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October 26, 2017


From the Editor-in-Chief

My last official trip abroad was six years ago (2011), in the US for 3 times since 1988. I was in Bangkok, Thailand twice for an average of one week per trip, all for educational and pleasure visits as a journalist on a study grant before my 50th year as a media practitioner in the Philippines.

My most memorable ones were in the US where I studied the longest, first on a 45-day journalism study grant sponsored by the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) based in Virginia, USA way back in 1988. It was a study tour of places like Boston, Massachusetts, New York Times in New York City, and upstate New York which included Niagara Falls, Canandaigua where I stayed for 30 days as staff reporter of an afternoon paper, the Daily Messenger, then to the US Capital, Washington DC, with stints at the Pentagon, the White House, the Capitol and State Department among others, giant media establishments like the Associated Press, UPI (United Press International) Washington Post and several others my two other US visits were in Long Beach and Los Angeles, California, then to nearby Las Vegas, Nevada. While in these places, I made friends with my eleven other fellow delegates, representing their respective countries like China, India, Latin America, Africa, Bhutan, Trinidad-Tobago and some other lesser known countries.

October 26, 2017

Mindanao teams coming from the cities of Davao and Zamboanga dominated the 5-day 2017 MassKara National Duckpin Bowling Tournament hosted by Kami Mga Hubin (KMH) bowling club of Bacolod City at Negros Super Lanes which concluded on Saturday.


Triple “D”-Davao manager Danny Datu-Dacula (2nd from left) during the award ceremony with members of the champion team. Also in photo is KMH founder Robbie Elegado (right) and committee member Mico Apua (left).* (Photo by Precy Pillo)

October 26, 2017

The Social Security System (SSS) San Carlos branch and the Local Government of Calatrava formally signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to cover about 50 Job Order (JO) and contractual workers thru the KaltasSSS Program held at Calatrava Municipal Hall last Oct. 12.


CALATRAVA. Top photo shows (2nd from left) JO President Evenell S. Caballero, SSS San Carlos Branch employees headed by Branch Head Isaac P. Ciocon Jr. (3rd from left), Calatrava Mayor Araceli T. Somosa and Visayas West 1 Division OIC-Vice President Lilani B. Benedian, M.D.

Bottom photo, meanwhile, shows the signatories during the signing of the agreement, witnessed by Calatrava municipal employees.*

October 26, 2017

Head over to SM City Bacolod for spook-tacular fun this Halloween season. #SMKidsMonth2017 is not over yet, so let’s keep letting the little critters take center stage… but wait, adults can shine too!


SM HALLOWEEN. Top up the fun with prizes and surprises for #SMKidsMonth2017 at the mall’s Halloween celebration!

October 26, 2017

Isabela Mayor Joselito Malabor said, the winners in the street dance competition and in the Tigkalalag Queen pageant will represent the town in the upcoming Panaad Festival next year.

Malabor made this announcement after he decided to relaunch the Tigkalalag Festival on October 31 to November 2, 2017 with the theme “Renewing the unique culture of the Tigkalalag Festival.”

Barangays were clustered to seven groups will compete in the barangay category while six will compete in the school category for the Tigkalalag Street Dance contest.

October 26, 2017

A mentally-ill person hacked and wounded a woman in Sitio Ilahod, Barangay To-oy, Himamaylan City around 5:25 p.m. Tuesday.

Police Chief Inspector Antonio Benitez, Jr., Himamaylan PNP OIC police chief identified the victim as Josephine Galvez Tejada, 56, married, of Sitio Ilahod, Barangay To-oy. She sustained injuries in the head and left arm.

The victim was outside her house talking to neighbours when the suspect hacked her.

The suspect was identified as Jimmy Ortega De la Torre, 41, single, also of Sitio Ilahod, Barangay To-oy.

October 26, 2017

A big brother stabbed dead his younger brother over a misunderstanding in a birthday party in Purok Santan, Barangay RSB, La Carlota City at 11:00 p.m. Monday.

Police Superintendent Crescenciano Cordero, OIC Police Chief of La Carlota identified the victim as Mark De la Cruz Sudario, 33, single, of Hacienda Elena, Barangay Ayungon, La Carlota. He sustained multiple stab wounds in the different parts of his body and was brought to Don Salvador Benedicto Memorial District Hospital, but was declared dead 30 minutes later.

October 26, 2017

A motorycle driver died while three others were injured when two motorcycles collided at the National Road in Crossing Calubang, Barangay Dancalan, Ilog town, Negros Occidental around 6:00 p.m. Tuesday.

Police Chief Inspector Nerito Lobrido, Ilog PNP chief identified the victim as Ramil Lamasan Padilla, 38, married, of Crossing Mo-og, Barangay Vista Alegre, Ilog.

He sustained head and body injuries and was rushed to Lorenzo Zayco District Hospital in Kabankalan City, but was declared dead on arrival.

October 26, 2017

A son shot and wounded his uncle after the latter maltreated and mauled his mother in Hacienda Hortencia, Barangay Daga, Cadiz City around 7:00 a.m. Monday.

Police Chief Inspector Rocky Desear, OIC police chief of Cadiz City PNP identified the victim as Loreto Almonia Europa, Jr., 40, married, resident of Hacienda Israel, Barangay Daga.

He sustained gunshot wounds in the left shoulder and left chest and was brought to nearby Cadiz District Hospital.

Police identified the suspect as Rene Almonia Torres, 20, single, also of Hacienda Israel, Barangay Daga.

October 26, 2017

The country’s largest private employer, Convergys with its project “Give A Bag of Hope”, a nationwide employee-driven program which seeks to address a basic challenge face by public elementary school students-lack of school supplies and in one way to help address one of the main causes of school dropouts and allow them to better participated in school and give them a fighting chance at their education donated more than 2,200 bags to Grade 1, 2 and Grade 3 Elementary Students of Andres Bonifacio Elementary School 1 and II filled with school supplies at the Andres Bonifacio Elementary School I Gymnasium yesterday.


ABES I & II. Rene S. Oriendo, Principal of ABES II, Rebecca Young, Paul Anthony Espelita, Site Directors of Convergys, Principal Margie Bautista of ABES I with the Grades 1, 2 and 3 pupils of ABES I & II after receiving their respective “Bags of Hope” from Convergys.*(Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)

October 26, 2017

The Negros Occidental Languages & Information Technology Center (NOLITC) in San Carlos City already started its On-Site Recruitment of Scholars yesterday, Oct. 25.


NOLITC San Carlos recruitment activity at the old City Hospital.*

October 26, 2017

“We have the same God we serve and adore, and there is only one blood that runs in our body, so we should avoid conflict.”

Thus said Maj. Gen. Jon Aying, commander of the 3rd Infantry Division of the Army, before hundreds of Muslims from Bacolod and other towns and cities in Negros Occidental yesterday.

The Muslims gathered at the Benjamin Hall at Lacson Street, Bacolod for the “Greet and Meet Activity” (GMA) of the Philippine Army.