Gil Alfredo B. Severino
The acronym stands for Rafael B. Lacson Memorial High School (RBLMHS) formerly the Talisay Provincial High School and this Saturday, April 12, under the sponsorship of Host Batch 1989 – the "Talisay High" will hold its 62nd General Alumni Homecoming.
Arlene Verdeflor-David, President of the General Alumni Association, Inc. headed the panel last April 9, 2014 in explaining to media that this year’s homecoming activities will be characterized by the fiesta mood organized by the sister tandem Nidz Villones and marketing/media partner Joy Villones-Delgado (RBLMHS Batch 2000) of the NRV Productions and Talent Pool Management.
Backed by the officers of Host Batch 1989 Rodney Nabalona and Bambi Tribaco Homecoming Chair and Co-Chair, they all explained that the Talisay High festivities will "make use of what is available in the best way possible".
IN PHOTO: (from left) Joy Villones-Delgado, Chrysee Samillano, Carla Cañet, Nidz Villones, Rodney Nabalona, Arlene Verdeflor-David, Bambi Tribaco, Gil Severino, Jerome Galunan, and James Toga.*
Lead convenor of the "Solo Parent Advocates in Negros" (SPAIN) Maria Teresa "Matet" Lozada, in a press conference held March 14, 2014, sealed partnership with Councilor El Cid Familiaran in implementing Ordinance 550 to the 61 Barangays of Bacolod City.
‘SPAIN OF FAMILIARAN’. Lead convenors of the "Solo Parent Advocates in Negros" (SPAIN) -- Maria Teresa "Matet" Lozada on March 14, 2014 sealed a partnership with Bacolod City Councilor El Cid Familiaran in implementing Ordinance 550 by handing the symbolic Troll Tinn bottle. Also in photo are (left to right) Co-Convenors Brgy. 41 Kagawad Sally Penuela, Analia Villegas, Moonyen Montelibano, Rose Lorilla, Lozada, Lilia Orsos, Susan Grandeza. Not in photo are Susan Seva and Dr. Bernie Eres.* (Gil Severino photo)
"Isa-isahon ko gid ang 61 Barangays sang Bacolod…the entire Bacolod City’s 61 Barangays will be covered. In a one-on-one approach, Solo Parents will be organized just like the senior citizens and people with disabilities," Lozada said.
She added, "In fact, as I am speaking to you now, volunteers are now mobilized in various puroks and barangays. They are speaking about leading productive lives as Solo Parents to their children."
Now dominating the Philippine Television’s afternoon primetime is GMA Network’s first drama offering for 2014, "Borrowed Wife". Initially aired last January 20, 2014, the love-betrayal-obsession television series’ main cast Camille Prats and Rafael Rosell visited the people of Bacolod City last February 1, 2014 in the thick of celebrating the Chinese Spring Festival dubbed "Bacolaodiat".
Kapuso star Camille Pratts in a round table interaction with the Bacolod media.* (H.James G.Toga/NDB)
The Camille and Rafael visit allowed a more intimate interview which was an opportunity to delve into these artists’ preparations in personalizing their roles and how they breathe life to them.
The Lantern Festival culminates the traditional 15-day Chinese Spring Festival which coincides this 2014 with the lovers’ day February 14 of the Gregorian solar calendar. Thousands of lanterns made of different shapes and sizes are grandiosely lining up the streets, displayed in homes and commercial centers of China and Taiwan which is quite attractive to countless lantern watching visitors.
Bacolod City Councilor Wilson "Jun" Gamboa, Jr., in a regular session last January 8, 2014, filed a proposed ordinance which aimed to institutionalize with ample funding skills training and livelihood program in every barangay of Bacolod.
Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. explaining to TV Host Joy Vingno (to his back) minimization of poverty impact soon as his proposed ordinance on Skills Training and Livelihood Program is passed into law. In photo also is writer Gil Severino.*
Approved by the Bacolod Sanggunian Panlungsod (SP) on first reading, this ordinance shall require the 61 barangays of Bacolod to designate a Barangay Skills Training and Livelihood Coordinator and assign a specific area in the Barangay Hall for the implementation of relevant Skills Training and Livelihood Program.
The idea of the incarnation is unfathomable from the human logical perspective. Biologically, the creator of the entire universe became a fetus developed inside the womb of a virgin named Mary. Who will not question this at such a time when biology is not even talked about? Sociologically, this was a scandal saved by the decision of Joseph to stand as the betrothed husband undeterred by the odds.
The virgin Mary’s womb developed in time and during the pre-birth stage of the Messiah Jesus, the Roman potentate Augustus Caesar (estimated 8 BC) ruled that all subjects of Rome must undergo census registration. Being a descendant of David and a subject of Rome, Joseph need to travel some three to four days by foot from Nazareth to Bethlehem together with Mary who is about to deliver only to be rejected by inn keepers and relegated an animal stable to be the birthplace of the King of kings. Imagine the sufferings of the couple.
The events that preclude and proceed from the earthly birth of Jesus cannot give justice to the metaphor of the world’s undying and greatest Christmas carol Silent Night. Among these events is ironically read in the second stanza of the song itself narrating a group of shepherds witnessing a heavenly host stretching above the skies and proclaiming God’s glory - which is not "silent" at all.
This is not to forget that the pregnancy of Mary was almost scandalous had it not been for the decision of Joseph to bravely stand as the true husband. The malicious talks going around must have developed anxiety for both Mary and Joseph. Such disturbance is nary a silence.
The exact time of the earthly birth of Jesus cannot be established; some scholars did some setting exercises and midnight of December 24th is not their choice. Dr. Luke’s Gospel was rather clear that it took place at such a time when the potentate Augustus Caesar (estimated 8 BC) ruled that all subjects of Rome must undergo census registration. Being a descendant of David, Joseph need to travel some three to four days by foot from Nazareth to Bethlehem.
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".
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.
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.*
Partners were likewise updated of ANP’s future plans and projects followed by expressions of constructive opinions for the improvement of every decision taken by ANP management which is typical of a kapihan but exchanges were kept light.
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.