetes

Jun 07, 2019 - 1:30 PM

Mindanao’s indigenous clothing goes international and free plants - here are some good things that happened this week

IN PHOTOS: Filipino youth rally for climate justice

May 25, 2019 - 5:41 PM

Advocates in 15 cities across the Philippines demand urgent action to solve the climate crisis

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. Young activists call for environmental protection and preservation in the youth strike for climate movement on Friday, May 24 at the Mendiola Peace Arch in Metro Manila. Photo by Cherline Trajano.

Iloilo City’s first female OIC mayor dies at 94

May 14, 2019 - 1:59 PM

Former Iloilo City OIC mayor Rosa 'Tita' Caram has died, according to members of her family

ILOILO CITY LEADER. Rose Caram, Iloilo City’s first female mayor OIC. Photo from the Facebook page of Mayor Joe Espinosa III

Treñas returns as Iloilo City mayor, defeats brother-in-law

May 14, 2019 - 11:14 AM

With the polls no longer in the way, can brothers-in-law Jerry Treñas and Jose Espinosa II work together?

Iloilo City Mayor Jose Espinosa III casts his vote at V. Montes Elementary School along Zamora Street, Iloilo City Proper. Photo by Rhick Lars Vladimer Albay/Rappler

Homecomings and queues: Ilonggo politicians troop to polls early

May 13, 2019 - 6:44 PM

Some of the political figures seen voting in Iloilo are Senate Minority Leader Frank Drilon, Iloilo City Representative Jerry Treñas, Guimbal Mayor Oscar Garin, and Iloilo City Mayor Jose Espinosa III

POLITICAL POWERHOUSE. Garin, Drilon, Trenas, and Espinosa are some of the politicians who voted in Iloilo for the midterm elections.

Ilonggo voters: Who can continue what former Mayor Mabilog started?

May 12, 2019 - 8:40 PM

Who among the mayoral bets of Iloilo City will continue the growth trajectory charted by ex-mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog?

Last push: Where 2019 senatorial candidates close their campaigns

May 11, 2019 - 5:18 PM

(UPDATED) Here's where and how the senatorial candidates are spending their last days on the campaign trail

On the last day of the 2019 election campaign, reelectionist Sen. Nancy Binay is joined by Rep. Gus Tambunting while visiting a public market in Sucat Road. Sen. Binay woed Paranaque voters as she barnstormed barangays BF Homes, San Isidro, La Huerta, Dongalo and Baclaran in Paranaque City. Photo courtesy of Senator Nancy Binay Media

Brothers-in-law clash over Iloilo City mayoralty seat

May 10, 2019 - 9:30 AM

With ex-mayor Jed Mabilog out of the picture, former political allies Rep. Jerry Treñas and incumbent Mayor Jose Espinosa III are vying for the post of local chief executive

MAYORAL CANDIDATES. Former allies now turned rivals, (FROM THE LEFT) incumbent Mayor Jose Espinosa III and Rep. Jerry Treñas vie for the mayoral seat in the upcoming polls. Photos by Rhick Lars Vladimer Albay

Ilonggo youth to voters: 'If you love your country, fight for it'

May 09, 2019 - 5:28 PM

Through the #AngAkonGusto2019 movement, youth leaders of Iloilo appeal to electoral voters to push for a human rights-framed agenda for the elections and beyond

YOUTH VOTE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS. Ilonggo youth leaders from different organizations gathered to reiterate their statements urging their fellow Filipino Youth to vote not for popular candidates but to vote for democracy and human rights. Photo by DAKILA MEDIA

Ilonggos appeal for expansion of fact-checking efforts to provinces

May 05, 2019 - 10:05 PM

At the #MoveIloilo: Social Good in the Digital Age forum, local groups discuss how to counter disinformation

DISCUSSION. Francis Allan Angelo, the Editor in Chief of the Daily Guardian, talks during a panel discussion of #MoveIloilo: Social Good in the Digital Age on April 29. Photo by Rachel Beatizula/Rappler

Kaya wins, Air Force draws in PPL debut

Apr 28, 2019 - 3:40 PM

Kaya demolishes Green Archers United while Air Force figures in a draw with Mendiola in the first-ever match day of the Philippine Premier League

MAIDEN TRIUMPH. Kaya FC-Iloilo clinches the first win in the Philippine Premier League. Photo from PPL


MovePH heads to PHINMA UI for #MoveIloilo

Apr 23, 2019 - 8:24 AM

MovePH will be at PHINMA University of Iloilo on April 29! Tickets to the forum are free, but seats are limited. Register now!

Facade photo from PHINMA University of Iloilo website

7 Iloilo churches you can go to for Visita Iglesia

Apr 18, 2019 - 6:19 PM

One of the first places in the Philippines to accept Catholicism, Iloilo province has a lot to offer with its heritage

HERITAGE. Home to its patron saint - St. Thomas of Villanova, the Miagao Church welcomes pilgrims with its detailed architectural designs. Photo by Carl Don Berwin/Rappler

AFC Cup 2019: PSM Makassar deals Kaya's 1st loss in drama-filled match

Apr 17, 2019 - 5:31 PM

PSM Makassar's keeper Rivky Mokodompit denies Kaya FC's spirited comeback for the away win

TOP SPOT. Eero Markannen doubles the lead which proved crucial in PSM Makassar's goalless second half. Photo from AFC Cup 2019

Sandiganbayan convicts ex-Iloilo town mayor of graft

Apr 17, 2019 - 12:21 PM

Former Tigbauan town mayor Myrna Torres and municipal treasurer Manuel Tabalada Jr are each sentenced to a total of 8 to 12 years in jail for misappropriating P250,000 in presidential assistance to their town in 2002

TRAVEL ANOMALIES. The Sandiganbayan punishes a former Zamboanga City accountant with 23 years in jail for faking receipts. File photo by Rappler

AFC CUP: Kaya-Iloilo braces for vicious PSM Makassar at home

Apr 16, 2019 - 3:53 PM

'We expect them to work hard to get 3 points tomorrow, and we’re ready for that,' says Kaya-Iloilo head coach Noel Marcaida

ON TOP. Jovin Bedic dribbles past the Indonesians. Photo courtesy of AFC Cup 2019

Angeles’ late equalizer salvages a draw for Kaya

Apr 02, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Marwin Angeles steps up during injury time to keep Kaya unbeaten

LAST GASP. Kaya-Iloilo FC remains unbeaten in the 2019 AFC Cup. Photo from Kaya FC Facebook

Iloilo's 'mermaid' women turn beach trash into wearable art

Mar 30, 2019 - 11:06 PM

Using beach trash as material, the women artists of Kataw design and create vibrant jewelry – all inspired by years of living close to the sea

SEAGLASS. Lawigan, San Joaquin native Jen-jen Sargento lays out pieces of seaglass, her favorite material for her jewelry pieces, on a table. Photo by Marrz Capanang

Killing of cadet not related to ROTC program – AFP

Mar 13, 2019 - 7:49 AM

(UPDATED) AFP Spokesperson Edgard Arevalo says the killing of ROTC cadet Willy Amihoy was a 'plain criminal act' which stemmed from a personal argument

GONE. The bloodied school ID of freshman student Willy Amihoy who was allegedly killed by a fellow student at the Iloilo State College of Fisheries-Dumangas Campus on March 11, 2019. Photo courtesy of PNP

CHR condemns killing of ROTC cadet in Iloilo

Mar 12, 2019 - 6:38 PM

(UPDATED) 'It is unfortunate that both were under a national program meant to develop physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual, and social well-being,' says the CHR following the death of college freshman Willy Amihoy

GONE. The bloodied school ID of freshman student Willie Amihoy who was allegedly killed by a fellow student at the Iloilo State College of Fisheries-Dumangas Campus on March 11, 2019. Photo courtesy of PNP

Kaya-Iloilo absorbs heartbreaking draw in AFC Cup 2019 opener

Feb 27, 2019 - 9:56 PM

Kaya-Iloilo FC concedes a late header from Lao Toyota FC that denies the Philippine club from taking home its first 3 points

PAINFUL. Kaya-Iloilo FC misses the chance to put themselves on top of Group H. Photo from AFC Cup Twitter

IN PHOTOS: Iloilo City leads first nationwide earthquake drill for 2019

Feb 21, 2019 - 9:47 PM

Around 5,000 to 8,000 people in Iloilo participate in shake drills in their area

DUCK. Local army and police officials duck, cover and hold during a simulation at the Iloilo City Dinagyang Grandstand on Thursday, February 21, 2019. Photo by Rhick Albay/Rappler