Gil Alfredo B. Severino
Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. urged student leaders gathered in Sum-ag Elementary School last November 24, 2013 to set aside personal comfort in the short term in favor of certain difficulty achieving long term great rewards by grabbing opportunity and seriously studying novel ideas.
Bacolod Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. was guest speaker of the Jack ‘n Jill School Golden Jubilee Celebration last November 23, 2013 at the Garden Royale where he stressed the "Inter-Relational Triad" of molding young learners.*
"Yes, you should know how to enjoy," he said, "but at the same time you also need to work hard and prepare yourselves for the future. That future will come when each is called to decisively act given this great social and economic crisis."
Gamboa addressed some 200 youth leaders from public primary and secondary schools of Bacolod City elected to respective Supreme Student Governments (SSG), Supreme Pupil Government (SPG) and school clubs together with their advisers.
Sarah Esguerra, executive assistant to Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella said the latter will ask Department of Budget and Management (DBM) regional director Alfonso Bedonia, Jr. for an extension of its monitoring deadline set November 30, 2013.
Puentevella was in receipt of a letter from DBM Region VI Director Bedonia dated November 11, 2013 requesting the city to submit status report of programs and projects funded by the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) covering January 1, 2010 to October 31, 2013.
Esguerra said that as of Friday afternoon, Bacolod City Hall departments instructed by the mayor to submit status reports on projects funded by PDAF popularly called "Pork Barrel" had not fully complied yet.
A week after the Yolanda Typhoon lashed its fury in the Philippine Islands, the Association of Negros Producers (ANP) gathered its partners in a "Kapihan with ANP Partners 2013" for a reflection leading them to the novel idea of "Abyan Naton Paskwahan… Paskwa na, Bulig Pa".
Association of Negros Producers (ANP) President Jojie Locsin explains to partners in a "Kapihan with ANP Partners 2013" about "Abyan Naton Paskwahan… Paskwa na, Bulig Pa" which is a collection of packages priced reasonably low and where part of the proceeds will go to typhoon Yolanda victims.*
This "Kapihan with ANP Partners 2013" was held last November 13 as a way of thanking partners who had been with ANP all through the years, partners who are witnesses to the growth that ANP attained.
Partners were likewise updated of ANP’s future plans and projects followed by expressions of constructive opinions for the improvement of every decisions taken by ANP management which is typical of a kapihan but exchanges were kept light.
Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr., Bacolod Sanggunian Panlungsod (SP) Committee Chairman on Human Resources, reminded the Human Resource Management Services Office (HRMSO) in a resolution passed November 6, 2013 to "inspect, study and evaluate" employees in all departments of the City for purposes of matching skills and assigned jobs.
Bacolod Councilor Wilson :Jun" Gamboa, Jr. in a recent human resource development seminar of cooperatives. Also in photo is City CCLDO head Elvira Tipon.*
Chairman of the Negros Occidental Historical Council (NOHC) Monsignor Guillermo "Gigi" Gaston in a "Cinco de Noviembre" lecture delivered last November 4, lamented the commercialization of about everything people do including hallowed festivals like the Panaad sa Negros celebrated every summer.
Gaston’s lecture was delivered at the Apollo Restaurant participated by the Department of Education, Municipalities and Cities of the Province, Tourism Offices of the Province and Bacolod and other Provincial and Bacolod City offices under the theme "Convergence of Local History and Culture".
Chairman of the Negros Occidental Historical Council (NOHC) Monsignor Guillermo "Gigi" Gaston in a "Cinco de Noviembre" lecture delivered last November 4 stressed on the need to restore local history as the center of the Panaad Festival. Partially hidden is NOHC Executive Director Professor Roque Hofileña who noted the commercialization of the "Movimiento de Cinco de Noviembre" when leaders warmly embraced another colonizer, the Americans.* (Gil Severino photo)
Not many had visited the Punjabi Khalsa Diwak, Bacolod City’s Sikh Temple where the Bacolod and Negros based Indian community gathered for a simple but meaningful Diwali celebration which started yesterday, November 3.
The occasion was graced by the presence of Mayor Monico Puentevella and Councilor Jocelle Batapa-Sigue. Both offered their respect to the Sikh Temple by wearing the paggdi or turban and dined Indian cuisine served at the Temple lawn together with Hiligaynon speaking Indians.
DIWALI. The main entrance of the Punjabi Khalsa Diwak, Bacolod City’s Sikh Temple along Gloria Street (Hervias) where the Bacolod and Negros based Indian gathered for a simple but meaningful Diwali Celebration.* (Gil Severino Photo)
Inside the temple stood Baba Ji Ranjit Singh and interpreter Mr. Rawinder Vic Singh who narrated the story of the Diwali Festival which dated back to 1595 in Punjab’s largest city and spiritual center of the Sikh religion, the Amritsar City. The Sikh’s Golden Temple Siri Harmandir Sahib was built in Amritsar.
Baba Ji Ranjit Singh reading the Guru Granth Sahib Ji, the Sikh’s Holy Scripture. At the back holding holding the Cahur Sahib is Rawinder Vic Singh reverently fanning the Guru Granth Sahib Ji Scripture.* (Gil Severino Photo)
Mayor Monico Puentevella said yesterday that Bacolod City as host to the Batang Pinoy 2013 is prepared to house an estimated 8,000 youth athletes in both public school classrooms and private hotels for the participants’ parents and other escorts.
Puentevella announced in a press conference held yesterday that Bacolod City’s commitment to the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), the organizer of the mega sport events Batang Pinoy, is the repair of public school classrooms that would house 8,000 young participants.
The press conference held yesterday at the Mayor’s Office was specially called by Puentevella in honor of Brilyante Awardees and Super Bantam Weight Champions Genesis Servania, Arthur Villanueva and four times Philippine Basketball Champion-Brilyante Awardee James Yap; all of them are here to celebrate All Saints Day and All Souls Day.
The Catholic Church Calendar registered November 1 as "the Feast of All Saints" and November 2 as the "Commemoration of the Dead or the Feast of All Souls".
Why do Catholic Filipinos troop to the cemeteries and practice related culinary and candle customs on November 1 then leave November 2 as rest day?
Dates aside, the Filipino practice of remembering, honoring and perhaps "celebrating" the dead are rich social science reflection in itself; the greatest of these are the mummies found in an upland vegetable municipality of Kabayan, Benguet. These Kabayan mummies are subjects of the Filipino ancient mystical psyche, artistic prowess, chemical and dental advancement. Given the right amount of resources to protect and study, these relics will speak of the Filipino civilization centuries prior to what was culled in written form by the lowland, pueblo-based colonizers which in the course of time, the cultured Filipinos grabbed these as their own.
The Bacolod MassKara 2013 season experienced deluge of GMA TV Network stars. As early as October 13, Kapuso Stars were already sent to fascinate the Bacolod fans. The deluge continued to occupy the broadcast air, Bacolod Malls, the Bacolod City Government Center and the streets of Bacolod. The Kapuso Stars added vibrancy and color to the celebration of Bacolod’s MassKara Festival.
The deluge peaked last October 19 when giant mature artists Kuh Ledesma, Angelu de Leon and Rhian Ramos were among those sent by the Kapuso network to engage Bacolod media in a press interview.
These three screen artists accommodated Bacolod media questions well and responded with profound thoughts clearly honed from years of study and development of wisdom.
Angelu de Leon
Souvenir pose of Little Miss MassKara contestant Patricia Pueda Limsiaco after receiving the "Darling of the Press" award from NDB writer Gil Severino, GMA Network Bacolod Correspondent Stephanie Azucena and Bacolod City Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. Also in photo are show hosts Angelica de Ocampo and John Arceo.*