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The 2015 Hongkong Chinese New Year MassKara Experience (Part II)

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By Rocky Puentevella

The handbook

It took a lot of emails with the DOT region and the DOT in Hongkong. We complied with all the requirements despite the December holidays and there was a lot of pressure because of the deadlines. We were to send the Passport numbers, the video rehearsals via email, a sample costume. Then, the handbook arrived. It was then when I realized how big this was going to be. I saw the other groups who were performing - Taiwan, USA, St Lucia, France, Japan, among others, the route of the parade - it was going to be at Tsim Sha Tsui, the famous shopping center for most Filipinos on vacation, the expensive part, the layout, the program, the other set requirements. I went thru youtube to see samples of the parade. I had some sort of panic moment, I called the choreographer to come over to the house and meet with him. I studied the entire handbook and explained every single detail of it. I didn’t want us to look like fools when we get there. I didn’t want to be embarrassed.

Champion MassKara Dancers from Barangay Granada parading in Hongkong.*

MassKara Performance in Hong Kong is City’s ‘Biggest Tourism Success’ in 20 years

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APEC-NOC ‘very impressed’ with City’s preparation, SMX Convention Center

Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella considers the successful performance of the Barangay Granada MassKara dancers in the recently concluded 2015 Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade in Hong Kong as the city’s “biggest tourism success” in the past twenty years.

Man, Woman Found Dead

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A man and a woman were found dead in Murcia town and Bacolod City Sunday.

Librado Anonas Gernalin, 32, of Barangay Minoyan, Murcia was found dead by police authorities in a secluded place in the barangay with gunshot wounds caused by 12-gauge shotgun.

He was believed waylaid by unidentified suspect and shot dead.

Murcia PNP is still investigating the killing.

Van Kills 2 Taxi Drivers

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Two taxi drivers talking to each other while waiting for passengers, were killed by a white van driven by a sleepy driver that rammed them in front of the L’ Fisher Hotel along 14th-15th Lacson Streets, about 1:00 am yesterday.

Newly designated Police Station 2 chief, Senior Inspector Jose Mulleta identified the victims as Florencio Salimbot, 58, married, of Purok Tseke, Barangay Sum-ag and Alejandro Torni Macasa, 64, married, of Barangay Tangub.

Bacolod Ready to Host April 29 & 30 APEC Summit, 700 Delegates Expected

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By Eugene Y. Adiong

About 700 foreign and national delegates are expected to attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bacolod City on April 29 and 30.

Ambassador Marciano Paynor Jr., director general of the APEC 2015 Organizing Council, who met Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday said the minister’s meeting was originally scheduled on April 16 to 17, but because of the national conference of the assessors that was earlier set, it was agreed to be moved to a week later.

Paynor said that foreign delegates will be about 500 and their support staff of 100 from 21 economies and about 100 security personnel will be in Bacolod for the event, which the Department of Finance will host.

About 100 foreign and local journalists are also expected to cover the event.

“The city has been prepared a long time ago in my talk with Mayor Monico Puentevella. We just have to make a few adjustments here as the meeting originally set here was transferred to Papua New Guinea,” he said.

“The APEC meeting here in Bacolod is a go,” Paynor said.

He pointed out that he is “gratified that we have the full support of the City Mayor and the Governor. They assured us that the city and the provincial governments will collaborate with APEC to ensure that the meeting here is a successful one.”

Paynor said the hosting of the APEC meeting “will highlight the city and the province.”

“Delegates will now know where Bacolod City is. It will make them aware there is such a place,” he said.

“Secondly, the delegates and their staff are expected to spend money in every venue,” he said adding, “if we consider that 40 percent of the world’s trade is among APEC member countries and close to 40 percent of the world population is also here.”

“Any participation in APEC in any respect will be to our advantage,” he said.

Paynor said APEC meeting has now expanded to include other agencies.

“Part of our visit here is to inspect the hotels to ensure that delegates have a place to stay,” he said.


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