Monday, December 18th, 2017

Experiences of a foreigner getting a driver’s license in Iloilo City.  With one hiccup, I …

THE American general manager of Shangri-La Hotel in Cebu is now in hot water after the Bureau of Immigration summoned him for showing disrespect to four congressmen whom he met four months ago. Immigration Commissioner Alipio Fernandez said Timothy Wright was ordered to appear at the BI office at 3 p.m. today to explain why he should not be kicked out. BI special prosecutor Maria Antonette Bucasas issued the subpoena based on the complaint of …

A not very well organized scrapbook of Iloilo City photos – under construction. Unloading Ababa on the Iloilo River Front I thought I was in a time warp when I saw a crew unloading a truckload of Abaca fiber at the port area of Iloilo City.  One hundred years ago, Abaca was one of the Philippine’s most valuable products.  It was used to produce high quality Manila rope and in producing textiles.  Abaca is called “Manila Hemp” but is not related to the hemp plant from which marijuana comes.  The Abaca tree looks like a Banana tree.  Today some Abaca is still used to produce cordage but most of the fiber is used to produce high quality paper, including currency, filter paper and tea bags. The Marquez building on Arsenal Street, now being used as a warehouse, is said to be the former home of one of Iloilo’s most important families. Iloilo Customs House This imposing landmark on the Iloilo river front was built in 1916 during the…