The two-day tour in Bacolod City was not enough. Time is so short, but it was a fulfilling trip.
Thus said candidates of Miss Earth 2013. Their first stop was at the VMA Global College Training Center where they witnessed the safety techniques in saving life at the sea. Miss Austria and Miss Poland said this is the first of its kind activity that they ever visited.
Next stop was at the organic farm of Ramon Uy at Brgy. Pahanocoy, where they were in awe looking at varied projects using organic materials.
The vermin culture and crushed garbage turned into fertilizers in the farm, organic piggery that does not emit foul smell, the ram pump that brings water to the garden without using electricity but pressure of water pumped by the ram pump; foundry shop where metals and hard materials are crushed and farm machines are produced. The foods served for lunch were all products of organic farming.
MISS EARTH 2013 HOPEFULS. After posing for souvenir shot (right photo) with Cong. Evelio Leonardia (3rd from left), host Cano Tan (center), WV Tourism Council chair Atty. John Orola Jr., coordinator of Miss Earth candidates Bacolod tour and Nonong Verdeflor representing Gov. Alfredo Marañon, the international beauties did tree planting at Campuestohan Highland Resort which the owner Cano Tan named as the Miss Earth Orchard (left photo).*
In this second of three articles about Subic Bay Freeport, there's one spot that really is a "must see" attraction for all visitors.
Set in 25 hectares of the lush Ilanin Forest, the Zoobic Safari is a wonderful nature theme park offering visitors a unique opportunity to experience exotic animals roaming in their natural habitat.
It even features a Tiger Safari - the only one of its kind in the Philippines - where tigers freely roam an enclosed area. Visitors can get close to these remarkable beasts from the security of fully protected Jeepneys.
Preparations are now underway for the Bacolaodiat Festival 2014 which will be on January 30 to February 2 next year.
Ushering in the Year of the Wood Horse in 2014, the festival will be on its 9th year since its inception in 2005 evolving from a simple celebration then to a festival that is anticipated by the Filipinos, Chinese and the Filipino-Chinese alike in Bacolod every first quarter of each year.
As part of the evolution, the festival is now being run by an Executive Committee duly appointed by Bacolod City Mayor Monico O. Puentevella.
The young and dynamic Jennifer Gochangco-Ong now leads the committee as the Festival Chairman supported by Jonathan Lo in charge of the Zodiac Animals, Emily Go-Villanueva and Mila Ong for the Cultural Committee, Bryant Lao for Safety and Security, Willy Au for Media and Promotions, Andres Valencia, Alfredo Barcelona, and Lily Go for Finance, Atty. Ben Ortega for Legal and David Villanueva for Fireworks.
Today, December 2 is International Human Rights Day. To mark the occasion, the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines and the Springfilm Foundation will screen tonight in Manila the Philippine premiere of "Lilet Never Happened", an ward-winning movie about child prostitution in the Philippines.
Directed by Dutchman Jacco Groen, the film has been released to wide overseas acclaim and has already garnered many awards including Best Youth Film in Norway and Denmark and the Best Social Drama at the International Film Festival in California.
It’s the story about Lilet, a maladjusted Filipino street-girl, struggling to survive on the streets of Manila. International social worker Claire tries to save her but this hard-headed and traumatized girl thinks she can take her life in her own hands.
Aliana May D. Juson
Foreign students in the USLS community gather in the 14th installment of the annually-celebrated Cultures Meet organized by the Center for External Relations on November 22 at Santuario de La Salle.
(2nd Row) German student of AFS Cycle 2013 Guillaume Ruyssen and Vietnamese Master in English Language Teaching Trang Du find their place in a crowd of USLS Performing arts scholars singing and dancing with the community at Cultures Meet 2013.*
In an evening of cultural appreciation and interconnectedness, the foreigners unified the community in a thanksgiving program that opened their eyes to the beauty of the diverse cultures that abound in the University.
La Carlota City College celebrated its 47th Founding Anniversary last November 23, 25-27, 2013. Through a thanksgiving convocation held at the City Gymnasium on November 25, students, faculty members as well as heirs of the people behind this institution offered tribute to the founding fathers who built La Carlota City College that produced a quality leaders and globally competitive citizens with a trade mark of a proud LCCCian over 47 fruitful years.
Vice-Mayor Luis J. Jalandoni III in behalf of Mayor Juliet Marie D. Ferrer, welcomed the guests and visitors. He said that "despite the recent devastation and destruction caused by the recent supertyphoon, it is good to recognize and thank God for the wonderful things He had done to us," and that this 47th Founding Anniversary is worth celebrating.
Vice Mayor Luis J. Jalandoni III (right) in behalf of Mayor Juliet Marie D. Ferrer gives the plaque of appreciation to Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue (center), main speaker of the event together with Dr. Fatima G. Bullos, La Carlota City College President.*
BELATED HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!
I first initiated the celebration of Thanksgiving Day in my home in Bel Air-Bacolod City after I had my hernia surgery which was successfully performed by Bacolod City’s Best Surgeon, Dr. Rafael L. Jocson a couple of years ago. I only invited my close friends and relatives who visited and prayed for me while I was in the hospital and we feasted on lechon, roasted chicken, fruits and veggies, etc. Those who were present suggested that we would make it a yearly affair and next time it would be potluck. However, the following year, I was out of town hence, I decided to reactivate it supposedly this year but in deference to our fellow Visayans who perished (to date over 5,240 and counting) during the super typhoon "Yolanda," I have decided to postpone it probably next year, God willing.
My closest cousin Boy (Jesus Ramon) Cuadra who is a brother to me now here in Bacolod (as all my biological brothers are gone, 3 succumbed to cancer because they were smokers and drinkers and one to cardiac arrest) and his beloved wife Manon have joined me in celebrating Thanksgiving. Next time it will be with them and my good neighbors whom I have established close relations through the years and it may turn out to be a traditional affair, hopefully. Among them are Leo and Ailyn Sibala, Capt. Johnny Legaspina, Piring Vergoles, Natnat & Luz Tamayo, Raquel Perez, Doming & Marylou Merida, Catalina Talde, Grace Genovea, etc. - Bel Air’s socialites.
The Farmers Weekend Market was the hub of many activities last Saturday, November 23, 2013 which included:
Bacolod City Mayor Monico O. Puentevella together with Ms. Ruby C. Cruz, Marketing Manager of the Weekend Market and Alan Gensoli, member, City Solid Waste Mgt. Committee, held a press conference regarding garbage-segregation concerns and the operations of the market.
NDB’s W. Henry O. Streegan, Elsie Gonzaga, Alan Gensoli and Ruby C. Cruz
LIGHTING OF CHRISTMAS TREE
Mayor Puentevella officiated in the lighting of the 18-foot Christmas Tree which was made from recycled garbage. The tree was designed by the Fine Arts students of La Consolacion College-Bacolod. The tree was designed by Danny Agustin who is majoring in Industrial Design.
Jein & Joan Pabalinas
DUPONT PRESENTATION ON SOLAR ENERGY
Solar Panels Exhibit. In the picture are Alan Gensoli, Ruby C. Cruz, W. Henry O. Streegan, First Lady Patching Puentevella, Mayor Monico O. Puentevella and Dupont Representatives.
It’s Thanksgiving Week, an occasion to remind us of family gatherings, sharing love and celebrating over a hearty meal.
Special food deals are available at SM City Bacolod this Thanksgiving. Food tenants at the mall have something to offer, whether a freebie or a promo, so drop by your favorite restaurant or cart and check out their Thanksgiving specials. Available from November 25 to December 1.
In the US, it’s turkey, but for us Pinoys, what’s a celebration without crispy roasted pig, better known as lechon? Head on over to the SM branches of Chicken Deli and L’Kaisei and have your fill of delicious lechon. Offer available from November 25 to December 1.