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Caravan for peace
by THE SOUTHERN BEAT By Rolly Espina - May 8, 2007 - 12:00am
They called it the Pilgrimage for Peace and its goal is to end violence and ensure peaceful balloting on May 14. Largely made up of members of the Central Philippine University (CPU) Baptist Ministers...
Pope ordains Bacoleno to priesthood
by THE SOUTHERN BEAT By Rolly Espina - May 1, 2007 - 12:00am
As the election campaign enters the homestretch, I should be paying more attention to what is happening all over the region rather than cast my eyes elsewhere. However, I was riveted to the SkyCable...
Armada needs to defeat Tupas in polls to become governor
by THE SOUTHERN BEAT By Rolly Espina - March 20, 2007 - 12:00am
Iloilo Vice Gov. Roberto Armada will not take over from Iloilo Gov. Niel Tupas except by running for the post in the May polls. Armada has been absent from the sessions of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan...
Hot season starts with a bang
by THE SOUTHERN BEAT By Rolly Espina - February 27, 2007 - 12:00am
It is not yet official but the hot or dry season has started in Western Visayas, and with a bang. In Negros Occidental, it’s not just the start of the...
New Year celebrations wow crowds, but….
by THE SOUTHERN BEAT By Rolly Espina - February 20, 2007 - 12:00am
In Bacolod and Iloilo, the celebration of the Chinese New Year brought crowds to the streets Saturday and Sunday. In Iloilo, Sunday was also the day of the Paraw Regatta, a colorful celebration of the...
STL thrives in Antique despite bipartisan opposition
by THE SOUTHERN BEAT By Rolly Espina - February 13, 2007 - 12:00am
Antique has been rocked by the reported continued illegal operation of the Small Town Lottery (STL), which the Antique Sangguniang Panlalawigan and the governor had opposed. Despite the fact that the...
Invest in Negros — GMA
by THE SOUTHERN BEAT By Rolly Espina - February 6, 2007 - 12:00am
Sometimes, even the President must spell out what her programs can do for a province. And she did just last week when she invited investors to come to Negros Occidental where there will be enough power and...
Dinagyang success marred by dispute among rival TV stations’ talents
by THE SOUTHERN BEAT By Rolly Espina - January 30, 2007 - 12:00am
Everybody had agreed. The Dinagyang this weekend proved a very dramatic success. There were hordes of foreign visitors and many important persons who had attended the affair. But this was marred by dispute...
Jokes over the recent Iloilo fiasco
by THE SOUTHERN BEAT By Rolly Espina - January 23, 2007 - 12:00am
Governors in Western Visayas and a city mayor in Iloilo yesterday demanded the resignation of police officers and policemen involved in Wednesday’s armed action to force Iloilo Gov. Niel Tupas out of...
How columns are lost in the e-mail
by THE SOUTHERN BEAT By Rolly Espina - January 16, 2007 - 12:00am
While vacationing in Ireland a few weeks back, I was under the illusion that the columns I sent to the Philippines were stored for future publications. I realized only later that the damage to the Internet...
Exploring Europe’s biggest urban park
by THE SOUTHERN BEAT By Rolly Espina - January 2, 2007 - 12:00am
Dec. 28 provided us a respite from the cold clutches of winter chill. The bright sun drew us out of our somber moods and sent us out with thousands of Dubliners to explore the sights and thrills of Phoenix...
We drove through ‘soup’ to Belfast
by THE SOUTHERN BEAT By Rolly Espina - December 26, 2006 - 12:00am
Last week, we drove all the way to Belfast from Dublin through thick and heavy "soup." That is what they call the fog here in Ireland. That was the same day airline flights were cancelled in Heathrow,...
Presidential visit boosts Gonzalez vs Drilon
by THE SOUTHERN BEAT By Rolly Espina - December 7, 2006 - 12:00am
Of course, nobody thought it was just an impromptu drop-in by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on the joint birthday bash of Rep. Raul Gonzalez Jr., Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez Sr. and Iloilo City Mayor...
Negros mediamen grieve for Max
by THE SOUTHERN BEAT By Rolly Espina - November 28, 2006 - 12:00am
He was not only honored and respected by journalists in the capital. Max, too, was well-respected and his memories treasured by Negrenses, especially by Negros Occidental’s journalists. That’s...
Dacongcogon Mill: Saved by the bill
by THE SOUTHERN BEAT By Rolly Espina - November 14, 2006 - 12:00am
Dacongcogon Sugar Central in Kabankalan City was saved from premature collapse Thursday when American Industrial Ventures turned over P2.6 million for the salaries of workers. This will enable the mill to...
Cruz’s resignation bears watching
by THE SOUTHERN BEAT By Rolly Espina - November 7, 2006 - 12:00am
The irrevocable resignation of Defense Secretary Avelino Cruz seems to have caught a lot of people by surprise, although many had expected it. But the question now is what prompted him to submit his irrevocable...
WV Tourism Assembly in Bacolod next year
by THE SOUTHERN BEAT By Rolly Espina - October 31, 2006 - 12:00am
The recently concluded West Visayas Tourism Assembly was a smashing success. Because of this, Bacolod is making a bid to host the assembly next year. Moreover, some 300 media men who attended the Media Summit...
How an equally big news drowns out tourism assembly
by THE SOUTHERN BEAT By Rolly Espina - October 26, 2006 - 12:00am
Undoubtedly, the Western Visayas Tourism Assembly in Iloilo City is the most eye-catching story of Western Visayas. But there are other events and developments that tried to drown out its impact on visitors...
Masskara ends with a major bang
by THE SOUTHERN BEAT By Rolly Espina - October 24, 2006 - 12:00am
Masskara ended on Sunday with a major bang. Thousands clogged the downtown area, with many foreigners in the crowd enjoying the festivities with delight. The thing that hit me was Bacolod City Mayor Evelio...
Questions about the NPA raid at Silay airport
by THE SOUTHERN BEAT By Rolly Espina - October 10, 2006 - 12:00am
Undoubtedly, the New People’s Army (NPA) attack on the Silay City airport Sunday was a major debacle. But it also generated a lot of questions. Fact is, officials of the two foreign construction firms...
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