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Sunday, November 16, 2014

KRISPY KREME ILOILO


Krispy Kreme doughnuts will soon to open its first branch here in SM City Iloilo on November 30, 2014 at the upper ground floor near the main entrance. A first class doughnuts finally here in Iloilo City. It will be their 59th branch in the country.

Krispy Kreme is bringing its full range of signature treats to the Ilonggos. Aside from the famous doughnuts, Krispy Kreme also offers an extensive pastry selection and varieties of hot and cold coffees.

Krispy Kreme Philippines operates under The Real American Doughnut Company, Inc. which is under the Max’s Restaurant group.

First branch in Iloilo City currently occupying the space of formerly Red Ribbon at the main entrance of SM City Iloilo.

On their launching, they're giving up promos and you'll have a chance to win. It is first come and first serve basis and here they are:

- A whole year supply for the first customer who buy dozens of Krispy Kreme,
- 6 months for the 2nd customer and
- 3 months for 3rd customer also the
- 1st 100 customers also get a 1month supply of Krispy Kreme


Photo Credit: Simply Iloilo


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Tuesday, June 03, 2014

New 2 city streets given Aquino names

The Sangguniang Panlungsod here has given its approval through resolutions to name two new national highways with the names of President Benigno C. Aquino III’s parents in support of two House Bills sponsored by five congressmen in the province of Iloilo and the lone city district representative.

City councilor Nielex Tupas filed a resolution favorably endorsing the passage of HB 4400 or "An Act Naming as President Cory C. Aquino Avenue” the new circumferential road which commences at the junction of the Iloilo-Dumangas Coastal Road to Balabago, Jaro district, Iloilo City, then follows a general westward direction along the Floodway south bank towards Buhang, Jaro; Tacas, Jaro and Ungka II, Pavia, then traverses the southwards to the Mandurriao district, Iloilo City-Pavia-San Miguel tri-border and ends at the Iloilo-Antique Road near the center of Arevalo district, Iloilo City.

Tupas also filed a resolution endorsing the passage of HB 4398 or "An Act Naming as Senator Benigno S. Aquino Jr. Avenue” the stretch of the national highway along the Iloilo Diversion Road-Iloilo Capiz Road or the old route which begins at the junction of Gen. Luna to the airport access road and ends at the gate of the Iloilo International Airport, traversing the municipalities of Pavia, Sta Barbara and Cabatuan in the province and Iloilo City.

The circumferential road is a four-lane national highway expected to open potential economic opportunities to a number of communities growing around the areas.

The renaming of the circumferential road is in recognition of works done by the late President Corazon C. Aquino in pursuing reconciliation and unity of the nation as well as preserving the freedom regained from the past regimes.

On the other hand, the 16.6 kilometers Senator Benigno S. Aquino Jr. Avenue is a fitting tribute to the late senator for his long struggle to attain the freedom the country is now enjoying.

Both House bills were sponsored by Cong. Oscar Richard S. Garin of the first district of Iloilo, Cong. Arcadio H. Gorriceta of the second district, Cong. Jerry P. Treñas of Iloilo City lone district, Cong. Arthur R. Defensor Jr. of the third district, Cong. Hernan G. Biron of the fourth district, and Cong. Niel C. Tupas Jr. of the fifth district.


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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Guimaras gears up for wind turbines construction

The province of Guimaras is a buzz with anticipation of Trans Asia Renewable Energy Corporation's PHP6.3-B Wind Power Project as giddy teams of construction workers and heavy equipment crisscross sites of wind turbines that will soon dot San Lorenzo town's coastline with formal construction work about to start next month.

Oozing with confidence, provincial Governor Samuel Gumarin sees the mammoth energy project as a magnetto lure investments into the province which is by and large, undisturbed by modernism and much of it still uninhabited.

Infrastructures are pouring in, the roads are impressive, telephone lines have been put in place, and the Ro-Ro wharf in the municipality of Sibunag linking the much bigger island of Negros is humming with economic activity.

Indeed, Guimaras has become very tempting like the proverbial forbidden fruit in Eden.

Very soon, the windswept town of San Lorenzo will be host to 27 windmills, but their completion isprojected to reach five years albeit some of the wind turbines may be functional enough to release electricity before the year is out.

Currently, Guimaras has an annual energy requirement of only 13 megawatts, too small in comparison with its nearest highly-urbanized neighbor Iloilo City which needs a daily infusion of 84 megawatts. But small as it mayseem, Gumarin boasted that his fiefdom is not in any way affected by the power red alert hoisted recently in the Visayas.

Blackouts occur in the island but they are few and far between, Gumarin said.

The combined capacity of the turbines is 54 megawatts, which is many times over the island-province'spresent needs; and the excess may even be utilized to shore up Iloilo and the rest of Panay Island's power requirements,Gumarin said.

Financial soothsayers seem to concur with the governor's fearless forecast that in five years, Guimaras' power requirements could rise to 25 megawatts, or at most, 30 megawatts. By then, they predict that the province'sdemographics would have changed drastically, businesses sprouting all over the island, and migrants flocking tohave a slice of the pie.

Iloilo City heritage sites up for restoration in 2014

Two churches, three plazas, the city central business district and Fort San Pedro, all located in Iloilo City, will be up for restoration and rehabilitation before the year ends. This was assured by city lone district Rep. Jerry P. Treñas in putting into effect the provisions of Republic Act No. 10555 declaring the Jaro Cathedral, Molo Church, Iloilo City Central Business District (CBD), Fort San Pedro, Jaro Plaza complex, Molo plaza complex and Plaza Libertad complex as cultural heritage tourism zones to be preserved for the future generations.

Treñas disclosed that a meeting will be held (May 27) between Administrator Mark Lapid of the Tourism Infrastructure Economic Zone Authority (TIEZA) under the Department of Tourism, DOT officials, Senate President Franklin M. Drilon, officials of the National Historical Institute (NHI), City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog and himself regarding the restoration and preservation of the identified heritage sites.

The projects include the rehabilitation of the old Jaro municipal building into a National Museum in Western Visayas to be funded with P40 million from TIEZA. Another project is the rehabilitation of the Jaro belfry costing some P30 million, also by TIEZA, and the restoration of some venerated images at the Molo church by the NHI.

Treñas, however, said the rehabilitation of the old Jaro municipal hall, where the Jaro police station is currently located, needs a deed of conditional donation from the city government. In the event the National Museum stops operation, the building must revert back to the city.

The rehabilitation of the historical Jaro belfry has been a long time dream of the city and TIEZA will fund the project. The restoration and repair of images at the Molo church will be supervised by the NHI.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Ayala Land official says development of Sicogon island in the right direction

Ayala Land Inc. Senior vice president Jose Emmanuel Jalandoni said here that development of the Sicogon island in Carles, Iloilo province is heading towards the right direction.

Jalandoni further said that Ayala Land is now in the process of studying the possibility of entering into a ‘joint venture agreement’ with the Sicogon Development Corp.(SIDECO) in developing the island.

He said that Ayala Land’s initial plan for Sicogon will span for five years, from 2014 until 2019, and will see the development of 60 hectares or the 7.4 percent of the island’s total land area with the construction of the 1.2 kilometer air strip and other infrastructure projects that will convert Sicogon as a tourism hub.

Jalandoni said that they project the first five-year development phase, to generate 20,000 employment opportunities with revenues pegged at P3.2 billion. Visitor arrivals are also expected to reach 500,000 in 2019.

He added that the development will also serve as door to open other island destinations in Western Visayas.

National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) assistant director Raul Anlocutan, in a separate interview, said that the development of Sicogon is really welcome and could boost the local tourism industry.

He added that the Regional Development Council for Western Visayas has still to receive the endorsement for the project by the local government unit of Carles and of the Iloilo provincial government.

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Friday, May 09, 2014

DOE assures 285MW additional power by 2016

The Department of Energy (DOE) has assured additional 285 megawatts (MW) of power interconnected with the Visayas Grid once the two coal-fired power plants in Iloilo are commissioned and made operational by June 2016.

Senate President Franklin M. Drilon, who is an Ilonggo, graced the laying of time capsule of the Palm Concepcion Power Corp. (PCPC) on May 8, 2014 located in Brgy. Nipa, Concepcion town in northern Iloilo.

PCPC is constructing a 135 MW coal fired power plant costing some P13.5 billion at its 37 hectare site in Concepcion.

Drilon said that Iloilo is fortunate to be the beneficiary of P29 billion investments within two months.

The first power plant investment this year was in Iloilo City after Global Business Power Corp. (GBPC) starts construction last month of a 150 MW coal fired power plant at its site in Brgy. Ingore, La Paz district in Iloilo City.

The second coal fired power plant in the city has a project cost of P15.6 billion to be run by the Panay Energy Development Corp. (PEDC) and distributed by Panay Electric Company (PECO). The first coal fired plant of 184 MW, also in Brgy. Ingore, La Paz by the same company was commissioned in 2010.

Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla said the PCPC plant will assure power consumers in electric cooperatives in northern Iloilo, central Iloilo and the Provinces of Capiz and Aklan of stable electricity supply once the power plant is operational.

Drilon said the local economy can not expand and develop without power. Western Visayas has a growth rate of 7.5 percent in 2012 and it is imperative to sustain the economy by developing more power plants and resources.

Petilla said the growth of renewable energy sources in Western Visayas will also attract more investments here.

Among the renewable energy are the biomass plant proposed in central Iloilo, a 12-MW solar plant currently being developed in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, wind power plant being developed in Guimaras, waste-to-energy plant in Iloilo City and solar farm and power plant also in Iloilo City.