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Negros Occ. Wetlands Host to Thousands of Migratory Birds

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Thousands of migratory birds from Siberia, China and Australia pass by, feed and even breed in the wetlands of the province particularly the Bago up to Ilog area.

Director for Field Operations of the Philippine Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Incorporated Lisa J. Paguntalan approximates there are about 109,000 migratory shorebirds in the area for the month of January alone, a count more than that the whole of Manila Bay, the highest concentration for these migratory birds.

Talisay is Love

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The leader with a heart is working on two fronts, one is to elevate the way of life of his constituents, and the other one is coming up with various programs that will help the people become self-reliant.


TALISAY CITY Mayor Doc Eric Saratan went around and observed the ongoing shell and bamboo craft workshops of the City Cooperative Livelihood and Development Office (CCLDO).* (Owen S.Bayog / NDB photo)

A Simple Story of a Lantern Seller

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Leah Tandugon of Bacolod City has been selling Christmas lanterns and lighted decors 12 years now. It started when her husband Freddy Tandugon was sentenced to serve 12 years imprisonment after being sentenced for murder. She vividly recalled that it started outside the old Provincial Jail along Galo street and now they are located at the other side of the street for the Christmas season.


Leah Tandugon, 35, wife of a former prisoner of the Provincial Jail sells lanterns and Christmas decors near the old Provincial Jail along Galo and Burgos Streets. * (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)

Diwali Festival 2014 Opens 1st Secretary Prasad Wishes Prosperity, Happiness in Bacolod, PH

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The city’s version of India’s Festival of Lights, the Diwali Festival was officially opened at the Grand Lobby of the Bacolod People’s House Saturday.


Mayor Monico O. Puentevella leads the ribbon cutting ceremony to open the Diwali Festival of Lights 2014 at the Bacolod People’s House last Saturday.* (CMO-PIO photo)

Negros Occ. Marks 116th ‘Bloodless Revolution’

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Three events will give impetus to the 116th Cinco de Noviembre celebration today in Negros Occidental.

Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. will lead the activities at 7:45 am flag raising ceremony at the Provincial Capitol Lagoon and Park, where a short program will be held. Prayer lead by Negros Occidental singing Ambassadors, Pambansang Awit by the NOHS Brass Band, 303rd Infantry Brigade and Negros Occidental Singing Ambassadors; a short presentation on Cinco de Noviembre by USLS MassKara Theater Ensemble; Gov. Marañon to deliver a message and turn-over provincial funded projects to respective recipients by the Government, Vice Gov. Eugenio Lacson with the provincial officials and department heads.

This will be followed by the Heroes March at 9:00 a.m. from the Lagoon to the Bacolod Public Plaza where a commemorative program for the heroes rally will be held. The march will be led by the 303rd Infantry Brigade Philippine Army under Col. Jon Aying, commanding officer. It will be started with the rationale by Mr. Roque Hofileña who will present the significance of November 5 in the lives of Negrenses, then messages from Francesca Santiago, Grade 8 student, USLS, and Sherlie Anne Sancho, Grade 6, Dalison Elem. School, EB Magalona, Negros Occ. followed by ecumenical prayer from different religious aggrupations, and unity dance of Gawad Kalingaw dance troupe.

In third event is the Pasidungog program at the Capitol Social Hall where Gov. Marañon assisted by Vice Gov. Lacson will present an award to the Negrense Volunteers for Change Foundation, Inc. lead by Ms Millie Kilayko.

According to the Governor, the foundation has been doing a lot for the people of Negros Occidental even before typhoon Yolanda. They have constructed school buildings, distributed relief goods and fishing boats to Yolanda victims, and a lot more.

Considering that 116 years ago, Negros was liberated from the Spanish invaders when the two Negrense generals tricked the enemies by using improvised cannons that led to the surrender of Spanish soldiers. From Bago City, the late General Juan Araneta, and from Silay City, the late General Aniceto Lacson led the revolt. They marched from their respective places to the public plaza of Bacolod City where the commander of the Spanish soldiers surrendered.

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