Human Interest Story
I’ve only flown them once - on a short hop from Delhi to Lahore in the 1990s. But one flight on Pakistan’s national flag carrier, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), was quite enough. It went immediately on my list of airlines to be avoided in future.
So it came as no surprise to read recently that PIA has fired 300 employees - including pilots, cabin crew and engineers - for producing fake degrees.
The sacked pilots had flown thousands of hours for the airline including one who had recorded 25 years of service.
The scandal first broke in 2012, when a number of employees of the airline were accused of having submitted fake degrees.
The name Nicholas Loney seems to evoke a strong reaction in many people in Negros. As a foreigner, married to a Bacoleña, who has come to know Bacolod quite well over the last four years, I have been quite surprised at how his name often produces a negative response. Many educated people I have spoken to seem to have low opinion of Loney but, when pressed, they have to admit that they have not personally considered the evidence. They have simply adopted what became the received wisdom based on inadequate research and sweeping statements of thirty years ago. Loney was blamed for many of the problems that beset the Negros sugar industry in the second half of the 20th century and, as he had been dead for more than a century, he was an easy fall-guy who could not speak up for himself.
In some publications in the 1980s, Loney was accused of being the cynical destroyer of local industry, particularly weaving in Iloilo. It has been alleged that he arrived here with instructions from the British government to flood the market with British manufactured cotton goods and send back ships to Britain laden with sugar. If this were so, then he would indeed merit the bad name which he seems to have in some quarters. The problem with this interpretation is that it is not supported by the research evidence.
For children who love animals and who want to experience what it’s like caring for them, the Negros Forest and Ecological Foundation (NFEFI) is staging another of its highly popular Junior Zookeeper Workshops.
The NFEFI workshops are designed for children who are keenly interested in animals. It’s also a great stepping stone for those youngsters thinking of pursuing an animal-related profession.
A Visayan Warty Pig
The next Junior Zookeeper Workshop will be held at NFEFI Biodiversity Conservation Center (BCC) at the Provincial Lagoon, Bacolod City, from April 21 - 25 every afternoon from 1:30pm to 4:30pm.
A triduum of masses is scheduled next week at the Redemptorist Shrine in Bacolod city to usher in the celebrations for the canonization of Popes John XIII and John Paul II. It will begin on Thursday, April 24 to Saturday, April 26, 2014.
The two popes will be canonized in rites at the Vatican on April 27, 2014. The rites will be aired live at the Bacolod Public Plaza, at 4 p.m. as part of the Festival of New Saints celebration being organized by the Bacolod-based JP II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family and GMA TV.
The live telecast will be done courtesy of Skycable, according to Rev. Msgr. Victorino Rivas, director of the JP II Institute.
Dinah Buenafe Valladarez, 71 year-old Silaynon, received a brand new laptop recently from Japanese Ambassador Toshinao Urabe.
Valladarez, who made a typing job from her student-costumers by using her manual typewriter, will no longer have a hard time on striking typewriter’s keys that are heavy and used to get stuck. Valladarez said she will use the new laptop for her typing job.
Dinah Buenafe Valladarez (left), a Silaynon, receives a laptop from Japanese Ambassador Toshinao Urabe. Silay City Mayor Jose L. Montelibano (right) handed-over the laptop to her in Silay City Hall recently.* (Aldwin Dalpatan photo)
The laptop was handed-over by Silay City Mayor to Valladarez. The latter was very happy.
Regardless of distance if love is pre-destined, then lovers are connected. Yes, as the love of Pastor Amado Perez of San Dionisio, Iloilo, presently district presbyter of the United Pentecostal Church (UPC) for Eastern and Central Visayas based in Tacloban City, bridges with Pastora Christina "Sis Tina" N. Orola also of UPC in Bacolod City.
Bride Sis Tina and groom Pastor Amado, center, with Dr. Beth Salabas, 4th from left, and her clan.*
Actually they were both studying at Central Philippine University (CPU) in Iloilo City sometime 1978 where they met. Incidentally they were then active leaders of young people’s organization of their respective churches as Bible quizzers. So they were always together in church activities, the opportunity that developed their hidden attraction to each other. However, Sis Tina went home to Bacolod and pursued her studies at La Salle. Still they continued their church tasks as youth leaders. Since then they have not communicated. Until such time that Amado became a pastor and married another woman whom he had children, grown up now.
The acronym stands for Rafael B. Lacson Memorial High School (RBLMHS) formerly the Talisay Provincial High School and this Saturday, April 12, under the sponsorship of Host Batch 1989 – the "Talisay High" will hold its 62nd General Alumni Homecoming.
Arlene Verdeflor-David, President of the General Alumni Association, Inc. headed the panel last April 9, 2014 in explaining to media that this year’s homecoming activities will be characterized by the fiesta mood organized by the sister tandem Nidz Villones and marketing/media partner Joy Villones-Delgado (RBLMHS Batch 2000) of the NRV Productions and Talent Pool Management.
Backed by the officers of Host Batch 1989 Rodney Nabalona and Bambi Tribaco Homecoming Chair and Co-Chair, they all explained that the Talisay High festivities will "make use of what is available in the best way possible".
IN PHOTO: (from left) Joy Villones-Delgado, Chrysee Samillano, Carla Cañet, Nidz Villones, Rodney Nabalona, Arlene Verdeflor-David, Bambi Tribaco, Gil Severino, Jerome Galunan, and James Toga.*
Bacolod City Mayor Monico O. Puentevella paid tribute to veterans at the 72nd Anniversary Celebration at the Araw ng Kagitingan (Fall of Bataan) rites held at the Bacolod City Plaza. Bataan soldiers under Gen. Wainright in April 9.
Puentevella called all the veterans the "unsung heroes" of our country. He bewailed the fact that out of the several thousand veterans from Bacolod City, there are now only 300 survivors.
Veteran laying wreath
He added, "while all of you were only receiving P1,000.00 per quarter in the past, please be advised that effective this year, you will all receive P1,500.00 every quarter. Hopefully next year, if our finances will allow, we may increase your quarterly pensions."
‘Kalbaryo ni Kristo, Kalbaryo sang Pilipino’
By Jun delos Reyes
John 3:16 reads "For God so love the World that He gave His only begotten Son; that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting Life."
A Super Road Show presentation will be shown live at the Provincial Capitol Lagoon at 7:00 a.m. on Good Friday, April 18 which will pass along the main thoroughfares of Bacolod City.
Jesus Christ and Pontius Pilate (scene at Provincial Capitol facade) (JDR/NDB photo)
Opening with a dreamy voice-over telling us how God has always been there, it’s heavy-handed and melodramatic, openly sentimental and exremely earnest. Unlike movies and other films, this film focuses on Jesus played by Jess Rafiñan; His arrest, torture and death. " Taltal" takes us through Jesus’ Life, His march to Jerusalem, and all of the miracles He performed along the way. His followers multiply, and so do His critics. He threatens those in power, not only the Jewish High Priest led by Caiaphas played by Elmer Cataluña and Annas played by Steve Madrid and with the Council of Judges, the Sanhedrin - a sort of " supreme court" - that operated in Israel around the time of Jesus. That during the period when the Sanhedrin existed, other nations ruled over Israel. But to the degree that the Jews were allowed to govern themselves, it was the Sanhedrin that held the greatest power. This body of leaders had seventy-one members and carried out its business in Jerusalem. This term is used twenty-two times in the New Testament. The group that put Jesus on trial with the appearance of the three most famous priest Gamaliel, Archaelus, Nathaniel played by Jose Mariano Valderama, Jaypee Veloso and Baldwin Garrucho.
Joseph Daniel Toga Garrucho, Grade 8 and his younger brother Lou Jann Toga Garrucho, a first grader, hurdled the 2014 school year’s test of educational challenges by winning distinction honors to be among the awardees and honorees in their respective schools.
The Garrucho brothers Lou Jann and Joseph Daniel
Joseph Daniel, 14, was named one of the few Chaplain’s Awardees and Service Awardees during their Recognition Day Rites last March 27 at the Maranatha Baptist Church in Homesite, Bacolod City, a rare and distinct honor for his scholastic achievements and extra-curricular activities.