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Edith Colmo

22nd Panaad Festival Awardees

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The 22nd Panaad Festival of Negros Occidental was capped with the awarding of outstanding performers having contributed to the upliftment of the province.

San Carlos City Lass 2015 Lin-ay Sang Negros Queen

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From the top 5 beauties of the 25 candidates for the 2015 Lin-ay sang Negros Pageant over the weekend, Miss Jessica Sevenvergen of San Carlos City was crowned as queen, also Miss Ysa Skincare, Miss Globe; Miss Olive C, Miss Petron, and Miss Placenta; First runner up was Miss Jennel Lacsina of Sagay City, who also grabbed the best in swimsuit award, Miss Camella and Miss supercat. She is a third year BS Therapy student at Riverside College, Bacolod, and a beauty title holder being crowned Mutya ng NOPSSCEA 2013. 2nd runner up - Miss Blessie Joy Zayco of Himamaylan City, also holder of Miss Watchmen Daily Journal.

Jessica Zevenbergen of San Carlos City wins the Lin-ay sang Negros crown of the 22nd Panaad sa Negros Festival last Friday. Also in photo is MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino.* (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)

WV: Retirement Tourist Attraction

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Western Visayas is one of the most potential retirement tourism desti-nations in the Phillippines, according to Atty. Helen Katalbas, regional di-rector, Department of Tourism Region 6. This is a tourism product that attracts retirable tourists from other countries. This is due to our natural attrac-tion, low cost of foods, beaches and mountain re-sorts, and peaceful at-mosphere.

Western Visayas is number one in the whole country in terms of tourist arrivals, Katalbas said, Boracay and Negros Occi-dental are top places of tourist destinations in Western Visayas.

Grande-Hawaiian Alumni Ink MOA Re OSY Computer Training

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Considering that many of the youths in Brgy Hawaiian, Silay City, Negros Occidental can not pursue college education due to poverty being dependent on hacienda livelihood, the Hawaiian Philippine Company Elementary School Batch 85 Alumni Association and the Grande Computer Outreach and Training Center, a program of El Grande Foundation, Inc, based in Mississipi, USA, have agreed to conduct free training on computer hardware servicing in the said barangay.

DAR, UPLB, RU/EcoAgri, NONESCOST Agree to Help Communities on Organic Farming

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A quadro force comprised by the University of the Philippines (UP), RU Foundry Shop/Ecological and Agricultural Development Foundation, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and North Negros State College of Science and Technology (NONESCOST) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) last Friday, April 17, to work as partners in extending services to the out of school youths and communities in promoting organic farming technology.