Human Interest Story
DENR CENRO Bacolod City relays information to its administrative jurisdiction encompassing the Municipalities of EB Magalona, Murcia, Salvador Benedicto, Pulupandan, San Enrique, Pontevedra, Valladolid, La Castellana and Moises Padilla as well as the Cities of Silay, Talisay, Bago, La Carlota and Bacolod regarding Technical Bulletin No. 2013-02 dated February 22, 2013 from the Protected Area and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on the collection and control of the population of Chinese Softshell Turtle (Pelodiscus sinensis), an Invasive Alien Species (IAS), signed by Director Theresa Mundita S. Lim.
The Chinese Softshell Turtle (photo credit as tagged)
AUSTRALIA DAY. Guest of honor at the Manila British and Commonwealth Club recently to celebrate the national days of Australia and New Zealand was Australian Ambassador H.E. Bill Tweddell (center) with (l-r) club vice-president and Negros sugar and rice farmer Leslie Stokes OBE and Angel Stokes, Robert Harland, British Embassy Warden for Negros Occidental and Bacolod Chef Stessie Hecita.*
OIL LOUNGE in Art District 2 takes their party to DUGOUT, for one night, which they shall call " UNIFIED" on Saturday, March 1.
Dugout’s parking lot stretch and main room will be invaded by dj’s from Manila (CAMMY V, NIX DAMN P & DEUCE MANILA), and from Bacolod (Leandro Zayco & The Patiqueros, Anton G, Miguel Roxas, Kyla Diamante, Migi Caram, and of course the Dugout resident dj’s). One of Cebu’s hottest MC’s, Patrick Rizzari, and Bacolod Hype Inc. shall ,on the other hand, grab the mic and take the party to an even greater height than where it already is. For this Negros Love Dance Festival 2014 Pre-Party, the producers have also invited the ever-astonishing Jessy Mendiola and the entire team A of the DLSU Green Archers.
In times of darkness in your life, just remember the bright incidents you have experienced. Thus said Pastor Ryan Ramos as guest preachers of the United Pentecostal Church in Brgy. Sum-ag, Bacolod City yesterday. He said, "no matter what trials may come, problems that may arouse, do not change. Go to church and serve your God. Remember that even in stormy night, God does not fail you."
"When Jesus Christ healed the blind, the sick, and let the lame walk, he revealed himself a a healer. But when he turned the five loaves of bread and two pieces of fish into a meal for more than 4,000 men, he revealed himself as God, Jehoval Jirah, which means the Divine God; as Lord of righteousness; as the Lord is my shepherd. That was the time that the people declared "he was God", and did not want to depart from him because God is there. This are the reasons why the four disciples have written this in the Bible because God revealed himself to the people. As in the time of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, also of Moses, that God revealed himself to the people.
Today, February 25, 2014 at 6:00 a.m. will be at the San Sebastian Cathedral for the Mass offered by a close friend, Fely Luz to Cosette Olimpo Maravilla Villaluz on the occasion of her 1st death anniversary.
Bagguer and Cosette at the Robinson’s Place
After 6:00 a.m. mass, we will proceed to Rolling Hills Memorial Park with Fely Luz to light candles and offer prayers and flowers to our beloved Cosette, with our children and grandchildren. Special thanks to Fely for offering six masses for Cosette at the Fatima church for six days.
Bagguer & Cosette at the Planta Hotel
ALL ROADS LEAD TO VMA CAMPUS IN SUM-AG FOR A WEEK ON FEBRUARY 22 TO 28,2014.
Multi-awarded VMA Global College will turn 41on Feb. 22 and will celebrate it with a week-long festivity dubbed "Fiesta Sa VMA" and anchored on the theme "Skills Enriched: Make Lives Secured and Future Assured".
VMA GLOBAL COLLEGE IS ONE OF THE TOP 10 MARITIME SCHOOLS IN THE PHILIPPINES. One of the Maritime school credited by EMSA ( European Maritime Safety Agency)and is a certified International Maritime Organization (IMO) compliant maritime educational institution. Likewise, both the VMA Global College and the VMA Maritime Training Center are ISO 9001:2008 certified by the AJA REGISTRARS, ANGLO JAPANESE AMERICAN.
On invitation of the Department of Tourism Region XI through its Assistant Secretary for Mindanao Art Boncato, it was a privilege for me to be part of the media group that took the inaugural direct flight from Bacolod to Davao of Cebu Pacific Air recently.
Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella delivers his message during the launching ceremony of the direct flight between Bacolod and Davao held at the Bacolod Silay National Airport.* (H.James G.Toga/NDB)
We were billeted at the 5-star Marco Polo Davao as GM Anthony Tan welcomed us with DOT ASec Art Boncato, Cebu Pacific Air’s Corporate Communication VP Jose Lorenzo Tanada, Corp Comm Manager MP Fojas and Corp Comm Asisstant Manager Michelle Eve de Guzman welcoming us all.
It was timely for the launch of the DOT-initiated Davao BIG FUN Sale where all the major shopping malls in Davao joined muscles together to hold their big shopping sale come March to April 2014.
Happy shoppers courtesy of G-Mall Gaisano Davao – NPC Directors James Toga and Dolly Yasa, DOT Region VI officer Pamela Denise Cababasay, and Jerome Galunan.*
I had a message the other day to return a call to one of the country’s major telephone companies. Thinking it might be in connection with a recent query I’d raised with them, I called back. After many attempts, I finally reached the person who had called me.
Was it about my query? No, it was a sales girl trying to sell me some additional ‘phone services.
I found this very irritating. To my mind, if someone is trying to sell something, the onus is on the salesperson to track down the prospect, not the other way around. I wasted 20 minutes trying to find the person who had called.
So I asked the girl how long she’d been in the selling job. Just four days was the answer.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and the occasion is always a perfect excuse for sweet indulgences, special treats, and most important of all, spending time with the people that matter. Whether it’s a romantic rendezvous with The One or a delightful day with family and friends, being with the people you love is already one part of the recipe for a perfect Valentine’s Day.
SM City Bacolod greets everyone a Happy Valentine’s! Lovely photo op area at the northwing.*
Now, how do you make it a February 14 to remember, especially for the Bacolodnon romantic? Make memories at the mall! In downtown Bacolod for instance, SM City Bacolod is the happening place to be. You may be a coosome twosome, out to woo each other on this romantic, casual evening. For a barkada and family affair to remember, kick it up to high gear by extending the fun into the weekend. However way you choose to spend the season of hearts, SM City Bacolod has a little of everything for everyone.
Blooms and Bears offers stuffed toys and lovely bouquets.*
I never cease to be amazed at how tolerant Filipinos are. While they’re usually quick to moan about corrupt politicians, the government or the ‘Gates of Hell’ traffic, most Filipinos seem reluctant to complain if they’ve had a bad meal or poor service in a shop or restaurant.
Maybe it’s because Filipinos are non-confrontational. They don’t want to embarrass someone in public. So if they get served a steak which is as tough as a doormat, many locals will just leave it and never come back to that restaurant.