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Surgical Crosswords
Words & Eccentricities

Surgical Crosswords

I’m a proud product of the often misinterpreted Nursing boom. Cynthia Villar and all that bruhaha. ūüôā And I admit to¬†being¬†a volunteer nurse at the shocking age of 28. But there are 54 patients in this ward, some on Balkan frames, tractions and casts, others with colostomies, tracheostomies and¬†a¬†multitude of drains and pains.¬†And¬†as long as … Continue reading

Dinagyang’s Indigenous Pride
All Things ILOILO / Going Places

Dinagyang’s Indigenous Pride

For quite a long while (not since the 70’s in fact), the Dinagyang Festival has not had the chance to feature the very people who have inspired¬†their colorful celebration. But this year, the indigenous people of Panay were well represented by Tribu Miro, a guest tribe composed of authentic Aetas (or Atis) from¬†Barotac and ¬†Anilao. … Continue reading

Iloilo’s Dinagyang Festival: A Smorgasbord of Colors
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Iloilo’s Dinagyang Festival: A Smorgasbord of Colors

After posting about the Opening Salvo and the Kasadyahan Festival, this entry about the Ati-Ati¬†Competition is the icing on the cupcake of my little series on the Dinagyang Festival – a much celebrated happening in my part of the archipelago. Ten tribes or tribus competed this year:¬†Tribu Panayanon, Tribu Aninipay, Tribu Milagrosa, Tribu Angola, Tribu … Continue reading

The Kasadyahan Festival in its many faces…
All Things ILOILO / Going Places

The Kasadyahan Festival in its many faces…

I’m the typical hopeful romantic. So even if I had no ticket for the¬†annual Kasadyahan celebration (one of the major events of the Dinagyang Festival)¬†and no official media/photographer’s ID, I woke up¬†really early and¬†ventured into the crowded streets of down town Iloilo armed with nothing but hopeful¬†romanticism and a digital camera. Good thing I found … Continue reading