La Carlota City
The May 13, 2013 election in La Carlota City was exceptionally peaceful.
The polls opened on time at 7 a.m..
With early voters already lining up in precincts situated at the North and South Elementary Schools in the Poblacion and in designated polling places outside the city proper, where some voters displayed typical enthusiasm eager to support their candidates. A voter who wanted to know who is "Picos" was heard to say that this "person" will not cheat him of his vote. He was not familiar with the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machine.
The polls opened under good weather in the morning, but the afternoon rain stranded many voters on their way to their precincts.
"The kingmaker is the people and they will judge you. Nobody owns the 4th District of Negros Occidental . It;s only the people who owns it," Congressman Jeffrey P. Ferrer said after his proclamation with a new mandate for his third term as Congressman of the 4th District of Negros Occidental in the presence of his wife Mayor Juliet Marie D. Ferrer, son Julius Asistio Ferrer and mother in law-Madam Kitchie Benedicto-Paulino at the Provincial Social Hall yesterday.
"My love, humility and relationship with them, that’s what keep our people in the 4th District of Negros Occidental to have spoken well and have given me another mandate.
As a recently-qualified tour guide, I’m learning how important good timing is.
Pasalamat – a great festival, lousy traffic arrangements.*
If I’m picking up guests at 9:00am, I need to be at the hotel at 8:30. Driving north through Bacolod City? I know we need to leave early if traveling after 4pm as Lacson Street is usually very busy.
I’m getting the hang of how long it takes to get from A to B and how long an average tour will take at landmarks such as the Ruins and the Cathedral.
Fortunately, when I paid a visit to La Carlota recently to experience the last day of the Pasalamat Festival I did not have any overseas guests with me. Otherwise it would have been embarrassing.
True to her commitment on health and nutrition advocacy for three years now, Rosa Abaygar, Independent candidate for SPM of La Carlota City has again conducted feeding in Sitio Salamanca, Brgy. San Miguel, Masville Brgy. Cubay and Hda. Salvacion, Brgy. Ayungon recently. She was assisted by her husband Tom Formby and La Carlota City High School Class ’72 Erlina Villarias, Jovy Aries Abaño, Arlene Luces, Romeo Noble aand Jarry De Asis.
Rosalie Marquez, 49, with 7 children and Epifania Danya, 58, single with 4 grandchildren lauded Abaygar, Formby and Batch ’72 for helping the poor families of the hacienda and barangays. "Maayo ini nga pamatasan sang tawo, naga-ulikid kag naga-bulig gid sa pigado. Madamo gid nga salamat sa inyo."
Ma. Fe Igbas, 42, married with 4 children and Zardo Paraisa, 76, Rogelio Arroyo, 80, Eric Camatola, 47, all of Hda. Salvacion, Ayungon; children Rocky Solivio 10, JM Pongol, 9, Danica Pongol & Arjay Reginald Gayo, 5, Althea Esmaranan, 7 and Gerold Solivio, 8, of Barangay Batuan-Relocation said, "Madamo gid nga salamat sang inyo manamit nga chicken arroz caldo, may tinapay pa. Nalipay gid kami tanan, kabay pa makaliwat kamo diri sa amon. Madam Rosa Abaygar, Salamat gid."
Thousands fill up the La Carlota City main thoroughfares.* (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)
By Gil Camporazo
May 1 is observed as labor day, a regular national public holiday in the Philippines to honor the Filipino workers. Most labor groups and other cause-oriented groups made use of this opportune time to dramatize their gripes on the malpractices of management of the companies which they are working with.
MMAMCAC President Joel Onas addressing his group yesterday, May 1 rally at La Carlota public plaza on the latest issues on labor and other work concerns. (photo Gil Camporazo)
Most of their trending issues were on inadequate wage, failure on collective bargaining agreement, excessive working time, among others. These kinds of problems were already deep rooted since time immemorial, but no solutions yet ever attained. The management had its own side too. They had their own reasons why they couldn’t meet the demands of their workers or laborers. Management-wise, they’re adopting a contractual mode of employing or hiring their workers or laborers to save cost or expenditures on retirement based on the length of services rendered by an employee. With this issue, the security of tenure and the security of earnings of every worker are at stake. This is one of the main issues in today’s activity of the labor groups and unions being tackled and discussed on what possibility this could be remedied.
Young woodpushers who won the recently-concluded 2013 Pasalamat Inter-Cities and Municipalities Chess Tournament held at Doña Hortencia Salas Benedicto National High School covered court in La Carlota City have been revealed.
Escalante City’s Manilyn Cabungcag continued to reign in her age-group as she notched the top honors in the 12 under girls’ division with 5.0 points.
Meanwhile, Natori Biazza Diaz, Krizzia Nepomuceno and L Jie Tenerife scored 4.0 points each to settle for second, third and fourth spots, respectively.
Star Magic celebrities Gerald Anderson, Rayver Cruz, Matt Evans, Joseph Marco, Young JV, Jose Sarasola, Japoy Lizardo, Jaco Benin, Gerald Acao and Fred Payawan join the La Carlota City 34th Pasalamat Festival through a basketball game held on April 23, 2013 at the city plaza. The match was between the Star Magic team and the Let’s Go La Carlota basketball team headed by SK President Richard Sebastian Benedicto and Julius Ferrer, the son of Mayor Juliet Marie D. Ferrer. Star Magic beat Let’s go La Carlota team with 73-70. The event was one of the features of the festival for public entertainment.
Cong. Jeffrey P. Ferrer (standing, 6th from R) and Mayor Juliet Marie D. Ferrer join the Star Magic basketball team and the Let’s Go La Carlota team with Lin-ay sang La Carlota Ma. Inez S. Benedicto.*
The Drumbeating City of Beauty and Dance, La Carlota, opened its 34th Pasalamat Cultural and Arts Festival 2013 with a big bang Monday in a jam-packed crowd at the public plaza.
Spearheading the opening salvo were Governor Alfredo G. Marañon Jr., City Mayor Juliet Marie D. Ferrer, Congressman Jeffrey P. Ferrer, v ice gubernatorial candidate Provincial Board Member- Dr. Melvin Ibañez, Vice Mayor David T. Baga Jr., SPM’s Karen L. Aguirre, Dr. Rex R. Jalando-on, Luis Jacky Jalandoni II, Ciriaco D. Sia Jr., Julian M. Chiang, Jacob E. Liansing, Jaime Manuel H. Mariño, Annabelle Q. Bermudo, Amalia D. Aguirre, Manuel R. Badillo, Richard Sebastian Benedicto, Francisco D. Oplas with Mayor Jomar Alonso of Pontevedra, Mayor Mario Magno of San Enrique and Provincial Board Member Joeben Alonso, among others.