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Kabankalan Charter Day Highlights Tom. Saturday

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The highlights of the 17th Charter Anniversary celebration of Kabankalan City will happen tomorrow, Saturday starting at 7 in the morning.

17TH KABANKALAN CHARTER. The giving of Plaque and Token of appreciation of Miss Eliza Bronola, Schools Division Superintendent, and Kabankalan City Mayor Isidro P. Zayco, to Keynote Speaker Mario A. Deriquito, DepEd Undersectary for Partnerships & External Linkage, during the 16th DepEd Day Celebration & the opening of 17th Charter Day Anniversary of Kabankalan, held at the Evacuation & Command (Evacom) Center.* (Jun Gaton / Pasiplat photo)

Worries of the Wealthy

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I know this paper has some fabulously wealthy readers. You know who you are.

So what keeps the super rich awake at night? Is it worry about investments failing or the inability to provide for the family?

While many of us lie awake worrying about how to keep the wolf from the door, a worldwide study has revealed the wealthy lose sleep over their money causing lack of ambition in their children.

The richer the individual the greater those fears, and only health concerns rank higher in the minds of the wealthy elite.

2GO Group Renews Partnership to Promote Science & Technology

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Close to 250,000 students, teachers and visitors experienced fun and discovery with Philippine Science Centrum Traveling Exhibit of the Philippine Foundation for Science and Technology (PFST) during its entire run all over the country in 2013.

In set of photo: (upper left) Sci-Fi Caravan in Cebu City, (upper right) Science Adventures in Roxas City, and (above) renewal of partnership with 2GO Group, Inc. executives and officers of PFST held at the Philippine Science Centrum in Marikina City last June 11, 2014.*

AFP Chief Bautista Retires: Ilonggos Express Gratitude Part II

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Retired Col. Isabelo delos Reyes, former civil military operations (CMO) officer of 303rd Infantry Brigade said, Gen. Bautista is soft spoken but firm, approachable and does not burst. He is not bossy to the junior officers and men. He implemented Bayanihan program by involving all sectors in delivering services to the hinterlands as a way of attaining peace which is a show window of the AFP. While he rigidly implement the Bayanihan concept of peace, Gen. Bautista at the same time worked for economic development of the community.

Stepping back in time

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If you are ever in the South of England and you fancy some really interesting sightseeing, take a trip to Bucker’s Hard on the Beaulieu River in the New Forest.

Buckler’s Hard is a splendidly preserved 18th century shipbuilding village that hasn’t changed much over the years.

The sheltered waterfront location and the ready supply of oak, beech and elm trees from the nearby New Forest, made Buckler’s Hard one of England’s most important shipbuilding centers.

Mondays in Talisay City

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It has always been a practice in government offices and facilities to conduct the Monday flag ceremonies, so until now, the tradition lives on.

TALISAY CITY Mayor Eric Saratan egularly announces the city’s projects and other important endeavors during Monday’s program at the Talisay City Hall grounds. *(Owen S. Bayog / NDB photo)

‘Pasundayag sang Kapulisan 2014’

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As the Bacolod City Police Office celebrates their 19th Police Community Relation month for the whole month of July 2014 with the theme"Pinaigting na Samahan ng Mamamayan at Pulisya para sa Patuloy na Kapayapaan at Kaunlaran ng Sambayanan",Bacolod City Police Office have the"Pasundayag sang Kapulisan 2014" which aimed at regaining the trust,support and cooperation of the people of Bacolod City.

‘Revisiting CO 533, S. of 2011, Wanting for its Implementation’

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After seeing the positive effects of the grown trees now along Luzuriaga Extension fronting SM (Exit) Reclamation Area (see photos below), Councilor El Cid Familiaran said to himself, "this is it!"


Her last party

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Somehow I can’t see this catching on the Philippines, but in the US it’s become a hot topic of conversation among funeral directors.

In June, New Orleans resident, 53 year-old Miriam Burbank died. Her daughters said she was full of life and everyone adored her. So when it came time to plan her funeral, they decided to reflect this and take an unconventional approach.


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(Lifted in toto from the souvenir program of the Riverside Medical Center when the institution celebrated its 50th anniversary last August 15, 2004.)


Looking back into history of Riverside Medical Center, Incorporated, one sees that the story of Riverside is an affirmation of the old adage "dreams do come true." The inspiring story of Riverside and its founder, Dr. Pablo Obregon Torre, is a story of struggle against adversity, of hardships and sacrifices, and above all, of perseverance and de-termination to succeed.

Culture Nurture: E is for Education, Entrepreneurship, Employment, Economy

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by James U. Sy, Jr.

Why go to college? An often asked question in college and university interviews that doesn’t seem to be answered with enough deep thought to the matter. The usual answers that one gets include to gain more knowledge, to graduate from college, and to have a good job, which by themselves are correct…partially correct actually.

GARDENING TIME: The Negros Occidental Garden Club's (NOGC) Damas del Dia group gave members a presentation on Healthy Tips for Gardeners at the club's monthly meeting at the Bacolod Pavillon Resort Hotel recently.
Damas del Dia members are (from left, seated) Charito Mendoza, Baby Gonzaga, Araceli Flores, Virgie Lopue, Peps Remitio, (from left, standing) Sally Germinal, Amai Lopue, Cely Jugo, May Hanlon, Carrie Maalat, Nita Estrella, Betty Jarder, Vicky Lopue, and Yoly Kilayko.*

Culture Nurture: Maleficent - Fairy Tale Hollywood Style

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by James U. Sy, Jr.

Prolific moviegoers would have noted several ongoing trends in the film industry nowadays. For one, superheroes are the in thing, with Marvel outdoing DC in the silver screen with the release of Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, The Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Elektra, and yes, The Avengers. The most familiar DC franchise is Batman with several films already made under its belt. But aside from that there’s only Superman and Green Lantern (Flash is yet to be released and there’s a rumor of a Justice League movie).

Talisay City - A Wedding Destination

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The historical landmarks and contemporary places such as The Ruins, Aniceto Lacson Ancestral House, Balay ni Tana Dicang, Guerrero Farms and Campuestohan Highlands are just among the tourist attractions of Talisay City that cater to foreign and local tourists, as well as soon-to-be married couples who get their photos taken in these places.

Property prices on the up - almost everywhere

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The global house price boom continues apace.

Apart from strongly rising housing markets in the Philippines and Taiwan, the momentum seems to be shifting from Asia, where interventionist authorities have slowed housing markets in Hong Kong, Singapore and China.

Instead, the action is moving to the Pacific, the Gulf and to Europe, which are all seeing strong price rises.

Father’s Day Throwback 2

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At the outset, we give honor to our Heavenly Father who never fails His children. Because of His love to the people, He sent His only Begotten Son as a ransom so we may live.

Big fathers of Bacolod City: Left photo, Mayor Monico Puntevella and wife Josefa "Patching"; right: Cong. Evelio Bing Leonardia and wife Elsa.* (EBColmo)

WORKAHOLIC & RISK-TAKER FATHERS. Left to right: NDB President/Editor-in-chief Pert Toga, Editor Arman Toga, and Col. Jon Aying, commander, 303rd Infantry Brigade, Phil. Army.* (Edith B. Colmo)

Wedding Town Fair (Sleek and Elegant)

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The recently concluded Wedding Town Fair at The District-Ayala North Point, Talisay City was an astounding success as various wedding suppliers gather to showcase their products and services in a 3-day exhibit. The event led by Events and Wedding Organizer Edson "Mr. E" Azuelo of eModels Asia and Events Gallery pulled in other vendors in the wedding industry to join the said fair.

OSB DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY AND CRINIK MEDIA – the vintage themed booth during the Wedding Town Fair at Ayala North Point.* (wedtexphoto)

Sagay City Held 6th Adlaw sa Suba

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"Adlaw sa Suba" or Day of the River is an environment-driven yearly activity of the City Government of Sagay aim to raise appreciation and love for the Himoga-an River celebrated its sixth year last Tuesday with about 4,000 volunteers and residents and planted nearly 6,000 tree seedlings.

SAGAY’S "Diwata sa Suba" candidates representing five teams of The Himoga-an Race Relay Challenge.*

Manila’s Color Nite Run Invades Bacolod

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The country’s premiere night run even will illuminate the streets of the City of Smiles as the city government of Bacolod, Run Club, R.O.X, SM City and Headrush Productions bring Color Manila Nite Run Bacolod on June 28, 2014, Saturday.

Established in Manila on February 23rd, 2013, the event amassed more than 6,000 runners and illumed Bonifacio Global City with their neon sticks and glow-in-the-dark apparel. This time, the hype comes to Bacolod City that will surely attract runners of all ages.

We are the Grimsters!

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I have a calling card that states my occupation as ‘Grimster’. "What the hell is a Grimster?" is the inevitable question whenever I give out the card.

Quite simply, a Grimster is a professional obituary writer. I’m only a part-time Grimster, but there are people around the world who spend much of their working lives writing about the dead.

Many Philippine papers have pages headed ‘Obituaries’, but these are really just death notices.

18th Mudpack Festival Screening and Orientation for Contestants

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The screening of contestants for the group tribal dance and solo dance competitions of the 18th Mambukal Mudpack Festival will be held tomorrow, Saturday, 1:30 p.m. at the Social Hall of the Provincial Capitol Building in Bacolod City.

This will be followed by the general orientation and drawing of lots for all the festival competitions at 3:00 p.m. The deadline for submission of entries for the Mambukal Sceneries photo competition will be on June 16, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Mambukal Reservation Office in the Provincial Capitol Building.


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Stop Wet and Wild Parties in Bacolod

 From 2000 to 2010, the number of live births by teenage mothers in the Philippines rose by more than 60 percent, latest data from the National Statistics Office (NSO) showed.

While most attribute this to poverty and the lack of education, it is however significant that we have to look at other trends that push our youth to engage in pre-marital sex and other form of immoralities which would result to unplanned pregnancy.

Kantahan sa Tindahan Season 1 Grand Finals

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Brgy. Bata was adjudged the Grand Winner during the grand finals of DyAF Radyo Veritas Global-Bacolod’s singing contest "Kantahan Sa Tindahan" Season 1, in partnership with the City Government of Bacolod, which was successfully held Saturday June 7, 2014.

KANTAHAN WINNERS. Jenny Albaladejo, Brgy. Taculing, Lorelie Zambale, Brgy. Tangub, Remy Sino, Brgy. Pahanocoy, Kian Sanchez (Grand Winner) Brgy. Bata, Irene Howe (1st Runner Up) Brgy. 6 and Brooklyn Gale Padios (2nd R-up)*

Car Less Days on Fridays Proposed

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Thank God It’s Friday. The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) urged Negrenses to go car less on Fridays as they launched the campaign #TGIF, It’s Car Less Day. Save Gas, Save the Environment.

The campaign aims to mitigate the dreadful effects of climate change, wherein one of the major causes is the emission of harmful gases like Carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide from all sorts of vehicles.

49th Social Work Day Celebration

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On June 19, 1965, Republic Act 4373 or the law which the government recognize the Social Work as a profession was passed. In commemorating the passage of the said law, all Social Workers of the province of Negros Occidental will be celebrating the 49th year of existence of the Social Work profession in the Philippines. This celebration will be spearheaded by the Philippine Association of Social Workers, Inc. (PASWI)–Negros Occidental Chapter.

Padyak Sa Kalusugan at Kalikasan 5 Hailed Successful

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PADYAK SA KALU-SUGAN AT KALIKASAN 5, which was held last June 8, 2014 was hailed successful.

PADYAK. (Left) The finishers of Padyak sa Kalusugan at Kalikasan 5 at Brgy Cabatangan, Talisay City. (right) PSSupt Milko Lirazan, Provincial Director, NOPPO during the closing program.*

How Can a Business Succeed?

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Starting a business can be really tedious. It takes a lot of patience, creativity and even skills to maintain one, much more to make it successful. There are businesses out there that have been operating for decades but cannot expand. Yet, there are businesses which have only opened for a few years yet have branches sprawling everywhere. If we are going to look into this matter more carefully, starting and growing a business is actually a skill and a competency which can be learned.

18th Mudpack Festival Set

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The 18th Mudpack Festival of Mambukal Mountain Resort will be held on June 21 and 22, 2014 with the theme: "Saving, Healing and Celebrating Mother Earth".

Registration for various art competitions is on-going at the Mambukal Reservation Office at the Provincial Capitol Building.

Poster-making competition is open to children 12 years and below. Contestants should bring their own art materials. A 12x15 illustration board will be provided. The competition will start at 8:00 a.m. on June 21 at the Mambukal Convention Hall.

Bill Haley, the Star Who Rocked the World

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Elvis Presley may have been The King, but Bill Haley was undeniably the father of Rock and Roll. He died 33 years ago, but his legacy lives on.

Although he never achieved the fame and fortune of those who followed in his footsteps, it was Haley who revolutionize the music industry with his Shake Rattle and Roll hit of December 1954.

I was then just shy of my eighth birthday, but I remember hearing it blearing out at a local fair. We certainly didn’t hear it on the radio - it wasn’t the kind of music the British Broadcasting Corporation played in those days.

The End of the Laptop?

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Is the end of the laptop nigh? I hope not. As convenient as tablets and iPads are, for me they do not compare with a solid laptop with a proper screen and a proper keyboard.

Mind you, I’m an old codger, who grew up with a portable typewriter, so maybe I’m just past it as far as all the new technology is concerned.

With that in mind I was concerned to read recently that struggling electronics group Sony is selling its Vaio laptop computer division. I’ve never owned a Sony laptop, but I believe they are very good.

‘Memorialize Independence Day’, Bacoleños Urged

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"Memorialize Independence Day", thus Bacolod Vice Mayor Greg G. Gasataya said as he urged all Bacoleños "to celebrate with pride" the 116th years of liberation that our forefathers fought with dignity and valor against our country’s aggressors.

3Cs Imports & Exports LLC Appoints Streegan as Writer of their Publication

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W. Henry O. Streegan

Ms. Mary Ann E. Wynkoop, Chief Executive Officer of 3Cs Imports and Exports of LLC appointed W. Henry O. Streegan as a member of their writing staff, effective May 4, 2014.

The organization is based in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Ms. Wynkoop stated in the appointment, "with our thrust to promote and distribute premium quality Philippine made products, in the US and other global markets, we need your expertise in providing concise, factual, accurate and timely articles on various Philippine agricultural products, its history, production information (quantity, quality and compliance to International standards) and other related information and updates."

Vic Hao Chin, Jr. Lectures on ‘The Five Ingredients of a Happy Life’

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Businessman and veteran International Lecturer Vic Hao Chin, Jr., president of the Golden Link College Foundation, President of Philippine Belt Manufacturing Corporation and former President of the Philippine Theosophical Society of the Philippines lectured on "The Five Ingredients of a Happy Life" before educators, businessmen and interested parties, last Saturday, May 24, 2014 which was held at the Prominence Inn in Bacolod City.

Mr. Vic Hao Chin, Jr. businessman and professional lecturer

Santacruzan - A Dazzling Spectacle Mayor Newks pledges added support

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Despite the threat of heavy rains all afternoon, the show went ahead as planned. And what a show it was.

Reina Luna (Kayle Madrinion Wiskus) and Reina Esperanza (Nohlin Jennifer Jundana) killing time before the pageant begins.*

Sunday’s Santacruzan, the 27th organized by the Bacolod Cultural Foundation (BCFI), was one of the best ever with a stunning gathering of beautiful local sagalas.

Smart Supports Operation Smile’s Mega Mission via OpSmile App

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To aid in the nationwide screening of cleft patients, Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) recently trained 15 health workers and nurses on the use of OpSmile app—a patient-screening mobile application developed by the telco and Ateneo Java Wireless Competency Center (AJWCC) in 2011 for Operation Smile, a worldwide charity organization that provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities among children.

In photo is Christine Amarra from AJWCC conducting the OpSmile app training for health workers and nurses who will facilitate screening in the identified six medical mission sites.*

Feedbacks: Negros Occ. Has 20 New HIV Cases

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By Lorenzo O. Lambatin Jr.

A total of 20 patients in Negros Occidental have been found to be positive of HIV since January to April this year.

HIV-AIDS Core Team (HACT) leader of the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital, Dr. Enrique Grajales 13 are taking the Anti-retroviral drugs (ARV), five do not require medicine yet, while one patient has been transferred to another hospital.

HIV-AIDS. Dr. Enrique Grajales, right, HIV-AIDS Core Team (HACT) leader of the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Skycable TV says the number of HIV cases in the country is growing in an alarming rate. At left is Lorenzo O. Lambatin Jr. of PIA Negros Occ.* (Lljr-PIA6)

HACT also noted eight HIV-AIDS patients have already died from January to April, 2014.

MOVIE REVIEW: Godzilla Achieved ‘Stardom’ in Hollywood

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Movie audience loudly expressed bewilderment as the "Philippines" is flashed during the opening scenes of the 2014 movie "Godzilla". Hovering above the mountain thickets of the Philippines, the camera is focused on a helicopter which appeared to be inspecting a huge mining excavation where one portion was discovered to be an archaeological site of a fossilized giant creature skeleton situated in an area stored with uranium deposits.


Two important characters disembarked, the tensed, anxiety laden character who did not express a tinge of smile for the entire movie, Dr. Ishiro Seriwaza (Ken Watanabe) and his assistant, Viviene Graham (Sally Hawkins). They discovered two asexual spores apparently habitating with the fossilized gigantic creature, one crawled its way to a Japanese Island housing the Janjira Nuclear Power Plant and the other found its way among the nuclear waste deposit of Mount Yucca Nuclear Waste Repository.

Bacolod City Lakbay Aral

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Mayor Monico O. Puentevella together with the City Councilors, Department Heads, Executive Assistants and Barangay Captains of Bacolod City learn from the best practices on traffic management and security through Makati City’s Central Monitoring Surveillance System.*

Urban Art Exhibit and Music Festival Set

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RESET Urban Art Exhibition & Music Festival will be a day of art, dancing, music and lots of fun on May 31 at the Bacolod Bay Walk. RESET is a festival that gathers Bacolod Talents in various fields of art and music and is inviting everyone to gather in a day of fun and entertainment. Set to the backdrop of the Baywalk’s stunning sunset views and enticing beats by world-class DJs, RESET6100 will showcase works by local artists, skateboarding, BMX, 3D Art competitions and fixed gear bicycle exhibition, graffiti murals, long board push race, tattoo exhibition and much more.

Santacruzan Set for May 25

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The Bacolod Cultural Foundation, Inc (BCFI) will celebrate Flores de Mayo – the month of flowers – in tribute to the Virgin Mary with the traditional Santacruzan ceremony on Sunday, May 25.

The Santacruzan is a popular religious-historical event and is held in Bacolod and many other cities, towns and villages throughout the Philippines every May.

It commemorates the search of the Holy Cross by Queen Helena (Reyna Elena) and her son, the newly converted emperor Constantine. After the Holy Cross was found in Jerusalem and brought back to Rome, there was a joyful celebration of thanksgiving.

Past Reyna Elena, Johanna Gabrielle Chua with Prince Constantine, Robert Harland Jr.

Victorias City Kicks Off Brigada Eskwela, Turns Over Rescue Boats to 6 Barangays

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Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca, Vice Mayor Jerry Jover in the presence of City Councilors turned over painting materials to the different schools of the City during the flag ceremony as Brigada Eskwela 2014 kicks off.

Each of the school received buckets and gallons of semi gloss white paints, paint rollers, brushes, paint racks and other painting materials.

These will help them in their ongoing Brigada Eskwela in preparation for the opening of classes.

Roseller C. Ciocon Jr. Message to Brigada Eskwela 2014 ABES II

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My father, Roseller Ciocon.... your adopted son.....sends his best regards and sincere apologies for not being able to attend your opening ceremonies today as he is presently out of the country. Suffice it to say that his fondest thoughts are with us.

Roseller Ciocon Jr., CEO, L’Fisher Hotel delivers his inspirational message at the opening ceremonies of the ABES II Brigada Eskwela 2014 yesterday.* (Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)

The start of another school year is almost upon us and we all know how hectic this period can be. For the parents, it’s time to worry about enrollment, school supplies and uniform. For the schools, it’s time to repair leaking roofs, repaint tarnished tables and chairs, clean the grounds, buy office and classroom equipment and prepare a mountain of paperwork for the enrollment of the students. As a graduating law student myself, I fully empathize with the parents and the school administration. And it is for this reason that we the stakeholders are here today- representatives from the government, the school and private sector-to share our time, effort and resources in making Brigada Eskwela 2014 a successful endeavor. It is at this time when the children need all of us to pull ourselves together in order to make their school experience and meaningful, happy and productive. Robert Hutchins says that the object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives, and I would like to add that this could be best achieved if they are provided with the proper facilities and instruments of learning.

SP O’Ks Resolution to Commend Yanson-backed Ceres-La Salle FC

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A resolution commending the Ceres-La Salle FC for gallantly representing the country in the recently concluded Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President’s Cup Group B Qualifiers last May 6-10, 2014 was unanimously approved by the Bacolod City Sangguniang Panlungsod last Wednesday, May 14, 2014.

Authored by greenhorn Councilor Claudio Jesus "Kalaw" Puentevella, the resolution also acknowledges the Yanson family’s generosity in spearheading the tournament and also in the team’s evident development. The team, according to Puentevella, is one of Asia’s emerging teams in the international football arena and is evidenced by their numerous achievements.

The Army Wears Many Hats

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Soldiers are not only defenders of the community. They are ambassadors of goodwill, too.

As narrated by Col. Jon Aying, commanding officer of 303rd Infantry Brigade in Negros Occidental, the Bayanihan Team of soldiers patrol the hinterlands to promote peace and development. Winning the peace is not by bullets but through better community relations.

Members of the Bayanihan team carry with them few kilos of rice given to the residents in the far flung barangay as part of their penetration activity.* (Edith B. Colmo photos)

Upon arrival in the hinterland areas, the Bayanihan Team coordinates with the barangay officials and sitio leaders, whom they present their intention of conducting activities for the benefit of the community. Before the conduct of any activity, they survey the area to determine the density population, livelihood of the people; identify the needs of people. But, during their house to house survey, they give their pasalubong to the family – few kilos of rice, sometimes with sardines if they have the budget. In the course of conversation with the people, they asked what are their needs and problems that affect them most.

‘Embrace, Love Your Work’ - Mayor Eric Saratan  

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"The City of Talisay will be able to reach its goals and provide quality service as long as each one shall embrace and love their respective jobs," said Mayor Eric Saratan, leading the Monday flag ceremony at the Talisay City Hall grounds Monday morning.

Talisay City Mayor Eric Saratan leads the Monday flag ceremonies, where he urged the employees to "embrace and love your work, we owe it to the City and the people of Talisay City."* (CMO/PIO amoscoso/photo)

Mayor Eric lauded the efforts of those who work hard for the City and encouraged employees to step up in their respective tasks.

Secretive artist saves youth club

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Banksy, the mysterious British graffiti artist, political activist, film director and painter, has saved a youth club in the English City of Bristol from closing down by giving it permission to keep ‘Mobile Lover’, a piece he painted last month on the club’s doorway.

The piece shows a couple embracing while checking their mobile phones.

Dennis Stinchcombe, leader of the Broad Plain Boys’ Club, quickly removed the piece, but Bristol City Council took it arguing that the work was on its land. They sent it to a museum for safekeeping.


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