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Rotary Club of Kyoto members visit Negros

Rotary Club of Kyoto members visit Negros

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Rose Ann Reosura, Councilor Pedong Villarosa, Tadazawa Tadashi, Iwagana Norihide, Mayor Victor Gerardo Rojas, Rotary Club of Kyoto president Masaru Ohta, Vice Mayor Johnny Reosura, Councilor Kedy Yu, Councilor Hernan Alentana, Dr. Raymund Antonio Baliguas and Leah J. Tinsay (l-r) during the Murcia courtesy call on Monday.* Members of the Rotary Club of Kyoto in Japan held their first fellowship meeting with the Rotary clubs of Silay and Bacolod-Marapara at L‘Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City on Sunday, Nov. 19. The Rotary Club of Kyoto is headed by their president Masaru Ohta. The Japanese Rotarians also paid a courtesy call to Murcia Mayor Victor Gerardo Rojas, Vice Mayor Johnny Reosura and the Sangguniang Bayan members in Murcia on Monday. Tom Solano, Erick Aguilar, Rotary Club o...
SU English faculty member wins multiple 2023 Palanca awards

SU English faculty member wins multiple 2023 Palanca awards

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Silliman University (SU) English faculty member Assistant Prof. Ian Fermin Casocot won second place in three literary genres of the 2023 Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature Contest. His entry, “Don’t Follow Me, I Don’t Even Know Where I’m Going” was adjudged second place for the short story category. “The Midsummer of Manuel Arguilla,” his entry for the one-act play category, also won second place. His third second place win is for his poem, “Bisaya for All That We Gugma,” for the Poetry Written for Children Category. He will receive his awards in a ceremony to be held at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 27. Casocot has won many writing awards, including several Palanca Awards. He teaches literature and creative writing courses in SU ...
30 short films finalists in Negros Island festival

30 short films finalists in Negros Island festival

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Thirty short film finalists will be screened during the 2023 Sine Negrense: Negros Island Film Festival at the Cinematheque Centre Negros located at the Negros Museum in Bacolod City on November 21 to 24. There are 15 films in the open category, while 15 student filmmakers are also slated to showcase their films in the intercollegiate category. The films are from Bacolod and Dumaguete , and the rest of Negros Occidental and Oriental, where some are top winners of their respective local film festivals. They are set to offer diverse stories across all genres in the open category. These films are “1942” directed by Kent Raven Ardeña, “Adela” by Fredu Bayon-on, “Ang Duwa ka Tinuga sa Taytay” by Junmarl B. Alconga, “Ang Handurawan ni Janjan” by Julius De la Peña, “Añoranza” by Zac...
Coke Studio party hub setat MassKara Sunset Stage

Coke Studio party hub setat MassKara Sunset Stage

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Coke Studio Philippines is taking the MassKara Festival to new heights on Sunday, October 22. The Sunset Stage at North Capitol Road in Bacolod City will transform into the ultimate party hub, a press released from Coca-Cola Philippines said. Headlined by Popstar Royalty, Sarah Geronimo, and Coke Studio Season 7 artist Playertwo, it also features local talents like Ferdinand Aragon, the Aire Band, and Mojo Nova. The Coke Studio is a platform for true borderless collisions among emerging and established music artists from all over the world. It provides a unique opportunity for artists to experiment with sounds from different cultures, fuse genres to create new music and reach global audiences, the press release said.*
Masskara and 67th Visayas unity ride roars off Saturday

Masskara and 67th Visayas unity ride roars off Saturday

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Almost 1,000 motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the country are expected to join the Masskara and 67th Visayas Unity Ride, which roars off Saturday, October 14, from the BREDCO Reclamation Area, Bacolod City. “All big and small motorbike riders are welcome to join tomorrow’s Masskara and 67th Visayas Unity Ride. We are inviting all our fellow motorcycle enthusiasts to join our fun-filled ride and other festive activities. Registration is still open,” said Em Ocampo, chairman of this year’s event. The Thunderbugs Bacolod Motorcycle Club, one of the oldest motorcycle clubs in the country founded in 1964, has been hosting this annual event since 2012 as the club’s contribution to the world-famous MassKara Festival of the City of Smiles. The event has attracted an average of 1,000...
Night with fashion icon Renee Salud set Oct. 28

Night with fashion icon Renee Salud set Oct. 28

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Fashion icon, Renee Salud is set to grace the runway of SMX Convention Center in Bacolod 7 p.m. on October 28. Renee Salud is renowned as the "Ambassador of Philippine Fashion". He has gained international recognition for his clothing designs and continues to be active in the fashion industry, a press release from the Bacolod Yuhum Foundation said Wednesday, October 4. Bacoleños can look forward to journey through the runway of Philippine Fashion Week with his masterpiece collections and prepare to be mesmerized by Manila top fashion models and beauty queens. This highly anticipated fashion event in the city promises to be an unforgettable one as members of AND (Association of Negros Designers) will be treated to a Masterclass and the opportunity to showcase their work. Th...
Neg. Occ. to host Visayas’ 1st slow food fest in November

Neg. Occ. to host Visayas’ 1st slow food fest in November

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The Slow Food Community of Negros Island will host the first-ever Terra Madre Visayas in Bacolod City on November 15 to 19 to promote small-scale, traditional, and sustainable food production in the region. Terra Madre Visayas is the Filipino iteration of the Italian event, Terra Madre Salone de Gusto. “This event marks an important milestone in the Filipino culinary world, celebrating the diversity and richness of (the) Philippine cuisine. We are thrilled to bring the Italian global gastronomic event, Terra Madre Salone del Gusto, to our homeland,” Slow Food Negros, headed by its president Reena Gamboa, said in a statement on Wednesday, October 4. To be held simultaneously with the 16th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival hosted by Negros Occidental province at the Capito...
I’m here to break the mold, relocation site beauty says

I’m here to break the mold, relocation site beauty says

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Therese Pira-an is contestant No. 2.*MBM photo A Physical Therapy student who lives in one of the resettlement areas in Bacolod City aims to bring representation from her community to the Miss Bacolod MassKara (MBM) stage by being one of the candidates this year. Therese Pira-an, 22, who lives at the Arao Relocation Site in Brgy. Vista Alegre, said that she dreams of being a trailblazer who will pave the way for the young girls in the community. She is MBM candidate No. 2 who aims to push her advocacy on animal welfare and protection, while carrying the dream for her community. 
“I consider myself as a trailblazer in my community at Arao Relocation Site. It is a huge step for the women in my community to be able to represent them,” she said during the MBM press presentation on...
Miss Bacolod MassKara bet bats for sustainable fashion

Miss Bacolod MassKara bet bats for sustainable fashion

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Georgette Ysabelle Millan, candidate number 1.*MBM photo Sustainable fashion is what Georgette Ysabelle Millan, one of the Miss Bacolod MassKara (MBM) candidates, is pushing for in joining the pageant this year. Millan, MBM’s candidate number 1, brings to the pageant stage her advocacy on sustainable fashion, environment, and livelihood. She is 19 years old and taking up a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of St. La Salle-Bacolod. In her video introduction, she said that she is fond of thrifting and upcycling believing that you can make fashion through conscious choices. She is also a working student and has a fascination with the art of “drag”. In her video, she said she wants to be a drag queen someday. During the press presentation, she was asked how s...
Sagay City’s mangrove island film wins top international award

Sagay City’s mangrove island film wins top international award

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Acclaimed Filipino director Anton Juan (2nd from right) shows the poster of “Amon Banwa sa Lawod (Our Island of the Mangrove Moons)” with fellow filmmakers at the Louth International Film Festival in Dundalk, Ireland.* The “Amon Banwa sa Lawod (Our Island of the Mangrove Moons)”, a full-length film showcasing the mangrove island of Suyac in Sagay City, Negros Occidental, won the award for Best International Feature in the Louth International Film Festival (LIFF) in Dundalk, Ireland, Sunday night (Monday morning in the Philippines). Helmed by acclaimed Filipino director Anton Juan, who wrote the screenplay with Sagaynon assistant director Mark Garcia, the movie, devised from the play “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder, revolves around the memories of the island centered on the life, love,...
Improved spa, watchtower open in Suyac Ecopark

Improved spa, watchtower open in Suyac Ecopark

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The watchtower at the Suyac Island and Mangrove Ecopark.* Sagay’s premier eco-tourism destination Suyac Island and Mangrove Ecopark in Brgy. Taba-ao re-opened its spa and watchtower on Thursday, August 10, after a non-government organization provided P1.5 million for its repair and rehabilitation. The re-opening was witnessed by Ferdie Marcelo, country representative of the non-government organization Seacology, as he inspected the infrastructure in Suyac Island, a press release from Sagay City said. Suyac Island Mangrove Ecopark’s Spa and Watchtower was funded through Seacology that allocated P1,494,693 (approximately USD 26,900) with the technical assistance from the of City Engineering Office led by Engineer Jezreel Alingco. Marcelo conducted a site visit to check the compl...
Bacolod rum festival opens despite sudden downpour

Bacolod rum festival opens despite sudden downpour

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A sudden downpour did not dampen the spirits of the Tanduay Bacolod Rum Festival 2023 crowd as Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez led its opening at the Bacolod City Government Center grounds on Saturday afternoon, August 12. The Bacolod Rum Festival will run until August 20 with different activities highlighting the world’s No. 1 selling rum, Tanduay, a press release from the Bacolod City Public Information Office, said. The Bacolod Rum Festival activities include a Rum Barrel Painting contest, Flairtending and Mixology Competition, Culinaria Competition, a Food Park, and a music festival. It will culminate with a free concert at the BCGC grounds by singer-songwriter Ely Buendia on August 19. Celebrities Derek Ramsay and Kylie Verzosa are also expected to join the festival. ...
Victorias Sidlak Kadalag-an Festival dancers triumph in Aliwan Fiesta 2023

Victorias Sidlak Kadalag-an Festival dancers triumph in Aliwan Fiesta 2023

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Victorias City’s Sidlak Kadalag-an Festival Dancers won 5th Place in this year’s Aliwan Fiesta Cultural Street Dance Competition held at the Aliw Theatre, CCP Complex, Pasay City, Saturday, July 15. They earned the city’s first-ever trophy in the Aliwan Fiesta, the country's grandest festival, a press release from Victorias City said. This is also the LGU’s first participation in the Cultural Street Dance Competition. Sidlak Kadalag-an Festival Dancers were the champions of the 2023 Panaad sa Negros Festival competition. They represented Victorias City and the Province of Negros Occidental in the Aliwan Fiesta. The team was headed by their choreographer Ricky Lapidante Jr. Victorias City Mayor Javier Miguel Benitez attended the Aliwan Fiesta...
Espina inducted governor of Rotary District 3850

Espina inducted governor of Rotary District 3850

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Outgoing governor John Michael Ng turns the gavel over to Rotary International District 3850 governor Maria Ester “Mate” Espina*Ronnie Baldonado photo The need to put service above self and to create hope in the world were the key messages of the new governor of Rotary International District 3850 and a business leader who was a Paul Harris scholar. Maria Ester “Mate” Espina was inducted as governor of Rotary International District 3850 at rites held at the Acacia Hotel Convention Center in Bacolod City, Saturday night, July 8. Guest speaker at the event was Jose Antonio "John" Alonte, Jr. who is chairman, president, founder and/or part owner of BREDCO Port Services, Bacolod Reclamation and Port Development Corporation, Bacolod Harbor Tug Services, Acacia Hotel Bacolod and several...
Celebrating milestones as friends, partners, allies

Celebrating milestones as friends, partners, allies

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This July 4, Americans all over the world are celebrating the 247th anniversary of U.S. independence. Here in the Philippines, we are also commemorating the 69th Philippine-American Friendship Day, making July 4 doubly special – a time to celebrate all that the Philippines and the United States have accomplished together as steadfast friends, partners in prosperity, and ironclad allies. Since I arrived in July last year, I’ve had the opportunity to see the deep, multifaceted U.S.-Philippine relationship at work. During a recent trip to Cebu, I met talented new friends from the vibrant network of U.S. exchange alumni in the Visayas. In Ilocos Norte, I learned how our development efforts are improving energy efficiency standards, a key part of the Philippines’ clean energy transition...
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