Comelec Set To Print 52M Official Ballots Created on January 28, 2013, 4:14 am Posted by nup

MANILA, Philippines --- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will start printing the more than 52 million official ballots for the May 13 midterm polls on February 4.
''We are ready to start printing. The ballot papers are there already. The printers are already there at the National Printing Office (NPO) and are undergoing test runs right now so that there will be no more problems by next week,'' Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said.
''We expect this to run for a little over 50 days since the capacity of the printer is about one million (ballots) per day,'' he added.

2013 Dinagyang Ati Competition and Kasadyahan Parade Route Created on January 27, 2013, 4:38 am Posted by nup

The religious fluvial and foot procession route of Dinagyang Festival 2013.
It will start at 3:00PM with a fluvial parade from Fort San Pedro, proceeding to Iloilo River and ends up in front of Aduana (Customs House) at Muelle Loney.

From Aduana, the foot procession will proceed north via Muelle Loney, then turning left to Montinola Street, then left again to Iznart Street. The procession then traverses at Calle Real/JM Basa Street, passing by Freedom Grandstand and Plaza Libertad before it heads back to San Jose de Placer Church.

The main parade route, street dance, and performance areas of Dinagyang Festival 2013. This may subject to changes, so please do stay tuned on our website for updated information.

Resolution on Fair Elections Act rules set Created on January 25, 2013, 6:38 am Posted by nup

MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) came out with a resolution setting the implementing rules and regulations of the Fair Elections Act.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said the resolution requires media organizations to give all candidates a chance to reply to criticisms hurled against them during the campaign period that started Jan. 13 until June 12.

Comelec breathes life into ‘right to reply’ Created on January 25, 2013, 6:19 am Posted by nup

While the Freedom of Information (FoI) bill labors in the House of Representatives and by all indications has its life sucked out by President Aquino’s House allies in the 15th Congress, its counterpart right to reply was brought into existence by a mere resolution from the Commission on Elections (Comelec). 
The Comelec issued Resolution 9615 recently providing “all parties and bona fide candidates shall have the right to reply to charges published or aired against them.”

Sinulog 2013: Praying at the party Created on January 25, 2013, 5:54 am Posted by nup

"I'll pray at the party," one half-naked boy said, his arms and chest covered in still-wet neon paint. His Manila-accented voice is just barely audible over the music, whistles, and random cries of "Pit Senyor!" which means “Call on the Lord.”

It was Sunday, the last and most festive day of the Sinulog festival, one of Cebu's biggest celebrations. The boy and a hundred others made up the slow-moving crowd snaking down Mango Avenue toward Juana Osmeña Street in a strange kind of beer-soaked, paint-smeared pilgrimage to the Baseline Recreation Center. A party was happening there, and apparently, everyone was invited.

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