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Edgar Cadagat

‘MassKara Festival, Charter Day Rites Successful’

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The 2014 Masskara Festival and the celebration of the 76th Charter Day of Bacolod City were both highly successful.

Thus said Mayor Monico Puentevella at the end of the Charter Day parade yesterday afternoon.


CHARTER DAY. Confetti and fireworks illuminated the city skies last October 19 as Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella together with several councilors and the 2014 MassKara Queen top 3 finalists celebrated the 76th Charter Day Anniversary of Bacolod.* (CMO-PIO photo)


Sen. Cynthia Villar (4th from left) and Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) Chief Operating Officer (COO) Mark Lapid (3rd from left) leads the ribbon-cutting ceremony during the opening of Masskara City Trade Expo and Conference at the newly-opened new wing of SM City Bacolod, with Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella (center), Silay City Mayor Oti Montelibano and councilors Carl Lopez, Em Ang, Jocelle Batapa-Sigue and Sonya Verdeflor.

The heavy downpour before the start of the parade at 1pm did not hinder the enthusiasm of participants and spectators alike.

Riding the first float were city officials led by Puentevella and Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya, followed by the 2014 MassKara Queen beauties, and the floats of various business firms, organizations, clubs and civic groups.

Puentevella during the program at the Bacolod plaza after the civil-military parade expressed thanks to the people for supporting the MassKara festival and Charter Day celebrations, saying the huge turnout of people showed strong support to the festivities.

Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr., chairman, Committee on Publicity, Promotions and Documentation of the 76th Charter Day rites, yesterday’s parade highlighted the culmination of the 20-day festivity of Bacolod.

The daily MassKara events were spread into four venues since October 1.

The venues were the Bacolod People’s House (formerly the Bacolod Government Center or NGC) where trade fair exhibits and other programs were held; the Lacson Tourism Strip where street parties and concerts were held; the Bacolod Public Plaza, and the Baywalk-BREDCO port area.

Army Installs New Commanders

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Major units of the Philippine Army is Negros and Panay islands have new commanders appointed this week.


Maj. Gen. Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero (left) receives the color flag of 47th IB, Philippines Army, from outgoing commanding officer LtC Ariel Reyes (right) at the change of command ceremony yesterday, headquarters, 47th IB, Brgy. Tiling, Cauayan, Negros Occidental.* (EBColmo)

Central Claim on the BACIWA Issue

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THE KEY TO THE DEVELOPMENT, SOLUTION OF PROBLEMS IN AN ISSUE. Public speaking to be effective especially when a discussion on an issue is to be discussed must have a central claim which should serve as a guide to one’s discourse or explanation.

LWUA-Designated BACIWA Interim GM to Assume Post

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A Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA)-appointed Interim or Acting General Manager for the Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA) will assume the post tomorrow.


NEGROS OCC. 2ND District Rep. Leo Rafael Cueva (3rd from L) & Sugar Regulatory Administrator Gina Martin (5th) lead the ribbon-cutting rites for the opening of the product exhibits yesterday during the 61st Philsutech Annual National Convention at Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City. Assisting are (from L) Pia Uygongco, Philsutech president Terence Uygongco, Philsutech Board Chairman Linley Retirado, Over-all Convention Chairman Anthony Gerald Marañon and his wife Ana and Mrs. Juvy Retirado.* (Butch Bacaoco photo)

This is one of the moves LWUA is taking amid the present restlessness at the water district, with GM Atty. Juliana Carbon definitely on preventive suspension.

Board of Director Dr. Marichi Ramos also said during yesterday’s press conference that contrary to some reports, she and her two fellow directors did not walk out during the lengthy meeting at the LWUA office which was presided by Andres Ibarra, the LWUA Chair, in Manila.


FIGHTING ILLEGAL DRUGS. Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director-General Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac (3rd from right) receives the token of appreciation from Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella during an orientation on the Barangay Drug Clearing Operation attended by the barangay captains and school heads in Bacolod City. From left, Bacolod Police Office Director PSSupt. Pedrito Escarilla, Councilors El Cid Familiaran & Jun Gamboa. From right, Councilors Kalaw Puentevella & Ann Marie Palermo. Puentevella is seeing a drug-free Bacolod, while Cacdac is warning the public against new strategies in illegal drug trade. *(EAD-Philippine Information Agency 6 photo)

Contractor Relates Tale Which Caused Her Near Bankruptcy

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Now semi-retired contractor Jocelyn Yee, who earlier complained about the dumping of a tireless passenger bus by Brgy. Alijis Captain Bemberry Buenafe has told NNF/NDB a tale of woe which has bankrupted her due to other corrupt-ridden supposed contractors and a DPWH functionary.

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