Carve and Create

By: Ancel Marie B. Mondia Tyrone Dave Espinosa, who comes from a clan of wood carvers, describes his art as a form of surreal expressionism that depicts brutality signified by piercings and chains, a negative appearance which holds a positive significance. Raised in Bago City, Negros Occidental, he is the eldest of the five children of […]

A Farmer and his farm school

By: Ancel Marie B. Mondia Ereberto Jucaban, the 2017 Regional Gawad Saka Outstanding Integrated Farmer of Western Visayas, continues to train farmers on rice-based integrated farming system at the Pagsanga-an Farm School established in 2013 and located at Barangay Pagsanga-an, Pavia, Iloilo. As one of the learning sites of the Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center VI, […]


INVEST, INVEST, INVEST Mayor seeks investments in land, buildings By: Maricyn A. De los Santos IF THE Duterte administration has its “Build, Build, Build” mantra, Mayor Jose Espinosa III has created one for Iloilo City – “Invest, Invest, Invest.” “I am asking businessmen to invest in Iloilo City. If President Digong (Duterte) says, ‘Build Build Build’, […]

‘Success is paying it forward’

By: Ancel Marie B. Mondia ARIS LARRODER, 37, of Jaro, Iloilo City, continues to devote his life to inspiring and helping young minds as a science teacher at the Philippine Science High School. Originally from Lambunao, he lived in a rural area which had no electricity until the age of 24. He sold bread in a […]

For Fisheries’ Sake

By: Ancel Marie B. Mondia JERWIN BAURE, 21, of Guimaras placed second in the October 2017 Fisheries Technologist Board Examination. He is currently based in Quezon City, Metro Manila as a Research Assistant at the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI), the research arm of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR). Baure took […]

Ripple of Change

By: Ancel Marie B. Mondia “ONE SIMPLE act of kindness can start the ripple of change that we want to see in the world. As one person we may not change the world, but we can change the world of one person.” These are the inspiring words of Kyzel Dagdag who manages Bambulig, a social enterprise […]

Independence and Determination

By: Ancel Marie B. Mondia BHERRA GRACE Bontigao, 21, of Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo, is a proud product of Iloilo State College of Fisheries and a Top 10 passer of the October 2017 Fisheries Technologist Board Examination. At an early age, Bherra Grace’s parents trained her how to be independent, a trait which made her a strong […]

For a Better and Healthier Place

By: Ancel Marie B. Mondia JASPER Ruby Vijar, 21, of Zarraga, Iloilo, is one of the founders of Team Dugong Bughaw, an organization that promotes human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) awareness, aims to make the Philippines a healthier place. Dreaming of becoming a doctor, he earned his degree in Bachelor of Science […]

Passionate Heart, Strong Will

By: Ancel Marie B. Mondia FEDELENE Joy Cawagas, 21, of Janiuay, Iloilo, is one proud product of the University of San Agustin after landing on 10th place in the August 2017 Medical Technology Licensure Examination. Since she was in pre-school, Fedelene had been an active learner and excelled academically. Though she encountered problems, her being religious […]

Heart And Soul For The Body

By: Ancel Marie B. Mondia LUIS MIGUEL Tirador, 21, of La Paz, Iloilo City, manages a local pharmacy chain in the province and runs an aquaponics farm in Janiuay, Iloilo. But more than his success in business, he finds fulfillment in helping others. As a member of iLead Trainings, he considers resilience, communication, and compassion […]

Nature’s Greatest Miracle

By: Ancel Marie B. Mondia KRIS Catequista Traviña, 32, of La Paz, Iloilo City, the owner of Kim & Kris Dress Shop at Barangay San Vicente, Jaro, Iloilo City, inspires people not only with his booming business but also his meaningful poetry. Aside from being a prominent businessman, he is a dynamic event organizer and a […]