Archive | December 2011

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Kalampay getting scarce and costly


  broiled kalampay “Kalampay” for sale was almost unheard of 40 years ago. The freshwater crab teemed in Iloilo rivers and people caught it for free.  Today, it fetches P80 minimum per kilo.   Surprisingly, Iloilo River, dubbed the country’s biggest septic tank after Pasig River, is still home to crabs and shrimps that Ilonggos […]

S. Iloilo route, accidents-waiting-to-happen


BY PET MELLIZA/ THE BEEKEEPER   A straight yellow line in the middle of the road, especially on blind curves, cautions motorists from overtaking or counter-flowing on the other lane because of dangers that may lurk ahead, there may be approaching vehicles or pedestrians behind the curve unseen to the driver.   Two straight yellow […]

Nobody snubs Drilon


By Pet Melliza/ The Beekeeper If columnist Peter Jimenea looked pleased nowadays, it’s his sense of satisfaction that several media colleagues graced the anniversary of his cable-TV talk show in a buffet at Hotel del Rio last December 17. Another media outfit was also having a Christmas party that day. Colleagues though still managed to […]

Go green this Christmas


BY PET MELLIZA/ THE BEEKEEPER Let’s celebrate Christmas and New Year by not celebrating it at all. I don’t mean to insult religious sentiment; in fact, let’s all be happy and rejoice for the birth of the Savior (that happened neither in winter nor on a manger). Let’s be thankful for the grace of redemption. […]

Press Xmas party at Iloilo Provincial Capitol


(Christmas party that the Iloilo Provincial Government tendered to members of the press on 16 December 2011.) Defensor in his message calls the press “indispensable partner” in good governance.  However, he asks journalists for fairness. “Negative commentaries does much in helping us government official to do good but encouraging opinions does more in making us […]

“Wellness tourism” at Kape kag Isyu’s 16th year


      Wellness tourism      Today’s resource persons are owners managers of spas or “wellness centers” in Iloilo city.      Ms. Beverly Lopez’s Kasanag Wellness Center specializes in traditional Bisaya “hilut” that utilizes warm banana leaves and hot stone therapy. Ilonggos go to the traditional hilut to treat their fever or painful […]

Iloilo, my pride?


THE BEEKEEPER | By Pet Melliza | Definitely, Iloilo has changed. Its old domestic airport has been decommissioned and in lieu of that is a bigger one at the junction of Sta. Barbara and Cabatuan towns, 24 kilometers away from the city. The new airport is tagged “of international standards” because it can accommodate big planes used for […]