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Ilonggo makes waves as doll dress designer

By JOHN PAUL F. CADIZ (PN)

WHAT began as a hobby is now a promising venture for Reynel Solen.

Fresh from college four years ago and waiting for calls from potential employers, he collected retaso (excess strips of cloth) from his mother’s work space, and made doll dresses to kill his time. It was only a hobby, he said, until his friend suggested that he take photos of the dresses, and post them on his Facebook account.

Today, Reynel is making waves as a designer in Doll World, a group of doll collectors and doll directors involved in the production of doll beauty pageants. His handmade creations, often accentuated by intricate beadwork, are a hit among doll aficionados here and abroad.

happy doll pics (4)“It never occurred to me that this hobby would turn out to be a business enterprise,” said Reynel. “I did not expect that by posting photos of my creations on my Facebook account, someone would notice them and that I would eventually be introduced in Doll World.”

But it was not an easy journey for him to be admitted to Doll World, he said, because an aspiring member needs to prove his worth before earning the nod of the other members. So at first, a member would buy his works, and sell them in Doll World on his behalf.

In 2012, Reynel quit his day job to focus on making doll dresses and gowns to accommodate orders from his clients. He has also invested on equipment and materials that are essential in his business.

happy doll pics (3)“I regularly receive orders from doll collectors. My creations dress their dolls like the Fashion Royalty series, Barbie Playline, Dynamite Girl, among others. These dolls compete in several doll beauty competitions that are done online. In fact, I have received inquiries if I can ship my works to Paraguay.”

Today, Reynel’s talent and craftsmanship is recognized in the world of doll pageants. He said he has also improved on his techniques despite not undergoing formal training on designing and sewing.

“I think I mastered this skill because I used to observe how my mother made dresses. I also update myself on the latest trends in design, and learn more cutting and sewing techniques from the Internet,” said Reynel.

Looking back at his journey as one of the most sought-after designers and makers of doll dresses and gowns, he shared it has been a fulfilling experience.

“I love what I am doing. Every finished product is a reason for me to celebrate. Imagine working for about five hours a day for two to three days and seeing that my work perfectly fits the dolls, and it looks beautiful once I put it on a doll. That is a priceless feeling that motivates me to create more,” he said.

He added that he enjoys what he is doing because he feels he is not working, but playing whenever he is working on each dress.

“Of course, it also helps that my customers provide positive feedback when they buy my works. Some of them even encourage me to put up my couture line, which I am also considering,” he said.

Reynel’s collection may be viewed at his Facebook account www.facebook.com/tongtong.solen, where he also transacts with his clients.


Cancer institute to rise in Western Visayas

By JOHN PAUL F. CADIZ (PN)

CANCER is the third leading cause of death in the Philippines, government data show. It is estimated to afflict 189 per 100,000 Filipinos. Of this number, 103 die each day, or four deaths per hour.

A lawmaker is in fact pushing for a bill that will make cancer treatment more accessible to people outside Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao, where cancer treatment is already available.

With these in mind, St. Paul’s Hospital of Iloilo, Inc. will open a cancer institute that will provide better options for Ilonggos seeking cancer treatment.

“This project has been considered by the sisters and doctors for a long time. In fact, I’m already the third hospital administrator who has had this dream,” said Sister Rosamond Marie Abadesco, SPC, hospital administrator. “It will be materialized now because we have learned to take the risk and coupled it with a leap of faith.”

Building a cancer institute is “a work of faith,” she said, because it is quite expensive — from procuring the equipment to building the four-storey edifice.

“God gave us the opportunity, and He also sent us people who are willing to help and invest in the facility,” said Abadesco.

There is no cancer institute in Western Visayas yet, and what the hospital is going to build will be the first, she said.

“Cancer treatment is very expensive,” said Abadesco. “Many patients from this region would go to Manila or Cebu for treatment. Aside from the treatment, they also need to spend for their plane fare and other expenses.”

Putting up a cancer institute “is going to be part of our charity service to the poor,” she said.

Tapped to be on top of this project is Dr. Michael Malabanan, a radiation oncologist from Makati Medical Center.

“For St. Paul’s Hospital, we will have a TomoTherapy Radiation machine that treats all types of cancers — breast, brain, lung, bone, brain metastasis — that will need radiation therapy treatment,” said Malabanan.

He said this technology is more advanced than the typical cobalt machine and the typical linear accelerator.

Malabanan said he has been manning a similar machine for about two and a half years now as section head of Makati Medical Center’s radiation oncology facility.

“This machine treats patients effectively and fast. A treatment of 30 minutes can be given for 10 to 12 minutes,” he said. “The patient’s comfort is assured since the treatment is tolerable.”

A TomoTherapy Radiation machine can also treat a tumor but will spare organs at risk, he said. The side effects are minimal, lesser than the typical radiation machine.

St. Paul’s Hospital of Iloilo, Inc. held a groundbreaking ceremony for its cancer institute on Nov. 15. Abadesco said construction will begin soon, and the facility is expected to be fully operational by middle of 2015.

“We have already procured the machine. Now we wait until the building is constructed so we can better serve the Ilonggos, especially the poor, who need cancer treatment. That is the core of our mission, after all,” she said.

Malabanan will be at the helm of the hospital’s cancer institute for its initial operation next year.

He brings with him years of expertise as radiation oncologist, backed by his fellowship training under the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Canada and link with the National Cancer Center of Singapore.

Tourism infra projects get P1.167B

(DPWH/JCM/ESS/PIA-Iloilo)

ILOILO CITY, Nov. 21 (PIA6)—The Department of Public Works and Highways and the Department of Tourism here is jointly implementing some P1.167 billion for 17 infrastructure projects in support of tourism development in the region.

The projects are components of the convergence of DOT and the DPWH which are expected to boost the tourism industry in Western Visayas to attract both local and foreign tourists to visit more tourist destinations.

In Iloilo City, District Engineer Rodney Gustilo said they have completed the rehabilitation and upgrading of various roads and bridges leading to tourist attractions in the city.

There is the upgrading and reconstruction of 4-lane, 376.50 lineal meter J.M. Basa-Gen. Hughes-Fort San Pedro Road in the amount of P27.120 million; Reconstruction/Rehabilitation of 2-lane, 480.0-lineal meter Rizal Street in Lapaz District in the amount of P12.7 million, and Upgrading of 20.0 lineal meter San Lorenzo Bridge and 25.0-lineal meter Rizal Bridge both leading to Iloilo International Container Port, Iloilo City, in the amount of P14.0 million and P18.0, respectively.

There is also the 2,418.13 lineal meters Leganes-Sta. Barbara road leading to heritage sites in Iloilo City in the amount of P60.0 million. The San Miguel-Sta. Barbara road leading to Sta. Barbara Golf course, in the amount ofP78.055 million and the old route of Iloilo-Capiz road, from Iloilo City-Pavia Boundary to Aganan Bridge in Pavia, 1,611.0 lineal meters long, with an allocation of P58,945 million.

On the other hand, in the province of Antique, there is the Access Road in Tibiao, Antique which leads to White Water Kayaking, Tibiao Ecopark and tibiao Fish Spa with the length of 4.613.54 lineal meters, in the amount of P110. million.

In Aklan, there is the Tangalan-Ibajay Road, 4,764.16 lineal meters amounting to P98.0 million.

In Negros Occidental, these are the 2.836.05 lineal meters Access Road leading to Mambucal Resort in Murcia, with an allocation of P60.0 million; the 3,836.05 lineal meters Bacolod City Boundary Road from La Salle Ecopark to Mt. Mandalagan, with an allocation of P140.0 million, and the 5,996.22 lineal meter Silay Lantawan-Patag Access Road to Bacolod Silay Airport Road in the amount P200.0 million.

Engineer Jaime SJ Javellana said the engineering district has already completed the rehabilitation of 2,401.0 lineal meter Access Road leading to “The Ruins” in Talisay City in the amount of P50.0 million.

Javellana said they are currently undertaking the P50.0 million worth of rehabilitation of Bacolod-Murcia-Don Salvador Benedicto-San Carlos City Road, with the length of 5,268.79 lineal meters which leads to Mambucal Resort and Alindahaw Falls in the amount of P50.0 million and the Rehabilitation of 2,999.64-lineal meter Access Road leading to Gawahon Resort in Victorias City in the amount of P40.0 million. Engr. Edilberto Tayao, DPWH-6 regional director, said that these are the convergence targets of the department together with the DOT to foster faster growth for tourism here.

Region 6 leader organic farming – DA

BY GLENDA SOLOGASTOA (PN)

ILOILO City – “There is reason to celebrate the growing organic movement in Region 6, according to the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) national program coordinator for organic agriculture.

“Region 6 is one of the leaders in the promotion of organic agriculture in the country. It has become the birthplace of organic farming,” said Director Leo Cañeda, national program coordinator for organic agriculture.

Cañeda also lauded the collaboration among DA, the private sector and the academe toward public-private partnership.

“This is the kind of initiative that I get to see only in Region 6,” said Cañeda.

Cañeda was the resource speaker during the opening of the week-long 4th Regional Agri-Fair at Central Philippine University here on Tuesday.

According to Joyce Wendam, DA-6 regional technical director for Research, Policy Planning and Support Services, the Agri-Fair and other programs of the department aim to increase the level of public awareness on organic farming.

So far, Western Visayas has cultivated 38 percent of the target 33,000 hectares into organic farming, and that 97 percent or 135 local technical committees out of the 139 municipalities and cities in the region were organized to assist farmers going into organic farming.

Next year, Iloilo will be hosting the 12th National Agri-Fair that will be attended by around 2,500 farmers nationwide.

Think beyond APEC, Ilonggos told

(PIA-Iloilo/PN)

ILOILO City – This city’s hosting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit ministerial meetings in 2015 is a good starting point in making it a global city.

But this early, Ilonggos should be thinking of what can be done to make the city prosper beyond APEC, said Guillermo Luz, private sector co-chairman of the National Competitiveness Council (NCC).

He spoke at the recent 3rd Western Visayas Business Forum at Hotel del Rio here.

The hosting provides opportunities for infrastructure and investments, said Luz, but it is important that preparations go beyond APEC.

Iloilo City has been assigned to host two ministerial meetings by the APEC National Organizing Committee:

• the Small Medium Enterprises (SME) from Sept. 21 to 25, 2015, and
• the Food Security Week (High Level Policy Dialogue on Food Security and the Blue Economy) from Sept. 28 to Oct. 6, 2015.

In terms of competitiveness, Iloilo ranked sixth among the 122 cities in the country in the latest round of the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) conducted by the NCC.

According to the NCC, cities and municipalities are ranked on their competitiveness based on an overall competitiveness score which is the sum of scores on three main pillars: economic dynamism, government efficiency and infrastructure.

“Iloilo City is competing with other cities for investments, trade, services, tourists, image and brand,” said Luz.

The city must continue tracking local competitiveness indicators, formulate programs to improve competitiveness, and engage in investment promotion activities to attract investors and create new jobs, he stressed.

CPU hosts 4th regional organic agri-fair

By Florence F. Hibionada (With reports from Cyrus Natividad)

CURRENT trends and strategies on organic food production and technology were among the highlights in Monday's opening of the 4th Regional Organic Agri-Fair Seminar and Exhibits.

With the Central Philippine University (CPU) as returning host, the weeklong event is led by the school in partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA)-Western Visayas office.

During the event, themed “Organic Agriculture: Opportunities and Challenges in Asean 2015,” industry advocates are one in saying that the agri-fair is important in the coming Asean integration.

“The opportunity for farmers and local government units to develop agricultural technology that is in line with the advocacy of organic food production will be availed at the technology and livelihood seminars prepared by the organizers,” said the event organizers in a press release.

The weeklong agri-fair kicked off with seminars and art contests. A symbolic 4-K fun run also gathered running enthusiasts, agency representatives and students.

APEC hosting bolsters Iloilo’s global city aspirations

(JCM/ ESS/PIA-Iloilo)

Iloilo City (PIA) – The hosting of the Asia Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) ministerial meetings in 2015 is a good starting point in realizing the development of Iloilo as a global city.

In the 3rd Western Visayas Business Forum held recently at Hotel Del Rio here, National Competitiveness Council (NCC) Private Sector Co-Chairman Guillermo Luz said hosting the APEC meetings provides opportunities for infrastructure and investments.

Iloilo City has been assigned to host two meetings by the APEC National Organizing Committee (NOC). The city will host the Small Medium Enterprises (SME) ministerial meeting on September 21-25, 2015 and the Food Security Week (High Level Policy Dialogue on Food Security and the Blue Economy) on September 28 to October 6, 2015.

However, Luz stressed that it is important that preparations to go global should be made beyond APEC.

“This early, we should be thinking of what can we do to make Iloilo City prosper beyond APEC,” he said.

Luz said that in terms of competitiveness, Iloilo ranks sixth among 122 cities in the country in the latest round of the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) conducted by the NCC.

According to the NCC, cities and municipalities are ranked on their competitiveness based on an overall competitiveness score which is the sum of scores on three main factors, namely, economic dynamism, government efficiency and infrastructure.

“Iloilo City is competing with other cities for investments, trade, services, tourists, image and brand,” said Luz.

He added that the city must continue tracking local competitiveness indicators, formulate programs to improve competitiveness, and engage in investment promotion activities to attract investors and create new jobs.

Farmers coop soon to have rice processing complex

(JCM/ ESS/PIA-Iloilo)

ILOILO CITY, Nov. 15 (PIA6)—The Pototan Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (PFMPC) will soon have the P200-million Rice Processing Complex from the Korean International Cooperative Agency (KOICA) through the Department of Agriculture-6.

Coop members, recipients of the Korean-funded Rice Processing Complex were told to sustain the initiative and become growth-oriented.

The members recently underwent a training to prepare them for the commercial operations of the RPC, facilitated by the West Visayas State University College of Business Administration, focusing on business planning and value-chain analysis.

Training facilitator Prof. Florencio Dagdag said the training aimed at enhancing the capability of the coop members in business entrepreneurial skills particularly on palay processing and trading, on top of value adding.

Josefa S. Melocoton, RPC Plant Manager, said the PFMPC, established in 1969, was chosen as recipient farmers’ organization to take over the management of Iloilo RPC from the National Agribusiness Corporation.

The PFMPC, chaired by Andrei Celiz, with over 4,000 active members, has given an equity of P2 million for the operations of the RPC, indicating that it is capable of managing it.

Iloilo is among the four provinces piloted by the Korean government for the RPC, the other three being Bohol, Davao del Sur and Panngasinan to help the country develop on technology and mechanization.

The Iloilo RPC is jointly owned by the Department of Agriculture and the town of Pototan.

It is situated in Bgy. Amamaros, and is capable of producing high quality milled rice, from regular to well and premium milled.

Iloilo, Guimaras teachers learn storytelling techniques

(INQUIRER.net)

More than 50 elementary school teachers and librarians from various schools in Iloilo City and Guimaras province brushed up their storytelling skills during a recent workshop sponsored by the Uygongco Foundation Inc. (UFI) in partnership with Museo Pambata Foundation, Inc.

Titled “Sharing Stories, Shared Life”, the workshop included teachers from Kinder, Grades 1 and 2 and school librarians from UFI’s nine adopted elementary schools. These schools in Iloilo City and Guimaras include: A. Bonifacio Elementary School, Bo. Obrero Elementary School, Don Pedro Vasquez Memorial School, Hibao-an Elementary School, Jordan Central School, N.J. Ingore Elementary School and Rizal Elementary School.

The two-day workshop seeks to transform teachers into interesting and lively storytellers to encourage more kids to pick up the reading habit and enhance their vocabulary.

On day two of the workshop, 45 Grade 2 pupils from A. Bonifacio Elementary School were invited as audience. They were captivated as teachers told stories using new skills and storytelling techniques acquired the previous day.

UFI is the corporate social responsibility arm of La Filipina Uy Gongco Corporation Group of Companies which includes La Filipina Uy Gongco Corporation, Philippine Foremost Milling Corporation, Capiz Sugar Central and Amigo Terrace Hotel.

APEC in Iloilo City pushes it global

(JCM/LTP/PIA-Iloilo)

ILOILO CITY, November 13 (PIA) --- The hosting of the Asia Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) ministerial meetings in 2015 is a good starting point in making Iloilo City as a global city.

In the 3rd Western Visayas Business Forum held Thursday at Hotel Del Rio here, National Competitiveness Council (NCC) Private Sector Co-Chairman Guillermo Luz said that hosting the APEC meetings provides opportunities for infrastructure and investments.

Iloilo City has been assigned to host two meetings by the APEC National Organizing Committee (NOC).

This city will host the Small Medium Enterprises (SME) on September 21-25, 2015 and the Food Security Week (High Level Policy Dialogue on Food Security and the Blue Economy) on September 28 to October 6, 2015.

However, Luz stressed that it is important that preparations to go global should go beyond APEC.

“This early, we should be thinking of what can we do to make Iloilo City prosper beyond APEC”, he said.

Meanwhile, Luz said that in terms of competitiveness, Iloilo ranked sixth among the 122 cities in the country in the latest round of the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) conducted by the NCC.

According to the NCC, cities and municipalities are ranked on their competitiveness based on an overall competitiveness score which is the sum of scores on three main pillars: economic dynamism, government efficiency and infrastructure.

“Iloilo City is competing with other cities for investments, trade, services, tourists, image and brand,” he said.

He said that the city must continue tracking local competitiveness indicators, formulate programs to improve competitiveness, and engage in investment promotion activities to attract investors and create new jobs.

City schools strengthen YES-O initiatives

(LTP/PIA-Iloilo)

ILOILO CITY, November 12 (PIA) --- The Department of Education (DepEd) Division of Iloilo City continue to strengthen its environmental and climate change initiatives through the Youth for Environment in Schools Organization (YES-O).

Melanie Tabaculde, Division of Iloilo City YES-O Coordinator, said that city schools have year-round activities that continue to promote strong interest in protecting the natural resources and mobilizing renewed youth participation towards environmental stewardship.

“Nursery establishments, tree-planting activities, clean-up drives in main thoroughfares and in schools are some of the mandated activities for YES-O,” she said.

She said that symposia and fora on climate change are also being conducted in schools to elevate student awareness on environmental protection.

DepEd Order No. 72, series of 2003, establishes YES-O as the only co-curricular environmental club or organization in schools.

YES-O consolidates all other environmental and ecology clubs or organizations in schools with main and primary programs or projects for the environment.

Tabaculde also said that they recently conducted fire and earthquake drills to help prepare students in times of eventualities.

She said that the YES-O National Evaluation Team is set to visit Iloilo City on November 26-28, to conduct the annual monitoring of schools here.

“The evaluation team will monitor if schools are implementing mandated programs, projects, and activities”, she said.

She also said that they will also look into initiatives and best practices that are not common and not part of the mandated ones.

She added that the monitoring will be the basis of the National Evaluation Team in identifying the schools with the best YES-O.

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