On Monday, September 26, three more cases of Zika virus were confirmed in Iloilo City . This raises to 10 the total number of victims in the city and province. According to a recent pronouncement by the Department of Health (DOH) Chief Paulyn Ubial, there were two new victims from Iloilo City and another from Oton, Iloilo, a town in the outskirts of the city.
The DOH chief explained further that the three new patients did not have a history of traveling to countries affected by the virus in the recent month. Thus, the cases can be considered as local transmissions caused by mosquito bites.
As a preventive measure, the city and provincial governments of Iloilo have already conducted residual spraying, including fogging in affected and high-risk towns and districts to reduce adult mosquito density. Communities with confirmed cases of Zika virus are also initiating clean-up operations to destroy the breeding places of mosquitoes that are carriers of the virus.
Those staying in Iloilo City this week should prepare for occasional rain showers and thunderstorms. It is necessary for sojourners and locals to always bring with them umbrellas, raincoats, jackets, and other rain gear. The average temperature would be 25C . With this, it is still safe for tourists to take on short-distance boat rides from the mainland to islands and islets.
Motorists, commuters, and those with private vehicles are most likely to experience the usual traffic congestion in Mandurriao, the city proper, and La Paz districts where most road renovations and expansions are done.
The public is advised that they may experience traffic due to Lifesavers Run 4: An Advocacy for Disaster Awareness and Preparedness by the Philippine Navy. To give way for this event on October 2, vehicular traffic will be temporarily closed from 5:00 AM to 8:00 AM at the right lane of Benigno Aquino Ave. (facing towards Infante Fly-over from SM City Iloilo) from Ford Motors in Sambag, Jaro up to West Ave. in Taal, Molo.
MAJOR AND MACRO ENTERTAINMENT
Cine Europa Nineteen films to explore the theme of friendship (Photo courtesy of Cinematheque Iloilo)
The Cine Europa Nineteen film fest will continue its initial September 27 run and will end this Sunday, October 2 . The theme of the films shown for the festival focuses mainly on friendship. Admission is free but on a first-come, first-served basis. Film screenings are scheduled at 10:30 AM, 1:30 PM, 3:30 PM, and 5:30 PM at the Cinematheque Iloilo.
Cinematheque Iloilo is managed by the Film Development Center of the Philippines. It is located at B&C Square Building, Corner Solis-Iznart St., Iloilo City.
Local music scene
A live band entertains diners as they eat at Cable Car Iloilo. (Photo courtesy of Cable Car Iloilo)
Music lovers can catch local artists perform at these entertainment spots: Cable Car Iloilo, Mango Tree Restaurant, Salt Gastro Pub, MO2, Fuel.ph, and Paseo de Iloilo at the back of Robinsons Place. Locals and tourists can hop from one spot to another depending on their preferred music genre. Those who opt for acoustic music may come on a Friday at Cable Car Iloilo, Mango Tree Restaurant, and Fuel.ph. On the other hand, those who would want to be entertained by bands may decide to go to Salt Gastro Lounge, MO2, and Paseo.
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