BACOLOD CITY Councilor Carl Lopez met with Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte last November 29, 2013 to request for technical assistance and learn the best practices in the area of fighting criminality, corruption and illegal drugs. Lopez believes that peace and order is very vital in the thrust to increase the arrival of tourists and businessmen in Bacolod.*
1987 Model Barangay Captain of the Philippines Arturo "Baby" Parreño, along with his councilmen, led his constituents in Monday morning’s inaugural mass at the newly-renovated Mandalagan Brgy. Hall with Our Lady of the Holy Rosary parish priest Fr. Armando Onion calling on everyone for peace, unity and friendship.
He noted that the barangay, with its newly-elected officials, was the basic conduit between the local government and the national government and the nearest governance that can readily extend services to the community.
For his part, Parreño revealed that he shall focus on infrastructure in lieu of his barangay’s damaged bridges and roads that connect the schools especially in Purok Bulak; on health through setting up two health stations; the Active acquired relocation site from Purok Progreso; education, through providing "free" school bags, uniforms for some 3000 elementary pupils and high school students as far as Barangay funds will justify.
Bacolod Representative Evelio R. Leonardia said he will explore tourism opportunities with Japan when he meets with Japanese Ambassador Toshinao Urabe today, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013.
Leonardia and his wife, Elsa, were invited to the ambassador’s reception on the birthday of Emperor Akihito, a national holiday in Japan. The Philippine reception will be held at the ambassador’s residence in North Forbes.
Leonardia, his wife Elsa and councilors Em Ang, Carl Lopez and Caesar Distrito hand over the key to the city to Ambassador Urabe during his visit last year.*
"Although we are meeting in a social event, I would like to touch base with the ambassador on the possibility of forging partnerships to enhance the tourism traffic between Japan and our city," Leonardia said.
Bacolod-hailed Donnie "Ahas" Nietes (32, 18KOs-1-4), reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) world light flyweight champion and Merlito "Tiger" Sabillo (23, 12KOs-0-1), defending WBO minimumweight titlist, once again proved that Bacolod is indeed the "City of Champions".
This was stressed by Bacolod City Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. yesterday, saying "what a way to open Christmas as they usher the spirit of hope and cheers to the Filipino people."
On his part, Bacolod City Councilor El Cid Familiaran said that Nietes and Sabillo’s victory is the pride and honor of the city and the province.
"Let it be known to the whole world that there exist a City of Bacolod and province of Negros Occidental for purposes of tourism attraction. And for both of them, is to work hard to follow the footsteps of boxing icon Manny Paquiao to gain fame, money and bring honor to the country. My congratulations!" Familiaran stressed.
Bacolod jins won two of the three gold medals, and a silver in the just-concluded 5th Milo Little Olympics National Finals held in Cebu City.
According to Vic Feria, Hanah Taekwondo gym head coach, that the 3 gold medals which the Visayan teams won is among the 8 gold at stake in the junior boys division – with Luzon winning the 5 others.
Bacoleño gold medalists are Deb Matthew Daclan (59-63 kgs) of Living Stone International School and Jason Lennard Locsin (45-48kgs) West Negros University, while the other Visayan medalist is Kristian Tagarao of Cebu.
The two-day tour in Bacolod City was not enough. Time is so short, but it was a fulfilling trip.
Thus said candidates of Miss Earth 2013. Their first stop was at the VMA Global College Training Center where they witnessed the safety techniques in saving life at the sea. Miss Austria and Miss Poland said this is the first of its kind activity that they ever visited.
Next stop was at the organic farm of Ramon Uy at Brgy. Pahanocoy, where they were in awe looking at varied projects using organic materials.
The vermin culture and crushed garbage turned into fertilizers in the farm, organic piggery that does not emit foul smell, the ram pump that brings water to the garden without using electricity but pressure of water pumped by the ram pump; foundry shop where metals and hard materials are crushed and farm machines are produced. The foods served for lunch were all products of organic farming.
MISS EARTH 2013 HOPEFULS. After posing for souvenir shot (right photo) with Cong. Evelio Leonardia (3rd from left), host Cano Tan (center), WV Tourism Council chair Atty. John Orola Jr., coordinator of Miss Earth candidates Bacolod tour and Nonong Verdeflor representing Gov. Alfredo Marañon, the international beauties did tree planting at Campuestohan Highland Resort which the owner Cano Tan named as the Miss Earth Orchard (left photo).*
The Lusog Isip ng Kabataan (LINK) Club, a school-based mental health club, organized by the Philippine Mental Health Association (PMHA) recently gathered to get to know each other and to elect the Federation of LINK Clubs officers. Eight schools attended the meeting. LINK Club aims to train Filipino youth towards responsible leadership with a strong commitment to promote the cause of mental health in their own families and respective communities. The election of officers was facilitated by Renato D. Lacanilao, PMHA Chairperson; Rose Jessica F. Octaviano, the chapter executive manager of PMHA Bacolod; and the LINK Club Advisers.
Federation of LINK Clubs with Renato Lacanilao, PMHA Chairperson and LINK Club Advisers.*
By EDITH B. COLMO & CLAUDEN MAE GENANDA
Employees of the Bacolod City Hall have reason to rejoice, because members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod approved during yesterday’s special session the P7,944,000 for the Productivity Enhancement Incentive (PEI) and other bonuses for qualified employees, or simply put: P30,000 the P4,000 of which was already received by employees earlier this year.
The City Treasurer and the City Accountant certified the availability of fund for this purpose.
Hope and thanksgiving.
University of St. La Salle (USLS) begins the Christmas season with the Institutional Christmas Lighting, November 29, 5:30 p.m.
(left photo) Br. Raymundo Suplido, FSC unveils the Jubilee Mural, (right photo) Christmas decorations set around the campus.*
"While we are thankful of our blessings as a community, may we remember and use the Yuletide season to extend our help to those in need," said President and Chancellor Br. Raymundo Suplido, FSC, in line with the theme "Bringing the Lasallian Light of Hope this Christmas" which was dedicated to the Typhoon Yolanda victims.
The ceremony started with a welcome address by Center for External Relations Director Rhoderick Samonte and procession started at the Gazebo Park which stretched to Handumanan Park, St. La Salle Coliseum lobby, Gates 1 and 2 façades, and the Garden of St. Francis of Assisi.
Miss Earth candidates at the Bacolod-Silay Airport with Silay tourism office officers recently.*