Events and Leisure
Pushing for self-reliance and self-sufficiency as core values to be promoted in the barangays, Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez spearheaded the holding of a soap-making workshop and a seminar on entrepreneurship for a total of 67 women from various barangays in the poblacion and the Victorias Milling Company area in Victorias City.
DTI Entrepreneurship Seminar
Conducted by resource persons from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) who are also co-sponsors of the program, the two days and a half training (December 4–6, 2013) was held at the auditorium of the Vic Arcade in Victorias. DOST provincial Director for Capiz Gerbe Dellava conducted the Basic Bath Soap Making module, while DTI’s trade and industry development specialist and planning officer for Negros Occidental Romel Amihan lectured on Entrepreneurship.
DOST distribution of certificates
Twelve students concluded their one-year study in Institute for Culinary Arts De La Salle (ICA) with the completion rites on December 10 at Santuario de La Salle.
Brother President Raymundo Suplido FSC, Vice Chancellor for Finance Dr. Jocelyn Aragon, Vice Chancellor for Mission and Development Geoffrey Bob Bergante, Center for External Relations Director Rhoderick Samonte, College of Business and Accountancy Dean Dr. Marissa Quezon, College Registrar Dr. Frances Mae Llamas and Chefs Richard Ynayan, Fredric Hojilla and Andrew Go attended the said completion rites.
Institute for Culinary Arts De La Salle Batch 11 with Brother President Raymundo Suplido FSC, Vice Chancellor for Mission and Development Geoffrey Bob Bergante, Center for External Relations Director Rhoderick Samonte, College of Business and Accountancy Dean Dr. Marissa Quezon, Br. Butch Alcudia and Chefs Richard Ynayan, Fredric Hojilla and Andrew Go.* (Photo by Mitchel Galanza/USLS AVRC)
THE DEBUTANTE. Ma.Lourdes "BingBing" T. Esmeres of La Consolacion College (right) in a birthday pose with her mom, Malou T. Esmeres (left) and grandpa, Pert Toga on her 18th birthday yesterday, December 10 at PalaPala Restaurant. Also in the other photo are cousin, Joseph Daniel T. Garrucho and aunt, Ana Marie T. Garrucho.*
(From left) Voyager Innovations President Orlando B. Vea and Chief Operating Officer Benjie Fernandez formalize a partnership with Project NOAH Executive Director Dr. Mahar Lagmay and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Assistant Secretary Raymund Liboro for mobile innovations in hazards preparedness.*
A week after the Yolanda Typhoon lashed its fury in the Philippine Islands, the Association of Negros Producers (ANP) gathered its partners in a "Kapihan with ANP Partners 2013" for a reflection leading them to the novel idea of "Abyan Naton Paskwahan… Paskwa na, Bulig Pa".
This "Kapihan with ANP Partners 2013" was held last November 13 as a way of thanking partners who had been with ANP all through the years, partners who are witnesses to the growth that ANP attained.
Association of Negros Producers (ANP) President Jojie Locsin explains to partners in a "Kapihan with ANP Partners 2013" about "Abyan Naton Paskwahan… Paskwa na, Bulig Pa" which is a collection of packages priced reasonably low and where part of the proceeds will go to typhoon Yolanda victims.*
Partners were likewise updated of ANP’s future plans and projects followed by expressions of constructive opinions for the improvement of every decision taken by ANP management which is typical of a kapihan but exchanges were kept light.
Jose "Toti" J. Lopez Jr., punong barangay of Barangay Guinhalaran, was proclaimed as the new Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) President of Silay City.
Adding to that, PB Henry Belleza (vice-president), PB Joel A. Peornato (auditor), PB Milagros G. Catalan, PB Rolando L. Gutana, PB Efren D. Dequilla, PB Debbie S. Jinon, PB Eugenio E. Celis Jr., PB Corazon H. Soluta, and PB Ramon B. Celebre were also proclaimed.
Lopez asked for unity among themselves and cooperation that will strengthen the Liga ng mga Barangay Silay Chapter, and one of the means to achieve full public service for the benefit of their constituents and of Silay City as a whole.
Meanwhile, Belleza expressed his gratitude to the body, staff and visitors. He assured the body to support the Liga. Infrastructure programs will be one of his priorities. Appointed Liga secretary was PB Debbie S. Jinon and the treasurer was PB Rolando L. Gutana.
Silay City Punong Barangays and DILG-Silay official and staff pose at Sen. Jose C. Locsin Cultural and Civic Center, Silay City.* (Aldwin Dalpatan photo)
The Annual Cultural Tour of Negros Occidental (ACTNO) - the world’s longest-running cultural tour, and Negros Occ.’s sole annual tour — turns 40 years old. The tours are scheduled December 14 and
Alfonso Ossorio’s world-famous mural, here being explained by Ramon Hofileña, will again be included in the forthcoming ACTNO.*
21. The itinerary is composed of ACTNO’s most frequently-visited places the past 40 years. They are Birhen sang Barangay Chapel (Dizon- Ramos Museum and Negros Forest & Ecological Foundation as alternates) in Bacolod; Bernardino Jalandoni Museum, Hofileña Museum, and food trip to outstanding delicacy sources in Silay; Church of St. Joseph the Worker in Victorias; Chapel of the Cartwheels in Manapla. Other attractions will be explained without leaving the tour bus. Like Bacolod’s San Sebastian Cathedral, Talisay’s enchanted trees, Silay’s ancestral houses, E.B. Magalona’s Heroes of Guintabuan monument, to name a few. To be explained are the Philippines’ most internationally-known mural, first Filipino religious imageries, Negros Island’s oldest antique (Iron Age 900-589 B.C.), the world’s smallest dolls which need magnifying glass to be seen, etc. There will be corrections on "history" about Rizal, Luna, Hidalgo, how Negros Island got its name, and so on. Aside from corrections on ancient history, there will also be on recent times especially during martial law. The fee for a whole day tour, from 9 a.m. sharp to about 5:30 p.m., is P1,000 a person. That covers everything including lunch, snacks, museum fee. Nothing more to pay.
By Gerhard Krysstopher S. Pagunsan
The USLS Granada Eco-Park continues its progress with two new features: one in the form of a new attraction and the other through a documentation of the birds that have found sanctuary in the area.
December 12, Thursday, community members, partners and current and prospective patrons are invited to the dedication of the Labyrinth, a rounded pathway encircling one of the fully grown Acacia trees in the Eco-park and the formal launch of "Birds of USLS Eco-Park and Granada" authored by nature photography hobbyist Ely Teehankee with text by Vice Chancellor for Special Projects Dr. Elsie Coscoluela.
The Negros Occidental Provincial Library spearheaded the celebration of the 79th National Book Week, with the theme "Libraries: Promoters and Preservers of Arts and Culture" jointly organized by the Association of Public Librarians-Negros Occidental, from November 24-30, 2013.
Highlighting the event are book exhibits, poster-making contest, and visits to public libraries in the province.
Negros Occidental Provincial Librarian, Dr. Joyce Deloso (extreme right) and Executive Assistant to the Governor, Ma. Carmela Valderrama (3rd from right) lead in awarding the winners of the Poster Making Contest at the Provincial Library, as part of the celebration of the 79th National Book Week, recently. Also in photo are the officers of the Association of Public Librarians-Negros Occidental, among others.* (Lib photo)
Negros Occidental Provincial Librarian, Dr. Joyce Deloso, said that the National Book Week is an annual celebration organized by the Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. that intends to encourage reading and literacy among Filipinos as well as to promote public libraries in the Philippines.
UNVEILING. Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Maranon, Jr. and Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella led guests during the Saturday inauguration and blessing of the Negros Occidental High School Museum. Maranon also keynoted the event attended by NOHS officials, faculty and alumni headed by principal Mario Ama-ca.*(Richard Malihan / Capitol PIO photo)