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Marañon-Lacson Tandem Still A Priority in Merger

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Will Negros Occidental governor Alfredo Marañon- Jr., and Vice Governor Eugenio Lacson run under a united team for the 2016 elections and gain ground? Or will they run against each other?

San Carlos City’s Jessica Zevenbergen during the swimsuit portion of the Lin-ay sang Negros Pageant night.* (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)

OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHER Dr. Ronnie Baldonado awards the Ms. Photogenic award to Ms. Kabankalan Leister Jane Decinal.* (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)

Bacolod, Taguig as Twin Cities in First ProbinSyudad FESTIVALExpo on April 24-26

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The first ProbinSyudad FESTIVALExpo for the Twinning of Cities will be held in Bacolod City on April 24-26, 2015 as part of the Twinning Project between Bacolod and Taguig.

Piaya Network President Leah Aguirre, ProbinSyudad: The First FESTIVALExpo for the Twinning of Cities Project Head Charlotte Tinaza, Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella, Councilor Sonya Verdeflor and Resident Project Manager Jen Cabahug during the unveiling of the project yesterday at the Bacolod People’s House.* (CMO-PIO photo)

Councilor Sonya Verdeflor (2nd L) being interviewed on ProbinSyudad celebration.* (WHOS photo)

The initiative is a nationwide project that highlights a city-to-city development cooperation to aid effectiveness for mutual learning and friendship between people, as well as in promoting each city’s progress, proud heritage and culture and arts.

“This is another good project that will make the city smile,” said Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella during its unveiling yesterday at the Ceremonial Hall of the Bacolod People’s House. Further, the Mayor also sees the influx of more guests to come to Bacolod.

Bacolod and Taguig give a lot of love and respect to each other, he added.

ProbinSyudad Project Head Charlotte Tinaza said that the upcoming celebration is in line with the 2012 Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing and Resolution No. 620 which was passed in 1996 that saw the two metropolis as sister cities. She also opined that her visits to Bacolod have always been “very warm” and hopes that the event will be included in the city’s major occasions.

Councilor Sonya Verdeflor, who was also present during the announcement, said that the relationship between Bacolod City and Taguig “doesn’t start and end with the MOA signing” and is a start for both Local Government Units (LGU) to share their best practices with each other.

Event highlights include a FUNdRIVE campaign by the Volkswagen Club of Negros Island, a Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Career Hub in partnership with the IT-Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) and the Public Employment Service Office (PESO), as well as the “One Million Voices” campaign in celebration of the industry reaching its 1 million mark and as Bacolod being considered as the country’s second wave in the IT-BPO field.

A Rights of the Child nationwide campaign will also be observed alongside the League of Tourism and Hospitality Students Summit and a classical Concert-Dinner of a Cause for the benefit of St. Vincent’s Home for the Aged.

Piaya Network, ProbinSyudad’s official media partner, will also be re-launched in celebration of its 2nd year of operation.

Peque Gallaga’s Solo Art Exhibition

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The Philippines’ multi-awarded film-maker, actor, screenplaywright and production designer, Peque Gallaga, will stage his first solo art exhibition at the Arte Verité Gallery, 2/F Serenda Bonifacio Global City in Manila from April 18.

Peque Gallaga with his cross hatching work "Diri lang anay".* (Robert Harland photo)

‘Bigger Panaad Festival is On’

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Panaad is now bigger.

This was how Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. described yesterday the annual Panaad Festival.

Marañon said this year’s festival “has more participants and booths.”

The governor cited that last year, there were only 70 participants in the Lechon Parade, now there were 90.

2015 PANAAD FESTIVAL OPENING RITES. Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. and DILG Secretary Mar Roxas shaking hands prior to yesterday’s Panaad opening rites, with Negros Occ.l Vice Governor Eugenio “Bong” Lacson, Negros Oriental Vice Governor Dr. Edward Mark Mecias and former Negros Occ. Gov. Rafael Coscolluela* (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)


“A new attraction is the Bamboo Village which was organized through the help of our Oriental neighbors. It features various products of the province’s bamboo in-dustry,” he said.

Meanwhile, Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson expressed hope that the Panaad Festival will be the moving venue for the realization of the Negros Island Region (NIR) proposal of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental.

Panaad Sa Negros Festival 2015 Opens Today; Sec. Mar Roxas to Grace Opening Ceremonies

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The 22nd Panaad sa Negros Festival officially opens today at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City, with Dept. of Interior and Local Government

Sec. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II

(DILG) Sec. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II as guest of honor.

The ceremony kicks-off with a motorcade and floats parade at 3 p.m. from the Provincial Capitol Grounds passing through the main streets of Bacolod going to the Panaad Stadium.

The opening program will start thereafter, Negros Occ. Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson will give his welcome address, followed by the raising of banners to be led by Negros Occ. Board Member Patrick Leonard Lacson and Festival Executive Director, Dr. Ma. Lina P. Sanogal together with the mayors of the 32 towns and cities of the province.


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