The Annual Cultural Tour of Negros Occidental (ACTNO) - the world’s longest-running cultural tour, and Negros Occ.’s sole annual tour — turns 40 years old. The tours are scheduled December 14 and
Alfonso Ossorio’s world-famous mural, here being explained by Ramon Hofileña, will again be included in the forthcoming ACTNO.*
21. The itinerary is composed of ACTNO’s most frequently-visited places the past 40 years. They are Birhen sang Barangay Chapel (Dizon- Ramos Museum and Negros Forest & Ecological Foundation as alternates) in Bacolod; Bernardino Jalandoni Museum, Hofileña Museum, and food trip to outstanding delicacy sources in Silay; Church of St. Joseph the Worker in Victorias; Chapel of the Cartwheels in Manapla. Other attractions will be explained without leaving the tour bus. Like Bacolod’s San Sebastian Cathedral, Talisay’s enchanted trees, Silay’s ancestral houses, E.B. Magalona’s Heroes of Guintabuan monument, to name a few. To be explained are the Philippines’ most internationally-known mural, first Filipino religious imageries, Negros Island’s oldest antique (Iron Age 900-589 B.C.), the world’s smallest dolls which need magnifying glass to be seen, etc. There will be corrections on "history" about Rizal, Luna, Hidalgo, how Negros Island got its name, and so on. Aside from corrections on ancient history, there will also be on recent times especially during martial law. The fee for a whole day tour, from 9 a.m. sharp to about 5:30 p.m., is P1,000 a person. That covers everything including lunch, snacks, museum fee. Nothing more to pay.
The Custom Immigration Quarantine (CIQ) System is ready for installation at the Bacolod-Silay Airport to accommodate international flights.
The problem, however is the availability of airline. The supposed flights of Hannah Tours for Korean tourists has deferred the schedule for December.
Zest Air is not available, while Cebu Pacific cannot agree with the price.
Atty. John N. Orola, Jr, chairman, Western Visayas Tourism Council, also said, "Supposedly, groups of Korean tourists, business-men and golfers are coming over as arranged by Hannah Tours through its representative Mr. Choy last year yet. They are yet to start De.r 19, and will run until February or even until summer.
Silay City’s award-winning Christmas Village will be formally opened on December 8, Sunday, 7:30 pm (after the last evening mass) at Silay City public plaza.
This year’s celebration is centered on the theme: ‘Hope, Peace, Unity and Prosperity’ and will remain open to the public until January 6, 2014.
The switch-on ceremony at the covered court will be led by City Mayor Jose L. Montelibano, Vice-Mayor Mark Golez, city councilors and public officials.
Silay City’s ‘White Christmas Village’ last 2012 was named as one of the Best Tourism Events in the country (Arts and Culture Category), awarded by the Department of Tourism and Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines.*(Aldwin Dalpatan)
Immediately after the ceremony, ‘Paskua Sinadya sa Silay’, a variety show depicting the story of Christmas will be shown onstage featuring performances from the Hugyaw Silay Dancers and Kabataang Silay Rondalla.
The Silay City Health Office will conduct the "1st Zumba Silay" as part of the fund raising campaign of the city government to help Yolanda victims.
City Registered Nurse Arlene Chiu said that all are invited to join the activity that will start at exactly 4:00 p.m. tomorrow, Friday December 6, 2013.
"There will be registration fees and t-shirts for sale. The proceeds will be converted to toiletries e.g. toothbrush, tissue papers and etc. that shall be given to the victims," she said.
Zumba is a fitness program that uses upbeat music. It is an aerobic dance that is a lot of fun and easy to learn. Zumba can last about an hour and includes several dance styles.
A group from De La Salle University- Manila has visited Doña Montserrat Lopez Memorial High School (DMLMHS) in Silay City for an impact study of the secondary high school program.
Joel Durban, vice-chair of educational leadership department of the college of education in De La Salle University, said the study is a part of the project of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and World Bank course through De La Salle University- Manila.
DMLMHS, one of the pilot schools in Western Visayas, was interviewed by the enumerators on the impact of the program from the graduates of 2011 and 2012. Students and households were also interviewed as part of their statistical data collection.
Miss Earth candidates at the Bacolod-Silay Airport with Silay tourism office officers recently.*
DepEd–Silay spearheads in conducting ‘Capability and Partnership Building for IPED Implementers, Local Government, IP Communities, Civil Society and other Educational Stakeholders’.
This seminar-workshop on the education for the indigenous people (IPs) will be conducted at the division conference hall, Sibato Integrated School, and Sen. Jose C. Locsin Cultural and Civic Center on December 5 and 6.
Dep Ed – Silay focal person on IPs is Florinda D. Artajo, EPS-Araling Panlipunan and she is assisted by Rommel Fuentes, Ariel de los Reyes and Randy Quiapo.
Included topics are Indigenous People Situationer, D.O. 62 s. of 2011 Statement and Principles, IPRA Law, IPED and K to 12 Program, Significant Role of Elder and Culture Bearers in the Transmission of IKSP Towards the Younger Generation, Indigenous Learning System, and Education in the Community Life Cycle.
Silay City punong barangays and barangay councilors took their oath of office at Sen. Jose C. Locsin Cultural and Civic Center in Silay City last Friday November 29. Present government officials were Silay City Mayor Jose L. Montelibano, City Councilors Ireneo Celis, Jimmy Mayo, Joedith Gallego, Solomon Locsin, Darryl Hinolan and Javier, Outgoing ABC President Alan Duca, Interior Local Government Operations Officer Rex Abello, OIC- City Administrator Noel Doloriac, Tourism Officer Ver Pacete, representative of 3rd district Congressman Albee Benitiz and different department and division heads in the city.
Newly elected Punong Barangays were Corazon Soluta (Barangay 1), Noel Lacson (Barangay 2), Efren Dequilla (Barangay 3), Eugene Celis (Barangay 4), Joel Peornato (Barangay 5), Renato Palermo (Barangay Rizal), Henry Belleza (Barangay Hawaiian), Jose Lopez, Jr. (Guinhalaran), Claro Denosta (Guimbala-on), Jojo Sumilier (Mambulac), Demetrias Aplaon (Lantad), Remy Roldan (Balaring), Debbie Jinon (E. Lopez), Ramon Celebre (Kapitan Ramon), Milagros Catalan (Patag) and Rolando Gutana (Bagtic).
Silay City athletes were named as the champion both in elementary and secondary levels of the District III Athletic Meet 2013 held in E.B. Magalona last November 20-23, 2013.
In elementary level, Silay garnered a total of 250 points against Talisay City with 215 points followed by Victorias City with 208 points.
In secondary level, Silay got 303 points against Victorias with 228 points followed by Murcia with 222 points.
For three successive years, Silay was hailed as champion in the secondary level.
MSEP and MAPEH Education Program Sup. Eva G. Trabado said that the winners will compete next at the provincial meet that will be held at Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod on December 7-13, 2013.
Silay City Police intensifies its campaign against persons with warrant of arrest resulting to the apprehension of two men, Wednesday.
PO3 Ian Libo-on collared Joenil Solinap, 27, at Acacia Boulevard, Brgy. Mambulac for charges of abuse in criminal case 9026-40 issued by Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 40 Judge Dyna Doll Chiongson-Trocio.
The suspect is detained for failure to post bail amounting to P80, 000.00.