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Coast Guard sues Ayala's AC Energy over Iloilo oil spill

Jul 11, 2020 - 3:28 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard says the oil spill contaminated coastal areas of 23 communities, and displaced 400 people

How Iloilo City became ‘Wakanda’ of the Philippines

Jul 01, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Iloilo City’s successful coronavirus response was not devised in a day. Neither can it be credited to only one person.

MORE TESTS. Treñas holds a box of newly-procured rapid test kits in his office. Photo from Iloilo City government

People vs Pandemic: How these mayors’ priorities protected their communities

Jun 29, 2020 - 1:00 PM

Rappler features local governments that have been ahead in responding to the coronavirus pandemic

June 12 is 'freedom from COVID-19' for Iloilo's events industry

Jun 11, 2020 - 1:51 PM

The newly-formed Iloilo Live Events Alliance will present 'Go Live to Live' on Philippine Independence Day, a fundraiser for the benefit of members of the Iloilo live events industry who have been hard-hit by the pandemic

DINAGYANG. Iloilo school-based tribes compete for the Dinagyang Ati Tribe competition at Iloilo Freedom Grandstand during the Dinagyang Festival on January 26, 2020. Photo by Carl Don Berwin/Rappler

LOOK: Iloilo governor designs motorcycle with safety divider

Jun 06, 2020 - 11:20 AM

Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr hopes the Land Transportation Office will consider his design and allow backriding on motorcycles

GOVERNOR'S DESIGN. Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr (right) presents the motorcycle design that he has proposed to the Land Transportation Office. Photo from the Iloilo Public Information Office

Iloilo maps out recovery plan to lift sectors hard-hit by coronavirus pandemic

Jun 06, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Agriculture, tourism, and public transportation are the priority sectors under the recovery plan of Iloilo, which incurred over P10 billion in economic losses when most businesses ceased operations during the coronavirus lockdown

ILOILO CHIEF. Governor Arthur Defensor Jr addresses local officials during a meeting on March 31, 2020. Photo from the Balita Halin sa Kapitolyo Facebook page

Despite earlier memo, Angelicum school in Iloilo clarifies it won’t close

May 29, 2020 - 8:10 PM

This comes after Angelicum School Iloilo's director, Rev. Fr. Maximo Gatela, announces the cessation of operations effective July 31 due to the difficult implications brought about by the coronavirus pandemic

Iloilo ready for influx of OFWs, stranded residents

May 27, 2020 - 3:55 PM

The Iloilo provincial government has identified more rooms in hotels and resorts to augment the quarantine facilities of the municipalities

HOMECOMING. Overseas Filipino workers who just arrived in Iloilo register at the Iloilo Sports Complex on May 25, 2020. Photo from the Iloilo Provincial Government

Artists raise more than P1 million to produce free face masks for all in Iloilo City

May 14, 2020 - 3:19 PM

Selling their art through an online auction, Ilonggo artists pitch in to help Iloilo City gear up for the 'new normal' ahead of them by raising funds for the production of free face masks for locals

ART FOR GOOD. Artist Arel Zambarrano sells his artwork titled "Impending Emancipation" in an online auction raising funds for free face masks. Photo from Ilonggo Artists against COVID-19 Facebook page

Iloilo City gov’t to give financial aid to LGBTQ+ citizens during lockdown

May 12, 2020 - 7:40 AM

'They may not have a family, spouses, or children, but they also lost their jobs,' says Mayor Jerry Treñas

[FRONTLINERS] Iloilo town doctor keeps clinic open: 'Every human life is precious'

May 10, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Despite her fears, Dr Judith Jimeno's clinic in Leganes town, Iloilo remains open for non-coronavirus patients. It's part of her passion to save lives.

BRAVE FRONTLINER. Dr Judith Jimeno takes a selfie inside her clinic in Leganes, Iloilo. Photo courtesy of Jimeno

41 activists, lawyer in Iloilo freed after labor day arrest

May 02, 2020 - 11:03 PM

Each had to post a P12,000 bail

ARRESTED. Lawyer Angelo Guillen is arrested for legally assisting activists who were arrested by the police on May 1, 2020, during an attempt to hold a protest. Photo courtesy of NUPL

Iloilo cops arrest 40 activists protesting murder of Bayan Muna coordinator

May 01, 2020 - 3:40 PM

Bayan Panay says they planned to light a candle where Porquia was killed

'They shot my tatay 9 times'

Apr 30, 2020 - 1:52 PM

The son of Jory Porquia of Bayan Muna laments on Facebook on the brutal manner his father was killed by 4 armed men in Iloilo City

Activist Jory Porquia was shot dead in his rented home at Arevalo in Iloilo City early Thursday, April 30./Photo from Jory Porquia Facebook

Film characters inspire PPE designs in Iloilo City

Apr 22, 2020 - 11:23 AM

'If a little color can help make them feel better, then that’s great,' fashion designer Adrian Pe says of the Teletubbies-inspired coveralls he makes for medical frontliners

FUN IN BAYANIHAN Ilonggo nurse and designer Adrian Pe and his team at The Medical City-Iloilo help in the production of personal protective equipment, some of which went viral due to their designs inspired by Teletubbies, Star Wars, and Power Rangers. Photos from Adrian Pe

Gov’t ‘red tape’ frustrates Iloilo City mayor amid coronavirus response

Apr 02, 2020 - 9:33 AM

'We are on our own right now. We feel so isolated from the national government. That’s why we’re really stepping up our efforts,' the mayor says

Iloilo Mayor Jerry P. Trenas. Photo by Jay Ganzon/Rappler

Iloilo province extends P43.5 million in aid to 43 LGUs in coronavirus fight

Mar 28, 2020 - 12:27 PM

Iloilo's local government units are each allotted P1 million in financial assistance to equip them in the war against COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus

Iloilo City amends anti-discrimination ordinance to include frontliners vs virus

Mar 27, 2020 - 2:40 PM

Mayor Jerry Treñas asks the city council to include health workers in the city's anti-discrimination ordinance after reports of discrimination from boarding houses and food establishments

ANTI-DISCRIMINATION. Iloilo City Council holds session. Photo from Iloilo City's Facebook page

5,000 coronavirus test kits arrive in Iloilo City

Mar 25, 2020 - 9:02 PM

The lab at Western Visayas Medical Center has already begun testing persons under investigation for the coronavirus in the region

TESTING. The West Visayas Medical Center in Iloilo City will be new coronavirus test lab in the Western Visayas. Photo from PhilHealth website

Evicted, banned from eateries: Frontliners face discrimination in Iloilo City

Mar 24, 2020 - 10:49 AM

'It’s really disheartening seeing our staff being discriminated against despite their service and sacrifice,' says Dr Felix Ray Villa, chief of The Medical City Iloilo where Iloilo's first coronavirus patient is confined

MEDICAL CITY ILOILO. Some workers at the Medical City Iloilo have faced discrimination from public establishments after its patient was confirmed as Iloilo's first coronavirus case. Screenshot from The Medical City Iloilo video

Iloilo records 1st coronavirus case

Mar 21, 2020 - 5:49 PM

Iloilo's first COVID-19 patient is a 65-year-old man with no travel history to countries and Philippine cities with coronavirus cases

DISINFECTION. A team from the Iloilo City government prepares to disinfect public areas in the city. Photo from the Facebook page of Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas

Iloilo City placed under enhanced community quarantine

Mar 21, 2020 - 11:26 AM

While there are no confirmed coronavirus cases in Iloilo City yet, Mayor Jerry Treñas is implementing the quarantine as a preventive measure

GHOST TOWN. There is hardly any cars on this Iloilo City road after the mayor places the city under enhanced community quarantine. Photo from Iloilo City's Facebook page

Man waiting for coronavirus test results dies in Iloilo City

Mar 19, 2020 - 12:14 AM

The patient is the third person under investigation this week to die before getting their test results for COVID-19

TENT. Health worker comes out of isolation tent in Quezon City hospital. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Iloilo enforces border restriction and community quarantine

Mar 15, 2020 - 12:25 PM

Returning residents have only until March 17 to enter the province

Iloilo suspends public events due to coronavirus risks

Mar 11, 2020 - 11:30 PM

The governor's order is in effect for 45 days starting March 10

Giganto saves Kaya with draw vs PSM Makassar

Mar 10, 2020 - 7:21 PM

Kaya-Iloilo FC escapes with a draw over the shorthanded PSM Makassar team

EQUALIZER. Eric Giganto scores the equalizer in the 50th minute to save Kaya-Iloilo FC from the loss. Photo from AFC Cup Twitter

Iloilo sets policies on entry of capitol employees, visitors amid COVID-19 outbreak

Mar 01, 2020 - 10:57 AM

The order comes after Governor Arthur Defensor Jr issued a memo strengthening quarantine procedures and prevention measures to protect the province of Iloilo from the novel coronavirus disease

Iloilo gov’t to monitor travelers from South Korea due to coronavirus scare

Feb 28, 2020 - 7:28 AM

The Iloilo provincial government cancels the 'Run for Jesus' event where South Korean delegates are supposed to attend

Kaya settles for goalless draw vs Tampines Rovers

Feb 26, 2020 - 9:04 PM

Despite the draw, Kaya-Iloilo FC stays on top of Group H in the 2020 AFC Cup

LACKLUSTER OFFENSE. Takumi Uesato and the rest of Kaya-Iloilo FC fail to strike a goal at home. Photo from Kaya-Iloilo FC Twitter

Pampanga, Iloilo ramp up defenses against spread of coronavirus

Feb 05, 2020 - 6:48 PM

Though both provinces remain free of the nCoV, they have assigned facilities in case of an outbreak

Photo from Clark International Airport Facebook

SB19 postpones Iloilo show, 2 members have measles

Jan 31, 2020 - 5:34 PM

Pinoy boy band SB19 apologizes for moving their February 1 concert to April 18

Iloilo gov asks Cebu Pacific to suspend flights from HK amid coronavirus threat

Jan 31, 2020 - 7:00 AM

Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr's request comes on the day the Department of Health confirms the first coronavirus case in the Philippines

SUSPENDED. Iloilo asks Cebu Pacific to suspend flights from Hong Kong. File photo from Cebu Pacific

Anime film 'Weathering With You' to screen in Manila, Davao, Iloilo cinemas

Jan 30, 2020 - 12:24 PM

The film tours the Philippines for Japan Film Week 2020

WEATHERING WITH YOU. Makoto Shinkai's anime masterpiece is set to screen in the Philippines. Screenshot from

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

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