Unemployment in the Philippines Rises

The unemployment rate in the Philippines  increased to 7.3 percent in July 2013 from 7 percent in the same period last year according to a  yahoo.news philippines report from the NSO, National Statistics Office.

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Johnny Cash Spotted at Guimaras’ Manggahan Festival

This post features a plethora of photos taken at the Manggahan Festival this past April in Guimaras.  A celebration of the mango is held annually at this island province which has a total population of around 153,000. That’s not including dogs,  cats,  carabaos, cows and lizards.  Life in the province is set at Filipino Time regardless of a new law recently signed by President Aquino. 

Lechon at Manggahan Festival in Guimaras

(I’ve eaten pig’s head, such as the one shown above, but only after several bottles of Red Horse.)

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Better Quality of Life in Iloilo

Ilonggos enjoy a better quality of life, at least in two targeted areas,  compared to other provinces in Western Visayas, the region of the Philippines my asawa and I reside.  That’s according to a 2009 Human Development Index study recently released by the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) published in  the Sun Star Iloilo.Chinese New Year at The Atrium in Iloilo City

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Is Iloilo City Still Exciting after the Dinagyang Festival Ends?

The 2013 Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo City has ended. Everything is back to normal. The Sun Star Iloilo stated that more than 1.5 million people enjoyed this premier festival of the Philippines. More than 200 metric tons of garbage had to be cleaned up from along the parade route. I didn't go to the party. I'm not good around crowds.  I'm so anti-social that Facebook almost didn't take me.  I was so desparate that I almost considered joining Friendster if FB had rejected me. 

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